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. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 23, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 23, 2017

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrates one of his two goals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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

NHL.com: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams each collected two assists and Braden Holtby made 30 saves to give the Washington Capitals a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a costly win for the Capitals, as defenseman Matt Niskanen suffered an apparent left-leg injury after a collision with Flyers blueliner Radko Gudas. 

Kris Russell’s first goal of the season was the game winner as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Florida Panthers 4-3. Jussi Jokinen and Keith Yandle each collected two assists in a losing effort for the Panthers, whose five-game win streak came to an end. The Oilers left this game short two defensemen, as Adam Larsson didn’t play due to an undisclosed injury and Andrej Sekera left the game after being struck by the puck. They’re not expected to be sidelined for long. 

Rickard Rakell scored twice while Corey Perrey and Nick Ritchie each had two assists to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins, snapping the Bruins’ four-game win streak. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings placed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff on waivers as starter Jonathan Quick is close to returning to action from a groin injury suffering during the season-opener in October. He’s expected back by early- to mid-March. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan had a follow-up procedure on his surgically repaired right hip in New York and could miss the remainder of this season. 

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas will miss about a month with a suspected broken left hand. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (broken fibula) could return to action on Saturday. He’s been sidelined since Dec. 3. 

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings sent goalie Jared Coreau to Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint. He’s expected to be recalled following the Wings’ bye week. 

OTTAWA SUN: Former NHL defenseman James Wisniewski talks about how he wound up playing in the KHL this season after failing to get an NHL contract and his efforts to play his way back to the bigs. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights won’t be taking part in the 2017 NHL trade deadline on March 1, as owner Bill Foley won’t have his final installment payment of his expansion fee paid up by that point. Foley blamed documentation red tape on the delay. 

THE PLAYERS TRIBUNE: Hockey Night in Punjabi’s Harnarayan Singh documents how he rose from a young hockey-loving kid in Brooks, Alberta to becoming a play-by-play announcer for Sportsnet.