NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 9, 2019
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.
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.
Sanford didn’t skate today and he’s probably doubtful for Tuesday. Steen and Sundqvist will go on the trip but won’t play. Berube says they’ll have to call up somebody. San Antonio is playing in Toronto, near Buffalo, so that will be easy. Berube says Blues need a spark. Kyrou?
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 8, 2019