NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2018
Games recaps, stars of the week, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Three-point performances from William Nylander (two goals, one assist) and Auston Matthews (three assists) carried the Toronto Maple Leafs to their fourth straight win by downing the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov reach the 30-goal mark for the third consecutive season.
Vincent Trocheck’s third-period hat trick powered the Florida Panthers to a 7-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Evgenii Dadonov also scored twice for the surging Panthers, who’ve won for the fifth time in six games. Earlier in the day, the Panthers announced the re-signing of winger Colton Sceviour to a three-year, $3.6-million contract extension.
Antti Raanta made 37 saves while Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist as the Arizona Coyotes thumped the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1, handing the latter their sixth straight defeat. Sidelined Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (head injury) joined his teammates on Monday for their morning skate, but the Chicago Sun-Times‘ Mark Lazerus believes the club should shut him down for the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t sound as though Crawford is close to returning to the lineup. The fading Blackhawks are in last place in the Central Division and sit 10 points out of a playoff berth. Rushing back Crawford won’t save the season. Of course, if he’s fully recovered and itching to return to action the Hawks won’t stop him, but his return likely won’t vault Chicago back into playoff contention.
Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux, Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 11, 2018.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Cory Schneider (groin) on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 23. Schneider is expected to resume skating sometime next week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dropping seven of their last 10 games, the Devils are clinging to one of the two wild-card berths in the Eastern Conference. With their starting goalie still sidelined they’ll have a tough time snapping out of their skid.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames are still awaiting word as to the severity of the lower-body injury suffered Sunday by starting goalie Mike Smith.
CBS SPORTS: New York Rangers defenseman Steve Kampfer will missed four-to-six weeks with a fractured hand.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed center Dennis Rasmussen on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract.