NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: After blowing a 2-0 lead, the St. Louis Blues picked up their 11th straight win by downing the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on an overtime goal by Ryan O’Reilly. Former Leafs center Tyler Bozak picked up two assists for the Blues. Leafs center Nazem Kadri left the game after the first period with a concussion

Ryan O’Reilly’s overtime goal gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo via NHL Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 33 saves as his club held on for a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. Evgeni Malkin extended his points streak to eight games while Sidney Crosby extended his streak to six games. The Penguins (71 points) moved ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets into third place in the Metropolitan Division. 

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price made 31 saves as his team nipped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 to snap a four-game winless skid. Tomas Tatar tallied the game-winner after the Habs blew a 2-0 lead. With the win, the Canadiens (71 points) move ahead of the Blue Jackets into the first wild-card spot.

The Jackets were playing without leading scorer Artemi Panarin, who was sidelined with the flu and not, as head coach John Tortorella insisted, being held out of the game pending a trade. “He shit his pants, he was puking, he did everything, so enough,” said Tortorella. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So you’re saying he’s really sick, Torts? 

Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 43 shots as the New York Rangers nipped the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. The Hurricanes (68 points) remain one point out of the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their seventh straight victory by rolling over the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2. Lightning winger Alex Killorn picked up his 100th career goal while NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov (99 points) was held pointless. The Flyers (69 points) remain six points out of a playoff spot.  Lightning goal-scoring leader Brayden Point was scratched from this game for missing a team meeting. The Bolts also called up Jan Rutta to replace sidelined blueliner Victor Hedman, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

A three-goal third-period outburst carried the Florida Panthers past the Buffalo Sabres 4-2, handing the latter their fourth defeat in their last five games. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov led the way with three-point performances. Earlier in the day, the Sabres announced winger Kyle Okposo is sidelined with a concussion and there’s no timetable for his return. The Sabres (63 points) remain six points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller turned in a 31-save shutout performance backstopping his club to a 4-0 blanking of the Minnesota Wild, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. The Wild (60 points) are barely clinging to the final Western Conference wild-card spot while the Ducks are three points behind them. Earlier in the day, the Ducks placed winger Patrick Eaves on waivers for the purpose of sending him to their AHL affiliate in San Diego. 

Shootout goals by Alex Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza gave the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, who were playing without captain Connor McDavid (flu). The Coyotes are now one point behind the Wild in the Western Conference playoff chase while the Oilers are six points back. 

Roman Josi scored two goals and Pekka Rinne made 36 saves as the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 5-3. 

TSN: The New York Islanders have recalled forward Andrew Ladd and defenseman Thomas Hickey from their AHL conditioning stints. 

THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Dan Robson looks at the life and death of former NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who drowned while swimming last summer in Hamilton. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 11, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 11, 2018

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

NHL.COM: Casey Mittlelstadt’s shootout goal gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The Sabres rallied from a 3-1 deficit on late third-period goals by Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart. Earlier in the day, the Sabres dealt minor-league defenseman Taylor Fedun to the Dallas Stars for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. The Canucks, meanwhile, learned sidelined winger Brock Boeser was diagnosed with adductor muscles irritation and is listed as week-to-week.

The Chicago Blackhawks suffered their seventh straight loss by falling 4-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers. Brian Elliot picked up the shutout with 33 saves while Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier each collected three points. The Blackhawks were playing without winger Brandon Saad, who’s nursing an injured right arm. Both clubs paid tribute to late goaltender Ray Emery by wearing the No. 29 on the side of their helmets. Emery, who died last summer at age 35, played for both clubs during his 11-year NHL career.

Mattias Ekholm scored in overtime as the Nashville Predators edged the Dallas Stars 5-4 to remain unbeaten (8-0-0) on the road this season. Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist for the Predators.

David Pastrnak’s hat trick powered the Boston Bruins to a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo via NHL Images)

David Pastrnak’s hat trick powered the Boston Bruins over the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 5-1. Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak kicked out 40 shots and center Patrice Bergeron had a three-point night.

The Montreal Canadiens overcame 2-0 and 4-3 deficit to down the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4, spoiling the return of former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty in his first game in Montreal since being traded to Vegas in September. Andrew Shaw scored two goals and former Golden Knight Tomas Tatar potted the game-winner for the Canadiens. William Karlsson had a three-point game for the Golden Knights.

Four unanswered third-period goals gave the Ottawa Senators a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who had overcome an early 2-0 deficit to take a 4-2 lead into the third period. Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan each had a goal and two assists for the Senators while Mathieu Joseph scored twice for the Lightning.  Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman missed the game (day-to-day) with an upper-body injury.

Aleksander Barkov scored the winning goal as the Florida Panthers doubled up the New York Islanders 4-2. Panthers winger Mike Hoffman (goal) extended his points streak to 11 games. Before the game, the Panthers honored former team president Bill Torrey by raising a banner in his honor. Torrey passed away in May at age 83.

The Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a five-game winless skid with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Casey DeSmith turned aside 39 shots for the shutout and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist.

Jonathan Bernier made 49 saves, Anthony Mantha scored two third-period goals, and Frans Nielsen tallied the winner in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings nipped the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.

The New York Rangers extended their point streak to six games with a 5-4 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jimmy Vesey tallied the winning goal for the Blueshirts. Defenseman Seth Jones had three assists for the Jackets.

David Rittich made 21 saves to collect his first NHL shutout as the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings 1-0. Travis Hamonic scored the only goal.

WINNIPEG SUN:  Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov will be sidelined up to a month with an upper-body injury. 

STLTODAY.COM:  Blues center Brayden Schenn (oblique muscle injury) is doubtful for today’s game against the Minnesota Wild. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Edmonton Oilers assigned forwards Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto to their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 16, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 16, 2018

Game recaps, players of the week, injury updates and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews continues to make history with the Toronto Maple Leafs, collecting two assists in his club’s 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Matthews is the fifth player in NHL history to have multiple points in each of his first seven games of a season. Kasperi Kapanen scored twice for the Leafs while Ilya Kovalchuk tallied for the Kings. The Leafs, who’ve won five straight, played without starting goaltender Frederik Andersen, who’s listed as day-to-day with a knee injury.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews continues to make history this season. (Photo via NHL Images)

Speaking of the Kings, defenseman Drew Doughty admitted he never seriously considered departing Los Angeles as a free agent last summer. He floated the notion of joining the Leafs as a negotiating tactic with Kings management, who inked him earlier this year to an eight-year, $88-million extension.

Tomas Plekanec scored in his 1,000th NHL game, Tomas Tatar scored a goal and collected two assists and Jonathan Drouin scored twice to give the Montreal Canadiens a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Andreas Athanasiou scored twice in a losing cause for the Wings, who’re still seeking their first win (0-4-2) of this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired in a preseason trade from the Vegas Golden Knights in the Max Pacioretty trade, Tatar is lighting it up with his new club. With 3 goals and 7 points, he’s the Canadiens’ leading scorer

Rookie defenseman Maxime Lajoie extended his points streak to three games and Matt Duchene collected two assists in the Ottawa Senators’ 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars. During the game, the Senators paid tribute to their former starting goalie Ray Emery, who passed away over the summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Lajoie’s three goals makes him the Senators’ leading goal scorer

P.K. Subban picked up two assists and Filip Forsberg tallied his third goal in two games as the Nashville Predators doubled up the Minnesota Wild 4-2.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, and Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 14, 2018

TSN: Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson received a two-game suspension for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct on Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Elias Pettersson, who is expected to be sidelined 7-10 days with a concussion.

CBS SPORTS: Speaking of the Canucks, center Jay Beagle suffered a broken wrist and could miss up to six weeks.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz will be sidelined four months with a fractured lower left leg.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights center Paul Stastny could be out for two months with a lower-body injury.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak suffered a setback in his recovery from a lower-body injury. More information is expected to be made available later this week.

NBC SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon surprised members of Kenya’s senior men’s hockey team by joining them for a game this summer. The team had been flown to Canada by Tim Horton’s. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad could be a healthy scratch from their upcoming game against the Arizona Coyotes. Saad has struggled this season and was recently demoted to their fourth line. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman must be regretting his decision to ship Artemi Panarin to Columbus in June 2017 to bring back Saad. Panarin tallied over 80 points last season while Saad managed 35. 

OTTAWA SUN: Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot acknowledged he’s been dealing with knee issues since last season. While he hopes to continue playing, he intends to take things one year at a time. Methot is due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. 

DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche claimed winger Marko Dano off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2018

Former goaltender Ray Emery has passed away, an update on Joe Pavelski and the latest notable contract signings in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Former goaltender Ray Emery, died by drowning in Hamilton, Ontario yesterday. He was 35. Emery spent 11 seasons in the NHL, playing for the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers.

Emery backstopped the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. He was also a two-time Masterton Trophy finalist, shared the William M. Jennings Trophy with Corey Crawford and won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. 

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery passes away at age 35. (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Very sad news for the hockey community.The day before his death, Emery had taken part in a local charity game to raise money to feed hungry children in the community.

Emery had his ups and downs during his NHL career, especially during his tenure with the Senators. However, he was well-liked by teammates, opponents and fans, as the tributes continue to pour in honoring his memory. 

NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski finished third at the American Century Championship golf tournament. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets re-signed forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to a three-year contract worth $7.5 million. The annual salary-cap hit is $2.5 million. Bjorkstrand, 23, tallied a career-best 40 points last season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens avoided salary arbitration with Phillip Danault, inking him to a three-year, $9.249-million contract. The annual average value is $3.083 million.

NHL.COM: The Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman Kurtis MacDermid to a two-year, two-way contract.

SPORTSNET: The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Justin Bailey to a one-year, two-way contract. 

CBS SPORTS: The Anaheim Ducks inked left wing Kevin Roy to a one-year, two-way deal.