NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2019

by | Dec 14, 2019 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Taylor Hall a healthy scratch from Devils-Avalanche game, Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom diagnosed with rare bone cancer, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The Colorado Avalanche’s 3-1 victory over the flailing New Jersey Devils was overshadowed by the Devils making star winger Taylor Hall a healthy scratch for precautionary reasons. That move prompted speculation Hall could be traded soon.

Nathan MacKinnon scored and set up another as the Avalanche are unbeaten in their nine games (8-0-1). Devils goaltender Louis Domingue left the game in the second period with an apparent lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on the Hall trade chatter later this morning in the Rumors section. Looks like there’s a good chance Hall will be moved before the start of the Dec. 19-26 holiday trade freeze.

Max Pacioretty scored in overtime as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Dallas Stars 3-2. Stars captain Jamie Benn tallied in the third period to force the extra frame. Mark Stone collected two assists for the Golden Knights.

Philadelphia Flyers winger Oskar Lindblom diagnosed with bone cancer (Photo via NHL Images).


NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers winger Oskar Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. General manager Chuck Fletcher released a statement indicating Lindblom will miss the rest of the season as he undergoes further testing and treatment.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to the 23-year-old Lindblom for a speedy recovery and resumption of his NHL career.

SPORTNET: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty believes fighting is necessary in hockey. “We need fighting. I know people don’t like it, some of you, but then you’re just going to have all those meatheads running around, little guys being rats out there, and that’s just the way it’s going to go.” He believes players must protect their teammates and themselves.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rules are supposed to protect the players. Unfortunately, the league is doing a poor job enforcing them and setting a good example.

Doughty’s view is shared by many people within the game and those who follow it. I’ve enjoyed a good hockey fight as much as the next fan. However, the growing concern over the short- and long-term effects of head trauma among players is the main reason fighting is trending out of the game.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) was placed on injured reserve.

OTTAWA SUN: A broken finger has sidelined Senators defenseman Dylan DeMelo for a month.


  1. Fighting has entertainment value, but my understanding it’s not necessary in hockey unless the game is played in North Anerica. It doesn’t happen much in European hockey leagues.

    If fighting is a cultural thing, it’s unreasonable to believe that officials who are part of the culture will enforce rules that prohibit it.. It so happens that all NHL officials but one are from North Anerica. While the N:HL is promoting diversity, maybe it should practice it an well by appointing some officials who are not inured to the culture of fighting if it really wants to end fighting.

    A more barbaric but effective solution would be to keep officials out of the matter entirely. There would be far fewer fights if combatants didn’t know that officials would break up the fight before anybody was knocked senseless.

    • Refs enforce the rules of hockey not culture. Ban fighting and refs will implement the rule – even if they are from Saskatchewan.

      • Does that negate Spector’s note, above –”Unfortunately, the league is doing a poor job enforcing (the rules) and setting a good example” ?

      • Saskatchewan sends more players, to the NHL than anywhere else in the world.
        Fun fact: They can both play and fight, and would definitely walk 50 miles to do either.