NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2017
Game recaps, examinations of why scoring is up this season and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Radek Faksa tallied a natural hat trick and Ben Bishop turned in a 34-save shutout performance as the Dallas Stars blanked the Vegas Golden Knights 3-0. It’s the first time the expansion Golden Knights have been held scoreless in a game.
John Tavares and Anders Lee each collected a goal and an assists to give the New York Islanders a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, handing the latter their third straight loss. The Isles are the only team unbeaten at home in regulation (8-0-2) this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Improved ice conditions at Barclays Center this season is contributing to the Isles strong home record.
Andrei Vasilevskiy got his second shutout of the season as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-0 blanking of the Buffalo Sabres. Mikhail Sergachev and Dan Girardi scored for the Bolts as Vasilevskiy turned aside 34 shots.
Denis Malgin’s goal late in the third period lifted the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers, snapping the latter’s four-game win streak. Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists while Rangers forwards Chris Kreider, David Desharnais and Pavel Buchnevich had three-point performances.
Logan Couture picked up two assists as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1, handing the Flyers their ninth consecutive defeat. Sharks forward Jonas Donskoi left the game in the second period with a “mid- to lower-body injury” and didn’t return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flyers fans were calling upon general manager Ron Hextall to fire head coach Dave Hakstol but he doesn’t appear ready to make that move yet. Hextall feels the club is playing better than its record and praised the players for not pointing fingers of blame at each other. Still, the longer this slide continues the louder the calls for a coaching change from the Flyers faithful.
Pekka Rinne made 37 saves backstopping the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Earlier in the day, the NHL department of player safety fined Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane $5.000.00 for slashing Anaheim’s Nick Ritchie during the Hawks 7-3 win over the Ducks on Monday. Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba received a similar fine for unsportsmanlike conduct during his club’s 7-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Anze Kopitar scored twice and set up another to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed sidelined forward Andy Andreoff on injured reserve.
Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist while Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the Jackets’ seventh victory in their last eight games.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes sent defenseman Jakob Chychrun to their AHL affiliate for conditioning as he works his way back to action from offseason knee surgery.
Frederik Andersen made 17 saves in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames. Andersen has now won seven of his last nine starts. Flames winger Jaromir Jagr missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. He could be sidelined two-to-four weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Murray’s injury and yesterday’s reports claiming the Pens are shopping defenseman Ian Cole has prompted some speculation they could be in the market for an established backup goalie. I’ll have more on this later this morning in the rumors section.
BOSTON HERALD: Injuries continue to pile up for the battered Bruins as forwards David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk will miss tonight’s game against the Lightning.
ESPN.COM: The crackdown on slashing and offensive zone draws are among several factors listed by Greg Wyshynski for why scoring is up this season in the NHL.
THE ATHLETIC: Justin Bourne notes several teams, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins, are beating the shot-blocking layers by employing their defensemen to set up redirect shots on goal.