NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 18, 2018

by | Nov 18, 2018 | News, NHL | 18 comments

Game recaps, injury updates and more CBA optimism in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 following a wild third period that saw the Flyers rally from a 5-1 deficit to force the extra frame. Brayden Point scored twice for the Lightning while James van Riemsdyk had a three-point game for the Flyers.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist moved into seventh place on the NHL all-time wins list for goaltenders. (Photo via NHL Images)

Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 438th career victory to move ahead of Jacques Plante into seventh on the all-time goaltender wins list as the New York Rangers doubled up the Florida Panthers 4-2. Rangers winger Chris Kreider had a goal and two assists.

Erik Karlsson scored his first goal with the San Jose Sharks while Aaron Dell turned in a 30-save shutout to blank the St. Louis Blues 4-0. Joe Pavelski scored twice and Logan Couture had three assists.

Cam Atkinson’s hat trick powered the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 win over the slumping Carolina Hurricanes. Artemi Panarin also collected three assists for the Jackets while Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 30 shots.

Calle Jarnkrok potted his first career NHL hat trick as the Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-3.

Carey Price turned in his second straight solid performance (35 saves) backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. Jonathan Drouin scored the winner while Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson netted his 11th goal of the season.

The Ottawa Senators ran up a 5-1 lead and held on for a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mark Stone and Matt Duchene each scored twice for the Senators, who chased Penguins goalie Matt Murray from the net after he gave up three goals on 10 shots. Penguins forward Derick Brassard returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a lower-body injury. 

The Buffalo Sabres picked up their fifth straight win by overcoming a 2-0 deficit to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2. Rasmus Dahlin and Jason Pominville tallied the tying and winning goals.

The Calgary Flames won the latest round in the Battle of Alberta by overcoming a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Elias Lindholm scored two goals for the Flames, handing the Oilers their fifth loss in six games.

Dylan Larkin’s overtime goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Wings have won eight of their last 10 games. Wings forward Darren Helm could be sidelined for some time after leaving the game in the first period with an injured right arm.

Jaroslav Halak turned aside 32 shots and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson tallied his first NHL goal to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The injury-ravaged Bruins lost another key player, as Patrice Bergeron (suspected shoulder injury) returned to Boston for medical evaluation. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars defenseman John Klingberg (broken hand) could be sidelined for longer than four weeks, as coach Jim Montgomery suggested the blueliner could be out six weeks. 

SPORTSNET: The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Luke Schenn on waivers. Forward Patrick Eaves was placed on injured reserve suffering from back spasm. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the NHL is doing everything it can to dodge another labor dispute with the NHLPA, with the two sides engaged in ongoing preliminary talks “aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its reopener in September 2019.”  Brooks cites multiple sources claiming league commissioner Gary Bettman hopes to avoid the prospect of a fourth lockout in 17 years under his watch.

Among the highlights from Brooks’ column:

-The league and the PA are apparently interested in participating in the 2022 Winter Olympic in Beijing. The trade-off could be staging a World Cup of Hockey in 2020 (and possibly 2024) with most of the revenue going to the league. 

-Escrow isn’t the major sticking point it once was. While the players are having 11.5 percent of their salaries withheld this season, the PA expects a postseason refund of eight percent. 

-The PA seeks a change in the way long-term injury reserve payments are calculated against the cap. “If the league eliminates additional payroll dedicated to LTI as part of the mix, that would reduce escrow. It would also slightly tilt the 50/50, so the NHL obviously would need something tangible in return — perhaps a redefinition of Hockey-Related Revenue that would benefit the teams.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the second report in as many weeks suggesting the possibility another work stoppage might be avoided, perhaps before next September’s deadline for either side to re-open CBA talks. According to last weekend’s report by Hockey Night in Canada’s “Headlines” crew, the league needs to know by January if they can stage a 2020 World Cup of Hockey. If that tournament gets the green light,  a new CBA could be in place by next fall or the current one will remain in place until its expiry date in September 2022. 



  1. Chia got another card up his sleeve call coach Q get rid of Todd

    • Best part of that the game is Burkie getting worked up after the first saying the Flames should be dressing more fighters to play the oilers??? cause the flames won’t be able to handle em?? I love listening to Burke but man the game has passed him by and here is yet another in the long line of examples

      • Where’s “Truculence” when you need him? 🙂

      • Him and pugnacious have checked in to their local Chartwell residence with Edna

      • Perhaps Burke and Don Cherry could wander off, arm in arm, into the sunset….. two dinosaurs together forever.

  2. I realize having Crosby out is a big issue. Also having Shultz out is a big issue as well. The team as a whole is definitely underperforming.

    I don’t have a big issue with the 1-1 swap of Hags/Pearson …. it was a low risk swap to attempt to stimulate play (both players) by a change of scenery …. I think both will come around.

    I have two tips for coach Sully and one for GMJR.

    Coach ,

    (1) PLEASE stop playing JJ for the second most D minutes. Psssssst… he’s not that good. 2 great plays a game with 5-7 brutal plays (mostly just way out of position); is not a good formula.

    (2) great that you finally brought Sprong back …. have him play with better skilled players. Pssssst…. he’s already shown you this year that he plays well with the skilled forwards.


    I know you are itching for another trade. I would love to see you move JJ (another 1-1 swap)… but for some reason the coaching staff ( and possibly you) are blind to his many faults and only remember his good plays.

    I really don’t think you should trade Sprong …. not a good idea. Just remember the Pouliot fiasco.

    However , if you do move him… make it a multi-player swap; and make his (Sprong’s) piece as an incentive to get rid of problematic pieces on team

    Here’s a loopy .., but highly beneficial trade:

    Sprong + JJ + Rust to VGK


    Hunt + Carrier + the top performing AHL guys …. Pirri+ Macek + Carr

    Then have Pirri , Macek , Carr play as the third line

    When the team is healthy again

    Crosby , Guentzel, Simone
    Malkin, Kessel, Brassard
    Pirri, Macek, Carr
    Sheahan, Pearson , ZAR

    *Horny & Cullen can be moved in another trade

    Letang, Dumo
    Shultz, Jamie O
    Maata, Hunt

    *Waivers for Ruhwedel then send down

    * Pick uo D Schen off of waivers for depth. For those of you that think Schenn is a waste …. I truly believe that with a change of scenery; he’d be an upgrade to Ruhweedel as a depth D… just my opinion

    Above won’t happen as everybody knows …… but something has to change ; and if it’s nothing but playing JJ much less minutes and at same time playing Sprong with better talent …. that’ll improve things

    Rant over

    • What pouliot fiasco?

      • Hi Chrisms

        Sorry … the word “trade” should have been before fiasco

        Should never have traded Pouliot … doing well in Van

      • No he isn’t really.

    • They are not going to trade for an entire AHL line, and they definitely would not play them as a third line. Johnson is absolutely untradeable, he’s garbage and hat contract term is an absolute joke. It’s buyout or Seattle or 4 more years of Scuderi -2.0. Sullivan is losing sight of what brought him so much success his first 2 years with the team. If you keep trotting our Cullen(who keeps taking the dumbest penalties and the worst possible times), Grant, Rudeweasal and Johnson out every game even though they are absolutely brutal players at both ends. They healthy scratch Sheahan but Sully would never sit Cullen because of baseless loyalty. It would be nice if Cullen just retired and joined the coaching staff. He brings nothing to the table any more. WBS has a few guys that would be very effective bottom 6 guys on this team and would spark them into their laying harder. Bring Anthony Angelo and Adam Johnson up and sit or trade Cullen and Rust. If they can make a deal for a young right shot dman that isn’t working out for his current team then they should do it ASAP. Julius Honka and Rasmus Anderson are 2 guys I would chase and try and get both of
      I was Rutherford.

      • Just out of curiosity, who and what would you offer Dallas and Calgary to get both if you were Rutherford? NOT including any of the dead-weight you just mentioned.

      • Deeee

        with you.

        ‘Course they would never trade for an entire AHL 3rd line …. but as I was pointing out … Pirri, Macek, Carr would perform better as a third line than what they’ve been throwing together. Bottom 6 scoring isn’t there.

        With you re Honka; I’m not overly familiar with Anderson’s play to comment

        Would like to get Hunt

        The best thing for the whole team is for them (coaching staff and GMJR) to really look objectively at the play of JJ, Cullen, Rust, Ruhweedel…. they just seem completely blind to their beaucoup de faux pas or blindly loyal to them or both

        If they trade Sprong ( Please Please don’t )… it has to be as a package with at least one of those 4 also going to bring back an upgrade

        Things have to change

      • Dallas and Calgary both need forwards with speed that can help out on offence. I don’t know who exactly that would entail but it’s not like they have absolutely zero assets. Yeah Schenn is not the answer at all.

    • Don’t trade Sprong he’s good and skill d but of you do package him up with a bunch of other guys and trade him for guys that can play on the third line, then trade a bunch more guys

      • And don’t forget to pluck Luke Schenn off waivers cause his 4th change of scenery is bound to make him skate better

      • This is the Pearl in that oyster

    • Pouliot is struggling this year in Vancouver. He’s getting lots of time on ice because he has history with coach Green dating back to junior hockey in Portland, but he’s made some brutal giveaways and I don’t think he has much of a future with the team.

  3. You have to wonder if the pens are going to start moving a couple of the “ core” guys the pens are a step behind in a lot of games this year