NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 17, 2019

by | Oct 17, 2019 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Connor McDavid nets five points against the Flyers, Evander Kane pots a hat trick against the Hurricanes, attendance is down for most Canadian teams, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid scored a goal and set up four others in a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen made a career-high 49 saves while Leon Draisaitl scored twice. Flyers winger Jakub Voracek tallied two goals and added an assist. Earlier in the day, the Oilers announced Joakim Nygard is sidelined two-to-four weeks with a rib injury while Joel Persson is in concussion protocol for seven-to-10 days.

Connor McDavid’s five-point performance led his Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo via NHL Images)

Evander Kane netted a hat trick to give the San Jose Sharks a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones kicked out 36 shots and Tomas Hertl had three points. After dropping their first four games, the Sharks have won three straight.

The Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Brandon Tanev’s shorthanded overtime goal. His shot caromed in off the stick of Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon each scored in this contest. Penguins defenseman Juuso Riikola made his season debut as a fourth-line winger.

Three quick second-period goals by Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, and John Carlson rallied the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Carlson collected three points in his game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another shaky effort by Leafs backup Michael Hutchinson. That could raise concerns over Toronto’s goaltending depth.

Sonny Milano’s highlight-reel third-period goal was the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on to nip the Dallas Stars 3-2, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Jackets head coach John Tortorella was behind the bench after undergoing minor surgery on Tuesday to remove skin cancer from his forehead. Corey Perry made his season debut with the Stars.

The Anaheim Ducks all but neutralized the Buffalo Sabres’ league-leading power play en route to a 5-2 win. The Ducks killed off six of seven penalties. Adam Henrique tallied twice and Jakob Silfverberg collected three points for the Ducks.


NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero downplayed speculation head coach John Hynes could be replaced as assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald joins the coaching staff. It was Hynes’ idea to have Fitzgerald, a former assistant coach, join him behind the bench to provide additional perspective.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils poor start (0-4-2) has some of their supporters calling for Hynes’ dismissal. Shero is willing to remain patient but the pressure for a coaching change will grow if things don’t improve soon. 



SPECTOR’S NOTE: A variety of factors could be at play here. A roster rebuild amid fan disenchantment with cantankerous owner Eugene Melnyk could explain the Senators’ poor numbers. A recent winter storm in Manitoba, the time of year, and the fading novelty of the NHL’s return to Winnipeg have been cited for the Jets’ slumping attendance. Economic factors and high ticket prices could also account for the decline.

Whatever the reasons, Campbell is correct that’s not good news for the NHL. Those seven franchises account for between 35-40 percent of league revenue.

LAS VEGAS SUN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes sports betting could help grow the league’s audience and in turn its revenue. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league could need that revenue if the Canadian clubs keep slumping at the gate. 


  1. Yeah, sports betting. That’ll get ’em back in the seats. Not.

    • Agreed. Why go to games when you can see it at home and use the extra cash to make a bigger bet? Sports betting will increase revenues but be bad for attendance.

      • Sounds like it not at full capacity in the Canadian market it’s gloom and doom.
        After being in Arizona where you close buy an upper bowl ticket for $36 US or $48 Canadian and the barn is still not full.
        It’s concerning that a league of 31 teams need to rely on 7 of them for 40% of their revenue.
        Yes tickets are expensive in a Canadian Arena but no Canadian team has won the cup in a long time. How many Canadian teams are legitimate Cup contenders this season; Toronto and Maybe Calgary even with the Oilers great start they are not considered contenders but more bums should start filling the seats.
        The real issue is how to fill the barns in the south.

    • I think Bettman was referring to a new revenue stream from gambling, not increasing attendance.
      Will that allow owners to reduce ticket prices? Most businesses don’t cut their margins unless they are forced to and they know that the price decrease will result in an increase in revenue to overcome the loss in GM$.
      So maybe in some cases, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  2. Economists talk about precursors to a recession – could be NHL attendance figures are one in Canada.

    • I’ve been seeing that message consistently by economists for the past while. And always, among the first victims of a recession, are professional sports. Next Monday will dictate where our economy is headed in a big way.

      • Well George, I hope so, but historically whoever is Prime Minister or President really doesn’t have much impact on the economy, short term, unless they are reckless or face catastrophe like the Financial Crisis or Great Depression. 2 things generally stimulate long term growth – Population growth (baby boom), or significant increases in productivity (industrial revolution). So more babies (we’re having fewer) or immigration, or more robots/automation without population growth. These are challenging/changing times with big difficult decisions to be made.
        I lean fiscally conservative, but that is more about controlling spending and the deficit and responsible tax policy but we also need investments to deal with these challenges so our kids have a the same opportunities we had. I don’t think our current guy is up to it. I will stop with politics now.

      • Ray, when it comes to the same opportunities today for our children I can’t help by equating university today as being the opposite of kidnapping … they demand $100,000 or they’ll send your kid back

      • True that George, and education is so important now and in the future.
        That is exactly the kind of smart investment our gov can help with. It actually pays off and has a return to our economy that outweighs the cost.
        Payoff doesn’t happen in 4 years so need politicians with some nuts and the ability to sell it.

  3. I’m not sure how just one game below capacity in Winnipeg since they returned to the city can be considered as “slumping attendance”?

  4. Well , tickets are expensive. I can understand why in Canada. You have to make the difference up somewhere for the money exchange. Maybe they should take that into account when they talk salary cap.
    When my wife and I go we don’t buy to much. The prices are insane. I do take earplugs because the music is so loud. Love music but I think the volume control is stuck on wide open.
    A normal family can’t afford to go to a game. Kids like to buy things when they go. Maybe charge normal prices at concessions instead of gouging because they can.
    Just an old guys opinion.
    Turn down the music and bring back the organ.

  5. The final score in the Leafs game was 4-3, not 4-2.

  6. I had a 20+ year account for the Sens. Split with another family. For a long time Eugene was pretty decent. We were up in the 300 family zones and prices rarely increased – lots of goodies for re-upping early, and a pretty good product on the ice. The Sens were the Atlanta Braves of the NHL. (it’s almost a perfect comparison except the Braves finally won a WS)

    But the man has lots his way. We’ve covered it all here. No need to repeat the failings. It’s time for a new owner.

    The team wont be moving, I’m certain of that. But its near time the league stepped in and gave him a gentle nudge to put them up for sale. There are a number of interested parties.

    I would be back tomorrow – full season’s package if that happened.

  7. If I were to take my girlfriend to a game in Raleigh, including an overnight and food, we’re talking about $500. That’s a mortgage payment.

    It’s significantly more if my brother and his wife want to go to a Bruins game.

    Prices seem to go up every season. Not surprising the seats are empty.