NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 2, 2019

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Mikko Koivu plays the hero in a milestone game, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl reach 50 points, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu celebrated his 1,000th career NHL game by scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars. He also collected an assist for his 700th career point. The Wild are 6-0-3 in their last 10 games.

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu collected his 700th point in his 1,000th career game (Photo via NHL Images).

Edmonton Oilers stars Connor McDavid (two assists) and Leon Draisaitl (two goals) became the first players to reach 50 points this season in a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. McDavid sits atop the NHL scoring race with 51 points, with Draisaitl right behind him. Oilers defenseman Matt Benning left the game after being hit in the head by a puck.

David Pastrnak tallied his league-leading 25th goal as the Boston Bruins downed the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. The Habs are now winless in eight games.


Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, and Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane are the NHL’s three stars for November 2019. Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was named rookie of the month.

THE SCORE: Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi and Stars defenseman Julius Honka are ineligible to play the remainder of this NHL season. The two restricted free agents were still unsigned by yesterday’s 5 pm ET deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars were reportedly working on trading Honka’s rights before yesterday’s deadline. I expect their rights will be traded in the off-season.

SPORTSNET: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski will miss the next four weeks with a shoulder injury.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins blueliner Brian Dumoulin will be sidelined at least eight weeks following surgery to repair lacerated tendons in his left ankle.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens Hall-of-Famer Guy Lafleur underwent surgery on Thursday to remove a lobe from one of his lungs. Lafleur was coming off quadruple bypass surgery in late September. The procedure went well and he’s under observation in the hospital before returning home to continue his recovery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Lafleur for a speedy convalescence.

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  1. Another MASSIVE blow to the Pens…. now with 32 % of their Cap off injured right now

    Dumo has been their best D-man all year…. certainly not a point producer (1 & 6 in 23 GP) but an extremely solid D-Man . He is tied for 3rd in league for +/-

    Now Pens have but 4 NHL calibre D-Men (Tanger , Pettersson , Marino , and Riikola) …. and those not named Tanger have less than 200 NHL games between them (and Pettersson at 23, has 133 of those!!!)

    Pens are in serious danger now ….. before it was an idiotic choice to play JJ and Ruhweedel ; now at least 1 and probably both … will be “forced” to play…. a cataclysmic impact on Pens

    My guess is Sid returns for 27/12 game and with the upcoming schedule and playing both JJ and Ruhweedel until Sid returns could very well mean no more than 4 more game points until then …. 36 points with 45 games remaining … Pens would need at least a 680 clip just to get last WC spot

    GMJR must must must make a move

    Yesterday I jested with a massive multi-asset trade with NJ that netted Hall & Vats. Of course that many assets in one trade happen ….. hmmmm ….. never

    …… but this is critical time now

    GMJR for sure should at least call McQ to see if he’ll play… it’s just a phone call Jimbo!!!

    That doesn’t work … call Methot ; and if all else fails … Phaneuf

    These guys at most will cost $1M (annual) and will sign without a NM clause …. so no harm no foul … can always waive them and send to WBS when team healthy again

    All 3 (yes even slow footed Dion) are massive upgrades to JJ or Ruhweedel and to a lesser extent ; Trottman

    Jimbo …. spend a couple of hours on the phone and see what it takes …. they all say no …. then on to plan B (*trade)

    If any say yes ….. that’s a dramatic upgrade in D and no assets given up

    Until one of those calls are successful OR you can pull off a *trade…. the D will need to be

    Tanger Pettersson

    Marino Riikola

    Trottman Czuzman

    *Under absolutely NO circumstances do you trade Jarry