NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 10, 2018

by | May 10, 2018 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Latest on the Predators and Jets on the eve of Game 7, Penguins and Bruins injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has yet to score in the 2018 playoffs (Photo via NHL Images)

  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers still seeks his first goal of the playoffs as his club enters Game 7 of their second-round series against the Nashville Predators. 

THE TENNESSEAN:  Predators center Mike Fisher suffered an undisclosed injury late in Game 6 against the Jets and his status remains uncertain for Game 7 tonight. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The winner of tonight’s game goes on to host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins revealed a number of their players suffered through injuries during their recent playoff run. Torey Krug suffered a fractured ankle, Zdeno Chara had a shoulder injury and a fractured finger, Patrice Bergeron had a groin injury and concussion-like symptoms, Brad Marchand had a groin injury, David Backs suffered concussion-like symptoms, Jake DeBrusk a sprained AC joint, Riley Nash suffered a concussion and hip injury and Noel Acciari a sports hernia. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Pittsburgh Penguins were less candid about their injury woes during the 2018 playoffs, but admitted winger Phil Kessel was playing hurt. Meanwhile, Derick Brassard acknowledged he may have returned too soon from a late-season lower-body injury.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins claimed they didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse for their playoff elimination. Nagging injuries hamper performance. It’s not a sign of weakness or lack of character to admit it. If their list of walking wounded was anywhere near as lengthy as the Bruins, there’s no shame in acknowledging it may have contributed to their postseason demise. 

LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens and center Phillip Danault are mutually interested in working out a long-term contract. Danault, 25, is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who’s completed a two-year, $1.825 million contract. 

DENVER POST: If you’ve got $5.2 million burning a hole in your pocket, former Colorado Avalanche star Milan Hejduk’s house could be for you. The 16, 700-foot home comes with a full-size hockey rink and a Zamboni.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Flyers AHL farm team, needed five overtime periods to down the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in Game 4 of their second-round series. The game set a record for the longest playoff game in league history. Phantoms goaltender Alex Lyon made 94 (!) saves, four shy of the all-time record held by former Flyer Michael Leighton. The Phantoms lead the Checkers three games to one.



  1. Seconded (your thoughts on the Pens). They’ve played a ton of hockey in the last couple of years, had a pretty rough schedule this season and had hit injuries at a bad time. Is what it is. The main thing was that they captured a pair in that stretch. Now they have time to rest up and hopefully start strong next season.

  2. Penguins injuries
    Brassard- groin
    Kessel- hand or wrist
    Rudeweasel- shoulder or ribs
    ZAR- face
    Rust- hand or wrist
    All speculation, none confirmed

    • Oh and Haglens face because of a dirty high hit from a dirty bag.

  3. No shame in admitting injuries but as Boston’s list confirms every team is dealing with it. Thus it’s fairly irrelevant to the overall point of winning/losing.

  4. & lends to an argument I made several years ago about such that keeps coming back to haunt me. Great teams find a way to overcome injuries as all have them, it’s not the # but the significance of who. It really lends to team depth or lack thereof.

    There is no shame in losing in the playoffs. The NHL season is a serious grind, the playoffs insane, there is nothing like it. Could you imagine football players playing an 82 game schedule & then a 2-month non-stop playoff round? Hockey is just as physical as football but significantly faster requiring exceptional cardio.

    Players are worn down as little to no time for the body to recover. The best sport on the planet bar none.

    • Great teams can overcome a couple of injuries to key players but when more are playing at 50% or less than the rest of the team it’s just to hard to overcome.

      • It’s essentially the same for every team, virtually every player by this point is playing with something bothering them.

        Pit had a great season, a 3 peat would have been cool. No shame in losing to Was in the 2nd round.