NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2017

by | Jan 19, 2017 | News, NHL | 1 comment

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid reacts after scoring his OT goal against the Florida Panthers.

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

NHL.COM: Connor McDavid scored with 2.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Florida Panthers 4-3. Panthers goalie James Riemer caught the shot but his glove was behind the goal line. McDavid also collected two assists in the game. He and teammate Leon Draisaitl both tallied their 100th career NHL points in this game. 

After giving up seven goals in his last outing, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 19 saves as his club downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. It was the Habs third loss in their last four games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s growing concern in Montreal over the play of starting goalie Carey Price. He has only three wins in his last 10 games. While his save percentage for this season is .920, he’s reached or exceeded that stat in only three of those 10 games. In six of them, his save percentage was below .900. 

The Detroit Red Wings overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat the Boston Bruins 6-5 in a shootout. Goalie Petr Mrazek made 23 saves replacing Jared Coreau, who gave up three goals on eight shots. Tomas Tatar had a three-point game, while Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen tallied in the shootout. Patrice Bergeron netted three points in a losing cause for the Bruins. 

Martin Jones made 22 saves on route to his 23rd win of the season as the San Jose Sharks hung on for a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Sharks center Joe Thornton and Kings winger Dustin Brown each collected two assists. 

In his first NHL game of the season since being recalled from the minors, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves backstopping the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little each collected two points. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators GM David Poile said sidelined defenseman P.K. Subban (upper-body injury) could return to action next week. 

THE DENVER POST: Oft-injured Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is out until after the upcoming NHL All-Star break (Jan 26 – 30) with a groin injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For all the talk about the Avs searching for blueline depth, they should also start shopping for an upgrade between the pipes. 

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  No word on how long Rielly could be sidelined, but the fact he’s day-to-day suggests the injury isn’t too serious. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild blueliner Jonas Brodin is sidelined for at least a month with a broken finger.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild will feel Brodin’s absence. He’s enjoyed a strong bounce-back performance this season.  

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Chris Kreider was fined $5,000.00 for hitting Dallas Stars center Cody Eakins with his own helmet during a fight in their recent game. 

TSN: The insurance company of the New Jersey Devils believes the seizures former Devils player Mike Peluso has suffered is a result of partying and binge drinking. Peluso claims his condition is due to multiple brain injuries he suffered during his playing career. 

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  1. I read Westhead’s article yesterday. It was very interesting & watching it play out will be as well. My wife suffers from epilepsy as does my oldest son. Both have different areas of their brain’s effected but neither are supposed to drink, not the least of which is it nullifies their medications. Diet & sleep are essential in controlling their different types of seizures. My wife has granmal, my son petite. Both are being controlled by medication.

    I shocks me the litigious society we live in. Why is it the responsibility of the NHL to stop players from subjecting themselves to brain injury. I don’t need someone to tell me that banging my brain off the side of my scull repeatedly is bad. I have suffered multiple concussions in my life, the last 3 documented. I now carry a note book to help with day to day issues as my brain can’t retain the data for what ever reason. A daily check list & things like where I parked my car! Odd little stuff.

    NHL players are paid huge monies not just to display their skills but to accept all the risks associated with their chosen profession for which they have insurance. To come back & want to be compensated after the fact? Sorry no empathy here. I lend you my motorcycle, you have a motorcycle license, you kill yourself as your not qualified to ride it having never taken any formal training, that’s my fault? That’s not really a question & please don’t respond. This isn’t really hockey related & we shouldn’t be debating this here, except athlete’s now want to be paid for something they should know is dangerous are insured against & it was touched on above.

    It makes no sense to me. Sorry this subject is some what personal. My wife is on long term disability & has been for over a decade & will be till age 65. She has retrained & is working in another profession but here disability changed her. Not for the worse just different.

    The NHL’s stance though is wrong but I get it why they have to take the stance they are even if I don’t agree.