NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2018

by | Jan 20, 2018 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Game recaps plus updates on Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nino Niederreiter and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Aaron Ekblad’s overtime goal lifted the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo via NHL Images).

 NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers spoiled the return of former coach Gerard Gallant by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. It was Gallant’s first game at the BB&T Center since the Panthers fired him in November 2016. Aaron Ekblad scored the winner in overtime while teammate Aleksander Barkov collected three points. Before the game, the Panthers honored former owner H. Wayne Huizenga. 

Ryan Kesler’s third-period goal lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, handing the latter their sixth consecutive defeat. Kings winger Dustin Brown received a $10,000.00 fine for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz during Thursday’s game between the two clubs. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin also received a $5000.00 fine for spearing Brown. 

Two goals by Max Pacioretty gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, snapping the Habs three-game losing skid. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is sidelined indefinitely as he’ll undergo surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He had been playing with the injury since the start of the regular season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That would explain why Shattenkirk hasn’t played as well as expected in his first season with the Rangers. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Turns out Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is more seriously hurt than originally believed. He’ll be sidelined five-to-six weeks with cracked ribs suffered against the Golden Knights on Jan. 13.  

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goaltender Steve Mason suffered his second concussion of the season after being struck with a high shot during a morning skate on Jan. 12.  

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Nino Niederreiter (lower-body injury) will be sidelined until after the All-Star break. 

TSN: The Seattle Group pursuing an NHL franchise has registered 13 potential team names. They are the “Cougars, Eagles, Emeralds, Evergreens, Firebirds, Kraken, Rainiers, Renegades, Sea Lions, Seals, Sockeyes, Totems and Whales.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d go with Rainiers or Totems as I think they best evoke the Pacific Northwest. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: “Red Fisher, the chronicler and the conscience of Montreal hockey whose career touched seven decades, died on Friday at age 91.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Fisher’s family, friends and former coworkers. He was my favorite hockey pundit and an inspiration. Fisher was unquestionably one of the finest reporters ever to cover the game of hockey. You can read examples of his work here



  1. Kind of a dumb move by both the organization and Shattenkirk to allow him to play, and his desire to play injured.

    Here’s where we get another look at Deangelo. Honestly, I’d rather see Pionk or Graves get the shot. But here’s to hoping Deangelos game has improved a lot over the last couple of months…. we’ll see….

    Side note Andersson is headed to the wolf pack. Here’s to hoping that NY doesn’t get desperate and stunt his development by either wasting him on the 3rd or 4th line in NY or cracking him under pressure by giving him a 1-2 line roll…. we’ll see….

    If they fall out and all hope is lost for the season, I wouldn’t mind seeing him and Chytil get a shot. Moving some expiring deals in the process. But I don’t like the idea of putting either in a position where they’re expected to keep them in the hunt, or push them over the top.

  2. I would pick Renegades, Emeralds or Firebirds to be the nickname of the Seattle franchise.

  3. I don’t like any of the names so hopefully they end up with something else.

    • Rainier is a beer, as well as a mountain, so that’s problematic. The SJW’s will lose their tiny minds if they use Totems – cultural appropriation.

  4. 1. Emeralds
    2. Renegades
    3. Evergreens

  5. Red Fisher – a true icon of the sport.

    • Agreed. Depending on the day, either Ken Dryden’s ‘The Game” or Red Fisher’s “The Red Line” is the best book ever written about hockey, he will be missed.

  6. I quite like kracken as a name. Maybe they can have a pirate as a mascot. In related news, did any of the potential owners bid on the Joe Lewis octopus? Asking for a friend …

    When did Shattenkirk get hurt? Isn’t that kind of … illegal? Immoral? Bad for the team? All of the above?