NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2019
Game recaps, Flames GM Treliving addresses his club’s recent woes, the latest on the Predators and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Two third-period goals by Jared McCann and John Marino within 25 seconds of each other lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry made 36 saves while teammate Jake Guentzel also scored. Taylor Hall tallied for the Devils, who remain one point above last-place Detroit in the Eastern Conference.
Logan Brown’s first career NHL goal proved to be the game-winner in the Ottawa Senators’ 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Thomas Chabot, and Anthony Duclair each had two points. It was the Senators’ third straight victory, putting them within three points of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Senators played without Vladislav Namestnikov, who’s sidelined for a week with a tailbone injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duclair is off to the best start of his NHL career. With 10 goals and 15 points, he’s second among the Senators’ leading scorers. If he maintains this pace of production, he’ll exceed the career-high output of his rookie season (20 goals, 44 points) in 2015-16.
CALGARY SUN: Don’t expect Flames general manager Brad Treliving to do anything rash to address his club’s current slump. Instead, he shouldered the blame for the Flames’ performance, insisting he still believes in this group.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That belief will be put to the test in the coming weeks. If the Flames don’t snap out of their funk soon, Treliving will face growing pressure to do something (coaching change, trade) to shake things up.
THE TENNESSEAN: Speaking of struggling teams, it may be time to worry about the Nashville Predators. They’ve dropped six in a row and are a frustrated bunch right now. The goaltending’s shaky, the defense porous and the offense almost non-existent. Asked about his job security, head coach Peter Laviolette claimed he wasn’t under pressure from management to turn things around.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Predators GM David Poile’s been in this business long enough not to panic over a losing skid. He’s also not blind to the issues currently plaguing his club. Poile appears to have faith in Laviolette to fix things but won’t hesitate to make a move if the losing continues. He has a recent history of swinging notable in-season deals well before the February trade deadline.
Nick Backstrom (upper body, day to day) is out vs VAN tomorrow. Nic Dowd (hand, IR) will also not play tomorrow.
Christian Djoos is likely not in the lineup tomorrow, per Reirden.
Holtby in net vs VAN.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) November 22, 2019
WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres placed defenseman John Gilmour on waivers after activating Zach Bogosian from injured reserve.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers activated Scoutt Laughton off long-term injured reserve and placed Nolan Patrick on LTIR.