NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 27, 2018
Game recaps, Wilson to appeal his suspension to a third-party arbitrator, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with a four-point performance to lead his club to a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Former Avs center Matt Duchene, making his first appearance with the Senators in Denver since he was traded to Ottawa nearly a year ago, received a video tribute during the game. He also tallied twice for the Sens. Senators winger Zack Smith left the game with a facial fracture after being hit in the face by a skate.
J.T. Miller’s second-period goal proved to be the winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves for the Lightning, who extended their points streak to seven games.
It was a costly game for both clubs. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman left the game in the second period after being checked into the boards by Vegas’ Ryan Reaves with an upper-body injury, though Lightning coach Jon Cooper ruled out a concussion. Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty also left in the first period with an undisclosed injury following a hit by Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn.
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien picked up his 500th NHL point with the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho extended his season-opening points streak to a franchise-record 10th game as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the San Jose Sharks 4-3. Brock McGinn scored the only goal in a shootout for the win.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Tom Wilson “will appeal to a neutral arbitrator after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Wilson’s 20-game ban Thursday. The appeal will be heard Wednesday in New York by Shyam Das, the league’s neutral disciplinary arbitrator.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The New York Post’s Brett Cyrgalis believes NHL players should be ashamed of the NHLPA for defending Wilson. The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell, however, reminds us the union was doing what it is supposed to do. “When a player makes an appeal, it must be done through the NHLPA, which has no choice in the matter. The same goes for the appeal. If the player pushes, the NHLPA must appeal to the furthest degree and it must provide him with adequate representation.”
TSN: Former NHL president John Ziegler passed away Thursday at age 84. He served in that role from 1977 to 1992, overseeing the merger of the NHL and WHA in 1979 and the entry of former Soviet Union players into the league. Labor tensions between the league and its players also rose during his tenure, as well as between the league and former players over pension issues. He was forced from office in 1992 following a 10-day players strike.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Ziegler’s family and friends.
SPORTSNET: Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford was fined $4,301.08 for kneeing Minnesota Wild winger Jordan Greenway.
CBS SPORTS: The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Andrej Sustr on waivers.
VANCOUVER SUN: Former NHL forward Cody Hodgson is releasing a documentary about the genetic disorder malignant hyperthermia which ended his playing career.