NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 17, 2018
Game recaps, Connor McDavid and Kyle Palmieri make history, Marc-Andre Fleury reaches another milestone and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid had a history-making performance leading his club to a 5-4 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets. McDavid (two goals, two assists) has a point in all of the Oilers’ nine goals this season, breaking the record set by Adam Oates with the Detroit Red Wings in 1986-87. Adam Lowry scored twice for the Jets, who blew a 4-1 lead in the third period. They were also playing without Dustin Byfuglien, who remains sidelined with an upper-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDavid’s feat is impressive but it also highlights the Oilers’ lack of scoring punch this season. Without him, they would be screwed. If they don’t get more production from their secondary scorers they won’t make the playoffs next spring.
Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 407th career victory backstopping the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Fleury is now tied with Hall-of-Famer Glenn Hall for 10th on the all-time wins list. Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and William Karlsson had a three-point night. Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian made his season debut after returning from a groin injury.
Kyle Palmieri became the first NHL player to score his team’s opening goal in the first four games of a season as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0. Keith Kinkaid made 24 saves for the shutout.
Kevin Shattenkirk collected two assists and scored the winning goal in a shootout as the New York Rangers edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Mats Zuccarello also had two assists and scored in the shootout. Avs center Nathan MacKinnon extended his goal streak to six games while teammate Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves. Earlier in the day, the Avalanche learned forward J.T. Compher (head injury) is sidelined indefinitely.
The Philadelphia Flyers blew a 5-2 lead but managed to defeat the Florida Panthers 6-5 on shootout goals by Jakub Voracek and Jordan Weal. Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux each scored twice for the Flyers while Aleksander Barkov and Frank Vatrano also had two-goal performances.
Tyler Johnson’s hat trick carried the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Lightning goalie Louis Domingue kicked out 38 shots for the victory.
Brock Boeser’s overtime goal gave the Vancouver Canucks their third straight victory by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2.
Devan Dubnyk turned aside 31 shots and Eric Staal netted the game-winner as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Arizona Coyotes 2-1.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings poor start has some observers wondering if head coach Jeff Blashill might lose his job, but there’s no indication Wings management is considering that option right now.
MLIVE.COM: The Red Wings also learned prospect Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery) will be sidelined five-six months.
TSN: The Montreal Canadiens placed forward Jacob de la Rose on waivers.
CBC: Legalized marijuana in Canada won’t change the rules for NHL players for now.