NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 13, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates, Mark Streit on waivers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Slater Koekkoek scored the first two goals of his NHL career, Alex Killorn had four points and Steven Stamkos netted his first goal of the season to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 37 saves backstopping his club to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, handing the latter their first loss of the season. Luongo picked up his 454th career win, tying Curtis Joseph for fourth on the NHL all-time wins list.
Chris Stewart scored twice as the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. It was a costly win for the injury-riddled Wild, as forwards Marcus Foligno, Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle left the game with injuries. No word yet regarding how long they could be out. The Wild entered with Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund on the sidelines.
Timo Meier and Chris Tierney each collected two points powering the San Jose Sharks to their first win of the season as they edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. The Sharks were missing defenseman Paul Martin, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day.
Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves backstopping the Winnipeg Jets to their second straight win of the season, doubling up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2.
Rookie defenseman Samuel Girard tallied his first NHL goal and added an assist as the Nashville Predators downed the Dallas Stars 4-1. The Predators played without captain Roman Josi, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
A shorthanded goal by Luke Glendening broke a 2-2 tie as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. The Coyotes remain winless this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl remains questionable for Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators after suffering an eye injury during their recent game against the Winnipeg Jets. Draisaitl missed his second straight practice. The injury isn’t considered serious but the Oilers don’t want him back on the ice until he’s completely healed.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis observes goaltender Mike Smith is masking the Flames shortcomings. Most notable is the high volume of shots they’re giving up, as Smith is facing an average of 40 shots per game this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Flames considerable blueline depth , it’s troubling they’re giving up such a high volume of shots. It’s the defensive system that’s the issue here. It must improve if they want to avoid burning out their goaltender this season.
NBC SPORTS: The Montreal Canadiens yesterday placed defenseman Mark Streit on waivers. Multiple reports suggest he might not report to the Habs AHL affiliate in Laval. Instead, he might retire and return to Switzerland to play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens were reportedly shopping Streit but obviously couldn’t find any takers. If he’s demoted and reports to Laval, the Canadiens won’t get any cap relief from his $700K salary. That’s because he’s on a plus-35 contract.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings forward Kyle Clifford is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Ondrej Kase on injured reserve after he suffered an apparent head injury in Monday’s game against the Calgary Flames.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Michael McLeod underwent surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks.