NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2017

Game recaps, latest on Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Drouin, Robby Fabbri & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COMNick Shore’s overtime goal completed the comeback for the Los Angeles Kings as they rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3. It was a rough contest marked with big hits and scrums.

Ducks forward Ondrej Kase left the game with an upper-body injury following a first-period hit by Kurtis MacDermid, who received a game misconduct. Goaltender John Gibson was forced from the game in the third period after his mask was knocked off by a shot.  Earlier in the day, the Ducks announced captain Ryan Getzlaf will be sidelined for two months following surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks have been walloped by injuries and illness this season. Cam Fowler, Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves remain sidelined, while Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen only recently returned to the lineup. 

Charlie Lindgren picked up his second straight NHL victory with a 29-save performance as the Montreal Canadiens hung on for a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Habs have won three straight while the Golden Knights dropped five of their last six games. Habs center Jonathan Drouin left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated today. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Habs gaining some momentum since late-October they can ill afford to lose the creative Drouin for any length of time. 

Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn each had a goal and two assists to power the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Earlier in the day, Blues forward Robby Fabbri underwent another operation on his left knee. They’re hopeful of having him back in the lineup for next season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two injuries to the same knee within a year could affect Fabbri’s performance when he return to the lineup. 

Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin also had a goal and two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the hapless Arizona Coyotes 3-1. Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz also scored, returning to action for the first time since Oct. 24. 

Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist in his 900th career NHL game to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Jaromir Jagr made his return to the Flames lineup after missing six games with a groin injury. 

Pekka Rinne made 35 saves while Viktor Arvidsson and Miikka Salomaki each had two points as the Nashville Predators downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1, spoiling the return of Cam Atkinson from injured reserve.

Connor McDavid scored in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers edged the New York Islanders 2-1. Former Oilers Jordan Eberle scored for the Isles. 

Evander Kane scored twice to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals. 

Third-period goals by Derek Ryan and Justin Williams gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, handing the latter their fifth consecutive defeat. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks will host the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium for the 2019 NHL Winter Classic. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2017

Game recaps, stars of the week, waiver updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Frederik Andersen made 36 saves, Mitch Marner collected two assists and Patrick Marleau scored the game winner as the Toronto Maple Leafs hung on for a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, handing the latter their first regulation loss. 

Martin Jones stopped 33 shots and Logan Couture had a goal and an assists to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-1 victory over the struggling New York Rangers. 

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are the top two NHL stars for the week ending Oct. 22. San Jose’s Logan Couture was the third start. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said he’s not concerned about his contract status. He acknowledged his off-season interview suggesting he might not re-sign with the Kings if they’re not contenders raised eyebrows but insists he wants to stay in Los Angeles. Doughty become eligible in July 2019 for unrestricted free agency. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Kings continue playing as well over the next two years as well as they haveover the last two weeks, that should provide sufficient motivation for Doughty to re-sign. Dollars, rather than the club’s performance, is likely to be a  sticking point in Doughty’s eventual contract negotiations. The Kings already have over $56 million invested in 12 players for 2019-20 and it could cost around $10 million per season to re-sign him. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves has been diagnosed with what is suspected to be Guillain–Barré syndrome, “a neurological disorder where the immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.” He’s been released from ICU, is resting in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. There’s no timetable for his return. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Eaves makes a swift recovery and returns to action soon.

THE ATHLETIC: Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise is expected to undergo back surgery today to repair a herniated disk and could be sidelined for up to two months. He’s been plagued by the condition since the 2015-16 season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is another hit to the Wild’s injury-depleted forward lines. Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter are also on injured reserve while Mikael Granlund is listed as day-to-day. 

NBC SPORTS: The Calgary Flames placed Jaromir Jagr on IR with a lower-body injury. However, he’s expected to return to action for Sunday’s game against Washington. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets center Lukas Sedlak is expected to miss up to six weeks with an ankle injury. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky could miss some time with an upper-body injury. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers and center Carter Rowney (hand injury) on IR.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brought in as a backup goalie this season, Niemi gave up 16 goals in three starts.  He’s expected to clear waivers and be demoted  as Casey DeSmith has been called up from their AHL affiliate. 

SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forward Eric Fehr on waivers. 

Former NHL center John Mitchell signed with the DEL’s Nurnberg Ice Tigers. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 22, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 22, 2017

Game recaps, injury updates and the Red Wings make two trades. Details in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Anze Kopitar scored twice and Dustin Brown collected four points to give the Los Angeles Kings a 6-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Kings remain the only team unbeaten in regulation this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since changing to a more offensive style under new head coach John Stevens, the Kings are a different team compared to the club that struggled to score last season under Darryl Sutter’s defensive system. After finishing 24th in goals for per game last season (2.43), the Kings are currently third (3.86).  

William Karlsson’s overtime goal gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. The expansion Golden Knights have won six of their first seven games. However, they’ve lost another goaltender to injury as Malcolm Subban left the game with a lower-body injury.

Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey each had a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers snapped a five-game losing skid by doubling up the Nashville Predators 4-2. Filip Forsberg also had a goal and an assists for the Predators. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist collected his 407th career NHL win, moving into a tie with Glenn Hall for ninth on the all-time list.

Lance Bouma scored the game winner as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. The Coyotes remain winless (0-7-1) this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A season that began with so much promise for the Coyotes following a summer of roster and coaching changes has quickly gone off the rails. Could a front-office shakeup be next? 

Steven Stamkos netted four points and Nikita Kucherov scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1.

Ryan Suter collected three points and Alex Stalock kicked out 35 shots to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames, who also lost winger Jaromir Jagr to a lower-body injury.

Derrick Brassard and Mark Stone each had two goals and an assist as the Ottawa Senators held off a third-period rally by the Toronto Maple Leafs to emerge with a 6-3 victory. Auston Matthews and William Nylander each had a goal and an assists for the Leafs. Senators winger Bobby Ryan fractured his right index finger blocking a shot and will be sidelined for a month.

James Reimer made 41 saves as the Florida Panthers ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Before the game, the Panthers announced goaltender Roberto Luongo was placed on injured reserve (right hand) and will be out at least a week.

Ryan O’Reilly scored in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres overcame a three-goal deficit to edge the Boston Bruins 5-4. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each scored twice for the Bruins, who placed center David Krejci and defenseman Kevan Miller on injured reserve.

John Tavares scored a goal and set up two others while Anders Lee tallied twice to give the New York Islanders a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Logan Couture scored all of the Sharks goals.

Wayne Simmonds’ late third-period goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Tyler Pitlick scored twice and Ben Bishop made 36 saves as the Dallas Stars nipped the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. Jeff Skinner scored twice for the Hurricanes.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings made two trades Saturday to free up salary-cap space and clear a log jam on their blueliner. They shipped center Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth-round selection to the Pittsburgh Penguins for left wing Scott Wilson and a third-round pick in 2018. They also dealt blueliner Ryan Sproul to the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Matt Puempel. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sheahan ($2 million cap hit) was moved to create salary-cap space for winger Andreas Athanasiou’s one-year, $1.38) million contract.  The Pens were in the market for an affordable third-line center and were linked to Sheahan in the rumor mill since the summer. 

Sheahan’s struggled offensively since last season but perhaps he’ll regain his scoring touch with a deeper roster. His defensive ability, size (6’3″, 226 lbs) and versatility (he can also play on the wing) are the attributes that made him attractive for the Penguins. Sproul will report to the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford while Puempel is headed to Grand Rapids. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2017

Game recaps, injury updates and Kings sign two players. Details in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Making his season debut after returning from a lower-body injury, Patrice Bergeron wasted no time making an immediate impact upon the Boston Bruins. Bergeron had a goal and three assists to lead his club to a 6-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

However, the win was costly for the Bruins, as center David Krejci (back spasms) and defenseman Adam McQuaid (leg) left the game with injuries. Earlier in the day, the Bruins learned starting goalie Tuukka Rask was sidelined indefinitely with a concussion. 

Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves and John Tavares netted the winner in a shootout as the New York Islanders edged the struggling New York Rangers 4-3. It was the Rangers fifth consecutive loss, pushing their record to 1-5-2. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a better effort from the Rangers but that’s cold comfort for a club with only one win in its first eight games. Coach Alain Vigneault is constantly juggling his lineup in hopes of improving their play at both ends of the ice. So far, he’s got little to show for it.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 43 shots and rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev tallied his first two NHL goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0. Bolts winger Nikita Kucherov saw his goal-scoring streak snapped at seven games but he did set up both of Sergachev’s goals. 

Connor McDavid had two assists and Mark Letestu scored in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Rookie center Nico Hischier scored his first two NHL goals and John Moore tallied in overtime as the New Jersey Devils edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4. The win proved costly for the Devils as starting goalie Cory Schneider left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils are among the pleasant early-season surprises. However, they could face their first real test of adversity if Schneider is sidelined for a lengthy period. 

Netminder Pekka Rinne turned in a 28-save shutout effort and Colton Sissons got the only goal as the Nashville Predators blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. Earlier in the day, the Flyers unveiled a statue of their late chairman Ed Snider outside Wells Fargo Arena. Snider passed away in April 2016.

Jeff Skinner scored twice and Scott Darling made 25 saves to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. Sean Monahan scored the only goal for the Flames. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flames winger Jaromir Jagr came very close to scoring two goals in this game. It seems like only a matter of time until he starts cashing in. 

Paul Statsny had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues edged the Colorado Avalanche 4-3, handing the latter their third straight loss. Rookie Alexander Kerfoot scored twice and set up another for the Avs, who lost three players (J.T. Compher, Tyson Jost and Patrik Nemeth) to injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche bolted from the gate with a 4-1-0 record but they’ve been struggling over the last three games. 

Tyler Seguin scored twice in the third period to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The ‘Yotes remain the only team still winless this season, while the Stars picked up their third straight victory.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Kings forward Jeff Carter is sidelined indefinitely following surgery to repair a cut to his left leg suffered during Wednesday’s game against Montreal. As a result, they signed forward Brooks Laich to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level. They also signed defenseman Derek Forbort to a two-year contract extension worth $2.525 million annually. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 9, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 9, 2017

Check out the latest notable news in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: After giving up five goals on 17 shots on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 34-save shutout backstopping the New York Rangers to a 2-0 blanking of the Montreal Canadiens. It was the Rangers’ first win of the season after dropping their first two games. Mika Zibanejad and Brady Skjei tallied the game’s only goals.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forward J.T. Brown said he received death threats and racist remarks on social media following his silent protest during the national anthem before Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers. Brown raised a fist to bring awareness to to police brutality and racial inequality. He said the reaction he received afterwards is proof why these issues must be addressed.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some will likely say Brown brought that reaction upon himself. Nothing justifies or excuses that type of response to his stand.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (lower-body injury) could make his season debut tonight against the Calgary Flames.

TSN: The Ottawa Senators recalled defensemen Thomas Chabot and Christian Jaros. 


THE GLOBE & MAIL: New NHL rule changes for this season, including a crackdown on slashing, could be behind the high-scoring games we’ve seen thus far. 

BARDOWN: Jaromir Jagr crashed an interview of the Traveling Jagrs. Hilarity ensues. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2017

Flames sign Jagr, Blue Jackets re-sign Anderson, latest waiver news & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames yesterday signed free-agent right wing Jaromir Jagr to a one-year, bonus-laden contract. Jagr’s base salary is $1 million and he could also earn an additional $1 million in bonuses.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames’ lack of scoring punch on right wing was the reason behind the signing of the 45-year-old Jagr, who tallied a respectable 46 points in 82 games last season. It’s assumed he’ll be skating on one of the top two lines.

Jagrs not the dominant player he used to be but he still has solid offensive skills. He could become a complimentary player for young guns Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets ended their contact standoff with forward Josh Anderson, signing him to a three-year deal worth $1.85 million per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That contract was reportedly on the table since early-July, making his impasse with the Jackets a waste of time. Missing training camp and the preseason could adversely affect his early-season play. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (back injury) will miss the opening two games of the regular season.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist (hand surgery) appears unlikely to suit up for the club’s season opener on Wednesday.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Tom Wilson faces a disciplinary hearing for boarding St. Louis Blues forward Sam Blais during a game on Sunday.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Forward David Booth’s NHL comeback with the Red Wings was successful, earning a one-year, two-way contract.

NBC SPORTS: The Chicago Blackhawks placed defenseman Michal Rozsival (post-concussion symptoms) on long-term injury reserve. 

The Philadelphia Flyers placed veteran winger Matt Read on waivers

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley said his team is ready to provide the city with “whatever support is needed” in the wake of Sunday night’s shooting massacre outside the Mandalay Bay hotel in downtown Las Vegas.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My sincere condolences to the families and friends of the dead and my best wishes for quick recoveries for the injured.