NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 18, 2019
Game recaps, Wild trade Nino Niederreiter to Carolina, plus updates on Evgeni Malkin, Brandon Dubinsky, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and tied a franchise record with his 252nd career victory in a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. After being a healthy scratch in the Bruins previous game, David Backes returned to the lineup and tallied the game-tying goal that set the stage for his club’s victory. Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson returned to action after missing three games with an illness.
First-period goals by Anders Lee, Michael Dal Colle, and Jordan Eberle powered the New York Islanders to a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. For Dal Colle, it was his first NHL goal.
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie with Terry Sawchuk for sixth on the NHL’s all-time wins list (445) as his club edged the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Teammate Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist. The loss dropped the Blackhawks into the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Frederik Andersen kicked out 36 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Patrick Marleau and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist while Mitch Marner scored in his fourth straight game.
The Winnipeg Jets extended their winning streak to four games by defeating the Nashville Predators 5-1. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 37 shots and Brendan Lemieux tallied two goals.
The Anaheim Ducks snapped a 12-game losing skid by blanking the Minnesota Wild 3-0. John Gibson turned in a 37-save shutout while Brandon Montour collected two assists.
Jack Campbell made 29 saves as the Los Angeles Kings nipped the Dallas Stars 2-1. Carl Hagelin scored his first goal since joining the Kings in a trade from Pittsburgh on Nov. 14.
NBC SPORTS: The Minnesota Wild traded winger Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes for center Victor Rask.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was two teams swapping players who could need a fresh start. Niederreiter is a three-time 20-plus goal scorer who saw his production decline (nine goals in 46 games) and his playing time reduced this season. Rask has two 40-plus point seasons on his resume but he’s struggled since returning from hand surgery in late-November.
Both are in their mid-20s with three years left on their contracts. This was the second trade made this week by the Wild, having acquired winger Pontus Aberg from the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 16.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin blames a lack of confidence for his recent struggles. Though he’s been tinkering with new equipment, Malkin feels the problem “is in my head.” He’s unhappy with his play of late, losing pucks that result in turnovers. The issue appears to be that he’s trying too hard to do too much and the coaching staff wants him to simplify his play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just goes to show that even a future Hall-of-Famer like Malkin can sometimes lose their poise. By the way, Malkin also has 10 points in seven games this month.
CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky (hamstring) is expected to return to action tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have removed goaltender Craig Anderson from injured reserve.
CBS SPORTS: The Colorado Avalanche reassigned center Tyson Jost to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres traded forward Justin Bailey to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Taylor Leier. Both have spent this season in the minors.