NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 19, 2017
NHL.COM: Jake DeBrusk had a three-point performance while Charlie McAvoy had a Gordie Howe hat trick as the Boston Bruins crushed the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2. Boston forwards Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Backes each had a goal and an assist. The Bruins were playing without center David Krejci, who suffered an upper-body injury during the morning skate.
Stefan Noesen’s two goals late in the third period lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Former Devils forward Adam Henrique had a goal and an assist against his old team.
Tyson Barrie scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2, handing the latter their fourth loss in five games. The Penguins were playing without forward Patric Hornqvist, who returned to Pittsburgh yesterday for further treatment for an upper-body injury suffered during Saturday’s game against Arizona.
Ryan Strome tallied two goals while Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Patrick Maroon each collected two points to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a back problem.
Jonathan Quick’s 36-save performance backstopped the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, snapping the latter’s six-game winning streak.
TSN: Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott and New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey were the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 17, 2017.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have shut down defenseman Shea Weber (foot injury) for the remainder of December. He’s returning to Montreal to have the injury evaluated.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing their best defenseman for a significant period of time hurts the Canadiens’ chances of climbing back into playoff contention this season. They’re currently five points out of third place in the Atlantic Division.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks rookie star Brock Boeser avoided serious injury after being struck on the foot by a shot during Sunday’s game against Calgary. X-rays revealed he suffered a bone bruise and not a fracture as feared. He could return to action following the upcoming Christmas break.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks and their fans undoubtedly breathed a sigh of relief yesterday. With 30 points in 31 games, Boeser is Vancouver’s leading scorer and also leads all NHL rookies this season.
NEWSDAY: A shoulder injury could sidelined New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan for the remainder of this season. Meanwhile, sources say a decision is expected Wednesday regarding the Islanders’ bid to construct a new arena at Belmont Park.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Isles’ bid is successful it could prove a decisive factor in determining if team captain John Tavares decides to re-sign with them. He’s eligible next July for unrestricted free agency.