NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 18, 2019
The Devils pick up their first win, Phil Kessel scores his first goals with the Coyotes, John Tavares is sidelined by a broken finger, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils picked up their first win of the season by downing the New York Rangers 5-2. Devils rookie Jack Hughes collected his first point and defenseman Matt Tennyson picked up two helpers. Devils winger Taylor Hall could face supplemental discipline after leveling Rangers defenseman Adam Fox with an elbow to the face. Hall received a two-minute minor while Fox was left dazed and sent into concussion protocol.
The Vancouver Canucks overcame a 3-1 deficit to nip the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on a shootout goal by Josh Leivo. Thatcher Demko kicked out 34 shots while Josh Leivo netted the only goal in the shootout. The Canucks have won four consecutive games while the Blues have dropped three straight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The young Canucks showed a lot of character rallying back against the defending Stanley Cup champions. It’s still early in the season but the Canucks are looking better compared to last season.
Phil Kessel scored his first two goals with the Arizona Coyotes in a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Nick Schmaltz, Clayton Keller, and Derek Stepan each had two assists. Coyotes defenseman Jordan Oesterle left the game in the first period after being struck in the back of the head by the puck.
Victor Mete and Nick Suzuki scored their first NHL goals while Carey Price made 17 saves as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the floundering Minnesota Wild 4-0. Following the game, the Wild held a players-only meeting. “Bruce (Boudreau) has got to be better. We’ve got to be better. Everybody’s got to be better. That’s it,” said winger Jason Zucker following the meeting.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Things are getting ugly for the Wild and aren’t likely to improve. There’s not much that coach Boudreau can do about their aging core and their lack of skilled young talent.
Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton made 47 saves for his second straight shutout in a 3-0 blanking of the Los Angeles Kings. Casey Mittelstadt scored twice and picked up an assist.
The Vegas Golden Knights downed the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on a shootout goal by Jonathan Marchessault. Senators netminder Anders Nilsson made 52 saves in a losing cause. Earlier in the day, Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov received a 20-game suspension by the league for violating the PED policy. Zykov’s agent blamed an over-the-counter protein supplement for the suspension, claiming the winger was unaware if it contained any banned substance. The team, meanwhile, supported the league’s decision. It’s the second straight year a Golden Knights player received a lengthy suspension for violating the PED policy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights were less supportive of Zykov compared to their defense of Nate Schmidt a year ago. In Schmidt’s case, they claimed his usage was unintentional. President of hockey operations George McPhee stated the two cases were different as Zykov acknowledged using the supplement for several years.
Steven Stamkos tallied the only goal in the shootout frame as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Boston Bruins 4-3. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves for the win. David Pastrnak tallied two goals and added an assist for the Bruins.
Mark Giordano and Derek Ryan each had a goal and an assist in the Calgary Flames 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, handing the latter their third straight defeat. Flames center Sean Monahan also collected two assists.
Mathew Barzal scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
TORONTO SUN: A broken finger will sideline Maple Leafs center John Tavares will be sidelined at least two weeks.
TRIBLIVE.COM: An allergic reaction to a suspected spider bite is what’s delayed Alex Galchenyuk’s debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was already nursing a lower-body injury.
SPORTSNET: Anaheim Ducks winger Nick Ritchie was fined over $4,100.00 for roughing Buffalo Sabres forward Vladimir Sobotka.
WINNIPEG SUN: Rising ticket prices is cited by Winnipeg fans for the early-season decline in the Jets’ attendance.