NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 19, 2021
Connor McDavid and Troy Terry extend their points streak, Jacob Markstrom collects another shutout, the Panthers remain undefeated at home, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid tallied another highlight-reel goal to extend his season-opening points streak to 16 games in a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. McDavid and Kyle Turris also scored in the shootout while Stuart Skinner made 46 saves for the win. Nikolaj Ehlers scored in regulation for the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDavid’s goal was almost a carbon copy of the one he recently tallied against the New York Rangers, stickhandling his way through three defenders with his blazing speed to beat Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck. With 30 points, McDavid sits three behind teammate Leon Draisaitl for first place in the NHL scoring race.
Troy Terry also extended his points streak with a goal but his Anaheim Ducks had their eight-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Seth Jarvis snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period while Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 31 shots.
Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom collected his league-leading fifth shutout of the season to douse the Buffalo Sabres 5-0. Johnny Gaudreau and Andrew Mangiapane each tallied twice for the Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL’s modern-day single-season shutout record is 15 held by the late Tony Esposito in 1969-70. Markstrom is already a third of the way toward reaching that record.
The Florida Panthers extended their season-opening home winning streak to 9-0-0 by dropping the New Jersey Devils 4-1. Spencer Knight kicked out 45 shots while Jonathan Huberdeau and Anthony Duclair each had a goal and an assist. Panthers center Joe Thornton returned to the lineup after missing eight games with an undisclosed injury. The Panthers (27 points) hold a one-point lead over the Hurricanes atop the NHL’s overall standings.
Shootout goals by Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning extended their points streak to nine games (7-0-2). Stamkos also had a goal and an assist in regulation play while Claude Giroux tallied twice for the Flyers. Earlier in the day, the Flyers announced defenseman Ryan Ellis will be sidelined four-to-six weeks dealing with a lingering lower-body injury.
Minnesota Wild winger Kirill Kaprizov had his first four-point NHL game (one goal, three assists) as his club trounced the Dallas Stars 7-2. Mats Zuccarello, Victor Rask and Alex Goligoski each had a goal and two assists for the Wild.
Morgan Rielly scored twice and Jack Campbell made 27 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs nipped the New York Rangers 2-1. The Leafs have won five straight games and snapped the Rangers’ win streak at four.
A two-goal performance by Brandon Saad carried the St. Louis Blues to their first victory in five games with a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Blues goalie Ville Husso got his second win in as many starts with a 27-save performance.
The Vegas Golden Knights got two goals from defenseman Zach Whitecloud in his return to the lineup from a broken hand to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2. Golden Knights blueliner Shea Theodore was scratched from this contest with an undisclosed injury. Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin returned to the lineup after missing half of his previous game to a false positive COVID test. Teammate Moritz Seider left the game in the third period after taking a puck off his right knee.
Columbus Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner netted two goals to lead his team over the Arizona Coyotes 5-4. Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood made 42 saves. Earlier in the day, Coyotes defenseman Conor Timmins underwent successful knee surgery. He’ll be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 as Tristan Jarry made 24 saves for his first shutout of the season. Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the season while Teddy Blueger tallied twice and set up another. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens recalled winger Cole Caufield after his six-game stint with their AHL affiliate in Laval.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens have just one win in their last 10 games. They’ve now reached the point where their “slow start” to the season can now be called a poor start, with no end to their misery in sight.
IN OTHER NEWS…
CANUCKS ARMY: The Vancouver Canucks placed Justin Bailey on waivers.
TSN: Winger Troy Brouwer announced his retirement after 14 NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers. He scored 181 goals and 363 points in 851 regular-season games and 16 goals and 35 points in 106 playoff contests, winning a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010. His last season was with the Blues in 2019-20.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Brouwer and his family in their future endeavors.
Watched the Leafs game last night. It was a better defensive effort than the previous game. However Mitch Marner seems lost out there. He is tentative. He holds on to the puck too long before shooting, trying to make some fancy play. He passes the puck, when he should shoot. You don’t score or even hit the net every shot you take, but you miss 100% of the shots you do not take. As for Nick Ritchie and Wayne Simmonds, why they were signed to multi year contracts is beyond me. They are USELESS out there. Why they protected Pierre Engvall in the expansion draft, when he has such cement hands. Thank god for Jack Campbell!!!
Yeah, they suck. 10 wins in 11 games, Marner has 15 points in 18 games this season. Bunch of jerks, trade ’em all.
A “poor” start to the season for the Habs? You’re being way too charitable Lyle. And given that they’re just shy of the quarter-season mark, I’m not sure we can call it a “start” at this point.
Worst Habs team I have ever seen.The trade for the center from Arizona,i forgot his name was a waste of time.Should have kept the picks.
The Habs played an embarrassing game last night and while various commentators say they need to “wake up” or the cup hangover none of them address the elephant in the room.
The restructuring of the defensive system is an abject failure.
Zone defense has been the bread and butter of this team for years, Shea Weber’s lack of foot speed and a concentration of keeping the net front clean making the zone defense choice easy.
This year the Habs have opted for a man on man D, with a reliance on mobility, the D chases their “man” from the corner to the blueline. they cross over to follow their man and frequently are lost overloading one side.
Man on man D is completely different from Zone and plays to different strengths of players, look at Alzner who went from hero to zero, or Edmundston who went from hero to zero to hero, all on account of systems.
The coaching systemic change either needs to filter through to the players and start functioning or needs to be switched back.
Side note totally off topic, Tessa Bonhomme is so irritating , constantly playing her voice mimicking styles….she’s no Sara Orlesky.
HF30.Totally agree with your analysis but at this point nothing should change. Continue to suck from head to toe and in the new year bring in a new management team to start the rebuild. The lower we finish the better. Too bad the Coyotes are more inept than the Habs otherwise we would be a lock for the 1st overall pick.
I agree they been needing to restructure the management for a while but now that there isn’t contract for MB they need to keep him as the tank commander and then have him ceremoniously bow out at the end of the season and let the new management draft from a pretty deep draft which will be in Montreal of all places this year and turn this storied franchise back into a contender!
Who is, HF30? Hang in there man.
The Nhl last 82 game schedule took 96 pts to get into the playoffs.
Montreal has 10pts in 19 games; in their remaining 63 games they’ll need 86pts. Just in wins and losses that would be 43-20; not impossible but not easy.
Another 10 like this last stretch and it will be nearly impossible for the Habs.
Caper, I don’t know if the Jets just play the Oil really tough, but they look like a very good team. Like what they have done.
They have talent up front, but what they really do well, at least against the Oil the last 2, is defend really well.
We say built for the playoffs to often, but will say it about them, they look built for the playoffs.
Ray, I’m still not sold on their defense; the addition of Dillon (would’ve been nice in a Boston uni) and Schmidt really helps. The forwards are deep and PLD is playing the way he use to big strong and fast.
What i found interesting in last night shootout was both McDavid and Turris successfully did identical play and Hellebuyck wasn’t even close to making a save on either. Looks like some good scouting done by the Oilers.
Could you see Rask signing in Edmonton?
Definitely had the film Caper, closed the right pad down to cover the five hole, shoot it where it was.
Twitch of the blade to signal shot, wait 1/2 a second, shoot it. Even D like me know that move, cause it works and it’s easy, but 2 in a row like that tells you something.
Pionk is a good player, really developed into a solid D man. As good as anybody against the Oil. Chevvy did good in that trade considering the situation. Plays a hard game, skates, can move the puck.
Big, strong, committed to structure team with a good tender and have some guys who can score.
If healthy at playoff time….. look out.
Too bad the bottle got the better of Bob Murray as he assembled a really nice group of talent that seems to be coming together …
Ed most people can empathize with someone suffering from afflictions that we are realizing stem from a form of mental illness. Having said that does not absolve or excuses one from their actions but acknowledging that is the start to bettering someone and help others in similar. Is there a point to your comment?