NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2017

by | Jan 24, 2017 | News, NHL | 7 comments

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau celebrates one of his four goals against the Colorado Avalanche.

Game recaps, stars of the week, Senators re-sign Smith & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrick Marleau’s four-goal third period carried the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Center Matt Duchene was a late scratch for the Avs due to illness, though the move sparked some speculation over his trade status. 

The Washington Capitals extended their points streak to 14 games with a 6-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Dmitry Orlov scored twice and Andre Burakovsky collected three assists. 

Frederik Andersen turned in a 26-save shutout performance and Nazem Kadri scored twice (including his 100th career NHL goal) to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames. 

Rickard Rakell scored his 20th goal of the season and Jonathan Bernier made 31 saves as the Anaheim Ducks held on for a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The Ducks played without defenseman Sami Vatanen, who was a healthy scratch

Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves as the New York Rangers edged the Los Angeles Kings 3-2, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Earlier in the day, the Rangers announced forward Kevin Hayes (lower-body injury) will be sidelined two-three weeks. 

Tobias Rieder’s overtime goal lifted the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. 

TSN: Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary, New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss and Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending January 22, 2017.

The Ottawa Senators yesterday announced the re-signing of forward Zack Smith to a four-year, $13 million contract extension. The annual cap hit is $3.25 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smith’s raise nearly doubles his current cap hit ($1.8 million). The 28-year-old is a versatile, physical forward for the Senators. He can skate at center or the wing and plays a good two-way game. With 22 points in 43 games this season, he’s on track for his first 40-point performance. The Sens obviously consider Smith a valuable part of their core. The raise is the going rate for players of his caliber. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk re-aggravated the knee injury that recently sidelined him for 18 games. He’s listed as day-to-day. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Thomas Vanek (lower body injury) and Dylan Larkin (upper body) will miss the Red Wings game against the Boston Bruins tonight. Forward Drew Miller, who was recently sent down to the Wings AHL affiliate, has been recalled

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Radek Faksa will miss at least two games with a lower-body injury. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have been in touch with former Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant. 


  1. Marner takes the lead in rookie points…month or so ago not so sure he is in the conversation for Calder but here he is at the half way point and it looks like he is just starting to come in to his own.

    • He’s first now but Laine has sat out 8 games due to injury.
      Reports are that he’s back tonight…..so let the race begin.

      • Difference of 4 games really if you look at games played, really with Mathews, Marner and Nylander I don’t really care too much if Laine did win I he is a fantastic player only really brought it up purely because the one guy that wasn’t really in consideration seems to be showing he might be worth some.

      • Marner’s now played 2 more than Laine, but he’s starting to pick up the pace the last 10 games. Any of those players is a good choice for the Calder. I think it’ll boil down to whomever is the most consistent and so far it seems to be Marner

      • That may be & lots of games to yet be played but staying healthy is a big part of any players value. Certainly not blaming Laine any more than McDavid’s injury last season was unfortunate.

        1 of the things I always pot off about with Marleau is his ability to stay healthy. It’s shocking. Not counting his rookie year where he still played 74 games, he has missed 23 games in 18 years & counting. I get that players like Marleau, the Sedin’s etc. don’t play a punishing physical game but NHL hockey is physical for everyone.

        Many an NHL player has seen his career cut short in the NHL as they couldn’t play the same game in the NHL that they played coming up. Everyone is big now. That physical advantage you had all your life is now gone. See Lindros. Never had to learn to keep his head up as with a few rare exceptions was a monster among boys. In the NHL a little bigger than average.

    • Ya Marner’s my favorite of the rookies. it appears Laine is back tonight. Tkachuk has been very good as well but he needs to try and stay out of the penalty box. I think he is the most penalized player in the league.

      • There`s about a dozen kids that you could make a great case for winning the calder this year. Marner`s my pick, but I wouldn`t be upset with any of them winning. I`d feel bad for all the kids who didn`t win and deserved to.