NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 5, 2018

by | Oct 5, 2018 | News, NHL | 19 comments

Game recaps, Anders Lee named Islanders captain, Tom Wilson to appeal his 20-game suspension, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Kris Letang scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 7-6 in a game that looked like a throwback to the high-scoring 1980s. Letang’s teammate Jake Guentzel also tallied twice while Capitals winger T.J.Oshie netted two goals.

Speaking of the Capitals, winger Tom Wilson will appeal his recent 20-game suspension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Wilson’s appeal is successful he’s still going to miss a lot of time, probably around 15 games. 

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand collected four assists in a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Boston Bruins atoned for their humiliating 7-0 season-opening loss to the Capitals by blanking the Buffalo Sabres 4-0. Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for the shutout while winger Brad Marchand collected four assists.

The New York Islanders began their first game of the post-John Tavares era on the right foot with a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Goaltender Thomas Greiss turned in a 45-save performance for the win. Earlier in the day, the Islanders announced Anders Lee as their new captain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not questioning Lee’s leadership ability but I wonder if the Isles front office made this move in part to convince him to stick around beyond this season. Lee is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July. 

Patrick Kane’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the Montreal Canadiens in their season-opening overtime loss to Toronto, the Senators played better than expected in this contest. One game does not a season make but they could surprise people if they maintain the effort they displayed against the Blackhawks. 

An overtime goal by Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Before the game, recently retired Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg took part in the ceremonial puck drop.

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 41 shots while Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor each collected two points in a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Wayne Simmonds scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Earlier in the day, the Golden Knights revealed winger Alex Tuch is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

Jim Montgomery’s first game as an NHL head coach was a successful one as his Dallas Stars blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. Ben Bishop turned aside 30 shots for the shutout while Jamie Benn collected two assists.

Pekka Rinne made 34 saves backstopping the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each scored as the Colorado Avalanche tamed the Minnesota Wild 4-1.

THE ATHLETIC: Aaron Portzline profiles former NHL defenseman Lyle Odelein’s recovery from a coma, paralysis, and a multi-organ transplant earlier this year. Odelein said he’s now feeling much better, is walking again and intends to take part in the Montreal Canadiens’ commemorative opening-night ceremony to honor their 1993 championship team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Odelein in his recovery from this near-death experience. 

TSN: New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle continues his fight against leukemia as this season begins. He missed 13 games last season receiving treatment for the disease and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance.

THE SCORE: Florida Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie intends to retire at the end of this season. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed forward Barclay Goodrow to a two-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $925K



  1. Nice bounce-back game by the Bruins.

    Who gets the next start in goal for them?

    • I’d ride Halak all season.
      Cant stand Rask.

    • Double Minor

      Re: Goal next game… Marchand…. great game last night … looks like he can do anything — put him in net he’ll get a SO and an EN goal …. Bos wins 1-0… LOlL

      In reality I’d ride Halak ’till he falters …. no harm no foul

  2. I kind of figured Vegas wouldn’t be surprising anyone this opening season as they did last year. Teams will no longer take lightly so they’re going to find the going a LOT tougher this season.

    • Yep

      They looked discombobulated and nervous (just like Leafs in their home opener)

    • Nobody took them lightly last year. That’s nonsense.

      • I beg to differ Chrisms – at the start at least most teams certainly did. It’s only a natural assumption – an expansion team most of them playing together for the first time – easy 2 points. As the season went beyond 10 games they sure knew what they’d be offering in a game, however, and if you’ll notice, I did say “opening season.”

        But, chacun à son goût.

      • No. I don’t buy it. Fans might of but these were all nhl players, many who were teammates a year prior, and 2 points is two points. One could argue their attack and speed and depth caught people off guard. But not that they took it easy because it was an expansion team

      • You mean like those NHL players who seem to have “career years” in contract years, which begs the question “why weren’t you putting out at that level ALL the time?”

        As I said, each to his own. I don’t buy your stance either.

      • George I’m all about debate but your response made no sense. The two issues arnt remotely similar

      • They relate in the sense that teams are not always aware of what they have in their midst – see my post below. Yeah, it’s a remote relation but there have been players traded away as UFA rentals who suddenly put up big numbers in the final year of their contract for another team. similar, in a sense, to players under-utilized and allowed to be plucked by an expansion team who suddenly show abilities that might have kept them with their original teams had anyone had an inkling. Karlsson of Vegas is the probably the best example – especially since Anaheim has been looking for more scoring punch for some time now.

  3. Agreed George. The hype and adrenaline has fizzled a bit and although it is only the first game I think they have come back down to earth. Time will tell.

    • Like, who on the Ducks, Minn and Boston knew that William Karlsson would go from 6g 19a 25 pts in 81 gp to 43g 35a 78 pts in 82 gp – Erik Haula from 42g v47a 89 pts in 266 gp to 29g 26a 55 pts in 76 gp – and D Colin Miller from 9g 20a 29 pts in 103 gp to 10g 31s 41 pts in 82gp?

      Certainly if management had any inkling of their capability they might have made a greater effort to keep them and placed them in more prominent positions on their own team. And those are just 3 examples. So why would opposing players – even ex teammates – figure they would do so well in a new setting?

      There have been countless psychological studies done on why some pro teams play down to the level of their anticipated opposition – and get burned for doing so.

  4. Also…stick tap to Brian Boyle. Had a family member pass from leukemia on Monday. It is not an easy road.

    • FD

      To you and your family , my condolences. Very sorry to hear that .


      • Cheers Pengy!

  5. The shootout at the OK Corral (in Pitts)…. 13 G’s , both goalies in the .830 range of save %’age but both also made some show stopping saves (Holtby at least 4… Guntzel could have had 4Gs)

    I’m sure both D coaches got greyer and balder last night

    I love high scoring games but that was piss poor D work both sides and sloppy give-aways (including the worst of the game by Malkin)

    Disagree with the high stick goal …. I’ve seen on ice calls change after ref/lineman huddles many times but I’ve never seen a more vehemently and grossly animated no-goal call (reminder — by closest ref looking right at high stick AND 15 feet away) that was then overturned on council of second ref 40′ away and looking straight on…. didn’t matter … Pens won

    If they continue this sloppy play and with facing a great Goalie tommorrow …. I’m not going to be surprised if Pens like de to Mon 3-0!!!

    My venting is done(maybe)

    • Not “like de” but “lose”