NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 4, 2017
Game recaps, Joe Thornton fined for slashing, latest on the Oilers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Blake Wheeler scored and set up three others and Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Ottawa Senators 5-0. Wheeler is now fourth among the league’s scoring leaders and first in assists with 28. The Jets were playing without rookie winger Kyle Connor, who’s day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Winnipeg also supplanted the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference. After watching the Jets’ inconsistency in the past, this season’s version looks like they’re for real. They’re fifth in goals-for per game (3.44) while giving up the fifth-fewest goals (2.63) with the second-best power-play percentage (27.4).
Tyler Seguin and Brett Ritchie each scored twice leading the Dallas Stars to a 7-2 thumping of the Colorado Avalanche.
Jonathan Quick made 24 saves while Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown each tallied a goal and an assist to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings have won five straight games while the Blackhawks have dropped four in a row.
Reilly Smith’s overtime goal snapped the Vegas Golden Knights’ three-game losing skid as they edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and an assist for Vegas, while Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun scored in his first game back from offseason knee surgery.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton was fined $5,000.00 by the league’s department of player safety for slashing Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson on Saturday.
CBS SPORTS: The New York Islanders placed forward Casey Cizikas (lower-body injury) on injured reserve.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers claimed defenseman Brandon Davidson off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.
YAHOO SPORTS: Speaking of the Oilers, Kyle Cantlon reports team owner Daryl Katz reportedly bought the most expensive home ever sold in Los Angeles, plunking down $120 million for the six-acre estate.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cantlon sums this up nicely: “Good thing the city of Edmonton was able to provide hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the Oilers new arena, eh?”