NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2017
Game recaps plus latest on Taylor Hall, Brandon Dubinsky and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves on route to his 300th career NHL victory as the Dallas Stars beat the New York Islanders 5-2. Stars captain Jamie Benn had a three-point game and Tyler Pitlick scored twice.
P.K. Subban tallied two goals (one from center ice) and Craig Smith had a three-point performance to lead the Nashville Predators to a 7-1 drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks, who suffered their fourth straight defeat.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are really feeling the absence of sidelined top-six forwards Bo Horvat andSven Baertschi, as well as veteran center Brandon Sutter and rugged blueliner Erik Gudbranson.
David Pastrnak scored the game-tying goal and Brad Marchand netted the winner in overtime as the Boston Bruins edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.
Bobby Ryan scored a goal and set up another as the Ottawa Senators hung on for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. It was the struggling Sens second victory in their last 14 games.
TSN: Speaking of the Senators, team owner Eugene Melnyk denied rumors he was considering selling the club. “I am not selling the team – period. My kids (had) first call on the franchise long ago,” Melnyk said in an email sent to Postmedia.”
OTTAWA SUN: And speaking of Melnyk, former Sens center Kyle Turris believes the reason he was shipped to Nashville last month in a rare three-team trade was because the Ottawa owner didn’t want to re-sign him. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion dismissed this notion, claiming everything in the hockey department goes through him, not Melnyk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators month-long tailspin gave rise to so much speculation over possible trades and the future of the franchise that Dorion held a press conference prior to the game against the Rangers to swat down the rumors. I’ll have more on what he said about potential player movement later today in the Rumors section.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall is day-to-day with a knee contusion and won’t take part in tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky will miss six-to-eight weeks after suffering a facial fracture during a fight with Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian during Tuesday’s game in Columbus.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is sidelined with a lower-body injury. The extent of the injury remains unknown.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks placed defenseman Cody Franson (upper body) on injured reserve and called up Ville Pokka.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights claimed forward Ryan Carpenter off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.
TSN: Rick Westhead with a feature on former Minnesota Wild captain Matt Johnson, who’s now homeless and missing somewhere in California.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson’s decline since his NHL career ended in 2005 is yet another sad cautionary tale of how a player, even one who earned $6 million during his pro career, can fall through the cracks.