NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 15, 2019

by | Nov 15, 2019 | News, NHL | 23 comments

Connor McDavid has a career night plus the latest on T.J. Brodie, Sidney Crosby, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Connor McDavid collected a career-high six points in one game to lead the Edmonton Oilers over the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. McDavid also tallied his second hat trick in three games while linemate Leon Draisaitl had five assists. It was the Oilers’ third win in their last four games. The Avalanche received some good news earlier in the day, as defenseman Nikita Zadorov (broken jaw) will rejoin them in Vancouver for Saturday’s game against the Canucks.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid netted six points in a 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers’ dynamic duo feasted on the Avalanche’s inexperienced goaltending, chasing Adam Werner after he gave up five goals on 18 shots. That doesn’t detract from their remarkable performance in this game. McDavid and Draisaitl are the best one-two offensive punch in the NHL today. Draisaitl sits atop the league scoring race with 41 points while McDavid is second with 37. Draisaitl is on pace for 160 points, McDavid 145.

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added three assists in a 9-3 thumping of the New York Rangers. Five of the Lightning’s goals came on the power play. Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, and Alex Killorn each had three-point performances. Rangers rookie Kaapo Kakko missed the game with the flu.

The Carolina Hurricanes blew 3-1 and 4-3 leads before downing the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on an overtime goal by Dougie Hamilton. Hurricanes wingers Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen each had a goal and two assists. The Sabres are winless in six games (0-4-2). Earlier in the day, they learned winger Marcus Johansson will miss three games with an upper-body injury,.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres’ recent performance is drawing comparisons to the same time last season when they started strong in October and faltered in November. They would eventually collapse and tumble out of playoff contention. Avoiding a repeat will be Ralph Krueger’s first big test since taking over as Sabres’ head coach earlier this year.

The Dallas Stars extended their points streak to seven by doubling up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Tyler Seguin, Joe Pavelski, and Miro Heiskanen led the way with two points each. The Canucks have dropped five of their last six games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the Sabres, the Canucks also face trying to avoid a repeat of last November’s season-killing slump following a hot October.

Tomas Hertl’s two-goal performance in the San Jose Sharks 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks was overshadowed by his departure in the third period with a suspected leg injury. The Sharks extended their win streak to a season-high five games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Hertl for a significant period would be a big loss for the Sharks’ offense. He’s their leading scorer with 21 points in 20 games.

Mark Scheifee and Patrik Laine each had three points as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Florida Panthers 4-3. Vincent Trocheck scored twice for the Panthers.

Minnesota Wild winger Jordan Greenway snapped a 2-2 third-period tie to give his club a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Zach Parise had a goal and an assist for the Wild.

Alex Iafallo’s overtime goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Tyler Bertuzzi scored both Wings’ goals.

HEADLINES

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman TJ Brodie was discharged from hospital last night after being stretched off the ice from practice earlier in the day. Brodie suddenly collapsed and went into convulsions during a routine drill. He was immediately treated by the team medical staff and rushed to a hospital, where he was described as alert and responsive. The club will provide a further update later today.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping this wasn’t anything serious and he makes a full recovery.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is sidelined for six weeks following successful sports-hernia surgery. Alternate captain Evgeni Malkin acknowledged his readiness to step up in Crosby’s absence.

TORONTO SUN: The charge of disorderly conduct against Auston Matthews was dismissed after the Maple Leafs center settled with the female security guard who filed a complaint against him in Arizona.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks won’t receive salary-cap recapture relief with Roberto Luongo joing the Florida Panthers as a special advisor. Luongo retired this summer, leaving the Canucks carrying over $3 million annually in cap recapture penalties through 2021-22.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s nothing in the current collective bargaining agreement to address this issue. Don’t be surprised if it becomes a topic of interest in the ongoing CBA talks.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders placed winger Andrew Ladd on waivers to assign him to their AHL affiliate. If he clears as expected on Friday, Ladd will be re-assigned to the AHL affiliate and remain on LTIR following a voluntary five-game conditioning stint. The club feels he needs more time strengthening his surgically repaired knee in the minors before he’s NHL-ready.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bobby Orr came to the defense of friend and former coach Don Cherry, calling his firing from Hockey Night in Canada disgraceful. “I have known him a long time and I know he is not a bigot or a racist. He is the most honest and generous guy there is. He’s very good to the veterans, the police, the firefighters, minor hockey players, and fans.”







23 Comments

  1. Good for you Bob by Orr. Unlike Don’s pseudo-friend Ron MacLean you stuck up for your long-time buddy. Meanwhile, we can chalk up another win for the tight-assed politically-correct who, for some reason, can’t define how, exactly, what he said, was wrong. Brutally frank – I’ll give you that – but “wrong?” Not hardly.

    Political correctness is nothing but the inability to state certain truths because they may offend certain people. It’s also a current ongoing phenomenon where the Liberal-Left often circumvent the truth to avoid sounding racist, sexist … or otherwise generally observant.

    As for that hypocrite MacLean, since he didn’t tell the CBC and Sportsnet to, like Johnny Paycheck advised, “take this job and shove it” then I hope he looks after his eyes because they’re the only balls he has.

    • That’s how a friend is supposed to act.
      Good on you, Bobby.

      Now, you people out there, should be more like Bobby, and stick up for your friends and teammates. Alright? Let’s go!

    • Rubbish, plain and simple. I really did not want to get drawn into the Cherry thing, he’s gone – finally – and he is not coming back.

      Two things are irrefutable. Cherry singled out immigrants, no one else, and even he admitted he shouldn’t have use the phrase “you people.” So there is no rebuttal that he was targeting immigrants, and no basis whatsoever to characterize his firing as “political correctness.”

      The second thing is that the best of your friends will defend you while telling you when you are wrong. I haven’t read all of Orr’s comments, perhaps buried somewhere he did say something like: “Don was wrong to say that, and he is a better person than that makes him sound.” But Orr didn’t so all he does is end up being an apologist for racist comments. Hardly a Hall of Fame moment for Orr.

      • Worth repeating:

        LJ on November 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm
        Rubbish, plain and simple. I really did not want to get drawn into the Cherry thing, he’s gone – finally – and he is not coming back.

        Two things are irrefutable. Cherry singled out immigrants, no one else, and even he admitted he shouldn’t have use the phrase “you people.” So there is no rebuttal that he was targeting immigrants, and no basis whatsoever to characterize his firing as “political correctness.”

        The second thing is that the best of your friends will defend you while telling you when you are wrong. I haven’t read all of Orr’s comments, perhaps buried somewhere he did say something like: “Don was wrong to say that, and he is a better person than that makes him sound.” But Orr didn’t so all he does is end up being an apologist for racist comments. Hardly a Hall of Fame moment for Orr.

      • How high is YOUR high-horse?

      • And why I ask that is, you have a position taken on this issue and that’s fine – no one is calling your stance “rubbish” even if they disagree with it. Under what set of rules is your view the only correct one?

    • I respectfully disagree with most of that George but adamantly disagree with the McLean part. Why should he put his job on the line for a man who openly and unapologetically often made controversial statements? Cherry should be apologizing to McLean for putting him in that position.

      • At the time Cherry made his statement his “friend” Ron MacLean nodded and gave a thumbs up – as reported in numerous follow-ups. Then he later criticized what he said when the s&^t hit the fan.

        THAT is hypocrisy.

      • That… is survival. The network supportedcherrys crap for so long he had to walk that line. Imagine his relief now that is over.

      • No

      • Well then.

    • George, Don got what he deserved. He should keep his comments on hockey. New immigrants often are acclimating to a new environment and aren’t always aware of customs or even the wars their new country has been involved in. Your bombast against “liberals” decries your own right wing leanings and has no place on a hockey forum. You already dominate this website with your daily know-it-all attitude which has kept me off the comments ever since your arrival.

      • I didn’t know being a right winger in all aspects of life – including freedom of expression, was crime. But fine, the floor’s all yours Rock. Comment away. Fill your boots. I’ve had it. Have Fun

  2. Atta Go Bobby

    Great response …. you remain IMHO the best player to have ever played hockey

    I played Centre most of my life ; but as a kid; man was I in awe of your fantastic skills

    Great on ya for the support

    Poll from yesterday (per our adio) had only 22 % in favour of the DC firing 76% against with 4% playing neutral/undecided

    I shan’t be watching Coach’s corner ever again if it’s Burke

    Would like DC back but do like Howard’s suggestion of Bobby Loo …. but that’s out the door with his “new” contract with Panthers

    • Pengy, agree on Bobby Orr’s greatness – lucky enough to watch him play for the Oshawa Generals – simply incredible.
      I respect his loyalty to a friend and no one would honestly say that Don Cherry is a monster but he has always had a bad habit of grouping people that he’s criticizing – “you people who come here”, for example – and he’s been doing it a long, long time.
      In some ways, what happened is sad but it’s definitely not unexpected.

  3. Wonder how many zero’s were on that cheque Mathew’s gave out. Hopefully he did not consult with Dubas on that one.

    • FD

      Yep ….. buying yourself out of a conviction is something I’m greatly against

      A more palatable outcome (IMO) would have been a no contest plea with maybe 40 hours community service ; and with the security guard still able to sue …. which would have been settled OOC as it has ; and for an undisclosed amnt. (Same) pretty close to whatever she now has coming

      He will have given her $’s that is literally “chump change” and completely of no impact to him and avoided any ramifications

      A non prominent athlete for sure would have at least got Community Service

    • Does it count against the cap?

      • Ha!

  4. Re Brodie …. spirited and quick recovery …🤞that it is not serious

    Re: Mcd and Herr Draisaitl … holy Mofo Batman …. what a Duo….. let’s hope this corner has turned for the Oil

    Re: Sid …. posted yesterday and day before …. if it had to be done …. best to do it now …. full and speedy recovery please …. 6 weeks takes it to Christmas break time

    They have a Western swing …. achy, Ed , Van, Nsh 17/12 to 27/12…. my guess is return for home game against Nsh (28/12) which is back half of BTB vs Preds

    Geno et al must step up

    Already freed up space with GudB trade (all here know that there was a much better move for the team) and now with Sid at $8.7 M Cap annually for prob 6 weeks …, that’s another $1.6M – $1.8 M freed up in Cap

    Will GMJR make a move …. right now he says that he’ll fill from within …..??????

    If Geno et al can get at least 20 points out of the next 19 games…. leaving them at 42 points in 37 games….. they’ll need at least 55 points in remaining 45 games (with Sid) …. .611 clip; to get in

    Doable …. but 23 or 24 points in next 19 games would go a hell of a lot more towards making play-offs

    The 19 are 10 @ H; 9 as V’s

    🤞🙏

  5. Rangers lost 9-3. Thank god they blocked that PAT after the touchdown! 10-3 would have just been a total embarrassment.

    • Wa wa wa.

      • That’s what Quinn said