NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 22, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates and the Red Wings make two trades. Details in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Anze Kopitar scored twice and Dustin Brown collected four points to give the Los Angeles Kings a 6-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Kings remain the only team unbeaten in regulation this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since changing to a more offensive style under new head coach John Stevens, the Kings are a different team compared to the club that struggled to score last season under Darryl Sutter’s defensive system. After finishing 24th in goals for per game last season (2.43), the Kings are currently third (3.86).
William Karlsson’s overtime goal gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. The expansion Golden Knights have won six of their first seven games. However, they’ve lost another goaltender to injury as Malcolm Subban left the game with a lower-body injury.
Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey each had a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers snapped a five-game losing skid by doubling up the Nashville Predators 4-2. Filip Forsberg also had a goal and an assists for the Predators. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist collected his 407th career NHL win, moving into a tie with Glenn Hall for ninth on the all-time list.
Lance Bouma scored the game winner as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. The Coyotes remain winless (0-7-1) this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A season that began with so much promise for the Coyotes following a summer of roster and coaching changes has quickly gone off the rails. Could a front-office shakeup be next?
Steven Stamkos netted four points and Nikita Kucherov scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1.
Ryan Suter collected three points and Alex Stalock kicked out 35 shots to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames, who also lost winger Jaromir Jagr to a lower-body injury.
Derrick Brassard and Mark Stone each had two goals and an assist as the Ottawa Senators held off a third-period rally by the Toronto Maple Leafs to emerge with a 6-3 victory. Auston Matthews and William Nylander each had a goal and an assists for the Leafs. Senators winger Bobby Ryan fractured his right index finger blocking a shot and will be sidelined for a month.
James Reimer made 41 saves as the Florida Panthers ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Before the game, the Panthers announced goaltender Roberto Luongo was placed on injured reserve (right hand) and will be out at least a week.
Ryan O’Reilly scored in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres overcame a three-goal deficit to edge the Boston Bruins 5-4. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each scored twice for the Bruins, who placed center David Krejci and defenseman Kevan Miller on injured reserve.
John Tavares scored a goal and set up two others while Anders Lee tallied twice to give the New York Islanders a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Logan Couture scored all of the Sharks goals.
Wayne Simmonds’ late third-period goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Tyler Pitlick scored twice and Ben Bishop made 36 saves as the Dallas Stars nipped the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. Jeff Skinner scored twice for the Hurricanes.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings made two trades Saturday to free up salary-cap space and clear a log jam on their blueliner. They shipped center Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth-round selection to the Pittsburgh Penguins for left wing Scott Wilson and a third-round pick in 2018. They also dealt blueliner Ryan Sproul to the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Matt Puempel.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sheahan ($2 million cap hit) was moved to create salary-cap space for winger Andreas Athanasiou’s one-year, $1.38) million contract. The Pens were in the market for an affordable third-line center and were linked to Sheahan in the rumor mill since the summer.
Sheahan’s struggled offensively since last season but perhaps he’ll regain his scoring touch with a deeper roster. His defensive ability, size (6’3″, 226 lbs) and versatility (he can also play on the wing) are the attributes that made him attractive for the Penguins. Sproul will report to the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford while Puempel is headed to Grand Rapids.