NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2018

by | Nov 17, 2018 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Game recaps, analysis of the Oilers trading Ryan Strome to the Rangers for Ryan Spooner, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Ben Bishop made 23 saves and Jason Dickinson scored in overtime as the Dallas Stars shut out the Boston Bruins 1-0.  The Bruins also got bad news regarding captain Zdeno Chara, who’s sidelined four-to-six weeks with an injured left knee. John Moore also missed the game (day-to-day)with a lower-body injury

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chara joins fellow Bruins blueliners Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, Urho Vaakanainen and Brandon Carlo on injured reserve. 

Ryan O’Reilly’s two goals powered the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo via NHL Images)

Ryan O’Reilly scored two goals and Jake Allen kicked out 32 shots as the St. Louis Blues downed the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Brayden Schenn returned from injury to score for the Blues.

Morgan Rielly’s overtime goal gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, completing a sweep of the Pacific Division’s California teams.

The Buffalo Sabres picked up their fourth straight win by edging the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on shootout goals by Jason Pominville and Conor Sheary.

Los Angeles Kings rookie goalie Calvin Petersen made 34 saves to pick up his first NHL victory backstopping his club to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Ilya Kovalchuk and Anze Kopitar scored the only goals in the shootout

Nicklas Backstrom’s overtime goal gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers yesterday traded forward Ryan Strome to the New York Rangers for center Ryan Spooner. The Rangers also retained 22.5 percent ($900k) of Spooner’s $4 million annual average value.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is basically two teams hoping to benefit from swapping two underperforming players. It’s unlikely this deal will significantly improve either club. This move also won’t do much to inspire the sagging confidence of Oilers fans in general manager Peter Chiarelli.  Check out this tweet by Adam Gretz offering a brief review of Chiarelli’s notable recent trades. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a broken foot.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Adjusting to the absence of their starting goalie will be a big test for the Lightning, who’ll turn to backup Louis Domingue and call-up Eddie Pasquale to hold the fort. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes’ defense corps suffered a double whammy as Jason Demers suffered a season-ending knee injury while recently returned blueliner Jakob Chychrun is sidelined again with an upper-body injury. They also learned forward Josh Archibald received a two-game suspension from the league for an illegal check to the head of Nashville Predators forward Ryan Hartman on Thursday.

NBC SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury. They’ve called up Alex Lyon from their AHL affiliate.

NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen was fined $1,000.00 by the league for a dangerous trip on Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Miller. 

TSN: Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis is out indefinitely with an injured foot.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: A look at how a collection of apparently fake Twitter accounts started a troll campaign to support the Ottawa Senators after a video shot by an Uber driver show several Senators players mocking a member of their coaching staff was published by the Citizen and the Ottawa Sun.  



  1. Hall Eberle and Schultz for Larsson Strome and some guy named Flip…ooh and talking trading Matthews is eye rolling? GMs like Chia is the exact reason players should never sign hometown discounts

    • Spooner sorry different pile off the scrap heap

  2. Yotes doing Yote things let’s revisit that offer sheet. Chycrun hurt again great shiney new contract tho and Demers hurt bottom 3 in the in goals against 1 more goal for than against a roster that’s a Hodge podge of no one outside Keller and OEL and Rannta in net…not sure the Coyotes should be in any hurry to be giving up first round picks and giant offer sheets

  3. Chiarelli is catching up to Milbury and taking #2 all time worst GM

    McDavid is going to be the next Marcel Dionne with his lack of support

    • This is what kinda gets me about the whole McDavid is the best thing, if you look at peoples argument when it comes to others Pasternak is great but hey he plays with Bergeron, Nylander but yeah his stats are padded by Matthews any number of the guys who played with Crosby are padded cause well he plays with Sid, yet everything about McDavid is he has no one to play with? Isn’t that part of it? Not knocking McDavid or saying he is or isn’t it’s just an observation more than anything.

      • @Shticky. Only the McDavid line ever seems to be a consistent threat and the team defense is not playoff caliber. Leon seems to be decent when taking the 2nd line but with McD the duo is a force. But yes the fact he is not making average wingers better shows he is not Sid or even what Tavares did with wingers during the Isles times

        McD 108
        Leon 70
        RNH 48

        McD 100
        Leon 77
        Eberle 51

      • Mcdavid last year had the most dominant individual season in the last 20 years , he can’t control the other 2/3 of the game on the bench . Back to back art Ross . Draisaitl , maroon , Rattie getting another contract , nuge , caggiula in small sample have all benefitted from playing with mcdavid . They need depth around him , not with him , he can carry and dominate his time on ice regardless of who he plays with . Keeping the other lines going when Draisaitl comes up is an issue , a trade for a quality proven top 6 winger would go a long way . A win tonight in Calgary has the oilers in the playoffs . Last years team is still fresh on all minds and is carrying more weight right now than the actual 2018 sample . It will take another 20 games to fully move past last year and evaluate this group , with a healthy d . Talbot has to get going but koskinen playing well bodes well for later in the season

      • It wasn’t Eberle , it was maroon .27 goals , 42 pts making 1.5 million . Nuge was hurt last year and didn’t join mcdavid until the last 20 and produced over a pp/g overvthat stretch and up to this point this season . Leon also didnt play with mcdavid for over half last season .

    • Also would like to know if the Devils would of taken that 4th overall pick for Larsson. In hindsight we all know Hall needed a change of lifestyle but,,,

    • McDavid is still much much better off than Lemieux was his first 5 seasons. Mario put up close to 200 points per season with Bob Erey and Troy Loney as linemates. He was the only player with any kind of talent on that team until they got Coffey and Craig Patrick came in and made great trades and was a dynamo at the draft. People talk about what could have been if Mario didn’t have his health issues and that is fair. But what if Mario switched places with Gretzky and played with 12 future fall of famers and had Kurri and Glen Anderson as his wingers? I think that a 300 point season would have been within his grasp. Now unfortunately McDavid has a similar lack of a supporting cast. Not quite as bad but could be much better.

  4. Jason Dickinson who scored the only goal in the Boston – Dallas games last night, is the player that Dallas drafted with the 1st round pick from Boston in the deal that sent Jagr to the Bruins.

  5. as a blues fan we he have to decide each year when we r going to invest emotionally in our club. It has come later in the season the Last few years. You would think this year’S HORRIBLE Start would delay that decision perhaps to the next season or something.
    But, the I must say is am quietly investing already. Two reasons. 1 Jake Allen has not been the issue. At his worst he has been average. 2 Ryan O’Reilly is I believe the secret ingrediant that has been missing around here. He has no letter, but he is setting an example on the ice I think is slowly going to grow in to the big prize we long for in the Lou!