NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 22, 2018
Game recaps, Golden Knights atop league standings, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The expansion Vegas Golden Knights sit atop the NHL’s overall standings following their 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Defenseman Colin Miller scored and set up two others while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights are a very good hockey team that’s exceeded all expectations in their debut campaign. If they remain among the league’s top teams over the remainder of the season, they’ll have to be considered a serious contender for the Stanley Cup.
Connor Hellebucyk made 29 saves and Patrik Laine scored the only goal as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. With the win, the Jets regained first place in the Central Division. The Canucks welcomed back center Bo Horvat, who’d been sidelined with a fractured ankle since Dec. 5, but defenseman Erik Gudbranson (back spasms) was placed on injured reserve.
A two-goal performance by Mikkel Boedker powered the San Jose Sharks to a 6-2 thumping of the Anaheim Ducks. Boedker also collected his 100th career goal while goalie Aaron Dell kicked out 33 shots.
The Los Angeles Kings snapped a six-game losing skid with a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. The Kings overcame a 2-0 deficit on goals by Jake Muzzin, Michael Amadio, Tanner Pearson and Trevor Lewis.
Travis Konecny’s overtime goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. The Flyer have won three straight games and seven of their last eight.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat suffered a lower-body injury during a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and will be sidelined indefinitely. Palat suffered the injury after being speared by Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Palat is one of the Lightning’s best two-way forwards who plays left wing on their second line. If he’s out for a lengthy period they could have a difficult time replacing him.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The struggling Blackhawks got some good news as center Artem Anisimov will return to the lineup in tonight’s game against the Lightning. He’d been sidelined since Dec. 29 with an upper-body injury.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid (groin) and forward Brian Gibbons (broken thumb) on injured reserve.
THE SCORE: The hockey world yesterday mourned the passing of longtime USA Hockey executive Jim Johansson, who died suddenly yesterday at age 53. Johansson was the general manager of the U.S. Men’s Olympic hockey team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Johansson’s family and friends. He played a significant role in the careers of several American-born NHL players. He also represented his country as a player during the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics and was part of the management group that selected the U.S. roster that won silver at the 2010 Olympics.