NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2019

by | Nov 30, 2019 | News, NHL | 21 comments

Bill Peters resigns as Flames head coach, game recaps, injury updates and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

CALGARY SUN: Bill Peters resigned yesterday as head coach of the Flames. The club had been investigating allegations of racism and abuse against Peters by former players earlier in his coaching career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think anyone’s surprised over Peters’ departure in the wake of the allegations against him. If he hadn’t resigned, he likely would’ve been fired by the Flames. Perhaps his downfall will eradicate such behavior, leading to an overdue change in hockey culture that aligns with today’s changing society. Time will tell. Hockey, and especially the NHL, tends to be conservative and resistant to change.

NHL.COM: David Krejci’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. The Bruins have won six straight games, extended their points streak to 10 games, and are unbeaten in regulation at home (10-0-4). Bruins winger Brad Marchand wasn’t pleased about a concussion spotter pulling from the first half of the third period after running into a raised elbow by Rangers blueliner Jacob Trouba late in the second period. “Maybe next time he’ll pull his head out of his butt and watch the game. I skated into his elbow, but [I was] fine,” said Marchand, who later tweeted an apology for his remarks.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had a four-point performance in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks (Photo via NHL Images).

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored and set up three others in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Teammate J.T. Compher had a three-point night. Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored to extend his points streak to 10 games, but teammate Duncan Keith was sidelined with a groin injury.

A four-goal third period powered the Minnesota Wild to a 7-2 drubbing of the Ottawa Senators. Luke Kunin, Ryan Hartman, Eric Staal, and Jason Zucker were the scorers in the final frame. The Wild have overcome their poor start to this season, moving to .500 on the season (26 points in 26 games) and within three points of a wild-card berth in the Western Conference.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel scored twice and set up another to lead up club over the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4. John Tavares tallied twice for the Leafs, who dropped their first game under new coach Sheldon Keefe after winning three straight.

Dmity Orlov’s overtime goal gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Caps overcame a 3-1 deficit on goals by Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin to force the extra period. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov collected three assists. Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos returned to the lineup from a lower-body injury, but defenseman Braydon Coburn left the game with a lower-body injury.

The Vegas Golden Knights edged the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on a shootout goal by Alex Tuch, who also scored in regulation. Goaltender Malcolm Subban made 35 saves for the win. The Golden Knights were playing without starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, whose father passed away Wednesday in Quebec.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Fleury and his family.

Gustav Nyquist’s hat trick carried the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. Nick Foligno also scored twice for the Jackets, who’ve won five of their last seven contests.

Ryan O’Reilly scored the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1. O’Reilly and David Perron each collected two points on the night. Earlier in the day, the Stars placed Joel Hanley on waivers.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 24 shots to shut out the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine each collected two assists. Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov left the game with an upper-body injury.

Erik Karlsson picked up two assists and Martin Jones made 33 saves as the San Jose Sharks downed the Los Angeles Kings 4-1. Sharks forward Noah Gregor tallied his first career NHL goal.

The Philadelphia Flyers picked up their third straight win by crushing the Detroit Red Wings 6-1. Jakub Voracek had three assists for the Flyers. The Wings have dropped eight straight contests. Wing blueliner Mike Green returned to the lineup from an upper-body injury while goaltender Jimmy Howard was placed on injured reserve.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne turned aside 31 shots to blank the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.

SPORTSNET: Montreal Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin revealed he suffered a torn tendon in his left wrist during a Nov. 15 game against the Washington Capitals. He underwent surgery on Nov. 18 and is currently sidelined for eight weeks.


  1. The nhl may be resistant to change but maybe that in itself is changing. I think more of this stuff is going to come out. And when we look back at what might have been the catalyst? The firing of don cherry. Like lancing a boil.

    • Absolutely agree on the Don Cherry comment Chrisms.

  2. I, for one, will not be surprised to learn that Peters will eventually be sued in civil court for his actions

    • Hi Joey

      Was thinking the same but then I tried to rationalize what the claim would be and proof needed in court

      The offensive language he used is reprehensible and gut wrenching but I’m not sure he could be sued successfully for that

      Now, if Akim can prove that Peters effectively de-railed his NHL career path (and therefore $’s)…. then that’s a lawsuit …. proving the cause and net effect will be difficult though

      To me …. the kick and punch potential lawsuit just might be more successful

      I’m no lawyer by any stretch…. but I’m just thinking that it might be an uphill battle to be successful in a suit …. and if you fail at a suit … you’re on the hook for the legal fees for the winning side

      Can they settle it in a gym ring bare knuckles ?????

      • Pengy I think a lot depends on the outcome of Akim’s meeting with the NHL and what they decide .

        The apology from Peters yesterday was written for him by a lawyer in typical disingenuous legal fashion for a very good reason so there something coming.

        Just what I don’t know but assault is just that; as you say the kicking and the punching which has all been verified too.

        Akim may or may not of had his pro hockey life ruined by Peters but Akim has in turn returned the favor so It will be interesting to see what unfolds moving forward.

      • With you Joey

        Interested to see the formal NHL outcome/response

        Re Akim returning the favour … agree … but there will be no secessful counter-suit (if a suit by Akim starts) by Peters

        This last couple of weeks in hickey truly have been “game-changers”

    • Hi Joey, I do not see this as being a case of someone suing, but of someone seeking to bring light to a social injustice issue, but only time will tell. As someone else mentioned, a decodes old charge might prove difficult to prove in a civil suit. Much more important to protect future players from this sort of abuse by making it more visible.

      • Rock, U could be right but much of what happens next depends on how the NHL itself see’s all this and what, if anything, they deem as a valid complaint with or without legal repercussions.

        The apology by Peters was written by a lawyer on his behalf so exactly what Peters is expecting coming at him remains to be seen; but it appears he is expecting something.

        Rock, assault is assault. Peters, was in a position of power over his players; and since his abuse was verified by other teammates, he used his power and influence in a willful destructive manner towards a player.

        We don’t know the effect it had on Akim’s psyche or career but we do know. that in the real world, if you kick and punch somebody, you could be both charged and if convicted, successfully sued in civil court.

        Just saying

  3. It appears as though Ron Francis is going to go with the often tried plan of “ignore it and hope it goes away”.

  4. To The Flower and family

    Condolences on the loss of your father.

    Lost my Dad 2 years ago and I’m still deeply saddened


    • My condolences to you mr pengy.

      • Thanks

    • Sorry to hear Pengy…lost mine back in ’92. Kinda weird but I still have the odd dream of him just walking through the front door like nothing happened.

      • Thanks very much

        It’s weird at times I might be driving and have something on my mind and think “I have to ask Dad about that”… takes a couple of seconds to click in

    • My condolences, Pengy.

      • Thanks

  5. Now, does Peter’s ever coach again in the NHL?

    • FD that’s a great question. Today society is very different then the one i grew up in.

      Reality is more criticism and attention was given to Peters over his decade old racial slur then his more recent physical abuse to his players. Almost to the point were the physical abuse was acceptable.

      Ian Mendez tweeted that maybe NHL teams will do a BETTER job vetting in the future before they hire a coach.

      I wonder if Peters had of came out right from the beginning and said “I did say that and i was 100% wrong, it’s not one of my prouder moments I’m embarrassed by it and i have grown as a person, I have reached out to MR Aliu and personally apologize to him and i can’t begin to understand how my actions impacted this young man who was just trying to make a career in the NHL, with that said i have taken actions to better myself and have enrolled in a sensitivity program.”

      My concern over Mendez tweet if gives a tone that no one should be allow to coach in the NHL if they made mistakes in the pass. I don’t agree with that statement and certainly don’t believe you should be pay i lifetime penalty for what happened before.

      The NHL need to make a decision suspend Peters for two years, must enroll in said courses before he is able to be hired in any capacity in the NHL.

      Craig Mactavish killed a young girl while drinking and driving yet he coached in the NHL.

      People have comment but that was a different time and he learn and moved on.

      How far back is one going to go back? If it’s a recent story by all means but if your going to start going back 15 to 20 years ago and what point do we realize people might have changed from when said incident has taken place and have grown as a person.

      “stick and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” Has there ever been a statement that was so far from the truth.

      Sticks and stones will break my bones and leave me black and blue, they’ll heal. Calling me names leaves an invisible mark that will only i will feel.

      • This, is a very, very good post.

      • Great post Caper. If he goes through the proper avenues, I do believe he can coach in the Nhl again. Although a horrible thing to have happened aswell as very public and humiliating for both parties, all this can change someone for the better going forward.

      • Well said, Caper.