NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2017

by | Feb 20, 2017 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba (right) faces a disciplinary hearing for this hit on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone.

Game recaps, player demotions and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each collected two assists as the Winnipeg Jets topped the Ottawa Senators 3-2. It was a costly loss for the Sens, as forwards Mike Hoffman, Tommy Wingels and Matt Stone left the game with injuries. Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba faces a disciplinary hearing tomorrow for an illegal hit on Stone.

Earlier in the day, it was reported Senators winger Bobby Ryan may have broken the index finger of the right hand during Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and could be sidelined three-to-six weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s expected we’ll learn more about the status of Hoffman, Wingels and Stone later today. 

Brad Marchand’s overtime goal lifted the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. It’s the Bruins’ fourth straight victory under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. 

Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and Mats Zuccarello scored the game winner as the New York Rangers edged the Washington Capitals 2-1. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 27th goal. 

Third-period goals by Tomas Tatar, Thomas Vanek and Luke Glendening carried the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby netted his league-leading 32nd goal. 

Ryan Strome scored twice and set up another to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-4 win over the New Jersey Devils. Taylor Hall had a three-point performance (one goal, two assists) for the Devils. New Jersey winger Mike Cammalleri was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. 

P.K. Subban and James Neal each had two assists and Mattias Ekholm scored the winning goal as the Nashville Predators nipped the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. Jackets blueliner Zach Werenski scored a goal and set up two others in a losing cause. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was also former Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen’s first in Columbus since he was dealt to Nashville last season. He was a little disappointed that the Jackets opted not to recognize his tenure. 

Curtis McElhinney turned in a 37-save shutout performance, Connor Brown scored twice and Jake Gardiner picked up three points as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. 

Shayne Gostisbehere tallied three assists for his first three-point NHL game to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

John Gibson made 24 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and Josh Manson scored the only goal in the Anaheim Ducks 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. 

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks crushed the Buffalo Sabres 5-1. 

Jonathan Drouin scored in overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Taylor Fedun cleared waivers on Saturday and was demoted to their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild reassigned Alex Tuch to the Iowa Wild. 


  1. The Senators will now drop like the proverbial rock. Absolutely NO depth.

    • Its a shame but thats how the game works. The sens were playing some competitive hockey all things considered.
      In tve days to come we should have a better understanding on their injury situation and the footprint they would/could occupy in the east.
      I seem them honestly as sellers now.

    • Not the only team that will lose players down the stretch. Thanks to the World Cup of Hockey and the mandatory bye week, teams are playing far more often than they should. It’s a shame really – think about the playoffs and the teams that go deep. They’ll be basket cases come June.

      • Of course injuries are part of the game – but name the last time a team lost its top 3 wingers in one swoop.

    • I wouldn’t be so sure that they will crumble. Tough break but teams sometimes come together in such situations. Anderson is back & he can steal games. Boucher has Ottawa playing a pretty solid defensive brand of hockey.

      Pageau moves up, Lazar plays a regular shift, Varone & Paul get called up, Ottawa is essential forced to address in trade if Hoffman or Stone are out for any length of time. With Ryan out 3 weeks they were kind of forced to regardless.

      Don’t give up hope. Sometimes these things work out the exact opposite of the obvious. See the Hamburglar playing lights out when Anderson went down a few years ago due to his Chicken farming accident.

      • I think your right Striker. I don’t think this team is good enough to compete with the Caps and Pens, but they are still playoff bound. Now is the time to see if their depth really is quality or not. Chances are a trade or two happen now. Lazar probably is the biggest winner as he’ll play regularly and likely not be dealt (my cousin is his new neighbour, so I know he’ll be happy) due to lack of replacement available.

      • Interesting. McCormick & Bailey getting the call as injury replacements instead of Varone & Paul.

      • Not really a surprise. McCormick is a LW with 16 goals and Bailey a RW with 14 goals. Varone has been playing C all year and that’s one position they don’t need to fill right now. Paul has struggled all year and has just 8 goals.

      • It’s a bad blow for sure, George, I was making the point that other teams, playing this ridiculous schedule, will see the injuries mount up. The Sens deserve a lot of credit for their play this year. Winnipeg are doing a great job of beating the heck out of their fellow Canadian franchises.