NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2019

by | Dec 23, 2019 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Taylor Hall tallies his first goal with the Coyotes, Alex Ovechkin non-committal about attending 2020 All-Star Game, the latest on Zdeno Chara and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Taylor Hall scored his first goal with the Arizona Coyotes in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. He now has points in each of his first three games with the Coyotes. Clayton Keller scored twice and picked up an assist while Oliver Ekman-Larsson had three assists.

Taylor Hall has three points in as many games with the Arizona Coyotes (Photo via NHL Images).

Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard gave up five goals on 45 shots in his first game since being sidelined by a groin injury on Nov. 27. Teammate Anthony Mantha missed the game as he’s sidelined at least a week with an upper-body injury suffered against Toronto on Saturday. Wings forward Robby Fabbri was fined over $2,400.00 for spearing Maple Leafs center Alexander Kerfoot.

Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm led the Calgary Flames to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Tkachuk scored a goal and set up two others while Lindholm collected three assists as the Flames went three-for-five on the power play.

The New York Rangers snapped a three-game losing skid by dumping the depleted Anaheim Ducks 5-1. Chris Kreider scored twice for the Rangers while Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist. Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg were sidelined by illness while Rickard Rakell missed the game with an upper-body injury.

Vegas Golden Knight goalie Malcolm Subban made 37 saves in a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. William Karlsson picked up to assists as the Golden Knights are unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1). The free-falling Sharks have just one victory in their last 10 games (1-8-1).


NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is honored to be voted captain of the Metropolitan Division for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25. However, he’s non-committal on his participation.

“We’ll see,” he said when asked if he would go. “It’s lots of games to play. I’m going to do the best for my health and for the playoffs and I have to be healthy for the most important games moving forward.” Ovechkin opted to skip the 2019 All-Star game and received a league-mandated one-game suspension.

Ovechkin and teammate Tom Wilson posted tweets yesterday honoring Capitals superfan Alex Luey, who passed away yesterday following a three-year battle with cancer. Luey was 13 years old.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Luey’s family and friends, and to the Capitals organization.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss today’s game against the Capitals due to a scheduled procedure related to his broken jaw suffered during last spring’s Stanley Cup Final.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets winger Oliver Bjorkstrand will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a rib/cartilage contusion and oblique strain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bjorkstrand joins a growing list of sidelined Jackets. Among them are Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky, Josh Anderson and David Savard.

TSN: Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin will return to action tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. He’s been sidelined by a concussion since Nov. 2.


  1. It would appear that San Jose, who has fallen to the bottom, will either repeat last year’s feat by St. Louis or, given their payroll, accomplish one of the biggest collapses in NHL history.

    Last season it took 90 points to make a WC spot in the West and San Jose, currently at a .472 possible points pace, needs 56 points the rest of the way to get there … or a .636 clip. But the way things are shaping up in that Conference, all indications are that 90 points won’t do it this season … likely more close to 98 – which was the cut-off in the East. An indication of that is Nashville, the other team from last year’s playoffs in the West currently on the outside looking in. They presently sit at .571 and, needing 50 points to reach 90, could get there with a drop to ,532 the rest of the way.

    If 98 does become the new cut-off, San Jose would need 64 from here on, or a .727 pace – AND climb over 7 team to get there. Nashville would then need to up their pace to .617. Still very doable in their case … but then it raises the question, which of the current playoff teams would need to fall out – St. Louis, Colorado, Winnipeg, Arizona, Vegas, Edmonton and Wild Card teams Dallas and Calgary?

  2. Yes we know George, Ottawa has their pick.
    With that pick they will pick Alexander Daigle or maybe Bryan Berard. Chris Phillips would be a game changer.

    • Merry Christmas Vinnie!

      • Merry Christmas Ray. Hope you enjoy the season.

  3. Or other notable recent 1st round selections. Jared Cowan, Stefen Noesen, Matt Puempel , Cody Ceci, Curtis Lazar , Shane Bowers , Bowen Byram, and that’s just some of the misses since Door Knob Dorion came along
    Oh ya , Zibanejad for Brassard. Lol

    • How about drafting Tyler Biggs or better yet trading a first round pick to get rid of a contract lmao

    • You got em vinnie! Now real em in!

  4. What a crazy game in Toronto!

  5. Tom Wilson running around giving cheap shots oh right Chara not playing.

    • He’s a handful, that one.