NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 4, 2019

by | May 4, 2019 | News, NHL | 15 comments

Hurricanes sweep the Islanders, Stars push the Blues to the brink of elimination, an updated NHL offer sheet compensation list, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes swept the New York Islanders with a 5-2 victory in Game 4 of their second-round series. Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each had a goal and an assist while teammate Justin Williams collected his 100th career playoff point. The Hurricanes advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they await the winner of the Boston Bruins-Columbus Blue Jackets series.

Justin Williams tallied his 100th career NHL playoff point as his Carolina Hurricanes swept the New York Islanders on Friday night (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As with every game in this series, the injury-depleted Hurricanes did a fine job nullifying the Islanders’ offense and withstanding the physical play. They also had solid goaltending from Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney and cashed in on their offensive opportunities. 

The Isles just couldn’t maintain any sustained offensive pressure on the banged-up Hurricanes in this series. Goalie Robin Lehner was pulled in Game 4 after the Hurricanes went up 3-1. He couldn’t be faulted for those goals as his defense let him down in this contest. Backup Thomas Greiss didn’t fare any better.

I’ll have more on what the offseason could have in store for the Isles in the rumors section. 

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop made 38 saves (14 in the third period) backstopping his club to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Jason Spezza and Esa Lindell scored for the Stars while Jaden Schwartz tallied for the Blues. The series returns to Dallas on Sunday with the Stars holding a 3-2 series lead.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bishop was the star of this game for Dallas. Despite a costly giveaway resulting in Schwartz’s goal, he was otherwise flawless. He’s their playoff MVP thus far. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks winger Loui Eriksson recently told a Swedish publication he and head coach Travis Green “don’t get on 100 percent.” Eriksson’s tenure in Vancouver has been disappointing. He suggests Green isn’t giving him the same trust compared to other coaches in his career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could provide fuel to recent speculation suggesting the Canucks swap Eriksson for Edmonton’s Milan Lucic. Bear in mind both players carry expensive contracts with no-trade protection.

From a roster standpoint, this move would be akin to swapping deck chairs on a sinking ship.  Sure, both players could use a change but at this point in their careers, it’ll do little to improve their respective performances. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Jan Rutta to a one-year, one-way contract worth $1.3 million. Rutta was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

TSN: Former NHL defenseman John Erskine was seriously injured in a car accident near Napanee, Ontario early Wednesday morning. Erskine “played 491 games in the NHL with the Dallas Stars, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals between 2001 and 2014.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes for a speedy recovery. 



  1. Ok I’ll be the first here to say it….. at the start of the playoffs, there was no way I saw Canes in the ECF…

    Congrats Canes

    • Even if you were the last person to say it, who did?

      • Betting they did! 😉 way to go Canes. Hockey works in small markets.

    • Pengy,
      Would we be so lucky that Bettman’s head would explode if the Jackets joined the ‘Canes in the ECF, meaning the two teams with the worst records in the conference to make the playoffs would play each other to see who advances to the SCF?

      • If final 4 is Carolina, Columbus, Dallas, Colorado left… which is the biggest TV market for hockey? Even if its SanJose….

      • Well, if Bettman and the NHL, along with the TV networks, don’t want that, why did they charge them millions of dollars for a franchise and admit them into the league?

      • Paul

        I’m good with anything in the NHL that makes Betman’s head explode …. not a fan

      • ds

        Dallas being the 6th most populous city in North America (Mexico City, NYC, LA, Toronto , Chi) should be I guess…. unless they hockey viewers are an absolutely minuscule part of their pop????

        Either way …. 4 Wild Cards in final 4 would be something

      • Bettman has been an overall success.

      • Dallas, with a 2017 estimated population of 1,341,075,[8] isn’t even the most populous city on Texas – 3rd back of Houston and San Antonio.

      • Chrism you are 100% correct the NHL success today is on Bettman. The salary cap is working, the players are getting paid more and more every year. The NHL is no solely relied and Canadian talent. The NHL position is strong and the growth of the game is at its strongest.
        Not sure why people don’t like Bettman unless you’re talking about concussions which is a different debate.

    • Probably have to go back to the original 6 to find the last time a team was eliminated from the playoffs playing just 8 games.

  2. Couple more lockouts, Chrisms, and he can run for president.

    • If he won, he could salary cap the gov’t.

  3. If Carolina Columbus San Jose St Louis are the final four TV ratings will be worst ever. Not sure I would even watch I think NHL was hoping For Toronto Nashville final or Tampa Calgary