NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 19, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs scored four times on their first five shots to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 6-3. Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly each scored a goal and set up another for the Leafs. Nick Jensen collected three assists for the Wings.
Jaden Schwartz tallied a hat trick to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Vladimir Tarasenko netted his 150th career NHL goal. The Blues also welcomed back forward Alexander Steen, making his season debut after suffering a broken wrist in preseason play.
Adrian Kempe and Mike Cammalleri did all the goal scoring for the Kings in their 5-1 victory over the hapless Montreal Canadiens. Kempe tallied his first career NHL hat trick while Cammalleri scored twice and set up two others.
It was a costly win for the Kings, however, as forward Jeff Carter left the game with a lower-body injury that could sidelined him for a while. Meanwhile, the Canadiens learned David Schlemko underwent surgery on his right hand and is sidelined three-four weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s still only early in this season but the Canadiens (1-5-1) are in deep trouble. Despite getting a high volume of shots in their first seven games, they’re struggling to find the back of the net. They certainly let down backup Al Montoya, who kept them in this game through the first two periods. Costly defensive breakdowns in the third period led to this loss for Montreal.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins announced forward Ryan Spooner (torn groin muscle) will miss four-to-six weeks. Meanwhile, goaltender Tuukka Rask was banged up in practice yesterday and didn’t return. A further update on his condition is expected today.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators listed center Nick Bonino as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Bonino’s agent believes he’ll be sidelined for “a couple of weeks.”
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL agent Stacey McAlpine has been charged with fraud in a case related to former Ottawa Senators Dany Heatley and Chris Phillips. McAlpine is accused of bilking the two players out of $12 million over a seven-year period.