NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2017
Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt even the most die-hard Golden Knights fan envisioned their club holding first place in the Pacific. Considering their injury-ravaged goaltending, this is an impressive achievement for an expansion team. I still don’t see this club clinching a playoff berth, but if they do, it’ll make a helluva story.
Josh Bailey scored the winner in overtime and also collected two assists as the New York Islanders topped the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. Bailey’s goal came as the result of impressive work by center John Tavares.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For anyone with lingering doubts over why Tavares could be the top player potentially available in this summer’s free-agent market, watching him shake off Flyers center Sean Couturier to set up Bailey’s game winner should wipe away your uncertainty. It was highlight reel stuff, folks.
Brock Boeser scored two goals for the second straight game while Anders Nilsson made 43 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boeser’s tearing it up offensively of late. He now leads this season’s rookie class in goals (11) and points (21).
Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast both scored two goals as the New York Rangers thumped the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. The Rangers have won eight of their last 10 games.
Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice as the Minnesota Wild edged the Buffalo Sabres 5-4, handing the latter their seventh straight defeat. Jordan Nolan scored two goals for the Sabres.
Jakub Vrana scored twice, Evgeni Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists and Alex Ovechkin tallied his 14th goal of the season in the Washington Capitals’ 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, handing the Sens their fourth straight defeat. Earlier in the day, the Sens claimed Gabriel Dumont off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Filip Forsberg netted two goals and Kyle Turris tallied the winner in a shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, leaving the latter winless in their last five games. The Habs were playing without defenseman Shea Weber (lower-body injury) for the second straight game.
Connor McDavid and Ryan Strome each collected two assists as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a three-game losing skid with a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Nathan MacKinnon had three assists and Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots to shut out the Dallas Stars 3-0. MacKinnon has 20 points in his last 10 games.
Nick Bjugstad scored in a shootout as the Florida Panthers squeaked past the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. Roberto Luongo made 43 saves for the win while Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen kicked out 42 shots.
Brayden Point’s overtime goal completed the comeback for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they overcame a 2-0 deficit to nip the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Patrick Kane scored twice for the Hawks.
Steve Mason made 38 saves as the Winnipeg Jets hung on for a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Charlie McAvoy’s shootout goal gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Anton Khudobin turned aside 40 shots for the victory. Earlier in the day, the Devils learned winger Kyle Palmieri will miss four-to-six weeks with a broken right foot.
Josh Anderson scored in overtime and Sergei Bobrovsky had a 22-save shutout performance as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the Calgary Flames 1-0.
Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Joel Ward scored to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, ending the latter’s three-game win streak. It was a costly loss for the Coyotes, as goalie Antti Raanta left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury.
THE ATHLETIC: Escrow payments for NHL players are going down. The rate for this season was set at 11.5 percent to start the season, but it’s plausible they’ll only lose eight or nine percent of their pay to escrow by season’s end. The players will also receive escrow refunds of 3 percent for 2015-16.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: High escrow clawbacks are a significant issue for the players. But if that rate is declining and they continue to see refunds, it could dampen speculation suggesting the NHL Players Association might vote for an early opt-out of the collective bargaining agreement in September 2019.