NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 18, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates, Tkachuk suspended and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 36 shots while Zach Werenski and Artemi Panarin scored the only goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets shut out the New York Rangers 2-0. It’s the first time in five games the Jackets scored more than once in regulation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets have suffered a significant power outage so far this season. In 2016-17, they were sixth in goals for per game (3.01) and 12th in power-play percentage (19.0). They’re currently 18th in goals for per game (2.85) and have the league’s worst PP percentage (10.5). If not for Bobrovsky’s stellar goaltending over the last five games, the Jackets probably wouldn’t have won their last three games.
Third-period goals by Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings and Sabres are two rebuilding club heading in different directions right now. The Wings have won six of their last 10 games and hold third place in the Atlantic Division, while the Sabres have won only three of their last 10 and sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
USA TODAY: Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk received a one-game suspension for his role in a line brawl during his club’s recent game against the Red Wings.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Good news for the Vegas Golden Knights’ goaltending depth, as Malcolm Subban has been activated off injured reserve. Subban could get the start in Vegas’ game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Wideman will be sidelined for weeks with a ripped hamstring.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs re-signed winger Josh Leivo to a one-year, $925K contract extension.
SPORTSNET: With the cities of Houston and Seattle expressing interest in acquiring NHL franchises, and with the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators in need of new arenas, league commissioner Gary Bettman subtly raised the heat on Calgary and Ottawa to get those venues built.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flames and Senators agree to pick up a healthy portion of the construction costs, the cities of Calgary and Ottawa will certainly do their part to help those arenas get built. The problem, as always, is the ownership of those respective franchises want, or will want, the cities to pick up most of the tab. Recently re-elected Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi has already made it clear that’s not something he supports, while the Ottawa city council wants to ensure its taxpayers aren’t overburdened by an arena deal.
THE ATHLETIC: The effects of the changes in the coach’s challenge rule and the crackdown on slashing were among the items discussed during yesterday’s meeting of NHL general managers in Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The general managers met in the same hotel where, 100 years ago, the NHL was born. Apart from the photo op commemorating that event, it doesn’t appear as though very much was accomplished in yesterday’s meeting.
KUKLA’S KORNER: presents an interesting breakdown, from data provided by the NHL, of the coach’s challenges thus far this season.