NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 1, 2018
Capitals’ Tom Wilson facing another suspension, plus updates on Dustin Brown, Scott Darling, Cory Schneider and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CSN WASHINGTON: Capitals winger Tom Wilson was ejected from Sunday’s preseason game against the St. Louis Blues for an illegal hit to the head of Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist, leaving the latter motionless on the ice. Wilson received a five-minute major penalty and a match penalty while Sundqvist had to be helped from the ice.
NHL.COM’s Tom Gulitti reports Blues coach Mike Yeo said Sundqvist’s status was “not good”, adding he had a couple of upper-body injuries and could be sidelined for a while.
SPORTSNET: Wilson has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety. This means Wilson could face a suspension of six-or-more games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wilson is a repeated offender, fined twice and suspended a total of four regular-season games, two preseason games and three playoff games for separate incidents since 2015. He could face a lengthy suspension for that hit on Sundqvist.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings winger Dustin Brown is sidelined indefinitely with a broken finger.
YAHOO SPORTS: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling left Sunday’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators with a lower-body injury. Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said there’s some concern over Darling’s injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Darling was looking forward to a bounce-back season after struggling through most of 2017-18. This could be a potential setback for the Hurricanes’ starter.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils revealed veteran goaltender Cory Schneider won’t play in the club’s season opener on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers. Schneider underwent hip surgery during the offseason. He’s practiced regularly with his teammates but didn’t take part in any preseason games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schneider remains optimistic about returning to action soon. His first game could come in mid-October.
CBS SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is questionable for Thursday’s season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He tweaked a previous injury but no details have been disclosed.
TSN: The Edmonton Oilers placed forward Pontus Aberg on waivers and released defenseman Jakub Jerabek.