NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 29, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 29, 2018

Sharks put double-OT bite on Golden Knights, Bruins douse the Lightning, Sabres win the draft lottery. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Logan Couture scored twice, including the winner in double overtime, as the San Jose Sharks overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 2 of their second-round series. Brent Burns also had two goals for the Sharks and William Karlsson tallied twice for the Golden Knights, who suffered their first postseason defeat in franchise history. 

Logan Couture’s overtime goal gave the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of their second-round series (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights thought they had scored the winner in overtime but the goal was overturned due to a goalie interference call on Jonathan Marchessault. 

The Boston Bruins’ top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak combined for 11 points in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of their second-round series. Marchand and Pastrnak each had four points and Bergeron three. Rick Nash also tallied twice for the Bruins. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask lost the blade on his left skate before the Lightning’s second goal, prompting an angry response that provided some inadvertent hilarity. Rask felt there should’ve been a stoppage of play, but league rules indicate that can only happen if a goaltender loses his mask. 

The Buffalo Sabres hold the first-overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft after winning the draft lottery on Saturday.  The Carolina Hurricanes moved up from 11th to second and the Montreal Canadiens from fourth to third, while the Arizona Coyotes and Ottawa Senators fell out of the top three and the Vancouver Canucks dropped to seventh. The draft order is as follows:

1. Buffalo Sabres

2. Carolina Hurricanes

3. Montreal Canadiens

4. Ottawa Senators

5. Arizona Coyotes

6. Detroit Red Wings

7. Vancouver Canucks

8. Chicago Blackhawks

9. New York Rangers

10. Edmonton Oilers

11. New York Islanders

12. New York Islanders (from Calgary Flames)

13. Dallas Stars

14. Philadelphia Flyers (from St. Louis Blues)

15.  Florida Panthers

OTTAWA SUN: Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said he’ll retain his first-round pick in this year’s draft. He had the option of sending it to the Colorado Avalanche as part of last November’s Matt Duchene. The Avs will receive the Senators’ 2019 first rounder. 

USA TODAY: The NHL wouldn’t let the Vancouver Canucks send their mascot Fin to represent the club at the draft lottery. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (lower-body injury) is probable to play in Game 2 today against the Washington Capitals. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks’ local television rating plunged nearly by half since their 2015 Stanley Cup championship run. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 9, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 9, 2018

Panthers defeat Bruins, opening-round playoff bracket and schedule released and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers won’t make the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs but they finished the season on a high note with a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins in the final regular-season game of 2017-18. Former Bruin Frank Vatrano got a measure of revenge against his old team with a goal and an assist. The Bruins’ defeat ensured the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched first in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference standings. 

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is this season’s winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy. (Photo via NHL Images)

All the opening-round playoff series are now set. In the Eastern Conference, the Lightning will face the New Jersey Devils, the Bruins square off against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington Capitals tangle with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins battle the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators meet the Colorado Avalanche, the Winnipeg Jets face off against the Minnesota Wild, the Vegas Golden Knights go up against the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks face the San Jose Sharks. 

The league also released the opening-round playoff schedule. The postseason opens on Wednesday, Apr. 11 with Game 1 of the Penguins-Flyers, Jets-Wild and Golden Knights-Kings series.

The full 2018 NHL Draft Lottery odds have been released. The Buffalo Sabres have the best chance of winning (18.5 percent) while the Panthers have a 1 percent chance. 

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick won the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goalie who plays at least 25 games for his club allowing the fewest goals.

NEWSDAY: It appears the New York Islanders won’t be replacing general manager Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight. Meanwhile, defenseman Johnny Boychuk said he’ll undergo surgery for an unspecified lower-back injury. He expects to be fully recovered by June. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: After being fired by the New York Rangers, former head coach Alain Vigneault released a statement thanking the organization for his five seasons behind their bench. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 29, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 29, 2018

Game recaps, Bruins re-sign Zdeno Chara and new NHL draft lottery odds revealed in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Auston Matthews scored his 30th goal of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Florida Panthers 4-3 (Photo via NHL Images)

 NHL.COM: A three-goal first period enabled the Toronto Maple Leafs to hold off the Florida Panthers 4-3. James van Riemsdyk tallied his 200th career NHL goal and Auston Matthews got his 30th of the season for the Leafs (99 points), who set a single-season franchise record with their 46th victory and 27th home wins, putting them on the verge of clinching a playoff berth. Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice for the Panthers (85 points), who remain three points out of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov’s overtime goal gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers. With the win, the Capitals (99 points) hold a seven-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins for top spot in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Philadelphia Flyers (92 points) moved into third place in the Metro Division by edging the Colorado Avalanche 2-1. Claude Giroux and Ivan Provorov were the Flyers’ goalscorers. The Avs (90 points) remain one point out of a Western Conference playoff berth. 

A two-goal performance by Kevin Connauton helped the Arizona Coyotes nip the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2, ending the latter’s five-game points streak. The Coyotes are 9-5-1 in their last 15 games. Arizona rookie Clayton Keller collected an assist to extend his personal points streak to 10 games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes’ struggles during the first half of the season doomed their playoff hopes, but they’ve shown considerable improvement over the second half. That bodes well for a long-overdue breakthrough performance next season. 

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins yesterday reached an agreement on a new one-year contract with defenseman and team captain Zdeno Chara. He’ll earn a base salary of $5 million with $1.75 million in performance bonuses. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a reasonable contract for the 41-year-old Chara. In 68 games, he’s tallied seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points, with a plus-minus of plus-26 while averaging a team-leading 23 minutes of ice time per game. While no longer the dominant defenseman he once was, the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder remains a very effective two-way blueliner and leader for the Bruins. Chara also serves as a mentor for young rearguards Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. 

The 2018 NHL Draft Lottery will take place on Saturday, April 28. The odds are as follows:

Non-Playoff Team (Fewest Points to Most), 2018 Odds, 2017 Odds*, 2015 & 2016 Odds

1, 18.5%, 18.0%, 20.0%

2, 13.5%, 12.1%, 13.5%

3, 11.5%, 10.3%, 11.5%

4, 9.5%, 10.3%, 9.5%

5, 8.5%, 8.5%, 8.5%

6, 7.5%, 7.6%, 7.5%

7, 6.5%, 6.7%, 6.5%

8, 6.0%, 5.8%, 6.0%

9, 5.0%, 5.4%, 5.0%

10, 3.5%, 4.5%, 3.5%

11, 3.0%, 3.2%, 3.0%

12, 2.5%, 2.7%, 2.5%

13, 2.0%, 2.2%, 2.0%

14, 1.5%, 1.8%, 1.0%

15, 1.0%, 0.9%