NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 22, 2022

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 22, 2022

The Golden Knights become the first team to clinch a playoff berth, Patrick Marleau reaches another milestone for games played, plus the latest on Jonathan Toews, Conor Garland and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: The Vegas Golden Knights became the first team to clinch a berth in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs by downing the San Jose Sharks 5-2. Jonathan Marchessault led the way with two goals and two assists for the Golden Knights, who sit atop the Honda West Division and the overall standings with 68 points. San Jose forward Patrick Marleau reached another milestone, playing in his 900th consecutive NHL game. The Sharks (41 points) remain four points back of the fourth-place Arizona Coyotes.

Jonathan Marchessault’s four-point performance in a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks helped the Vegas Golden Knights clinch a 2021 NHL playoff berth (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marleau recently broke Gordie Howe’s NHL record for most games played with 1,768. His Ironman streak is also impressive, becoming just the fourth player in league history to play 900 consecutive games. The leader is Doug Jarvis (964), followed by Garry Unger (914) and Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle (913), with the latter poised to tie Unger in tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Speaking of the Coyotes, they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild. Kirill Kaprizov set the Wild record for most goals by a rookie with 19 while Cam Talbot kicked out 39 shots for the win. With 61 points, the Wild sits three points behind the second-place Colorado Avalanche. Coyotes winger Conor Garland missed the game following a lower-body injury suffered in practice earlier in the day.

Montreal Canadiens winger Josh Anderson scored twice as his club held off the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists as the Oilers (56 points) sit one point behind the second-place Winnipeg Jets in the Scotia North Division. The Canadiens, meanwhile, sit fourth with 49 points, opening an eight-point lead over the Calgary Flames. Oilers winger Zack Kassian left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. 

The Chicago Blackhawks overcame a 4-1 deficit to drop the Nashville Predators 5-4 on an overtime goal by Brandon Hagel, who also collected two assists. The Predators sit in fourth place in the Discover Central Division with 52 points while the Blackhawks sit three back in sixth.

HEADLINES

The NHL extended the West Division schedule to May 13 to accommodate postponed games involving the Avalanche.

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the NHL hopes to start the 2021-22 season on Oct. 12, which is one week later than in a normal year. Training camps would open on Sept. 22 if there are no COVID-related delays.

The league cannot say for certain when the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs will begin due to the in-season delays some teams have dealt with this season.

The NHL still intends to participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics provided an agreement is reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee.

The 2021 NHL Draft (July 23-24) will be held virtually for the second straight year.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That means it’ll probably take over seven hours again to complete the second day of the draft unless the league sets a more rigid timetable for each team to make their selections.

LAS VEGAS SUN: Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner accused the NHL of lying to the players regarding its policies on COVID-19 restrictions and vaccinations. He claimed the league told them restrictions would ease if a certain threshold of vaccinations were achieved.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly denied Lehner’s claim, saying loosened restrictions were previously discussed internally and with the NHL Players Association but no decision was reached or communicated to the players.

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is likely done for the remainder of this season as he continues to battle an illness that’s left him drained and lethargic. However, his health is improving and he’s expected to return next season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Toews as he continues his recovery.

CBS SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart will miss his club’s next two games due to a knee sprain.

TSN: A settlement in principle has been reached between the NHL and Kelli Ewen, widow of former player Todd Ewen, over the wrongful death lawsuit she filed against the league in 2019. The suit alleges Todd’s suicide in 2015 was linked to the league allegedly downplaying the potential long-term effects of repeated head trauma and profiting from a culture of on-ice violence.










NHL Could Face A Reckoning on CTE

NHL Could Face A Reckoning on CTE

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2018

Game recaps, injury, waiver updates, possible candidates for the vacant Flyers GM job, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Another questionable hit by Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson overshadowed his club’s 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Wilson was ejected for an illegal hit to the head of Devils forward Brett Seney, though it was actually a hit from behind to Seney’s shoulder. The Capitals winger only recently returned from a 20-game suspension (reduced by an independent arbiter to 14 games) for an illegal hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist.

Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson could once again face supplemental discipline for another questionable hit. (Photo via NHL Images)

Meanwhile, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 626th career NHL goal to move past Joe Sakic and Jarome Iginla into sole possession of 15th place on the all-time goal-scoring list.

Ryan Getzlaf’s overtime goal gave the surging Anaheim Ducks their fifth win in six games by edging the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. The Hurricanes were skating with winger Micheal Ferland, who’s listed as day-to-day with a concussion. Earlier in the day, they demoted goaltender Scott Darling to their AHL affiliate and saw winger Valentin Zykov plucked off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.

Third-period goals by Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Backlund, and Sean Monahan lifted the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings were also playing without Ilya Kovalchuk, who was scratch from the game and is listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko scored in overtime as his club nipped the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Avs blueliner Erik Johnson was ejected during the second period for elbowing Blues center Alexander Steen in the head.

Coming off a 10-game winning streak, the Buffalo Sabres dropped their second in a row by falling to the Florida Panthers 3-2 on an overtime goal by Aleksander Barkov.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins blueliner Brandon Carlo is expected to return to action tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. Carlo’s been sidelined since Nov. 10 with a shoulder injury. 

CBS SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings rearguard Trevor Daley (lower-body injury) is expected to be sidelined this weekend.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton lists former Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher, Columbus Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito, former Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis, former Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis, and former Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman as five candidates to fill the vacant Philadelphia Flyers general manager position. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored Fletcher is the front-runner. Reports emerged yesterday claiming the Flyers sought permission to speak with Nonis (who’s now a consultant with the Anaheim Ducks) and Zito. Yzerman might not be available as it’s widely assumed he could take over from Ken Holland as Red Wings GM next summer. 

TSN: “Todd Ewen was posthumously diagnosed earlier this year by a Boston University neuropathologist with the brain-withering disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a development that contradicts the findings of a Toronto doctor two years ago that the former National Hockey League player didn’t have the disease.”