NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 24, 2018

by | Feb 24, 2018 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Game recaps plus updates on Auston Matthews and John Gibson in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

William Karlsson tallied twice as the Vegas Golden Knights downed the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 (Photo via NHL Images)

  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. 



  1. ” Way to pass up a great opportunity to grow your product in the word’s most populous nation. ”

    Fair enough Lyle but look at the schedule this year without the Olympics, crammed to the hilt with some really bad stretches of games that has to exact a toll on the players as well as putting them at risk of injury.

    Now add in traveling to China, nah I’ll take a large pass.

    • ” Way to pass up a great opportunity to grow your product in the word’s most populous nation. ”

      I’m all for growing the NHL but with recent articles I’ve read regarding politics with China such as the sanctions and Huiwei for example, what would the NHL stand to gain in China?

      Not saying it’s a bad idea to be grow that market but I’m sincerely puzzled as to how something like that would work. What benefit would the NHL have to grow that market?

      Would they get players from China or something?

  2. Disagree Lyle. Nhl players should never participate in the farce that is the olympics. A few less fans grown is worth it not to support this corrupt entity. Plus the nhl is looking out for its fans by not disrupting the season and risking injury purely for vanity of the individual players. Personally I really appreciate the nhl having the fans backs here

  3. Isn’t professional basketball played during the same season as hockey but it is in the summer Olympics. I’m pretty sure they would not shut down the NBA season for 2+ weeks so their best players can play in a foreign tournament.

    • Big difference is basketball is a sport that can be played year round, outdoors in the summer as well as indoors in winter. That’s why it’s in the summer games.

  4. If the NHL can afford bye weeks for every team they can afford to take two weeks off for the Olympics. The BoG and the rest of the owners don’t want to do it so they’re letting the commissioner spin the “we tried to play ball with them look how mean they are” story. Good business strategy but it’s completely transparent

    • We have the World Cup and thats the best vs the best, no need to take away from amateur athletes by doing the Olympics as well.

  5. I believe soccer’s first Olympic tournaments were played by Under 21’s. Would that work for hockey?
    The NHL season is ridiculous as it is.

  6. Just because it needs to be said, the winter time in the northern hemisphere is winter in the southern. I get it that yes, China is in the northern hemisphere. My point is as strange as it is for us in the north to see ‘winter’ sports played in ‘summer’, people in the southern hemisphere always see this weird contradiction.

    That said, the Olympics already have a massive issue with the mess that is left in their wake after they are done. The cost to the host country (both in time, money, and environmental costs) to make this a reality is nonsense. Betteman and the owners clearly do not want NHL players generating money for anyone but the NHL….you know, his job….