NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 26, 2017

by | Oct 26, 2017 | News, NHL

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Alexander Steen scored a goal and set up three others to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn each collected two assists for the Blues. Mikael Backlund scored twice for the Flames.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves and Seth Jones picked up two points as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-1. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers are crossing their fingers hoping goaltender Roberto Luongo’s right-hand injury isn’t serious. His condition is under assessment. The Panthers also recently claimed goalie Antti Niemi off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Claiming Niemi is an insurance move by the Panthers in case Luongo’s sidelined longer than expected. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins center David Krejci is now listed as week-to-week with a back ailment.

THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings hope to get a boost to their roster when winger Andreas Athanasiou makes his season debut. He’s expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Athanasiou recently ended a lengthy contract standoff with the Wings, inking a one-year, $1.387 million deal. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars coach Ken Hitchcock and goaltender Ben Bishop aren’t dwelling over the former’s decision to pull the latter from Tuesday’s 5-3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche. Bishop expressed his displeasure to reporters following the game. His comments raised some eyebrows around the league. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders demoted forward Joshua Ho-Sang to their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t help but wonder if Ho-Sang fits into the Isles long-term plans. Though he’s only 21 and still has plenty of upside, he’s having difficulty sticking with the big club. 

TSN: Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan is joining the NHL’s hockey operations department.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the notion the recently retired Doan might play for Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.