NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 10, 2018
Games recaps plus updates on Chris Kreider, Nino Niederreiter, Cody Franson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Patrick Kane had a career-best five-point performance (one goal, four assists) as the Chicago Blackhawks crushed the Ottawa Senators 8-2. Jonathan Toews and Nick Schmaltz each scored twice for the Blackhawks, who demoted defenseman Cody Franson to the minors after he cleared waivers yesterday. Veteran Hawks blueliner Brent Seabrook ($6.875-million annual cap hit) was a healthy scratch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Scratching the high-salaried Seabrook and Franson clearing waivers certainly raised eyebrows yesterday. Given Seabrook’s expensive cap hit and veteran presence he’s unlikely to be banished to the press box for long. Franson, meanwhile, could be a trade candidate. I’ll have more on his status later this morning in the rumors section.
Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor scored twice while Patrik Laine collected his 100th career point as the Winnipeg Jets thumped the Buffalo Sabres 7-4. The Jets have won three straight and six of their last seven while the Sabres dropped their fifth consecutive game. Jack Eichel tallied twice for Buffalo.
Tyler Johnson’s hat trick helped the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Carolina Hurricanes by a scored of 5-4. Teammate Brayden Point collected three assists.
Three straight second-period goals powered the Florida Panthers to a 7-4 thrashing of the St. Louis Blues. Panthers forwards Vincent Trochek, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau each collected three points.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: More troubling for the Blues is the ongoing struggles of goaltender Jake Allen, who’s going through another midseason slump. He’s won only one of his last nine starts with a 3.39 goals-against average and .896 save percentage.
The Washington Capitals picked up their fifth straight win (and their tenth consecutive home victory) by downing the Vancouver Canucks 3-1. Philipp Grubauer made 37 saves to pick up the victory.
Dougie Hamilton’s overtime goal gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Wild forced the overtime frame on third-period goals by Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon. Flames center Sean Monahan scored his 20th of the season. Prior to the game, the Wild announced winger Nino Niederreiter would be sidelined for a week with a lower-body injury.
First-period goals by Craig Smith and Viktor Arvidsson gave the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, handing the latter their seventh loss in eight games. Connor McDavid scored the Oilers’ only goal. Earlier in the day, the Predators announced the re-signings of depth defensemen Yannick Weber, Matt Irwin and Anthony Bitetto.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers winger Chris Kreider underwent successful rib surgery and will be reevaluated in six weeks. He remains sidelined indefinitely.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers forward Kevin Hayes is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
THE MERCURY NEWS: Off-the-cuff comments made by three San Jose Sharks players calling Winnipeg the worst NHL city to play in prompted Sharks GM Doug Wilson to issue an apology. Wilson is also unhappy over the club’s broadcast partner, NBC California, putting those players into that awkward position.
NEWSDAY: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman toured the refurbished Nassau Coliseum to assess its suitability as a temporary home for the New York Islanders while their new arena is constructed in Belmont Park. The Islanders played at the Coliseum from 1972 to 2015, when they moved to Barclays Center.
AZCENTRAL: The Arizona Coyotes contributed $1,000.00 donation to help pay for a fan’s funeral expenses. Douglas Tornese was killed in a car accident on Dec. 19 while on route to watch the Coyotes play the Florida Panthers.
The Seattle ownership group has received expansion paperwork from the NHL. Now it’s up to the Seattle group to formally apply. Haven’t yet.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 9, 2018