NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 22, 2019

by | Dec 22, 2019 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Blake Wheeler sets franchise record, Jack Eichel extends his points streak, team captains selected for 2020 NHL All-Star Game, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler became his club’s all-time leading scorer in a 6-0 drubbing of the Minnesota Wild. Wheeler scored and picked up an assist to surpass Ilya Kovalchuk with 616 points. Connor Hellebuyck picked up the shutout with 31 saves, Patrik Laine scored two goals, and Josh Morrissey had three assists.

Blake Wheeler surpassed Ilya Kovalchuk as the Winnipeg Jets’ all-time scorer in a 6-0 rout of the Minnesota Wild (Photo via NHL Images).

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel returned to the lineup and collected an assist in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Eichel’s points streak stretched to 18 games, though he missed Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury. Sabres winger Sam Reinhart collected two assists.

Jakob Silfverberg tallied the game-winner in a shootout as the Anaheim Ducks edged the New York Islanders 6-5. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf missed the game with an illness. Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy scored and set up two others. Before the game, the Isles revealed forward Cal Clutterbuck is sidelined indefinitely following wrist surgery.

Riley Sheahan’s third-period goal lifted the Edmonton Oilers over the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Josh Archibald each had a goal and an assist. Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry had a goal and two helpers.

Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis’ overtime goal gave his club a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins, who’ve won just once in their last nine contests. Predators captain Roman Josi and Bruins center Patrice Bergeron each scored twice. Predators forwards Viktor Arvidsson and Mikael Granlund returned to the lineup following long absences due to injuries.

Goaltender Michael Hutchinson picked up his first win of the season backstopping the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings. Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman each scored twice for the Leafs. Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha left the game in the third period following a slew-foot by Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin.

The Philadelphia Flyers needed a shootout goal by Sean Couturier to get past the Ottawa Senators 5-4. James van Riemsdyk tallied twice for the Flyers while Senators forward Tyler Ennis also scored two goals.

The Washington Capitals picked up their 10th win in their last 12 games by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Dmitry Orlov broke a 1-1 tie in the third with the winning goal. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov picked up his 200th career goal.

Florida Panthers netminder Chris Driedger kicked out 42 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Jonathan Huberdeau and Brian Boyle each collected two points, as did Hurricanes winger Nino Niederreiter. Carolina center Erik Haula returned to action after missing 15 games with a knee injury.

The Columbus Blue Jackets rolled to a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Blue Jackets winger Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the game’s first two goals before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Boone Jenner and Seth Jones each collected two assists.

Four unanswered third-period goals powered the Chicago Blackhawks over the Colorado Avalanche 5-3. Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists while Patrick Kane netted his 20th goal of the season. Matt Calvert scored twice for the Avalanche. Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks placed winger Brandon Saad (ankle) on injured reserve.

J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson each had a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Earlier in the day, the Canucks revealed winger Josh Leivo will be sidelined two-to-three months with a fractured knee cap.

St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo tallied twice to lead his club over the San Jose Sharks 5-2. Teammate Jaden Schwartz scored and set up two others.

The divisional captains for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game (as voted by the fans) were revealed yesterday. Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid will captain the Pacific Division for the fourth straight year. Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak is captain of the Atlantic Division, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon will captain the Central Division, and Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin is captain of the Metropolitan Division.


  1. Matt Murray started in goal for the Penguins in the loss vs. the Canucks.

    • Hi Speed Kills

      Yep, but that loss is not on him; two PP goals (0ne a 5 on 3) that he had absolutely no chance on and a third ping ponging off three surfaces and another was a bang-bang play with no one covering Pettersson infront of net

      Thanks to idiot JJ …. Pens had to try and kill off a super long 5 on 3…. a fair portion of the 5 on 3 had been killed and still 0-0 …. JJ gets puck and has time but instead of shooting down the boards and wasting 15 seconds on 5 on 3 at re-entry AND allowing for a change of new defenders ….

      …. JJ decides to shoot straight up the ice directly into a Cannuck and then trips him for good measure …. then much longer 5 on 3…. goal and then still 5 on 4 to kill…. another goal

      ….if he gets the puck down the boards and ice …. I certainly don’t see 2 goals happening and maybe even none on that extended PP

      JJ then killed 4 (yes 4 ) onslaught opportunities for Pens when they were seriously pressing and had Cannucks hemmed in their own end …. 4 times he failed to keep the puck in …. all 4 were instances where he was not pressured (3 of them he shot and/or passed right into the body or stick of an opponent who then easily got it out

      I hadn’t counted on a victory and they have been doing well despite the serious injury hampering… but this loss in no way is on Murray

    • What do you expect when 2 of your 3 best dmen are on the LTIR? Any other team would have fallen off the map with a similar injury situation. Jack goddamn Johnson is playing top pair minutes!!!!!! And they are still winning more games than they lose. If the Penguins get healthy by the playoffs the rest of the league is in trouble. The last time they were the fastest team in the league they won 2 cups. They have blistering speed all throughout the lineup.

  2. Muzzin made a clean check, Mantha came and put his fists in Muzzin’s face . They started wrestling, Muzzin twisted Mantha threw him to the ice.
    There was no slew foot but maybe bias reporting .
    Mantha is 6’5 and 235 lbs.
    But it’s Muzzin’s fault for throwing a clean hit.
    Gee I guess it was terrible what kerfoot did to Anthanseau as well.

    • Cry much, Vinster?

  3. Just finished watching last night’s Canucks-Pens tilt. Two observations about the Penguins: Galchenyuk was virtually invisible for the entire contest, and McCann has found a home there.

    • Galchenyuk is on the trade block.

      • 🙏🤞

        Waste of $4.9 M

        He’s not killing Pens like JJ but he is doing absolutely nothing for the team

    • When healthy I want JMac and Blueger as my bottom 6 centres. I would like to try Bjugstad on Malkins wing. Something like
      Guentzel Crosby Simon
      Bjugstad Malkin Rust
      Kahun McCann Tanev
      ZAR Blueger Galchenyuk
      That’s a pretty good bottom 6.