NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 15, 2017

by | Nov 15, 2017 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Game recaps, analysis of the Kings trading Cammalleri to Oilers, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers thumped the Vegas Golden Knights 8-2.

Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks overcame a 2-0 deficit to nip the Los Angeles Kings 3-2.

Earlier in the day, the Kings traded winger Mike Cammalleri to the Edmonton Oilers for forward Jussi Jokinen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cammalleri was losing ice time with the Kings as younger forwards such as Alex Iafallo and Adrian Kempe took on more prominent roles on their scoring lines. The Oilers need scoring depth at right wing and that’s where he’ll likely be slotted.  Jokinen, meanwhile, struggled with the Oilers and didn’t have the confidence of head coach Todd McLellan. The Kings hope he’ll provide experienced depth to their checking lines. 

Zach Werenski’s overtime goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Earlier in the day, sidelined Canadiens goaltender Carey Price assured the media his current lower-body injury isn’t related to the season-ending one he suffered in 2015-16, insisting it remains a minor issue. He’s been sidelined nearly two weeks. The Habs also claimed goaltender Antti Niemi off waivers from the Florida Panthers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Niemi’s poor performance this season, this move provoked criticism by Habs followers on Twitter. However, GM Marc Bergervin justified the decision, citing Price’s injury and uncertainty over how long backup Al Montoya might be sidelined by a concussion.

Call-up Charlie Lindgren’s playing well but Bergervin wanted a little more experienced behind him. Niemi played under Habs goalie coach Stephane Waite when both were with the Chicago Blackhawks, so perhaps Waite can help Niemi overcome his current difficulties in goal. 

Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves while Adam Lowry scored and set up another to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, who set a league record by become the first team not to record a regulation win in its first 20 games of the season. Prior to the game, the Jets inducted former star Dale Hawerchuk into their Hall of Fame.

Earlier in the day, the Coyotes traded goaltender Louis Domingue to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goalie Michael Leighton and winger Tye McGinn.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The writing was on the wall for Domingue with the Coyotes when he struggled filling in for sidelined starter Antti Raanta, forcing the Coyotes to acquire Scott Wedgewood from the New Jersey Devils. He’ll become the Lightning’s third-string goalie. 

Devan Dubnyk picked up his third straight shutout and also collected an assist as the Minnesota Wild blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0.

Sidney Crosby snapped an 11-game goalless skid and Conor Sheary scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Buffalo Sabres 5-4. Sam Reinhart had a three-point performance for the Sabres.

Kevin Fiala and Mattias Ekholm each had a goal and an assist to give the Nashville Predators a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals. T.J. Oshie potted two goals for the Capitals. The loss spoiled the return of Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen, who missed 13 games with a left hand injury.  Earlier in the day, the Predators learned winger Scott Hartnell and defenseman Yannick Weber will be sidelined several weeks with lower-body injuries.

Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck’s shootout goals gave the Florida Panthers a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 40 saves and Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice for the Panthers. Jamie Benn tallied twice for the Stars.

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller fractured his left clavicle during Sunday’s game against Chicago and will be sidelined indefinitely.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Martin Frk could be sidelined for a week with a groin injury. 

TSN: Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion doesn’t expect winger Clarke MacArthur to play this season. MacArthur failed his team medical upon reporting to training camp in September and has since moved with his family to Florida. He’s been hampered by concussions in recent years.

SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs called up forward Nikita Soshnikov and demoted forward Frederik Gauthier.



  1. With Niemi rebounding like the proverbial yo-yo, despite his horrible stats at every stop along the way, that alone has to underscore the dearth of viable NHL-calibre back-up goalies. Hell, they would have been better served by taking Hammond off Waivers from Colorado – even as a temporary starter. At the moment he’s still playing for the Sens farm team in Bellevile where he sports a 2.82 gaa and a save % of .912 in 9 games.

    • Habs would have been better picking up Kapernick than Niemi 🙂

      • Habs would be better picking up Patrick Roy than Niemi

    • Montoya wasn’t injured when Hammond went on waivers.

      • I’m sure they still could have acquired him even after waivers for next to nothing.

      • Montoya wasn’t diagnosed with a concussion until Nov. 11. He last played on Nov. 4. Hammond was traded on Nov. 5. Again, there was no reason for them to pursue Hammond at that time.

      • I was thinking yesterday when they opted to bring in the sieve.

      • Hammond wasn’t on waivers. And as far as a trade goes, perhaps the Avs are seeking more than other clubs are willing to part with right now.

  2. Niemi hasn’t provided NHL caliber goaltending since he played for the Sharks and even then it was not atca high level. This antiquated notion of needing to have an experienced goaltender has set a few teams back this year. The Penguins are now much better off with their 2 young guns and allow them to figure it out as they go than having Niemi sabotage their season. The Jets should never have signed Mason either and just went with Hellebuyck and Hutchinson. The Red Wings are stuck on Jimmy Howard too when they should be splitting time between Petr Mrazek and Jarred Coreau. The Bruins could have kept and played Malcom Subban if not for Kubodin. The NHL hangs onto below average players for far too long.

    • Why would the wings do that?
      Howard is playing well and the forwards are a group of talented mix of youth and experience. When you look at the top three lines for Detroit, this team isn’t as bad as everyone makes them out to be.

      Mantha – Zetty – Nyquist
      Tatr – Larkin – Athanasiou
      AbdelKader – Nielsen – Helm

      • I said nothing about the forward group from the REd Wings. I just think they are better off going with Mrazek and Coureau than waiting for Howard’s next LTIR always stint. Not that they could move him and his contract at this point.

      • Then again Abdelkader, Nielsen and Helm are all overpaid fourth liners who bring little to the table. And they should have never broken up Mantha and Larkin.

  3. The Habs pick-up of Niemi signals that Fucalle is not ready nor is McNiven. I have felt from the start of the year that Montoya is playing his last season with the Habs. If he comes back and plays well he will be traded at the deadline or before the draft, depending on the Habs stance re the playoffs.

    • Fucalle is pretty much a bust at this point.