NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2018

by | Feb 28, 2018 | News, NHL | 11 comments

Game recaps, 2019 NHL Draft host city revealed plus updates on Patrice Bergeron, Matt Murray and more in your morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Eric Staal’s hat trick powered the Minnesota Wild to an 8-3 beatdown of the slumping St. Louis Blues. Staal had five points in the game, as did teammate Jason Zucker (one goal, four assists). Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals for the Blues.

New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall set a franchise record with a 15-game points streak. (Photo via NHL Images).

 New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall set a franchise record by extending his points streak to 15 games as his club edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. Penguins goaltender Matt Murray missed the game with a concussion suffered during Monday’s practice and there’s no timetable for his return.

Evander Kane made an immediate positive impression in his first game with the San Jose Sharks, collecting two assists to help his new team defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2.

Ryan Hartman made a memorable debut with the Nashville Predators, scoring the winning goal in his club’s 6-5 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Hartman was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. Jets’ trade-deadline acquisition Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for his new club.

The Boston Bruins scored four unanswered goals to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on an overtime goal by Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins were playing without center Patrice Bergeron, who is sidelined at least two weeks with a fractured bone in his right foot.

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals to lead the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. With the win, the Capitals (79 points) regained first place in the Metropolitan Division.

An overtime goal by Jared McCann gave the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers have won seven of their last 10 and sit five points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop made 38 saves as his club blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0. Devin Shore and Tyler Seguin were the goal scorers.

The Los Angeles Kings moved into third in the Pacific Division by beating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Kings netminder Jack Campbell collected his first NHL victory by kicking out 41 shots.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson will be sidelined four weeks with a sprained knee.

SPORTSNET: The Vancouver Canucks are expected to announce today that they’ll be hosting the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens hold the most draft picks in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Wings have 11 picks while the Rangers and Canadiens each hold 10. The Rangers also hold the most picks in the first three rounds (seven) while the Wings and Canadiens each have six.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you’re fans of those teams, that’s at least something positive for fans of those clubs to pin their hopes to over the remainder of an otherwise miserable season. 




  1. Alright, I’m not a fan of Brooks. But this was both hilarious and spot on today…

    “5. Rangers fan at 3:30 Monday afternoon: “I’m in for the rebuild.”

    Rangers fan at 8:30 Monday night: “Maybe we can sign John Tavares as a free agent and trade two first-rounders plus a couple of younger guys to Ottawa for Erik Karlsson and get this rebuilding process moving more quickly.”

    Sadly, he’ll be the guy leading the charge in 2-3 months from now.

    • I woke up thinking about Karlsson…



      there ya go Ranger fans. at the cap limit already

      • Why would Taveras play on the wing in favour of a rookie?

  2. Taylor Hall’s point streak is actually 22 games. He was injured a couple games in January and has points in all 15 games since returning from injury (which is where the AP seems to be getting that number), but he has points in every game he has played in going back to December

    • If you miss games, it breaks streaks… we just saw a suspension end one.

      • Yeah I saw something written about that this afternoon. Official streak vs personal streak… even if official, 22 games is impressive 🙂

  3. Taylor Hall is having an incredible season,credit to Shero for telling him to come to camp in shape and ready to go! On the oilers front we have Lucic on our top line with 0 goals in 27 games. 🙁 Plus he’s on our power play for some strange reason???

    • on the same day that Hall is given the Trophy for MVP, Chiarelli should be handed his walking papers

      what an overrated GM in both Boston and EDM, he got really lucky last year on how far his team went in the playoffs, but has done a terrible job with bad trades and terrible signings (Lucic)

      • Please don’t fore Chiarelli before he trades his top 3 centers to Mtl for Benn and Schlemko.

  4. Can someone pleas remind E Staal his career died 2-3 years ago!

    I guess he missed the memo

    • Staal needed that wakeup call it seems.
      If he showed any signs of that would of been resigned in nyc