NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2019
Game recaps, injury updates, and more heading into the All-Star break in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Nazem Kadri’s hat trick powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals, handing the latter their seventh consecutive defeat. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and tied former teammate and mentor Sergei Fedorov for the most career NHL points (1,179) by a Russian player.
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 30 saves for his 20th win of the season by edging the Arizona Coyotes 2-1. Mike Reilly tallied the tie-breaker in the third period.
Eric Staal scored two goals as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 to pick up their fourth victory in their last five games.
Nashville Predators netminder Juuse Saros kicked out a career-high 47 saves in a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Predators defenseman P.K. Subban claimed Golden Knights forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare bit his finger during a scrum in front of the Nashville net. Bellemare wasn’t penalized on the play. Speaking of the Golden Knights, they recalled goalie Oscar Dansk and demoted Maxime Legace.
The St. Louis Blues downed the Anaheim Ducks 5-1, handing the latter their seventh straight home loss. Before the game, the Blues activated forwards Tyler Bozak and Zach Sanford off injured reserve. The pair each scored a goal in this contest. The Ducks, meanwhile, received bad news as winger Ondrej Kase will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum. They also placed defenseman Andrej Sustr on waivers.
Nino Niederreiter scored twice to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Teuvo Teravainen had a three-point night for the Hurricanes.
MLIVE.COM: Player agent Dan Milstein recently floated the notion that his client Pavel Datsyuk could return to the NHL. The Arizona Coyotes own Datsyuk’s NHL rights until July 1, when he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. The Detroit Red Wings traded Datsyuk’s rights to the Coyotes in 2016 after he decided to return to Russia for family reasons. Milstein suggested the future Hall of Famer could consider returning to the Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Milstein also indicated Datsyuk hasn’t ruled out staying in the KHL. If he does decide to return to the NHL there’s no certainty the Red Wings will sign him, though I daresay they’ll be willing to consider the option.
SPORTSNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he’s not looking to pick a fight with the NHLPA over the decision not to stage a World Cup of Hockey in 2020. He noted both sides wanted to avoid staging a tournament if negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement are ongoing at that time. The league and the PA have the option this September to opt out of the current agreement, bringing it to an end in September 2020. Bettman remains hopeful of avoiding another work stoppage by working out a new collective bargaining agreement with the PA.