NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 17, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 17, 2019

Game recaps and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning set a single-season franchise record for wins (55) and points (114) by defeating the Washington Capitals 6-3. Lightning winger Alex Killorn netted his first career NHL hat trick while league scoring leading Nikita Kucherov added two assists for 117 points on the season. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice to move within two goals of reaching the 50-goal mark this season. 

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Alex Killorn tallied his first career NHL hat trick in a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals (Photo via NHL Images).

Jordan Binnington made 40 and Vince Dunn scored twice to give the St. Louis Blues a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dunn also set a franchise first by becoming the third Blues defenseman to reach the 10-goal mark this season. The Blues (81 points) also lead the league in goals by defensemen (44) and sit third in the Central Division while the Penguins (87 points) remain two points behind the New York Islanders for second in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Islanders, meanwhile, dropped a 2-1 decision to the Detroit Red Wings, who snapped a four-game losing skid. Jonathan Bernier made 41 saves while Andreas Athanasiou scored twice for the Wings. The Isles sit two points behind the Metro Division-leading Washington Capitals. They skated without winger Casey Cizikas, who was a late scratch after suffering a lower-body strain in warmups. The Wings played without Justin Abdelkader and Trevor Daley. Abdelkader’s season is over after suffering a hairline fracture in his leg during Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay.  

Third-period goals by Evgenii Dadonov and Jonathan Huberdeau lifted the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 decision over the Los Angeles Kings. Dadonov scored twice in this contest. With the win, the Panthers (76 points) sit eight points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers have been hot of late, winning four straight games to give themselves an outside shot of reaching the postseason. 

The Calgary Flames missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth by falling 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets. Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault were the goal scorers for the Jets (88 points), who remain one up on the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division. The Flames (95 points) remain one point ahead of the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division and first overall in the Western Conference. Flames defenseman Michael Stone returned to action for the first time since being diagnosed with a blood clot in his arm in November. 

Brad Marchand’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Bruins (95 points) opened a four-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second in the Atlantic Division. Matt Duchene scored his 30th goal of the season as the Jackets (84 points) hold a three-point lead over the Montreal Canadiens for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot. Jackets captain Nick Foligno missed the game attending to a personal matter unrelated to his daughter’s recent surgery. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After stumbling a bit following their recent trade deadline acquisitions, the Blue Jackets have points in five of their last seven contests. 

The Canadiens, meanwhile, dropped a 2-0 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks. Corey Crawford turned in a 48-save shutout performance while Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini scored for the Hawks (73 points), who sit five points out of a playoff berth in the Western Conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A month ago, the Canadiens seemed in good shape to secure a playoff berth. They’ve since won just six games in their last 17. With 10 games remaining in their schedule, they’re running out of time to reverse their fortunes. 

Magnus Paajarvi scored twice and Zack Smith collected three assists as the Ottawa Senators upset the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2. Leafs center John Tavares tallied his 40th goal of the season while defenseman Morgan Rielly netted his 20th. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those goals by Tavares and Rielly were personal single-season milestones. That’s cold comfort, however, when one considers how the Leafs defense and goaltending has collapsed in their last four games. They’ve given up 23 goals over that stretch, allowing six goals in three of those four contests. 

Jordan Staal picked up his 500th career win as his Carolina Hurricanes doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. Curtis McElhinney made 35 saves for the Hurricanes (85 points), who hold the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot and sit two points behind the Penguins for third place in the Metro Division. Sabres winger and former Hurricanes Jeff Skinner tallied his 37th goal of the season to match his career-high from 2016-17. Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella sat out the game with an upper-body injury

The Minnesota Wild (76 points) kept their Western Conference wild-card hopes alive by beating the New York Rangers 5-2 to end their three-game losing skid. Ryan Donato scored two goals for the Wild and now has 11 points in 12 games since coming to Minnesota in a trade with Boston. 

Connor McDavid’s overtime goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes (78 points), who hold a two-point lead over the Wild. Alex Galchenyuk scored both goals for the Coyotes. The Oilers (71 points) are seven points out of a playoff spot in the West. 

The San Jose Sharks also missed an opportunity to clinch a postseason spot by falling to the Nashville Predators 4-2. Viktor Arvidsson scored twice for the Predators. Sharks winger Evander Kane returned to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 26 following an injury and his wife losing their child during pregnancy. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 31, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 31, 2018

Game recaps plus latest on Nathan MacKinnon, Victor Hedman and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray returned to action with a 40-save performance in a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks (Photo via NHL Images).

 NHL.COM: Evgeni Malkin tallied a hat trick and Matt Murray made 40 saves to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Murray was playing his first game after returning home to Ontario following the death of his father. Bryan Rust also scored two goals for the Pens.

A three-goal third-period outburst rallied the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames. With 33 victories, the Golden Knights have tied the NHL record for most wins in a debut season by an expansion club.

Daniel Sedin’s game-tying goal in the third period set the stage for Sven Baertschi’s overtime goal as the Vancouver Canucks nipped the Colorado Avalanche 4-3. It was a costly defeat for the Avs, as leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon left the game in the second period with an apparent shoulder injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word postgame on MacKinnon’s status. Losing him for a lengthy period could be a devastating blow to the Avalanche’s playoff hopes. Hopefully we’ll learn more about his status later today. 

The Boston Bruins 18-game points streak came to an end as they fell 3-1 to the Anaheim Ducks. Adam Henrique scored twice for the Ducks, who finished the game with starting goaltender John Gibson sidelined by an undisclosed injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gibson was hurt making a save on a heavy shot from Boston’s Patrice Bergeron early in the third period. No word yet as to the severity of his injury. He’ll be reassessed later today. 

Michael Hutchinson made 23 saves in his season debut as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Jets captain Blake Wheeler collected two assists. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman returned to action after missing nearly three weeks with a lower-body injury.

Zach Parise’s shootout goal lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 41 saves.

The St. Louis Blues defeated the Montreal Canadiens for the fifth straight time, downing the Habs 3-1. Blues goaltender Carter Hutton made 33 saves, picking up his eighth win in his last 10 starts.

Darcy Kuemper turned in a 28-save shutout performance to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars.

Anton Forsberg turned aside 42 shots while Vinnie Hinostroza scored a goal and set up another as the the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Nashville Predators 2-1.

Third-period goals by Sebastian Aho and Victor Rask gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, handing the latter their sixth straight defeat.

Florida Panthers call-up goaltender Harri Sateri made 32 saves for his first NHL win as he backstopped his club to a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders. Forward Casey Cizikas returned to the Isles lineup after missing six games with an upper-body injury.

Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, snapping the latter’s three-game win streak. Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller returned to the lineup after missing 31 games with a fractured clavicle.

SI.COM: Tom Dundon, the new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, said he’s open to the idea of his club wearing throwback Hartford Whalers jerseys. 

TORONTO STAR: The evolution of hockey toward more skill and speed is significantly reducing the element of physical intimidation in the sport. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2018

NY Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal collected five points in a 7-2 win over the NY Rangers (Photo via NHL Images).

Game recaps, injury updates plus the latest on Mathew Barzal, Joe Thornton and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: New York Islanders rookie center Mathew Barzal collected his second five-point game (two goals, three assists) of the season to power his club to a 7-2 thumping of the New York Rangers. Jordan Eberle picked up four assists and Anthony Beauvillier scored twice. Isles forward Casey Cizikas could be sidelined for a lengthy period as he left the game with an upper-body injury

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barzal (44 points) vaulted over Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser (40 points) for top spot among this season’s rookie scoring leaders

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton moved passed Adam Oates into 17th place on the NHL all-time points list (1,421) during his club’s 6-5 overtime victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Thornton scored a goal and added two helpers while teammate Joonas Donskoi tallied twice.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thornton and Calgary’s Jaromir Jagr are the only active players among the league’s top-50 all-time scorers. 

Darnell Nurse’s overtime goal lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Oilers captain Connor McDavid had two assists, picking up his 200th career NHL point on his 21st birthday. Edmonton winger Milan Lucic narrowly avoided a serious injury when he was cut on the neck by an errant skate. 

Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up two others leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings also lost forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm to lower-body injuries

A shootout goal by Brad Marchand gave the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. A scary moment took place in the second period, when Canadiens center Phillip Danault was stretchered from the ice after being stuck in the head by a slapshot from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. Danault was taken to hospital for observation and was reported as conscious and moving. No word as to how long he’ll be sidelined. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Danault hasn’t suffered any serious effects from that shot. Chara was visibly shaken by the incident and stayed close to the downed Habs forward until he was carried from the ice. He also followed up on Danault’s status during and following the game.

Sean Couturier’s two goals powered the Philadelphia Flyers to their fourth straight victory as they defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-3, handing the latter their sixth straight loss. 

Ondrej Case scored twice and set up another as the Anaheim Ducks doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. Before the game, the Kings also honored Bob Miller by unveiling a statue of their former long-time play-by-play man. 

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba scored twice to help his clubs down the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. Jets goaltender Steve Mason returned to Winnipeg for evaluation after being struck in the mask by a shot during practice on Friday. Forward Shawn Matthias also sat out the game with an upper-body injury. 

The Colorado Avalanche notched their 23rd victory of the season by beating the Dallas Stars 4-1. The Avs now have more wins this season than they had throughout 2016-17. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning yesterday placed forward J.T. Brown on waivers. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 4, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 4, 2017

Game recaps, Joe Thornton fined for slashing, latest on the Oilers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Blake Wheeler scored and set up three others and Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Ottawa Senators 5-0. Wheeler is now fourth among the league’s scoring leaders and first in assists with 28. The Jets were playing without rookie winger Kyle Connor, who’s day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Winnipeg also supplanted the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference. After watching the Jets’ inconsistency in the past, this season’s version looks like they’re for real. They’re fifth in goals-for per game (3.44) while giving up the fifth-fewest goals (2.63) with the second-best power-play percentage (27.4). 

Tyler Seguin and Brett Ritchie each scored twice leading the Dallas Stars to a 7-2 thumping of the Colorado Avalanche. 

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves while Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown each tallied a goal and an assist to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings have won five straight games while the Blackhawks have dropped four in a row. 

Reilly Smith’s overtime goal snapped the Vegas Golden Knights’ three-game losing skid as they edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and an assist for Vegas, while Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun scored in his first game back from offseason knee surgery. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton was fined $5,000.00 by the league’s department of player safety for slashing Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson on Saturday. 

CBS SPORTS: The New York Islanders placed forward Casey Cizikas (lower-body injury) on injured reserve. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers claimed defenseman Brandon Davidson off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens. 

YAHOO SPORTS: Speaking of the Oilers, Kyle Cantlon reports team owner Daryl Katz reportedly bought the most expensive home ever sold in Los Angeles, plunking down $120 million for the six-acre estate. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cantlon sums this up nicely: “Good thing the city of Edmonton was able to provide hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the Oilers new arena, eh?”


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 28, 2017

Games recaps, Luongo makes history, Landeskog suspended and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Roberto Luongo became only the second goaltender in NHL history to win 200 games with two different franchises by backstopping the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Jared McCann netted the game-winning goal in the third period. 

Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, who blew leads of 3-1 and 4-3 as their losing skid is now eight in a row. It was a costly win for the Penguins, as starting goalie Matt Murray left the game in the second period favoring his right leg following a collision with Flyers forward Jakub Voracek.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Murray’s status is expected later today. As for the Flyers, their ongoing slump could turn up the heat under head coach Dave Hakstol. 

Earlier in the day, the Flyers activated defenseman Andrew MacDonald off injured reserve and sent Samuel Morin back to the minors. 

Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor each had a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit to crush the Minnesota Wild 7-2. Earlier in the day, the Jets called up Eric Comrie to replace sidelined goalie Steve Mason, who suffered a concussion during Saturday’s game against New Jersey. The Wild, meanwhile, were missing defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who’s out with a groin strain. 

Rookie Alex DeBrincat tallied his first career hat trick and Patrick Kane collected three assists as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Anaheim Ducks 7-3. 

Carey Price made 37 saves to carry the Montreal Canadiens to their second straight win as they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. Habs defenseman Shea Weber missed his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price looks like he’s regained his Vezina-worthy form since returning from a 10-game absence with a lower-body injury. That’s good news for the Habs playoff hopes, which could  further improve once Weber returns to action.

Vegas Golden Knights winger Jonathan Marchessault, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 26. 

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog received a four-game suspension for crosschecking Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk in the head. during Saturday’s game in Denver. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury but has traveled with the club to Philadelphia. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson could miss the next two weeks with a shoulder injury. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: An ankle injury has sidelined Sabres center Jacob Josefson for four-to-six weeks. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin will be out until at least Saturday with an undisclosed injury. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 1, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 1, 2017

New York Islanders star John Tavares suffered an apparent leg injury during Friday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

No April Foolin’ here. Game recaps, Patrik Elias retires and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The New York Islanders (84 points) moved within four points of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference by edging the New Jersey Devils 2-1. It was a costly win for the Isles, as team captain John Tavares left the game with an apparent leg injury. The Isles also learned defenseman Travis Hamonic (left wrist/hand injury) and Casey Cizikas (nagging hand injury) are out for the rest of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Hamonic and Cizikas is bad enough, but if Tavares is out for the final week of this season, it’s likely the death blow to their playoff chances. 

Shootout goals by Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers, snapping the Pens’ four-game losing skid and extending the Rangers home losing streak to eight games. The Blueshirts played without defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who’s day to day with an undisclosed injury, and rookie winger Jimmy Vesey (healthy scratch). The win moves the Pens (105 points) within one of the Columbus Blue Jackets for second place in the Metropolitan Division. 

Artemi Panarin scored twice and Patrick Kane collected three assists as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Blue Jackets 3-1. 

Brian Elliott turned in a 36-save performance backstopping the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Flames (92 points) clinched a playoff berth, moving within one point of the slumping Sharks (two wins in their last 10 games) for third in the Pacific Division.

Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon scored in the shootout as the Colorado Avalanche nipped the St. Louis Blues 2-1. However, the Blues still picked up a point to clinch a playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That leaves the Nashville Predators as the only club yet to secure a postseason berth in the West. With 89 points, they’re eight up on the Kings for the final wild-card berth. 

Speaking of the Kings, they kept their faint playoff hopes alive with a 2-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks. Jonathan Quick made 35 saves while Jarome Iginla and Tyler Toffoli scored the only goals. 

Christian Dvorak and Alexander Burmistrov each scored twice as the Arizona Coyotes upset the Washington Capitals 6-3. 

After 20 NHL seasons, all with the New Jersey Devils, forward Patrik Elias yesterday officially announced his retirement. The 40-year-old will skate with the Devils in warmups during their final home game on April 8. Knee surgery ended his playing career, sidelining him for all of this season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Elias’ place as one of the greatest players in Devils history is secure. He’s their all-time leader in “goals (408), assists (617), points (1,025), power-play goals (113), power-play points (333) and game-winning goals (80).” He’s also their all-time playoff leader in “goals (45), assists (80), points (125), power-play goals (21) and power-play points (52).” Elias was a key factor in two of the Devils three Stanley Cup championship runs (2000 and 2003). I believe he’ll one day be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Good news for the Minnesota Wild, as left wing Zach Parise will return to action tonight, just four days after suffering a scary hit near his right eye.