NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 14, 2017
Game recaps, Jack Eichel sick of losing, Mark Streit clears waivers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Nicklas Backstrom collected four points, T.J. Oshie scored twice and Alex Ovechkin netted his league-leading ninth goal as the Washington Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-2, handing the latter their first loss of the season.
Henrik Zetterberg scored and set up three others to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, ending the latter’s three-game winning streak. The Golden Knights also unveiled their mascot, Chance the Gila Monster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No offense, Golden Knights, but Chance looks more like The Fantastic Four’s Ben Grimm dipped in cheese sauce. As a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I’ll never be able to look at Chance without thinking of this episode.
Mikko Rantanen had two assists and Tyson Barrie scored the winner as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. Avs forward Nathan MacKinnon left the game after being clipped in the eye by the stick of Derek Grant. They were also playing without rookie Tyson Jost, who’s day-to-day with a bone bruise.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacKinnon wasn’t seriously hurt and is expected to play in tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars.
Craig Anderson turned in a 26-save shutout as the Ottawa Senators blanked the Calgary Flames 6-0. Kyle Turris collected three assists while Cody Ceci and Mark Stone each had a goal and and an assist.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves and Artemi Panarin scored the game winner to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the struggling New York Rangers.
NBC SPORTS: Buffalo Sabres young star Jack Eichel isn’t happy with this club’s poor start. “We’ve got to just figure a way to be sick of losing. I know I’m sick of losing. There’s a lot of guys that are sick of losing. There’s a difference between playing hard and playing hard and smart. We’ve got to execute our game all the way through the lineup, myself included.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes are the only teams still winless this season. Both clubs entered this season with heightened expectations for improvement after making significant changes. It’ll be interesting to see if Eichel’s comments provide motivation for his teammates.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle is out six-to-eight weeks with a broken leg, Nino Niederreiter will miss the next three weeks with a high-ankle sprain and Marcus Foligno is expected to miss at least a week with a left facial fracture.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild placed Coyle on long-term injury reserve, providing them with some much-needed cap relief. Still, that’s cold comfort for a club that now has five key forwards (Coyle, Niederreiter, Foligno, Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund) on the sidelines.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Mark Streit cleared waivers on Friday. However, he won’t be reporting to their AHL affiliate in Laval. Instead, he’ll take the next several days to consider his options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens tried trading Streit but evidently found no takers. At 39, his NHL playing days appear over. It’s speculated he could retire and return to Switzerland in order to join their Olympic club.