NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 20, 2017

by | Nov 20, 2017 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Game recaps, latest suspensions and updates on Joe Pavelski, Toby Enstrom & Jason Zucker in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: John Gibson made 50 saves and Corey Perry set up two goals as the Anaheim Ducks hung on for a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. 

William Karlsson scored twice and Maxime Legace made 27 saves to give the Vegas Golden Knights their seventh straight home victory by downing the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights sit second in the Pacific Division. Many observers (myself included) keep expecting midnight to strike for this Cinderella club but the Golden Knights have yet to show signs of collapse. Despite their injury-riddled goaltending, the expansion franchise continues to exceed expectations. 

Henrik Lundqvist had a 20-save shutout effort as the New York Rangers blanked the Ottawa Senators 3-0 to snap a two-game losing skid. The Senators, meanwhile, has dropped three straight since returning from their two-game series against the Colorado Avalanche in Sweden. Sens defenseman Mark Borowiecki was knocked unconscious when his head hit the boards following interference by Rangers blueliner Brendan Smith. He was diagnosed with a concussion.

Speaking of the Avalanche, Nathan MacKinnon’s scored with 46 seconds remaining in overtime gave them a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. 

Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho each had three-point performances as the Carolina Hurricanes doubled up the New York Islanders 4-2. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom was placed on injured reserve Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for two months with a lower-body injury. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: An undisclosed injury accounts for San Jose Sharks’ captain Joe Pavelski’s slow start to this season, He has just eight points in 18 games, marking his slowest start since 2007-08. 

NBC PHILADELPHIA: Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas received a 10-game suspension for a slash to the back of the neck of Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. Gudas has a long history of reckless play resulting in game ejections and two previous suspensions totaling nine games. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Auston Watson received a two-game suspension for boarding Colorado Avalanche forward Dominic Toninato.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker has pledged $1,600.00 for every goal he scores this season to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. With 11 goals already this season, he’s paid out $17,600.00. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Zucker’s on pace to reach 40 goals for the first time in his career, which would mean he could be pledging $64,000.00 by season’s end. 



  1. Gudas really should have gotten more for that slash. I know 10 games is a lot, but for a repeat offender, this is one of the worst things a player can do, and is was lucky he didn’t seriously injure Pearrault. A two handed slash onto a player who is on his hands and Knees accross one of the most vulnerable parts of the body, and one that has virtually no protection, is just a disgusting play. Even if his defense is it’s just reactionary, then there are something inherently wrong with his instincts that needs some major correcting. While I do think in some circumstances a player’s level of injury should be part of the decision making process (on borderline plays), on egregious offenses like this, it shouldn’t matter one way or another, it should be a massive suspension as a minimum standard.

    • Gudas is an animal. Here’s hoping one of the Flyers young dmen plays so well in his absence that the Flyers have no need for Gudas when he comes back.

    • What a disgusting act. There should be no place in hockey for that and I agree that the 10 game suspension is not nearly enough.

  2. vegas has got to be the 2nd favorite team of everyone if they make the playoffs… what a cool story.