NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 14, 2019

by | Nov 14, 2019 | News, NHL | 16 comments

Islanders and Capitals extend their points streaks, Roberto Luongo joins the Panthers’ front office, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The New York Islanders extended their points streak to 13 games (12-0-1) by edging the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4. Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and Derick Brassard collected three points for the Islanders. Leafs captain (and former Isles captain) John Tavares was once again serenaded by chants of “We don’t need you!” by Long Island fans. Leafs winger Zach Hyman made his season debut following recovery from a knee injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the Isles soar, the Leafs dropped six of their last 10 games (two in overtime), including their last three contests. They’re barely clinging to the last Eastern Conference wild-card spot. They still have plenty of time to reverse their fortunes but the grumbling in Leafs Nation is growing.

Ottawa Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau tallied his first career NHL hat trick in a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils (Photo via NHL Images).

The Washington Capitals also extended their points streak to 13 games with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Braden Holtby made 30 saves while T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the shootout for the Capitals, who have a league-leading 32 points.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted his first career NHL hat trick as the New Jersey Devils doubled out the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Pageau is red hot of late, tallying eight goals in his last six contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pageau is on pace for a career-best 70-point campaign in his contract year.

Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome each had a goal and two assists to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 39 saves.

Joe Pavelski scored twice and Justin Dowling tallied his first NHL goal as the Dallas Stars dropped the Calgary Flames 3-1. Sean Monahan tallied for the Flames.


SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Former Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo has rejoined the team as a special advisor to general manager Dale Tallon. Luongo announced his retirement over the summer after 19 NHL campaigns, 11 with the Panthers.

TSN.CA: Jason Garrison is suing his financial advisor over negligent advice that ended up costing the former NHL defenseman more than the multi-million dollar salary he earned during a six-year contract ($28 million) with the Vancouver Canucks. Garrison, 35, mow plays in Sweden.

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres forward Vladimir Sobotka will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury. Forward Marcus Johansson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.





  1. Ain’t it amazing how a contract year can galvanize players.

  2. Leafs: On SN, a ton of comments on the latest loss but this comment was indicative of the general sentiment of the posters.

    ” Is it just me or does anybody else just love to watch the mess Dufas has created as this team of over rated and overpaid figure skating cream puff misfits drive themselves right off the cliff”

    • The team is not the problem. As I have been saying on this site before season began, they will miss playoffs with this dinosaur coach who has lost 8 of his last 9 playoff series most of them with lindstrom zetterberg an datsyuk. Babcock must be fired before halfway point. If not no playoffs, if they do playoffs and cup contender under keefe even with ceci and no back up.

  3. Must be nice to have a problem with your goalies having to play them basically evenly as starters

    One with a 7-1-0 record (942 save %’age); and the other a measly 6-2-1 and 917 save %’age.

    Oh and the goalie they didn’t extend last July is at a paltry 934 save %’age

    Somebody knows how to build a successful winning formulae

    13 game point streak ….. meh (he said sarcastically)


    • Pengy, yes indeed Lou certainly does know what he’s doing when it comes to building a team.

      TML, as constructed, is a mess with an assembly of players who appear to be tuning out their coach.

      The special teams are a mess so the assistant coaches apparently don’t know what they’re doing either.

      No cap space meaning no other GM is going to help him with his mess without a total fleecing all the while the fans are getting closer and closer to the paper bag, boo and jersey toss stage of disgust.

      Fun times ahead for TML

      • I don’t agree on Lou. He doesn’t have a clue how to build a team in the cap era. Look at the mess he left in NJ.

  4. A bit late, but I have to say some things about Don Cherry…

    First, does every single non-immigrant Canadian wear the poppy? Or did Cherry single out the immigrants for this behavior? Yeah.

    But, set aside his racism and/or xenophobia for a moment and let’s examine the gist of his message…

    “You people that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said during Saturday’s Coach’s Corner segment. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

    Cherry’s point is that you should properly thank the people who are responsible for your safety, security and way of life.


    The US military is far more responsible for Canada’s safety, security and way of life than Canada’s own military. Using his own logic, Cherry should be genuflecting to American soldiers out of great appreciation for his freedom.

    How would Don Cherry react to being told that if he didn’t kiss the boots of US soldiers then he didn’t appreciate his rights or freedoms?

    Probably the same way Canadian immigrants would respond to being told they aren’t grateful enough by a guy whose wardrobe makes Paul Reubens jealous.

    To be clear, I do not ascribe to, nor advocate, this type of nationalistic jingoistic thinking.

    But Don Cherry does.

    If he were an American, he’d say “you’d be speaking German if not for us” 350 times a day.

    And judging him through the prism of his own worldview, he fails at the very thing he demands of others.

    • MG, while I would prefer not to go down this rabbit hole again, I think you’re statement that the US is more responsible for Canada’s security than it’s own military has obvious merit, but also misses the bigger point.
      Yes the US is the strongest military power in the history of the world and leads the coalition of Liberal Democracies to protect the world order based on the rule of law, and backed up by the obvious power of the US military. Along with the military of many countries.
      What is also true is they can’t go it alone, and has never had to when there was an actual threat to allies.
      Article 5 of NATO has been enacted once in over 50 years, when the US was attacked in Sept 11 in Afghanistan. Yes Canada joined in and yes our soldiers died.
      WW1 – Canada joined to support it’s allies in 1914.
      – USA – 1917
      WW2 – Canada joined to support it’s allies in 1939
      – USA – 1941 after it was attacked in Pearl Harbor.
      Since the end of WW2, the US has led this largest era of peace and prosperity between powerful countries in history, and the civilized world should be grateful for that. I know I am. But what is just as true is that they can’t go it alone. The very wise leaders of the US understood that then, and until very recently, have understood it since then.
      We are on the same team dude, and I am guessing that your statement that the US is more responsible for Canada’s security was not meant to piss off the Canadians on this site, but it got this one a little riled up and it is historically inaccurate. We took care of our own sh**, and immediately defended our allies when necessary.
      The current US administration has mused about leaving NATO. My guess is that is that common sense and an understanding that our greatest strength as Liberal Democracies is our alliances with each other, will prevail. But if the US leaves, then they leave. I think we will be OK as will the rest of our allies, as most of those administrations still get it.

      • Thanks for that, Ray.
        You laid out the facts in a much more tasteful manner than I would have.
        Canadians don’t lick boots.

      • We are all on the same team. I hate when there are these pissing contests between the US and Canadian posters here,

        All that being said…. As far as Nato is concerned I hope the US pulls out. Our contribution this fiscal year…. 6.85 TRILLION dollars (3.65% GDP). The next largest contributor…. 655 billion by the UK (2.13% GDP).

        This is NOT pointed at our friends to the North, But a lot of other Countries love to crap on us, burn our flags, hide fugitives etc…. But they’re our best buddy when it’s time for Aid, $$$$, military assistance etc.

      • And, Nyr4life, I have to reluctantly admit that Canada hasn’t been spending anywhere near what we’re supposed to in relation to our GDP. For a long time now.

        Probably has something to do with the fact that, in 2010 our bid for a seat on the U.N. security council was rejected in favour of Portugal and Germany (the latter – like Japan – have used their “guilt” over WWII to avoid putting their troops in harm’s way for far too long)!

        I thought then that the U.N. was a paper tiger relying primarily on the U.S. to handle the hottest spots, and had become almost as useless as The League Of Nations. Nothing I’ve seen since has changed my mind on that.

      • I personally value all of America’s allies, be they Kurdish, Ukrainian or Canadian. I don’t think we should hand the world to China and/or Putin because Bulgaria or whoever isn’t paying “their fair share.” This sentiment is far from universal.

        Also, I don’t look down on people who fail to live up to my standards or values. I DO, however, look down on people who fail to live up to their own.

        I think free people are free to do what they want in a free country (until they harm others), even if other people object and deem them to be insufficiently patriotic. The First Amendment protects flag burning for a reason.

        Don Cherry believes he has the right to judge them and dictate their actions. Ergo, Cherry should accept when other judge him and dictate his actions.

        So, judging Cherry by his own standards, if he wants to tell Canadian immigrants what to do vis a via patriotism, he should kiss some Yankee boots first.

        That statement is no more or less galling than what Cherry said to immigrants.

      • The main problem is… we’re paying more than our “fair share “ with money we don’t have. Eventually someone is going to have to pay the tab. It’s our responsibility to not leave that burden to our children, children’s children etc.

        Allies are great! But it’s a lot like having friends with alligator arms when the check comes around,every time the check comes around…..“Mmmmmm mmmm that’s some goooood crispy duck”.

        Let’s face it, if China or Russia were to be a legitimate threat…. once again we’ll flip the bill in both money and blood. I don’t believe the Belgians and Slovenia are going to save the day for us.

        Allies….Let’s not forget our “friends” Germany and France who’s intelligence pointed at WMDs in Iraq…… until the oil for food scandal…. then they did not. Let’s not forget Spain… bending the knee to terorist and pulling out of Iraq.

        Or our good buddies in Pakistan (non nato country) who we’ve given BILLIONS to in aid and support harboring the most wanted man on the planet for a decade +…. only to accuse us of illegal manner for crossing their border to kill the man they harbored for years!

        6.85 trillion dollars we don’t have could solve a lot of problems here on our own soil. Our infrastructure, Schools, business, our veterans ….. our national debt… could all benefit greatly from that wasted money.

        Friends are great! It would be great if some of them carried their own weight once in a while! Maybe once in a while pick up a check?

      • MG, I think we actually agree on most of this. The reason the US spends what it does on defense is because believes it is good for them. That is for US voters to decide.
        I wish all NATO countries lived up to their financial commitments, I believe Canada is actually stepping up the spending since Obama first raised the issue in 2014. He was right, and so is Trump when he said the same thing albeit less tactfully.
        Then there is the kiss the american boot part, even if pointed at DC. Huh MG?
        When has the USA ever had to put it’s military in harms way in a conflict to defend Canada?
        I am not a historian, but I can’t think of one.
        We have, so MG only, kiss our…………
        This is in no way pointed at the other fine US folks on this site. You are right Nyr4life, we shouldn’t be doing this.
        I will stop and stick to hockey.

    • I don’t think that Cherry’s point was that Canadians needed to be properly thanked or boot-licked. I think he was saying “You’ve chosen to be one of us and we’ve accommodated you. Now, behave as though you are one of us.” It’s the difference between imposing Roman rule and abiding by the Golden Rule.

      Any criticism of the immigrants has to be perfunctory without knowing their intent, and if Cherry remarked out of hatred rather than knowledge of their intent, he was certainly wrong. Nevertheless, the Golden Rule requires the amicable cooperation of all parties.

    • Feel better now MG? I’m sure your virtue signalling medal is in the mail.