NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 14, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 14, 2016

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane goes airborne as he scores the winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane goes airborne as he scores the winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens.

Game recaps, injury updates, Aaron Ekblad’s early-season struggles & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrick Kane’s spectacular second-period goal snapped a 2-2 tie as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Montreal Canadiens 3-2, handing the latter only their second regulation loss this season. 

Michael Grabner scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. The Rangers were playing without forwards Chris Kreider (upper-body injury) and Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms). 

Mark Scheifele’s scored the winner in a shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Scheifele is coming into his own this season as an NHL star. He’s currently tied with Dallas’ Tyler Seguin as the league’s leading scorer with 20 points. 

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 20 saves to blank the Colorado Avalanche 2-0, picking up his 10th win of the season. 

Matt Dumba scored in overtime and Darcy Kuemper made 35 saves as the Minnesota Wild edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1. 

Markus Granlund’s overtime goal lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars. The Canucks also honored Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis with a video tribute. The former Canuck was returning to Vancouver for the first time since signing with the Stars in July. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders injury-ravaged blueline corps suffered another hit, as defenseman Dennis Seidenberg suffered a suspected broken jaw. He joins Travis Hamonic and Ryan Pulock on the sidelines. 

PHILLY.COM:  Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth is out four-to-six weeks with an apparent knee injury. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: In his third NHL campaign, Florida Panthers star defenseman Aaron Ekblad is struggling through an early-season slump. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  The whiplash injury suffered in the World Cup of Hockey saw him miss part of the Panthers’ training camp. That’s likely contributed to his struggles thus far. 

NBC SPORTS: The Calgary Flames and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann agreed to a mutual termination of his contract. He could be continuing his playing career in Sweden. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 9, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 9, 2016

Edmonton's Connor McDavid and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby faced off for the first time.

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby faced off for the first time.

Game recaps, injury updates, Rangers ship McIlrath to Panthers & more in your NHL morning headlines. 

NHL.com: Connor McDavid picked up three assists in a losing cause as his Edmonton Oilers fell 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the first game in which McDavid faced off against childhood hero Sidney Crosby, who was held scoreless. Connor Sheary scored twice, including the game winner, for the Penguins. 

Patrik Laine’s hat trick powered the Winnipeg Jets to an 8-2 thumping of the Dallas Stars. Laine is the first player in NHL history to have multiple hat tricks in his first 14 games. Jets center Mark Scheifele scored twice and set up two others to take over the NHL scoring lead. 

Carey Price made 41 saves and Paul Byron scored with just over a minute remaining in regulation to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The league-leading Canadiens’ record now stands at 11-1-1. 

Alex Burrows scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks snapped a nine-game winless skid with a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers. The loss ended the Blueshirts’ five-game win streak. Rick Nash scored his 400th career NHL goal in a losing cause. 

P.K. Subban and James Neal each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. 

Jeff Carter scored twice and Peter Budaj picked up his second straight shutout backstopping the Los Angeles Kings to a 7-0 romp over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Martin Jones made 24 saves as his San Jose Sharks blanked the Washington Capitals 3-0. The win ended a three-game losing skid for the Sharks and snapped a five-game Capitals win streak 

Andreas Athanasiou’s shootout goal helped the Detroit Red Wings snap a five-game losing streak by edging the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. 

Shootout goals by Taylor Hall and P.A. Parenteau gave the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes learned top defenseman Justin Faulk is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. 

Jordan Martinook’s two goals led the Arizona Coyotes over the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 4-2. 

TSN’s Bob McKenzie yesterday reported the New York Rangers traded defenseman Dylan McIlrath to the Florida Panthers for blueliner Steve Kampfer and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2017.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Basically, this is a swap of two blueliners who weren’t fitting in. Some Rangers fans were not pleased with this move. McIlrath was a former first-round pick who struggled to crack the Rangers blueline on a regular basis. His stock significantly dropped, to the point where he recently cleared waivers. Like McIlrath, Kampfer saw limited playing time with the Panthers. 

SPORTSNET/NBC SPORTS: Having re-signed defenseman Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said he’s not looking to trade the blueliner. Trouba, meanwhile, said he rescinded the trade request he made in late-September.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on Trouba and the Jets (hey, sounds like a song title!) in the Rumors section. 

STLTODAY.COM: After a promising start with the Blues, winger Nail Yakupov’s seen only a little over 10 minutes of ice time per game and will be a healthy scratch tonight for the third straight game. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE:  Blackhawks rookie Tyler Motte will miss up to three weeks with a left-leg injury. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman yesterday reported the Calgary Flames placed defenseman Nicklas Grossmann on waivers. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 15, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 15, 2016

Ryan Getzlaf scores in overtime to give Team Canada a 3-2 victory over Team Russia in pre-tournament play at the World Cup of Hockey.

Ryan Getzlaf scores in overtime to give Team Canada a 3-2 victory over Team Russia in pre-tournament play at the World Cup of Hockey.

 World Cup of Hockey updates, latest on Alexander Steen, Clarke MacArthur & more in this morning’s NHL headlines. 

NHL.COM: Ryan Getzlaf scored in overtime and Carey Price made 24 saves as Team Canada rallied to edge Team Russia 3-2. John Tavares’ third-period goal tied the game after Artemi Panarin gave the Russians a 2-1 lead earlier in the period. 

Tomas Plekanec’s third-period goal proved the winner as Team Czech Republic downed Team North America 3-2, handing the latter their first loss of the pre-tournament. The North Americans overcame a 2-0 deficit on goals by Shayne Gostisbehere and Auston Matthews before Plekanec broke the tie.

Leon Draisaitl’s hat trick powered Team Europe to a 6-2 drubbing of Team Sweden. Henrik Lundqvist gave up five goals on 22 shots in the lopsided loss. 

TSN:  The NHL officially confirmed it will have four concussion spotters watching all games from a centralized location in either New York or Toronto. Those spotters will also have the authority to remove players suspected of suffering concussion symptoms from games. The policy goes into effect for the World Cup of Hockey, which officially begins on Sept. 17. The league will release more details as the regular season approaches. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Alexander Steen skipped the World Cup of Hockey to allow more time to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. He expected to be good to go for the start of the season.

OTTAWA SUN: After missing nearly all of 2015-16 to concussion symptoms, Senators winger Clarke MacArthur is looking forward to suiting up this season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators missed MacArthur’s leadership and experience last season. If he quickly returns to form and stays healthy, he’ll be a welcome presence to their forward lines in 2016-17.

PHILLY.COM: A mentally strong Andrew MacDonald hopes to secure a full-time roster spot with the Philadelphia Flyers this season. He spent half of 2015-16 in the minors in part because of salary-cap constraints. The Flyers had a better record last season with MacDonald in the lineup (17-7-4) than without him (24-20-10). 

THE FAN 960: The Calgary Flames will reportedly offer unrestricted free agent defenseman Nicklas Grossmann a professional tryout offer. 

SHARKS.NHL.COM:  The San Jose Sharks have their 2016 rookie camp schedule and roster. 

EDMONTON SUN: Negotiations are underway that could lead to the Ivan Hlinka under-18 international hockey tournament being staged in Edmonton every second year. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets superfan and WW2 veteran Len “Kroppy” Kropioski passed away Tuesday at the age of 98. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Kroppy’s family and friends.