NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 11, 2018
Game recaps plus updates on Ryan Kesler, Tom Wilson, Paul Stastny and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers bounced back from Tuesday’s 8-2 humiliation at the hands of the San Jose Sharks by thumping the Ottawa Senators 7-4. Jakub Voracek enjoyed a five-point night, scoring twice and setting up three others. A bright spot for the Senators was the play of rookie winger Brady Tkachuk, who scored his first two NHL goals and also collected an assist.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been a lot of high-scoring games in the opening days of this NHL season. Some attribute this to the reduction in the size of goaltenders’ chest protectors. Others attribute this to the league trending toward speed and skill. We should also remember that it’s still very early in the season when teams are still shaking out their rosters and players are adjusting to the schedule. I daresay we’ll see a decline in these offensive numbers in the coming weeks.
Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied a goal and collected three assists while Alex Ovechkin scored twice to give the Washington Capitals a 5-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in a rematch of this year’s Stanley Cup Final.
Speaking of the Capitals, winger Tom Wilson has been granted “non-roster player status” by the league as he serves his 20-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist. That allows the Capitals to activate defenseman Michal Kempny off injured reserve without having to demote a roster player.
Before the game, the Golden Knights announced center Paul Stastny will miss three games with a lower-body injury.
The Arizona Coyotes picked up their first win of the season by edging the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shootout. Nick Cousins scored the winning goal while goaltender Antti Raanta made 23 saves, along with three in the shootout, for the victory. Ducks center Ryan Kesler made his long-awaited return to the roster and opened the scoring.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins placed center Derek Grant on waivers.
TSN: The New York Islanders placed forward Jan Kovar on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.
NEW YORK POST: The Nashville Predators are catching some flak for raising three banners in their recent home-opener. They had one to commemorate winning the Presidents’ Trophy, one for winning the Central Division and, curiously, one for being the “Regular Season Western Conference Champions.” It’s the latter that raised eyebrows as the Vegas Golden Knights are the real 2018 Western Conference Champions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like someone in the Predators front office has a bit of banner envy. Raising one to celebrate winning the Presidents’ Trophy is fine. Raising one as Central Division champions is redundant since that’s covered by winning the Presidents’ Trophy. Calling themselves the “Regular Season Western Conference Champions” is silly and misleading.