NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 11, 2017
Game recaps plus updates on Jaden Schwartz, Marc-Andre Fleury and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko’s overtime goal gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Earlier in the day, the Blues learned Tarasenko’s linemate Jaden Schwartz will be sidelined at least six weeks with an injured right ankle suffered during Saturday’s game against Detroit, while defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is day-to-day after taking a puck to the foot during that game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues successfully adjusted to early-season injuries to key players such as Alex Steen and Jay Bouwmeester. However, they’ll face a bigger challenge coping to the loss of one of their top scorers and their best defenseman, though the latter could return to action soon.
The Minnesota Wild blew a 3-0 lead but went on to defeat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on an overtime goal by Nino Niederreiter. Eric Staal scored twice for the Wild, who’ve won four of their last five games, while Brent Burns also tallied two goals in a losing cause for the Sharks.
A three-goal third period carried the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane collected two assists in this game. The Coyotes have lost four straight.
Curtis McElhinney turned in a 41-save performance and Zach Hyman scored the only goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Edmonton Oilers 1-0. The Leafs were playing without young superstar center Auston Matthews, who was shaken up following a collision with teammate Morgan Reilly during Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. He’s expected to be available during the Leafs three-game road trip this week.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights yesterday activated goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury off injured reserve. He missed 25 games to a concussion and is expected to start Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite Fleury’s lengthy absence, the Golden Knights managed to cope with a revolving door of goalies, several of whom were also sidelined at times by injury. Should Fleury remain healthy for the rest of the season and quickly regain his form he’ll give Vegas invaluable veteran stability in the crease.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets could be without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (lower-body injury) when they face off tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.
CBS SPORTS: New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey was placed on IR with an upper-body injury.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: With forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg returning to action, the Anaheim Ducks placed forward Jared Boll on waivers.
TSN: Ottawa Senators forward Alex Burrows was fined $5,000.00 for roughing after striking San Jose Sharks blueliner Dylan DeMelo in the face with his stick. DeMelo was fortunate to avoid a serious eye injury.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers intend to retire No. 37 in honor of founder and former owner H. Wayne Huizenga.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders and New York City FC unveiled their competing bids for the Belmont Park redevelopment plan. The Isles want to turn it into a year-round sports center.