NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2019
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.
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.
IN OTHER NEWS…
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.
Also, Subban is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Gallant said they will be calling a goalie up tomorrow. #VegasBorn
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) October 11, 2019