NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 14, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 14, 2019

Islanders and Capitals extend their points streaks, Roberto Luongo joins the Panthers’ front office, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The New York Islanders extended their points streak to 13 games (12-0-1) by edging the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4. Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and Derick Brassard collected three points for the Islanders. Leafs captain (and former Isles captain) John Tavares was once again serenaded by chants of “We don’t need you!” by Long Island fans. Leafs winger Zach Hyman made his season debut following recovery from a knee injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the Isles soar, the Leafs dropped six of their last 10 games (two in overtime), including their last three contests. They’re barely clinging to the last Eastern Conference wild-card spot. They still have plenty of time to reverse their fortunes but the grumbling in Leafs Nation is growing.

Ottawa Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau tallied his first career NHL hat trick in a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils (Photo via NHL Images).

The Washington Capitals also extended their points streak to 13 games with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Braden Holtby made 30 saves while T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the shootout for the Capitals, who have a league-leading 32 points.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted his first career NHL hat trick as the New Jersey Devils doubled out the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Pageau is red hot of late, tallying eight goals in his last six contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pageau is on pace for a career-best 70-point campaign in his contract year.

Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome each had a goal and two assists to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 39 saves.

Joe Pavelski scored twice and Justin Dowling tallied his first NHL goal as the Dallas Stars dropped the Calgary Flames 3-1. Sean Monahan tallied for the Flames.


SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Former Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo has rejoined the team as a special advisor to general manager Dale Tallon. Luongo announced his retirement over the summer after 19 NHL campaigns, 11 with the Panthers.

TSN.CA: Jason Garrison is suing his financial advisor over negligent advice that ended up costing the former NHL defenseman more than the multi-million dollar salary he earned during a six-year contract ($28 million) with the Vancouver Canucks. Garrison, 35, mow plays in Sweden.

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres forward Vladimir Sobotka will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury. Forward Marcus Johansson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.




The Best NHL Players You Didn’t Know Played for Your Favorite Team: Pacific Division

The Best NHL Players You Didn’t Know Played for Your Favorite Team: Pacific Division


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 8, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 8, 2019

The game recaps feature three shutouts, plus the three stars of the week, Carey Price drops out of the 2019 All-Star Game, and more in today’s NHL morning headlines.

NHL.COMCalgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau scored twice as his club edged the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Gaudreau has collected 13 points in his last five games. 

Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau is the NHL’s first star for the week ending Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo via NHL Images)

Speaking of Gaudreau, he led the NHL’s three stars for the week ending January 6, 2019. San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner were the second and third stars. 

The Minnesota Wild shut out the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 as a brutal turnover by Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry set the stage for Wild center Mikael Granlund’s winning goal. Canadiens captain Shea Weber left the game after taking a puck to the face but is expected to return to the lineup for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. 

Speaking of the Canadiens, goaltender Carey Price will skip the 2019 All-Star Game as he deals with a nagging lower-body injury. As a result, he’ll receive an automatic one-game suspension by the league. The Habs also placed defenseman David Schlemko on waivers. 

The Nashville Predators blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0, handing the latter their third defeat in their last four games. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 18 saves for the shutout while teammates Mattias Ekholm, Kevin Fiala, and Colton Sissons each had a goal and an assist.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs are one of the NHL’s highest-scoring clubs but the Predators schooled them in the art of shutdown hockey. 

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington’s NHL debut was a memorable one as he kicked out 25 shots for a 3-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers, who’ve lost seven straight games. Blues center Ryan O’Reilly collected two assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only good thing about the Flyers this season is Gritty

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson extended his personal points streak to 13 games with three assists in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a slow start to this season Karlsson has now adjusted to his new club, becoming an invaluable addition to their blueline.  

SPORTSNET: Former NHL forward Dominic Moore signed with Switzerland’s ZSC Lions. 

TSN: NHL defenseman Jason Garrison signed with Djurgardens IF in Sweden. Garrison’s NHL contract was terminated last week for declining to report to the Chicago Blackhawks AHL affiliate.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2019

Game recaps, three stars and the top rookie for December revealed, All-Star Game rosters released, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Vancouver Canucks rookie center Elias Pettersson scored in overtime to complete his first NHL hat-trick performance in a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Canucks defenseman Alex Edler collected three assists.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson’s first career hat trick carried his club to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators (Photo via NHL Images).

Earlier in the day, Pettersson was named NHL rookie of the month for December 2018. He previously received that honor for October 2018. The Canucks also shipped goaltender Anders Nilsson and forward Darren Archibald to the Senators in exchange for goalie Mike McKenna, forward Tom Pyatt, and a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win also pushed the Canucks to within one point of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Thanks in part to Pettersson’s efforts, they’ve overcome a lousy November performance that threatened to scuttle their playoff hopes. As for the trade between the two clubs, the Senators need an experienced NHL netminder after starter Craig Anderson was recently sidelined by a concussion. 

A four-point effort (one goal, three assists) by Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau powered his club to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, who’ve dropped six straight games. Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists for the Flames. 

The surging Pittsburgh Penguins won their seventh straight contest by crushing the New York Rangers 7-2, chasing Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the game after he gave up six goals on 18 shots. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist. He also honored his hometown of Magnitogorsk, Russia, with messages of support written on his skates following an apartment explosion that killed 33 people on Dec. 31.  

Two-goal efforts by Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen helped the Dallas Stars edge the New Jersey Devils 5-4. It was a costly win for the Stars as captain Jamie Benn left the game with an upper-body injury in the second period following a late hit by Devils wingers Miles Wood. 

Center Joe Pavelski and defenseman Brent Burns each had a goal and three assists to give the San Jose Sharks a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Tyson Jost scored twice for the Avs, who’ve now lost six games in a row. Sharks defenseman Justin Braun left the game with an injured right leg

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs are now clinging to a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. If they don’t reverse this slide soon they’ll tumble out of playoff contention. 

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid scored twice and set up another in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, snapping his club’s six-game losing skid. 

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are the NHL’s three stars for the month of December 2018

Kucherov, Gaudreau, and McDavid are also among the players selected to participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose on Jan. 26, 2019. San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture and defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson were also selected for the game. 

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said he will skip the game to take advantage of the extra time off for rest. As a result, the league will suspend him for one regular-season game. 

“First of all, thanks for all the fans who voted for me,” Ovechkin said Wednesday. “I know it’s a tough decision, obviously. I like to be part of all the events, but right now I think that time of the year and my age we decide to take a one-week break. It’s hard, but it’s better for me.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some fans and pundits have no problem with Ovechkin’s decision while others feel he’s shirking his obligation to attend after being selected by the fans. After attending 10 of these meaningless pond hockey-style contests that tend to be swiftly forgotten by NHL fans, he’s more than fulfilled his duty to the league and his contract. Coming off a year in which Ovechkin led his club to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship, and facing another potentially long grind attempting to repeat as champions, he’s earned the right to take a little extra time off. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price revealed he’s been nursing a lower-body injury for several weeks. After missing the late three games, Price is expected to play in tonight’s tilt with the Vancouver Canucks. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames have recalled goaltender Jon Gillies after David Rittich was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

TSN.CA: The Chicago Blackhawks placed recently-acquired defenseman Jason Garrison on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract after he didn’t report to the AHL affiliate in Rockford. Garrison was traded to the Blackhawks by the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. The Blackhawks also placed blueliner Brandon Davidson on regular waivers. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2019

Game recaps, three stars of the final full week of December, and more in the first NHL morning coffee headlines of 2019.

NHL.COM: Sean Monahan collected five assists while teammates Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each had four-point performances (two goals, two assists) in an 8-5 win over the San Jose Sharks. Flames forward Sam Bennett could face supplemental discipline for a high hit on Sharks defenseman Radim Simek late in the third period.

Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan collected five assists in an 8-5 win over the San Jose Sharks (Photo via NHL Images).

The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning extended their points streak to 15 games (14-0-1) by squeaking past the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. Brayden Point netted the winner in overtime.

The Nashville Predators picked up their first road victory since Nov. 10 and snapped a six-game losing skid with a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals. Ryan Johansen led the way with a goal and two assists.

New Jersey Devils rookie goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood picked up his second straight shutout by blanking the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. Miles Wood and Sami Vatanen each had a goal and an assist.

Three goals late in the third period lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Pierre-Luc Dubois (four points) and Zach Werenski each scored twice for the Jackets while Ryan Dzingel tallied twice for the Senators. The Jackets were playing without captain Nick Foligno, who’s on an indefinite leave of absence as his young daughter Milana underwent heart surgery on Monday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to the Foligno family. Here’s hoping Milana makes a full recovery. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins collected their sixth straight win by edging the Minnesota Wild 3-2. Penguins winger Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists while Wild captain Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel suffered an upper-body injury during his club’s 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders. Sabres coach Phil Housley doesn’t expect Eichel to be sidelined for long. Isles goalie Robin Lehner made 39 saves to pick up his first win over his former team and was named the first star of the game.

The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1, chasing Flyers rookie goalie Carter Hart from the net after he gave up three goals on 10 shots. Earlier in the day, Flyers forward Jori Lehtera was charged “for allegedly obtaining and possessing cocaine in his native Finland last summer.” He’s not due in court but Finnish prosecutors seek a five-month suspended sentence.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lehtera previously denied any wrongdoing. The league is also conducting its own investigation into the matter.

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 37 shots as the New York Rangers nipped the St. Louis Blues 2-1. Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk picked up an assist in his first game since being sidelined on Dec. 10.

Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer made 12 saves in relief of Roberto Luongo and two more in a shootout to give his club a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings. Luongo was pulled after giving up three goals on eight shots in the first period. During the morning skate, Wings defenseman Trevor Daley suffered a broken foot sidelining him three-to-five weeks.

Dustin Brown’s overtime goal gave the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the slumping Colorado Avalanche, who’ve dropped nine of their last 11 games. Kings captain Anze Kopitar collected two assists.

Phillip Danault scored two goals and Jeff Petry tallied in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens nipped the Dallas Stars 3-2. Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi made 45 saves against his former club.

Rookie Brendan Lemieux scored twice, including the game-winner, to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win over the struggling Edmonton Oilers, who’ve lost six straight games. Leon Draisaitl tallied twice for the Oilers.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, and New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 30, 2018.

SPORTSNET: The NHL intends to announce today the Dallas Stars will host the 2020 Winter Classic. No word yet as to who the Stars’ opponent will be.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2018

The 2018-19 NHL regular season opens tonight. Check out the latest contract signings, waiver news and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals will raise their 2018 Stanley Cup banner before their season-opener against the Boston Bruins as the curtain rises tonight on the NHL’s 2018-19 regular season.

TSN.CA: The city of Seattle is one vote away from getting an NHL expansion franchise after the league’s executive committee unanimously recommended to proceed with the city’s bid. It will be put toward a full Board of Governors vote on Dec. 3.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton’s lengthy beard is history (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The BoG vote is merely a formality. For all intent and purpose, Seattle will become the NHL’s 32nd franchise. 

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton had his lengthy beard shaved off by teammate Brent Burns during a season-opening party. Thornton had been growing the beard since 2015-16. 

THE SCORE: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green could be sidelined at least a month as he continues to recover from a liver virus.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks forward Ondrej Kase is out indefinitely due to a concussion suffered during a preseason game last Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another blow for the injury-ravaged Ducks. Kase joins Corey Perry (knee surgery) and Ryan Kesler (offseason hip surgery) among their regulars currently on injured reserve. 

LAS VEGAS SUN: The Golden Knights placed winger Alex Tuch (ankle) on injured reserve. He’s not expected to be sidelined for long.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Jacob de la Rose suffered a cardiac incident during a recent preseason game and hasn’t been cleared by team doctors to travel with the club to Toronto for tonight’s game against the Leafs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coach Claude Julien said the move was a precautionary one as de la Rose’s condition isn’t considered to be serious. 

SPORTSDAY: Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns is coping with post-concussion symptoms. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers yesterday signed defenseman Jason Garrison and forward Alex Chiasson to one-year contracts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:Cap Friendly indicates both players are each worth $650K.

SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs lost two goaltenders via waivers yesterday. The Philadelphia Flyers claimed Calvin Pickard while the Carolina Hurricanes picked up Curtis McElhinney.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both clubs have goalies currently on the sidelines. The Flyers have Michal Neuvirth (undisclosed) and Alex Lyon (lower body) are on injured reserve while Hurricanes starter Scott Darling is out two weeks with a lower-body injury. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Anticipating a lengthy suspension for right wing Tom Wilson, the Capitals claimed forward Dmitrij Jaskin off waivers from the St. Louis Blues.

THE PROVINCE:  The Vancouver Canucks have loaned forward Sam Gagner to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. The move was made to put Gagner closer to his family. The Canucks retain the right to recall him at any time.

COURIER-POST: The Flyers placed Dale Weise and Taylor Leier on waivers.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild put defenseman Gustav Olofsson on waivers.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON’s Joe Haggerty reports the Bruins will keep forward Lee Stempniak on tryout basis for the time being. He’ll continue practicing with the club as he hopes a roster spot will open up for him soon.