NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2020

by | Jan 6, 2020 | News, NHL | 3 comments

Capitals stage late rally to upset the Sharks, an update on the NHL and the Olympics, and more in today’s morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Goals by Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie within the final minute of regulation set the stage for Lars Eller’s overtime tally as the Washington Capitals upset the San Jose Sharks 5-4. Vrana scored twice for the Capitals while Sharks winger Evander Kane netted a hat trick.

Lars Eller’s overtime goal lifted the Washington Capitals over the San Jose Sharks 5-4 (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks seemingly put this out of reach after Logan Couture made it 4-2. They collapsed defensively in that final minute, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Tampa Bay Lightning extended their win streak to eight games by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist. Bolts blueliner Ryan McDonagh missed the game with an upper-body injury. The Hurricanes have dropped five of their last seven contests.

Ryan Getzlaf’s shootout winner gave the Anaheim Ducks a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators. Getzlaf also collected three assists while teammate Adam Henrique scored two goals and chipped in an assist. Predators captain Roman Josi collected an assist to extend his points streak to 10 games, setting the team record for defensemen. Craig Smith scored twice for the Predators.

Florida Panthers goaltender Chris Driedger made 31 saves in a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mike Hoffman and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and an assist.

A shootout goal by Dillon Dube put the Calgary Flames over the Minnesota Wild by a score of 5-4. Flames forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund each collected two assists, while Wild winger Marcus Foligno scored twice.

The Chicago Blackhawks overcame a 2-0 deficit to double up the Detroit Red Wings 4-2. Corey Crawford picked up the win in his first start since Dec. 23. Adam Boqvist tallied the winner in the third period.

TSN: International Ice Hockey Federation chief Rene Faisel said the NHL must decide by August if it intends to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He wants to ensure his organization has more time to make the appropriate preparations one way or the other. “We are working on an early decision made by the NHL and NHLPA,” Fasel said. “We need to know before that.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL players remain keen to participate in the Olympics. The league, on the other hand, is still cool to the idea, largely because the International Olympic Committee declined to pick up the costs of travel, insurance, and accommodations for NHL players. I daresay they’d also like a share of the sponsorship and media revenue. If the IOC maintains its previous position, we can forget about NHL participation in any future Olympics.

CBS SPORTS: Vegas Golden Knights rookie Cody Glass is suffering from a bone bruise on his leg and won’t require surgery. He suffered the injury during Saturday’s win over the St. Louis Blues.





  1. Hi Lyle,

    Do you know why Pens have yet (at least not showing yet) to put Sid or Dumo or Bjug or Guentzel on LTIR?… they are all out the minimum time for LTIR and Pens could increase their LTIR Cap pool.

    On CapFriendly Chi has Seabrook; De Haan; Shaw and Cagiualla listed …. Relief pool total of $16.8 ; used $5.0; available $11.8M

    Why wouldn’t Pens do the same for their 4 who are/will be out much longer than the minimum LTIR requirements?

    They would gain in pool space AND expenses (if Im right ?) as the insurance company picks up 80% of Sal while on LTIR??

    Thanks in advance for your response

    • Cap Friendly has the full breakdown here:


      It’s up to the Penguins to decide if they’ll put a player on LTIR. They don’t have to do so as long as they’re below the cap. Sometimes it depends upon the severity of the player’s injury, or how much salary-cap space they already have. If they decide to take on a salaried player via trade, they could put a sidelined player on LTIR to clear sufficient cap space.

      • Thanks very much Lyle

        I had read the rules on CF re LTIR and to me I couldn’t understand any reason why they (Pens) wouldn’t use it; especially for Guentzel as he definitely won’t be back during the regular season

        The reason I raised the question was the conflicting news reports from different media re any in-year acquisitions by Pens ; some lauding that Pens now can acquire another $6 M player as Guentzel is gone for the season and others stating “but Pens can only do so (that proposed acquisition) if they clear up some Cap space”

        To me ; simple math and high level rounding with Sid and Bjug out 2 months (min) ; Shultz 1 month (min) ; Guentzel 1/2 year …. if all placed on LTIR , the pool is north of $8 M….. meaning much more than that at TDL

        I cant see Jimbo staying idle

        Thanks again for your quick response