NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 27, 2020

by | Feb 27, 2020 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Marc-Andre Fleury records his 61st shutout, Jay Bouwmeester won’t return to action this season, Jake Muzzin sidelined for a month, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines


NHL.COM: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 29 shots to shut out the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. With 61 career shutouts, Fleury moves into a tie with Turk Broda for 17th on the all-time list. Oilers winger Andreas Athanasiou left the game with a lower-body injury, but coach Dave Tippett doesn’t think it’s serious. The Golden Knights (78 points) are on a seven-game winning streak, widening their lead to four points over the Oilers and Canucks for first place in the Pacific Division.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 61st career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

J.T. Compher’s third-period goal lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Avalanche (81 points) have won four straight games and sit three points behind the first-place St. Louis Blues in the overall Western Conference standings. The Sabres (66 points) remains eight behind the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division.

The Los Angeles Kings edged the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, extending the latter’s losing skid to four games. Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen made 35 saves, while Patrick Marleau was held scoreless in his first game with the Penguins (80 points), who remain four back of the first-place Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division.


STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester expressed his appreciation to the medical people who save his life after suffering a cardiac incident on the bench during a recent game. While his condition is improving, Bouwmeester said he’s done playing hockey for this season. He also admitted his playing career remains uncertain after having an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) surgically implanted in his chest to monitor and control his heartbeat.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin will be sidelined for the next four weeks with a broken hand.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete is done for the season as he recovers from a fractured foot.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom underwent surgery to repair a minor meniscus tear in one of his knees. He’ll be reevaluated in two weeks, though there’s speculation he could be sidelined up to four weeks.

NHL.COM: New Jersey Devils forward John Hayden was fined over $2,000.00 by the department of player safety for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi on Tuesday.


  1. Kudos to the Flower

    Knights surging; to me looking more and more likely as the SC reps of the West. Lehner as back-up (over Suban)….. poise/maturity and 918 vs 890…… forggeddaboudit !!!

    Re Pens/LA

    Pens were expected to win 😢

    Peterson played great and effectively won that game

    Lots of great chances by Pens; tons of shot attempts

    3 posts/crossbar and a puck that rolled laterally across the goal line but didn’t cross

    A deflected shot that Jarry had ZERO chance on

    The Kings also had bouts of keeping Penguins stymied

    The new players…

    Sheary looked engaged and hungry; and fast … very good👍

    Marleau didn’t look out of place ; will take a couple of games to get things going in new system 👍

    Rodriguez had limited minutes but looked fine 👍

    Zucker was not his usual self and fumbled things a few times… I’m not worried in the long run; players have down games

    Sully needs to really really really watch game tapes.

    He mustn’t see at ice level what is grossly obvious…., JJ just can’t be played anything but press box or highly highly limited bottom pairing minutes

    Caused the winning goal; screwed up several times in D zone; almost caused 3 more GAs; and basically screwed the offensive threat in LAs end at least 8-10 times by seriously over-shooting a pass ; errantly sending puck to an open corner much closer to an LA player when at least 1 or 2 Pens were wide open; coughing the puck up when mildly under pressure; and/or fumbling an easy pass to him. He also had a shot at the net where Peterson was laterally way out of place exposing JJ’s shot to basically 1/2 the net wide open…. he missed the net entirely!!!

    Riikola on the other hand was poised ; faster; did not make those errors ; kept many rushes alive and most of all did not make gross errors in his end exposing Jarry; and kept pressure in their end with crisp passing (giving/receiving))

    Riikola was paired for a very short stint earlier in the season with Tanger and the duo played extremely well…. Sully; give it a shot…. put Riikola up with Tanger and put JJ back to bottom pairing (with extremely diminished minutes)

    I am begging for a very very quick recovery and return of Dumo and Marino

  2. In the Ottawa Citizen this morning there’s a story that pretty well sums up why I dislike Melnyk and why I think the Senators will be playing in a new location within 3 years (I started off 2 years ago saying 5 at the most).


    Small wonder some players can’t wait to get out of town. If only there was some way the league could force a sale to someone like Guy Laliberté – who has indicated he’s interested.

    Otherwise it’ll be the Houston Whatevers by 2023

  3. Melnyk is a disgrace to all NHL and business management. There seems to be one or more incidents per year that show his lack of concern for business acumen.

    • Well, if there’s a bright side to a franchise move to Houston, Smitty, it’ll be that it will become a helluva commute for all those Habs and Leafs fans living in the Ottawa area 🙂 Of course they can always go to Buffalo or Detroit – only 7 to 8 hours drive. On a GOOD winter’s day.

      • Actually Buffalo and Detroit are great places to watch a game and worth the drive. Their fans are friendly and very knowledgeable .

  4. I’d like to see the sens move to Quebec City

    • Nice to see Quebec City get a team again but I don’t think there will be another Canadian team, at least not anytime soon. I’m from Hamilton and still find it frustrating that in court Bettman admitted that NHL projections at that point were that Hamilton would have been the 4th highest revenue generating franchise in the league and they still didn’t want to go there, something like 2000 Sabres season ticket holders live in Hamilton, so I guess no way we’re ever getting a team. Maybe the Rangers can come back to Hamilton?

      • Hi tb

        One of my clients was part of that economic analysis

        Bettman IMHO despises Canada

        The massive increase in revenues for the NHL if they moved say Clb or Arz (both drawing massively from shared revenues) to a Canadian city means nothing to Bettman.

        Per that same analysis done years ago a second team in Toronto was forecasted to immediately become 3rd in league revenues (behind Ranger & Leafs) at that time and just nosing out Habs; and in fact due to local competition and media ownership of the Leafs; actually forecasted to increase Leafs revenues as well by a tad shy of 10%

        Lets just extrapolate operating income …. using last year; use a Clb move to second team in T.O.

        Before anyone flips; I’m just using this as a mathematical hypothetical

        Leafs Op income 18/19 was a tad over $100 M $ USD

        I’ll use 5% increase for Leafs (not 10) by adding a new team…. so $5 M increase

        New T.O. …. 3rd place …. call it 4th place or just behind Habs … say $90 M op inc for 2nd T.O. team vs Clb (that had a negative $15 M op inc in 18/19)…. $105 M upward swing there plus $5 M from Leafs ….league op inc net gain $110 M from that hypothetical move

        Bettman has absolutely no care for that picture… it’s his way or the highway and he will never admit a mistake

        Remember … same study had a hypothetical Halifax franchise forecasted revs and op income higher than Arz and Clb …. Halifax greater metro …. ~400 K; Clb > 2M; Phoenix ….. not far from 5M

        Please don’t misunderstand me; a Houston franchise will do well

        It’s watching 1/2 empty stadium in Sunrise when everybody knows Quebec would sellout 3 years straight within a day of opening sakes (remember Jets!!)


    • If you think Montreal has a difficult time attracting UFAs due to a multitude of reasons – high taxes and Draconian language laws being two of the main ones (the latter for an Anglophone family) – imagine Quebec City, the epicenter of those laws.

      Never going to happen again. Hamilton, however, would be such a natural for a team but that’s as far removed from reality as Quebec City for entirely different reasons. as tb notes.

    • Hi W17H

      If they have to move …. it better be to QC/PQ

      I’ve visited the City (beautiful BTW) and toured the Videotron Centre…. great venue!!!

      Will be going to Quebec City again this summer and really looking forward to it…. I have to dust off my nigh 4 decade old Grade 13 French vocabulary