NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 12, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 12, 2019

Game recaps, Evgeni Malkin to have a disciplinary hearing, stars of the week, Kings trade Nate Thompson to the Canadiens, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 50 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers to snap a four-game losing skid. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist while Nick Bjugstad tallied his first goal as a Penguin.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin faces supplemental discipline for swinging his stick at Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl (Photo via NHL Images).

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin faces supplementary discipline for swinging his stick at Flyers winger Michael Raffl after the latter punched him in the back of the head. Malkin was ejected from the game. Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and didn’t return. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the win, the Penguins (65 points) opened a three-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. Malkin was fined $5,000.00 last January for spearing LA Kings winger Dustin Brown. Raffl was grazed by Malkin’s stick but wasn’t injured, which could factor into whatever punishment the Penguins winger could face. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and set up two others, including Alex Ovechkin’s 38th goal of the season, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-4. Austin Wagner tallied twice for the Kings. 

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton picked up his 1,050th career assist to pass Gordie Howe for ninth on the all-time list during his club’s 7-2 drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks. Evander Kane scored twice for the Sharks, who’ve have won 11 of their last 12 contests. The Canucks were playing without goaltender Jacob Markstrom (undisclosed) and center Brandon Sutter (lower body). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the loss, the Canucks (57 points) remain two points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second Western Conference wild-card spot. 

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, and Chicago Blackhawks center Dylan Strome are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 10.

The Montreal Canadiens yesterday acquired center Nate Thompson and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft (originally belonging to Arizona) from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019 (originally acquired from Calgary). The Canadiens also called up winger Dale Weise, who was acquired on Saturday from Philadelphia. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens acquired Thompson and Weise to shore up their fourth line, which has been a problem area this season.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks yesterday announced goaltender Collin Delia signed a three-year, $3-million contract extension.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils claimed forward Kenny Agostino off waivers from the Canadiens. 

CBS SPORTS: The Colorado Avalanche recalled winger Tyson Jost. 

TUCKER HOCKEY: Provides a diagram explaining how the NHL became a billion-dollar business. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2019

Game recaps, the fallout from the Ducks firing coach Randy Carlyle, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues extended their winning streak to six games by edging the Nashville Predators 5-4 in overtime. Vladimir Taranseko tallied a hat trick, including the game-winning goal. Viktor Arvidsson scored twice for the Predators. With the win, the Blues (59 points) move into the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference and sit two points behind the third-place Dallas Stars in the Central Division. 

Vladimir Tarasenko’s hat trick lifted the St. Louis Blues to their sixth straight win (Photo via NHL Images).

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane (one goal, one assist) extended his points streak to 14 games in a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Dominik Kahun scored twice, Alex DeBrincat collected three assists and Cam Ward made 43 saves. The Blackhawks (55 points) winning streak is now at seven games and they sit four points out of a Western Conference wild-card berth. 

Brad Marchand’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche (55 points), handing the latter their seventh straight loss and dropping them four points out of a Western playoff spot. The Avs are also 1-11 in overtime this season. The Bruins (70 points) move one ahead of the Montreal Canadiens into third in the Atlantic Division. 

Third-period goals by Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, snapping their three-game losing skid. Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian missed the game as he’s listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

Marcus Johansson scored two goals and Nico Hischier had three assists as the New Jersey Devils edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. The Hurricanes (62 points) remain one point out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes announced goaltender Scott Darling has been granted a leave of absence for personal reasons. Darling has spent most of this season with the Hurricane’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Darling’s performance has suffered over the last two years. Hopefully, this leave of absence gives him the opportunity to rest and refocus on getting his career back on track. 

The New York Islanders (72 points) picked up their third straight win by nipping the Minnesota Wild 2-1, widening their lead in the Metropolitan Division by five points. The Wild (59 points) have won just once in their last six games and now cling to the final wild-card spot in the West.

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored twice to snap a 10-game goalless drought to help his club beat the Florida Panthers 5-2. Entering the game at the end of the second period, Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo appeared in his 1,030th career game, moving past Patrick Roy into second place on the all-time list. 

New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made a career-high 55-saves on his 23rd birthday in a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Earlier in the day, the Leafs activated winger Tyler Ennis off injured reserve.

SPORTSNET: The Anaheim Ducks yesterday fired head coach Randy Carlyle. General manager Bob Murray takes over as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Murray said he’ll name a full-time replacement in the offseason. Dallas Eakins, coach of their AHL affiliate in San Diego and former head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, is considered a definite candidate for the job. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a move long overdue and probably should’ve been made two or three weeks ago before this current tailspin got out of hand. For those wondering why Eakins isn’t promoted now, it appears Murray and company prefer he finish the season with their farm club. Murray also said he wants to focus on the roster to better determine what needs to be fixed. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens placed winger Kenny Agostino on waivers and demoted defenseman Karl Alzner to their AHL affiliate in Laval. 

CBC.CA: Stratford, PEI native Zack MacEwen has been called up by the Vancouver Canucks. MacEwen, 22, spent the past two seasons with the Canucks’ AHL affiliate in Utica, NY.