NHL Prospects Who Could Be Traded – Eastern Conference Edition
Game recaps, three stars and the top rookie for October revealed, and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Patrick Laine’s hat trick in his native Finland powered the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at the NHL 2018 Global Series at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Panthers center and fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov picked up an assist. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves. Earlier in the day, the Panthers activated Roberto Luongo (knee) from injured reserve and it’s expected he could return to action next week.
Anton Khudobin made 30 saves as the Dallas Stars held on for a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stars forward Tyler Seguin collected two assists.
Thomas Greiss made 29 saves, including a well-timed poke-check on Sidney Crosby in overtime, to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, sweeping their home-and-home series. Josh Bailey tallied the only goal in the shootout.
Montreal Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first two NHL goals in his club’s 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals. The Habs final two goals set a record for the fastest in league history (two seconds). Brendan Gallagher also scored twice for the Canadiens. Capitals forwards Alexander Ovechkin and Lars Eller also each tallied two goals.
Craig Anderson kicked out 46 shots as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. Sabres winger Jason Pominville skated in his 1,000th career NHL game.
The Detroit Red Wings picked up their third straight victory by edging the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Justin Abdelkader and Trevor Daley each scored shorthanded goals in the third period to give the Wings the win. Speaking of the Wings, former captain Henrik Zetterberg revealed “a degenerating disc eventually caused a nerve problem and a malfunction of a muscle that controls the movement of the ankle” led to his retirement.
In his first game since returning from an undisclosed injury, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne turned aside 42 shots in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Oskar Sundqvist tallied his first two goals of the season as the St. Louis Blues downed the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 5-3.
The Calgary Flames overcame a 4-1 deficit with five third-period goals to beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5. Mark Giordano and Matthew Tkachuk each had three-point performances for the Flames.
Mikko Koskinen made 40 saves for his first NHL shutout as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. Drake Caggiula scored twice for the Oilers.
Shootout goals by Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the free-falling Anaheim Ducks, who’ve won just twice in their last 10 games.
The Philadelphia Flyers won their second consecutive game for the first time this season by dropping the Los Angeles Kings 5-2. Like the Ducks, the Kings have just two victories in their last 10 contests.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 44 saves, including 25 in the third period, to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane are the NHL’s three stars for October 2018. Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson was named rookie of the month for October.
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins forward David Backes is expected to make his return from a concussion Saturday against the Predators. The Bruins also demoted forward Ryan Donato to their AHL affiliate in Providence.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: An unidentified woman has filed a lawsuit against San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane alleging he reneged on a promise to pay for her abortion. Kane and his lawyer deny the allegation and intend to fight it in court.
SPORTSNET: Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is applying for reinstatement. He’s been suspended since 2015 after pleading guilty on misdemeanor domestic abuse charges and spending nearly two months in jail. The Kings terminated his contract but his NHL rights still belong to them. Voynov’s conviction was dismissed by a judge in July.
CBS SPORTS: The Caroline Hurricanes have sent Phil Dio Giuseppe to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have returned rookie Alex Formenton to the OHL’s London Knights.
NBC SPORTS: The NHL plans on playing more games in Europe to expand its footprint on the continent.