NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2017
Game recaps plus updates on Auston Matthews, Joe Thornton, Jeff Carter & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou each scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings thumped the Calgary Flames 8-2. Their efforts were overshadowed by a third-period line brawl in front of both benches after Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk jabbed Wings forward Luke Witkowski with his stick as Witkowski was being escorted to the dressing room following a fight with Brett Kulak.
Artem Anisimov’s first NHL hat trick powered the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers, snapping the latter’s six-game winning streak.
Josh Gibson’s kicked out 40 shots as the Anaheim Ducks doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2. Josh Manson and Nick Ritchie each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks. The Bruins could get some help for their upcoming game against the Los Angeles Kings, as center David Krejci (possible back injury) could return to the lineup tonight.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (suspected back injury) could return to action tonight against the New Jersey Devils. Matthews missed the Leafs’ last three games.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban (lower-body injury) is close to returning to action, possibly as soon as tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban’s potential return would be good news for the injury-depleted Vegas goaltending. They’ve depleted their minor-league roster and are now down to WHL Kamloops Blazers’ netminder Dylan Ferguson.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Mathieu Perreault (leg injury) has been activated off the injured reserve list.
Hearing a more accurate expectation from within LA Kings organization on Jeff Carter’s injury, is a February return. Gaborik expected to return mid December. #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@NHL_AaronWard) November 15, 2017
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The surprising strong play of rookie forwards Adrian Kempe and Alex Iafallo has offset the absence of Carter and Gaborik thus far.
THE MERCURY NEWS: takes issue with the San Jose Sharks for playing coy over the health of center Joe Thornton. He missed “both of the Sharks practices this week after sitting out two last week and skating for a season-low 14 minutes Saturday night.” They were also misleading when discussing Thornton’s recovery earlier this year from offseason knee surgery.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Buffalo’s Marco Scandella fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for slashing Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 15, 2017
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Arizona Coyotes are under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over allegations the club “spied on staff, engaged in union busting and fired two employees who raised concerns about pay.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We take you live to the Coyotes season thus far: