NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 17, 2016
Updates on Ryan O’Reilly, Roberto Luongo, Zach Parise & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Ryan O’Reilly scored twice and set up two others to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Following the loss, the Oilers canceled a mandated day off for its players on Monday. It will be moved to a later date.
Brandon Sutter scored in overtime as the Vancouver Canucks overcame a three-goal deficit to down the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
Josh Bailey’s overtime goal lifted the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
NBC SPORTS: In backstopping the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Detroit Red Wings, goaltender Roberto Luongo collected his 438th career NHL win to move ahead of Jacques Plante into sixth on the all-time leader board. He’s now only nine wins behind Terry Sawchuk (447) and 16 behind Curtis Joseph (454).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo is also within range of Ed Belfour, who sits third all time with 484 wins. It’s doubtful, however, he’ll catch Patrick Roy (551). He has no chance of surpassing Martin Brodeur (691) for top spot.
NBC SPORTS: New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (hip flexor) is listed as day-to-day. The Rangers also announced the signing of forward Justin Fontaine to a one-year, two-way contract and assigned him to their AHL affiliate.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts profiles Ron MacLean on his return as host of Hockey Night in Canada.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: With the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers as possible Stanley Cup contenders this season, a rivalry between the two clubs might finally flicker to life.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite both clubs existing in Florida for over 20 years, the Lightning and Panthers haven’t had a rivalry comparable to, say, Edmonton and Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa or the New York Rangers and New York Islanders. But with both clubs could challenge for top spot in the Atlantic Division and perhaps meet in this year’s postseason, perhaps we’ll see an increase of intensity in their games this season.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Seat selection process for the season-ticket holders of Las Vegas’ NHL expansion team stars today.