NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 18, 2019

by | Mar 18, 2019 | News, NHL

Game recaps, Flames clinch a playoff spot, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Colorado Avalanche kept their playoff hopes alive by blanking the New Jersey Devils 3-0. Tyson Barrie scored twice and Philipp Grubauer kicked out 22 shots. With 74 points, the Avalanche are four points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie scored twice in a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils (Photo via NHL Images)

Sam Reinhart scored the game-winner in a shootout as the Buffalo Sabres edged the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Blues center Ryan O’Reilly collected an assist in his first game back in Buffalo since being traded to St. Louis last summer. St. Louis (82 points) picked up a point and sit third in the Central Division. 

The New York Islanders (91 points) edged the Minnesota Wild 3-2 to move into a first-place tie with the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Brock Nelson tallied the winner in overtime. The loss leaves the Wild (77 points) one point behind the Arizona Coyotes for the final Western Conference wild-card berth. 

Josh Leivo’s shootout goal gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves for the win. The Stars (80 points) sit two points ahead of the Coyotes in the first wild-card spot in the West. 

The Philadelphia Flyers (78 points) moved to within five points of an Eastern Conference wild-card berth by nipping the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. James van Riemsdyk scored the game-tying goal late in the third period, setting the stage for Sean Couturier’s overtime goal. The Penguins played without Evgeni Malkin, who’s week-to-week with an upper-body (rib) injury. 

Jakob Silfverberg’s third-period goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Ryan Getzlaf collected two assists for the Ducks while Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau also had two helpers. The loss leaves the Panthers (76 points) eight points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 

The Vegas Golden Knights picked up their eighth win in nine games by beating the Edmonton Oilers 6-3. Jonathan Marchessault scored twice for the Golden Knights (85 points), who sit third in the Pacific Division. Connor McDavid set up two of the Oilers’ three goals. 

Because of the Minnesota Wild’s loss to the Islanders, the Calgary Flames (95 points) became the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot this season.  Speaking of the Flames, forward Sam Bennett is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.