NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2017

by | Feb 13, 2017 | News, NHL

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist (left) high sticks Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face.

Game recaps, Nyquist faces disciplinary hearing, Setoguchi on waivers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Minnesota Wild’s 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings was overshadowed by Red Wings’ forward Gustav Nyquist high-sticking Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face. Fortunately for Spurgeon, he wasn’t seriously injured and returned to the game.

Following the game, Nyquist was offered an in-person hearing with the NHL department of player safety, which could result in a suspension of six games or more. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nyquist’s intent may not have been to hit Spurgeon in the face, and he appeared immediately regretful of his actions, but it was certainly a retaliatory move that went awry on his his part. He is not considered a dirty player and has never been suspended before. His worst infraction was a $2,000.00 fine for embellishment/diving in 2015. I expect he’ll miss some playing time for this incident. 

Tuukka Rask turned in a 25-save shutout performance backstopping the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. It’s the Bruins third straight victory, while the Habs have dropped six of their last seven games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Jack Capuano, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien losing their head-coaching jobs over the last four weeks, the focus now shifts toward Canadiens bench boss Michel Therrien, who’s starting to feel the heat in Montreal as the struggling Canadiens enter their bye week.

Brent Burns scored twice as the San Jose Sharks snapped a four-game losing streak by downing the New Jersey Devils 4-1. 

Burns now has 59 points, putting him only two behind league leader Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. He has a shot at becoming the first defenseman since Bobby Orr in 1975 to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer.

Roman Josi scored twice as the Nashville Predators overcame a 3-0 deficit to down the Dallas Stars 5-3. 

Anders Lee scored two third-period goals to give the New York Islanders a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. It’s the ninth win in 12 games for the surging Islanders, putting them only one point out of a wild-card berth. 

Michael Chaput scored two goals as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno took exception to a Hockey Night in Canada report on Saturday claiming the players held a meeting with head coach John Tortorella. It was reported they asked Tortorella to be more constructive with his criticism as they try to play their way out of an 8-9-1 funk. Foligno claims the story was blown out of proportion. “We talked about a lot of things in the meeting. Meetings happen all the time, and I’m not sure why this one was turned into something way more than what it was,” said Foligno.

TSN: The Los Angeles Kings placed winger Devin Setoguchi on waivers. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Jordin Tootoo is relishing his six years of sobriety following years of alcohol abuse that threatened to derail his hockey career. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: A public visitation for Mike Ilitch, the late owner of the Detroit Red Wings, will be held on Wednesday at Fox Theater in Detroit. Ilitch passed away on Friday at age 87.