NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 2, 2018

by | Dec 2, 2018 | News, NHL

Game recaps, the three stars and the top rookie for November, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Ottawa Senators welcomed former captain Erik Karlsson back to Ottawa by drubbing the San Jose Sharks 6-2. Former Sharks winger Mikkel Boedker lit up his old team with four points while Karlsson was held off the score-sheet. The Senators honored Karlsson during a break in the action in the first period with a video tribute.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For a club possessing an enviable blueline with Karlsson, Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and Justin Braun, the Sharks are playing crappy defense of late. Their goaltending also hasn’t looked good. 

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner is tied for this season’s league lead in assists. (Photo via NHL Images)

Hours after finally ending their contract stalemate with William Nylander, the Toronto Maple Leafs tamed the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Leafs winger Mitch Marner collected two assists and is tied with Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen for first place among this season’s assists leaders with 32. Zach Hyman also scored twice for the Leafs.

Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber tallied his first two goals of the season to lead his club to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. Artturi Lehkonen also scored twice for the Canadiens, who snapped a five-game winless skid. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens placed winger Nikita Scherbak on waivers.

Nashville Predators forward Eeli Tovanen scored his first NHL goal and added an assist as his club downed the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. Earlier in the day, Filip Forsberg joined the growing list of Predators sidelined by injury as he slated to miss four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury. P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson, and Kyle Turris are also on the IR list.

Four unanswered goals by the Tampa Bay Lightning carried them to a 5-4 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers. Nikita Kucherov had a three-point game and Brayden Point netted the winning goal.

Mark Scheifele’s overtime goal gave the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils, who had rallied with two late goals in the third period to force the extra frame. Earlier in the day, the Jets placed defenseman Joe Morrow (lower body) on injured reserve.

The New York Islanders made a winning return to Nassau Coliseum by edging the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. It was the Islanders first game back at their old arena since moving to Barclay Center in 2015. They will split their home games between the two arenas until their new venue is constructed at Belmont Park.

The Arizona Coyotes collected their third consecutive victory by crushing the St. Louis Blues 6-1. Clayton Keller led the way with a goal and two assists. Coyotes forward Michael Grabner left the game in the first period after being struck in the face by the stick of Blues forward Sammy Blais, who received a double minor.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made 38 saves and Gustav Nyquist collected three points to lead their club to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, ending a nine-game losing skid in Boston’s TD Garden.

Goaltender Anthony Stolarz made 30 saves for his first NHL win since 2016 as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2.

Ryan Spooner scored the game-winning goal to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, snapping the latter’s winning streak at five games.

Third-period goals by Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov lifted the Dallas Stars past the Vancouver Canucks 2-1.

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury are the NHL’s three stars for November 2018. Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dalin was named NHL rookie of the month for November 2018.

TSN: Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson will not face supplemental discipline regarding his hit to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Brett Seney. Wilson received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit, which actually struck Seney on the shoulder from behind.