NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 22, 2019

by | Nov 22, 2019 | News, NHL | 13 comments

The Islanders set a franchise-record points streak, Sheldon Keefe gets his first win as the Leafs’ coach, Claude Giroux has a four-point game, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The New York Islanders extended their points streak to a franchise-record 16 games (15-0-1) with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brock Nelson scored twice (including his second straight overtime tally) while teammate Mathew Barzal collected three assists. Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist scored in his return from injury. Earlier in the day, the Penguins announced Justin Schultz (lower body) and Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery) will be sidelined for a while. Bjugstad could be out for eight weeks.

Sheldon Keefe picked up his first win as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs as they snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen turned aside 30 shots while Auston Matthews netted his 15th goal of the season. Earlier in the day, the Leafs announced Keefe signed a new contract through 2022.

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had a four-point performance in a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo via NHL Images).

Claude Giroux scored twice and set up two others leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, snapping a four-game winless skid. Travis Konecny collected three assists in the victory.

Jordan Binnington had a 40-save shutout and Zach Sanford enjoyed the first four-point performance of his NHL career in a 5-0 blanking of the Calgary Flames. Sanford had a goal and three assists while Oskar Sundqvist tallied two goals. The Flames are winless in their last six games.

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to six games by edging the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Brad Marchand scored twice and goaltender Tuukka Rask made a highlight-reel save with his blocker hand. The Sabres have dropped three straight and have just one victory in their last 10 contests.

An overtime goal by Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad completed a five-goal rally as his club downed the Anaheim Ducks 5-4. Ekblad and Brett Connolly each scored two goals. Ondrej Kase had a goal and an assist for the Ducks. The Panthers have surged into fourth overall in the Eastern Conference.

Third-period goals by Oliver Bjorkstrand, Boone Jenner, and Eric Robinson powered the Columbus Blues Jackets over the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. The Jackets have won four of their last six contests. Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice for the Wings. The Jackets also announced Paul MacLean was joining their coaching staff.

The Vancouver Canucks netted five power-play goals on route to a 6-3 pasting of the Nashville Predators, extending the latter’s winless skid to six. Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom kicked out 45 shots while teammates Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes each collected three points.

Jason Zucker netted the game-winner as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Cale Makar tallied twice for the Avs.

Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Curtis McElhinney made 32 saves as his club held on for a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos left the game with a lower-body injury. The Bolts were also playing without winger Nikita Kucherov, who remains sidelined with an upper-body injury.

The Dallas Stars blew a 3-0 lead but rallied to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3. Jamie Benn tallied the game-winner and Corey Perry picked up three assists for the Stars, who’ve won five straight to sit fourth overall in the Western Conference.

The San Jose Sharks picked up their seventh victory in their last eight games by beating the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1. Logan Couture picked up the winner in overtime. Aaron Dell made 37 saves for the win.

Tyler Toffoli scored twice and Jeff Carter had a three-point night as the Los Angeles Kings thumped the Edmonton Oilers 5-1. Connor McDavid tallied the Oilers’ only goal. Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson returned to the lineup after being sidelined with a broken fibula since their season-opener.


  1. Interesting stat from last night’s Leafs game was the ice-time allotted to the forwards which suggests all 4 lines were being used almost equally throughout. And whereas many were criticizing Babcock for not increasing Matthew’s ice-time from his seasonal average of around 20:00, last night he played 17:42 while Tavares was reduced to 15:49.

  2. If you watched a game , there was actually a different system already being played.
    Babcock was the first phase and he did well.
    We will see how it goes , I thought last night was picture day. Couldn’t knock the smiles off their faces.
    Like that there was more attention to defense with a back check

    • Give it time the sucks on the team and there are a few will be pouting about something in no time

    • Pretty much the same system.
      The forwards looked free to jump in on transition.
      F1 was late and F3 was headed too low on most entries.

      But……..you’re right.
      It did look like picture day.

  3. I am not surprised at all at the Leafs win. They do have talent and are all now on the hot seat because the coach can no longer be held responsible in anyway for a loss. A loss would have landed squarely on the players shoulders. I predict another win tonight for the same reason. The real test will come soon enough when the players get more comfortable with the coach and the league gets more familiar with the new Leafs game plan.

    • I bet they don’t win tonight…hard to win on a night you don’t have a game.

      • We all win when the leafs don’t have a game.

      • Boom.

    • Leafs looked good. You could see the baggage was gone. From here on if the NHL standings were the Billboard charts it will be the Leafs with the bullet beside their name.

      • Lol they were luck not to be down 3 after one! The defence is terrible leaf fans have to atleast admit that

      • Sit tight big bad Bruins but remember this exchange. The switch has been flipped. Look out

      • Ya remember it! Just like you remember if you can the last time the leafs won a playoff series! This team isn’t a cup contender maybe playoffs but not cup! You leaf fans have been saying the future is bright since 67 it’s getting old when you when atleast a series than you can say you are improving

  4. Not A Babcock Fan At All But When He Came On Board, The TML Team Was A Disaster & Under His Direction, They Made Huge Strides Forward. They Went From Tank Job Specialists To 100 pt+ Seasons.

    Yes, Boston Kicked Them To The Curb But Guess What, Boston Is Still Doing That To Multiple Teams.

    Lets Look Forward To Kyle’s New Coach Letting A Young Team Do What They Do Best:

    Ya There Are Problems For Sure But Now, The Focus Of Long Term Failure Is Clearly On Both Dubas & Shanny Too So Lets Just See Where They Stand Come Trade Deadline Day