NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 18, 2017
Game recaps plus updates on Brock Boeser, Logan Couture, Erik Johnson, Pierre-Luc Dubois and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Mark Giordano scored twice and Sam Bennett collected four points to lead the Calgary Flames to a 6-1 rout of the Vancouver Canucks, who also lost rookie sensation Brock Boeser after taking a Giordano shot off his left foot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boeser couldn’t put any weight on his left foot and was spotted after the game on crutches sporting a walking boot. With Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Chris Tanev and Brandon Sutter already sidelined by injuries, losing their top scorer for a lengthy period could prove costly to their playoff hopes.
Patrick Kane scored twice to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth consecutive win by downing the Minnesota Wild 4-1. Kane is now one away from his 300th career goal. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is 9-0-2 in his last 11 games. Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon returned to action after missing nine games with a groin strain.
Jonathan Marchessault registered three points as the Vegas Golden Knights scored five unanswered goals to beat the Florida Panthers 5-2, giving Vegas coach Gerard Gallant a measure of revenge against his former club. The Golden Knights sit atop the Pacific Division with the best home record (13-2-1) in the Western Conference.
Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the St. Louis Blues 4-0. Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and center Kyle Brodziak returned from injury for this game.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture is listed as day-to-day with a concussion. No word as to when he might return to the lineup. He hasn’t attempted any form of physical exertion since suffering the injury last week in Vancouver.
NBC SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson received a two-game suspension for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov on Saturday. Namestnikov was able to remain in the game.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: A year after preparing to play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey championship, 19-year-old Pierre-Luc Dubois has solidified a roster spot on the Columbus Blue Jackets. In recent weeks he’s centered the Jackets top line after starting the season as a bottom-six forward.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs placed defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (lower body) on injured reserve and called up Martin Marincin.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers could tie an NHL record tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. A win tonight and they’ll tie the 1966-67 Maple Leafs as the only team to win seven straight games after a winless streak of at least 10 games.