NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 23, 2018

by | Apr 23, 2018 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Penguins and Predators advance to second round of the playoffs, Calder Trophy nominees revealed and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: A four-goal performance by Jake Guentzel propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins to a wild series-clinching 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins took the series in six gamd and await the winner of the Columbus Blue Jackets -Washington Capitals series.  At one point the Flyers held a 4-2 lead in this game until Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist tied the score in the second period, setting the stage for Guentzel’s three-goal outburst in the third. 

Jake Guentzel’s four-goal performance powered the Pittsburgh Penguins to a series-clinching 8-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo via NHL Images)

Flyers forward Sean Couturier tallied a hat trick playing with a torn MCL that should’ve sidelined him for weeks. Fortunately, Couturier won’t require surgery and is expected to be fully healed in time for training in September. Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov played with a shoulder injury suffered in Game 5.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s only fitting that the highest-scoring series in the opening round should end like that. Five of the six games saw the winning team tally five goals or more. Guentzel and Couturier both finished this game with five points. It was a gutsy performance by Couturier, who was his team’s best player in both of the last games despite his injured knee. 

Pekka Rinne had a 22-save shutout performance and Nick Bonino tallied a goal and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the Nashville Predators 5-0 to win their opening-round series in six games. The Predators will face the Winnipeg Jets in the second round.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The underdog Avalanche were a difficult opponent but the Predators were simply too strong. The stage is set for what should be an entertaining series between the Predators and the Jets. 

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser and Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller are this year’s finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: All three are worthwhile candidates but I anticipate Barzal will be the winner. He was the leading scorer among this year’s rookies by a wide margin

 

 

 

LA KINGS INSIDER: Defenseman Slava Voynov could attempt to return to the NHL next season, but it will require a proceeding before NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Voynov was suspended indefinitely following his Oct. 2014 arrest on domestic assault charges. He spent the past three seasons in the KHL. 

 








9 Comments

  1. Ak Bars Kazan won the Gagarian cup. Jiri Sekac was their leading scorer, he had 45 points in 52 games on a one year contract. He’s only 25 and he’s a big guy. I wonder if an NHL team will take a flier on him for next year. He was up and down when he last played in the NHL.
    Glad I don’t have to look at those ugly Flyer uniforms again until next year. Or listen to that despicable Philly fan base that throws cups of urine and batteries on the ice when they don’t like a call.
    Jets vs Preds is why the current playoff format sucks. That’s the 2 best teams in the west playing in the second round.

    • flyers seasons tickets in my family since 1970. never seen a battery tossed on the ice and pretty sure folks are using the urinals to take pee. on occasion the sinks maybe optional should the lines be backed up, but that was usually in the old barn.

      however, i was in attendance during Mario’s first rd game after cancer and do recall standing for 5 plus minutes with 18000 other orange wearing flyers fans applauding his return.

      you will be seeing a ton of orange this time of year for years to come. sorry to tinkle in your cheerios. you of course would know that since you are such a learnard hockey fan…

      times yours

      • So are you saying all the reports are wrong and only you are right? That was what the TV networks trying to make Philadelphia look bad? Flyers fans didn’t throw bracelets onto the ice earlier this year? You’re right I’ll be seeing the Flyers get beat out of round one year after year and I will enjoy every second. Oh and learnard is not a word moron. Maybe learn how to spell and a little about punctuation and the use of capitals at the beginning of sentences before you “tinkle in anyone’s Cheerios.” Cheerios, by the way, are vile and disgusting just the Flyers fans were last night.

      • So all the reports to the contrary about batteries and full cans of fluid(even though they had stopped selling beer 30 minutes before that) are just bs and only you are right? Congratulations I guess on cheering for the best player to ever play hockey. Good for you! I do look forward to waarching the flyers get beat out in round one every year you are correct. And “learnard” is not a word but maybe you should learn how to spell and a little about punctuation and capitalization of words that begin a sentence before you attempt to “tinkle” in anyone’s Cheerios. Cheerios, by the way, are vile and disgusting, much like the behaviour of Flyers fans last night and, to be honest, Eagles fans as well.

    • flyers seasons tickets in my family since 1970. never seen a battery tossed on the ice and pretty sure folks are using the urinals to take pee. on occasion the sinks maybe optional should the lines be backed up, but that was usually in the old barn.

      however, i was in attendance during Mario’s first rd game after cancer and do recall standing for 5 plus minutes with 18000 other orange wearing flyers fans applauding his return.

      you will be seeing a ton of orange this time of year for years to come. sorry to tinkle in your cheerios. you of course would know that since you are such a learnard hockey fan…

      times yours

  2. Why do we have divisions if you don’t want to play in them? Everyone knows the playoff before the season starts and then acts surprised when matchups get set. This is by far the best format the league has had in a long time and everyone wants to whine about it instead of just enjoying

    • Just like last year when the Penguins played the Capitals in round 2 even though they were the top 2 teams in the league and the Penguins played the BJs in the first round even though they were the 4th best team in the league I hate it. Why bother playing the regular season at all if the second best team plays the fourth best and then the best only to play the worst team that got in the playoffs in the east in the conference finals? There’s no reason to try and be the best regular season team. All you have to do is make the playoffs.

  3. the jets vs preds is why this format is great. keeps the early rounds interesting. the conference and cup finals are already interesting due to the nature of the games.

    I din’t read any reports about batteries and urine… where was that at?

  4. IM a Bruin fan don’t care for Pittsburgh or Philadelphia but I did watch most games and in my humble opinion the calls went mostly against one team. Philly gave the puck away on many occasions but most of the time it was 4 against 5.