NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2019

by | Oct 23, 2019 | News, NHL | 13 comments

Capitals defenseman John Carlson reaches 20 points, Sabres captain Jack Eichel has a four-point performance against the Sharks, the Canucks’ Bo Horvat tallied a hat trick against the Red Wings, and more in the NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: John Carlson became the fourth defenseman in NHL history to record 20 points in October as his Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 5-3. He’s also the league points leader. Carlson scored twice while teammate Alex Ovechkin tallied a goal and an assist. 

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is the fourth blueliner in league history to score 20 points in the month of October (Photo via NHL Images).

The Buffalo Sabres (8-1-1) moved into first place in the league’s overall standings by edging the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in overtime. Sabres captain Jack Eichel scored twice (including the game-winner) and assisted on two others.

Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat tallied his first career NHL hat trick leading his club to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. It was the Wings’ fifth straight loss. Earlier in the day, the Wings placed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on waivers.

Boston Bruins forwards David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist as their club doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Pastrnak holds the NHL goal-scoring lead with 10 goals. Earlier in the day, the Bruins placed center David Krejci (upper body) on injured reserve and revealed winger Kurtis Kuhlman will be sidelined four weeks with a hairline fracture in his right tibia. 

Vegas Golden Knight goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 446th career victory in a 2-1 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Fleury moves into seventh place on the all-time wins list. The Blackhawks also made a minor-league trade, shipping forward Aleksi Saarela to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Ian McCoshen.

Goaltenders Devan Dubnyk and Alex Stalock combined for 25 saves as the Minnesota Wild blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. Dubnyk left the game following a second-period collision with teammate Ryan Donato and Oilers defenseman Brandon Manning. An update is expected later today. Earlier in the day, the Wild activated winger Mats Zuccarello off injured reserve.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Denis Malgin each had a goal and an assist in the Florida Panthers’ 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Aleksander Barkov collected two assists for the Panthers as they extended their points streak to six games. Penguins winger Jake Guentzel collected two helpers.

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-1 drubbing of the Anaheim Ducks. Earlier in the day, the Ducks signed defenseman Luca Sbisa to a one-year, one-way contract and placed him on waivers to send him to their AHL affiliate in San Diego.

Christian Dvorak scored in overtime as the Arizona Coyotes nipped the New York Rangers 3-2. It was the Coyotes’ fourth straight victory and the Rangers’ fifth straight defeat. Blueshirts defenseman Tony DeAngelo scored twice in a losing cause.

Anze Kopitar’s third-period goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets, who’ve lost four of their last five games. Nikolaj Ehlers scored and set up another for the Jets.


THE DENVER POST: An update is expected today on the status of Mikko Rantanen. The Colorado Avalanche winger suffered a leg injury during Monday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

The Charlotte Checkers signed forward Jamie McGinn to a professional tryout.

CBS SPORTS: Former NHL winger Magnus Paajarvi signed a two-year contract with KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

NBC SPORTS: Seattle’s NHL expansion franchise has narrowed down proposed team names to five. They are expected to officially reveal its name in 2020.


  1. Connor McDavid is pointless in his last 3 games. Did you know last season McDavid did not go pointless in 2 consecutive games, That’s pretty special when you think about it and sounds really hard to do.

    Went to the Kings and Jets games last night. Winnipeg was outshot 20-5 in the first period and the Kings were the faster and hungrier team all night. The final score was flattering to the jets as they almost won a game that they were clearly outplayed in, except for Connor Helleybyck the score got have been 7-2.
    This is not longer your big physical Jets and you can see the game plan is now to dump the puck in and get on that young and small defense albeit quicker d. Winnipeg really can’t do anything trade wise until Dustin Byfuglien decides on his future.

    • You know that’s a shame what Byfuglien is doing to the Jets.
      Hopefully it’s not a sickness in his family.
      If it’s just that he doesn’t know whether he wants to play or not. That’s not fair to the organization or the fans

      • My thought is that when the lakes begin to freeze and fishing shifts toward ice fishing that Buff will be back and playing. In the end the Jets will be fine – some young talent has been battle tested, Buff should be healthy and truely emotionally ready for the season, Jets gain a little cap space.

        Concerning being mentally/emotionally ready to play – how many players are still having fun and how many are just going through the motions and earning a paycheck? O’Reilly and a few players who returned home to Europe/KHL with NHL opportunities available come to mind. If this is a Byfuglien ‘sabatical’ it may be an important part to his career.

      • Great post, 2.0!
        Mental fatigue is all too real.

      • 2.0 all well and fair; however Buff could’ve been a little more considerate and inform the team earlier on of his decision and not wait until the 11th hour.

      • shoreorrpark, this is a late reply to your comment that Boston was a one line team that went to game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. In short no they were not a one line team in the playoffs, they get contributions from all lines and the Johansson, Coyle line was very effective in fact Charlie was tied with 9 goals the most on the team.

      • Hey Caper. My point was that it’s still early on in the season, and the pundits said the exact same thing one calendar year ago.
        I think we agree that we need a 2RW on the club, and that scoring should pick up on the other 3 lines in due time.
        I’m starting to come around on your Krug assessment, but I’d want a lot for him if I were to move him.

      • caper – yes, if the Buff thing went down as it appears on the surface then he could have been more considerate…however…. the conspiracy side of me thinks there may be more to it.

  2. Hi Caper

    Sbisa now a Jet

    was signed by Isles ; sent on waivers ; Jets picked him up… all in 24 hours 👍

  3. Bruins are more than a one line team. They work hard and take the body.
    Last night it was proven again that, that is what’s wrong with the Leafs.
    Letting Pastranak skate backwards 6 feet from the goalie put his stick thru his legs and shoot the puck past the goalie, and never get touched. GAWD . If that doesn’t tell you you’re to soft , I don’t know what does.
    I felt my pacemaker kick in and I was sure the defibrillator was gonna kick in.

    • Vinnie lol, you could say playing on the second of back to back games with your number 1 goalie sitting and JT sidelined all good reasons. Yes that goal is embarrassing.

      • Back to back is just an excuse , especially with the talent they have. A body check would be nice. You don’t have to crush anyone, just get body against body.
        Jake Muzzin knows, he is just to good of a teammate to say it

  4. @ Vinnie: I agree: Too many p**sies on that team. KD has constructed one of the most talented figure skating NHL teams one could ask for. I agree Muzzin is the only player they have who actually has nasty in his NHL DNA makeup.