NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 16, 2018

by | Oct 16, 2018 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Game recaps, players of the week, injury updates and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews continues to make history with the Toronto Maple Leafs, collecting two assists in his club’s 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Matthews is the fifth player in NHL history to have multiple points in each of his first seven games of a season. Kasperi Kapanen scored twice for the Leafs while Ilya Kovalchuk tallied for the Kings. The Leafs, who’ve won five straight, played without starting goaltender Frederik Andersen, who’s listed as day-to-day with a knee injury.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews continues to make history this season. (Photo via NHL Images)

Speaking of the Kings, defenseman Drew Doughty admitted he never seriously considered departing Los Angeles as a free agent last summer. He floated the notion of joining the Leafs as a negotiating tactic with Kings management, who inked him earlier this year to an eight-year, $88-million extension.

Tomas Plekanec scored in his 1,000th NHL game, Tomas Tatar scored a goal and collected two assists and Jonathan Drouin scored twice to give the Montreal Canadiens a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Andreas Athanasiou scored twice in a losing cause for the Wings, who’re still seeking their first win (0-4-2) of this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired in a preseason trade from the Vegas Golden Knights in the Max Pacioretty trade, Tatar is lighting it up with his new club. With 3 goals and 7 points, he’s the Canadiens’ leading scorer

Rookie defenseman Maxime Lajoie extended his points streak to three games and Matt Duchene collected two assists in the Ottawa Senators’ 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars. During the game, the Senators paid tribute to their former starting goalie Ray Emery, who passed away over the summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Lajoie’s three goals makes him the Senators’ leading goal scorer

P.K. Subban picked up two assists and Filip Forsberg tallied his third goal in two games as the Nashville Predators doubled up the Minnesota Wild 4-2.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, and Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 14, 2018

TSN: Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson received a two-game suspension for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct on Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Elias Pettersson, who is expected to be sidelined 7-10 days with a concussion.

CBS SPORTS: Speaking of the Canucks, center Jay Beagle suffered a broken wrist and could miss up to six weeks.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz will be sidelined four months with a fractured lower left leg.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights center Paul Stastny could be out for two months with a lower-body injury.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak suffered a setback in his recovery from a lower-body injury. More information is expected to be made available later this week.

NBC SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon surprised members of Kenya’s senior men’s hockey team by joining them for a game this summer. The team had been flown to Canada by Tim Horton’s. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad could be a healthy scratch from their upcoming game against the Arizona Coyotes. Saad has struggled this season and was recently demoted to their fourth line. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman must be regretting his decision to ship Artemi Panarin to Columbus in June 2017 to bring back Saad. Panarin tallied over 80 points last season while Saad managed 35. 

OTTAWA SUN: Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot acknowledged he’s been dealing with knee issues since last season. While he hopes to continue playing, he intends to take things one year at a time. Methot is due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. 

DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche claimed winger Marko Dano off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. 



  1. I have mixed feelings on the suspension for Matheson. On the one hand, I hate seeing young budding stars injured, of course. On the other, I have seen that type of hit go uncalled for as long as I have watched hockey.

    If the hit itself was cause for suspension, that’s fine but the league had better be consistent in enforcing that. If the injury was cause for suspension, then are they going to start suspending players every time another player gets injured, regardless of whether the play itself was legal?

  2. Maybe Saad misses playing for the Jackets. (No, I’m not serious.)

  3. I share your sentiments DoubleMinor. It appears in the early stages of this year that the league has been consistently harsh with their suspensions and it has been about time. Ive seen that same hit for years go uncalled, but its honestly roughing and always has been. Im kind of relieved to see them throwing suspensions around everywhere as its the only way they’re going to replace the enforcer (a role i personally like but is getting fazed out). Half the time someone gets punched out is because the refs failed to remove that player, and the league failed to suspend so its left to the players to enact justice. Now, perhaps, that will be less of an issue.

    • Fighting in the game is fine but the enforcer/ WWF thing was always lame and holding the sport back. It’s good for hockey if that pagentry goes and never comes back.

  4. On a side note, I am happy to see Dano get claimed by Colorado. Former first round pick bounced around Chicago and then Winnipeg without being able to crack a roster spot with either. I hope he finally gets his shot at a full time spot in the NHL, as he was buried under depth on the Jets. Best of luck to you Marco.

  5. DoubleMinor and DC

    Yes— this has been common hit in the past w/o suspensions. The hit to the boards was clean— the slam dunk I’m assuming was the suspension.

    I’m with you— all we want is consistency. So if this is the standard going forward— then 2 games suspensions for slam dunks— regardless of who the slam dunker or slam dunkee is.

    To me it was an arrogant dick move; but I would not have given a suspension. The phone call and warning would have been enough in my mind. However, now the standard has been set, and warning to all is out there.

    • Exactly Pengy, I have no issues for the most part with the initial hit but the second part is simply dirty and as far away from ‘toughness’ as one can get for me.

  6. 4 months w/o Shultz— ouch—that JJ signing is going to look very very very costly now IMO.

    I’m hoping Riikola (sp?) is on a quick learning curve and fills in well.

    Jamie O up and not Chad please (and thank you)

    • Pengy-perhaps you are interested in another Staal or Shattenkirk? hahahah!

      • Not Staal but we’d be happy to give up Jackass Johnson for Shattenkirk.