NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2017
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.