NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 22, 2017
Game recaps, Blackhawks & Kings swing a minor deal, an update on Jack Capuano & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Jordan Eberle scored twice and set up two others while goalie Laurent Brossoit made 38 saves for his first NHL win as the Edmonton Oilers thumped the Calgary Flames 7-3, sweeping their season series with their Alberta rival for the first time in history.
A three-goal third-period outburst in less than two minutes from Erik Haula, Ryan Suter and Jason Zucker powered the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks, who also lost starting goalie John Gibson in the first period to an upper-body injury. No word yet as to how serious Gibson’s injury could be. Suter, meanwhile, had a three-point performance on his 32nd birthday.
The red-hot Washington Capitals extended their points streak to 13 games as Jay Beagle’s overtime goal gave them a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. During the game, the Stars’ game operations crew poked fun at the Trump Administration by announcing on the Jumbotron that their attendance for this game was 1.5 million.
Ondrej Pavelec made 34 saves, including a team record 25 in the second period, backstopping the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. The Blues’ recent struggles has one St. Louis pundit speculating they could become sellers at the March 1 trade deadline if they keep losing ground in the standings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Goaltending and depth at center are their two significant roster weaknesses. I believe general manager Doug Armstrong might soon become a buyer to address those issues and keep his club in playoff contention
Anders Lee scored two power-play goals as the New York Islanders doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2, giving the Isles their
third second straight win since replacing Jack Capuano as coach with Doug Weight. Speaking of Capuano, Newsday reports sources claim at least one team has asked the Isles’ permission to speak with him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word on which club has interest in Capuano. Newsday notes only the Florida Panthers and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights are without permanent head coaches. Maybe it’s the Boston Bruins, as bench boss Claude Julien is rumored to be on the hot seat.
Scott Hartnell scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Cody Franson scored the game-tying goal and Zach Bogosian tallied in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres rallied to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2, handing Habs goalie Carey Price his fifth loss in his last six starts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If it’s any consolation for Canadiens fans, Price has played better in his last two or three games.
Bobby Ryan and Tom Pyatt scored in a shootout as the Ottawa Senators edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.
David Schlemko’s overtime goal gave the San Jose Sharks their fourth straight win as they nipped the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 3-2.
Christian Fischer scored the game-winning goal in his NHL debut as the Arizona Coyotes snapped a four-game losing streak by holding on for a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Miles Wood scored twice and Keith Kinkaid turned aside 34 shots to give the New Jersey Devils a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling. Both players are expected to remain in the minors.