NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2018

Game recaps, stars of the week, Red Wings ship Petr Mrazek to Flyers, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: The Washington Capitals regained first place in the Metropolitan Division by edging the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Capitas captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his league-leading 35th goal and teammate John Carlson had a goal and an assist. 

Brad Marchand’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames. The Bruins (80 points) move to within one point of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the lead in the Eastern Conference.

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice as the Nashville Predators downed the Ottawa Senators 5-2. (Photo via NHL Images)

A two-goal performance by Viktor Arvidsson helped the Nashville Predators down the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne turned aside 36 shots. 

Ryan Miller made 20 saves in relief of John Gibson as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0. Gibson left the game after the second period with a lower-body injury

Two goals by Jason Zucker powered the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist for the Islanders.

Jonathan Quick made 27 saves and Dion Phaneuf scored his second goal in three games as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1, handing the Hawks their ninth loss in ten games.

Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks traded sophomore defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a conditional third-round draft pick in 2018. The club also banned four fans who racially taunted Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly in a recent game from future games. 

New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 18, 2018. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Philadelphia Flyers last night acquired goaltender Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 and a conditional third in 2019.

If the Flyers reach the playoffs and Mrazek wins five regular-season games, the 2018 fourth rounder becomes a third-round selection. “If the Flyers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and Mrazek wins six playoff games, the third-round pick then becomes a second rounder. If the Flyers re-sign Mrazek for next season, then the Red Wings would also get the Flyers’ third-round selection in 2019.” The Wings also absorbed half of Mrazek’s $4 million salary-cap hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers could’ve had Mrazek last week for a third-round pick but rejected the offer. That was before they lost backup Michal Neuvirth to a lower-body injury. With starter Brian Elliott out five-to-six weeks recovering from core muscle surgery, general manager Ron Hextall had no choice but to seek some experienced help.

The question is, which version of Mrazek are they getting? Is it the goaltender who’s been playing well over the past four weeks, or the one whose inconsistency over the last two seasons cost him the starter’s job in Detroit? For the sake of their playoff hopes, it better be the former.

NHL.COM: Colorado Avalanche defensemen Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm are sidelined indefinitely with upper-body injuries. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Johnson for a significant period could hurt the Avs chances of clinching a playoff spot. He’s their leader in ice time and sits second in points (22) among Colorado defensemen. 

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno will miss one-to-two weeks with a lower-body injury

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders placed goaltender Thomas Greiss on injured reserve. Head coach Doug Weight doesn’t expect he’ll be sidelined for a lengthy period. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights put center Pierre-Marc Bellemare (upper body) on IR.

THE MERCURY NEWS: With Brent Burns status for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis, the San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Paul Martin. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed forward Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year contract extension worth $1.9 million.

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 8, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 8, 2017

The Nashville Predators are heading to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.

Predators eliminate Blues, Oilers stay alive against Ducks & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators are going to the Western Conference Finals. The Predators defeated the St. Louis Blue 3-1 to win their second-round series in six games. Ryan Johansen netted the winning goal while defenseman Roman Josi scored the game-tying tally and assisted on Calle Jarnkrok’s insurance goal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators’ fan base is among the most enthusiastic in the league and they rocked the Bridgestone Arena in this historic game for their franchise. The Preds and their fans now await the winner of the Anaheim Ducks-Edmonton Oilers series.

As for the Blues, they simply couldn’t generate enough offense (especially on the power play) in this series. One reason was Blues forward Alex Steen played with a broken foot suffered during the opening game of their first-round series against the Minnesota Wild. 

Leon Draisaitl scored his first career NHL hat trick and added two assists to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 7-1 beatdown of the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of their second-round series. The seventh and deciding game will be played in Anaheim on Wednesday. Mark Letestu also scored two goals and collected two assists for the Oilers, who played without sidelined blueliners Oscar Klefbom and Andrej Sekera

SPECTOR’S NOTE: About the only thing the Ducks did right in this game was keeping Oilers captain Connor McDavid off the score sheet. Not that it matter, as the Oilers bolted from the gate and had a 5-0 lead by the end of the first period. Klefbom might return for Game 7 but Sekera is out for the remainder of this series. 

THE WASHINGTON POST/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has emerged as his club’s brightest star in this year’s postseason. Meanwhile, a possible undisclosed injury could knock Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley out of the lineup for Game 6 tonight in Pittsburgh. Mark Streit or Chad Ruhwedel could be Daley’s replacement if he’s unable to play. The Penguins lead the series 3-2. 

OTTAWA SUN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Ottawa Senators need a better effort at Madison Square Garden tonight in Game 6 if they hope to eliminate the New York Rangers. The Senators lost their last two outings there by identical 4-1 scores. As for the Rangers, they’ll need a better effort from their veterans in Game 6 than the average one they had in their previous game if they’re to extend this series to a seventh and deciding game. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare helped France to an upset win over Finland yesterday at the IIHF World Championships, then declined to accept the player of the game award. He instead handed it to his teammate, goaltender Florian Hardy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A truly selfless and classy move by Bellemare. 

NBC SPORTS: Speaking of the IIHF, president Rene Fasel is keeping the door open on NHL participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 2, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is showered by hats after scoring his third goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game recaps, post-trade deadline news, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrick Kane’s hat trick powered the Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth straight victory by downing the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. 

Victor Hedman scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal and two assists.

ESPN.COM: The 2017 NHL trade deadline was the slowest since 2013. Only 18 deals involving 33 players were made before yesterday’s 3 pm ET deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on yesterday’s deadline and the players who weren’t moved later this morning in my rumors section. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: A mysterious injury to winger Patrick Sharp prevented the Dallas Stars from trading him before yesterday’s deadline. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

PHILLY.COM:  The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year, $5 million contract extension. They also re-signed center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a two-year extension Wednesday paying him $1.45 million per season. Meanwhile, Flyers forward Michael Raffl will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with a left knee injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Neuvirth signing casts doubt on the future of Steve Mason with the Flyers. He’s an unrestricted free agent and probably won’t be re-signed. Once the June expansion draft has passed, I expect the Flyers could be among the suitors for LA Kings’ pending UFA goalie Ben Bishop. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Jesper Fast will miss two-three weeks with an upper-body injury. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes recalled winger Anthony Duclair from their AHL affiliate. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban was honored yesterday with Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross for his dedication to community service with his charity work in Montreal. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights made their final installment payment on their expansion fee and are now officially part of the NHL.