NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2018

by | Nov 7, 2018 | News, NHL | 13 comments

Game recaps, update on the Senators Uber incident and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Mark Stone’s five-point performance (two goals, three assists) carried the Ottawa Senators to a 7-3 thumping of the New Jersey Devils. Matt Duchene (three assists), Thomas Chabot (three points) and Colin White (two goals) also factored in the Senators victory.

Matt Duchene publicly apologized to assistant coach Martin Raymond following the Ottawa Senators 7-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. (Photo via NHL Images)

Duchene, Chabot, and White were among the seven Senators secretly filmed by an Uber driver in Phoenix recently mocking assistant coach Martin Raymond. The Senators revealed they knew about the video well before it made the rounds on social media and insist they’ve dealt with it internally.

The seven players involved yesterday issued a statement apologizing to Raymond and their teammates and Duchene profusely apologized to Raymond again during last night’s post-game press conference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last night’s game suggests the Senators have put this incident behind them. Still, time will tell if this episode was really much ado about nothing or indicative of ongoing turmoil within the Senators’ dressing room. 

Frederik Andersen made 36 saves and Connor Brown had a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1. Vegas also lost forward Erik Haula, who was stretchered from the game in the third period after falling awkwardly following a clean hit by Leafs forward Patrick Marleau.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: More information on Haula’s condition is expected later today but it appears he suffered a serious injury to his right knee. 

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1, handing Willie Desjardins his first victory as their new head coach. Ilya Kovalchuk scored a goal and set up two others. It’s the Ducks’ eighth loss in their last nine games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle could be among the NHL coaches currently on the hot seat. 

Ryan O’Reilly had a hat trick as the St. Louis Blues beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a good start to this season the Hurricanes are struggling of late. This could provide more fuel to the speculation they’re interested in acquiring William Nylander from the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Nikita Kucherov scored twice and set up another while Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 33 shots in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Neal Pionk’s end-to-end goal late in the third period proved to be the game winner as the New York Rangers overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 in a penalty-filled contest. Rangers center Kevin Hayes collected three assists while Canadiens winger Tomas Tatar scored twice.

The San Jose Sharks blew a two-goal lead but a third-period goal by Barclay Goodrow gave them a 4-3 win. Sharks forward Marcus Sorensen had a three-point night.

Jimmy Howard made 40 saves and Dylan Larkin scored the only goal in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. Vancouver rookie center Elias Pettersson tallied his 10th goal of the season.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves backstopping the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward Derek Mackenzie is sidelined indefinitely following shoulder surgery.

SPORTSNET: Adam Oates has joined the Los Angeles Kings as a consultant.



  1. It seems to me if you are paying for a ride the D-Bag driver should not be allowed to share your comments like that. All players vent about the coaches and all coaches vent about the players. Sucks that we are being filmed every minute of the day now…

    • Welcome to the New World Order.

    • That’s an excuse for bad behavior. If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing. Not a new concept. Vent behind closed doors. If you say something in public, it’s no longer a private matter and that’s the speaker’s choice.

      • As BadCowboyDan intimates, ALL pro athletes bitch about their coaches and managers. Twas ever thus. What you seem to be saying is, if you’re taking a dump in a public toilet and some dweeb is filming it without your knowledge and then posts it on YouTube, the lesson should be “if you take a dump in a public toilet it’s no longer a private matter”??? What that driver did was reprehensible.

      • Every body vents. Staff about the bosses and we complain about the staff too. Sometimes on a Friday in a pub. And on Monday we are back to being professional and dealing with it correctly; one on one, face to face, in private. We all have our moments.
        If a driver, or anybody for that matter posts something online to make themselves feel better about not getting tipped, or somehow gets”even” then that person needs to seek professional help to improve their self esteem. I don’t get that self pitying snowflake behavior, and never will.

    • 7 guys getting paid on NHL contracts and they couldn’t come up with a tip between them? If you don’t want things like this to happen then don’t act like entitled little (p)ricks. Each of these guys kicks in $10, which is like a dime to the average person, and this guy would have never let this video get out.

      • If that’s indicative of hockey players in general – i.e., too cheap to fork over a few buck each for a collective tip – it’s small wonder that Nylander is digging in his heels over $2,000,ooo per.

  2. I have seen only a couple of the canes games (which they won) and they have looked great. even in the other games they seem to be getting 35-45 shots, are they just running into crazy goaltending or are the shots low quality?

    With Vegas, you’d have to think that there needs to be some line juggling. They just lost a top 6 forward and from the other top 5 there are three that are slumping to various degrees….maybe something along the lines of

    Pacioretty – Marchessault – Smith
    Nosek – W. Karlsson – Tuch

    • Taz

      Not a bad thought

      Yes keep Marsh and Smith together

      Injuries and major D out for 20 games do have a big impact

      Man that twist to his knee and lower leg looked bad … can’t fathom that this will be a short recovery but anything is possible

      VGK still had bouts of heavy pressure and Andersen came up with big saves

      I don’t think VGK need to panic and make any trades right now to solve the issue

      If they are still struggling once Statsny and Schmidt return ; that’s a different story

      • I agree, no trades needed but they need to shuffle those lines. Did Pacioretty forget that he was brought in as a sniper? Guy is passing on shots to make the pass

  3. Pacioretty just returned from a shoulder injury – could be he’s still feeling the effects.