NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 9, 2019

by | Oct 9, 2019 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Game recaps, Sharks bring back Patrick Marleau, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Winger James Neal scored four goals as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the New York Islanders 5-2. Neal set a franchise record with six goals in his first three games of the season. Oilers captain Connor McDavid collected three assists. The Oilers also welcomed back center Riley Sheahan off injured reserve. Islanders defenseman (and Prince Edward Island native) Noah Dobson picked up an assist in his first NHL game.

Edmonton Oilers winger James Neal scored four goals in a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After tallying just seven goals in 63 games with the Calgary Flames last season, Neal now has six goals in his first three games with the Oilers.

The San Jose Sharks dropped their fourth straight game, falling 5-2 to the Nashville Predators. Roman Josi tallied twice for the Predators. Off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, the Sharks announced they’re bringing back Patrick Marleau. Before the game, they signed the 40-year-old winger to a one-year, $700K contract. The Sharks also revealed forward Marcus Sorensen is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson declined to sign Marleau during the off-season, preferring to give more playing time to his younger players. Given Marleau’s age and declining production, there’s some skepticism over how much he’ll improve the Sharks’ sputtering offense.

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer made 47 saves against his former team in a 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Winger Ryan Dzingel scored two goals as the Hurricanes extended their franchise-record season-opening win streak to four games. Panthers forwards Aleksander Barkov and Mike Hoffman each collected two assists while defenseman Keith Yandle skated in his 800th career game.

The Winnipeg Jets overcame an injury-depleted blueline to down the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1, snapping an 18-game losing skid in Pittsburgh. Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each had three assists while rookie defenseman Ville Heinola tallied his first NHL career. The Jets played without blueliners Josh Morrissey and Dmitry Kulikov and center Bryan Little. Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist left the game following the first period after being struck by a shot from teammate Kris Letang.

David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each collected three points as the Boston Bruins held on for a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara suited up for his 1,488th career game, passing Wayne Gretzky for 23rd on the all-time list.

The Los Angeles Kings picked up their first win of the season by edging the Calgary Flames 4-3. Drew Doughty tallied the game-winner in overtime. Flames winger and Doughty’s nemesis Matthew Tkachuk scored twice, including the game-tying goal that forced the extra frame.

Tyler Seguin’s overtime time lifted the Dallas Stars to their first victory of the season by edging the Washington Capitals 4-3. Alexander Radulov scored twice for the Stars. Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first goal of the season after serving a season-opening three-game suspension.

Third-period goals by Rickard Rakell, Nick Ritchie, and Jakob Silfverberg powered the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Ducks goalie John Gibson kicked out 31 shots for the win. Earlier in the day, the Ducks recalled Max Comtois and placed Sam Steel (mid-body) on injured reserve.

SABRES PR: Buffalo Sabres winger Conor Sheary is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.


  1. I know … I know …. it’s just October hockey and things will change significantly by the time we roll into December … BUT it’s nice to dream, and that dream for me is seeing SJ continue to flounder like a fish out of water all season long … that moves such as suddenly signing Marleau is a sign that the GM sees trouble ahead … and that they wind up in the lottery mix (along with Ottawa) and watch as their 2020 1st round pick is announced at the podium by Dorion. Following on the heels of Ottawa’s own pick. Hopefully 1-2.

    Hey, we can dream can’t we? Lafrenière – Byfield. LOL,

    • Pens will get Lafrenière

      • LOL. THAT hasn’t escaped me. In fact, I mentioned that the other day. They certainly seem to be setting the groundwork for an Eddie Johnson-type season. We’ll know for sure if they call up a goalie and he stops 50+ shots for a SO at a most critical time, keeping them in the playoff hunt – and gets rewarded for his efforts by being promptly sent back down. 🙂

      • And Malkin is a TDL deal

  2. That Edmonton/NYI game was all kinds of fun. The Islanders have pretty decent defense but wow that Connor line ate their faces. Too many bad penalties.

    Neal looks like he’s over whatever was wrong last season. Hard to see him not hitting 20/40 skating with Connor.

    If either of Josi or Pietrangelo hit the open market, can Holland attract either to help stabilize the blue line?

    • He already has 6 goals, and while he obviously won’t keep up that pace he would have to be pretty awful to only score 14 the rest of the way. He and McDavid seem to have good chemistry, I don’t think 35+ goals is out of the question. Neal also has plenty of motivation to prove himself again.

      This may turn out to be one of those trades we talk about for years to come as one of the most lopsided….though I suspect Neal would have continued floundering in Calgary.

      Let’s have a pole, everyone guess what Neal’s season ending goal total will be.

      I am guessing 37.

      • Always been a mystery to me how many wingers have not had any chemistry with McD.
        Nice to see Neal fitting there. f

      • Because I always take Oct/Nov hockey and its sometimes eye-opening individual stats with a grain of salt, I’m going to be more conservative and say 24-25.

      • I will go with 31

  3. Let’s have a poll to see how many goals the $5.25m anchor Lucic has for this season.

    I am guessing 3.

    And just think, the poor Flames have 3 more seasons of him pulling down their team after this season.

    • I am guessing 9 for Lucic.

      Also, I realize now that I used “pole” instead of “poll.” My apologies to every teacher who took time to invest in me; I have failed you.

    • Luch 5 of which 2 will be empty netters