NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 11, 2019

by | Oct 11, 2019 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Game recaps and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Patrik Laine scored twice and collected two assists as the Winnipeg Jets tamed the Minnesota Wild 5-2. Jets captain Blake Wheeler tallied two points, including his 700th career point. The Wild have dropped three straights games.

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine is tied for the NHL scoring lead (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laine is off to a sizzling start to this season, tied with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (10 points) for the league scoring lead. After his messy contract standoff, the young Jets winger is playing like he’s got something to prove.

Patrick Marleau scored two goals in his return with the San Jose Sharks as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. Teammate Brent Burns notched his 200th career NHL goal. The win snapped the Sharks four-game losing skid. Andrew Shaw tallied twice for the Blackhawks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks’ defense is still struggling. They must improve in their own end to build a winning record.

Brayden Point scored twice and set up another in his season debut as the Tampa Bay Lightning struck for a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bolts forwards Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each had four points. Auston Matthews tallied two points for the Leafs while Frederik Andersen was pulled after giving up seven goals on 28 shots.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning led 4-3 after the first period and pulled away as the game went on. Toronto’s defense is already an early cause for concern this season.

Connor McDavid’s game-tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Leon Draisaitl’s shootout winner as the Edmonton Oilers nipped the New Jersey Devils 4-3. The Oilers are unbeaten in their first four games of the season while the Devils remain winless through four. Devils defenseman Andy Green missed the game with an upper-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils poor start is among this season’s early surprises. The off-season additions of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Nikita Gusev, and Jack Hughes plus a healthy Taylor Hall were supposed to turn them into playoff contenders. There’s still plenty of time to turn things around but their fans will get restless if it doesn’t happen soon.

Sidney Crosby scored and set up another as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. Penguins goalie Matt Murray kicked out 31 shots. Patric Hornqvist rejoined the lineup for this game after leaving the previous one with an unspecified injury.

Colorado Avalanche netminder Philipp Grubauer made 39 saves backstopping his club to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each had a goal and an assist as the Avs rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit. The Avs are unbeaten in their first three games.

David Perron scored twice, including the game-winner, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4, handing the latter their third straight defeat. Ryan O’Reilly scored and set up three others for the Blues.

The Nashville Predators overcame 4-2 and 5-4 deficits to squeak past the Washington Capitals 6-5. Nick Bonino and Mattias Ekholm scored within 28 seconds of each other with the game-tying and winning goals. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals for the Capitals.

David Rittich kicked out 34 shots and Johnny Gaudreau scored the shootout winner as the Calgary Flames overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the Dallas Stars 3-2. Rittich also stopped Stars winger Alexander Radulov’s penalty shot in overtime.

The Detroit Red Wings spoiled the Montreal Canadiens’ home opener by doubling up the Habs 4-2. Anthony Mantha tallied his sixth goal of the season while goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves.

The Arizona Coyotes picked up their first win of the season by dropping the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Conor Garland scored two goals and Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves. Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban left the game following the first period with an undisclosed injury.


NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook will undergo surgery today to repair a core muscle injury. He’s expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars restricted free agent Julius Honka signed with JYP in Finland’s Liiga. The deal comes with an out-clause should he sign an NHL contract before Dec. 1. The Stars still retain Honka’s NHL rights.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Honka has requested a trade but the Stars haven’t yet found a deal to their liking. If he’s not re-signed by Dec. 1 he’ll be ineligible to play in the NHL for the rest of the season.


  1. NJ on paper is a deep group….

  2. Looks like it may well be a question of “where there’s smoke there’s fire” when it comes to the chatter about Melnyk selling the Sens. Sounds like his financial “empire” is a paper tiger and it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that some big money types are putting the squeeze on him to test his desperation for fresh funds in an attempt to low-ball him. If that’s the case, Karma is indeed a bitch.

    • Agree George. I’ve heard there may be other issues in play as well.

  3. Could always move the Sens to Houston. 😉

    • They are not moving

  4. That’s been my bet for some time now. I know one place it WON’T go – Quebec City.

  5. During Laine contract negotiations all I read on here is how bad Laine is and he isn’t going to amount to anything. It’s only 5 games in but Laine with 3g 7a and a +6 is showing everyone he is more then just a goal scorer.

    Laine is using his Line mates much more and is showing solid passing skills, this will only lead to Laine getting more scoring chances as he opens up more ice for himself because he won’t be a shoot only option.

    Last season with 82 games played Laine finished with 20 assist he has 7 assist this season with 5 games played. This is very encouraging for Laine and the Jets.

    • @Caper
      He did bring up playing on the 2nd line….
      Results on the 1st

      • As much as I’m glad that McDavid’s tying goal counted, I’m a little confused about the whole thing. The ref blew the whistle because he lost sight of the puck before McDavid put it in. There was no indication from the refs that it was a goal. Then when announced that it was going to review the ref said the call on the ice is a goal and the review upheld the call. Exactly when did the refs decide that it was a good goal?

      • TGIF, sorry, that wasn’t meant to be a reply, but a comment on its own.

    • ds he is learning, he thanked his line mates and said each day he is trying to be a better player and teammates and with his 7 assist he is showing exactly that. But it’s early.

      • @Caper
        and moved to the first line

    • Most of the talk about Laine was his inconsistent play. Everyone acknowledged that he was lights out last November – the issue was that he played horribly after that. There was no hustle, no battle, no energy and no perception that he was interested in finding his A game. He wasn’t playing like a player worth a 10m dollar contract that he was said to be asking for. He had a buyer-be-ware tag attached.
      There had been glimpses of his A game in the playoffs and as a 20yo he has time on his side.

      Even now – is this the real Laine? Can we expect this kind of effort for 82games? He is a young man with 2 reputations: #1 is that he is a gamechanger, #2 is that he is unreliable. Lets save evaluation on him for the end of the season.

      Interesting that Wheeler says that a legacy he wants to leave behind is for Laine to be all that he can be. Right now the gaps in Laine’s game/professional life are strengths for Wheeler. If it rubs off on the kid he will have a hell of a career.

      • How is he unreliable? at worst he is a 30 plus goal scorer and single team would want that.
        First thing Laine needed to do was acknowledge his short comings, he done that and he has shown, he also said he belongs on the 1st line and 8pts in 2 games has shown he was correct.
        Cut the kid some slack, he game is evolving and he recognizes what he needs to do and yes at his worst I still want him but the growth and that body size the future is bright for Patrick he’s also betting on himself with something to prove. Yes it’s only 4 games in but the early signs are very encouraging.