NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 13, 2018

Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2018 formally inducted, plus game recaps, three stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Willie O’Ree, Alexander Yakushev, Jayna Hefford, and Gary Bettman were formally inducted last night into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

NEW YORK POST:  Larry Brooks received the Elmer Ferguson Award and was also enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the inductees. Fans and pundits have already started speculating over who will form the class of 2019. You can read my take at Featurd.io. 

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist moves into fifth on the NHL’s all-time wins list. (Photo via NHL Images)

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to pick up his 437th career NHL win as his club edged the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. Lundqvist moves into eighth place on the all-time wins list. The Rangers are unbeaten (6-0-1) in their last seven games, but they lost forward Pavel Buchenich for four-to-six weeks with a broken thumb. 

The Chicago Blackhawks lost their eighth straight game, dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Carolina Hurricanes. Sebastian Aho tallied the game-winner. During the first intermission, the Hurricanes honored Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward, who spent 13 seasons in Carolina and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2006. Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce missed the game with a lower-body injury.

Cam Atkinson collected a goal and an assist and Pierre-Luc Dubois netted the game-winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Dallas Stars 2-1. The Stars also lost forward Devin Shore for 7-10 days with a lower-body injury.

John Gibson kicked out 34 shots, including 10 in overtime, backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Rickard Rakell potted the winner in a shootout. Earlier in the day, the Predators placed winger Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. 

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak, Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler, and Philadelphia Flyers left wing Claude Giroux were named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov.11, 2019.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goaltender Jack Campbell will be sidelined four-to-six weeks as he’ll require surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Campbell joins starter Jonathan Quick, who recently underwent surgery for the same issue. If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Kings would have no luck at all this season. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. He’s been recovering from off-season knee surgery. 

TSN: “The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing.” 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2018

Game recaps plus the latest on Henrik Lundqvist, the Sedins, Henrik Zetterberg, Bobby Ryan and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their fourth straight win by downing the Washington Capitals 7-4. Evgeni Malkin scored twice and set up two others while Phil Kessel tallied two goals. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and set up another. Pittsburgh forward Patric Hornqvist left the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. 

Eric Staal’s two goals helped the Minnesota Wild down the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 (Photo via NHL Images).

Eric Staal scored twice and set up another to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Wild blueliner Jonas Brodin collected three assists. 

Darren Helm had a three-point game while Petr Mrazek made 36 saves to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Speaking of the Red Wings, The Athletic’s Craig Custance reports an NHL source said as long as the current Red Wings management remains in charge, captain Henrik Zetterberg won’t be approached about waiving his no-trade clause. Zetterberg, 37, has three more seasons remaining on his contract but said earlier this season he wants to retire as a Red Wing.

The San Jose Sharks snapped their four-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Meanwhile, as defenseman Paul Martin toils for the Sharks’ farm team, he’s staying patient in hopes he’ll return to the NHL this season as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Daniel and Henrik Sedin intend to wait until the end of this season to determine if they’ll return in 2018-19. The twins are eligible to become unrestricted free agents in July. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sedins return next season on one-year, bonus-laden contracts. Both appear comfortable with taking on secondary roles while acting as mentors for the Canucks’ younger players. 

NEW YORK POST: If Rangers management decides to rebuild its roster, long-time goaltender Henrik Lundqvist wants to be a part of it. Meanwhile, Lundqvist’s teammate Pavel Buchnevich is out indefinitely with a concussion

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talk of the Rangers possibly engaging in a roster retool this year prompted some concern over Lundqvist’s reaction to such a move. His comments takes the issue of his future off the table, avoiding what could’ve been an unnecessary distraction for Lundqvist, his teammates and management. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Bobby Ryan remains sidelined with a hand injury. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson received a two-game suspension by the NHL’s department of player safety for cross checking Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck in the face. 

WINNIPEG SUN: As defenseman Dmitry Kulikov returns to the Jets lineup, center Adam Lowry could be sidelined with a suspected shoulder injury.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are banding together to support teammate Adam Larsson after the sudden passing of his father, Robert. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Larsson family. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 2, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 2, 2018

Game recaps, the top three stars and top rookie for January 2018 and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Vegas Golden Knights set the record for most wins by an NHL team in its inaugural season with a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The game had a measure of controversy. A slash to the mask of Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck by Vegas winger James Neal, leading to a goal by Erik Haula, was somehow not considered goaltender interference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: First, congratulations to the Golden Knights for their record-setting victory. Second, this puzzling decision by league officials is yet another example of the growing confusion this season over what constitutes goaltender interference. It’s an ongoing embarrassment for the league, whose recent directive to address the problem was telling its officials not to “overthink” the issue. In this instance, it doesn’t appear as though they put much thought into it at all. 

Alex Killorn had a four-point performance as the Tampa Bay Lightning thumped the Calgary Flames 7-4 (Photo via NHL Images).

Alex Killorn scored twice and set up two others to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-4 thumping of the Calgary Flames, handing the latter their sixth straight defeat. Cory Conacher also scored two goals and Matthew Peca had a three-point night for the Lightning.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 32 saves as his club defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-1. Rask extended his personal points streak to 17-0-2 in his last 19 starts. Earlier in the day, the Bruins announced rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy was cleared to return to practice. McAvoy recently underwent a procedure to address an abnormal heart rhythm.

Playing in his 600th career NHL game, Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson tallied the game winner in overtime to give his club a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up their second straight shutout win by blanking the New York Rangers 4-0. Justin Holl became the first defenseman in Leafs history to score a goal in each of his first two games. Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves for the win. Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich left the game and is listed as day-to-day after taking an uncalled elbow to the jaw from Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner.

After being sidelined for 11 games, Filip Forsberg returned to score a goal and add an assist as the Nashville Predators blanked the Los Angeles Kings 5-0. It was the second straight shutout for Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.

J.T. Compher’s overtime tally gave the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers, who had overcome a 3-1 deficit to force the extra frame. Earlier in the day, the Avalanche announced center Nathan MacKinnon will be sidelined two-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury.

Nico Hischier potted the game winner latest in the third period as the New Jersey Devils edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas drew attention to himself with a leaping high hit on Devils winger Kyle Palmieri. No word if he’ll received supplemental discipline for the incident. Palmieri would return to the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Gudas history of questionable hits, he’ll be fortunate if the league passes on this one. It looked like he was imitating Stone Cold Steve Austin doing a Lou Thesz press

Brendan Gaunce scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks picked up their fifth win in eight games with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Dallas Stars tallied four unanswered goals to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. Stars forward Devin Shore had a goal and an assist. Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta was a late scratch as he was involved in a car accident on route to the game. Raanta was shaken up but otherwise unhurt. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier this week, Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis become the 106th defenseman in NHL history to play 1,000 games. 

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward turned in a 27-save shutout effort to carry his club to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Canes defenseman Brett Pesce tallied his first goal of the season.

Keith Yandle scored a goal and added two assists as the Florida Panthers doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier were the NHL’s three stars for the month of January 2018. New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal was named rookie of the month

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins winger Conor Sheary is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 22, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 22, 2016

The Edmonton Oilers celebrate one of their goals in their 5-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Edmonton Oilers celebrate one of their goals in their 5-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Game recaps, injury and waiver updates, All-Star voting & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Leon Draisaitl scored twice, Connor McDavid collected two assists and Cam Talbot made 31 saves as the Edmonton Oilers shut out the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0. 

P.K. Subban scored twice as the Nashville Predators downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1.

The New York Rangers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. Rookie Jake Guentzel scored both goals (his first in the NHL) for the Penguins. Earlier in the day, the Rangers claimed forward Matt Puempel off waivers from the Ottawa Senators, while forward Pavel Buchnevich (back) will be sidelined two-three weeks.  The Penguins, meanwhile, placed winger Chris Kunitz (lower-body injury) on injured reserve

Brent Burns had a goal and an assists and Martin Jones made 27 saves as the San Jose Sharks blanked the New Jersey Devils 4-0. Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced winger Tomas Hertl is sidelined indefinitely following a minor procedure to address a knee sprain. 

Jamie Benn scored in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild. 

Matt Duchene’s overtime goal lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assists to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. 

TSN:  Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom are the NHL’s stars of the week. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Coyotes announced Tucson Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham is in stable but critical condition after collapsing prior to an AHL game against the Manitoba Moose. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Cunningham makes a swift and full recovery. 

NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers announced defenseman Alex Petrovic (ankle injury) will miss the next eight weeks

The Carolina Hurricanes placed goaltender Eddie Lack (concussion) on injured reserve, called up goalie Michael Leighton and assigned defenseman Ryan Murphy to their AHL affiliate on a conditioning stint

LAS VEGAS JOURNAL-REVIEW:  The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise will reveal their name and jersey today. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thank heavens, I was getting tired of calling them the “Las Vegas Insert Your Name Here”. 

NHL.COM:  The league is changing the fan voting rules to prevent the fans from stuffing the ballot box for a write-in candidate.”Players who are injured or in the minors won’t be on the active ballot until they’re back in the NHL. If someone is voted captain and is hurt or in the AHL, the player with the second-most votes gets in.” Last year, the fans voted for long-time enforcer John Scott, who was playing in the minors at the time.. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for the league, Scott’s presence at the 2016 All-Star Game turned into a feel-good story with a happy ending. The league obviously wants to avoid the possibility of a potential embarrassment in future All-Star contests.

WINNIPEG SUN: Former NHL defenseman Ian White was granted a three-month conditional sentence and placed on 12 months supervised probation after pleading guilty to three firearm storage offenses. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 20, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 20, 2016

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid celebrates one of his three goals against the Dallas Stars.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid celebrates one of his three goals against the Dallas Stars.

Game recaps, injury updates, latest on CBA extension proposal & more in your NHL morning headlines. 

NHL.COM: Connor McDavid snapped a 10-game scoring drought with his first career NHL hat trick to led the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. The win also ended the Oilers five-game losing skid. 

The ageless Jaromir Jagr scored a goal and set up two others and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves to give the Florida Panthers a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Earlier in the day, the Senators placed goaltender Andrew Hammond on waivers. The team also revealed winger Bobby Ryan is sidelined by a broken finger

Marian Hossa’s overtime goal capped a four-goal comeback for the Chicago Blackhawks, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. 

Carey Price made 31 saves and Alexander Radulov collected two assists as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. The Habs are the first club to reach 30 points this season. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves for his second straight shutout as he and the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0.

A three-goal second period lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. 

Anders Nilsson made 46 saves and Cal O’Reilly scored in the shootout as the Buffalo Sabres upset the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. 

Jeff Carter tallied his team-high seventh goal as the Los Angeles Kings doubled up the New Jersey Devils 4-2. 

Nathan MacKinnon scored the game winner as the Colorado Avalanche nipped the Minnesota Wild 3-2. 

Jake Allen made 30 saves and Kyle Brodizak got the winning goal as the St. Louis Blues beat the Nashville Predators 3-1. 

Martin Hanzal’s overtime tally lifted the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks were playing without Tomas Hertl, who could miss weeks to a knee injury. 

THE WASHINGTON POST:  Capitals winger T.J. Oshie is listed as week-to-week with an upper body injury, while forward Lars Eller is day-to-day. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers rookie Pavel Buchnevich will undergo further testing on his ailing back. 

NEW YORK POST:  Larry Brooks take a dim view of the NHL’s proposal to the NHLPA to extend the current collective bargaining agreement by three years in exchange for Olympic participation in 2018. He accuses the league of playing hardball with the players, who are unhappy with the high percentage of escrow clawbacks from their salaries. Brooks anticipates the PA will reject the league’s proposal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Should the PA reject the league’s offer, I wouldn’t be surprised if they make a counteroffer agreeing to extend the CBA and participate in the 2018 Olympics, provided there’s a cap on escrow over the remainder of the agreement. I’ll have more on this later today in my Soapbox. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Tucson Roadrunners (farm team of the Arizona Coyotes) had their game on Saturday against the Manitoba Moose postponed after team captain Craig Cunningham collapsed before the start of the game. He was stretchered from the ice and rushed to hospital. The Coyote intend to provide further information later today. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Cunningham for a swift recovery.