NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Matt Murray, Kevin Shattenkirk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Auston Matthews and John Tavares each scored twice while Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly each had a four-point night to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 7-4 beatdown of the Dallas Stars. Tyler Seguin had a goal and three assists and Alexander Radulov collected three points in a losing cause for the Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matthews also became “the third player in franchise history to record multiple points in each of the club’s opening four contests, joining Harry Cameron (8-6—14 in 4 GP) in 1917-18 and Sweeney Schriner (9-6—15 in 6 GP) in 1944-45.”
Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane also had two-goal performances while Kevin Labanc had four assists as the San Jose Sharks crushed the Philadelphia Flyers 8-2. Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott faced 48 shots.
Mike Smith turned in a 43-save shutout performance as the Calgary Flames blanked the Nashville Predators 3-0. Sean Monahan had two goals and Johnny Gaudreau picked up three assists.
Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor rallied the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the Kings’ only goal, his first in the NHL since 2013. Kings netminder Jack Campbell kept it close, turning aside 37 shots.
Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Jaccob Slavin each had two points in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver rookie Elias Pettersson collected an assist while Sven Baertschi scored twice and set up another for the Canucks.
Nick Foligno scored twice and added an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray suffered a concussion during practice on Monday. There’s no timetable for his return. The Penguins have called up Tristan Jarry to support backup Casey DeSmith.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is Murray’s third concussion since 2015-16 and his second in less than a year.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to be a healthy scratch from Thursday’s game against the San Jose Sharks. Shattenkirk is in the second year of a four-year, $26.6-million contract and is struggling to regain his form following offseason knee surgery.
SPORTSNET: Calgary city council voted to re-start negotiations on a new arena with the Flames. The club broke off talks last year with president Ken King calling discussions “spectacularly unproductive.”
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: “In his book ‘‘The Break Away: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family Business and the Chicago Blackhawks,’’ former Sun-Times writer Bryan Smith — now a senior writer at Chicago magazine — suggests late Hawks owner and emperor Bill Wirtz was mentally incapacitated toward the end of his reign.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That would certainly explain a lot of the puzzling decisions Wirtz made during his final years running the Blackhawks.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Little Caesars Arena will be replacing its red seats with black ones. “The red seats have been noteworthy for highlighting empty seats during Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons telecasts, although both franchises say fans are dispersed throughout the arena in clubs and bars.”
Salary escrow for Q1 of the NHL season set at 11.5 per cent
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2018