NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 15, 2018

by | Mar 15, 2018 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Game recaps plus updates on Seth Jones, Oscar Klefbom, Jared Spurgeon and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

James van Riemsdyk’s hat trick power the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-5 win over the Dallas Stars. (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: A hat trick by James van Riemsdyk helped the Toronto Maple Leafs edge the Dallas Stars 6-5. Mitch Marner tallied the winner in a shootout. Tyler Seguin had a three-point night for the Stars. The Leafs didn’t emerge unscathed, as starting goaltender Frederik Andersen left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. However, Toronto coach Mike Babcock suggested it might not be serious.

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, in a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Logan Couture had a three-point effort for the Sharks, who also lost winger Joonas Donskoi to an apparent shoulder injury in the third period.  He will be reevaluated later today. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid collected two assists.

The New Jersey Devils lit up Vegas Golden Knights goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Maxime Legace in an 8-3 victory. Blake Coleman scored twice and teammates Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier each collected two points. Erik Haula tallied twice for Vegas. The victory moved the Devils (80 points) into the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson had a 32-save shutout performance in a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks, The win gives the Ducks 82 points to sit just outside a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. It was the Canucks fifth consecutive defeat and their third straight shutout loss, tying a franchise record. Earlier in the day, the Canucks announced defenseman Erik Gudbranson will undergo shoulder surgery and has been shut down for the season. 

The New York Rangers overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime. Mika Zibanejad had the game-tying and winning goals and teammate Chris Kreider had a four-point game.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jacket defenseman Seth Jones, who appeared to suffer an upper-body injury against Montreal on Monday, will play in tonight’s game against Philadelphia. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon will miss at least a month with a partial tear in his right hamstring. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spurgeon’s injury is a significant loss to the Wild’s defense corps, as he logs the second-highest average time on ice per game (24:32) and leads the club in blocked shots (127). 

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom is expected to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery early next week. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet will return behind the bench for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. He was recently granted a leave of absence to attend to a family illness. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning’s penalty kill could be their Achilles’ heel in their quest for the Stanley Cup this season. They’re currently 26th in that department. 

CBC SPORTS: Charges of fraud and theft against former NHL player agent Stacey Don McAlpine have been dropped by the crown in the wake of his death. McAlpine passed away on March 5. He was accused “of defrauding former NHL players Dany Heatley and Chris Phillips of more than $12 million between January 2004 and June 2011.”



  1. Traffic sucks.

  2. Grabner had a goal and assist last night for NJ, his first two points as a Devil in his 9th game…for their sake I hope he stays hot.

    • He was a guy I thought had buyer beware on him. I wasn’t sure, #1 that he’d be given the same freedom he had in NY elsewhere. And #2 that he’d find the same chemistry elsewhere. In NY it was pass from Hayes or Miller and go, passing wasn’t an option. But a lot of his goals in NY , everybody including the opposition was 2-3 strides behind him.

      I’d love to see him back in NY.

      • It will be interesting to see what kind of dollar figure he gets in his next contract; though I am sure it will be more than the $1.6M this year. Back to back 25+ goal seasons will usually mean big money, but he only had 9 the year before that. The guy is an enigma for sure.

        Also, do executives consider that an unusually large number of his goals are scored with an empty net? Those do at least say that coaches are comfortable playing him in “late and close” situations and may be largely a function of his speed.

        I think the Oilers should consider him for McDavid’s wing if they can get him signed to the right contract.

      • I agree on the empty net thing. A lot of people look at it in a negative way. But it does speak volumes of trust to have him out there in those situations.

  3. Al Montoya played his seventh game for the Oil meaning the Habs now get the Oil’s 4th round pick in 2018 instead of a 5th

    • That might be the highlight of the Habs season!

      Bruins fan here..I just couldn’t help myself….

  4. The Penguins looked awfully overconfident last night and it cost them the game against a team they probably should have beat. Outside of the first five of the second they looked awfully vulnerable.

    • I missed the 1st period. But I wouldn’t take anything away from how NY played last night. Specifically in the 3rd. This is the Kreider we salivate over!

      Tanking, this is not how you do it!
      As a Ranger fan, part of me wants them to lose every game. But they are a fun team to watch when they play like this. It gives us hope for a short rebuild. And what’s next for this franchise.