NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 30, 2019

by | Oct 30, 2019 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Big nights for Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, the Stars rally back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Wild, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


A four-point performance by Alex Ovechkin carried the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo via NHL Images).

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, and added two assists to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ovechkin moved ahead of Luc Robitaille into 12th spot on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list with his 669th career goal. Nicklas Backstrom collected three helpers and John Carlson scored twice for the Capitals. Auston Matthews had a three-point effort for the Leafs, who also lost defenseman Jake Muzzin to a leg injury following a first-period collision with Capitals winger Tom Wilson.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists as his club crushed the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1. Dominik Kahun and Dominik Simon also each had a goal and two assists. The Penguins welcomes back winger Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman Brian Dumoulin off injured reserve.

The Dallas Stars overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Minnesota Wild 6-3. Stars winger Alexander Radulov led the way with a hat trick and an assist while Tyler Seguin and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist. Wild winger Kevin Fiala was a healthy scratch.

Nick Bonino tallied a natural hat trick and Pekka Rinne picked up his second straight shutout as the Nashville Predators blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0. Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner made 48 saves in defeat while teammate Brent Seabrook was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seabrook wasn’t pleased about it. I’ll have more on his situation in today’s NHL rumor mill.

The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to four games by beating the San Jose Sharks 5-1, handing the latter their third straight loss. David Pastrnak scored to extend his points streak to 10 games while Brad Marchand picked up an assist to extend his points streak to 11 games. Bruins center David Krejci returned to action after a five-game absence, tallying a goal and an assist.

Cam Fowler set a franchise record for most goals by an Anaheim Ducks defenseman in a 7-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Fowler surpassed Scott Niedermayer with his 61st career goal. Carter Rowney scored twice, Josh Mahura collected three assists, and John Gibson made 36 saves for the Ducks. Nikolaj Ehlers had three points in a losing cause. The Jets played without winger Patrik Laine, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

The New York Rangers upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. Filip Chytil scored the game-winner in his season debut, Ryan Strome had a two-point performance, and goalie Alexandar Georgiev kicked out 29 shots. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and forwards Pat Maroon and Anthony Cirelli left the game with injuries and are considered day-to-day.

Andrei Svechnikov scored twice, including a lacrosse-style goal, as the Carolina Hurricanes edge the Calgary Flames 2-1. Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek made 28 saves for the win. Earlier in the day, Flames winger Tobias Rieder cleared waivers but remained in the lineup.

The Detroit Red Wings snapped an eight-game winless skid by upsetting the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. Dylan Larkin had a two-point outing and netminder Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots.


THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is sidelined indefinitely with a lower-body injury. Head coach Jared Bednar believes the winger will miss some significant time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s two-thirds of the Avalanche’s first line out of the lineup. Landeskog joins Mikko Rantanen (leg injury) on injured reserve. It’ll be a big test for the Avs, who sit atop the Western Conference standings.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Nikita Gusev will be a healthy scratch for tonight’s matchup against the Lightning.

NEW YORK POST: Former NHL player Mark Pavelich was deemed unfit to stand trial for an alleged assault of a neighbor in August. The judge suspended the trial, ruling Pavelich “lacks the ability to rationally consult with counsel, is incapable of understanding the proceedings, and is incapable of participating in the defense due to mental illness or deficiency.”


  1. Disappointing night for Pastrnak. After averaging 2.09 points per game through the first 11 games, he only got one point last night. He’s fading…..lol. It was great to see so many different goal scorers though, hopefully that starts a trend.

    The Sharks looked old, awful and at times uninterested. Erik K looked lazy and was making mistakes all over the ice. At the end they tried some goonery which just looked desperate. Me thinks Mr DeBoer will be looking for a job soon.

  2. Ovi not only told the Leafs, he showed the Leafs just exactly what it takes to win and none of it Babcock could refute.

    His team, as constructed by Dubas, does not do what it takes to win and doesn’t appear willing to do any of it either at this point in time anyways.

    Maybe, getting told by Ovi, who himself and the Caps couldn’t get past the Pens for what 2-3 years in a row until they finally broke thru will light a fire under this team of stick infraction specialists.

  3. mark pavelich…what gives here? is he really that stupid? concussions? drugs? anybody have more on this? i hate crap notes that offer up a statement but give no details to back it up

    • That’s why you should follow the link provided. More details are provided there.

      • Bazinga!

      • Lyle do you think they can link his PTSD to his hockey career? Sad case none the less.

  4. Very very long time since I’ve seen a game that had 17 (9 Wash, 8 Tor) Minor penalties. Wow.

    The flow of the game was certainly off with that many instances of non 5 on 5 hockey.

    Freddy made some good saves or we could have lost in Reg.

    The kicker is that Leafs are only 1 single point over 500 and have played the most home games in the ENTIRE league.

    I have no argument for the OT Penalty calls. They were deserved.

    Leafs must must must have a different mindset going forward or there looms a chance (small but a chance) of missing the playoffs.

    I stated many times before that this is not their year (must plan for SC window of ’21–’24) but I truly felt that they would be better than the record the are currently demonstrating (add to that the fact that they have had so many home games that tends to benefit teams).

    If Leafs are at/close to 500 at US Thanksgiving— I would think a serious rationalization needs to be done and perhaps a big trade and/or a potential firing.

    The sobering point is; if Leafs lose 2 of the next 4 tilts— they will have 19 points in 18 games (a whopping 12 — 67%, would have been played at home!!!). Ouch!!!

    Fingers crossed


    • A study was done a while back about home advantage. What the study found was there really is a minimal difference. In the nhl it was around 5%… the lowest of all major sports. (5% more games would be won if played at home).

      Home advantage is far from any real advantage.

      • Not sure why, NY4Life, but game 6 of the Leafs/Boston series came to mind when I read your post.
        None compares to the current World Series though – has there ever been a seven game series where the home team lost every game? Could happen tonight.

      • Hi Ny4Life

        Thanks, I didn’t know that figure or study.

        Subjectively I would have said that (numbers) was close to true of playoffs with even number of games (in 4 and 6) but I would have guessed a much higher advantage in reg season play over the years.

        Was that a recent study (numbers for last year; or for several recent years):

        This year so far those numbers are off regarding NHLs Home and Away… see below

        Per TSN— Home wins across the league 109; away wins across the league 78

        I know we are in the Loosy Goosy time-frame (early season) ……however , from TSN, with the OT points; winning percentage at home league wide; so far this year is 0.642 (240 points of potential 374) at home and 0.468 (175/374) away. That is a difference of 0.174 league wide.

        Pacific is best at home—0.698 (that’s with the OT points);

        Metro best away 0.537;

        and biggest difference Home Vs Away is in Pac Div— 0.698 vs 0.431—-diff of 0.267

        Leafs (small sample size relative to whole league) are 0.611 (H) and 0.400 (A)

        Subjective and early season; but for sure there is some advantage to Home Ice; and for Leafs, if they go 2 and 2 on next 4 ……will be 12 Home, 6 away and only 19 of a possible 36 points (0.528)

        Just using that mark of 528 and extrapolating the final 64 games (after next 4)… that’s another 68 points on to the 18 (if they go 2 and 2)—- 86 points… that won’t get them in the playoffs.

        Still early and I have my fingers, eyes, and toes crossed


    • You watched the Leafs instead of the Penguins playing the Flyers? You should change your name to Leafy my man.

      • Hi Deee

        I watched BOTH games

        PVR….. with time delay and with FF between commercials and FF intermissions ….. Pens period 1; then Leafs period 1; then Pens period 2 ; etc etc…. 2 1/2 hours and I see 2 full games…. Mrs. Pengy NOT impressed! 🥺🤓

  5. the “hockey gods” are not helping the avs right now!….glad it’s early!

    • This is where those teams with real depth manage to keep their heads above water. All others fade like late summer roses.