NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 12, 2017
NHL.COM: Mathieu Perreault scored twice and set up another as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-1. The Jets were playing without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who’s listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. The Canucks, meanwhile, announced forward Sven Baertschi will miss four-to-six weeks with a fractured jaw suffered during Saturday’s game against Calgary.
Logan Shaw had a goal and an assist to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The injury-ravaged Ducks saw another player sidelined as Corey Perry left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury, undergoing overnight observation at a local hospital.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Further details on Perry’s condition should be revealed later today.
Jonathan Bernier turned aside 39 shots while Mark Barbeiro and Blake Comeau scored as the Colorado Avalanche hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Phil Kessel netted the Penguins’ only goal.
Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves backstopping the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Andrew Ladd and John Tavares scored within 58 seconds in the second period, as the Isles pushed their home record to 9-1-2.
The Dallas Stars snapped their three-game losing skid by edging the New York Rangers 2-1. Jason Spezza tallied the game winner in the shootout round.
Mike Matheson’s overtime goal gave the Florida Panthers a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. James Reimer made 34 saves for the Panthers.
St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn, Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Philadelphia Flyers netminder Brian Elliott are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending December 10, 2017.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Kane’s two assists in Chicago win on Sunday over the Arizona Coyotes moved him to fifth on the Blackhawks’ all-time scoring list with 781 points.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris left practice on Monday after a puck clipped him in the face. The injury isn’t believed to be serious.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis believes the increase in NHL expansion fees from $500 million to $650 million gives Flames ownership more reason to sell the club and move it to Houston if a deal for a new arena in Calgary cannot be reached with city council.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Athletic’s James Mirtle offers up a compelling rebuttal:
Here’s the thing that’s mistaken in this piece:
Flames ownership do not, based on the precedent set in Atlanta, get to sell to whatever market they want and profit hugely. Atlanta’s owners received only a portion of the sale price to Winnipeg. https://t.co/InjY2GvqAK
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) December 11, 2017