NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 14, 2017

by | Feb 14, 2017 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is congratulated by backup Louis Domingue after a 5-0 shutout of the Calgary Flames.

Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Mike Smith made 36 saves and Christian Dvorak scored twice and set up another as the Arizona Coyotes blanked the Calgary Flames 5-0. It’s Smith’s 21st shutout with the Coyotes, tying the franchise record shared by Nikolai Khabibulin and Ilya Bryzgalov. 

Jimmy Vesey’s third-period goal gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, extending their winning streak to six games. Rangers forward Kevin Hayes collected a goal and an assist in the win. 

Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson are the NHL stars for the week ending Feb. 12, 2017

DETROIT FREE PRESS:  Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has waived an in-person hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety and will instead have a phone interview Wednesday regarding his slash on Sunday to the face of Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon. 

ESPN.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust (upper-body injury) could be sidelined longer than expected. He was sidelined during last Thursday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. Meanwhile, center Evgeni Malkin could return to action as early as tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom could miss at least one game with a lower-body injury. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild placed forward Tyler Graovac on waivers. 


  1. The other day Hockey83 went to great lengths to point out how Calgary compares favorably to Nashville, Edmonton and Anaheim, saying that the difference in points to date is related to OT losses by the other 3 – i.e., the dreaded 3-point game – and went on to cite a bunch of “ifs” that could vault the Flames back into the picture when they emerge from their week off. Well, a 5-0 loss to the lowly Arizona Coyotes – and at home to boot – sure doesn’t help the cause.

    • Abysmally poor showing for the Flames after the break. They were simply terrible.

    • The ifs are still there George with 95% of the league. It’s one game whats your point. Pittsburg lost to Arizona a couple nights previous it’s one game..what’s your point. The difference is related to the OT losses. Does the team you cheer for not lose…are they not in a close race…what’s your point. Why do you feel the need to single me out because I have hope for a team I cheer for. I also can see that they play LA 4 more times before the season is over that’s 4 four point games against the main team the flames are fighting for a spot with. Their chances are bleak…I was just pointing out that everyone’s record in the west was actually very close and only the OT points set them apart. I mean look at Toronto. if not for their incredible ability to lose in overtime they would be one of the worst teams in the league again this year but due to that league best 11 OT loses and because of the 3 very exciting young stars on their team fans don’t care that their record is actually 25 and 29…nothing good about that except that they are better at losing than anyone else and do it with excitement. Lucky for Calgary very few teams in the league right now over the last 10 games that are in this incredibly close playoff race on both sides are putting nowhere near the effort in required to make it into a playoff spot. All I meant by it was that the Flames need to do whatever they can in every game to get the extra point as the teams ahead of them make their living doing it.

      Yes you are correct losing never helps the cause. Thanks so much for pointing that out. Just wasn’t quite sure whether or not losing 5-0 quite helped the Flames cause but you sorted that right out for me didn’t you. Thanks for the incredible insight

  2. Nyquist’s hearing is Wednesday I believe.

    • That slug should get 10 games he was three inches from destroying that guys eye…… there was intent there for sure…no room for that crap

  3. Too bad about Tyler Graovac being waived. Never seemed to fit in with the Wild. Sure was a fan favourite here in Ottawa while playing for the 67’s….wonder if the Sens take a flyer on him?

    • A lot of teams have to pass first.

    • He cleared waivers sent to the minors