NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 30, 2017
NHL.COM: In his NHL debut, 32-year-old netminder Jeff Glass made 42 saves backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers. Patrick Kane collected two points, including the winning goal. Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a three-point game.
Earlier in the day, the Oilers activated defenseman Oscar Klefbom off injured reserve and placed blueliner Eric Gryba on waivers. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks placed center Artem Anisimov (upper body) on injured reserve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After years of kicking around the minors and the KHL, Glass finally makes his NHL debut. He was part of Canada’s 2005 World Junior Hockey championship roster that featured future superstars such as Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry and Shea Weber. Of course, this is only temporary as he’ll be backing up Anton Forsberg until starter Corey Crawford returns from injury. Still, if he plays well perhaps he can attract interest from another NHL club in need of goaltending depth.
Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves in his return after missing six games to a lower-body injury while Mikael Granlund netted a hat trick as the Minnesota Wild downed the Nashville Predators 4-2. Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau needed a few stitches after being struck on the head by a puck later in the third period. Predators winger Filip Forsberg left the game in the third period with an unspecified “problem”. An update is expected today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boudreau’s a former player so I doubt this phased him very much. No word yet if Forsberg’s problem was injury related.
A 42-save performance by Connor Hellebuyck carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Jets forwards Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Adam Lowry each had two points, while Anders Lee scored both Isles goals.
Cam Ward made 27 saves for his 305th career victory as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. The Canes have won four straight for the first time this season and seven of their last eight.
The Philadelphia Flyers ended the Tampa Bay Lightning’s home winning streak at eight games with a 5-3 victory. Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux each collected three points.
Alexander Radulov scored twice, including the game winner, to give a Dallas Stars a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Stars captain Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist.
Rickard Rakell had a two-point game as the Anaheim Ducks squeaked past the Calgary Flames 2-1. The Flames were playing without winger Michael Frolik, who’s listed as week-to-week with a fractured jaw.
Two goals by Jack Eichel set the stage for Rasmus Ristolainen’s overtime winner as the Buffalo Sabres overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3, handing the latter their first loss in six games.
J.T. Compher scored in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3. Nathan MacKinnon scored twice for Colorado, spoiling the return of former Avs goalie Calvin Pickard, who made 24 saves. The Leafs were playing without center Nazem Kadri, who missed the game with an upper-body injury.
The Ottawa Senators rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four straight goals and held on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4. Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone and Dion Phaneuf all collected two points for the Sens while Sonny Milano scored twice for the Jackets.
Jimmy Howard’s 37-save performance helped the Detroit Red Wings snap a three-game losing skid by edging the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout. Frans Nielsen picked up the winner with the only goal in the shootout.
SPORTSNET: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league won’t be drawn into any discussions over future Olympic participation until after the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.
THE PROVINCE (VIA EDMONTON JOURNAL): Douglas Quan profiles former NHL enforcer Stephen Peat, whose struggles with substance abuse and concussion symptoms related to his playing career have left him estranged from his family and homeless in Surrey, BC. Peat is also part of a class-action lawsuit filed by former players in the United States alleging the league didn’t do enough to protect them from brain trauma.