NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 19, 2019

by | Mar 19, 2019 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Game recaps, Lightning win Presidents’ Trophy, Steven Stamkos and Elias Pettersson have record-breaking nights, stars of the week, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: It was a record-breaking night for the Tampa Bay Lightning and team captain Steven Stamkos as they rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. The Lightning (116 points) clinched the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time in franchise history, while Stamkos set a franchise record with his 384th career goal. The loss leaves the Coyotes (78 points) one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos tallied a franchise-record 384th goal in a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes (Photo via NHL Images).

Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson collected an assist to set a franchise record for most points by a rookie (61) in his club’s 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Bo Horvat tallied the game-winner in overtime. The Blackhawks (74 points) gained a point to sit four behind the Coyotes. 

Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Los Angeles Kings 3-2, officially eliminating the latter from playoff contention. With 90 points, the Jets hold a three-point lead over the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division. 

For the second straight game, the San Jose Sharks failed to clinch a playoff berth as they fell 7-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights. Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith each had four-point performances for Vegas. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski missed the game with a lower-body injury that could sideline him a little longer than day-to-day.

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss, Chicago Blackhawks winger Brendan Perlini, and Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 17. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The NHL and NHLPA have ended the indefinite suspension of Nashville Predators winger Austin Watson following treatment for an alcohol-abuse relapse. He’s expected to rejoin the club for today’s morning skate but no timetable has been set for his return to action. 

SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier will miss the next two games with a foot injury. 


  1. Tampa has a +96 goal differential. The last time a team had a +100 or better goal differential was the Ottawa Senators in 2005-2006 +103 . That’s is impressive.

    • As I pointed out yesterday, a record that will likely never be broken since it was pre-cap was that set by the 1976-77 Habs lost 8 games in an 80-game schedule with a goal differential of +216. They then went 12-2 in the playoffs to win the cup. In those playoffs the 2 losses came against the Islanders in the semi-finals and in the 14 gp they outscored the opposition 54 – 23. No team will ever build a dynasty like that again as long as the cap remains in effect.

      • Hi George

        No ifs ands or buts; Habs of the late 70’s were the most dominant 4 year dynasty in NHL history.

        I would argue however ; if we are just using this “dynasty” that I would lean to the 80’s Oilers as the best dynasty of all time …. over a 8 year and span…. 6 SC appearances ; 5 actual SCs; and of that 8 years; a 6 year span making SC finals 5 times winning 4…. and to take it one step further…. had it not been for the miracle series win (Flames over Oil) in ‘86… I have full confidence that Oil makes it to SCF that year as well …. which would have made it 6 straight SCF appearances winning at least 4(which they did; I don’t think they could have beaten the invincible young Roi in net; but they would have made it interesting).

        Both squads (Mon late 70’s, Ed 80’s) dominant. Mon completely invincible for 4 straight years …. best 4 straight years ever; unquestionable. However, Ed albeit less dominant for a 4 year span; were “dominant” for 8 years (definitely best in the League for 5 ; and top 3 for 2 other years (‘82-‘83 and ‘85-‘86)

        Just IMHO



      • Was this in the same era that Montreal had territorial rights to any player from Quebec?

      • Pengy, the Oilers were a powerhouse all right, but their best goal differential in that span of glory was +132 in the first year of their dynasty – 1983-84.

        That’s a far cry from +216 and just 10 losses in one season – playoffs included. And in the 23 years from 1956 to 1979 they brought home 15 cups.

        Both were dominant in their eras and we’ll never see dynasties like theirs (or that of the Islanders 4 straight cups) again – at least, not as long as the cap continues

      • Hi George

        Sorry if I inferred questioning the dominance of their goal differential …. I’m not …. hands down goes to Habs of late 70’s

        I was just throwing out the dominance of the Oils (as a whole) over the rest of the League for an 8 year span

        Apples and Oranges

        Both powerhouses; w/o question

    • Good on Steven Stamkos, who grew up playing in the Unionville arena, where it is uphill to centre ice and downhill the rest of the way. He is a great player and an equally great role model for aspiring young athletes.