NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2017

by | Nov 16, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

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. 


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.


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: 




  1. LMAO. Good one Lyle. Sums it up perfectly.

  2. I haven’t laughed this hard at a Spector article or comment ever before in my 8 or so years here on this site.

  3. I just think it was interesting to watch how quicl the VGK were to give up on Calvin Pickard. I think he’s going to be a good G in the future.

  4. Truly fantastic!

  5. beautiful lyle

  6. Ha-ha! Love it. Lyle your usually not so out there. Well done. Had me laughing hysterically this early in the morning. Took my brain with out any tea yet a few seconds to process what I was looking at, a dumpster fire. Hahahahahah

    Brilliant & in full agreement.

  7. Lyle taking it to the next level with GIFs! This man can do no wrong.
    Thanks for the laugh early in the morning 🙂

    • Thanks, everyone. Just couldn’t resist. Sorry, Coyotes fans, didn’t mean to rub it in. 😉

      • I just hope all Chayka’s “analytic” calculations are fueling that fire.

  8. As a Red Wings fan, it is great to see this group of young players starting to take steps forward. Not the highest picks in their draft years, but more of what Detroit was able to do in past 25 years, turning younger guys into complete 200 foot players. The loss of Datsyuk and the lack of scoring consistentancy from guys like Helm, Abdelkader, Tatar and Nyquist has been biggest disappointment. If Larkin, Mantha, Frk and Athanasiou can maintain this pace and improve, Wings short term outlook starts to improve dramatically. Now, if they can do something about the progress of the younger defensemen….

    • Detroit looked good last night but the Flames goaltending might have triggered Lyle’s Arizona video. Talk about throwing gas on a fire.

      • True. Smith stymied them last week. But for this season overall, Wings are 9-8-2, 20 points. Larkin has 4G, 14A and is winning 52% FO. Mantha has 10G, 9A. AA has 4G in limited time, Frk 6G in limited time. As gloomy as some media and so called Wings want to make it, things appear to be looking up.