NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 22, 2022

by | Nov 22, 2022 | News, NHL | 24 comments

The Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron tallies his 1,000th career point, the Devils tie a franchise wins record, the Avalanches’ Cale Makar reaches a milestone for defensemen, and much more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.


NHL.COM: Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron collected an assist for his 1,000th career NHL point in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci each had two-point performances for the Bruins (17-2-0), who picked up their seventh straight win and sit atop the overall standings with 34 points. Nick Paul scored twice for the Lightning, whose record drops to 11-7-1.

Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bergeron joins Raymond Bourque, John Bucyk and Phil Esposito as the only Bruins to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The 37-year-old Bruins captain is off to a good start to this season with 18 points in 19 games.

The New Jersey Devils tied a franchise record 13-game winning streak as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. Nico Hischier collected three assists while Jack Hughes and Jesper Bratt each collected two points for the 16-3-0 Devils, who sit two points behind the first-place Bruins in the overall standings. Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins replied for the Oilers as they slide to 10-9-0.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The red-hot Devils are drawing considerable praise for their strong start to this season. However, not everyone thinks they’re going to make the playoffs. Sportsnet’s Keith Yandle is a doubter, citing their goaltending while suggesting they’ll start cooling off following the upcoming US Thanksgiving weekend. It’ll be interesting to see if the Devils can prove him wrong.

Oilers goalie Jack Campbell left the game in the second period after being clipped by the puck near his eye while sitting on the bench as a backup for Stuart Skinner. He left the bench and didn’t return. Head coach Jay Woodcroft had no update on Campbell’s condition following the game but Skinner told reporters Campbell had a bloody nose but was joking around and was otherwise okay.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar became the fastest blueliner in NHL history to reach the 200-point plateau in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Makar opened the scoring to achieve the milestone in 195 career games. Meanwhile, Miko Rantanen scored the only goal in the shootout as the Avalanche improved to 11-5-1. Jason Robertson scored both goals for the 11-5-3 Stars.

Three unanswered goals by William Carrier, Reilly Smith and Alex Pietrangelo lifted the Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Pietrangelo finished the night with three points while Carrier tallied two goals as the Golden Knights remain atop the Western Conference with a record of 15-4-1. Quinn Hughes and Andrei Kuzmenko each had two points for the struggling Canucks as they drop to 6-10-3.

The St. Louis Blues picked up their seventh straight win by downing the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. Noel Acciari scored twice while Justin Faulk netted the winning goal in the third period. The surging Blues are now at 10-8-0 on the season while the Ducks are at 5-13-1. Colton Parayko returned to the Blues lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury.

An overtime goal by Anthony Beauvillier lifted the New York Islanders over the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 3-2. Josh Bailey scored the only goal in the third period, setting the stage for Beauvillier’s game-winner for the Islanders (12-8-0). John Tavares and Auston Matthews replied for the 10-5-5 Leafs, who also lost defenseman Morgan Rielly to an apparent knee injury in the third period.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs went into this game with defensemen Jake Muzzin and T.J. Brodie sidelined by injuries. No word yet on how long Rielly could be out. He will undergo imaging on the knee today.

The Nashville Predators nipped the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on a shootout goal by Cody Glass. Roman Josi and Mikael Granlund each had a goal and an assist for the Predators (9-8-2)while Nick Bjugstad scored twice for the Coyotes as they fall to 6-9-3. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes announced winger Zack Kassian was moved to injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 30.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun made his much-anticipated season debut after being sidelined for weeks by offseason wrist surgery. The subject of considerable trade speculation stretching back to last season, Chychrun was held scoreless and took a minor penalty, finishing with a plus-minus of minus-1. He was credited with four hits, two shots on goal and two blocked shots while logging 23:04 of ice time.

Calgary Flames winger Blake Coleman commemorated his 400th career NHL game with a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves for the Flames as they improved their record to 9-7-2 while the slumping Flyers drop to 7-8-4.

The Winnipeg Jets blew a 3-0 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes late in the third period before going on to a 4-3 win as Josh Morrissey scored in overtime. Morrissey finished the night with two goals while Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and two assists as the Jets rise to 11-5-1. Jaccob Slavin, Andrei Svechnikov and Martin Necas scored in the final minutes of the third as the 10-5-4 Hurricanes pulled goalie Pyotr Kochetkov to go with six attackers.

San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen made 37 saves and Luke Kunin collected three assists in a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Timo Meier tallied what proved to be the game-winner for the Sharks (7-11-3). Tim Stutzle replied for the 6-11-1 Senators.


NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, St. Louis Blues winger Pavel Buchnevich and Seattle Kraken goaltender Martin Jones are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 20, 2022.

ESPN.COM: Rookie center Matty Beniers is having a positive effect on the Kraken’s performance in their second NHL season. The 20-year-old’s 11 points have him tied with the Coyotes’ Matias Maccelli for the lead among this season’s rookie scorers. He’s also drawn praise from his teammates for his maturity and sociable personality.

MONTREAL HOCKEY NOW: Canadiens players are pushing back against some criticisms leveled at the club by former equipment manager Pierre Gervais in his recently-released biography. Gervais claimed former head coach Dominique Ducharme lost the room due to questionable decision-making while former general manager Marc Bergevin’s maturity issues lost him some respect among the players.

Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki and alternate captain Brendan Gallagher expressed their admiration for Gervais but disputed his criticisms of Ducharme and Bergevin.


  1. Marchands reaction to Bergies 1000 point was priceless wow fun to watch.

  2. With the exception of the first 10 minutes of period one the bruins owned Tampa. Foligno playing like he’s been injected with a life serum. Matt G having a banner year Chuck has been incredible Lindholm just unbelievable. All the top six forwards playing with clarity and conviction. Best player Ullmark thus far. Watched few more Providence games Fabian starting to disappear best player ahl Kincaid and Bussi the goalies.

  3. Congrats OB on 1,000 pts 👍👍

    I’m not appreciating the wirk of 2 Russian goalies in NY…. Sorokin and Shesterkin

    7th straight win by Blues… that crept up…. Iowa Prince…missed you on here for a while…. I’m guessing 7 W in a row is making your day

    I will admit…. Cruel but I did chuckle at the posts re “ Campbell left the game …..clipped by the puck ….while sitting on the bench “ when they said “at least he stopped that puck”…. Ouch!

  4. I wonder how that “vote of confidence” Dorion gave D. J. Smith a couple of weeks ago is holding up?


    • If the return from the west coast swing with 2 point or less Smith may not be exiting the plane with the team. There is still hope , just remember the 2019 Blues. Remote but possible

    • The fan base – this old crock included – entered the season with renewed hope, thinking we had finally seen a light at the end of the long tunnel … turns out it was a train.

      If Dorion can’t stop the bleeding and realize that Smith (and whatever cockamamy “system” he thinks is the answer) just doesn’t have it as a head coach, many among that fan base – me included – will simply shrug and say “sell it … and move it … we just don’t care anymore.” Attendance will plummet.

      Peter, I think it was you who said a week or so back that, once the new owners are in place, both the coaching staff AND Dorion will be fired. By then I don’t believe anyone will care one way or another.

      • George

        Sens are young maybe then will need another year to get relevant again. If they stay in bottom this year they should trade ALex. At deadline rather then pay him over 9 mil next yr. Very deep draft this yr

      • George the Sens are still young, last year they missed the playoffs by 20+pts. That’s a big ask to think they’ve turned the corner this year. They just need to find out who to keep as they build a contender… maybe you’re right that Smith needs to go but really it’s a long game and only when you know that the coach can no longer advance the team, one should look to replace him. I don’t know/think they are there yet. Change takes years not one off season…the type of change I’m talking about is the long term change where they can be consistent threats year after year.
        Sure it’s great if the team just got hot and bam they’re legit but that’s not realistic. I think at this point, the team just needs to get and stay healthy, and then find out who stays, where there is redundancy or players playing out of their strengths and make the moves after this is figured out…all takes time with many many bumps on the way there. Ottawa fans need to enjoy the ride with all the ups and downs otherwise you’ll end up like many Leafs fans, never happy.

      • Hello George,
        The Sens Biggest weakness is and has been
        Goaltending since the start of the season again…

        3 goals last night in 7 shots with 36 yr old
        Cam Talbot…$3.65M❗️

        Anton Forsberg has been Horrible this year @$2.75M
        with $6.4 M spending on goaltenders they would get a good one for $$5-6 M Range.. and get a better back up for $1.M
        No Coach is going to look good infront of these guys

        The 2 players they need in Ottawa are
        1) Real Starter in Goal
        2) A big Tough defencive d/man

        Maybe there is an other plan in place…🤔

        The way things are looking they will finish botom 5-6 in the league this year with a Great 1st pick…
        will that be Trade Bait..❓❓

        Are they going to Re-sign Winger ….Alex DeBrincat @$9.M… Or
        is there a great Trade out there for the Starting Goaltender and the d/man, just a thought…🤔

      • Guys, I realize all what you’re saying about a young team still learning the ropes, and while I did not expect them to jump into contention this year – or even necessarily make the playoffs – the hope is they’d be consistent and make an effort each time out. Their early losses – all by 1 goal – they at least had the effort and really, that’s all the fans wanted this season – unrelenting effort. They want the big bucks – then at least earn it with effort.

        Their past 3 losses were just pathetic imitations of an NHL roster with absolutely no effort. Outclassed and outplayed by a rising New Jersey team is one thing – but by San Jose?

        Yes, the goaltending has been awful – all things considered – but that could also be attributable to being shoved into a shooting gallery night after night. Surely Dorion could see that, whatever “system” being insisted upon by his coach is just not working – either from lack of effort or perhaps because he doesn’t have the personnel to play whatever system he thinks should be in play.

        You have to believe that every Man-Jack of them dressed for last night’s game had to be thinking, before stepping onto the ice, we HAVE to play a tighter game than we did against Jersey – can’t have a repeat of that. But no – it was the same wishy-washy 60 minutes.

        Smith has lost the team. That should be evident to even the most novice of fandom not to mention the guy who hired him.

        The fans WERE ready to embrace this team – that was evident early on. But when the effort disappeared so, too, did many of the fans. Hell, Arizona puts up a better effort every game.

        Mrbruin4, I totally agree re DeBrincat. That is something that went from “oh boy!” to “hoo boy” as the prospect of forking over $9 mil began to sink home.

        Firing the coach – trading some of the floaters – something like that needs to be done. Fast. They need a wake-up call.

      • Excitement will come with a new owner and promise of a new building. This year has been extremely disappointing for sure. But the core is still young and locked into contracts. They only have one bad contract at this time in Zaitsev. Big questions if the slide continues: do you flip Debrincat because it will cost a fortune to re-up? What do you do with Zub if he is not signed? I assume Talbot will be traded as well.

    • Not to mention Tkachuk’s defense of Smith. Nice words Brady, but if you are not playing like a winner and you say the coach is fine, then you better start publicly blaming yourselves.

      This type of play will guarantee that Debrincat walks out the door when he can. Unless the Sens are hoping to nab Bedard now or something.

      This is enough games to say things are not working, and we are almost at the number of games where it may be too little too late to turn things around.

      The team still plays like there is literally no game plan or strategy out there and I am sick of it.

      • My thought Right now is if this continues for the Sens….and the Canucks

        Alex DeBrincat will be Traded for a Goaltender
        if the Canucks go into a re-build this year

        Trade candidates
        27 yr old Bo Horvat the #1 & Youngest Centre Avalable..!!
        Will bring Back A 1st Pick and a Very Good young Prospect + ✔️
        26 yr old Goaltender Thatcher Demko
        if he is not happy to go throught a 4-5 year
        Re-build in Vancouver…?
        A Trade for 24 yr old Alex DeBrincat from Ottawa

        Tyler Myers 1.5 years left at $5.M
        Think Leafs…. and the Big Mess in Toronto 50% Salary retaned 2nd rd pick
        Oliver Ekman-Larsson has a NMC..? they would have to do some funky deal hear to retain Salary
        X amount of $salary, it will cost Vancouver to move him maybe Not this year…
        Luke Schenn
        A good 3 paring D/man
        $850, for a mid-late round pick
        up front lots of options to be moved
        Brock Boeser❓
        Conor Garland❓
        Tanner Pearson❓

  5. Yandle to think Devils suddenly going to bad is a joke. Just watch them they are a fast transition team They are 100% real deal. Bruins keep rolling along 1st 10 mins Tgey looked lost last night then they snapped out of it and took over game. Till they scored 5 and took a nap They truly seem like best team in nhl this yr

    • Agree MB4….. but look at the source of that statement…. Yandle…. Not had much time/experience to “view/see the big picture” in order to make a confident/reliable prediction

      Bruins scare me…. Dominating right now like ‘69/70–‘71/72

  6. I never thought I’d see the day when a retired equipment manager’s autobiography would raise such a ruckus. For that matter, I never thought I’d see the day when a retired equipment manager would see the need to write an autobiography.

    • Let alone any fool who would buy it🥹

    • Leafs top usher/security guard is now planning his autobiography…. Should be a great read…. will be interesting …. Plans on using some two-syllable words as well!!! I believe some included pics will be in colour.

      An excerpt:

      the sun did not shine.
      it was too wet to play.
      so we stood in the stands
      all that cold, cold, wet day.

      i stood there with sally.
      we stood there, we two.
      and i said, ‘how i wish
      we had something to do!’

      • ???

  7. George you said they were good now you have lost all hope. Don’t worry Chychrun will be on his way soon and you can start your 2 step.

    • yeah…no

      • I’m not sure all the hate for Chychrun. Are we not talking about a legit top defender, minute muncher, hits, scores and all this under $5M?

        I think the risk – his injury experience, isn’t big enough of a real factor to have the no thank you attitude, I think if you have a chance to nab him you get him. His alleged price is as wishful and more click bait/baseless banter than anything else. I lost count on how many times the ask was huge but the actual price was somewhat underwhelming.

      • Ron… the stats are pretty good on him BUT it’s the combination of risk (he appears injury prone) and what the Coyotes are asking in return.

        If that changes, so will my mind.

    • And your snarky point is Man on tv? Yes, I thought they were good. Certainly better than last year’s team. But if you have time, go back and show me where I once said they’d make the playoffs. I HOPED they had become good enough to be close and, as I say above in a rant, what they had assembled combined with effort was all the fans wanted.

      And why do you bring up Chychrun? Is that your version of “trolling?” Go pick wings of flies.