NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2022

by | Nov 12, 2022 | News, NHL | 10 comments

A milestone night for the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin and the Capitals’ John Carlson, an update on the Oiler’s Evander Kane and the Blue Jackets’ blueline suffers a major blow. Details and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.


NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored his 450th career NHL goal in a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brock McGinn and Jake Guentzel tallied in the third period for the Penguins, who improved to 6-6-2. Zach Aston-Reese and William Nylander replied for the 7-5-3 Maple Leafs.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Former Maple Leafs star and Hall-of-Famer Borje Salming received an emotional standing ovation from Toronto fans during a pregame ceremony honoring this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame inductees. Salming, who is battling ALS (Lou Gerhig’s disease), was assisted by his former teammate and fellow Hall-of-Famer Darryl Sittler as he waved to the crowd to acknowledge the cheers.

Salming was one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history and a trailblazer for European players. I don’t know about the rest of you, but seeing a tearful Sittler helping Salming wave to the fans left me choked up too.

The Washington Capitals got two goals from Sonny Milano to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1. John Carlson picked up an assist to become the first defenseman in Capitals history to reach 600 career points and sits fifth on their all-time points list. The Capitals improved to 7-7-2 while the Lightning sit at 7-6-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette missed this game after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He is expected to miss Sunday’s rematch with the Lightning.

Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 28 shots to shut out the Seattle Kraken 1-0. Mats Zuccarello scored for the Wild (7-6-1) while the Kraken sit at 8-5-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Before the game, the Kraken placed sidelined goaltender Philipp Grubauer (lower body) on long-term injured reserve.

The San Jose Sharks held off the Dallas Stars 5-4 to improve their record to 4-9-3. The Sharks got two-point performances from Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture and Alexander Barabanov. Jamie Benn scored two goals for the 8-5-1 Stars.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Evander Kane was in good spirits as he spoke with the media on Friday for the first time since suffering a gruesome injury to his left wrist on Tuesday.

Kane’s wrist was sliced down to the bone when Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon accidentally skated over it. He was rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery. “I was really lucky that they were able to reattach everything,” said Kane, who will be sidelined for up to four months. “I’m thankful that I’m going to be able to make a full recovery.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Kane in his recovery.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is out for the season after suffering a separated shoulder and a torn labrum during Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Another Jackets defenseman, Nick Blankenburg, suffered a fractured ankle and a high ankle sprain and will miss six-to-eight weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is terrible news for a Blue Jackets squad struggling to overcome a poor start to this season. Losing their best defenseman in Werenski could spell the end of their playoff hopes.

TSN: The Carolina Hurricanes placed goaltender Frederik Andersen on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury retroactive to Nov. 6.

COLORADO HOCKEY NOW: Avalanche forward Darren Helm underwent abductor surgery last week and was placed on long-term injured reserve.

NHL.COM: The NHL and NHL Players Association released a joint statement indicating the World Cup of Hockey will not be played in February 2024. “Unfortunately, in the current environment, it is not feasible to hold the World Cup of Hockey at that time.” They hope to stage the tournament in February 2025.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Current environment”, in this case, is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


  1. Gudbranson is also day to day, meaning that the Jackets blueline is half AHLers, half questionable d-men and Gavrikov. Add in that Voracek and Kuraly also went on the injured list and it looks like the Jackets are playing for the best chance to draft Bedard.

    • That is probably a good thing for CBJ. Win lotto and get the star you need to build around
      Then upgeade tour head coach

    • That is probably a good thing for CBJ. Win lotto and get the star you need to build around
      Then upgrade your head coach

  2. Watching Sittler in tears while helping Salming was very moving

    Both players bring great childhood (well my early/mid teen years) memories back

    Very sad to see his condition. Great player, great guy, awful disease

    Was hoping for an OT bout last night (so both Leafs and Pens get points) ; high scoring; Pens win in OT

    Only the 2 points for Pens (of my wishes for last night) came true

    Kane… saw it live; new it was bad…. “Down to the bone”…. Yikes; didn’t realize that

    Hopes and prayers for full and speedy recovery

    Sad to see World Cup moved another year later

    They could have done it in ‘24…. Just nixing Russia as participants (like World Jrs etc)

  3. You wonder w/all the technology out there someone hasn t come up with a sleave for players to wear to cut down on serious hand and wrist injuries like Kane sustained.Most players have their wrists and forearms exposed with the smaller gloves players use now!

    • They do have kevlar sleeves Steve, it’s a choice by the players.

  4. “Unfortunately, in the current environment, it is not feasible to hold the World Cup of Hockey at that time.”

    WHY do they feel the need to pussyfoot? Just say it. “Until this illegal invasion of a sovereign nation by Russia is ended and full reparations made to the Ukraine, there will be no World Cup Of Hockey f.” Period. Do they really think it’ll all have blown over by 2025?

  5. I have watched three ahl providence games thus far here’s what I’ve noticed two of the games played Fabian was a factor, explosive speed, everybody knows that, but I’ve seen passes dished out only like elite players do aka Pasta seen a couple passes between his legs right on the tape. Noticed he isn’t afraid to go into corners quick release

    Ahcan been their best d thus far followed by Renouf

    Beecher not as visible as Fabian, faster skater than I originally thought. if he gets good head of steam going he can break away from most skaters, good nose for the net still has a tendency to fall down a lot needs to use his body and size more get meaner.

    The best over all forward in the three games I’ve watched is Vinnie Lettieri followed by Georgii Merkulov.

    Best player Bussi the goalie has been brilliant

    • Thanks for that, Rick.

  6. Re; CBJ, are of to a very Slow start.
    To make things tougher they have a lot of good players out injured

    2 Defensemen Nick Blankenburg out 2 month, Adam Boqvist out , forwards Sean Kuraly & Jakub Voracek on the IR.
    Now Top defenseman Zach Werenski is out for the season after suffering a torn labrum & separated shoulder,
    $25+Million on IR❗️

    Patrik Laine is off to a Very slow Start 4 points this year😫 ….@$8.7M salary

    CBJ are last place and dont see it getting better, both goaltenders are play poor and it looks like CBJ
    picking top 3 in the Draft for sure…..
    maybe they will Win it & get that Top Centre
    they so badly need❓

    Connor Bedard
    Adam Fantilli