NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2020

Jets eliminated from the qualifying round in today’s recaps of Thursday’s games, the date for Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery is revealed, and more in the NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: The Winnipeg Jets became the second team eliminated from the qualifying round as they were blanked 4-0 by the Calgary Flames in Game 4 on Thursday night. Cam Talbot turned in a 31-save shutout, Dillon Dube scored the eventual game-winner while Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett each had a goal and an assist.

Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A dominating physical performance by the Flames over the shorthanded Jets, whose fate was sealed when scoring forwards Mark Scheifele (Achilles tendon) and Patrik Laine (wrist) were sidelined in Game 1. The Jets remain eligible to win Phase 2 of the upcoming NHL Draft Lottery and the chance to select top prospect Alexis Lafreniere.

Columbus Blue Jackets’ center Pierre-Luc Dubois’ hat trick (including the game-winner) completed his club’s comeback from a 3-0 deficit to down the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime. The Jackets hold a 2-1 series lead and can wrap things up later today in Game 4. The Jackets’ fortunes turned after pulling goalie Joonas Korpisalo in the second period for Elvis Merzlikins, who stopped all 21 shots he faced from the Leafs.

 

 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs seemingly had this game well in hand but, as we saw during the regular season, their lack of defensive depth once again proved to be their undoing. Dubois was a one-man wrecking crew but his teammates also stepped up as the Jackets outshot the Leafs 37-27 from the second period onward.

The Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in their qualifying series. Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for the shutout, Quinn Hughes collected three assists, and Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser each had a goal and an assist.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Four of the Canucks’ best players came through in this physical contest with the Wild. They’ll have a chance to finish this series later today.

Three unanswered third-period goals gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues in round-robin play. Alex Tuch and Shea Theodore each scored twice for Vegas while Colton Parayko tallied two goals for the Blues.

Scott Laughton’s two goals powered the Philadelphia Flyers over the Washington Capitals 3-1 in round-robin play. Laughton and teammate Kevin Hayes each had three points. Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov was benched for most of the third period.

HEADLINES

NHL.COM: Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery will be held on Monday, Aug. 10 at 6 pm ET to complete the order of the top 15 selections. The winner will get the first-overall selection.

CBS SPORTS: Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (leg) skipped practice yesterday but is expected to be in the lineup today for Game 4 of his club’s qualifying-round series with the New York Islanders. The Isles hold a 2-1 series lead.

Arizona Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (undisclosed) skated yesterday at practice, raising speculation he could be in the lineup for Game 4 later today against the Nashville Predators. The Coyotes lead the series 2-1.

TSN: Edmonton Oilers winger Tyler Ennis is sidelined indefinitely with a suspected leg injury. The Oilers are down 2-1 in their series with the Chicago Blackhawk with Game 4 set for later today.

Montreal Canadiens winger Jakes Evans is doubtful for Game 4 today against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He suffered a suspected upper-body injury in Game 3 on Wednesday. The Canadiens lead the series 2-1.

NHL.COM: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton has resumed practicing with his teammates after missing their entire qualifying-round series with the New York Rangers. He’s hoping to return to action in their first-round playoff series next week.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks re-signed defenseman Jacob Larsson to a two-year, $2.4-million contract extension. The annual average value is $1.2 million.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 9, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 9, 2018

Updates on Matt Murray, Sebastian Aho, Nate Schmidt and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins goaltending coach Mike Buckley wants Matt Murray not to put too much pressure on himself. “The next step for him is to take it all in and enjoy it. ‘Hey, I’m the guy now. I can accept that. I don’t have to be Marc-Andre Fleury, but I can be tighter with my teammates and really open up to them.’ “

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After backstopping the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cup championships in his first two seasons, Murray struggled through an injury-hampered 2017-18 culminating in the Washington Capitals bouncing them from the second round of the 2018 playoffs. They’ll need a healthier, relaxed Murray at his best if they’re to contend for their third Cup in four years. 

CBS SPORTS: The Carolina Hurricanes and forward Sebastian Aho hope to reach agreement on a contract extension before the start of the upcoming season. Aho is in the final season of his three-year entry-level contract.

The Carolina Hurricanes and winger Sebastian Aho are reportedly working toward a contract extension. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Entering this third NHL campaign, Aho is the Hurricanes’ best forward. He was their leading scorer last season and finished second the year prior. With over $44 million invested in 11 players for 2019-20 (stick tap to Cap Friendly), they can easily afford to pay him a significant raise. 

NBC SPORTS: Current and former teammates of Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt were shocked by his 20-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy. Schmidt insisted he didn’t intentionally taken a banned substance and the trace amount found in his system wouldn’t have affected his performance.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens prospect Jake Evans was released from hospital yesterday and is following the club’s concussion protocol after being stretchered from the ice during Friday’s rookie showdown between the Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. Evans received a high hit from Senators defenseman Jonathan Aspirot and crashed hard to the ice. 

THE ATHLETIC: Hockey analytics pioneer Rob Vollman was hired by the Los Angeles Kings as their Senior Hockey Analyst.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Vollman in his new job. Over the past several years, his Hockey Abstract became the bible for hockey analytics.