NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2017

by | Oct 12, 2017 | News, NHL | 13 comments

Games recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal and set up another as the Pittsburgh Penguins hung on for a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. It was Hornqvist’s first game since undergoing hand surgery in the offseason. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading eight goal for the Caps. 

Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and Cory Schneider made 47 saves as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3, handing the latter their first loss of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs outshot the Devils 50-31 but defensive breakdowns proved costly. The Devils, meanwhile, are 3-0-0 to open this season. 

Matthew Tkachuk scored twice and Sean Monahan netted the winner in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Dustin Brown scored twice for the Kings in a losing cause. Jaromir Jagr made his debut with the Flames but was held off the score sheet. 

Josh Gibson made 38 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. Brock Nelson tallied twice for the Isles. 

Sven Andrighetto scored twice and Nail Yakupov had a two-point game as the Colorado Avalanche thumped the Boston Bruins 6-3. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yakupov has three goals and five points in his first four games of this season. After struggling for the past three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues, the former first-overall draft pick looks comfortable with the Avalanche. He’s among the reasons they’ve won three of their first four games. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Limited salary-cap space (around $200K) is preventing the Minnesota Wild from calling up a forward to complete their fourth line. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They could demote defenseman Mike Reilly as he’s exempt from waivers but they appear reluctant to do that right now. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes placed forward Brendan Perlini (upper body) on injured reserve and recalled forward Emerson Etem.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers have demoted defenseman Samuel Morin. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Former Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher is settling into life after retirement. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Only 7,892 fans showed up for the Carolina Hurricanes’ recent home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the fact the Hurricanes last made the playoffs in 2009, it’s unsurprising their attendance was that low for an early-season Tuesday night game. If they can become a legitimate playoff club this season, the fans will return. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: A fan who tossed an octopus onto the ice during the Red Wings’ home opener at the new Little Caesars Arena will not be banned from returning. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The octopus toss is a 65-year-old tradition with the Red Wings. The fan was escorted from the building and received a misdemeanor fine. 



  1. Interesting. The Canes get 7,892 in a building that seats 18,680 – and last year averaged just over 11,000 per game – and some shoot down any suggestion that they should be moved elsewhere. Ottawa has 300 empty seats on a weeknight against a so-so draw (Detroit) and it’s front-page news in a city where the Phoenix pay system is STILL snarled in bureaucratic bumbling (there are people who have RETIRED from the government last year who still haven’t received their pension cheques!). Amazing.

    • Ottawa’s paid attendance for opening night against Was was only 17,009, 91.9%.

      People that think Carolina isn’t moving when their current lease agreement expires are deluding themselves. If not for their sweetheart lease agreement Carolina would lose more money than any team has ever lost annually, they lost over 15 mil in 2015-16 the last season currently reported & even though the team is getting better & is exciting to watch fans still aren’t coming out.

      • And if that 17.009 was in Winnipeg they’d be crowing that it was “standing room only.” Thousands of residents not receiving pay cheques of any kind is bound to have a trickle-down effect on a lot of aspects of the economy. Not reported as much is that restaurants are feeling the pinch as well. Maybe by dumping a bumbling government for one that will get it right will turn things around in Ottawa.

      • You are comparing Ottawa to Carolina – its not even close.
        When you go out to local rinks and facilities they are jam packed till 10-11-midnight with hockey locally, there is a lot….lot of passion for hockey in Ottawa, which obviously shows in your posts here everyday as well.
        To me this is an apples to orange comparison. Hockey should sell itself in Ottawa and its not being maximized. The criticism is absolutely warranted.

      • Seriously, Taz? You think people with a good income that could afford to go to the games that aren’t getting paid wouldn’t affect attendance? Marketing could be better, but the Phoenix scandal does have an impact on discretionary spending.

      • Van, this isn’t the first time Ottawa attendance has been an issue. Sure we can blame last year on Phoenix but not multiple years.
        The CTC is in Kanata which is dominated by the tech sector and there is a massive influx of venture investment in this city as well.
        No shortage of money or non government jobs here. Ottawa is no longer a government employee reliant economy

      • Excuse me, but the Phoneix pay system affects not just those NOT getting paid, but extended family and friends who are helping out as and where they can, so there is a trickle-down effect. As for Ottawa not being primarily a federal employee city, there are 313,734 relying on federal pay and a full ½ of that total is adversely affected by the warped pay system. Add to that pensioners who retired last year and STILL not receiving benefits and that does affect leisure spending like hockey games. And whether or not the latter is Phoneix-affected is immaterial. They both share one thing in common – bureaucratic incompetence.



    • Not so amazing. It’s a response to perceived Canadian arrogance when it comes to hockey. Carolina is a southern grow the games experiment. It will suck if Carolina has to move but as striker said team is on the up and still has abysmal numbers. They need a Nashville type of save the team campaign. I’ll believe it when I see it for a move but the threat of moving might be needed to galvanize the fans.

    • I wonder if Sens’ attendance issues result from demographics, more than from the economics of the Phoenix system. With more than 20% of Ottawa’s population being foreign born, and more than 20% of the Ottawa-Gatineau population claiming neither English nor French as its mother tongue, maybe a major part of the population is nots inculcated with the love of hockey that possesses most native-born Canadians.

      • I would argue that is not the case.
        Not born here, moved here when I was 18. My friends who weren’t born here are crazy about hockey too.
        There is punjabi commentary on hockey night in Canada. There is a ton of passion for hockey in Immigrants and new citizen who adopt Canada as their new home and are just as Canadian as others around them.

      • Perhaps it does, but I know lots of immigrants that didn’t grow up in Canada that regularly attend games. Could be the circles I’m in, but I doubt it.

  2. “I don’t think we worked,” said Babcock, after the 6-3 loss to the shockingly speedy new Devils. “They skated us into the ground.
    “I expected us to compete. That didn’t happen. When you cheat yourself, you look like that. “I was disappointed. I can’t remember the last time we played with that kind of effort. We didn’t have any juice. We didn’t do our part.”

    Uhh – they fire 50 – FIFTY -shots at Schneider and they had “no juice???? So, what he’s saying is, “if we had any effort we would have had 100 shots.” That it?

    Babcock’s a damned good coach – but he needs lessons in how to be contrite when trying to play that card after a loss.

  3. Colorado/Bs game was a battle of which gm will be fired first! Sakics team is winning but won’t last while Sweeney has just made so many bad moves I can’t/hope he will be gone before Christmas! I don’t understand what he is thinking? They cant score and that defense is just horrible