NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 28, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 28, 2021

The Panthers and Lightning clinch playoff berths, the new broadcasting deal with Turner Sports is announced, the date for the 2021 draft lottery is revealed, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and collected three assists as the Florida Panthers defeated the Nashville Predators 7-4. Aleksander Barkov and Sam Bennett each had three points. With 69 points, the Panthers clinched their first playoff berth since 2015-16 and sit two points behind the first-place Carolina Hurricanes in the Discover Central Division. Ryan Ellis tallied twice for the Predators, who sit in fourth place with 56 points.

Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau (NHL Images).

The defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning also secured a postseason spot with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Brayden Point had a goal and two assists and Alex Killorn scored two goals for the Lightning, who sit one point back of the Panthers in third place. Chicago defenseman Adam Boqvist suffered a broken right wrist in this game and is done for the season. The Blackhawks (49 points) are seven points behind the Predators with two games in hand.

Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal scored twice and picked up an assist as his club beat the Dallas Stars 5-1. Andrei Svechnikov picked up three assists. The Stars remain two points behind the Predators.

A 41-save shutout by Elvis Merzlikins carried the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 1-0 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings. Patrik Laine and Oliver Bjorkstand tallied in the shootout. Earlier in the day, the Jackets announced goaltender Joonas Korpisalo will miss the remainder of the regular season with a lower-body injury.

The Washington Capitals regained first place in the MassMutual East Division by blanking the New York Islanders 1-0. Vitek Vanecek made 18 saves for the shutout and Daniel Sprong netted the only goal. The Capitals (68 points) sit one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who sit four up on the Islanders.

Speaking of the Penguins, they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Boston Bruins. David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Taylor Hall were the goalscorers for the Bruins (62 points), who moved within a point of the third-place Islanders.

The New York Rangers remain four points back of the Bruins by downing the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin kicked out 36 shots.

Third-period goals by Yegor Sherangovich and Mikhail Maltsev gave the New Jersey Devils a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers to snap their 10-game losing skid.

The NHL and Turner Sports officially announced their seven-year media rights agreement yesterday. Regular-season, Stanley Cup Playoff and Stanley Cup Final games will be televised on TNT and TBS starting next season and running through 2027-28.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Combined with the NHL’s new broadcasting deal with ESPN, this agreement will pour $625 million annually into the league’s coffers. That’s a significant increase over the $200 million annually the league was receiving in their current deal with NBC Sports.

THE SCORE: cites a report by TSN’s Frank Seravalli saying the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery will take place on June 2.

TORONTO SUN: Former Maple Leafs forward Miroslav Frycer passed away in the Czech Republic yesterday at age 61. He’d been battling a series of health problems brought about in part by alcohol abuse earlier in his playing career.

Frycer and his family defected to Canada from communist Czechoslovakia in 1981. He spent nine seasons with the Quebec Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers from 1981-82 to 1988-89, spending seven of those seasons with the Leafs. In 415 games, Frycer scored 147 goals and 183 assists for 330 points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Frycer’s family, friends, colleagues and former teammates.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2018

Game recaps, the latest list of injuries and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils took a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers to snap a three-game winless skid. Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves and Taylor Hall extended his points streak to seven games.

Anders Lee had a four-point performance and Brock Nelson scored twice as the New York Islanders thrashed the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1, extending the latter’s losing streak to three games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Add the Flyers’ John Hakstol to the list of NHL head coaches on the hot seat. 

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen picked up his first NHL victory in nearly eight years as his club downed the Nashville Predators 5-3. Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula each scored twice for the Oilers while Predators winger Filip Forsberg tallied a hat trick in a losing cause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a shaky start, the Oilers have climbed into third place in the Pacific Division. 

Shootout goals by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, who dropped their third straight game. Capitals netminder Pheonix Copley made 27 saves for his first NHL victory.

Carey Price moves into second place among the Montreal Canadiens’ all-time goalie wins leaders. (Photo via NHL.com)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned in a 33-save shutout in a 3-0 blanking of the Boston Bruins. Price has passed Patrick Roy for second place in franchise history for wins with 290. The Canadiens were playing without defenseman Noah Juulsen, who was sidelined by a minor upper-body injury

Three unanswered third-period goals by Nazem Kadri, Jakes Gardiner, and Kasperi Kapanen lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. It was a costly victory for the Leafs, as Auston Matthews left the game in the second period with an apparent left shoulder injury following a clean hit from Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs coach Mike Babcock said an update on Matthews’ status will be made on Monday. Considering how much pain Matthews appeared to be in he could be sidelined for a while. 

Two goals by Artemi Panarin, including the winner in overtime, enabled the Columbus Blue Jackets to squeak past the Buffalo Sabres 5-4, ending the latter’s three-game win streak. Cam Atkinson also tallied twice for the Jackets.

Alex Pietrangelo and Zach Sanford each had a goal and two assists and Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in the St. Louis Blues 7-3 thumping of the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane scored twice and collected an assist for the Blackhawks. Blues goaltender Jake Allen left the game in the second period with an apparent concussion following a crease collision with a teammate.

Mikael Granlund extended his points streak to seven games and his Minnesota Wild won their fifth straight by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Granlund and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist.

Michael Grabner scored two shorthanded goals, Clayton Keller scored his fifth goal in five games and Antti Raanta made 30 saves as the Arizona Coyotes crushed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-1. The Lightning played without defenseman Victor Hedman (undisclosed injury, out one week) and winger Ondrej Palat (foot injury, day to day).

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored twice and Casey DeSmith turned aside 29 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Vancouver Canucks 5-0, spoiling the return of Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser to the Canucks’ lineup. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: More bad news for the struggling Kings as starting goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered another lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. “It is believed to be a different injury than what put Quick on injured reserve earlier this month.”

CAP FRIENDLY: The Anaheim Ducks placed rookie forward Maxime Comtois (lower body) on injured reserve. 

TORONTO STAR: Former Maple Leafs forward Miroslav Frycer recalls his two organ transplants, his defection from Czechoslovakia and his hard-living lifestyle with the Leafs in the 1980s in a recently released biography. 

SPORTSNET: On Monday, the NHL is expected to announce it will be establishing some strategic partnerships with the sports gambling industry.