NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2018

by | Nov 4, 2018 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Game recaps, Eric Staal reaches a milestone, Predators re-sign Pekka Rinne, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COMPekka Rinne made 26 saves and Roman Josi scored the only goal as the Nashville Predators blanked the Boston Bruins 1-0. Bruins winger Brad Marchand received a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct after mocking Colton Sissons embellishment of a high stick. 

Nashville Predators re-sign goaltender Pekka Rinne to a two-year contract extension. (Photo via NHL Images)

Earlier in the day, the Predators re-signed Rinne to a two-year, $10-million contract extension. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, the 36-year-old Rinne also has a modified no-trade clause and a no-movement clause, the latter preventing the Predators from demoting him to the minors. He’s taking a reduced annual average value (his current one is $7 million per season) to stay in Nashville but the 2018 Vezina Trophy winner obviously preferred taking a pay cut to stay with the Cup-contending Predators over gambling in next summer’s UFA market. 

Jason Pominville and Jeff Skinner each scored twice and Jack Eichel collected three assists as the Buffalo Sabres romped to a 9-2 beatdown of the Ottawa Senators. Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin left the game after blocking a shot with his foot but is expected to suit up for today’s game against the New York Rangers. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves for his seventh straight win and Steven Stamkos scored twice to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs were playing without forward Paul Byron, who’s sidelined for at least the next three games with a lower-body injury. 

Kyle Brodziak scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers hung on for a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Thanks to Thomas Greiss’ 35-save shutout performance, the New York Islanders blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0 to pick up their fifth straight win. Earlier in the day, the Devils placed forward Stefan Noesen on injured reserve

Frederik Andersen kicked out 31 shots and Morgan Rielly tallied two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0.

Jason Dickinson’s overtime goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Stars were skating without Alexander Radulov, who returned to Dallas for ongoing medical treatment and will miss the remaining three games of their road trip. 

Eric Staal scored his 400th career NHL goal and Nick Seeler collected three points in the Minnesota Wild’s 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 50th career shutout as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.

Sean Monahan’s two goals helped the Calgary Flames pick up their fourth straight win by downing the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was ejected early in the first period after receiving a game misconduct for boarding. 

Shorthanded goals by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown carried the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The San Jose Sharks edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 thanks to two goals by Timo Meier, with the second coming in overtime. Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth missed the morning practice and returned to Philadelphia to be evaluated by team doctors. 

TSN: Winnipeg Jets forward Brendan Lemieux faces a hearing from the NHL’s department of player safety for a high hit on Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck during Friday’s NHL Global Series in Helsinki. 



  1. I think the $5M AAV (Rinne) is fair on both sides; but doesn’t the NMC then force Nsh to protect Rinne and expose Saros (the heir apparent) at the expansion draft???

    • Potentially, yes. Of course, it will depend on the specific draft rules and, as with every expansion draft, Nashville can make a deal with Seattle which will include an agreement that Seattle will not take Saros or will select one of a handful of players.

      • Thanks Paul

        … well I think that side deal is a must then

  2. Lyle, has anyone reported problems? I keep getting a message “this webpage was reloaded because a problem occurred”

    • Yes Lyle, the page crashes when the adds load, then the page has to be reloaded

    • I had the same issue as well

  3. Thomas Greiss you are certainly stringing together some great performances!

    Kudos to the Flower on milestone 5-0 and to Sr. Staal on his 400th G!

    Leafs had a great forechecking and defensive game . Good win. Pens were frustrated early and often.
    Note : only 2 Pens D have played in every game. Letang would have but he got injured . Ditto for Shcultz. Dumolin has played 12 games …. and has played 12 solid games . Big Jamie O and the 2 Finns have each had press box games . Yet JJ has played ALL games ; been absolutely horrid in 7 of them , very poor in another 2, fair in one ; and I will gift him with 2 “good” games (and that’s being nice). Why have they not sat him . On the ice for more even strength goals than any other Pen by far. He was out of position for 2 more goals last night … if not for 3 excellent saves … that number could have been 5…. yet was second only to Letang for TOI by Pens D last night ????? How does he possibly warrant more ice time than Dumolin ???? I’m not letting Chad off the hook here … he was also horrendous …, but letting JJ play more minutes than Dumo ????? I’m beside myself