NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 9, 2019

by | Dec 9, 2019 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Mark Scheifele reaches a career milestone, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Mark Scheifele scored twice, including the game-winner, to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Scheifele also reached his 400th career NHL point. Earlier in the day, the Ducks announced winger Nick Ritchie will be sidelined six-to-ten weeks with a sprained knee.

Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele picked up his 400th career points in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images).

Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves backstopping his club to a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Keith Yandle, Aaron Ekblad, and Frank Vatrano each collected two points. Before the game, the Sharks announced defenseman Radim Simek will miss the next two weeks as he undergoes a minor knee procedure.

Alexandar Georgiev turned in a 38-save shutout as the New York Rangers downed the Vegas Golden Knights 5-0. Artemi Panarin, Jacob Trouba, and Ryan Strome each picked up two points. Golden Knights rookie Cody Glass left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury.

The Arizona Coyotes overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to edge the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Conor Garland tallied the winner in a shootout. Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner made 44 saves while Jonathan Toews had three points in a losing cause.

Colin Miller scored in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres nipped the Edmonton Oilers 3-2. The Oilers overcame a 2-0 deficit to force the extra frame. Oilers stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were held scoreless.


THE SCORE: Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will return to the lineup after missing eight games to an upper-body ailment.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings placed defenseman Derek Forbort on injury reserve following a setback in his recovery from an offseason back injury.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins assigned forward Joseph Blandisi to their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins placed defenseman Steven Kampfer on waivers.




  1. Are the Oilers in the early stages of another collapse? In their past 5 games they are 2w 3l, outscored 16 to 11 and have lost at home to Ottawa (5-2) and now Buffalo (3-2) both of whom were playing the the 2nd of back-to-backs after losing in Vancouver. Their 2 wins were 3-2 over Vancouver and 2-1 over L.A.

    And what’s going on in San Jose? Hammered twice in Florida they now have a goal-differential of -23 and have dropped to .500, putting them out of a wild-card slot 1 point up on Nashville, who have 4 games in hand, 2 up on Chicago who have 2 games in hand, and just 4 up on Anaheim who also have 2 games in hand and currently sit 2nd last in the west.

    There is, however, no truth to the rumour that Pierre Dorion was seen doing cart-wheels on Parliament Hill after the Florida game.

    • I sure hope they are. Love seeing the oil getting drained. 🙂 When you are gifted as many top picks, literally too picks, as that team has been and you are as terrible as they continue to be….on the other hand how ‘boit them Yotes? 🙂

      • Clearly, the Coyotes are for real.

        Where the Oilers are concerned, after McDavid’s and Draisaitl’s 53 and 52 points, it drops like the proverbial rock to Neal’s 20, Kassian’s and Klefbom’s 19 and Nugent-Hopkins’ 16 points.

        Oct-Nov shinny aside (like April-May baseball before hitters start to see a steadier diet of breaking stuff), now that teams are beginning to settle into tighter hockey as they start to jockey for position, they know that, when playing the Oilers, they need to have a game plan for the “dynamic duo” that involves close attention and body work to even further wear them out as they play the majority of minutes. Most teams won’t even try to generate offense when they’re dealing with them, instead concentrating on getting their goals against the 3rd and 4th lines – which are barely above AHL calibre.

      • That is pretty accurate George, which is why I keep giving my opinion against the Hall trade, or any move that doesn’t address the long term. Simply too many holes to contend.
        Something Tippet may want to consider is starting to play Koskinen more. Smith hasn’t been great of late.
        The 2 games on and off has worked thus far, but one has played better than the other. Nothing too crazy more like 4 out of 6 starts go to Koskinen.

  2. Now that you mention it , Pierre Dorian would be a perfect fit on Parliament Hill.