NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, Nikita Kucherov fined, Ducks talking contract with Jakob Silfverberg, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team to reach 80 points this season by holding on for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. Lightning forward Brayden Point missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. Earlier in the day, the NHL announced Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov was fined $5,000.00 for a dangerous trip on New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield on Friday.

The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 4-2 deficit to edge the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 on an overtime goal by Nolan Patrick, with four of their goals coming on the power-play. Flyers captain Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists while Carter Hart made 40 saves. 

Nico Hischier scored the game-tying and game-winning goals as the New Jersey Devils eked out a 3-2 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens. 

Jack Roslovic’s hat trick helped the Winnipeg Jets thump the Anaheim Ducks 9-3 (Photo via NHL Images).

The Winnipeg Jets tallied a franchise-record six goals in the first period to roast the Anaheim Ducks 9-3. Jack Roslovic had a hat trick and Bryan Little added two goals. Ducks goalie John Gibson was pulled in the first period after giving up six goals on 14 shots while teammate Corey Perry was held pointless in his season debut.  Meanwhile, reports indicate contract talks are progressing between the Ducks and pending free agent winger Jakob Silfverberg. 

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed defenseman Martin Marincin on waivers

Jonathan Bernier turned in a 35-save performance as the Detroit Red Wings shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0. The Wings were playing without center Dylan Larkin, who’s sidelined one-to-two weeks with a strained oblique muscle. Earlier in the day, the league announced Senators forward Zack Smith was fined $5,000.00 for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson on Friday. 

The Florida Panthers downed the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat. Panthers goalie James Reimer kicked out 34 shots while Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist. 

Three unanswered third-period goals powered the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, extending their points streak to eight games. Isles defenseman Ryan Pulock collected three assists. 

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored one goal and set up two others as his club doubled up the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. The Blues have won six of their last nine games to move within three points of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets now hold a three-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

Third-period goals by Blake Comeau and Mattias Janmark enabled the Dallas Stars to beat the Nashville Predators 3-1, giving the Stars their fourth straight victory. 

Erik Gustafsson’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat had a three-point performance. 

Jacob Markstrom’s 34-save performance carried the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, enabling the Canucks (54 points) to move past the Avs (52 points) into the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.  Jake Virtanen and Antoine Roussel each had a goal and an assist. 

The San Jose Sharks nipped the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 thanks to an overtime goal by Brent Burns. The Coyotes were playing without defenseman Jakob Chychrun, who didn’t embark on their road trip owing to a lower-body injury

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Lars Eller (lower-body injury) will be a game-day decision for today’s contest against the Boston Bruins.

THE SCORE: Sportsnet analyst Brian Burke is no fan of the Carolina Hurricane’s post-game victory celebrations.  “I think it’s bush league. If they want to keep doing it in Carolina, fine. I think it’s bush league (and) I hate it.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke then yelled at some kids to stay off his lawn, shook his fist at a passing cloud, and told a long-winded tale about how much better things were back in his day. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 28, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 28, 2018

Jets down the Predators, Hart Trophy finalists announced, Evander Kane suspended. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Connor Hellebuyck made 47 saves backstopping the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of their second-round series. Mark Scheifele scored twice and Blake Wheeler collected two assists.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck backstopped his club to a Game 1 victory over the Nashville Predators (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hellebuyck flat-out stole this game for the Jets, who were outplayed and outshot by the Predators. They’ll need a better overall effort in Game 2. 

New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon are this year’s finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This should also bring an end to weeks of tedious debate over whether Edmonton Oilers star (and 2017 Hart winner) Connor McDavid should be a nominee. If you’re among those who believe he should’ve, don’t worry, he’ll likely be a frequent finalist (and winner) in the coming years. Now you can turn your focus toward more important matters, like what the Oilers intend to do to surround McDavid with the talent needed to turn the Oilers into a Stanley Cup contender. 

San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane received a one-game suspension for cross-checking Vegas Golden Knights forward Pierre-Marc Bellemare in Game 1 of their second-round series.

The 2018 NHL Draft Lottery will be held tonight in Toronto starting at 7:30 pm ET. The Buffalo Sabres have the best chance of winning this year’s lottery, with an 18.5 percent chance.

CALGARY SUN: Brian Burke is stepping down as president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Now Burke has time to devote to more important matters, like relearning how neckties work and taming his Sonic the Hedgehog hairstyle. 

Speaking of the Flames, former NHL linesman Don Henderson has been ordered to pay $11,000.00 for costs in his unsuccessful lawsuit against former Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and the team.

USA TODAY: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand denied reports claiming the Bruins forward was asked by the league to stop licking players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This has to be the silliest headline I’ve read this week. 

TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and head coach Mike Babcock denied a report claiming a rift had emerged between the two during their opening-round series against the Bruins.

Todd McLellan will return next season as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Assistant coaches Ian Herbers and Jim Johnson were relieved of their duties. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres forward Jacob Josefson signed a four-year deal with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League.

CANES COUNTRY: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck is set to sign with KHL team CSKA Moscow.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 8, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 8, 2017

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel could be key players over the remainder of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Updates on the Predators & Penguins, arena talk in Calgary & Seattle, Kings re-sign Toffoli & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE TENNESSEAN: With the 2017 Stanley Cup Final now down to a “best of three”, winning a game in Pittsburgh, containing Sidney Crosby and steady goaltending from Pekka Rinne will be key factors for the Nashville Predators.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins winger Phil Kessel has struggled to score in the Final, but he feels he’s on the verge of breaking his slump.

CALGARY SUN: Flames president of operations Brian Burke raised eyebrows yesterday by stating the club will move if it doesn’t get a new arena. “We’re not going to make the threat to leave. We’ll just leave,” Burke told a business luncheon at the Canadian Club of Calgary Wednesday.

Later in the day, Flames president and CEO Ken King issued a statement saying Burke “is not our spokesperson regarding a new events centre for our city.” King adds the club remains “committed to our dialogue with the City and very optimistic we will get to a positive conclusion. We admire everyone’s enthusiasm on this subject.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke is renowned for his blunt, outspoken style so we shouldn’t be surprised that he went off script on this topic. While King’s remarks distanced the club from Burke’s comments, this will be interpreted by Flames fans as an unsubtle attempt to pressure the city of Calgary into ponying up for a new arena. 

SEATTLE TIMES: Hollywood film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer and billionaire investment banker David Bonderman were introduced yesterday by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as part of Oak View Group, whose goal is to renovate KeyArena. The group hopes to attract an NHL franchise in the short term and an NBA franchise down the road.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flames to Seattle, anyone? Just kidding! If this project gets off the ground and turns KeyArena into a viable NHL venue, they could prove enticing to the NHL as an expansion or relocation destination. 

NHL.COM: The Los Angeles Kings last night announced the re-signing of forward Tyler Toffoli to a three-year contract worth an annual average value of $4.6 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Toffoli, 25, was a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. He’s among the Kings’ few good young scorers. A solid two-way player, he tallied a career-best 31 goals and 58 points in 2015-16. Injuries limited him this season to 34 points in 63 games, contributing to the Kings’ failure to reach the 2017 playoffs.

This is a good, affordable re-signing by new general manager Rob Blake. I think he sold Toffoli on this deal with the promise of a more lucrative contract in two- or three-years time.

This signing pushes the Kings payroll for 2017-18 to over $67 million invested in 18 players. Toffoli was their most significant free agent this summer. However, they still need to free up some cap space to bolster their scoring punch. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks are reportedly close to re-signing goaltender Martin Jones to a contract extension.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Multiple reports claim Ulf Samuelsson has accepted as assistant coach job with the Blackhawks. 

SPORTSNET: Newell Brown and Nolan Baumgartner have joined the Vancouver Canucks as assistant coaches. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 23, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 23, 2017

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson (left) celebrates his overtime goal against the Ottawa Senators.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Cam Atkinson scored twice, including the game-winning goal in overtime, and Alexander Wennberg collected three assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Ottawa Senators 7-6. Sens winger Zack Smith had a three-point performance (including two goals) and Mike Hoffman also scored twice for Ottawa. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was the latest in several recent NHL contests that were high-scoring throwbacks to the 1980s. Perhaps the compressed schedule has something to do with it. 

Jonathan Toews scored and set up three others to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

Matt Murray turned in a 44-save performance and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to carry the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask left the game in the second period after suffering a migraine attack.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some might scoff at Rask leaving the game to a migraine, but anyone who’s ever suffered those attacks knows how debilitating they can be. For me, it feels like someone’s drilling through my skull and into my brain. 

Filip Forsberg scored twice as the Nashville Predators doubled up the Minnesota Wild 4-2, giving Predators coach Peter Laviolette his 500th career NHL win. 

J.T. Miller scored in overtime and Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves as the New York Rangers blanked the Detroit Red Wings 1-0. It was a costly game for both clubs. Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek left the game in the first period with a groin injury, though he’s not expected to be sidelined long term. Rangers center Kevin Hayes suffered a lower-body injury.  Earlier in the day, the Wings announced forward Drew Miller was placed on waivers. 

Claude Giroux scored in overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, injured during the Ducks’ game on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild, is expected to play in tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk is no fan of the league’s enforced in-season switched to slimmer, contoured goalie pants. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league should’ve waited to implement this in the offseason to allow the goaltenders times to adjust to the new pants. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have opened contract talks with pending free agent forward Zack Smith. 

TSN: William (Bill) Burke, father of Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke, passed away Friday at the age of 90. 

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