NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2018
Game recaps plus the latest on Henrik Lundqvist, the Sedins, Henrik Zetterberg, Bobby Ryan and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their fourth straight win by downing the Washington Capitals 7-4. Evgeni Malkin scored twice and set up two others while Phil Kessel tallied two goals. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and set up another. Pittsburgh forward Patric Hornqvist left the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
Eric Staal scored twice and set up another to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Wild blueliner Jonas Brodin collected three assists.
Darren Helm had a three-point game while Petr Mrazek made 36 saves to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Speaking of the Red Wings, The Athletic’s Craig Custance reports an NHL source said as long as the current Red Wings management remains in charge, captain Henrik Zetterberg won’t be approached about waiving his no-trade clause. Zetterberg, 37, has three more seasons remaining on his contract but said earlier this season he wants to retire as a Red Wing.
The San Jose Sharks snapped their four-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Meanwhile, as defenseman Paul Martin toils for the Sharks’ farm team, he’s staying patient in hopes he’ll return to the NHL this season as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches.
VANCOUVER SUN: Daniel and Henrik Sedin intend to wait until the end of this season to determine if they’ll return in 2018-19. The twins are eligible to become unrestricted free agents in July.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sedins return next season on one-year, bonus-laden contracts. Both appear comfortable with taking on secondary roles while acting as mentors for the Canucks’ younger players.
NEW YORK POST: If Rangers management decides to rebuild its roster, long-time goaltender Henrik Lundqvist wants to be a part of it. Meanwhile, Lundqvist’s teammate Pavel Buchnevich is out indefinitely with a concussion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talk of the Rangers possibly engaging in a roster retool this year prompted some concern over Lundqvist’s reaction to such a move. His comments takes the issue of his future off the table, avoiding what could’ve been an unnecessary distraction for Lundqvist, his teammates and management.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Bobby Ryan remains sidelined with a hand injury.
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson received a two-game suspension by the NHL’s department of player safety for cross checking Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck in the face.
WINNIPEG SUN: As defenseman Dmitry Kulikov returns to the Jets lineup, center Adam Lowry could be sidelined with a suspected shoulder injury.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are banding together to support teammate Adam Larsson after the sudden passing of his father, Robert.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Larsson family.