NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2018
Game recaps, players of the week, plus updates on Ilya Kovalchuk, Roberto Luongo, Karl Alzner, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Mitch Marner set up three goals, Frederik Andersen made 38 saves, and Patrick Marleau collected an assist in his 1,600th career NHL game as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2. David Pastrnak tallied both Bruins goals.
Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller left the game in the first period after taking a puck to the throat while winger Jake DeBrusk might require medical assessment after being struck by a shot in the back of his head. Miller’s x-rays were negative but he remained in the hospital for observation.
The Washington Capitals faced their former coach Barry Trotz for the first time, defeating his New York Islanders 4-1. Tom Wilson scored twice as the Capitals extended their winning streak to six games.
Before the game, the Capitals presented Trotz and his assistants Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn with their Stanley Cup rings. Earlier in the day, the Islanders activated winger Matt Martin off injured reserve.
Artemi Panarin had three points and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Detroit Red Wings 7-5. Anthony Mantha scored two goals for the Wings.
The Florida Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime. Jonathan Huberdeau (three points) scored the game-tying goal and Mike Hoffman netted the winners.
Earlier in the day, the Panthers revealed goaltender Roberto Luongo is considered day-to-day after re-injuring his right knee. Luongo injured the knee in the Panthers’ season opener and was sidelined for a month.
Three third-period goals gave the New York Rangers a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist.
Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 25, 2018.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings winger Ilya Kovalchuk’s playing time has declined under new head coach Willie Desjardins. In July, the Kings signed Kovalchuk to a three-year contract with a no-movement clause in its first two seasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No indication the Kings are looking to move Kovalchuk but his reduced ice time has caught the attention of NHL pundits. Could be worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks, especially if the Kings fail to make any notable improvement.
TSN: The Montreal Canadiens placed defenseman Karl Alzner on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alzner signed a five-year, $23.125-million contract last year with the Canadiens but he’s been a frequent healthy scratch this season as the Habs employ a faster-paced system. He’s not expected to be claimed and could be sent to their AHL affiliate in Laval.
It’s also possible the Canadiens are making this move to determine if there’s any possibility of trading him but his salary, modified no-trade clause, and his lack of speed mean they probably won’t find any takers unless they agree to pick up half of his salary. Even then, it’s doubtful they’ll find a deal. They could consider buying him out next summer, though they’ll face cap hits of $4.194 million in 2020-21 and $2.194 million in 2021-22.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ondrej Palat (lower-body injury) could return to the lineup tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.