NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 10, 2018

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 Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has yet to score in the 2018 playoffs (Photo via NHL Images)

  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.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Sebastian Aho, Jake Muzzin, Jimmy Howard and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Patrice Bergeron scored four goals for his second career hat trick and Brad Marchand collected four assists as the Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 10 games by crushing the Carolina Hurricanes 7-1. The Hurricanes also lost Sebastian Aho to a leg injury. He’ll be reevaluated today in Raleigh. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being written off at the start of this season as little more than a marginal playoff contender, the Bruins are among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Their surge in the standings has generated some suggestions that they could be Cup contenders this spring. 

The Colorado Avalanche picked up their fifth consecutive victory with a 7-2 beatdown of the Minnesota Wild. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had three-point nights while Carl Soderberg scored twice. Eric Staal did the scoring for the Wild. Before the game, the Avs honored former winger Milan Hejduk by retiring his No. 23 to the rafters. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the victory, the Avs (47 points) leapfrogged the Wild into the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. They’re on the verge of exceeding last season’s franchise-worst 48 points. 

Claude Giroux collected three points and Sean Couturier scored twice to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues, snapping the latter’s winning streak at three games. 

Alexander Radulov,Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg each had a goal and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers, chasing Oilers netminder Cam Talbot from the game after he gave up four goals on 19 shots. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another dispiriting defeat for the Oilers, whose playoff hopes are fading with each passing week. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector (no relation) lists six things that have gone wrong with the Oilers’ season thus far. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section, Oilers fans. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a shootout. Tyler Bozak scored the game-tying and winning goals. Canucks winger Brock Boeser, who leads his club and all NHL rookies in scoring, tallied his 22nd goal of the season. Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev left the game after a deflected Mitch Marner shot struck him in the mouth. 

Craig Anderson made 45 saves while teammate Ryan Dzingel scored two goals as the Ottawa Senators upset the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3. 

The New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes for the ninth straight game with Mika Zibanejad’s shootout goal giving them a 2-1 victory. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 38-save effort, surpassing Tony Esposito for eighth on the all-time wins list with 424. 

Auston Watson scored twice and P.K. Subban collected two assists as the Nashville Predators held off the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. Before the game, the Kings announced defenseman Jake Muzzin was placed on injured reserve .

Dougie Hamilton’s late third-period goal gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, who had overcome a 2-0 deficit to tie the game. Ducks winger Corey Perry returned to action after missing 11 games with a knee injury. 

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (lower-body injury) will sit out today’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (upper-body injury) and forward Andre Burakovsky (healthy scratch) are expected to be in the lineup for today’s contest against the St. Louis Blues. 

SPORTSNET: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Frankie Corrado were placed on waivers yesterday. Meanwhile, defenseman Victor Mete is expected to rejoin the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. He helped Canada win gold at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2018

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby led his club to a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders (Photo via NHL Images).

Game recaps plus latest on Josh Bailey, Chris Kreider, Milan Hejduk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby scored a goal and set up three others, rookie Daniel Sprong scored twice and backup Tristan Jarry made 31 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the New York Islanders 4-0. The Isles are awaiting word on the status of first-line winger Josh Bailey, who left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sprong looked comfortable skating alongside Crosby on the Penguins top line. Perhaps this move provides that much-needed offensive boost the Pens were lacking in recent games. 

Matt Duchene’s overtime goal capped a three-goal third-period rally by the Ottawa Senators as they upset the San Jose Sharks 6-5. Duchene scored twice and set up another while Mike Hoffman had a four-point game and Matt Stone collected three points for the Senators. 

Third-period goals by Anthony Mantha and Gustav Nyquist lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg collected his 600th career assist while goaltender Jimmy Howard made 38 saves. 

The Winnipeg Jets extended their points streak to five games as they held off the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. Blake Wheeler scored and added an assist to stretch his personal points streak to four games.  

After blowing 2-0 and 3-1 leads, the Vegas Golden Knights rallied to edge the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. Reilly Smith had three points, including the game-winning goal in the third period. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Nine days after Rangers winger Chris Kreider was diagnosed with a blood clot in his right arm, the 26-year-old “will undergo a rib resection surgery to address the issue.” He remains sidelined indefinitely.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Kreider remains out beyond February, Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton could explore the trade market for a short-term replacement.  

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche will hoist Milan Hejduk’s jersey to the rafters before tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild. Hejduk played his entire 14-season NHL career with the Avalanche, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2001 and taking home the Maurice Richard Trophy in 2003. In 1,020 regular-season games, he scored 375 goals and 430 asssists for 805 points. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Luke DeCock profile incoming Carolina Hurricanes owner Thomas Dundon. 

TSN: Former NHL referee Bruce Hood passed away yesterday from cancer at age 81. He officiated 1,100 games over 21 seasons, including Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final that saw Bobby Orr score his iconic overtime goal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Hood’s family, friends and colleagues. 

TSN: Tyler Steenbergen scored the game winner late in the third period and Carter Hart made 35 saves as Canada defeated Sweden 3-1 in the gold-medal game at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo. 



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 14, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 14, 2017

Marian Gaborik continues to rehab from an offseason medical procedure.

Updates on Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Josh Anderson & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

LA KINGS INSIDER: Jon Rosen reports Kings head coach John Stevens said winger Marian Gaborik won’t be traveling to China with the club for its series of preseason games later this month against the Vancouver Canucks. Gaborik continues his rehab for an offseason medical procedure on his left knee.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it appears Gaborik is making progress there’s no indication if he’ll be ready for the upcoming start of the season next month. 

TSN: Ottawa Senators winger Clarke MacArthur will report to training camp but the club will take a wait-and-see approach regarding his status. MacArthur suffered four concussions in his career and missed most of last season. He’ll first have to be medically cleared by team doctors.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen offered little update on the status of restricted free agent forward Josh Anderson. The winger might not make it in time for the opening of training camp owing to his immigration papers. Kekalainen said contract talks continue and he’s hopeful of reaching a deal soon.

NEW YORK POST’s Larry Brooks reports former Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins has signed a professional tryout offer with the New York Rangers.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports former Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen will attend Calgary Flames training camp on a PTO.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche will retire Milan Hejduk’s No. 23 during a pregame ceremony at the Pepsi Center on Jan. 6, 2018. Hejduk spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the Avs, scoring 375 goals and 805 points. He helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2001.

THE PLAYERS’ TRIBUNE: Former NHL forward Vernon Fiddler yesterday announced his retirement. In 877 NHL games with the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils, Fiddler tallied 104 goals and 261 points, as well as 13 points in 51 playoff games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of my favorite Fiddler moments was when he cracked up the Vancouver Canucks bench with his impresssion of then-Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa. 

SPORTSNET: Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi admits he was caught by surprise over the Flames’ announcement Tuesday that they were breaking off talks with the city regarding a new arena deal. He said the city remains at the bargaining table for a new arena despite the Flames pulling out of discussions. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames appear to be using this issue to affect the outcome of the upcoming municipal election in hopes of getting a deal that sees them picking up far less of the construction costs. I don’t believe the club will relocate over this. Both sides are posturing but eventually a new arena will be built. 

NBC SPORTS: International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Faisal dismissed the faint hope of NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. While hopeful of NHL participation in the 2022 Game in China, he said that “logistically it is practically impossible for Pyeongchang. That train has left the station.”