NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2019
The Blues down the Oilers, the Rangers thump the Red Wings, the Blues and Wings swing a trade plus the latest on Auston Matthews, Bryan Little, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues picked up their sixth straight win by downing the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and two assists while Jake Allen made 32 saves for the win. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had two points for the Oilers.
Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 35 shots backstopping the New York Rangers to a 5-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings. Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Pavel Buchnevich and Tony DeAngelo collected two points each. The Wings dropped their fourth straight game and have just four victories in 17 games.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Bryan Little needed 25-30 stitches and spent the night in a neurological ward after getting hit in the head by a Nikolaj Ehlers slapshot in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils. The Jets released a statement indicating Little was alert at all times and in good spirits on Wednesday.
TSN: A trial readiness conference will be held on Nov. 27 between Arizona prosecutors and attorneys representing Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews. He faces a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge related to an incident last May in Scottsdale, Arizona.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes center Erik Haula is listed as day-to-day with an issue related to his surgically repaired right knee.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils rookie Jack Hughes signed an endorsement deal with Gatorade.
THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings traded center Jacob De La Rose to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for winger Robby Fabbri.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both players struggled to earn permanent roster spots with their former clubs.
De La Rose is a versatile checking-line forward who can play center or wing. With the Blues adjusting to the absence of winger Vladimir Tarasenko to shoulder surgery, De La Rose will likely play a fourth-line role in St. Louis.
Fabbri is a former first-round pick (21st overall in the 2014 draft) whose promising career was hampered by knee, groin, and shoulder injuries. A frequent healthy scratch with the Blues this season, Fabbri will get an opportunity for playing time with the struggling Red Wings.
CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets assigned goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to their AHL affiliate in Cleveland.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of my readers asked if this move was in anticipation of the Jackets acquiring a more experienced goaltender. Looks like this move is simply to give Merzlikins more playing time. He appeared in just four games this season.