NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 1, 2018
Game recaps, latest contract signings plus updates on Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Nick Foligno and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The New York Islanders suffered their fourth straight loss, falling 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens. Jonathan Drouin scored and set up another while Antti Niemi made 27 saves. The Isles (65 points) are four points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jason Pominville’s overtime goal lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 upset over the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts collected a point to become the first team this season to reach 90 points.
The St. Louis Blues snapped a seven-game losing skid by edging the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. Blues goalie Carter Hutton kicked out 35 shots. For the first time in three years, Blues forward Patrik Berglund was a healthy scratch.
A four-goal second period carried the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie each had a goal and an assist for the Avs, who moved into a tie (73 points) with the Flames and sit one point out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
John Gilmour scored in overtime to give the New York Rangers a 6-5 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Vladislav Namestnikov had a goal and an assist in his debut with the Rangers. Brock Boeser scored twice for the Canucks. Earlier in the day, the Canucks re-signed defenseman Alex Biega to a two-year contract worth $825K per season.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal credits playing for a veteran-laden playoff contender for the increase in his scoring this season. His production has risen since joining the Wild as a free agent in 2016. Staal’s 33 goals this season are the fourth-highest among NHL scorers and the most he’s scored in a season since reaching 33 in 2010-11.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staal is the Wild’s leading scorer and most valuable player this season. The 33-year-old center is on pace to tally over 40 goals and 80 points this season. He previously reached 40 goals in 2008-09 and the last time he hit 80 points was 2007-08. The Wild are using him as a first-line center, resulting in an increase in his shooting percentage.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal issued a statement yesterday thanking fans, friends and the hockey community for their support following the recent death of his infant daughter to a terminal birth defect.
CBS SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Nick Foligno off injured reserve.
NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed goaltender Aaron Dell to a two-year, $3.8-million contract extension.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese is sidelined “longer term” with an upper-body injury.
TSN: Should the city of Seattle make a successful bid for an NHL franchise, league commissioner Gary Bettman said the expansion draft process is expected to be similar to that used by the Vegas Golden Knights.