NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 9, 2018
Blue Jackets rally to defeat the Leafs, three stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Artemi Panarin’s overtime goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Jackets overcame a 2-0 deficit on goals by Nick Foligno and Pierre-Luc Dubois late in the third period. James van Riemsdyk and William Nylander tallied for the Leafs.
Earlier in the day, the league fined Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard $5,000.00 for slashing Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck during Sunday’s game between the two clubs.
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 7, 2018.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights are on route to a record-setting performance by an expansion team. At 29-10-2, they have the third-highest wins total for a team in its first season (the record is 33, held by the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Mighty Ducks) while their 18 home victories are just four shy of the record (22) set by the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s safe to say the Golden Knights will break those aforementioned records. With a .732 points percentage, they’re also on pace to become the first club in the expansion era to finish with a .500 record.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers are targeting the beginning of February for goaltender Roberto Luongo’s return from a lower-body injury.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Good news for Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi, as he’s considered day-to-day after taking a slapshot by Detroit’s Martin Frk off the back of his neck during Sunday’s contest between the two clubs.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks yesterday placed defenseman Cody Franson on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston expects the 30-year-old Franson will be claimed today. Despite his lack of speed, he’s a rearguard with a right-handed shot carrying an affordable contract who could be attractive to clubs seeking blueline depth. Johnston also suggests a lower-ranked club could claim Franson and use him as potential trade bait near the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
ESPN.COM: Should the NHL expand to Seattle, Emily Kaplan offers up her take on how to better realign the 32 franchises into four divisions.