NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 10, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 10, 2019

Game recaps, Commissioner Bettman hopes to avoid another labor war, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as his club edged the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Those goals were Forsberg’s first since returning from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for 17 games. Blackhawks wing Patrick Kane collected two assists. 

Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg scored twice in a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo via NHL Images)

David Rittich made 32 saves and Mark Giordano had three assists to give the Calgary Flames a 5-3 victory over the slumping Colorado Avalanche. Teammates Johnny Gaudreau and T.J. Brodie also had two helpers each. Avalanche forwards Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog had two-point performances for the Avs, who’ve dropped eight of their last 10 contests. 

The Ottawa Senators picked up their first win in nine games as Colin White’s overtime goal gave them a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, who are winless in their last nine. 

IN OTHER NEWS…

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin donated nearly $60,000.00 to victims of an apartment explosion on New Year’s Eve in his hometown of Magnitogorsk, Russia. 

TSN: Mitch Marner’s agent said his client intends to hold off on contract extension negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs until the offseason. Marner is slated to become a restricted free agent. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marner doesn’t want to be distracted during the season by contract talks. Given his high-scoring performance this season, it’s probably best to wait until the summer to start those negotiations. The more points he piles up the more money he can command. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is recovering from a foot infection that developed during the holiday break following stitches received to close a cut from blocking a shot during a Dec. 17 game against Montreal. 

THE SCORE: Anaheim Ducks prospect Maxime Comtois took to Twitter yesterday thanking fans who supported him after he was the victim of cyberbullying following his failure to score on a penalty shot for Team Canada during his country’s loss to Finland in the recent World Junior Championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Sportsnet’s Steve Dangle did a fine job defending Comtois, who played in that tournament with a separated shoulder, from the bigoted cowards who trolled the young forward’s Instagram account with hate-filled messages. 

THE SCORE:  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he’s not looking for a fight in the next round of collective bargaining with the NHLPA. “I’m hoping we can extend or renew (the CBA) with minimum fanfare, and I’m not a fan of work stoppages, although we do have to have a system that works and keeps the game healthy and vibrant and entertaining as it is now. So we’ll see what happens, but I’m not looking for a fight.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The current CBA expires on September 15, 2022, but the league and the NHLPA each have the opportunity to take an early opt-out this September. If one or the other exercise that option, the current CBA will expire in September 2020. Given the contentious history between the two sides, fans can be forgiven for anticipating another lockout on the horizon, but there have been recent reports suggesting the two sides could start soon working on a CBA extension. Keep your fingers crossed!

NBC SPORTS: The uniforms for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game have been made in part with “repurposed and upcycled marine plastic debris.”

The Washington Capitals have invited the Maryland-based Metro Maple Leafs youth hockey team to a game after they stood up for a black teammate who was the target of racial abuse during a game. Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban also sent that player a message of support. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s no place for racism in hockey. Scratch that, there’s no place for racism anywhere! 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2018

Game recaps, the latest list of injuries and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils took a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers to snap a three-game winless skid. Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves and Taylor Hall extended his points streak to seven games.

Anders Lee had a four-point performance and Brock Nelson scored twice as the New York Islanders thrashed the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1, extending the latter’s losing streak to three games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Add the Flyers’ John Hakstol to the list of NHL head coaches on the hot seat. 

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen picked up his first NHL victory in nearly eight years as his club downed the Nashville Predators 5-3. Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula each scored twice for the Oilers while Predators winger Filip Forsberg tallied a hat trick in a losing cause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a shaky start, the Oilers have climbed into third place in the Pacific Division. 

Shootout goals by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, who dropped their third straight game. Capitals netminder Pheonix Copley made 27 saves for his first NHL victory.

Carey Price moves into second place among the Montreal Canadiens’ all-time goalie wins leaders. (Photo via NHL.com)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned in a 33-save shutout in a 3-0 blanking of the Boston Bruins. Price has passed Patrick Roy for second place in franchise history for wins with 290. The Canadiens were playing without defenseman Noah Juulsen, who was sidelined by a minor upper-body injury

Three unanswered third-period goals by Nazem Kadri, Jakes Gardiner, and Kasperi Kapanen lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. It was a costly victory for the Leafs, as Auston Matthews left the game in the second period with an apparent left shoulder injury following a clean hit from Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs coach Mike Babcock said an update on Matthews’ status will be made on Monday. Considering how much pain Matthews appeared to be in he could be sidelined for a while. 

Two goals by Artemi Panarin, including the winner in overtime, enabled the Columbus Blue Jackets to squeak past the Buffalo Sabres 5-4, ending the latter’s three-game win streak. Cam Atkinson also tallied twice for the Jackets.

Alex Pietrangelo and Zach Sanford each had a goal and two assists and Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in the St. Louis Blues 7-3 thumping of the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane scored twice and collected an assist for the Blackhawks. Blues goaltender Jake Allen left the game in the second period with an apparent concussion following a crease collision with a teammate.

Mikael Granlund extended his points streak to seven games and his Minnesota Wild won their fifth straight by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Granlund and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist.

Michael Grabner scored two shorthanded goals, Clayton Keller scored his fifth goal in five games and Antti Raanta made 30 saves as the Arizona Coyotes crushed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-1. The Lightning played without defenseman Victor Hedman (undisclosed injury, out one week) and winger Ondrej Palat (foot injury, day to day).

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored twice and Casey DeSmith turned aside 29 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Vancouver Canucks 5-0, spoiling the return of Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser to the Canucks’ lineup. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: More bad news for the struggling Kings as starting goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered another lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. “It is believed to be a different injury than what put Quick on injured reserve earlier this month.”

CAP FRIENDLY: The Anaheim Ducks placed rookie forward Maxime Comtois (lower body) on injured reserve. 

TORONTO STAR: Former Maple Leafs forward Miroslav Frycer recalls his two organ transplants, his defection from Czechoslovakia and his hard-living lifestyle with the Leafs in the 1980s in a recently released biography. 

SPORTSNET: On Monday, the NHL is expected to announce it will be establishing some strategic partnerships with the sports gambling industry.