NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2017

by | Nov 12, 2017 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Game recaps plus updates on Marian Gaborik, Travis Zajac, future Olympic participation & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Rick Nash scored twice to give the New York Rangers their sixth straight victory by doubling up the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey wound up with his two front teeth knocked out and driven into his lower lip after being struck in the mouth by the skate of Oilers forward Zach Kassian.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After struggling through most of October, to the point where head coach Alain Vigneault was reportedly in danger of losing his job, the Rangers have climbed from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings into a wild-card berth

Mike Hoffman scored twice as the Ottawa Senators edged the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 to sweep their two-game 2017 SAP NHL Global series. The Sens were playing without forward Zack Smith, who suffered a fractured thumb in the first game of the series and will be sidelined for three weeks. 

Kyle Turris scored and set up another while Kevin Fiala and Filip Forsberg scored in a shootout as the Nashville Predators edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4. Phil Kessel also had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. 

Jason Zucker scored his sixth goal in three games and Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves as the Minnesota Wild blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. 

Brandon Saad’s overtime goal completed a three-goal rally by the Chicago Blackhawks in their 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Alex DeBrincat scored twice for the Hawks. Brock McGinn tallied twice for the Hurricanes. 

Anders Lee scored and set up another as the New York Islanders tallied three first-period goals on route to beating the St. Louis Blues 5-2. 

Aaron Dell turned in a 41-save shutout performance while Logan Couture and Chris Tierney each scored twice to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-0 blanking of the Vancouver Canucks. Sharks forward Timo Meier could face supplemental discipline for butt-ending Canucks blueliner Michael Del Zotto in the face. Meier received a five-minute major and a game misconduct. 

Curtis McElhinney made 38 saves while Mitch Marner and James van Riemsdyk each scored a goal and an assist to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Jack Johnson’s goal in the ninth round of a shootout gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, snapping their four-game losing skid. The Wings were playing without forward Justin Abdelkader, who suffered a fractured cheekbone in a fight with Troy Brouwer during Thursday’s game against the Calgary Flames.

Cory Schneider made 32 saves as the New Jersey Devils ended a four-game losing streak with  a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers. The Devils also learned center Travis Zajac, who underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, could return to action as early as next week. 

Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each netted a goal and an assist to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. 

Max Pacioretty’s overtime goal lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, giving the Habs their fourth win in five games. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens learned backup goalie Al Montoya is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.

Winger Marian Gaborik has resumed skating with his Los Angeles Kings teammates for the first time in six weeks. He’s still recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee. 

SB NATION: cites an interview given by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman with SVT Sport in Sweden saying he isn’t ruling out sending players to future Olympic Games, but he finds it ““hard to envision a scenario where it makes sense.” While there’s speculation the NHL could take part in the 2022 Beijing Olympics to grow the league’s brand in China, Bettman hints future Olympic participation could be limited to those staged in North America. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s some speculation Olympic participation could become an issue in the next round of collective bargaining between the league and NHL Players Association. However, I don’t see that being a significant sticking point in future negotiations. 



  1. These guys are supposed to be pros and they’re making HUGE dollars in comparison to the rest of society. The owners who are forking over those dollars therefor have every right to limit how and where they play hockey outside of the confines of the NHL – including the Olympics.

    Why not just limit Olympic hockey to the best juniors in the world?

    • I agree with you, George, that the owners have the right to decide what international tournaments their players participate in. However, I find it hypocritical of them that they don’t want to go to Pyeongchang, citing the lost revenue from shutting down the schedule for two weeks, but have no problem potentially doing so for Beijing or for Winter Games held in North America. They don’t make any money off of those either, but apparently have no issue with that. You’re either in or out, they can’t have it both ways.

      • So very true. But then hypocrisy has never been lost on Bettman and some of the owners. Having said that, with that wing-nut in North Korea not very far from Pyeongchang, and his love for international attention, I don’t imagine it will be all that comfortable for the athletes gathering in South Korea wondering if the idiot will lob a missile into their midst. On the other hand he wouldn’t dare fire anything into Chinese territory.

        I still say let it be mainly a junior representation – perhaps with some NHLers/AHLers under 23 (isna’t that what Soccer does for their Olympic representation?

      • I’m fairly certain as a business you do have the right to choose when & where you wish to participate in things. That’s called democracy, free enterprise & the way business works in free run nations.

        Bettman is a very bright man & his comments are always made to serve a purpose. This is about money & if the OIC wants NHL players in China it will have nothing to do with growing the game in China but giving the NHL back the financial rights it had before N. Korea & adding concessions about using the images & marketing opportunities that having NHL players play in the Olympics provides, marketing rights.

        I know it sounds crazy as Hockey is a winter sport in theory but having it in the summer games would make it far easier for all involved. Never going to happen but NHL hockey runs from mid September, preseason games, till early to mid June. 8 months most of them played when it’s warmer than colder. Ha-ha!

        Bettman’s impact on the growth of hockey world wide is amazing. The influx of Americans which is really just starting & from the Nordic countries, but also Switzerland is shocking. NHL hockey is 1 of the fastest growing sports in the world & in relationship to the other US major sports has the largest growth potential of all.

        It has the ability to be a truly global sport.

        The data the NHL compiled on it’s participation in any Olympic games has been bad to mediocre, even those staged in North America & it hasn’t been worth the financial impact nor player injuries incurred.

        The best avenue for the NHL is to create it’s own best on best format. The World Cup.

        The players will get their concession to participate in all future Olympic games in the next CBA, The owners will have solved the issues with the IOC & the concession the players have to make to get owners approval will be well worth it for all involved.

        The NHL doesn’t have a short term vision. Bettman & Co are thinking decades out. The NHLPA by nature is thinking short term as although a union it’s structure & constant change in management personal particularly at the top is doing them no favors. They just keep shooting themselves in the foot. Well if getting paid millions of dollars a year is such.

  2. Agreed. I’ve long suggested they should just cancel the WJC during an Olympic year and let the juniors play in that tournament.

    • & give up all that revenue? The IIHF knows where it’s bread is buttered. Playing the WJC’s in North America every other year.

      Major Jr. hockey is a serious cash cow for a great many member teams, they like the NHL aren’t just giving that money away.

      I’m not trying to be disrespectful but how about you give up your revenue for 3 weeks, put yourself in peril or throw away your biggest cash cow to just go to a tournament that serves no purpose for you or your business. Very admirable but not realistic.

      The easiest comparison & can find to give you Lyle is the NHL lock outs. How has your business or revenue stream fared during those events? As that’s what your essentially asking the IIHF & it’s member organizations to do. Shut down, lose your revenue & do so for the greater good.

      • “for the greater good .” Now THAT has all the earmarks of a Utopian society – at the very least, tilting to the extreme left.

        I don’t imagine there are too many pro sports owners who vote the socialist/liberal left ticket.