NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 11, 2017

by | Jan 11, 2017 | News, NHL

Boston Bruins forward David Backes waves to St. Louis fans after the Blues honored their former captain

Game recaps, All-Star Game rosters reveal, Leafs trade Enroth to Ducks & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each tallied three points as the Boston Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-3. It was Bruins forward David Backes’ first game in St. Louis against his former club since joining the Bruins as a free agent last summer. 

Mikkel Boedker netted a hat trick while goalie Martin Jones made 33 saves to give the San Jose Sharks a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.  

Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner each had three points to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, handing the latter their third loss in four games. The Jacket were playing without starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was sidelined by illness. 

Sam Reinhart scored a goal and set up two others while Anders Nilsson made 39 saves to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

John Gibson turned in a 33-save shutout performance to give the Anaheim Ducks a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars. Jakub Silfverberg netted a goal and an assist. The Stars lost defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and Patrick Eaves to injuries and were playing without captain Jamie Benn (foot injury) for the fourth straight game. 

Following the game, the Ducks acquired goaltender Jhonas Enroth from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2018. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Enroth will likely be sent to the Ducks’ farm team. 

Duncan Keith’s overtime goal gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings, giving the Hawks their fourth straight victory. Blackhawks rookie forward Ryan Hartman collected two assists. 

Calle Jarnkrok’s late overtime goal lifted the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Earlier in the day, it was reported Canucks star Daniel Sedin unknowingly shared a helicopter ride with a convicted drug smuggler. 

Rookies Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are among the 40 players selected to participate in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Jan. 29. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman won’t be shaking up the coaching staff of his struggling club. He believes head coach Jon Cooper “is doing an excellent job.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries and a lack of blueline depth are largely responsible for the Lightning’s current struggles. 

TSN.CA:  The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed goaltender Curtis McElhinney off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed Andy Greene (left wrist) and Yohann Auvitu (lower body) on injured reserve. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers mourn the passing of NYPD detective Steven McDonald, who was the inspiration for the club’s annual award given to the Ranger who goes “above and beyond the call of duty.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to McDonald’s family and friends and to the Rangers organization.