NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 9, 2017

by | Jan 9, 2017 | News, NHL | 2 comments

Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman (left) celebrates his hat trick against the Nashville Predators.

Game recaps plus updates on Patrik Laine, Bobby Ryan & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: A natural hat trick from Ryan Hartman in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. 

Mark Stone scored the game-tying goal and collected two assists, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers and snapping his club’s four-game losing streak. Patrick Maroon scored twice for the Oilers and Connor McDavid had two assists.

Senators forward Bobby Ryan returned to action after being a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals, raising some eyebrows among Senators followers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Neither Ryan or Senators coach Guy Boucher would elaborate about why the winger was scratched from Saturday’s game. Ryan insisted it was a private matter and was dealt with in-house. Still, the move could generate rumors about discord between the two. 

Sebastian Aho scored twice, including in overtime, as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Boston Bruins 4-3. Struggling Bruins forward Ryan Spooner was bench over the final half of the third period and overtime. Bruins defenseman John-Michael Liles made his return after missing 20 games due to a concussion. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spooner’s benching could stoke more speculation over his future with the Bruins. He was frequently mentioned in trade rumors earlier this season.

Returning from a bye week, the Pittsburgh Penguins got a 28-save performance from Marc-Andre Fleury in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the Penguins’ fifth straight win, while the Lightning dropped their fourth in a row. 

In his first game back in Anaheim since he was fired by the Ducks, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau watched his current club down his former one 2-1. Second-period goals by Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon helped the Wild overcome a 1-0 deficit. 

Nick Foligno’s overtime goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

 WINNIPEG SUN: Jets rookie winger Patrik Laine suffered a concussion in Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. He is sidelined indefinitely. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Laine’s absence will hurt the Jets’ offense as they try to remain in playoff contention. He could be out a week or possibly much longer. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forwards T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson are questionable for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  The plane carrying the Dallas Stars made an emergency landing yesterday in Illinois due to smoke in the cockpit. No one was injured and another plane was sent to take the team to California. The smoke may have been the result of an electrical issue as no fire was discovered. 



  1. Let’s hope the jets their fans and media allow Laine all the time he needs to fully heal. It would be a shame for all of us if he returns too soon only to re-injure himself. A player can only suffer so many concussions before he has to hang up the skates for good. Let’s hope this will be his last so we can enjoy cheering for/against him when he returns fully healed and healthy.

    • Cheers to that. The kid is already a star in this league let’s hope we are lucky enough to see him for many years to come, hopefully he and the Jets take it slowly and come back at 100%.