NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2018

by | Nov 27, 2018 | News, NHL | 6 comments

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. 

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Patrick Marleau played in his 1,600th career NHL game. (Photo via NHL Images)

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. 


  1. I wonder how long it will take the Penguins to put Jack
    Johnson on waivers being that he is a similar player on a similar bar contract?
    Kevan Miller getting a little karmic payback is always a nice story.
    The only thing worse than losing a game is getting scored on twice by Tom the human garbage bin Wilson.
    I hate the leafs but have been a Marner fan since he played up the road in London. Plus the better he plays the more they have to pay him and the better chance the leafs roster looks like the Blackhawks roster right now with not enough cap to go around. If Tavares, Mathews and Marner are getting paid over 33 mill between the 3 then the leafs are goin to end up pretty top heavy.

    • Please explain Karma and Kevan Miller?
      I must have missed something.

    • All over Marner’s deeeeeeeee

    • If i was Marner i would want the same as Matthews. Marner runs the leafs

  2. Patrick Marleau is ALL time.

  3. I watched the Boston game last night and two Boston players that really stood out were Pastrnak as a finisher (always in the uncanny right place to score) and Marchand who is always on the play.

    Beyond these two was a Toronto player that is playing on a different level….Mitch Marner. He is like the alien on the original Star Trek episode that gets exponentionally smarter by tge minute until they couldn’t contain him as there was no limit.

    He was skating backwards toe dragging stickhandling circling doing moves I’ve never seen before in my entire life.

    I was getting dizzy just watching him on tv.

    Tavares can’t even keep up with him. Tavares seems to be out of breath every shift and Hyman is just trying to hang on for dear life.

    Nylander at 7 million will seem like a steal when Dubas is going to have to negotiate the Marner and Matthews contracts.