NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 22, 2018
Game recaps, injury updates, and Matthew Tkachuk’s next contract in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Taylor Hall scored twice and collected two assists while Kyle Palmieri had a three-point performance to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators, ending a three-game losing skid. Matt Duchene scored both goals for the Senators. Earlier in the day, the Devils announced forward Marcus Johansson (upper-body) was placed on injured reserve, while the Senators activated defenseman Dylan DeMelo (upper body) off IR.
The Washington Capitals edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 with Tom Wilson tallying the game-winner. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 36 saves for the win.
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Collin Delia made a 35-save season debut backstopping his club to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, giving the Hawks their first three-game win streak of the season.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba will undergo surgery to repair an upper-body injury. General manager Paul Fenton expects Dumba will miss “significant time”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dumba leads all NHL defensemen in goals (12) this season. His absence is a big blow to the Wild’s offensive attack.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (foot ailment) joined teammates P.K. Subban, Filip Forsberg, and Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve.
SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs winger Zach Hyman will miss at least three weeks with a sprained ankle.
TSN: Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving hopes to avoid a lengthy contract standoff with Matthew Tkachuk, saying the goal is to get the young winger re-signed before the start of next season. He called re-signing Tkachuk “priority one”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tkachuk, 21, is completing the final season of his entry-level contract and is on pace for a career-high 90-point performance. No wonder Treliving considers re-signing him the Flames’ top priority. With over $67 million invested in 14 players for 2019-20 and notables such as goaltenders Mike Smith and Dave Rittich and forward Sam Bennett to re-sign, Tkachuk’s next contract could complicate efforts to get the others under contract.