NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2019

by | Oct 12, 2019 | News, NHL

The Hurricanes extend their franchise-record season-opening win streak while Dustin Byfuglien is no closer to a decision on his future. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, extending their season-opening win streak to five games by downing the New York Islanders 5-2. Andrei Svechnikov and Dougie Hamilton each had a goal and an assist. Islanders center Brock Nelson also tallied a goal and an assist.

Carolina Hurricanes winger Andrei Svechnikov helped his club defeat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Friday (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Svechnikov (eight points) and Hamilton (seven) are the Hurricanes’ leading scorers entering this weekend.

Linus Ullmark made 41 saves and Casey Mittelstadt scored the winner in a shootout as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Florida Panthers 3-2. Kyle Okposo and Zemgus Girgensons each collected two assists for the Sabres, who extended their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1). The Panthers, meanwhile, drop to 1-2-1.

The Anaheim Ducks picked up their fourth win in five games by nipping the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. Ryan Miller made 26 saves while Jakob Silfverberg and Cam Fowler were the goal scorers. Earlier in the day, the Jackets placed winger Josh Anderson (upper-body) on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 5 and recalled left wing Markus Hannikainen.


WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: There’s no update from the Jets or the agent for Dustin Byfuglien on when the defenseman will return to action. Byfuglien’s been on a leave of absence since early September mulling his future. The club suspended him solely for salary-cap purposes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets are giving Byfuglien all the time and space he needs. The longer he’s absent, however, the more speculation grows suggesting he’s leaning toward retirement.

CBS SPORTS: The New Jersey Devils placed defenseman Andy Greene (upper body) on injured reserve.