NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 22, 2016

by | Dec 22, 2016 | News, NHL

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason stops Washington Capitals winger Justin Williams’ shootout attempt.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Steve Mason turned in a 36-save performance backstopping the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 shootout win over the Washington Capitals. Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds tallied in the shootout for the Flyers. 

Mark Letestu’s three-point night (one goal, two assists) led the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, marking their first regulation win over the Coyotes in 26 games. 

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will be sidelined three-four weeks with a lower-body injury. 

MLIVE.COM:  Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (lower body injury) was placed on injured reserve yesterday and could be sidelined for a while. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is mired in a goal-scoring drought that stretches back to November 6. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler could be playing his way into a spot in the 2017 All-Star Game. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (lower-body injury) isn’t expected to play tonight against the Minnesota Wild and could miss tomorrow’s game against the Minnesota Wild. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson (left foot) is questionable for tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues center Paul Stastny (upper-body injury) will miss tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes have activated goaltender Eddie Lack from injured reserve. 

The New York Islanders signed forward Stephen Gionta to a one-year, two-way NHL contract. 

TSN: Player agent Pat Brisson voiced frustration over the NHL’s reluctance to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Brisson feels the league can only benefit from growing the game in countries such as South Korea and China. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL honchos, such as league commissioner Gary Bettman, always speak of long-range goals in growing the game. However, many of the team owners are more shortsighted. They’re the ones grumbling about Olympic participation. 

SPORTSNET: The Washington Capitals will be flying Fatima Al Ali, star of the United Arab Emirates women’s hockey team, to Washington so she can watch the team and meet her favorite player, Alex Ovechkin. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Check out the video included in the piece of Al Ali’s hockey skills. She’s fantastic!

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance profiles Sai Okabayashi, an NHL analytics expert who spent several months working for the New Jersey Devils.