NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 19, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 19, 2019

Injury updates before Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, Senators to interview Patrick Roy for their vacant head-coaching position, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC SPORTS: There was no update yesterday to the status of Erik Karlsson. The San Jose Sharks defenseman sat out half of the third period in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final in obvious discomfort. That’s prompted speculation his nagging groin injury has flared up again. 

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson’s status remains uncertain for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images).

St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn will miss Game 5 with an upper-body injury. Dunn was struck in the face by a puck in Game 3. Blues forward Sammy Blais, meanwhile, is expected to play in today’s contest. Blais took a Brent Burns shot off his foot in Game 4. 

NHL.COM: Game 5 of the Western Conference Final begins at 3 pm ET today. 

STLTODAY.COM: Speaking of the Blues, they’re rallying around Laila Anderson, an 11-year-old fan battling a rare disease. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (knee injury) and forward Chris Wagner (right arm) aren’t expected to be ready for the start of the Stanley Cup Final. 

OTTAWA SUN: Patrick Roy is expected to be interviewed for the Ottawa Senators’ vacant head-coaching position. Roy, a Hall-of-Fame goaltender, is a former coach of the Colorado Avalanche. He’s now the coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Roy won the Jack Adams Award in 2014 but stepped down two years later over a lack of input regard player personnel decisions. He has a reputation for being hot-tempered and impulsive but he also has plenty of experience working with young players. Roy is just one of several candidates for the Senators’ coaching job. 

NEW YORK POST: Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko believes he can convince the New Jersey Devils to select him with the first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Kakko is tied for the scoring lead at the IIHF World Championships with six goals in four games. “This is a big thing for me for the draft,” Kakko told NHL.com through a translator. “I think I can be the first [pick].”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: American center Jack Hughes is considered the top prospect in this year’s draft. Kakko’s performance at the Worlds, however, has some observers suggesting the Devils should select him instead.