NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 31, 2019

by | Jan 31, 2019 | News, NHL | 3 comments

Game recaps, including Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang reaching career milestones, plus updates on Derick Brassard, Sami Vatanen, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang both reached career milestones in the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Malkin tallied his 600th career assist while Letang set a franchise record for Penguins defenseman with his 108th career goal. Malkin also dropped the gloves with Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. The Penguins skated without center Derick Brassard, who’s listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brassard has frequently surfaced in trade rumors of late. Teams with interest in him will be monitoring his status as to the severity of the injury and its potential effect upon his performance. 

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin tallied his 600th career assist in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo via NHL Images).

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop had a 30-save shutout performance to blank the Buffalo Sabres 1-0. Stars captain Jamie Benn scored the only goal. 

NJ.COM:  New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen was diagnosed with a concussion suffered during Monday’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils also placed blueliner Ben Lovejoy on injured reserve. The Devils also acquired minor-league defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for rearguard Michael Kapla.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers rookie center Brett Howden suffered a knee sprain during Tuesday’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. He underwent an MRI yesterday and more information could be revealed today. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights recalled goaltender Maxime Legace and defenseman Jake Bischoff from the minors. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have assigned rookie forward Michael Rasmussen to the AHL on a conditioning stint. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former Canadiens forward Mario Roberge is being praised as a hero after rescuing two elderly women from an apartment fire on Jan. 22. 


  1. I honestly thought Brassard didn’t dress last night because he had been traded. There was no indication of an injury the prior game. He received 5 and the game for elbowing Vatanan but his elbow doesn’t even make contact. It might have been a head contact penalty but it was not intentional. https://youtu.be/nkl6rTqM14U

  2. I thought he did a good job sealing him off and taking the puck.
    Officiating in the NHL is inconsistent and seemingly without direction right now.

    • Deee and Shoreorrpark

      I also thought that he was being held out pending a trade then I remembered a shift later in the game the other night where he had rec’d a solid hit …. then went right to the bench….perhaps that’s where the injury happened …. he played after that tho ????

      We as viewers/fans got the benefit of video replay and slo-mo …. no hit to the head

      To be fair to ref …. real-time and was looking at behind and at an angle …. poor vantage point … but made a subjective call for 5 and game…. ”tis what it is….. that call certainly didn’t lose the game …. crappy/rusty over-all play did

      Great to get the win last night

      Blueger did not make any glaring mistakes and seemed to fit in

      What about Angelo ?

      …. and for friggin sakes …. if they insist on keeping 8 D…. Pens can’t afford a game with JJ AND Ruhweedel in the line-up if there is an injury … waive Chad … test out Prow …. or make a trade for D depth …. Ruhweedel and JJ on ice together spells at least 2 unwanted and unnecessary Goals against per game….. ahhhhhhhh!

      Rant over