NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2017

by | Dec 3, 2017 | News, NHL | 13 comments

Game recaps, November’s top rookies, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Paul Byron scored a hat trick and Alex Galchenyuk collected four assists to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 10-1 beatdown of the Detroit Red Wings. The Habs won their fifth straight game while the Wings dropped their seventh in a row. Earlier in the day, Canadiens defenseman Brandon Davidson was placed on waivers

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A week ago, the Canadiens were near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. After five straight wins, they’re third in the Atlantic Division. This lopsided victory came on the 22nd anniversary of the Wings thumping the Habs 11-1, ending Patrick Roy’s tenure in Montreal. 

Alex Ovechkin scored his 19th goal of the season and Evgeny Kuznetsov got the winner as the Washington Capitals edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. With his 577th career goal, Ovechkin moves up to 20th on the all-time goal leader list. 

The Philadelphia Flyers’ losing skid continued in a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each netted a goal and an assist and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the shutout. The Flyers have tied their longest losing streak in franchise history. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flyers late owner Ed Snider were still alive, general manager Ron Hextall and/or head coach Dave Hakstol probably would’ve been fired by now. However, Hextall doesn’t appear in any danger of losing his job and he’s standing by the embattled Hakstol. Looks like they’re taking a patient approach to rebuilding their roster.

Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson each scored twice to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Before the game, the Sharks placed winger Joonas Donskoi (lower-body injury) and defenseman Tim Heed (upper-body) on injured reserve. 

Tristan Jarry made 32 saves and Evgeni Malkin scored in his return from injury as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since taking over for the sidelined Matt Murray, Jarry’s begun to alleviate concerns over the Penguins’ goaltending depth. Granted, he had consecutive wins over the hapless Sabres but those victories should give his confidence a big boost. 

Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout as the Nashville Predators nipped the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, handing the latter their sixth defeat in their last seven games. Before the game, Nashville  forward Viktor Arvidsson assisted a Predators fan with his proposal to his girlfriend. 

Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice and Milan Lucic had a three-point night as the Edmonton Oilers built up a 6-1 lead and hung on for a 7-5 win over the Calgary Flames. Sam Bennett scored twice for the Flames. 

Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves and Matt Dumba scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the St. Louis Blues 2-1. 

Shootout goals by Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stars were playing without center Martin Hanzal, who was placed on IR with a hamstring injury. 

Jacob Markstrom kicked out 35 shots and Alex Edler tallied the game winner as the Vancouver Canucks held on for a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Scott Wedgewood made 26 saves for his second career shutout and Dylan Strome netted his first career NHL goal as the Arizona Coyotes blanked the New Jersey Devils 5-0. 

Noah Hanifin’s goal in the tying seconds of overtime lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. 

On Dec. 1, the NHL announced Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser was named rookie of month for November 2017. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Wideman will undergo surgery on Monday for an injured hamstring and will be sidelined four-to-six months. The Sens also reclaimed forward Chris DiDomenico off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland is day-to-day with a right-hand injury. 



  1. be really interesting to watch jarry play this month. he was the pens goalie of the future before murray roared out of nowhere. Jarry was made possible by the morrow for morrow trade so as a pens fan its good to see something positive come out of that. could a super month of dec put pens in a position to move a goalie for depth up front for another run? considering the lack of depth in anywhere but wing they might have to consider it.

    • I don’t see them moving either Murray or Jarry this year. Having 2 starter caliber goaltenders for $5 million is a luxury that can only help the team win. They will keep both for at least 2 seasons and then sell high on one of them when Gustavsson can move into the backup slot.

      • probably correct but I dont believe the pens have the bottom 6 forward depth to cpmpete for a cup. they have to acquire it somewhere and have little cap space and the pipeline is about drained. the have a few good prospects in gustafson, sprong, reese, their 1st round pick next year… not much to sell and still there is the problem of cap space.

  2. The Pens go back to having the rare luxury of insurance in the net. In a year or two they have the added luxury of being able to trade a goalie who won back to back Cups

    • If Jarry can stay healthy over the coarse of a season then I could definitely see Murray as the man moved…

  3. The Brayden Schenn trade should be enough to get any GM fired.

    • Especially considering what they got in return – Jori Lehtera, a C who has all of 0 goals and 2 assists in 17 games played, a 1st round pick (27th overall) last summer which turned out to be 5′ 11″ 170 lb C Morgan Frost of the S-S Marie Greyhounds – still YEARS away from ever seeing the NHL – if ever – and a conditional 1st round pick in 2018 which promises to be another in the bottom 5 of the draft based on play by St. Louis so far.

      • lehtera was a salary dump the other way and 1-2 1sts for a guy who had up to that point feel far short of expectations isnt bad. would schenn have been studly if he was still stuck in philly? no way to know.

      • I suppose … but it’s just that those 1st rounders are in the bottom 4 or 5 of the rounds (certainly figures to be in 2018) – and as I posted a week or so ago, in a 10-year period (not looking at recent years to give the picks time to shape up or ship out), close to 80% picked in that range did not make it, and most of those that did have turned out to be journeymen types – so Philly really needs to get lucky to turn those picks into key elements of their roster – let alone match Schenn’s contributions of 4 years of 20, 18, 26 and 25 goals and 41, 47, 59 and 55 points.

        Even if they do, it won’t be for at least 4 or 5 years.

      • All great points on that trade, George O.

        Tack on that Voracek contract and holy hell what the heck is Hextall smoking.. Regardless of Voracek’s bounce back this season, he has 6 more years on his contact at a 8+ million cap hit. The contact looked bad when he was scoring 55-60 points; just wait until he only posts 35!

        Those 2 moves alone will have knee capped that franchise for a decade.

  4. hey pens fans… I only just noticed the other day jarry wearing barrassos number… bet that grinds bar*$$holes gears.

  5. Boeser had a fantastic November and certainly deserved rookie of the month! There are some great rookies this year (Barzal, Keller, Butcher among them) but Boeser currently looks like the frontrunner for the Calder.

    • Hard to look past him, that’s for sure.