NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2017
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.