NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 26, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 26, 2016

Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg celebrates a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg celebrates a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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

NHL.com: Alexander Wennberg, Cam Atkinson and Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nearly two months into this season, the Jackets are showing no sign of fading. They’re not last season’s sad sack bunch and must be taken seriously. 

Colin Wilson and Ryan Johansen netted two goals each and Mike Fisher collected three assists to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a game involving two teams heading in different directions. After a poor start, the Predators are rapidly climbing up the Western Conference standings. The Jets, after showing some promise riding the offense of Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine, have fallen out of a playoff berth. 

Charlie Coyote and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice to power the Minnesota Wild to a 6-2 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Frans Nielsen scored twice and set up Mike Green’s overtime goal as the Detroit Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4. Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard left the game with a groin injury and is expected to be sidelined for at least a week. 

Patrick Kane scored a goal and set up another to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks. 

Shootout goals by Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson lifted the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Mark Puempel scored his first goal as a New York Ranger while Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 40-save performance to give the Blueshirts a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Patrick Marleau’s goal with 22 seconds remaining in the third period lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. 

Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves to backstop the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Chad Johnson kicked out 35 shots and Alex Chiasson scored the game winner as the Calgary Flames edged the Boston Bruins 2-1. 

Esa Lindell scored his first NHL goal and Antti Niemi made 30 saves as the Dallas Stars nipped the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. 

The National Hockey League is 99 years old. The league was officially formed on November 26, 1917. Play began on Dec. 19, 1917. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league will be celebrating its centennial with several events throughout 2017

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers first-line forwards Jaromir Jagr and Aleksander Barkov are struggling to score. Both have only two goals this season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The decline in their scoring is one of the reasons for the Panthers’ struggles thus far this season. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (upper-body injury) will miss tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Winger Marian Gaborik could make his season debut tonight for the Kings against the Chicago Blackhawks. Gaborik suffered a broken foot during the World Cup of Hockey. 

TSN:  Veteran defenseman Matt Carle has announced his retirement. In 730 career games over 12 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators, the 32-year-old scored 45 goals and 283 points. He exceeded 30 points five times, including a career-best 42 points in 2006-07 with the Sharks.