NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 2, 2016
Game recaps, players and rookie of the month for November & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko tallied a hat trick to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning, who dropped their fourth consecutive game.
Leon Draisaitl and Mark Letestu each scored twice and Connor McDavid collected three assists to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 thumping of the Winnipeg Jets.
Sidney Crosby had three points, including the game winner, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-2 drubbing of the Dallas Stars.
Claude Giroux scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Two third-period goals by Jack Eichel gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers.
Marian Hossa tallied his team-high 12th goal to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils. The Blackhawks move past the idle Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the NHL’s overall standings.
Jaroslav Halak turned in a 38-save shutout as the New York Islanders blanked the Washington Capitals 3-0. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg rejoined the Isles lineup after missing seven games with a broken jaw.
Anze Kopitar has two assists and Jordan Nolan scored twice as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Arizona Coyotes 4-3.
Boone Jenner netted the game winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets nipped the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Earlier in the days, the Avalanche placed defenseman Eric Gelinas on waivers. Despite the Avs struggles, general manager Joe Sakic insists he still believes in his core and doesn’t plan to make any rosters changes right now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could change in January or February if the Avs haven’t significantly improved. They’re near the bottom of the NHL standings and six points out of a wild-card berth in the Pacific Division. If they don’t move up the standings soon, changes will have to be made, and it won’t be the coaching staff that feels it.
Aleksander Barkov’s overtime goal gave the Florida Panthers a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, their first under new coach Tom Rowe. The Wings also lost winger Justin Abdelkader to a lower-body injury.
Shootout goals by Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
John Gibson made 27 saves as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1.
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are the NHL’s three stars of the month for November 2016.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski was named the NHL’s rookie of the month for November 2016.
TWINCITIES.COM: Is Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild the NHL’s best goaltender?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, he isn’t. Dubnyk is a streaky performer. He played well in half of the 2014-15 campaign and was inconsistent in 2015-16. He’s off to a very strong start to this season, but must maintain that level of performance throughout the remainder of the season to merit consideration as the NHL’s top goalie. For now, that honor belongs to Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: It’s going to become harder to accurately track the Carolina Hurricanes’ revenue. “Gale Force Sports & Entertainment, the team’s parent company, will no longer report two annual hockey-related revenue figures to the Centennial Authority, the PNC Arena landlord – the amount received by the team from the NHL and from its local television contract.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s entirely legal, but it does make it appear the Hurricanes are being less transparent about their revenue, despite what Don Waddell says.