NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 9, 2018
Game recaps, stars of the week plus injury updates on James van Riemsdyk, Roberto Luongo, Joe Thornton and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Patrice Bergeron tallied a hat trick, David Pastrnak scored twice and Brad Marchand collected three assists as the Boston Bruins doubled up the Ottawa Senators 6-3. Ryan Dzingel scored twice in a losing cause for the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins’ top line has wasted little time picking up where they left off last season. However, the club’s production drops sharply beyond Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak.
In his season debut with the New York Islanders, goaltender Robin Lehner turned in a 35-save shutout performance backstopping his club to a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Isles got the win in front of just 8,790 fans at Barclays Center.
Earlier in the day, the Sharks revealed the swelling in the surgically repaired right knee of center Joe Thornton was due to an infection and not to any structural damage to the knee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thornton’s condition is being treated with antibiotics and he’s not expected to be sidelined for long.
The Anaheim Ducks won their third straight game with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Troy Terry tallied the winning goal. The Wings were playing without Trevor Daley, who suffered an upper-body injury during Sunday’s game against the LA Kings.
Jack Eichel scored twice and Carter Hutton kicked out 35 shots to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 7.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk will be sidelined five-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: A knee injury has put Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo on the shelf for two-to-four weeks. The Panthers will turn to backup James Reimer and call-up Michael Hutchinson between the pipes.
TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky was placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a strained oblique.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog (lower body) could miss tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets.
THE SCORE: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs believes Houston would be a great market for an NHL franchise. Jacobs is the chairman of the league’s executive committee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL hasn’t indicated if it intends to expand beyond 32 franchises once Seattle’s expansion bid is formally approved in December. Perhaps Houston will become a destination for a relocated franchise, though there’s no indication any current club could be on the move anytime soon.