NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2017

by | Oct 29, 2017 | News, NHL

Game recaps, Coyotes and Devils swing a trade and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt each netted three points to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. It was the Coyotes 11th straight loss, tying the league record for most consecutive season-opening defeats. Devils forward Marcus Johansson missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. 

Earlier in the day, the two clubs swung a trade, as the Coyotes sent a fifth-round pick in 2018 to the Devils for goaltender Scott Wedgewood.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gotta feel for the Coyotes, who are playing hard and not giving up but can’t buy a win. It’s not as though they’re getting blown out of every game.  Four of their losses came by one goal and four by two goals. This awful start is overshadowing the play of young forward Clayton Keller, who leads the Coyotes and all NHL rookies in goals (eight) and points (12).

With Antti Raanta due to return soon from injury, the addition of Wedgewood could put current backup Louis Domingue’s future in question. Domingue’s struggled to carry the load in Raanta’s absence. 

John Tavares netted a natural hat trick and Jordan Eberle scored twice to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-2 thrashing of the Nashville Predators. 

Philip Danault had a four-point night (two goals, two assists) as the Montreal Canadiens hung on for a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers. 

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov had their 11-game points streaks come to an end as the Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Rickard Rakell scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf collected three assists for the Ducks, who welcomed back defenseman Sami Vatanen and goalie Ryan Miller from injured reserve. 

One night after being crushed 7-0 by the Vegas Golden Knights, the Colorado Avalanche rebounded with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had two goals and an assist. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and Alex Ovechkin picked up three assists to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Earlier in the day, Ovechkin was praised for buying clothing for a shirtless homeless man in Edmonton. “It’s something that if you see a guy almost naked out there in that kind of temperature I think every human can do something,” he said.

Jakub Voracek and Brandon Manning each tallied a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Nazem Kadri tallied both goals for the Leafs, who’ve now dropped three of their last four games. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere left the game with an upper-body injury . 

Tyler Toffoli’s buzzer-beating goal in overtime gave the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. It was his second goal of the game. 

Logan Couture’s late third-period goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, spoiling Jack Eichel’s 21st birthday. 

Scottie Upshall scored a goal and set up two others as the St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. Jackets winger Cam Atkinson left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury

Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves and Mikko Koivu scored the game winner as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. 

Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Gustav Nyquist tallied the tying and winning goals as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Florida Panthers 3-2 in a shootout, snapping a six-game winless skid.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Allan Walsh, the agent for Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, took to Twitter to sharply criticize the NHL’s concussion spotter system. Fleury is currently sidelined by a concussion suffered in an Oct. 13 game against Detroit. 

THE PROVINCE: Former Vancouver Canucks goalie Kay Whitmore was ordered by a judge to pay back over $384,000 he received after investing in a Ponzi scheme run by a Vancouver notary. The judge noted Whitmore “was not a party to nor had any knowledge that it was a Ponzi scheme he’d invested in.”