NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 10, 2018

by | Dec 10, 2018 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Elias Pettersson had five points (one goal, four assists) and Brock Boeser tallied a hat trick to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-1 beatdown of the hapless St. Louis Blues. Following the game, Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko apologized to his team’s fans for their poor performance this season.

Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson had a five-point performance in a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Calder Memorial Trophy is Pettersson’s to lose this season. “The Alien” dominates the rookie scoring leaders in goals, assists and points. Barring injury or a second-half collapse, Pettersson will become the second player in Canucks history (Pavel Bure being the first) to win the Calder.

As for the Blues, an apology from their best scorer won’t make up for their terrible performance this season. Inconsistent goaltending, sloppy defense, and a lack of speed has them buried near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Little wonder there are trade rumors swirling around Tarasenko, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, and goaltender Jake Allen. If they don’t turn things around soon, the Blues will be sellers by the February trade deadline. 

Mark Scheifele collected three assists and Josh Morrissey had a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Jets crushed the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1. Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg was ejected from the game following his second-period hit from behind on Jets winger Kyle Connor, who left the game briefly following the hit.

Carey Price made 37 saves and Tomas Tatar tallied the game-winner as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Patrick Kane netted both Blackhawks goals. The Hawks sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with just nine wins in 31 games. Since firing Joel Quenneville as head coach last month, they’ve won just three times. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price stole this one for the Canadiens, who blew a 2-0 lead and would’ve lost this contest if not for their goaltender’s heroics. Price’s performance has noticeably improved since defenseman Shea Weber’s recent return to the lineup. 

Shootout goals by Daniel Sprong and Ryan Getzlaf gave the Anaheim Ducks a 6-5 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Ondrej Kase had three points for the Ducks, who lost goaltender Ryan Miller to a lower-body injury after he was hurt in a goalmouth collision.

Connor McDavid scored the only goal and goalie Mikko Koskinen kicked out 24 shots as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Calgary Flames 1-0.

The Boston Bruins squeaked past the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on an overtime goal by Torey Krug. Senators goaltender Mike McKenna made 42 saves in a losing cause. Senators defensemen Dylan DeMelo and Christian Jaros missed the game with injuries.

The Vegas Golden Knights picked up their eighth win in 10 games by doubling up the Dallas Stars 4-2. Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 22 shots.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Bad news for the Coyotes as starting goalie Antti Raanta is sidelined indefinitely with a lower-body injury and could miss the remainder of the season. 

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman received a two-game suspension by the NHL department of player safety for a late hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy on Saturday. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled goaltender Scott Darling due to an injury to Curtis McElhinney.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders have recalled winger Josh Ho-Sang. 



  1. More than worth noting that Bobby Ryan and Matt Duchense missed the Sens-Bruins game with injuries. Does anyone know why Harpur received an instigator and misconduct for his fight? Other than a few jabs to Kuraly, it didn’t look like much…

    • Boucher was wondering the same thing himself. Just another example of inconsistent officiating which remains rampant throughout the league.

      • Yeah that was a bogus call.

        The night before Hainsey had a textbook instigator that was not called and they instead ejected Wagner for a clean open-ice hit.

  2. Hyman suspension fair but surprising

    I don’t think he’s a repeat offender so I thought it might be one game at most

    Good for player safety … head shots have to go

  3. Petterson is a shoo in for Calder now

    I’m still surprised that there was no good offers be Van to get WW to play alongside Petterson for the next 8 years

    Not sure how many games Ed will be able to win 1-0. If Hitchcock has effectively found the right style of play for this team and it continues to work ; then mucho kudos to him…. I’m skeptical but encouraged by their play of late

    Vegas finally found its Mojo??? 8 of 10 …. not too shabby

    • Hi Pengy, Pettersson already has a good RW in Brock Boeser. 29 goals last year in 62 games as a rookie and this year Brock and Elias have had 2 games in which they combined for 17 points (10 for Pettersson and 7 for Boeser). Not sure why they would give up assets and upset their salary scale for a chance at possibly marginal improvement.

      • Gord1970

        I guess I had a real brain fart …. for some reason I thought Boeser was a Left winger

        …. so my point re acquiring WW is moot


    • Vancouver has no reason to trade for anyone. Pettetson, Boeser, and Quin Hughes is a fantastic base to build something special