NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2019

Brothers Jack and Quinn Hughes face off for the first time, Tyson Jost tallies his first career hat trick, Jason Zucker apologizes to Bruce Boudreau, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Jack Hughes emerged the victor in the first meeting against his brother Quinn, scoring the only goal as his New Jersey Devils blanked the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. Devils goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood made 25 saves for the shutout.

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes (left) and New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (Photo via NHL.com).

Three unanswered second-period goals carried the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Carey Price made 32 saves while Canadiens captain Shea Weber had a goal and an assist. Habs defenseman Cale Fleury missed the game with an undisclosed injury.

The Arizona Coyotes extended their points streak to five games by defeating the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Conor Garland and Alex Goligoski had two points each for the Coyotes. In a pre-game ceremony, the Coyotes honored winger Phil Kessel recently playing in his 1,000th career NHL game with a silver stick.

Morgan Rielly scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Boston Bruins 4-3. The Leafs 2-0 and 3-2 leads before Rielly’s OT heroics. David Pastrnak netted a goal and an assist for the Bruins.

Tyson Jost tallied his first NHL hat trick while Pavel Francouz kicked out 44 shots as the Colorado Avalanche downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2. Colin Wilson collected three assists for the Avs, extending their points streak to eight games.

The Dallas Stars snapped a five-game losing skid by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. Corey Perry had a goal and two assists while Ben Bishop made 38 stops.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves as the Vegas Golden Knights blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0, snapping the latter’s five-game win streak. Paul Stastny, William Karlsson, and Mark Stone were the goal scorers. The Penguins skated without defenseman Brian Dumoulin and center Jared McCann.

The New York Islanders picked up their fourth straight win as they nipped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on an overtime goal by Brock Nelson. Teammate Anthony Beauvillier collected two assists. Earlier in the day, the Isles placed winger Jordan Eberle (lower body) on injured reserve.

After blowing a 2-0 lead, the Florida Panthers downed the Nashville Predators 3-2 on a shootout goal by Vincent Trocheck. It was a costly win for the Panthers as center Aleksander Barkov left the game in the first period with an undisclosed injury. Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis collected two assists.

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves and Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. It was Quick’s first win of the season and snapped the Kings’ three-game losing streak. Flames winger Andrew Mangiapane missed the game and is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Zemgus Girgensons’ third-period goal lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks to end the latter’s three-game win streak. Sabres center Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist while Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson had two assists.

THE SCORE: Minnesota Wild winger Jason Zucker apologized for publicly calling out head coach Bruce Boudreau earlier in the week. “There was no reason for me to use his name in that quote in any way,” Zucker said. He explained that the players were mostly responsible for the club’s poor start to the season.

CBS SPORTS: Speaking of the Wild, Joel Eriksson Ek will be sidelined one-two weeks with a lower-body injury.

Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Letestu (undisclosed) will be sidelined for the remainder of the month.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 12, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 12, 2019

Game recaps, Evgeni Malkin to have a disciplinary hearing, stars of the week, Kings trade Nate Thompson to the Canadiens, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 50 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers to snap a four-game losing skid. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist while Nick Bjugstad tallied his first goal as a Penguin.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin faces supplemental discipline for swinging his stick at Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl (Photo via NHL Images).

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin faces supplementary discipline for swinging his stick at Flyers winger Michael Raffl after the latter punched him in the back of the head. Malkin was ejected from the game. Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and didn’t return. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the win, the Penguins (65 points) opened a three-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. Malkin was fined $5,000.00 last January for spearing LA Kings winger Dustin Brown. Raffl was grazed by Malkin’s stick but wasn’t injured, which could factor into whatever punishment the Penguins winger could face. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and set up two others, including Alex Ovechkin’s 38th goal of the season, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-4. Austin Wagner tallied twice for the Kings. 

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton picked up his 1,050th career assist to pass Gordie Howe for ninth on the all-time list during his club’s 7-2 drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks. Evander Kane scored twice for the Sharks, who’ve have won 11 of their last 12 contests. The Canucks were playing without goaltender Jacob Markstrom (undisclosed) and center Brandon Sutter (lower body). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the loss, the Canucks (57 points) remain two points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second Western Conference wild-card spot. 

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, and Chicago Blackhawks center Dylan Strome are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 10.

The Montreal Canadiens yesterday acquired center Nate Thompson and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft (originally belonging to Arizona) from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019 (originally acquired from Calgary). The Canadiens also called up winger Dale Weise, who was acquired on Saturday from Philadelphia. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens acquired Thompson and Weise to shore up their fourth line, which has been a problem area this season.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks yesterday announced goaltender Collin Delia signed a three-year, $3-million contract extension.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils claimed forward Kenny Agostino off waivers from the Canadiens. 

CBS SPORTS: The Colorado Avalanche recalled winger Tyson Jost. 

TUCKER HOCKEY: Provides a diagram explaining how the NHL became a billion-dollar business. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 2, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 2, 2019

Game recaps, rookie and three stars of the month, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored twice and set up two others to lead his club to a 7-3 drubbing of the Buffalo Sabres. Kane also collected his 900th career NHL point while teammate Brandon Saad also scored twice and Cam Ward made 40 saves. 

Chicago Blackhawks winger and Buffalo native Patrick Kane tallied his 900th career NHL point in a 7-3 win over the Sabres (Photo via NHL Images)

Four unanswered third-period goals powered the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals and Filip Forsberg collected three assists. 

Victor Hedman scored in a shootout as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the New York Islanders 1-0. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves while Isles netminder Thomas Greiss kicked out 41 shots. 

Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust each scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-3. Nick Bjugstad, acquired earlier in the day by the Penguins in a trade with the Panthers, collected an assist. The Penguins also played without center Evgeni Malkin, who’ll miss at least two games with an upper-body injury

Evgeny Kuznetsov’s late third-period goal gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, snapping the Capitals seven-game losing skid. The Capitals played without team captain Alex Ovechkin, who served a one-game suspension for his decision not to participate in the recent NHL All-Star Game. Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic left the game with a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated today.  

Danny DeKeyser scored in overtime as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. During a pregame ceremony, the Wings honored Hall-of-Fame defenseman Red Kelly by retiring his No. 4

The Carolina Hurricanes downed the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2. Justin Faulk had a two-point performance, Petr Mrazek made 23 saves and winger Nino Niederreiter tallied his fifth goal in as many games since being traded to Carolina by the Minnesota Wild. Earlier in the day, the Golden Knights placed Nick Holden (undisclosed) on injured reserve

Tyler Seguin scored twice in the third period to give the Dallas Stars a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. 

Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau, New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner, and Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane were the NHL’s three stars for the month of January 2019

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart was named the NHL’s rookie of the month for January 2019. 

TSN: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton has been playing hurt throughout this season. Coach Pete DeBoer said Thornton is close to getting fully healthy but isn’t there yet. 

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen is sidelined indefinitely due to a medical condition related to his vision. His agent dismissed a recent report claiming the injury was career-threatening, adding his client hopes to return to action later this season. The Canadiens expect he’ll make a full recovery. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 18, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 18, 2019

Game recaps, Wild trade Nino Niederreiter to Carolina, plus updates on Evgeni Malkin, Brandon Dubinsky, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 


NHL.COM: Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and tied a franchise record with his 252nd career victory in a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. After being a healthy scratch in the Bruins previous game, David Backes returned to the lineup and tallied the game-tying goal that set the stage for his club’s victory. Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson returned to action after missing three games with an illness.

First-period goals by Anders Lee, Michael Dal Colle, and Jordan Eberle powered the New York Islanders to a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. For Dal Colle, it was his first NHL goal. 

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 445th career victory in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks (Photo via NHL Images)

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie with Terry Sawchuk for sixth on the NHL’s all-time wins list (445) as his club edged the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Teammate Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist. The loss dropped the Blackhawks into the bottom of the Western Conference standings.  

Frederik Andersen kicked out 36 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Patrick Marleau and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist while Mitch Marner scored in his fourth straight game. 

The Winnipeg Jets extended their winning streak to four games by defeating the Nashville Predators 5-1. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 37 shots and Brendan Lemieux tallied two goals. 

The Anaheim Ducks snapped a 12-game losing skid by blanking the Minnesota Wild 3-0. John Gibson turned in a 37-save shutout while Brandon Montour collected two assists. 

Jack Campbell made 29 saves as the Los Angeles Kings nipped the Dallas Stars 2-1. Carl Hagelin scored his first goal since joining the Kings in a trade from Pittsburgh on Nov. 14. 


NBC SPORTS: The Minnesota Wild traded winger Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes for center Victor Rask.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was two teams swapping players who could need a fresh start. Niederreiter is a three-time 20-plus goal scorer who saw his production decline (nine goals in 46 games) and his playing time reduced this season. Rask has two 40-plus point seasons on his resume but he’s struggled since returning from hand surgery in late-November.

Both are in their mid-20s with three years left on their contracts. This was the second trade made this week by the Wild, having acquired winger Pontus Aberg from the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 16.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin blames a lack of confidence for his recent struggles. Though he’s been tinkering with new equipment, Malkin feels the problem “is in my head.” He’s unhappy with his play of late, losing pucks that result in turnovers. The issue appears to be that he’s trying too hard to do too much and the coaching staff wants him to simplify his play. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just goes to show that even a future Hall-of-Famer like Malkin can sometimes lose their poise. By the way, Malkin also has 10 points in seven games this month. 

CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky (hamstring) is expected to return to action tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have removed goaltender Craig Anderson from injured reserve. 

CBS SPORTS: The Colorado Avalanche reassigned center Tyson Jost to the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres traded forward Justin Bailey to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Taylor Leier. Both have spent this season in the minors. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2017

Game recaps, Blue Jackets re-sign Atkinson, Witkowski suspended & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up two others while Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning thumped the Dallas Stars 6-1.

Gabriel Landeskog netted his first career NHL hat trick and Nathan MacKinnon had a five-point night (one goal, four assists) to give the Colorado Avalanche a 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. Earlier in the day, the Avs sent rookie forward Travis Jost to their AHL affiliate on a conditioning assignment

The Minnesota Wild scored four goals in the final seven minutes to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat the Nashville Predators 6-4. Eric Staal and Jared Spurgeon each had a goals and two assists for the Wild. Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists for the Predators.

Frederik Andersen turned in a 42-save shutout performance and William Nylander scored with less than three seconds remaining in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the New Jersey Devils 1-0. It was the Leafs fourth straight win without Auston Matthews (suspected back injury), who’s expected to return to action on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Speaking of the Canadiens, they blew a 2-0 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Arizona Coyotes, who picked up their first regulation win of the season.

Roberto Luongo kicked out 35 shots to collect his 74th career shutout as the Florida Panthers beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0. 

Rookie Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists and Johnny Boychuk potted the game winner as the New York Islanders rallied back from blowing a 3-1 win to down the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4.

Bryan Little netted the game winner in a shootout as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. The Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit on goals by Mathieu Perreault and Mark Scheifele. Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas could face a suspension after being ejected from the game for a slash to Perreault’s head.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves as the Boston Bruins snapped their four-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Bruins welcomed center David Krejci back to the lineup for the first time in a month but defenseman Torey Krug is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered against Anaheim on Wednesday. 

Brayden Schenn scored twice and set up another to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Third-period goals by Erik Haula, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Earlier in the day, the Knights placed defenseman Luca Sbisa (lower-body injury) on injured reserve.

Riley Sheahan tallied his first goal of the season to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-1.

THE ATHLETIC: The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with right wing Cam Atkinson on a seven-year, $40.25 million contract extension. The annual average cap hit is $5.75 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Atkinson, 28, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. His new deal will also reportedly come with no-trade/no-movement clauses. This is a significant raise, up from the $3.5 million AAV of his current deal.

Since 2013-14, Atkinson’s been among the Jackets’ most consistent scorers, exceeding 20 goals and 40 points four times, including a career-best 35-goal, 62-point effort last season. His stats are down this season (six points in 15 games), in part because he was hampered by a lower-body injury. The Jackets are obviously confident he can maintain his offensive form. He’s become a key part of their rise into a playoff contender. 

CBS SPORTS: Speaking of the Blue Jackets, they placed sidelined forward Zac Dalpe on waivers. 

NBC SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski received an automatic 10-game suspension for returning to the ice to participate in a brawl during his club’s 8-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk will receive a phone hearing with the league’s department of player safety for his role in instigating the brawl. 

CBC.CA: Tilman Fertitta, owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, is reportedly very interested in bringing an NHL franchise to Houston. In a statement, Fertitta said he was  “very interested in the possibility of bringing the NHL to Houston”. However, the deal will have to be one “that works for my organization, the city, fans of the NHL throughout the region and the NHL Board of Governors.” He adds that they’re “in the early stages of evaluating what opportunities may exist but look forward to a thorough process.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Houston has something of a hockey history, being the former home of the WHA’s Houston Aeros in the 1970s and the IHL’s Aeros from 1994 to 2003. This won’t be the first time Houston was mentioned as a possible home for an NHL franchise. In 1998, the Edmonton Oilers were within hours of being sold to a group that would’ve moved the franchise to Houston until a group of 38 entrepreneurs, headed by Cal Nichols, submitted an offer that kept the club in Edmonton. Whether Fertitta has better luck landing an NHL team via relocation or expansion remains to be seen. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 30, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin (center) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game recaps, expansion draft update and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

 NHL.COM: First period goals from Artemi Panarin, Richard Panik, Marcus Kruger and Marian Hossa powered the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 thumping of the injury-ravaged Pittsburgh Penguins, who were missing eight regulars from their lineup. With 105 points, the Hawks widened their lead over the Minnesota Wild for top spot in the Western Conference by nine points. 

Evgeni Kuznetsov, Marcus Johansson and Kevin Shattenkirk each collected two points to give the Washington Capitals a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Caps (110 points) widened their lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets for top spot in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference standings by five points. 

Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored as the St. Louis Blues downed the Arizona Coyotes 3-1. It was the Blues’ sixth win in their last seven games as they move into third in the Central Division. With 90 points, they’re one ahead of the Nashville Predators. 

Jarome Iginla had a “Gordie Howe hat trick” (goal, assist and a fight) to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over his former club, the Calgary Flames. The win keeps the Kings’ fading playoff hopes alive and stalled the Flames’ hope of clinching a playoff berth. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames can secure a playoff spot with a win in their next game, when they face the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

In Beijing yesterday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman officially announced the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will play two preseason games this September in China. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Speaking of Bettman, unsealed documents show he pushed NHL general managers back in 2013-14 to ignore media questions about fighting. The documents were revealed as part an ongoing lawsuit over the league’s handling of concussion injuries. 

SPORTSNET: NHL teams will unveil its lists of protected and unprotected players for the June expansion draft, perhaps within 24 hours of the submission due date (5 pm ET on June 17, 2017). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was believed the general managers didn’t want to reveal their lists so as not to potentially jeopardize potential contract talks with their unprotected players. However, it makes sense to make those lists public. Most of the names would be leaked to the media anyway, making a mockery of any attempt at secrecy by the league.  

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning captain Steven Stamkos could be very close to returning to action. He’s been sidelined since November by a knee injury. 

ESPN.COM: Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise could miss the next three games due to swelling and bruising around his eye from a high stick to the face from Washington Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson earlier this week. Fortunately, Parise escaped serious injury. 

THE DENVER POST: Tyson Jost, the Colorado Avalanche’s first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2016 NHL draft, signed a three-year entry-level contract and is expected to join the club for their remaining games this season.