NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 16, 2018
Bruins edge Flames in first preseason game in China plus updates on Alex Ovechkin, Cory Schneider, Jeff Carter and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
BOSTON HERALD: Shootout goals by Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk gave the Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames in the NHL exhibition season-opener on Saturday in Shenzhen, China. Matthew Tkachuk tallied the only shootout goal for the Flames, who overcame a 3-1 deficit on two third-period goals by Mark Giordano to tie the game.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin set the tone for the defending Stanley Cup champions with the message, “Not suck back to back.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals won’t suck this season but they face a tough road to winning a second consecutive championship. Over the last 25 years, only two teams – the Detroit Red Wings (1997 and 1998) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2016 and 2017) have won back-to-back Cups.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider’s rehab from off-season hip surgery is progressing well. The club remains confident that he’ll be ready to return to action at some point this fall.
THE ATHLETIC: Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter said the ankle he injured last season is improving. However, it remains to be seen if it’ll ever return to normal. Carter missed 55 games last season following surgery to repair a cut to a tendon in his left ankle.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues goaltender Jake Allen (back spasms) said he’s feeling better and could return to action ahead of schedule. His original timeline for recovery was 10-14 days.
AZCENTRAL.COM: As defenseman Jakob Chychrun continues to recover from knee surgery, a spot could be open on the Arizona Coyotes blueline if he’s not ready to return for the season opener next month. While Chychrun’s ahead of schedule in his recovery, the club has no intention of rushing him back to the lineup.
SPORTSNET.CA: Defenseman Jake Dotchin cleared waivers yesterday, one day after the Tampa Bay Lightning placed him on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract over a material breach. It’s believed the club was unhappy over Dotchin’s conditioning as training camp opened last week.