NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 11, 2018
Game recaps, stars of the week, plus the latest trade, waiver and injury updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Steven Stamkos tallied a hat trick and collected his 700th career point to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to their seventh straight victory by downing the New York Rangers 6-3. Anthony Cirelli also scored twice for the Lightning. Kevin Hayes scored two goals for the Rangers, who lost defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in the second period with an injured left shoulder.
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard kicked out 42 shots as his club downed the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (upper-body injury) did not play in this game.
San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier scored twice in a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Teammates Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl each had a goal and an assist.
Jake Guentzel’s shootout goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. Goaltender Casey DeSmith made 25 saves.
Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue, and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 9, 2018.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (concussion) will miss tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. No word on how long he could be sidelined.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland has returned from a concussion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Things are so bad for the Blues right now that some folks are hoping this scrap might spark an improvement in their play.
CBS SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche forward Vladislav Kamenev will require shoulder surgery and could be sidelined indefinitely.
TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Calle Rosen to a two-year, one-way contract worth $750k per season and traded forward Adam Cracknell to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Steven Oleksy.
TVA SPORTS: Smaller crowds and a falling Canadian dollar has forced the NHL to make a downward adjustment of their second-quarter hockey-related revenue, increasing the escrow percentage deducted from players salaries from 11.5 percent to 13.5 percent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could bear watching over the course of this season, especially as the league and the NHLPA have the option to trigger an early out from the current collective bargaining agreement next September.