NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 30, 2018
Game recaps, stars of the week, plus updates on Auston Matthews, Kris Letang, Torey Krug, Cory Schneider and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm scored 55 seconds apart in the third period as the Calgary Flames defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. It was the Leafs’ first game this season without Auston Matthews, who is sidelined for four weeks with an injured left shoulder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time for John Tavares to show everyone why the Leafs invested $77 million in acquiring his services. One also wonders how much Matthews absence might affect the Leafs contract impasse with William Nylander.
Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Petterson scored twice and goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 37 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild, snapping the latter’s six-game winning streak. However, it was a costly win for the injury-ravaged Canucks as forward Brandon Sutter suffered a separated shoulder and could be sidelined four-to-six weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was Petterson’s second game following a concussion that sidelined him for two weeks. Looks like he’s not suffering any lingering after-effects.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele, and Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 28, 2018.
The NHL announced a multi-year deal with MGM Resorts as the league’s first official sports-betting partnership.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL couldn’t avoid the lure of sports-betting dollars forever. Color me unsurprised that they paired up with MGM. As per the league’s press release, “MGM is a part-owner of T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights. In addition, MGM Grand in Las Vegas was the host venue for the 2015 NHL Awards.”
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang could miss tonight’s game against the New York Islanders with a nagging lower-body injury.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (ankle injury) could make his season debut tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils activated goaltender Cory Schneider (hip) off injured reserve. He spent three games last week in the AHL on a conditioning stint. He’s not expected to start in tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki received a three-game suspension by the NHL department of player safety for charging Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin.
CBS SPORTS: Senators forward Zack Smith underwent surgery Monday to repair facial injuries. No word as to how long he’ll be sidelined.
THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings have decided not to return forward Michael Rasmussen to his junior team, meaning he’s officially in the first year of his three-year entry-level contract.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will retain center Jesperi Kotkaniemi rather than return him to his Finnish club. Like Rasmussen, this move will burn off the first year of Kotkaniemi’s entry-level deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We shouldn’t be surprised. Both youngsters have played well enough to earn full-time roster spots with their respective NHL clubs.
Speaking of the Canadiens, minor-league defenseman Gustav Olofsson underwent shoulder surgery and will be sidelined for six months.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen said he probably won’t use the option in his contract to return to the KHL this season. It appears he prefers staying with the Predators’ AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. “Probably not going to do it,” Tolvanen told the Tennessean via phone on Monday morning. “So much closer to Nashville here.”