NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2017

by | Dec 6, 2017 | News, NHL

Game recaps, Rangers top latest franchise value rankings, updates on Matt Moulson, T.J. Oshie & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Brayden Schenn tallied his third career hat trick as the St. Louis Blues held on for a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, ending their three-game losing skid and snapping the Habs’ five-game winning streak. Defenseman Shea Weber scored twice for the Canadiens.

After suffering a humiliating 10-1 loss to Montreal in their previous game, the Detroit Red Wings recovered to end a seven-game losing skid with a 5-1 win over the high-flying Winnipeg Jets. Wings forward Gustav Nyquist led the way with two goals and an assist while goalie Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for the win.

Marian Gaborik scored twice, including his 400th career NHL goal, as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2. Kings’ captain Anze Kopitar collected his 500th career assist as he finished the night with a goal and two assists.

Yanni Gourde potted two goals in 1:34 late in the second period to propel the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders. Nikita Kucherov and Chris Kunitz also collected two points for the Lightning. Isles rookie center Mathew Barzal also netted two points.

Jusse Saros kicked out 43 shots while Kyle Turris and Calle Jarnkrok each had a goal and an assist to give the Nashville Predators a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak also had a goal and an assist.

Filling in for an ill Henrik Lundqvist, Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves as the New York Rangers edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3, snapping the Pens’ four-game winning streak. Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello and Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist.

Corey Schneider made 41 saves as the New Jersey Devils dropped the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. Devils forwards Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and Stefan Noesen each collected two points.

Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves to collect his first NHL shutout as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. Canucks blueliner Derrick Pouliot tallied a goal and assisted on two others.

Erik Haula scored the game-tying goal and Alex Tuch netted the game winner in a shootout as the Vegas Golden Knights rallied to down the Anaheim Ducks 4-3. Haula finished the game with three points.

Third period goals by Evander Kane and Jack Eichel lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche to end their four-game losing streak. Robin Lehner made 35 saves for the Sabres. Earlier in the day, the Sabres loaned winger Matt Moulson to the AHL’s Ontario Reign.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: The New York Rangers top Forbes Magazine’s annual NHL franchise valuation ranking. The Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks are each estimated to be worth over $1 billion.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals winger T.J. Oshie is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury and unlikely to suit up tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon received a one-game suspension for slashing Washington’s Madison Bowey.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak hopes to return to the lineup tonight against the Calgary Flames. He’s been sidelined several days with food poisoning.

NBC SPORTS: On a non-NHL note, Russia’s ban from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics could disrupt the rosters of the Men’s Hockey tournament if the KHL retaliates to the ban by refusing to allow its players to participate in the Games. Earlier this year, the NHL announced it would not take part in the 2018 Olympics.