NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 10, 2019

by | Dec 10, 2019 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Game recaps, the league is introducing measures to address abusive behavior, the three stars of the week, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Sean Monahan’s overtime goal lifted the Calgary Flames to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche overcame a 4-2 deficit to force the extra frame. The Flames are 6-0-1 in their last seven games, and 5-0-0 under new coach Geoff Ward. The Avalanche’s winning streak ended at six games. Colorado defenseman Cale Makar missed the game with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Brock Nelson scored twice as the New York Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 (Photo via NHL Images).

Two third-period goals by Brock Nelson powered the New York Islanders over the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1. Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves for the Isles, handing the Lightning their fourth loss in their last five home games. Anders Lee and Josh Bailey each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who are the third team to reach 20 wins this season. The Isles played without defenseman Nick Leddy, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Lightning center Tyler Johnson missed the game with a lower-body injury. The Lightning sit 12th overall in the Eastern Conference.

Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Joonas Korpisalo kicked out 37 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets upset the league-leading Washington Capitals 5-2. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist in his first game since Nov. 18, while teammate Alex Ovechkin tallied his 21st goal of the season. The Jackets snapped a four-game losing skid.

The Ottawa Senators upset the Boston Bruins by a score of 5-2. Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson turned aside 38 shots while Anthony Duclair scored twice and set up another. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron scored in his first game since Nov. 23. Linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had two assists. Earlier in the day, the Senators placed goaltender Craig Anderson (knee injury) on injured reserve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like Duclair is settling in nicely in his first full season with the Senators. His 15 goals and 22 points are his second-highest single-season totals since his 20-goal, 44-point rookie campaign in 2015-16. At his current pace, the 24-year-old could reach 40 goals and 60 points.


NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league will implement a four-point action plan to raise awareness among players and coaches following several weeks of accusations of alleged abusive behavior by certain coaches. “Our message is unequivocal,” said Bettman. “We will not tolerate abusive behavior of any kind.”

As per TSN, “The NHL plans to establish an anonymous hotline for players and team personnel to report inappropriate conduct; coaches and management will participate in mandatory annual training on inclusion and harassment; inappropriate conduct will result in discipline from teams, the league or both; and the NHL put all 32 franchises “on notice” that failure to report inappropriate conduct in the future will result in “severe discipline.”

Bettman also said the league with work with the NHL Players Association and the NHL Coaches’ Association in the creation of these plans.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The recent allegations were a black eye for the league, forcing it to take proactive measures to confront and address the issues. It’ll be interesting to see how effective these new programs will be, what kinks will need to be worked out, and the impact upon the relationship between coaches and players going forward.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry, and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 8.

PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers winger Travis Konecny is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion while teammate Philippe Myers left practice yesterday with back spasms.

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO: The Blackhawks placed winger Andrew Shaw (concussion) on injured reserve backdated to Nov. 30.

The NHL department of player safety fined New York Rangers winger Brendan Lemieux $2,000.00 for elbowing Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Glass.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings placed defenseman Madison Bowey on waivers.


  1. You have to start wondering if the clock is going to start ticking soon on Jon Cooper in Tampa the way they’ve been sputtering so far this season.

    I mean, it’s not like they’re fast fading out of sight, just 6 points back of a wild card spot and 3 behind Buffalo in their division – and with 3 games in hand (in fact, they have games in hand on everybody to some degree having played the fewest games (28) in the conference).

    But with that roster at what point are they observed as under-achieving? Kucherov, for example, you expect to see up near the top of the scoring list – not 16th. Is Point spluttering along because he’s yet another example of the dangers of missing training camp over contract hassles?

    For the most part Vasilevsky has been doing his job with a 2.91 gaa and 0.907 save % – but the normally reliable McElhiney at back-up is having a brutal season – 3.62 gaa and 0.898 save % – including last night when he gave up 5 goals on 24 shots to the Islanders.

    If not Cooper losing his job, will BrisBois pull the trigger on a trade to shake them out of their funk?

  2. Anyone wondering why officiating sucks so bad? They are an afterthought. They should be included in the abuse training just the same. There are officials who have been accused in the past of similar taunts. There are unprofessional officials who after 10 years still say Phoenix penalty rather than Arizona penalty which is disrespectful, there are officials who abuse their on ice status and use it against certain players too. To exclude them from it just means you haven’t thought thru what you are doing

  3. Dallas fires Jim Montgomery for “unprofessional conduct” Ok, and wasn’t it Jim Lites who publicly called out his players (with profanity) in the media?