NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 20, 2018
Game recaps, Blues fire head coach Mike Yeo, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo following a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. It was the third time the Blues were shut out in four games. Craig Berube takes over behind the bench on an interim basis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yeo is the third NHL coach to lose his job this month. This move seemed inevitable given the Blues’ stumbling start to this season. They’re currently sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
There’s already speculation they could bring back Joel Quenneville as their full-time bench boss but The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford reports a source “close to the situation” claims Quenneville is in no hurry to return to the coaching ranks.
Quenneville would also prove a costly hire. Rutherford reports his former club, the Chicago Blackhawks, wants any team attempting to hire him to pick up a portion of his $6-million per season contract that he’s owed through 2019-20.
Patrik Laine’s hat trick powered the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Kyle Connor also collected four points for the Jets. Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson netted his 12th goal of the season while teammate Jacob Markstrom made 43 saves.
Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau each got four points and Sean Monahan scored twice to lead the Calgary Flames to a 7-2 drubbing of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Two third-period goals by Zach Hyman and a 37-save performance by Frederik Andersen enabled the Toronto Maple Leafs to overcome a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. Jackets captain Nick Foligno rejoined the roster yesterday after a brief absence to tend to his ailing five-year-old daughter Milana.
The Buffalo Sabres collected their sixth straight victory by rallying from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on an overtime goal by Jack Eichel. The Penguins have dropped four straight games. They also learned earlier in the day that center Matt Cullen could be sidelined long-term with a lower-body injury.
Florida Panthers forward Mike Hoffman scored against his former club in a 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. Hoffman’s point streak has reached 16 games. The win was overshadowed as Panthers center Vincent Trocheck was stretchered from the game after twisting his right left awkwardly while battling for the puck along the boards. Matt Duchene scored twice for the Senators, who honored former equipment manager Mike Foley with a video tribute. Foley passed away at age 61 on Saturday from colon cancer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Foley’s family, friends, and the Senators’ organization.
Lars Eller’s overtime goal capped a three-goal rally as the Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4. Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby got the win after relieving Pheonix Copley in the second period, stopping 22 shots.
Filip Chytil’s third-period goal proved to be the game-winner as the New York Rangers edged the Dallas Stars 2-1. Stars goaltender Ben Bishop left the game in the second period and is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.
Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, and San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 18, 2018.
TSN: Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks with an upper-body injury.
NBC SPORTS: Broad Street Bullies no more? The Philadelphia Flyers are one of two clubs with no fighting majors thus far this season.