NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2017
Game recaps, Blue Jackets re-sign Atkinson, Witkowski suspended & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up two others while Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning thumped the Dallas Stars 6-1.
Gabriel Landeskog netted his first career NHL hat trick and Nathan MacKinnon had a five-point night (one goal, four assists) to give the Colorado Avalanche a 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. Earlier in the day, the Avs sent rookie forward Travis Jost to their AHL affiliate on a conditioning assignment.
The Minnesota Wild scored four goals in the final seven minutes to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat the Nashville Predators 6-4. Eric Staal and Jared Spurgeon each had a goals and two assists for the Wild. Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists for the Predators.
Frederik Andersen turned in a 42-save shutout performance and William Nylander scored with less than three seconds remaining in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the New Jersey Devils 1-0. It was the Leafs fourth straight win without Auston Matthews (suspected back injury), who’s expected to return to action on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.
Speaking of the Canadiens, they blew a 2-0 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Arizona Coyotes, who picked up their first regulation win of the season.
Roberto Luongo kicked out 35 shots to collect his 74th career shutout as the Florida Panthers beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0.
Rookie Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists and Johnny Boychuk potted the game winner as the New York Islanders rallied back from blowing a 3-1 win to down the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4.
Bryan Little netted the game winner in a shootout as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. The Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit on goals by Mathieu Perreault and Mark Scheifele. Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas could face a suspension after being ejected from the game for a slash to Perreault’s head.
Anton Khudobin made 27 saves as the Boston Bruins snapped their four-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Bruins welcomed center David Krejci back to the lineup for the first time in a month but defenseman Torey Krug is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered against Anaheim on Wednesday.
Brayden Schenn scored twice and set up another to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Third-period goals by Erik Haula, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Earlier in the day, the Knights placed defenseman Luca Sbisa (lower-body injury) on injured reserve.
Riley Sheahan tallied his first goal of the season to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-1.
THE ATHLETIC: The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with right wing Cam Atkinson on a seven-year, $40.25 million contract extension. The annual average cap hit is $5.75 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Atkinson, 28, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. His new deal will also reportedly come with no-trade/no-movement clauses. This is a significant raise, up from the $3.5 million AAV of his current deal.
Since 2013-14, Atkinson’s been among the Jackets’ most consistent scorers, exceeding 20 goals and 40 points four times, including a career-best 35-goal, 62-point effort last season. His stats are down this season (six points in 15 games), in part because he was hampered by a lower-body injury. The Jackets are obviously confident he can maintain his offensive form. He’s become a key part of their rise into a playoff contender.
CBS SPORTS: Speaking of the Blue Jackets, they placed sidelined forward Zac Dalpe on waivers.
NBC SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski received an automatic 10-game suspension for returning to the ice to participate in a brawl during his club’s 8-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk will receive a phone hearing with the league’s department of player safety for his role in instigating the brawl.
CBC.CA: Tilman Fertitta, owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, is reportedly very interested in bringing an NHL franchise to Houston. In a statement, Fertitta said he was “very interested in the possibility of bringing the NHL to Houston”. However, the deal will have to be one “that works for my organization, the city, fans of the NHL throughout the region and the NHL Board of Governors.” He adds that they’re “in the early stages of evaluating what opportunities may exist but look forward to a thorough process.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Houston has something of a hockey history, being the former home of the WHA’s Houston Aeros in the 1970s and the IHL’s Aeros from 1994 to 2003. This won’t be the first time Houston was mentioned as a possible home for an NHL franchise. In 1998, the Edmonton Oilers were within hours of being sold to a group that would’ve moved the franchise to Houston until a group of 38 entrepreneurs, headed by Cal Nichols, submitted an offer that kept the club in Edmonton. Whether Fertitta has better luck landing an NHL team via relocation or expansion remains to be seen.