NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2018

by | Jan 1, 2018 | News, NHL | 7 comments

William Karlsson becomes the first member of the Vegas Golden Knights to score 20 goals in a season. (Photo via NHL Images)

Happy New Year, hockey fans! Here’s the latest game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: William Karlsson tallied the first hat trick in Vegas Golden Knights’ history as his club thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. It’s the Golden Knight’s seventh straight win. Leafs center Auston Matthews picked up his 100th career point. The Leafs also learned defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (suspected broken foot) could be sidelined until late-January. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson is Vegas’ leading goal scorer, reaching a career-high 20 goals. He’s also the first player in franchise history to reach that mark. Of all the players selected in the expansion draft, he could turn out to be a steal for the Golden Knights. 

Speaking of the Golden Knights, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was named The Hockey News’ newsmaker of the year for 2017. “From a second straight Stanley Cup to the Vegas expansion experience to concussion pains, Marc-Andre Fleury was in the headlines for some of hockey’s biggest stories in 2017.”

Andrei Vasilevskiy picked up his league-leading fifth shutout of the season while Tyler Johnson scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-0. 

The Winnipeg Jets also enjoyed a 5-0 shutout with their victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 35 shots while Kyle Connor and Bryan Little each collected a goal and an assist. 

Jimmy Howard made 37 saves and Gustav Nyquist notched his 100th career NHL goal as the Detroit Red Wings upset the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Nyquist tallied twice in this contest. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Penguins struggling and perched three points out of a wild-card berth, this loss to Detroit will further stoke the trade speculation swirling about the defending Stanley Cup champions in recent weeks. 

The Calgary Flames blew a 3-0 lead but went on to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on an overtime goal by Mark Giordano. Matthew Tkachuk scored twice for the Flames while Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist. Earlier in the day, the Flames placed winger Michael Frolik (fractured jaw) on injured reserve

Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Nathan MacKinnon collected three assists as the Colorado Avalanche crushed the New York Islanders 6-1. The Avalanche played without rookie J.T. Compher, who suffered an upper-body injury during Friday’s game against Toronto. Isles head coach Doug Weight was ejected from the game for cursing at the on-ice officials following the Avs’ fourth goal. 

The Dallas Stars picked up their fourth win in five games with a 6-0 beatdown of the San Jose Sharks. Ben Bishop made 26 saves for the shutout, Tyler Pitlick scored twice and Radek Faksa added three assists. 

Three unanswered third-period goals lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Ducks center Antoine Vermette scored and set up two others while Rickard Rakell scored twice.   



  1. After 2 consecutive Stanley Cups and 4 finals in the last decade I’m starting to make peace with the chance that the Penguins are going to miss the playoffs for the first time in a long time. I also think Rasmus Dahlen is going to look mighty fine in a Penguins uniform. They could sell off a couple of other assets like Hornqvist and maybe get another first round pick and some seconds depending on who they move out. This draft is deep and grabbing a centre and a dman in the first round would not be the end of the world. Can’t win every year it’s not fair to the rest of the league.

    • Hornqvuist isn’t bringing back 1st. Maybe Guentzel brings a first.

      • Guentzel isn’t going anywhere and Hornqvist could easily bring a first if a team feels his skill set can make them contenders. Ryan Reaves cost a first and a good prospect. Martin Erat got Filip Forsberg. Anything can happen at the deadline.

  2. Vegas not only got Karlsson from Columbus but they got a 1st round pick that they even moved for a better spot and grabbed Nick Suzuki. George McPhee must of sold his soul to connect the dots so well last summer.

    Like getting Shea Theodore as a sweetener from the Ducks who will QB the powerplay for years to come. the more you look at George’s moves the more you understand the amazing work done

    • Also fair to credit Bettman & the league for setting up an expansion fair to a new player who put up half a billion. Remember 25 years ago, when the Lightning & Sens started picking from the Minors as existing clubs basically could protect everyone. Should make it easy for Seattle to qualify…but still, mcPhee did a rare job, agreed.

      • Very true. But if you look at all the ‘expert’ mock draft picks McPhee went his own way 70% of the time passing over the obvious choices most of the time. Needless to say Seattle’s GM will have a tough time matching. No one could of predicted team chemistry though

  3. vegas definitely did a great job… no one mentioned the bulk of picks yet to come he also got. seattle wont have gallant though.