NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 20, 2019

by | Nov 20, 2019 | News, NHL | 29 comments

Marc-Andre Fleury picks up his 450th career win, the Islanders tie a franchise-record points streak, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 450th career win backstopping his club over the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Fleury made a spectacular glove save on the Leafs’ Nic Petan in the third period. He sits just three wins behind New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist for sixth on the all-time list. The Leafs are winless in their last six games.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 450th career victory in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo via NHL Images).

The New York Islanders tied a franchise record as their point streak reached 15 games in a 5-4 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Isles overcame a 4-2 deficit to force the extra frame. Brock Nelson scored twice, including the game-winning goal. Earlier in the day, the Penguins revealed center Nick Bjugstad will be sidelined longer than expected with an undisclosed ailment. Bjugstad was hurt during Friday’s loss to New Jersey.

Connor McDavid had his third-straight multi-point game as his Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2. McDavid scored and set up two others while Leon Draisaitl picked up an assist to extend his points streak to 13 games.

The Colorado Avalanche held off the Calgary Flames 3-2, leaving the latter winless in their last five. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves in his first game since a five-game absence with a lower-body injury. Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Nathan MacKinnon collected two assists. Earlier in the day, the Flames revealed Sam Bennett is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. They also played without defenseman Travis Hamonic (lower body).

Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 35 shots in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Aleksander Barkov, Evgenii Dadonov, and Brett Connolly each collected two points for the Panthers, who picked up their fourth win in their last five games.

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to five games by downing the New Jersey Devils 5-1. David Pastrnak and Matt Grzelcyk each scored twice for the Bruins, who were playing without center Patrice Bergeron (lower-body injury) for the second straight game. Devils goaltender Cory Schneider cleared waivers earlier in the day and was assigned to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice and set up another to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Jackets broke the game open with three third-period goals.

The St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game winless skid by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov left the game with an upper-body injury in the second period following a hit from Brayden Schenn and didn’t return.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 38 shots as the Winnipeg Jets nipped the Nashville Predators 2-1. Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers were the goal scorers for the Jets as teammate Mathieu Perreault played in his 600th career NHL game. The Predators raised eyebrows by making Kyle Turris a healthy scratch.

The Carolina Hurricanes collected their fourth straight victory by doubling up the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Petr Mrazek made 30 saves while Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes.

Jamie Benn scored twice to lead the Dallas Stars over the Vancouver Canucks 6-1. Tyler Seguin, Corey Perry, and Miro Heiskanen each collected two points for the Stars, who’ve won four straight.

Zach Parise scored twice to lead the Minnesota Wild over the Buffalo Sabres 4-1. Alex Stalock made 30 saves for the Wild. The Sabres have just one win in their last nine contests.

Anthony Duclair tallied two goals and added an assist as the Ottawa Senators edged the Detroit Red Wings 4-3. Senators goalie Anders Nilsson made 35 stops.


SPORTSNET: Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway will have a hearing today with the NHL’s department of player discipline for spitting at Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson.

CBS SPORTS: The Los Angeles Kings placed Mario Kempe on unconditional waivers.

TSN: The NHL has renamed the NHL General Manager of the Year Award to the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award. Gregory spent 10 seasons as the Toronto Maple Leafs GM and another 40 years as an NHL executive. He recently passed away at age 83.


  1. The GM award should have been named after Sam Pollock a LONG time ago!

    • See. For many dare I say most of modern nhl fans that feels meaningless. The awards should be Norris = Orr, Hart= Lemieux, eventually Selke= Bergeron. Adams= Bowman. Not sure about gm. But we need to spiffy up these trophies

      • Not disputing that Chrisms. But when I say the GM award should have been named after Pollock a long time ago, I simply meant that, with the award being introduced only in 2010, and every other award carrying a known name, why didn’t they name it after one of THE most successful executives ever (14 years at the helm in Montreal – 9 cups) who had passed away just 3 years before?

        Instead they wait a decade and then name it after someone who was average at the job – after HE passes away.

        I suppose an argument could be made for changing the names attached to the various awards so they mean something to the current fan base. But then, pro sports has always latched onto tradition, and I don’t see baseball, football or basketball in any hurry to take that approach.

      • You spelled Gretzky wrong…. why would they name the hart after Lemieux? Ovechkin has won as many as Lemieux( 3 ).

        Gretzky won 9!

        I don’t see any player ever passing that mark.

      • Good points George.

        Ny. I didn’t name all
        The awards. The most valuable player as named by the players was my thought for Gretzky but swap that and the hart and it’s all the same. I think the award titles should evolve every generation or so.

      • The whole Gretzky vs Lemieux thing is relative to the era and quality of teammates. If Mario played his first 5 years with 12 future hall of famers and on a line with Jari Kurri and Glen Anderson and Gretzky played on a like with Bob Errey and Troy Loney and had a bunch of scrubs on the team then Mario might have had a few 300+ point seasons. Gretzky has the numbers for sure and he was a fantastic player but Mario is the superior talent.

    • Right on, George. By all accounts, Gregory was a great guy who certainly made a contribution to the game, but his tenure as Leafs GM was underwhelming to say the least. In his 10 seasons, the Leafs got past the quarterfinals only once. And it’s not as if he left a strong team for his successor – the years that followed were among the worst in team history to that point. Pollock, of course, was and remains the standard by which every GM is measured.
      While we’re at it, let’s name the best defenseman award after Gilles Lupien. A very nice guy who played on two cup winners and has become a very successful player agent. So what if he could barely skate and couldn’t hit an open net from the lip of the crease.

      • George, Howar, Chrisms , NY4Life

        Polluck was B4 my time but everything I’ve ever read about him ….. he was the man… the Trophy should have his Moniker on it

        I sit in the minority (not a small minority but a minority) that view Orr as the best player to have ever played …. you are always in awe of your idols that you had as a kid …. as a kid I once faced off against Gretzky …. at the time when Orr was dancing through and around 5 players and the net minder …. I was completely gob-smacked

        So I say both MVP and Best DMan trophies should be monikered “Orr”


        and yes Selke should? Will? Eventually be named the Bergeron

      • Emile “The Cat” Francis, when he was GM of the Rangers, once said that, when Sammy called to offer 3 players for your 1st pick before the season began, you suddenly re-examine your team – which you thought was pretty good – and wonder why you’re going to finish last.

  2. The teams of Jack Adams Award winners often flop the following season. Has anyone ever been named coach of the year two straight seasons? Asking for my friend Barry Trotz.

    • Such a great communicator.

      He’s probably going to be head coach for Team Canada.

      Who’s going to help him round out the staff?
      Rod the Bod? Cassidy maybe? Bednar?

  3. I like tradition and don’t believe in changing the names; however in modern age where we have a trophy named after Mark Messier and not Wayne Gretzky, Idk something sound wrong about that or is no one not allowed to wear your number a big enough recognition.
    The Norris can stay and be the best defensive defenseman and the newly created Orr for the most offensive defenseman. The really solid shutdown dman that match up against the number the other teams best line but are not offensive minded or capable need their recognition; or maybe I just want an award named after Number 4 Bobby Orr.

  4. Leafs …. much much better performance

    The EN goal is what it is … so basically a well fought 1 goal road loss … if it wasn’t for the Flower’s amazing “Flying Wallenda” save; perhaps it goes to OT

    Keep up the good work

    Pens 😡😡😡😡

    Yes picked up a point … coulda woulda shoulda been 2 points…. up by two in the third

    Jimmy …. you should have traded JJ last week when he scored his first goal in God knows how long …. trade value was at a peak ….. might have only cost 2 firsts to move him

    When Tanger gets back ; JJ ABSOLUTELY must sit…. it’s getting ridiculous now…. it absolutely doesn’t matter who he is paired with ; or where the face off is; or when in the game it is ; PK or 5on5 ….. he is just too costly …. can’t effectively break out; leaves goalie , D partner and team-mates in peril and causes GAs…. it has to stop

    10 Simple rules JJ:

    1) When not pressured in your end and you have the puck AND two teammates open …. don’t fire it down the boards on a side where you have no team-mates

    2) you are there to move opponents out of the way…. you are not there as a personal eclipse to Murray’s sight-lines

    3) Don’t have 2 (TWO) opposing forwards behind you and in front of Murray ; while you cover absolutely no one and while you are blocking Murray’s view …. for 10 friggin seconds while the Isles are in onslaught mode

    4) You have Ur corner to cover ; your D partner has his corner to cover , Thou Shalt Not join your partner in his corner to cover the puck carrier (that your partner is already successfully tying up); WHILE leaving your guy completely uncovered in front of the net …… EVER AGAIN

    5) Please see rule 4

    6) Please see rule 5

    7) Please see rule 6

    8) Please see rule 7

    9) Please see rule 8

    10) Please see rule 9


  5. I know that all records are made to be broken – but some sure look out of reach. One such is the 11 Cups won by Henri Richard.

    Yes, they were a perennial powerhouse with Beliveau and Cournoyer logging 10 each and Claude Provost 9. The closest to that grouping who was not a member of the Habs is Red Kelly – who has 8 with Detroit and Toronto (tied with Jacques Lemaire and Rocket Richard).

    Except for The Rocket, none of the foregoing have had awards named after them.

    But those 11 Cups – a ring for each finger and one toe – looks unreachable in today’s game. And it wasn’t as if he was just one of those players along for the ride.

    • Hi George

      There is no way any player today or in the future will get 11 rings (as a player; maybe 4 or 5 and then some as a coach ? GM ? owner?)

      What’s the most any current player has … 4? 5?

      I can’t see any current player or future player even getting to 11 Cups (as a player) let alone winning them

      Good ol’ Pocket Rocket

      • I think 5 today is better than 11 back then. His career was from 1955-75.

        The first 12 years of his career only 6 teams existed. And the end of his career only 18 existed. The league has nearly doubled since the end of his career, and 5 times plus since the start of his career.

        I’m not saying all thing were equal back then. Or now….But I’d rather have a 1 in 6 (16.66%) chance of winning anything over 1-32 (3.125%)

    • George, don’t forget that Red Kelly won his cups in Detroit as a defence man and in Toronto as a centre.
      Not many players, if any, can make that claim.
      Pengy, Bobby Orr is the GOAT – just ask Don Cherry.

      • Yeah – that certainly stands alone – and, in fact, has had me wondering why some teams never try that approach with some of today’s D-men, if only because some show more prowess with their skating and offensive skills than they do with their defense. Names that jump to mind – Gardiner, Barrie, Ristolainen, even Karlsson.

      • Hi George

        The retired (??????) Buff and the big bearded wonder in Sharksville have also played both F & D

      • Derryk Engeland player forward for 1/4 of a season his last year as a Penguin. But Brent Burns was just as good at forward as he is at D.

  6. *****DEBATE**** Does the NHL need to overhaul it’s NHL awards to be more inclusive? A quick glance at the Vezina, Norris, Adams, Richard , Selke , Art Ross they are all Canadians James Norris had duel citizenship was born in Montreal.

    The league has changed more Nationalities then ever before maybe not enough history of other Nationalities to have a trophy named after yet, but at some point i would like to see the awards be more inclusive and retire the other awards to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Norris – Lindtrom
    Richard – Ovenchkin

    Not all trophy need to be renamed but certainly maybe time to review in a few years. I understand the history which is all good unfortunately the history is primary Canadian players and it has evolve to so much more today.

    Is it time to change? If not today i think sometime in the near future it should be consider.

    • Hi Caper

      I wouldn’t say that the trophy names necessarily need to be changed for “inclusivity” reasons ; but more for merit and current relevance

      Yes yes yes to the newly named Lidstrom trophy

      The RR is a relatively new award in honour of the first 50 goal scorer (in an era of fewer games and fewer overall goals)…. it should remain as named for a while

      Re calling it the “Ovi”…. who is a gifted goal scorer no ifs ands or buts … 673 Gs in 15 seasons …. 8 50 G seasons…. however …. my nod would have to go to Bossy …. 9 CONSECUTIVE 50 G seasons and had to retire just after turning 30 due to persistent back problems …. he still got 38 Gs in 63 games that season …. a 50 goal pace with a severely hobbled back

      No back issues ??? With the free wheeling 80’s …. 12 straight 50 G seasons would not have been a stretch.

      His reg season GPG…. 0.752; Ovi’s …. 0.608

      Playoffs … Bossy 0.66 GPG; Ovi …, 0.51

      The Bossy award first handed out in say ‘27 (his 70th BDay that year)??

    • Calder = selanne

      • Chrisms

        Absolutely no argument here on that one

        “…. and the Teemu goes to …..”

        Vez…. Brodeur????

      • Conn Smythe— to be renamed Henri Richard Award

        Vezina — to be eventually renamed “the Bradeur”

        Hart — rename it Orr

        Norris — rename it Lidstrom

        Calder — rename it Selane

        Art Ross – rename it Gretzky

        Selke — eventually the “Bergeron”

        Lady Byng— rename it the “Magic Man” award

        Adams—rename it Polluck

        Rocket Richard —rename it Bossy

  7. What I’ve always thought amazing is that no one ever thought to honour Gordie Howe that way.

    Maybe a new trophy to honour the player best exhibiting a mix of offensive talent with a mean streak. Someone such as Matthew Tkachuk or Brad Marchand.

    • Doubt that flys to well with the way the league is moving.

  8. Babcock has just been fired. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Calgary fire their coach soon as well.

    I mean not 1, but 2 ex flames playing very well on another team…. and Calgary surprisingly bad this year… hmm

    • The fact 2 ex-Flames are playing well for other teams would seem to fall on Treveling – similar to the situation in Toronto where Dubas made their D worse than the year before and did nothing to find – or retain – a suitable goalie back-up.

      so, it becomes the old “cover-your-own-ass” first by firing the coach