NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, Senators need a new downtown arena location and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: A four-goal second period powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-2 drubbing of the Edmonton Oilers. Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists while Andreas Johnsson scored twice for the Leafs (82 points), who move within a point of the Boston Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division. The Leafs blueline was dealt a blow as defenseman Travis Dermott suffered a shoulder injury and is listed as week-to-week. He joins Jake Gardiner (back injury, week-to-week) on the sidelines

The Calgary Flames 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils was overshadowed by a scary injury to Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller after he crashed head-first into the end boards. Mueller was stretchered from the game and sent to a hospital but is reportedly conscious and has the full range of motion of his limbs. 

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane tallied his 40th goal of the season in a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images)

Shootout goals by Mikko Rantanen and Carl Soderberg gave the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Jacob Markstrom made 43 saves in a losing cause for the Canucks. The Avalanche (68 points) moved one point ahead of the Dallas Stars for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. New Canucks winger Tanner Pearson revealed he’s been hampered by an undisclosed injury since late-December that is affecting his scoring but isn’t serious enough to take him out of action. 

Patrick Kane’s 40th goal of the season was also the game-winner as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Anaheim Ducks 4-3. Alex DeBrincat also scored twice for the Blackhawks (63 points), who sit five points behind the Avalanche. Ducks forward Rickard Rakell was ejected from the game in the second period for an ugly hit from behind on Blackhawks winger Drake Caggiula. 

Victor Hedman scored in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the New York Rangers 4-3 to pick up their franchise-record 10th straight victory. League scoring leader Nikita Kucherov collected three assists and now has 104 points on the season. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Bryan Rust (lower body) and Chad Ruhwedel (upper body) are both sidelined with “longer-term injuries” 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward Noel Acciari is questionable for tonight’s game against the Lightning after undergoing dental surgery to repair damage suffered on Tuesday against San Jose when he was struck in the mouth by a puck. 

CBS SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed Zac Dalpe to a two-year, two-way contract. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes re-signed Conor Garland to a two-year contract extension worth $775K per season. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk remains determined to find a new downtown location for a new arena after the National Capital Commission announced the Rendezvous LeBreton plan had fallen through. “We are devastated that our dream has been shattered. However, we will not let our vision die or allow our enthusiasm to be diminished by this ill-fated experience,” Melnyk said in a statement.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2017

Game recaps, Blue Jackets re-sign Atkinson, Witkowski suspended & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up two others while Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning thumped the Dallas Stars 6-1.

Gabriel Landeskog netted his first career NHL hat trick and Nathan MacKinnon had a five-point night (one goal, four assists) to give the Colorado Avalanche a 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. Earlier in the day, the Avs sent rookie forward Travis Jost to their AHL affiliate on a conditioning assignment

The Minnesota Wild scored four goals in the final seven minutes to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat the Nashville Predators 6-4. Eric Staal and Jared Spurgeon each had a goals and two assists for the Wild. Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists for the Predators.

Frederik Andersen turned in a 42-save shutout performance and William Nylander scored with less than three seconds remaining in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the New Jersey Devils 1-0. It was the Leafs fourth straight win without Auston Matthews (suspected back injury), who’s expected to return to action on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Speaking of the Canadiens, they blew a 2-0 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Arizona Coyotes, who picked up their first regulation win of the season.

Roberto Luongo kicked out 35 shots to collect his 74th career shutout as the Florida Panthers beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0. 

Rookie Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists and Johnny Boychuk potted the game winner as the New York Islanders rallied back from blowing a 3-1 win to down the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4.

Bryan Little netted the game winner in a shootout as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. The Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit on goals by Mathieu Perreault and Mark Scheifele. Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas could face a suspension after being ejected from the game for a slash to Perreault’s head.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves as the Boston Bruins snapped their four-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Bruins welcomed center David Krejci back to the lineup for the first time in a month but defenseman Torey Krug is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered against Anaheim on Wednesday. 

Brayden Schenn scored twice and set up another to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Third-period goals by Erik Haula, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Earlier in the day, the Knights placed defenseman Luca Sbisa (lower-body injury) on injured reserve.

Riley Sheahan tallied his first goal of the season to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-1.

THE ATHLETIC: The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with right wing Cam Atkinson on a seven-year, $40.25 million contract extension. The annual average cap hit is $5.75 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Atkinson, 28, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. His new deal will also reportedly come with no-trade/no-movement clauses. This is a significant raise, up from the $3.5 million AAV of his current deal.

Since 2013-14, Atkinson’s been among the Jackets’ most consistent scorers, exceeding 20 goals and 40 points four times, including a career-best 35-goal, 62-point effort last season. His stats are down this season (six points in 15 games), in part because he was hampered by a lower-body injury. The Jackets are obviously confident he can maintain his offensive form. He’s become a key part of their rise into a playoff contender. 

CBS SPORTS: Speaking of the Blue Jackets, they placed sidelined forward Zac Dalpe on waivers. 

NBC SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski received an automatic 10-game suspension for returning to the ice to participate in a brawl during his club’s 8-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk will receive a phone hearing with the league’s department of player safety for his role in instigating the brawl. 

CBC.CA: Tilman Fertitta, owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, is reportedly very interested in bringing an NHL franchise to Houston. In a statement, Fertitta said he was  “very interested in the possibility of bringing the NHL to Houston”. However, the deal will have to be one “that works for my organization, the city, fans of the NHL throughout the region and the NHL Board of Governors.” He adds that they’re “in the early stages of evaluating what opportunities may exist but look forward to a thorough process.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Houston has something of a hockey history, being the former home of the WHA’s Houston Aeros in the 1970s and the IHL’s Aeros from 1994 to 2003. This won’t be the first time Houston was mentioned as a possible home for an NHL franchise. In 1998, the Edmonton Oilers were within hours of being sold to a group that would’ve moved the franchise to Houston until a group of 38 entrepreneurs, headed by Cal Nichols, submitted an offer that kept the club in Edmonton. Whether Fertitta has better luck landing an NHL team via relocation or expansion remains to be seen. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2017

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk celebrates his overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammate Max Pacioretty.

Game recaps, stars of the week, trade and waiver updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Alex Galchenyuk’s overtime goal completed the comeback for the Montreal Canadiens as they overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Alexander Radulov also scored and collected three assists and Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Habs.

Before the game, the Canadiens acquired defenseman Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars in exchange for blueliner Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Benn should provide some veteran experience and depth to the Canadiens’ blueline as they gear up for the stretch run. He’s signed through 2019 at an an affordable $1.1 million annually but will likely be exposed in the expansion draft. The little-used Pateryn will get an opportunity with the Stars to become a full-time NHL defenseman, though the 26-year-old will be jockeying with younger rearguards to crack the Dallas blueline. 

Three consecutive power-play goals by Nikita Kucherov carried the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Earlier in the day, the Senators announced demoted goalie Andrew Hammond will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn right labrum. They also signed winger Chris DiDomenico to a two-year contract. The 28-year-old was playing in Switzerland, meaning he’ll have to pass through waivers before he can join the Sens.

Mikael Granlund’s overtime goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Ryan White, recently acquired from the Arizona Coyotes, scored a goal and set up another for the Wild, who were playing without wingers Zach Parise and Jason Pominville (mumps). 

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 26. 

PHILLY.COM:  Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning received a two-game suspension for a late hit on Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel. 

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings re-signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year deal worth $1.625 million. 

NBC SPORTS: The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed Greg McKegg off waivers from the Florida Panthers. The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed Zac Dalpe from the Minnesota Wild. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Minnesota Wild for future considerations.