NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2018

by | Feb 20, 2018 | News, NHL

Game recaps, stars of the week, Red Wings ship Petr Mrazek to Flyers, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: The Washington Capitals regained first place in the Metropolitan Division by edging the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Capitas captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his league-leading 35th goal and teammate John Carlson had a goal and an assist. 

Brad Marchand’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames. The Bruins (80 points) move to within one point of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the lead in the Eastern Conference.

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice as the Nashville Predators downed the Ottawa Senators 5-2. (Photo via NHL Images)

A two-goal performance by Viktor Arvidsson helped the Nashville Predators down the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne turned aside 36 shots. 

Ryan Miller made 20 saves in relief of John Gibson as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0. Gibson left the game after the second period with a lower-body injury

Two goals by Jason Zucker powered the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist for the Islanders.

Jonathan Quick made 27 saves and Dion Phaneuf scored his second goal in three games as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1, handing the Hawks their ninth loss in ten games.

Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks traded sophomore defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a conditional third-round draft pick in 2018. The club also banned four fans who racially taunted Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly in a recent game from future games. 

New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 18, 2018. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Philadelphia Flyers last night acquired goaltender Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 and a conditional third in 2019.

If the Flyers reach the playoffs and Mrazek wins five regular-season games, the 2018 fourth rounder becomes a third-round selection. “If the Flyers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and Mrazek wins six playoff games, the third-round pick then becomes a second rounder. If the Flyers re-sign Mrazek for next season, then the Red Wings would also get the Flyers’ third-round selection in 2019.” The Wings also absorbed half of Mrazek’s $4 million salary-cap hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers could’ve had Mrazek last week for a third-round pick but rejected the offer. That was before they lost backup Michal Neuvirth to a lower-body injury. With starter Brian Elliott out five-to-six weeks recovering from core muscle surgery, general manager Ron Hextall had no choice but to seek some experienced help.

The question is, which version of Mrazek are they getting? Is it the goaltender who’s been playing well over the past four weeks, or the one whose inconsistency over the last two seasons cost him the starter’s job in Detroit? For the sake of their playoff hopes, it better be the former.

NHL.COM: Colorado Avalanche defensemen Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm are sidelined indefinitely with upper-body injuries. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Johnson for a significant period could hurt the Avs chances of clinching a playoff spot. He’s their leader in ice time and sits second in points (22) among Colorado defensemen. 

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno will miss one-to-two weeks with a lower-body injury

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders placed goaltender Thomas Greiss on injured reserve. Head coach Doug Weight doesn’t expect he’ll be sidelined for a lengthy period. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights put center Pierre-Marc Bellemare (upper body) on IR.

THE MERCURY NEWS: With Brent Burns status for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis, the San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Paul Martin. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed forward Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year contract extension worth $1.9 million.