NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 3, 2018

by | Mar 3, 2018 | News, NHL | 15 comments

Game recaps, injury updates plus the latest on Taylor Hall, Henrik Lundqvist and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM:  New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist celebrated his 36th birthday with his record-setting second-straight 50-save effort to backstop his club to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. 

Taylor Hall extended his personal points streak to 17 games as his New Jersey Devils fell 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Teuvo Teravainen and Justin Williams led the way with third-period goals for the Hurricanes (69 points), who moved into a tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild-card spot in the East.

Nathan MacKinnon’s five-point performance powered the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Wild (Photo via NHL Images).

Nathan MacKinnon’s five-point performance (two goals and three assists) powered the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-1 drubbing of the Minnesota Wild. Miko Rantanen collected four points (one goal, three assists) for the Avs (75 points), who moved within a point of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

Mike Fisher scored in his season debut while Calle Jarnkrok tallied the winner in overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. It was the the seventh straight win for the Predators (91 points) as they maintained a six-point lead over Winnipeg for first place in the Central Division. Canucks forward Sven Baertschi left the game in the second period with a shoulder injury. 

The Montreal Canadiens swept a home-and-home series with the New York Islanders with a 6-3 victory. Winger Alex Galchenyuk tallied a hat trick for the Habs, who handed the Isles their fifth straight defeat. Islanders winger Jordan Eberle missed the game with soreness suffered during Wednesday’s contest in Montreal. 

The Florida Panthers picked up their fifth straight win by downing the Buffalo Sabres 4-1. Nick Bjugstad and Evgenii Dadonov each collected two points for the Panthers, who moved to within one point of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The Ottawa Senators beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4, handing the latter their third straight loss. Erik Karlsson and Bobby Ryan each had three points for the Senators. Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt and winger James Neal missed the game with undisclosed injuries

A two-goal performance by Patrik Laine helped the Winnipeg Jets edge the Detroit Red Wings 4-3. 

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson returned to action with a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Rickard Rakell and Cam Fowler each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks. 

SPORTSNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman claims the Calgary Flames’ financial situation “continues to deteriorate” operating out of the aging Scotiabank Saddledome. He doesn’t see their situation changing anytime soon. He also said the Flames are now drawing upon the league’s revenue-sharing program after years of contributing into it. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bettman has made no secret of his desire for the Flames to have a new arena. The club’s ownership is currently involved in a standoff with Calgary city council over funding for a new venue. 

The Flames aren’t having trouble drawing fans. They’re eighth in league attendance this season, averaging 18,855 fans per game and operating at 97.8 percent capacity. However, they began the season sitting 21st in median ticket prices ($99.00). As per Forbes.com, they’re 19th in operating income ($5.4 million) and 21st in revenue ($129 million). 

While the Flames could use a new arena, it’s unlikely to be the cure-all for their financial situation.Their fan cost index (revenue from tickets, merchandise, parking, etc) is based on what their market can bear. The decline of the Alberta oil industry and the drop in the value of the Canadian dollar since 2014 have contributed to the Flames’ financial woes.

Speaking of the Flames, the Calgary Sun reports a judge has ruled that the dispute “between NHL linesman Don Henderson and former Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman” should be sent to the league for arbitration. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo wants the NHL to do more to increase concussion awareness. 



  1. Breaking news … Bettman says Cgy now drawing on Rev sharing instead of contributing to it…. how selective of him …. how many times had he skirted the issue of the massive draws on Rev sharing by teams in markets he pushes that should have been relocated Looooooooonnnnnnnnnnggggggg ago ….. ahem —just saying for one ….. rhymes with Mona …. move “Mona” to say a fictitious city …. Let’s call it Trebek …. and League Revenues flip a Rev draw to Rev contributor by a swing of at least $50M…. make that relocate to say a 2nd team in a fictitious city… let’s call it … Pimento …. and the swing in League Rev nears or tops $100 M…. you wonder why he is booed absolutely everywhere he goes ….. probably at his own dinner table

    • I boo everytime I see him on tv.
      Pretty sure he can’t hear me, but I like to do it all the same.

    • Why are we not using actual team names here? What is the point?
      It wasn’t long ago when a team …. “blitzburgh” were on their knees financially. Were you screaming out relocating then? Or do they get a mulligan?

      Minus some serious draft luck, some tanking and I’ll advised trades , Blitzburgh might actually be in Trebeck today.

      • Blitzberg and Cashbill could have been in Pawterboo or Camelton nixed by Monsieur Bettman….this was pre Crosbymania…. NOTE : Bettman raked our Blackberry friend over the coals for showing how sales would go for a second team in the Greater Pimento area… but has granted his buddies the right to test the market in Beattle pre awarding a franchise ….on another note …. moving the franchise ” Mona” to even Maskatoon or Pallifax would have a flip of a rev draw to a rev contributor …. this is Nuckin’ Futz

  2. Reminder … grew up a Leafs fan (still my very close second fav team)… and would absolutely embrace another Pimento or greater Pimento team …. the rivalry alone would be maniacal …. easily increase League Revs by a net $100 M…. from the new franchise

  3. This thread is giving me a headache.

  4. If Col miraculously gets in playoffs … McK gets MVP… another friggin 5 point night!…. and he’s from the greater Palifax area …. along with Crosby and Marchand

  5. Sorry Chrisms …. just having my coffee now

    • I’m still confused on the using rhyming names thing? I’m positive you’re not a target for a lawsuit.

      • Just pre morning coffee and in a goofy mood …

  6. To cut through all the bullshit above the bottom line is if a team owner wants the Calgary people pay for an arena that is for the purpose of the owner making a profit, then he can share those with the people that paid for the building that facilitated this otherwise, Bettman and his billionaire buddies can F-off.
    I hope the people of Calgary don’t fall for this richman’s scam. No to socializing costs and privatizing profits. You want to make money, spend your own do it like the rest of us.

  7. I’m a huge Bettman supporter.

    The NHL game under Bettman’s guidance & direction is the fastest growing sport in the world & with 1 more lockout, possibly 2 more may be required to fully fix the current business model so all teams can profit with out having to make the playoffs.

    Thousands of arenas have been built in the US since Bettman implemented his business plan, most by the NHL & or it’s corporate sponsors. The growth of the game in the US is just perking & we are starting to see the rewards of not only building your own fan base from bringing hockey to markets never seen before & the future US superstars entering the NHL is just the tip of the iceberg. Soon another NCAA Div 1 program will be added in the west.

    The next TV deal with NBC is up in 3 years & the NHL will be getting it’s 1st national cable package coming out of the next lockout & it will be substantial, not NFL, NBS, MLB big but huge regardless & there will be multiple bidders.

    & it’s not just the owners that have benefited but the NHLPA & it’s players as well.

    What has Bettman done to offend anyone but Atlanta fans? It wasn’t Bettman that blocked a 2nd team in Tor but the Maple Leafs & their demands for 100’s of millions in market rights that has kept a 2nd team out of greater Toronto or the surrounding cities.

    • This is all true Striker, and it’s a great legacy for the little fella to hang his hat on, but booooooooooooooooooooo!

    • Well, Striker, I’m a Leaf fan but, on behalf of Calgarians, he’s done nothing but offend me. He’s a smart guy (like Brian Burke, just ask him) but in this instance he’s a mealy-mouthed little puppet – yes, sir, no, sir, three bags full, sir). We’ll show those people who want the owners to pay for their arena – who do they think they are?

  8. any word on the ryan johanesson spear on eric gudbranson?? fine suspension?