NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2018

Game recaps, stars of the week plus updates on Seth Jones, Alex Galchenyuk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice and set up two others while teammate Nicklas Backstrom collected his 600th assist in a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Backstrom had three assists on the evening.

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom got his 600th career assist during a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks (Photo via NHL Images)

Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen made franchise history as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. The duo extended their respective points streaks to nine games, become the first Avs to accomplish this feat at the start of the season. Rantanen scored twice and MacKinnon added an assist.

Flyers winger Michael Raffl left the game during the second period with an apparent left leg injury and didn’t return. No update was provided regarding his status.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rantanen is tied with Toronto’s Auston Matthews (16 points) as the NHL’s leading scorer and also leads the league with 12 assists. MacKinnon is right behind Rantanen and Matthews with 15 points. 

Bryan Little’s late third-period goal set the stage for Jacob Trouba’s overtime winner as the Winnipeg Jets edged the St. Louis Blues 5-4. Jets center Mark Scheifele had a four-point game (two goals, two assists) while the Blues Ryan O’Reilly tallied three points.

Sebastian Aho had an assist to extend his season-opening points streak to nine games as the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland kept his goal streak alive at four games.

Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes announced goaltender Scott Darling was taken off injured reserve and was sent to their AHL affiliate for conditioning. Darling’s been sidelined since Oct. 3 with a lower-body injury.

Colorado Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 21, 2019

CBS SPORTS: Good news for the Columbus Blue Jackets as defenseman Seth Jones came off injured reserve and will make his season debut tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. Jones suffered a sprained knee during a preseason game. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk could also make his season debut tonight. He’s been sidelined since suffering a lower-body injury during preseason play. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks placed goaltender Anton Forsberg on waivers for the purpose of sending him to their AHL affiliate in Rockford. 

SPORTSNET: Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Frank Corrado joined their AHL affiliate on a minor-league contract. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Sebastian Aho, Jake Muzzin, Jimmy Howard and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Patrice Bergeron scored four goals for his second career hat trick and Brad Marchand collected four assists as the Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 10 games by crushing the Carolina Hurricanes 7-1. The Hurricanes also lost Sebastian Aho to a leg injury. He’ll be reevaluated today in Raleigh. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being written off at the start of this season as little more than a marginal playoff contender, the Bruins are among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Their surge in the standings has generated some suggestions that they could be Cup contenders this spring. 

The Colorado Avalanche picked up their fifth consecutive victory with a 7-2 beatdown of the Minnesota Wild. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had three-point nights while Carl Soderberg scored twice. Eric Staal did the scoring for the Wild. Before the game, the Avs honored former winger Milan Hejduk by retiring his No. 23 to the rafters. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the victory, the Avs (47 points) leapfrogged the Wild into the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. They’re on the verge of exceeding last season’s franchise-worst 48 points. 

Claude Giroux collected three points and Sean Couturier scored twice to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues, snapping the latter’s winning streak at three games. 

Alexander Radulov,Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg each had a goal and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers, chasing Oilers netminder Cam Talbot from the game after he gave up four goals on 19 shots. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another dispiriting defeat for the Oilers, whose playoff hopes are fading with each passing week. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector (no relation) lists six things that have gone wrong with the Oilers’ season thus far. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section, Oilers fans. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a shootout. Tyler Bozak scored the game-tying and winning goals. Canucks winger Brock Boeser, who leads his club and all NHL rookies in scoring, tallied his 22nd goal of the season. Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev left the game after a deflected Mitch Marner shot struck him in the mouth. 

Craig Anderson made 45 saves while teammate Ryan Dzingel scored two goals as the Ottawa Senators upset the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3. 

The New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes for the ninth straight game with Mika Zibanejad’s shootout goal giving them a 2-1 victory. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 38-save effort, surpassing Tony Esposito for eighth on the all-time wins list with 424. 

Auston Watson scored twice and P.K. Subban collected two assists as the Nashville Predators held off the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. Before the game, the Kings announced defenseman Jake Muzzin was placed on injured reserve .

Dougie Hamilton’s late third-period goal gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, who had overcome a 2-0 deficit to tie the game. Ducks winger Corey Perry returned to action after missing 11 games with a knee injury. 

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (lower-body injury) will sit out today’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (upper-body injury) and forward Andre Burakovsky (healthy scratch) are expected to be in the lineup for today’s contest against the St. Louis Blues. 

SPORTSNET: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Frankie Corrado were placed on waivers yesterday. Meanwhile, defenseman Victor Mete is expected to rejoin the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. He helped Canada win gold at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 27, 2017

San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward could consider taking a knee during the national anthem.

Latest on Joel Ward, Kyle Okposo, Jaromir Jagr and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward isn’t ruling out the possibility of taking a knee during the national anthem in an upcoming Sharks game.

 “I’ve experienced a lot of racism myself in hockey and on a day-to-day occurrence. I haven’t really sat down to think about it too much yet, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to it.”

Ward points out such protests aren’t disrespecting the flag but simply to raise awareness of police brutality toward the black community. Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer said he would support Ward if he decides to take a knee during the anthem this season.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres winger Kyle Okposo said he won’t kneel for the anthem but supports those athletes exercising their First Amendment rights. He also wishes people would spend more time listening to each other and less time yelling. 

“To be honest with you, I think every little thing is getting so magnified now and people are starting to talk about every little bit and piece that we’re kind of forgetting what brings us together as Americans: That’s togetherness and being together and working to help out one another.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ward and Okposo are among the 30 black players in the NHL. I believe Ward has the right to take a knee during the anthem if he wants. His team obviously supports him if that’s what he wants to do. I also agree with Okposo that folks should listen more instead of shouting at each other. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Free agent winger Jaromir Jagr will play for Kladno (his hometown team) in the Czech second division this weekend. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr is still angling for a National Hockey League contract. As the NHL regular season hasn’t started yet, playing for Kladno during the upcoming weekend won’t affect those efforts. 

THE ATHLETIC:  Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Frankie Corrado and Dallas Stars center Brian Flynn were among the notables hitting the NHL waiver wire yesterday. Others included Calgary Flames forward Hunter Shinkaruk and Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff. 

NBC SPORTS: There’s a chance that an early breakthrough in CTE testing can be conducted on living athletes. The condition is currently identified only by studying the brains of deceased athletes. Should such testing be available to active NHL players, however, they could be reluctant to undergo the process as it could threaten their playing careers.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 5, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 5, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scores one of his two goals against the St. Louis Blues.

Game recaps, Devils trade Fiddler to Predators and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby scored twice and set up another to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Crosby is the first player to reach 30 goals this season and is only three points shy of 1000 for his NHL career. The Blues also lost winger Robby Fabbri in the first period to an apparent left-leg injury

Mikael Granlund netted a hat trick and added an assist as the Minnesota Wild doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 6-3. Granlund has a 12-game point streak going, collecting 17 points during that stretch. 

Peter Budaj picked up his league-leading seventh shutout and Jeff Carter scored the only goal as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 4-1 lead but would go on to beat the Boston Bruins 6-5. James van Riemsdyk tallied the winner late in the third period and teammate William Nylander netted his first career NHL hat trick. David Pastrnak scored twice for the Bruins. Earlier in the day, the Leafs claimed defenseman Alexey Marchenko off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings and placed blueliner Frank Corrado on waivers. 

Nicklas Backstrom’s early third-period goal stood as the winner as the Washington Capitals edged the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 20 saves for his 10th straight win.

Taylor Hall scored twice and Cory Schneider made 31 saves to give the New Jersey Devils a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Earlier in the day, the Devils shipped center Vernon Fiddler to the Nashville Predators for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fiddler, 36, is an unrestricted free agent this summer who no longer fit into the Devils long-term plans. The move now gives the Devils 10 picks in this year’s draft. Some of them could be used as trade bait to land a quality player either by the trade deadline or leading up to this year’s draft weekend in June. Fiddler is returning to the team where his NHL career began and should provide the Preds with checking-line depth at center as they push to secure a playoff berth. 

Speaking of the Predators, they fell 1-0 to the Detroit Red Wings, with Petr Mrazek making 42 saves for his first shutout of the season and Mike Green scoring the only goal. 

Robin Lehner turned in a 37-save shutout performance and Jack Eichel collected two assists as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Ottawa Senators 4-0. 

Corey Crawford made 31 saves while teammates Artem Anisimov and Marian Hossa each collected two assists to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars. 

Ron Hainsey scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Carolina Hurricanes squeaked past the New York Islanders 5-4. Anders Lee and Josh Bailey each had a goal and an assist for the Isles. 

Brian Boyle’s shootout goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, snapping the Bolts three-game losing skid. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov had two assists. The Lightning were playing without winger Ondrej Palat, who’s listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury

Matt Duchene collected three assists and Jarome Iginla scored a goal and set up another to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, snapping the Avs nine-game losing streak. 

Mike Smith made 38 saves and Radim Vrbata tallied the game winner in a shoot out as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2. 

NBC SPORTS: Yesterday was the deadline for all NHL goaltenders to switch to the new streamlined goalie pants. Some, such as Arizona’s Mike Smith and Chicago’s Scott Darling, aren’t pleased with the change, with Darling claiming netminders are being punished for getting better at their position. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Goaltenders will adapt to this equipment change, just as they did with previous modifications. It could be worse, the league could’ve gone to a bigger net. The only problem I have with this change is the timing. It should’ve been implemented at the start of 2017-18, rather than midseason. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  The Anaheim Ducks depth in defensemen could make blueliner Josh Manson the odd man out when they submit their list of protected players for this June’s expansion draft. 

NHL Rumor Mill – December 16, 2016

NHL Rumor Mill – December 16, 2016

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman could seek a top-four defenseman.

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman could seek a top-four defenseman.

Latest on the Lightning, Red Wings, Blackhawks and Leafs in your NHL rumor mill.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman acknowledges his club’s recent struggles. It’s not just the absence of captain Steven Stamkos that’s the issue, as he cited the club’s defensive play has suffered of late. Starting goalie Ben Bishop is also struggling between the pipes.

Considered a Stanley Cup contender entering this season, the Lightning are current outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture.  Yzerman said he’s constantly looking to improve his club, but it’s difficult to find a trade partner and a deal that makes sense, especially with so many teams having salary-cap concerns.

LeBrun speculates landing a top-four defenseman is atop Yzerman’s wish list, but there’s no guarantee he can land one before the March 1 trade deadline. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bishop is Yzerman’s best trade chip, but the market for goalies isn’t that great right now. The Lightning GM could have little choice but to wait for the trade market to improve whilst hoping his team can overcome their current difficulties. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland isn’t pleased with the play of his struggling club. Salary-cap concerns, however, are handcuffing many teams and making it difficult to swing trades. Holland admits he’s been in conversations with other GMs seeking a deal to help his club. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the trade market doesn’t improve soon, Holland could become a seller at the trade deadline. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: In a recent Q&A session with his readers, Chris Hine said he’d heard trade speculation earlier this season regarding Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk. However, a source told him van Riemsdyk “would be very hard for the Hawks to move considering he makes a small salary (just $825,000) and the Hawks are pressed up against the salary cap.”  If they were to move the blueliner, it’ll have to be for a forward carrying a similar salary. With the Blackhawks playing well, Hine notes there not a pressing need to make a move right now.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: van Riemsdyk’s status could change later in the season if the Blackhawks struggle, but their limited cap space makes still makes trading him a difficult move. 

THE ATHLETIC:  David Alter reports little-used Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Frank Corrado is worried about his future. He’s played only one game this season and spent the rest as a healthy scratch thus far. While Corrado hasn’t demanded a trade, he has voiced his unhappiness with his situation. Alter suspects the blueliner wouldn’t mind following his buddy Peter Holland out of Toronto via trade. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For whatever reason, Corrado doesn’t seem to be in head coach Mike Babcock’s plans. At some point, I expect Corrado will be either traded or placed on waivers. He could be a decent pickup for clubs in need of blueline depth.