NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 10, 2018
Latest on the Predators and Jets on the eve of Game 7, Penguins and Bruins injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers still seeks his first goal of the playoffs as his club enters Game 7 of their second-round series against the Nashville Predators.
THE TENNESSEAN: Predators center Mike Fisher suffered an undisclosed injury late in Game 6 against the Jets and his status remains uncertain for Game 7 tonight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The winner of tonight’s game goes on to host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins revealed a number of their players suffered through injuries during their recent playoff run. Torey Krug suffered a fractured ankle, Zdeno Chara had a shoulder injury and a fractured finger, Patrice Bergeron had a groin injury and concussion-like symptoms, Brad Marchand had a groin injury, David Backs suffered concussion-like symptoms, Jake DeBrusk a sprained AC joint, Riley Nash suffered a concussion and hip injury and Noel Acciari a sports hernia.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Pittsburgh Penguins were less candid about their injury woes during the 2018 playoffs, but admitted winger Phil Kessel was playing hurt. Meanwhile, Derick Brassard acknowledged he may have returned too soon from a late-season lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins claimed they didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse for their playoff elimination. Nagging injuries hamper performance. It’s not a sign of weakness or lack of character to admit it. If their list of walking wounded was anywhere near as lengthy as the Bruins, there’s no shame in acknowledging it may have contributed to their postseason demise.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens and center Phillip Danault are mutually interested in working out a long-term contract. Danault, 25, is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who’s completed a two-year, $1.825 million contract.
DENVER POST: If you’ve got $5.2 million burning a hole in your pocket, former Colorado Avalanche star Milan Hejduk’s house could be for you. The 16, 700-foot home comes with a full-size hockey rink and a Zamboni.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Flyers AHL farm team, needed five overtime periods to down the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in Game 4 of their second-round series. The game set a record for the longest playoff game in league history. Phantoms goaltender Alex Lyon made 94 (!) saves, four shy of the all-time record held by former Flyer Michael Leighton. The Phantoms lead the Checkers three games to one.