NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2017

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist (left) high sticks Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face.

Game recaps, Nyquist faces disciplinary hearing, Setoguchi on waivers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Minnesota Wild’s 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings was overshadowed by Red Wings’ forward Gustav Nyquist high-sticking Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face. Fortunately for Spurgeon, he wasn’t seriously injured and returned to the game.

Following the game, Nyquist was offered an in-person hearing with the NHL department of player safety, which could result in a suspension of six games or more. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nyquist’s intent may not have been to hit Spurgeon in the face, and he appeared immediately regretful of his actions, but it was certainly a retaliatory move that went awry on his his part. He is not considered a dirty player and has never been suspended before. His worst infraction was a $2,000.00 fine for embellishment/diving in 2015. I expect he’ll miss some playing time for this incident. 

Tuukka Rask turned in a 25-save shutout performance backstopping the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. It’s the Bruins third straight victory, while the Habs have dropped six of their last seven games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Jack Capuano, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien losing their head-coaching jobs over the last four weeks, the focus now shifts toward Canadiens bench boss Michel Therrien, who’s starting to feel the heat in Montreal as the struggling Canadiens enter their bye week.

Brent Burns scored twice as the San Jose Sharks snapped a four-game losing streak by downing the New Jersey Devils 4-1. 

Burns now has 59 points, putting him only two behind league leader Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. He has a shot at becoming the first defenseman since Bobby Orr in 1975 to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer.

Roman Josi scored twice as the Nashville Predators overcame a 3-0 deficit to down the Dallas Stars 5-3. 

Anders Lee scored two third-period goals to give the New York Islanders a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. It’s the ninth win in 12 games for the surging Islanders, putting them only one point out of a wild-card berth. 

Michael Chaput scored two goals as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno took exception to a Hockey Night in Canada report on Saturday claiming the players held a meeting with head coach John Tortorella. It was reported they asked Tortorella to be more constructive with his criticism as they try to play their way out of an 8-9-1 funk. Foligno claims the story was blown out of proportion. “We talked about a lot of things in the meeting. Meetings happen all the time, and I’m not sure why this one was turned into something way more than what it was,” said Foligno.

TSN: The Los Angeles Kings placed winger Devin Setoguchi on waivers. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Jordin Tootoo is relishing his six years of sobriety following years of alcohol abuse that threatened to derail his hockey career. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: A public visitation for Mike Ilitch, the late owner of the Detroit Red Wings, will be held on Wednesday at Fox Theater in Detroit. Ilitch passed away on Friday at age 87. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2017

Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has passed away at age 87.

Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch passes away, game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Long-time Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch passed away yesterday at age 87. The founder of Little Caesar’s Pizza and owner of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers, Ilitch bought the Wings in 1982 and turned them from a floundering club into a Stanley Cup champion (1997,1998, 2002 and 2008) and one of the NHL’s best-run franchises.

In a statement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the Red Wings “have lost the consummate owner, the National Hockey League has lost a cherished friend and passionate builder, Detroit sports has lost a legend, and the city of Detroit has lost not only a devoted native son but a visionary and driving force in the rebirth of downtown.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Ilitch family and the Wings organization. Prior to Ilitch taking over the Wings, they were a once-proud franchise run into the ground by years of mismanagement and neglect. Purchasing the club for only $8 million ($19 million in 2016 dollars), Ilitch brought in shrewd hockey people who turned the Wings into a champion again. Today, the Wings are worth over $625 million.  Ilitch also played a significant role sponsoring hockey in the United States and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (2003) and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. 

NHL.COM: Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for his 30th win of the season as the Minnesota Wild edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in a shootout.

Artemi Panarin scored twice and set up another to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Former NHL players Kyle and Eric Wellwood are helping fund a concussion app from HeadCheck Health that helps trainers, coaches or parents assess potential concussions in athletes.