NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 24, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Auston Matthews and John Gibson in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 and now have the best record in the league this season. With 41 wins and 86 points in 61 games, they sit one point up on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the league’s overall standings. William Karlsson scored twice and Reilly Smith collected three assists for the Golden Knights.
Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel each collected three points as the Pittsburgh Penguins thumped the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat.
A 34-save shutout performance by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-0 blanking of the St. Louis Blues. It was Hellebuyck’s sixth shutout of the season, breaking the single-season franchise record of five set by Ondrej Pavelec in 2014-15.
Mikael Granlund and Eric Staal each tallied twice to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers.
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender J.F. Berube made a career-high 42 saves to give his club a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Nick Schmaltz and Anthony Duclair each collected two points for the Hawks.
The Ottawa Senators yesterday dealt center Derick Brassard to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a complex three-team deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read my take on the deal here. I’ll also have more on what’s next for the Senators in my Rumors section.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will be sidelined at least one week with a shoulder injury suffered during Thursday’s 4-3 win over the New York Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs fans are likely breathing a sigh of relief that their best player won’t be out of the lineup for long. He’s currently listed as day-to-day.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (lower body) could be returning to injured reserve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect the Ducks to go shopping for a goaltender before Monday’s 3 pm ET trade deadline. They seem content to stick with backups Ryan Miller and Reto Berra until Gibson returns.
SPORTSNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested the NHL might not be looking at participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China because it’s too disruptive to the league’s regular season. However, he said he’s asked the International Olympic Committee if they would put them into the Summer Olympics. “I’m sure the players would be thrilled to go in the summer.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, because when folks think “Summer Olympics”, they automatically think, “hockey”. Way to pass up a great opportunity to grow your product in the word’s most populous nation.