NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 11, 2018
Check out the latest entering the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
BOSTON HERALD: After missing 12 games with a concussion, winger Rick Nash will return to the Bruins lineup for Game 1 of their opening-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night. Nash’s return means promising rookie forward Ryan Donato will be a healthy scratch.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals named Philipp Grubauer as their starting goaltender for Game 1 of their first-round series tomorrow against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Grubauer has only two postseason games under his belt but had better stats this season than starter Braden Holtby. Makes sense to go with the hot hand to open the series.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson participated in practice yesterday but appears unlikely to skate in Game 1 of their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Johansson missed the final 35 games of the regular season to a concussion. Checking-line forward Stefan Noesen is expected to be in the lineup for the opening game tomorrow.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: As the Florida Panthers begin their offseason, veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo intends to return next season. “I’m not going anywhere,” said the 39-year-old netminder.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist admitted he played through a knee injury that plagued him since late-October. It was the same knee he injured playing for Sweden in last year’s World Championships.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lundqvist said he’d been managing the injury and was undergoing an MRI soon. There’s no indication he faces surgery.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery today to repair a dislocated left shoulder suffered in the final game of the regular season. His recovery period is expected to be between four-to-six months, taking him up to the start of training camp in September.
THE ATHLETIC: Dallas Stars center Martin Hanzal is cautiously optimistic he’ll be able to resume his NHL career after undergoing back surgery last month. It was the third back operation for the 31-year-old Hanzal.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings confirm Jeff Blashill will return next season as head coach.