NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 13, 2019

by | Oct 13, 2019 | News, NHL | 17 comments

The Oilers set a season-opening record, the Hurricanes winning streak ends, the Wild keep struggling, the Senators upset the Lightning, and much more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Edmonton Oilers set an NHL record with their fifth straight come-from-behind season-opening victory by beating the New York Rangers 4-1. Leon Draisaitl scored twice and set up another while Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist. Rangers rookie Kaapo Kakko tallied his first NHL goal. The Oilers sit atop the league’s overall standings. Earlier in the day, the Oilers placed center Colby Cave on waivers.

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl scored twice in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A surprising strong start by the Oilers. I’m interested to see how they do against tougher opposition.

Vladislav Namestnikov tallied twice and added an assist as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Senators center Artem Anisimov left the game with a lower-body injury and didn’t return.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bolts are blowing hot and cold. They crushed the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 the game before, split a season-opening home-and-home against the Florida Panthers, and dropped an overtime decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Los Angeles Kings recovered from blowing a 4-1 lead to down the Nashville Predators 7-4. Alex Iafallo scored the winner with 59 seconds remaining in the game while empty-netters by Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty sealed the deal. In other news, the Kings intend to cover up singer Taylor Swift’s “most soldout performances” banner at the Staples Center during their home games. The banner has been an eyesore for Kings fans, as their club hasn’t won playoff series since it was raised in 2015.

Mark Scheifele’s overtime goal completed a three-goal rally for the Winnipeg Jets as they edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets depleted defense remains a cause for concern but their offensive punch has powered them to four wins in their first six games.

Tuukka Rask’s 31-save shutout backstopped the Boston Bruins to a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils, handing the latter their fifth-straight loss. Brad Marchand had the game-winner and set up another.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils are struggling despite the presence of a healthy Taylor Hall and the offseason additions of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Nikita Gusev, and Jack Hughes. Their lousy special teams haven’t helped. They’ve yet to tally a power-play goal while their penalty-killing percentage (50.0) is the league’s worst.

The Montreal Canadiens overcame a 3-2 deficit to upset the St. Louis Blues 6-3. Brendan Gallagher had a goal and two assists while Jonathan Drouin collected two points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Drouin is silencing his critics with his early-season play. He’s tied with Gallagher (six points) for the Habs scoring lead with a five-game points streak.

Ilya Mikheyev had a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing skid by beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2. Frederik Andersen kicked out 25 shots for the victory. In other Red Wings news, senior vice-president and alternate governor Jimmy Devellano will undergo surgery on Monday to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Devellano on a speedy recovery. As for the Leafs, they can thank their secondary scoring for this victory. John Tavares collected an assist while Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander were held scoreless.

New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov turned aside 35 shots and Brock Nelson tallied the shootout winner in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, handing the latter their third straight loss. Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and an assist. Islanders winger Jordan Eberle left the game with a leg injury.

The Carolina Hurricane’ five-game win streak came to end as they fell 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Pierre-Luc Dubois netted the game-winner in the third period. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes activated defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from injured reserve.

Tom Wilson and John Carlson each had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1. The Capitals successfully killed off six penalties to end a three-game losing streak. The Stars have dropped five of their last six games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: How long before Stars president Jim Lites publicly dumps on Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin again? Asking for a friend.

The Minnesota Wild are off to their worst start in franchise history, suffering their fourth straight loss in a 7-4 drubbing by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rookie Sam Lafferty had a goal and two assists for the Penguins while Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist, and Adam Johnson each had a goal and an assist.

Andre Burakovsky scored in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche nipped the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. Michael Grabner and Nick Schmaltz scored for the Coyotes as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force the extra frame. Coyotes winger Phil Kessel played his 1,000th NHL game.

Shootout goals by Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson carried the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves for the win.

Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, and William Carrier each had a goal and an assist as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Calgary Flames 6-2. Golden Knights center Cody Eakin made his season debut after suffering a lower-body injury in preseason play. They also called up Oscar Dansk to replace sidelined backup Malcolm Subban.

TSN: Former NHL defenseman and coach Ted Green died on Tuesday at age 79. He spent nearly 11 seasons with the Boston Bruins from 1960-61 to 1971-72, winning the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972. He also overcame a gruesome head injury after becoming involved in a stick-swinging incident with Wayne Maki in 1969.

Green finished his playing career with seven seasons in the World Hockey Association. He went on to win five Stanley Cups as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Green’s family, friends and former teammates.


  1. George mentioned yesterday that he didn’t think reject of 3 teams and KHL refugee Nick Shore could do the job better than the legendary Jason Spezza. And yet a goal and assist later and first star of the game.
    Maybe Babcock knows what he is doing, creating competition and not handing positions based on a name from years gone by.
    The third and 4th lines won the game last night.

    • One game? You’re going to base success and use the “I told ya so “ based on one game? Shore mvp mvp mvp!

      Your obsession with George is bordering on stalker, creepy and flat out weird…. it’s odd that you have singled out ONE person here because you got butt hurt on his opinion once upon a time.

      It’s like you can’t express one opinion without bringing up George, the Sens , a Sens player past or present. Maybe it’s time to move along?

      • Yes I am , a stalker, a smoker and a midnight toker.
        Nice to see an average hockey player have some success.
        But I guess its alright for a person to put him down .
        That’s what this site is about ridicule and pretending to be knowledgeable.
        I for one like to see Shore ,Gauthier and other lowly individuals have success.

      • You sure have the pretending to be knowledgeable part down! Lol

      • Lmao. Knowledgeable = Toronto is great! Anything less is a “hater “

    • Cmon on vinnie grow up! It was one game, I’d be more worried about Tavares looking avg at 11 million than what George is saying

      • I’m as tall as I’m going to be. Oh I forgot the great George spoke. Another one of George’s alias I surmise.

    • Babcock does not know what he is doing. Just the previous game he said he had seen enough and spezza petan were to be the 4th line wingers. Then they promptly went out for there 2nd game in a row and stunk.

  2. Condolences to the Green family. It’s sad the way things work out, but over the years when I heard the name Ted Green (or, much less frequently, Wayne Maki) my thoughts immediately turn to that ugly stick-swinging duel (because that;s what it was – a duel) during an exhibition game here in Ottawa in September 1969 between the Blues and Bruins when Green wound up with a fractured skull and significant brain damage. He missed that whole season. It was also the first time hockey players were charged with a criminal offense for an incident on the ice (both were later acquitted as I recall).

  3. Good to see the Oil get off to a fast start. Not sure how sustainable it is as they have trailed in all 5 games, and getting some breaks that will even out over time. But, it also shows that the culture may be changing. No panic when they fall behind, stick with the plan and having some success.
    Way too early to make predictions, but it feels different in Edmonton this year.

    • I personally, can’t stand the Oilers.

      They broke my heart twice in the finals.

      I get that you live there now, but to me it’s akin to a Bruins fan cheering on the Habs or Rags as your second favorite team.

      Good on you Raymond Bark.
      McDavid and Zee German are piles of fun to watch, but as for cheering for them?
      I couldn’t do it.😐

      • Perhaps I am older than you shoreorrpark, but the Habs will always be the #1 rival in my heart/brain/books. Started when I was 6 and Dryden comes out of nowhere. That left a mark.
        So did Klima in triple OT, so I get what you’re saying.
        Still wear my B’s jersey to the game every year but also attend other games since I live here and we have company seats. So ya, unless they are playing Boston I do root for them. Oiler fan has suffered during my time here (2011) and they still support in full, including my grand kids. You can’t root against your grand kids every game!

      • Oh, I understand Ray.
        Can’t bring the grandkids to a game and cheer against their team.
        You’re also 100% correct about being a little more seasoned than me.
        It’s all good.
        I’ve always cheered for the Blues as my second team.
        I took some heat for that last year, as you could imagine.
        I’ve been to Edmonton for 6 Bruins games.
        Always pleased and somewhat surprised to see so many Bruins sweaters.
        Same as watching games in Calgary, Montreal.
        I can’t afford to take in a game in Toronto, but I’d wager its kinda the same.

  4. What the heck was that Taylor Swift banner thinking signing so many guys heading into their 30s on long-term, team-unfriendly to deals? An absolute disgrace, it should be set aflame.

  5. You know desperation is creeping into the mix when a team picks out a non-related banner as the reason they haven’t won a playoff series in 4 years! 🙂

  6. I needed everyone to know I hate coffee. Despise it. Yet I love this segment. Go figure

    • Ha Ha. Perhaps an Ice Cap if you want in.