NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 18, 2017

by | Dec 18, 2017 | News, NHL | 7 comments

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.




    • So, a Pissburgh fanatic cites a rumormonger as a source for a trade. Who cares? Serious question. With Vegas looking like a lock to make the playoffs and Marchessault is an important piece of their offense, why would they trade him?

      • I didn’t say it was a “source” just someone who shared the same opinion. I’ve already answered your question but I guess I will again. Vegas is playing waaaay above their heads and most of the rest of their division is playing below where they should be. Is Marchessault going to re-sign? Is Neal? Is Perron? Does Vegas have a realistic chance of winning a cup this year? If the answer to any or all of those questions is no then Vegas should be moving those players for futures by the TDL. That is the best thing for the franchise long term. Is making maybe a round or 2 of the playoffs worth losing the FAs and all the potential assets they could have acquired for them worth making the playoffs? A good team building GM would say no, let’s ride this out for as long as we can for the publicity but this is not sustainable beyond this season. This is supposed to be a strong draft why not have 3 or 4 first round picks? That’s why.

      • At almost 3 mil a gate in playoff revenue I’d say yes, even 2 gates is over 5 mil in revenue.

        I’d like to see Vegas resign Marchesseault but if heading to the playoffs I’m not trading him even if he walks for as a UFA.

    • Getting Marchessault into a Penguins jersey this season is a pipe dream. VGK are 2nd in their division, they will either stand by their roster or look to improve it by the deadline if that remains the case. There has been nothing so far to indicate that will change.

      Other factors working against this include Marchessault’s pending UFA status at the end of the season. Why would Pittsburg trade any of its precious few trade-worthy assets for two months of service? For that matter, what assets does Pittsburg have to offer, other than a sixteenth defender, to pry such an asset away?

      If Marchessault wears a Penguins jersey, it will be his choice as a free agent in July, and not due to a trade this season.

  1. you know who would look good in a Knights’ jersey? Sidney Crosby

    Pens are out of a playoff spot, might as well trade him


    • Yeah his NMC might have something to say about that.