NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 24, 2017

by | Feb 24, 2017 | News, NHL

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg celebrates one of his three goals against the Colorado Avalanche.

Game recaps, Hurricanes trade Hainsey to Penguins, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Filip Forsberg (left) became the first player in Nashville Predators history to tally back-to-back hat tricks as he led the Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Patrick Kane collected a hat trick and Corey Crawford kicked out 34 shots to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 6-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Sean Monahan scored his 100th career NHL goal and Dougie Hamilton had a three-point night (one goal, two assists) as the Calgary Flames hung on to edge the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin missed the game with the flu.

Brad Marchand netted his 26th goal of the season and Anton Khudobin made 27 saves as the Boston Bruins defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1, picking up their fifth win in their last six games.

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and Mika Zibanejad tallied the winner in a shootout to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Thomas Greiss turned in a 24-save shutout performance as the New York Islanders blanked the Montreal Canadiens 3-0, spoiling the 1,000th career NHL game for Canadiens head coach Claude Julien.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday acquired defenseman Ron Hainsey from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for minor-league winger Danny Kristo and a second-round pick in 2017. The Hurricanes also picked up half of Hainsey’s $2.8 million cap hit. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Hainsey’s a solid veteran addition to the Penguins injury-ravaged defense corps. While he has puck-moving skills, he’s largely used in a more defensive role now, especially on the penalty kill. In 891 career NHL games, Hainsey has never played in the postseason. With Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley sidelined long term, the Penguins could place them on LTIR, giving them more flexibility to add another defenseman if necessary. 

NEWS & OBSERVER: Speaking of the Hurricanes, they placed left wing Bryan Bickell on waivers with the intention of sending him to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. Bickell, diagnosed with MS last fall, is attempting to play his way back into the Hurricanes’ lineup and is getting the opportunity to get back into game shape by skating in the minors. 

CSN MIDATLANTIC: Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils rookie forward Pavel Zacha was diagnosed with a concussion. There’s no timetable for his return.

MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks are donating $20,000 toward the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund.