NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 27, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 27, 2020

Marc-Andre Fleury records his 61st shutout, Jay Bouwmeester won’t return to action this season, Jake Muzzin sidelined for a month, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines


NHL.COM: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 29 shots to shut out the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. With 61 career shutouts, Fleury moves into a tie with Turk Broda for 17th on the all-time list. Oilers winger Andreas Athanasiou left the game with a lower-body injury, but coach Dave Tippett doesn’t think it’s serious. The Golden Knights (78 points) are on a seven-game winning streak, widening their lead to four points over the Oilers and Canucks for first place in the Pacific Division.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 61st career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

J.T. Compher’s third-period goal lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Avalanche (81 points) have won four straight games and sit three points behind the first-place St. Louis Blues in the overall Western Conference standings. The Sabres (66 points) remains eight behind the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division.

The Los Angeles Kings edged the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, extending the latter’s losing skid to four games. Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen made 35 saves, while Patrick Marleau was held scoreless in his first game with the Penguins (80 points), who remain four back of the first-place Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division.


STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester expressed his appreciation to the medical people who save his life after suffering a cardiac incident on the bench during a recent game. While his condition is improving, Bouwmeester said he’s done playing hockey for this season. He also admitted his playing career remains uncertain after having an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) surgically implanted in his chest to monitor and control his heartbeat.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin will be sidelined for the next four weeks with a broken hand.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete is done for the season as he recovers from a fractured foot.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom underwent surgery to repair a minor meniscus tear in one of his knees. He’ll be reevaluated in two weeks, though there’s speculation he could be sidelined up to four weeks.

NHL.COM: New Jersey Devils forward John Hayden was fined over $2,000.00 by the department of player safety for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi on Tuesday.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2017

Latest on Connor McDavid and Nino Niederreiter, Canadiens & Kings make a trade, waiver updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid reportedly lost between 5-10 lbs battling the flu over the last two weeks. While he didn’t miss a game and still tallied nine points in five games during that stretch, the illness did affect his play. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At one point McDavid drew some criticism for his less than stellar performance during that stretch. Sometimes a player can be guilty of not performing up to his full potential, but usually a bad stretch of play is the result of trying to soldier through injury or illness. Sounds like the flu knocked the stuffing out of the Oilers captain. And yes, that was a post-Thanksgiving pun. You’re welcome. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Despite a slow start to this season that included missing six games with an ankle injury, Minnesota Wild winger Nino Niederreiter is now on pace to reach 30 goals for the first time in his career. He’s been on a roll of late, with goals in five straight games and a point in each of his last seven contests. 

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri is remorseful over accidentally striking a penalty-box official in the face with his stick during the Leafs loss on Wednesday to the Florida Panthers. Kadri was venting his frustration over taking a bad penalty when the incident occurred. He said he apologized to the official and intends to reach out to him again. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: A healthy Ryan Callahan is among the reasons behind the Lightning’s dominating start to this season. The two-way winger is finally healthy after missing most of last season to a hip injury. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta will miss at least the next two games after being sidelined with a suspected head injury. He’s currently listed as day-to-day. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the second time this season Raanta’s been sidelined, having missed nine games in October with a lower-body injury. His latest comes as the Coyotes were showing some improvement, coming off a three-game win streak. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens traded forward Torrey Mitchell to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2018. If the Kings reach the playoffs, it becomes a fourth-round pick. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Habs fans wonder if this move heralds the start of a rebuilding effort by the struggling club. It seems to be simply a case of moving out a little-used veteran to make room for a younger player. 

SPORTSNET: The Calgary Flames placed backup goaltender Eddie Lack on waivers yesterday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lack hasn’t been the same ever since the Vancouver Canucks traded him in June 2015 to the Carolina Hurricanes. At the time, Vancouver GM Jim Benning caught some flak for that move from Canucks fans. Looks like he made the right move after all. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks winger John Hayden was fined over $2,400.00 for his second highsticking penalty in three games.