NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 5, 2019

by | Dec 5, 2019 | News, NHL | 3 comments

John Carlson leads the Capitals over the Kings, Evander Kane and Ryan Johansen fined, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Washington Capitals defenseman scored twice, including his 100th career NHL goal, in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Carlson has 42 points in 30 games this season. The Capitals have won five straight games.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson tallied his 100th career NHL goal (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Face Off Hockey Show host Scotty Wazz points out Carlson is on pace to become the first defenseman since Ray Bourque (1993-94) to exceed 90 points in a season. He’s currently on track for 115 points.

The Ottawa Senators snapped a five-game losing streak by upsetting the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. Tyler Ennis led the way for the Senators with a goal and two assists. The Senators held Oilers captain Connor McDavid off the score sheet while Leon Draisaitl was limited to an assist.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not easy to contain McDavid and Draisaitl. Any team that can have a chance of beating the Oilers.

Tristan Jarry had a 28-save shutout performance backstopping the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Pittsburgh defenseman Jack Johnson (illness) joined Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Bryan Rust, Nick Bjugstad, Brian Dumoulin and Justin Schultz on the sidelines. The Penguins are 7-0-2 in their last nine home games.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer kicked out 38 shots to down the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. Nathan MacKinnon tallied a goal and picked up an assist for the Avs. During the game, Avs center and former Leaf Nazem Kadri was honored with a video tribute by the Leafs and a nice ovation from Toronto fans.


NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane was fined $5,000.00 by the NHL’s department of player safety for elbowing Washington Capitals defenseman Radko Gudas on Tuesday.

TSN: Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen also received a $5,000.00 fine for elbowing Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point on Tuesday.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon is expected to miss two weeks with an upper-body injury. Captain Mikko Koivu is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

SPORTSNET: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler will be sidelined at least two weeks with an upper-body injury.

CBS SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl (finger) is on injured reserve.

The Winnipeg Jets claimed forward Nick Shore off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

STAR-TRIBUNE.COM: A Minnesota judge ruled former NHL player Mark Pavelich is mentally ill and dangerous, ordering him committed to a secure treatment facility. Another hearing is scheduled in February to determine if he’ll be committed for an indefinite period.

Pavelich, a member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” US Olympic team, faced criminal charges for beating a friend with a metal pole following a fishing trip. His family is convinced he’s suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy related to repeated concussions during his NHL career.


  1. I missed the intros , anthem etc and turned on the TV just in time to see the drop of the puck for the Pens game

    It was a changed team ; zip; confidence ; happy

    As it got into a couple of minutes I wondered what the difference was …. slowly I realized ….. happiness of all happiness …. no JJ

    At first I thought it was finally Sully having an epiphany or that maybe he reviewed the previous game’s video and saw JJ costing 3 goals and almost 3 more…. then I heard that JJ was off sick

    I do not wish for anybody at all to be sick . However no that he is off sick…. Sully ….. please give him a month to fully recover . Please …. all Pittsburgh pharmacies , be out of antibiotics and vitamin C; and grocery stores out of chicken soup

    The opponents were the same; and Pens down valuable forwards

    The difference …. no JJ

    Yes , you can say Jarry played great… and he did. However he had good sightlines throughout the game (was not consistently fully eclipsed by JJ) and didn’t have a d-man continually leave his man in front of the net to join his D partner in his D partner’s corner (who was already engaged with the puck carrier) allowing the open forward to pound pucks at the goalie when the puck came free

    D Breakout passes were on target ; and unforced icing diminished substantially from last game

    The PK w/o JJ …. wow !!!!!

    This was a huge difference

    Sat …. 26:39 of JJ …. directly responsible for two goals ; partially responsible for another ; fully responsible for many other high risk chances ; many many breakouts ruined; unforced icings; full eclipses of goalie ;
    The list goes on…. Pens lose 5-2 even though they out shot StL …. and NO … that loss was not Murray’s fault …. if you stretch it … you can lay blame for 1 GA on Murray

    Last night …. JJ 0:00 minutes …. Jarry sees shots; not exposed to uncovered Blues in front of net; breakout passes crisp; team plays with confidence and not on pins and needles (every time JJ is on the ice)

    GMJR … the power is with you …. you can put in the paperwork for JJ on LTIR ….. taking him out of the line-up until after Christmas

    You can just say … ooops , sorry clerical error … rules are clear … it can’t be reversed ; no skin off JJ …. gets a break and full pay …. and team has massive burdened lifted …. chances of wins …. absolutely skyrocket


    Rant over

    Off to do my Happy Dance

    • I’m happy for you, Pengy.😀

      • Thanks ShoreOrrPark