NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 18, 2017

by | Jan 18, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Dallas Stars winger Patrick Sharp scores one of his two goals against NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist on Tuesday night.

Game recaps, Islanders to speak with Gerard Gallant & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM:  The Dallas Stars scored seven goals on New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and hung on for a 7-6 win. The Rangers rallied back from a 7-3 deficit, but Kari Lehtonen replaced Antti Niemi (who gave up six Rangers goals) in the third period to ensure the Stars’ victory. Lundqvist was pulled in favor of Magnus Hellberg to start the third.

Patrick Sharp scored twice while Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves each had a goal and two assists for the Stars. Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello each had three points for the Rangers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s growing concern among Rangers’ followers over Lundqvist’s declining play this season.  The usually reliable “King Henrik” has given up 16 goals on 76 shots over his last seven periods of play. His 2.89 goals-against average and .902 save percentage this season are well off his career totals (2.31, .920). Age (34) and his heavy workload over the last 11 seasons could be catching up with him. 

Ryan Miller made 30 saves and Henrik Sedin scored the only goal as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Nashville Predators 1-0. The goal was Sedin’s 999th career NHL point. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. It was a costly win for the Leafs, as defenseman Morgan Rielly left the game in the first period with an injury to his right leg. Rielly will be reevaluated later today. 

Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman each scored twice to give the Ottawa Senators a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Earlier in the day, the Blues learned defenseman Brad Hunt was claimed off waivers by the Nashville Predators. 

Chicago Blackhawks rookies Vinnie Hinostroza and Tanner Kero each scored two goals to give their club a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Matt Duchene scored twice for the Avs. 

Mikael Backlund and Mark Giordano had three-point performances to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers. 

After missing the last three games to illness, Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves to backstop his club to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Brandon Dubinsky scored twice for the Jackets. 

Rickard Rakell’s overtime goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Beau Bennett’s late third-period goal lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, extending the Devils win streak to three games. 

YAHOO SPORTS: Various reports claim the New York Islanders have permission to speak with former Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant. The Islanders yesterday fired coach Jack Capuano and replaced him on an interim basis with assistant general manager Doug Weight. There’s no indication if they’re close to hiring a permanent replacement. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Gallant is interested in taking over as the Islanders bench boss, GM Garth Snow shouldn’t waste any time hiring him. The former Panthers coach was a finalist last season for the Jack Adams Award. He’s bound to attract interest from other NHL clubs in the offseason. 

WINNIPEG SUN: With the goalie tandem of Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson struggling, the Winnipeg Jets recalled former starter Ondrej Pavelec from the minors. 

MLIVE.COM:  Detroit Red Wings winger Tomas Tatar’s been managing a nagging shoulder ailment since last season. He will probably require offseason surgery to fix the problem. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tatar claims it’s not affecting his shooting, but this would explain the decline in his scoring since his career-best 29-goal, 56-point performance in 2014-15. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen could miss three-to-four weeks with a foot injury. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks placed forward Joonas Donskoi (upper-body injury) on injured reserve. 

IIHF.COM:  Former NHL stars Joe Sakic, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu are among those to be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame this year.


  1. I was wondering how long it would take the Islanders to come knocking on Gallant’s door. Smart move

    • That’s the thing with Snow it seems every once in a while there is a glimmer that he has a handle on this thing then it fizzles out. Gallant should help if hired but looking at this lineup it’s a what were they thinking thing for me, with the players who left what replaced them and the holes thru out the lineup.
      Good news Gallant will help, bad news it’s likely to late and he is likely going to drop the draft pick lower in the order and Garths picks can at the best of times be a little wonky.

      • Snow hasn’t been the worst GM, some of his moves have been decent. It’s not like he’s in the mad Mike category. The change of ownership and the move didn’t help. Signing Ladd was a total surprise especially at those bucks. If Snow doesn’t make any significant changes by the trade deadline then you have to assume Swows next on the hit list

    • I heard Reilly’s day to day with an ankle injury

      • Ya maybe for Saturday against the Sens likely out tomorrow. Gardiner played a half hour last night like a beast, but should be interesting to see how a blueline of
        Gardiner Zaitsev
        Hunwick Polak
        Corrado Carrick
        Look for a couple games.
        Ps I just threw up a little in my mouth when I read it
        Nah we should sign some more forwards to long deals who needs D men lol I’m sure Frankie will catch fire this time.

      • Gardener sure looks like a bargain now, Frankie they say looked very comfortable once he got some playing time. Maybe he will show us something. Hope so

  2. NYR had better hope this is just a blip for Lundqvist. We have seen these stretches by him over the last few years. They usually come earlier in the year but with 4 more years at a cap hit of 8.5 per NYR had better hope as I do this is just a short term issue.

    It appears I should have taken Greiss’s extra game this week & dressed him over Lundqvist. I did last week.

  3. Part of Lundqvist’s problem is that horrid defense in front of him. Rangers need help on defense and need a muscle man too. Matt Martin was their missed opportunity in the offseason. Where can they look now?

    • Does Raanta not have the same Horrid Defense in front of him?

    • That’s a cop-out answer. Raanta had one of the best stretches of his career with the same defense in front of him.

      The Rangers are cold right now. Some of that can be accounted for by pointing at the bye week, they have looked atrocious since theirs. Some of it can be accounted for by saying with age comes slower response time, lower reflexes, and all the other ailments that come along with it. Puck luck is surely part of the discussion, and ignoring the fact that the team has played poorly of late would be a crime.

      I think it’s just a little early to scream “He’s dead, Jim!” and I thought it was pretty classless for the MSG goers to blast him with bronx cheers. Then again, I’ve often highlighted the contrast between MSG goers and Rangers fans. Needless to say, the former group embarrasses me more often than the latter.

      Let this cold streak play out, they’re in no danger of missing the playoffs yet, and let’s remember this was a team that many pundits had written off before the season started. If anything, they’re still over-achievers.

      My two cents anyway.

      • Agreed

  4. Figured Cullen was hurt after blocking that shot late in the 3rd on the PK. He got up awkward and was clearly hurt. It’s too bad he is out but lucky it’s only a few weeks.