NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 11, 2019
Connor McDavid reaches 400 career points, Mitch Marner sidelined for a month, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: Connor McDavid tallied a hat trick, including his 400th career point, as the Edmonton Oilers thumped the Anaheim Ducks 6-2. Leon Drasaitl had four assists, Zach Kassian picked up three points and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDavid and Draisaitl continue to tear up the league offensively in the early going. They’re key factors in the Oilers’ surprisingly strong start to this season.
Robin Lehner kicked out 53 shots backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat each had three-point performances for the Blackhawks, who erupted for four goals in the opening period. William Nylander tallied twice for the Leafs, who learned Mitch Marner will be sidelined for a month with a high-ankle sprained suffered during Saturday’s game against Philadelphia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a significant blow to the Leafs offense. Marner had 18 points in as many games before his injury. His absence likely means the Leafs won’t have to demote or trade anyone, for now, to make room for Zach Hyman’s return this week.
Mark Scheifele scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 3-2. Stars forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn were held goalless for the 14th time in 18 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin has just three goals in 18 games, Benn only one. Despite their struggles, the Stars overcame their woeful 1-7-1 start to reach a .500 record after 18 games. Seguin and Benn also went through a lengthy offensive drought in the first half of last season, culminating in team president Jim Lites publicly tearing into them for their poor play. The Stars need those two to regain their scoring form.
The Florida Panthers edged the New York Rangers 6-5 on a shootout goal by Vincent Trocheck. Evgenii Dadonov scored a goal and collected two assists. Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar left the game after being struck in the head by a puck. Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider each had two points for the Rangers.
The Philadelphia Flyers picked up their fourth straight victory by beating the Boston Bruins 3-2. The Flyers blew a 2-0 but got the win on a shootout goal by Joel Farabee. Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny each had two points. Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk remains sidelined with a lower-body injury.
New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves to give his club a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. It’s the 11th straight time the Devils have defeated the Canucks.
Anthony Mantha’s goal with 31 seconds remaining gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
IN OTHER NEWS…
TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno faces a hearing today with the NHL’s department of player discipline for his elbow to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Saturday. Foligno has no previous suspensions.
KUKLA’S KORNER: Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry is under fire for comments on Saturday’s Coach’s Corner in which he appeared to single out new Canadian immigrants for not wearing poppies leading up to Remembrance Day. “You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”
Sportsnet and the NHL issued apologies and condemning Cherry’s comments. His sidekick Ron MacLean also apologized for the remarks and for not taking Cherry to task over them during the segment.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m a veteran. I served 25 years in the Canadian Forces, including service in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and a peacekeeping tour in the former Yugoslavia in 1994. While I believe everyone should wear a poppy and honor our fallen comrades I don’t believe in forcing or shaming anyone into doing so. It’s called freedom of choice. The minute we start forcing people to wear poppies, we’re heading down a dangerous road.
I also disagree with Cherry’s remarks. Canada is a nation of immigrants and refugees of all races, creeds, colors, and religions. They all built this nation and continue doing so. Many of them served this country. I served alongside them. Some paid the ultimate price. They are Canadians, period.
While I disagree with Cherry, he has the right to say what he wants and his critics the right to disagree and condemn him. That’s freedom of speech
It’s those freedoms veterans like myself and serving military members uphold and defend. Once you start taking those away from someone because you don’t like their choices or comments, it’s only a matter of time before someone takes them away from you.