NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 22, 2017
Game recaps plus updates on Evgeni Malkin, Ryan McDonagh, the Bruins’ goaltending & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko had a Gordie Howe hat trick as the St. Louis Blues crushed the Edmonton Oilers 8-3. Tarasenko scored twice, set up two others and fought with Oilers with Edmonton’s Matt Benning after the latter laid on a leg-on-leg hit on Blues center Brayden Schenn, who escaped uninjured. Schenn also finished the game with two goals and two assists while Jaden Schwartz also had a four-point night for the Blues.
Two second-period goals in less than a minute by Devin Shore and Jason Spezza helped the Dallas Stars defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. The Habs were playing without defenseman Shea Weber, who was a late scratch with a lower-body injury. The Canadiens have dropped four straight games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My preseason selections of the Oilers as a Stanley Cup contender and the Canadiens as a playoff club look awfully silly right now. Toe Blake was right: predictions are for gypsies.
Brock Boeser scored twice to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, extending the latter’s losing skid to five games. The Canucks were playing without forward Derek Dorsett, who returned to Vancouver to deal with stiffness in his back and neck.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At the quarter pole of this season, the Canucks are perched just outside a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. Looks like their rebuilding plan is starting to bear fruit. Their top three scorers are 20-year-old Boeser, 25-year-old Flames castoff Sven Baertschi and 22-year-old Bo Horvat.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss tonight’s game against the Canucks with an upper-body injury. He’ll be reevaluated on Thursday.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh will be sidelined from tonight’s contest against the Carolina Hurricanes with an abdominal strain. More details on his condition could be announced today.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin has suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury and remains sidelined indefinitely.
BOSTON HERALD: With starting goalie Tuukka Rask struggling and backup Anton Khudobin playing well. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has yet to decide which one will start in tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy has overcome his slow start to this season. “Leddy has 14 points in his last 11 games to vault into the top 10 in the NHL in goals (five) and points (16) for defensemen.”
Former NHL forward Drew Miller has signed with Swedish team Brynas IF.