NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 23, 2017

by | Feb 23, 2017 | News, NHL

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrates one of his two goals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams each collected two assists and Braden Holtby made 30 saves to give the Washington Capitals a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a costly win for the Capitals, as defenseman Matt Niskanen suffered an apparent left-leg injury after a collision with Flyers blueliner Radko Gudas. 

Kris Russell’s first goal of the season was the game winner as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Florida Panthers 4-3. Jussi Jokinen and Keith Yandle each collected two assists in a losing effort for the Panthers, whose five-game win streak came to an end. The Oilers left this game short two defensemen, as Adam Larsson didn’t play due to an undisclosed injury and Andrej Sekera left the game after being struck by the puck. They’re not expected to be sidelined for long. 

Rickard Rakell scored twice while Corey Perrey and Nick Ritchie each had two assists to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins, snapping the Bruins’ four-game win streak. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings placed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff on waivers as starter Jonathan Quick is close to returning to action from a groin injury suffering during the season-opener in October. He’s expected back by early- to mid-March. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan had a follow-up procedure on his surgically repaired right hip in New York and could miss the remainder of this season. 

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas will miss about a month with a suspected broken left hand. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (broken fibula) could return to action on Saturday. He’s been sidelined since Dec. 3. 

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings sent goalie Jared Coreau to Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint. He’s expected to be recalled following the Wings’ bye week. 

OTTAWA SUN: Former NHL defenseman James Wisniewski talks about how he wound up playing in the KHL this season after failing to get an NHL contract and his efforts to play his way back to the bigs. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights won’t be taking part in the 2017 NHL trade deadline on March 1, as owner Bill Foley won’t have his final installment payment of his expansion fee paid up by that point. Foley blamed documentation red tape on the delay. 

THE PLAYERS TRIBUNE: Hockey Night in Punjabi’s Harnarayan Singh documents how he rose from a young hockey-loving kid in Brooks, Alberta to becoming a play-by-play announcer for Sportsnet.