NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 23, 2018

by | Jan 23, 2018 | News, NHL

Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates, Marc Savard retires and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The red-hot Colorado Avalanche picked up their 10th straight win by doubling up the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. The Avs overcame a 2-1 deficit on three unanswered goals by Nail Yakupov, Blake Comeau and Gabriel Landeskog.

Third-period goals by Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. The Wild remain tied with the Avalanche (57 points) though the latter holds the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.

Tampa Bay Lighting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 40 saves to backstop his club to a 2-0 shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks. Chris Kunitz and Yanni Gourde were the goal scorers. The Blackhawks now sit seven points out of a wild-card berth in the West. Earlier in the day, the Lightning learned left wing Ondrej Palat will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks with an injured right ankle.

Former Calgary Flames netminder Chad Johnson made 32 saves to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 overtime win over his old club. Jack Eichel potted the game winner.

Nick Cousins’ overtime goal gave the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Cousins also tallied the first goal of the game. Anthony Beauvillier scored twice for the Islanders.

Goaltender Petr Mrazek collected his second consecutive shutout as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0. Wings forward Dylan Larkin scored a goal and added an assist.

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon is the NHL’s first star for the week ending Jan. 21, 2018 (Photo via NHL Images).

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck and Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 21.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will appear on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy will miss approximately two weeks following a procedure yesterday to address an abnormal heart rhythm.

Speaking of the Bruins, former center Marc Savard officially announced his retirement yesterday. Concussion symptoms ended his 13-year career in January 2011 but he prolonged his retirement announcement because of his seven-year contract with the Bruins. Savard said he’s feeling healthier now and is pursuing a coaching career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Savard in his future endeavors. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins have demoted winger Daniel Sprong to make room for returning forward Bryan Rust.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets traded defenseman John Ramage to the Arizona Coyotes for future considerations. The Jackets also acquired goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from the Los Angeles Kings for futures. 

TSN: Hall of Famer Eric Lindros and Montreal Canadiens chief surgeon Dr. David Mulder last year requested the NHL invested $31 million in brain-trauma research. Thus far, the league remains silent on the matter. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t hold your breath, guys. The league is reluctant to admit there’s any correlation between brain trauma and the physical nature of its product. 

NASDAQ.COM (via KUKLA’S KORNER): Despite rising revenue and lucrative TV contracts, interest in the NHL appears to be slipping in the United States. 

NHL.COM: Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin tops NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings of international skaters, becoming the first Swedish player in 29 years to hold that honor.