NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2018

by | Oct 28, 2018 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Game recaps, the latest list of injuries and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils took a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers to snap a three-game winless skid. Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves and Taylor Hall extended his points streak to seven games.

Anders Lee had a four-point performance and Brock Nelson scored twice as the New York Islanders thrashed the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1, extending the latter’s losing streak to three games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Add the Flyers’ John Hakstol to the list of NHL head coaches on the hot seat. 

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen picked up his first NHL victory in nearly eight years as his club downed the Nashville Predators 5-3. Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula each scored twice for the Oilers while Predators winger Filip Forsberg tallied a hat trick in a losing cause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a shaky start, the Oilers have climbed into third place in the Pacific Division. 

Shootout goals by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, who dropped their third straight game. Capitals netminder Pheonix Copley made 27 saves for his first NHL victory.

Carey Price moves into second place among the Montreal Canadiens’ all-time goalie wins leaders. (Photo via NHL.com)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned in a 33-save shutout in a 3-0 blanking of the Boston Bruins. Price has passed Patrick Roy for second place in franchise history for wins with 290. The Canadiens were playing without defenseman Noah Juulsen, who was sidelined by a minor upper-body injury

Three unanswered third-period goals by Nazem Kadri, Jakes Gardiner, and Kasperi Kapanen lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. It was a costly victory for the Leafs, as Auston Matthews left the game in the second period with an apparent left shoulder injury following a clean hit from Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs coach Mike Babcock said an update on Matthews’ status will be made on Monday. Considering how much pain Matthews appeared to be in he could be sidelined for a while. 

Two goals by Artemi Panarin, including the winner in overtime, enabled the Columbus Blue Jackets to squeak past the Buffalo Sabres 5-4, ending the latter’s three-game win streak. Cam Atkinson also tallied twice for the Jackets.

Alex Pietrangelo and Zach Sanford each had a goal and two assists and Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in the St. Louis Blues 7-3 thumping of the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane scored twice and collected an assist for the Blackhawks. Blues goaltender Jake Allen left the game in the second period with an apparent concussion following a crease collision with a teammate.

Mikael Granlund extended his points streak to seven games and his Minnesota Wild won their fifth straight by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Granlund and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist.

Michael Grabner scored two shorthanded goals, Clayton Keller scored his fifth goal in five games and Antti Raanta made 30 saves as the Arizona Coyotes crushed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-1. The Lightning played without defenseman Victor Hedman (undisclosed injury, out one week) and winger Ondrej Palat (foot injury, day to day).

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored twice and Casey DeSmith turned aside 29 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Vancouver Canucks 5-0, spoiling the return of Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser to the Canucks’ lineup. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: More bad news for the struggling Kings as starting goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered another lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. “It is believed to be a different injury than what put Quick on injured reserve earlier this month.”

CAP FRIENDLY: The Anaheim Ducks placed rookie forward Maxime Comtois (lower body) on injured reserve. 

TORONTO STAR: Former Maple Leafs forward Miroslav Frycer recalls his two organ transplants, his defection from Czechoslovakia and his hard-living lifestyle with the Leafs in the 1980s in a recently released biography. 

SPORTSNET: On Monday, the NHL is expected to announce it will be establishing some strategic partnerships with the sports gambling industry. 



  1. Good game by the habs last night! Price played good but didn’t have to play great as mtl kept the scoring chances low and shots to the outside. After the Bergeron line the bruins threat really drops off, they need some secondary scoring. If Matthews is out for any length of time willy will be licking his chops

    • Hi Big Bear,

      I’m hoping AM not out long. A lengthy injury to AM, I hope, will not affect negotiations in a deal and/or potential trade with/of WW.

      Let the process work it’s way through.

      I still hold that Leafs need a D upgrade to go far in playoffs.

    • Claude runs a great system.
      If everyone buys in and does as asked, the Habs will make it to the playoffs this spring.
      Speed and transition is key and they have the kids to play that game, that’s for sure.
      The Bruins 2nd and 4th lines have been unremarkable thus far.
      That will change with time.
      Lots of young players to keep motivated.

  2. Did Yeo’s call-out of himself spurn on a team blow-out win ? Who knows. Hopefully tide has turned.

    Nice performance by Price and nice goal by Domi btw

    Hopefully the injuries to Hedman, Mathews, Quick are short lived … great players!

    Ed … great win over Nsh!

    Arz drubbing of TBay was a bit shocking to me

    Casey Desmith … kudos on the shutout. Eugene with 3 more points now tops in the league at PPG (2.00). This rate won’t last but it’s nice to see. Another 2G’s for my future son-in-law (I wish !!) Sid , also very nice. +
    4 nights for Big Jamie and Maata … great . Even though JJ wasn’t in the ice for any of Pens goals , he had a shot, 3 hits and a take-away…. that in my mind was the best news …. JJ please keep it up!


    BTW…Also watched Red Black’s game and their lock down of first & bye …, congrats

    • You forgot that Danny got off the 4th line and played his best game of the season. That pass to Malkin was amazing. They need to get off this kids back and just let him play.

      • Deee

        True. He did play quite well; I’ve liked him for a while.

        Sorry wasn’t an overt or deliberate omission …. was just listing some points

        I’d be good with a one game (full game) experiment with 59-87-41

        …. Tues against NYI?

        If it clicks… Do it again on Thurs in the home ‘n home game

        I don’t think they’ll listen to my idea tho