NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 26, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates, Marchand could face another suspension and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sven Baertschi scored twice and Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2, moving the Canucks ahead of the Calgary Flames into the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given up for dead seven weeks ago, the Canucks have rallied back into the playoff picture. If they can stay in contention over the next four weeks, they could become buyers by the March 1 trade deadline.
Leon Draisaitl scored twice and Cam Talbot made 26 saves as the Edmonton Oilers shut out the Anaheim Ducks 4-0. The Ducks did get some good news, as sidelined winger Jakob Silfverberg expects to return to action following the upcoming NHL All-Star break.
Steve Mason made 34 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers shut out the New York Rangers 2-0 on third-period goals from Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek.
Frederik Andersen turned in a 22-save shutout performance as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Detroit Red Wings 4-0, snapping the Wings’ six-game points streak.
Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has a hearing today with the NHL’s department of player safety regarding a dangerous trip on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand was previously suspended four times totaling 12 games. I expect he’ll be missing some more playing time following the All-Star break.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist both suffered lower-body injuries in their club’s recent 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Malkin is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
THE DENVER POST: Oft-injured Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov could face season-ending surgery to repair a groin muscle. For now, he’s been shut down through the All-Star break. Surgery is among the options being considered by the goaltender and the Avs’ staff.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl returns to action tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. He missed the last 32 games with a sprained right knee.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers welcome back sidelined forward Nick Bjugstad and defenseman Alex Petrovic. Forwards Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau still remain weeks away from returning.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils yesterday claimed right wing Stefan Noesen off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday announced the hiring of Tom Anselmi as their new president and CEO.
TSN: The war of words between NHLPA director Donald Fehr and former PA consultant Richard Rodier has escalated to the point where Rodier is accusing Fehr of putting a priority on maintaining a harmonious relationship with the NHL at the expense of the players.