NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2019

Game recaps, hockey world lauds the late Ted Lindsay, stars of the week,  and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Edmonton Oilers scored three unanswered second-period goal to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. The Oilers (65 points), who’ve won three straight games, are six points out of a Western Conference wild-card berth while the Sabres (68 points) have dropped eight of their last 10 and sit nine points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Tyler Ennis tallied his first NHL hat trick in a 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames (Photo via NHL Images)

Speaking of the Oilers, winger Jesse Puljujarvi yesterday underwent successful hip surgery and is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp in September. Meanwhile, Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe is expected to miss five-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury. 

Tyler Ennis tallied his first career NHL hat trick and Mitch Marner reached the 80-point plateau for the first time as the Toronto Maple Leafs snuffed out the Calgary Flames 6-2. Marner also had a three-point performance while teammate Zach Hyman scored twice. With 86 points, the Leafs sit one behind the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division. The Flames (89 points) remain atop the Western Conference standings. 

Tributes poured in yesterday celebrating the life and career of NHL Hall-of-Famer Ted Lindsay, who passed away yesterday at age 93. Lindsay was lauded by former players, coaches and executives for his remarkable career and his pioneering role in establishing a players’ union. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindsay was also a generous man away from the arena. Among my favorite stories was having the Red Wings pay for forward Jim Korn’s law school tuition, and his refusal to attend his own Hall of Fame induction in 1966 because wives and families weren’t invited, a policy that changed the following year. 

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Winnipeg Jets winger Blake Wheeler, and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 3. 

JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen will not return this season as he continues to recover from a medical condition related to his vision. 

CBS BOSTON: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (upper body) is considered day-to-day. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes have recalled defenseman Jason Demers from his AHL conditioning stint. 

TSN: Several potential rule tweaks are being discussed at this week’s NHL general managers meetings in Florida. Among them could be addressing outdated fines, allowing a team on the power-play to decide which side of the ice to take the faceoff and whether players should wear their helmets during pre-game warmups. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 4, 2019

Game recaps and remembering the late Ted Lindsay in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Hall of Fame forward Ted Lindsay has passed away at the age of 93. He spent all but three of his 17 NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, helping them win four Stanley Cups in the 1950s and served as captain from 1952-53 to 1956-57. He also starred on the famous “Production Line” with Gordie Howe and Sid Abel.

A skilled, tough, rambunctious player, “Terrible Ted” mocked opponents, clashed with referees and argued with Wings head coach and general manager Jack Adams. His efforts to form a players union led to his being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1957. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindsay left a long legacy with the Red Wings and in the NHL. In 1,068 games, Lindsay tallied 379 goals, 472 assists and 851 points, along with 1,808 PIMs, winning the Art Ross Trophy in 1950. In 133 playoff games, he scored 47 goals and 96 points. He later went on to serve as Red Wings general manager from 1977 to 1980 and briefly coached them in 1979-80 and 1980-81.

Lindsay was long active in the Detroit community and raised over $1.5 million for autism research. In 2010, the NHL Players Association remained the Lester B. Pearson Award to the Ted Lindsay Award in recognition of his groundbreaking efforts to form a union. Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966, Lindsay was named one of the NHL’s 100 greatest players in 2017.   

NHL.COM: Blake Wheeler scored four goals, Mark Scheifele collected three assists, and Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 40 shots to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jets (82 points) hold first place in the Central Division while the Blue Jackets (75 points) sit two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since the trade deadline, the Jackets have dropped three of their last games. This definitely isn’t the outcome management expected when they brought in Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, Adam McQuaid and Keith Kinkaid leading up to last Monday’s trade deadline. 

A four-goal performance by Blake Wheeler carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets (Photo via NHL Images)

Ryan Johansson’s shootout goal gave the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, snapping the latter’s five-game winning streak. Predators forward Craig Smith rejoined the lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury. The Predators (81 points) sit one behind the Jets for first place in the Central Division while the Wild (71 points) hold the final wild-card spot in the West.  

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves to pick up his second straight shutout (and his league-leading eighth of the season) backstopping his club to a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Fleury also leads the league with 32 wins. With the loss, the Canucks (63 points) sit eight points out of a playoff berth in the Western Conference. 

A three-goal third period powered the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Melker Karlsson tallied twice for the Sharks, who were playing without defenseman Erik Karlsson for the second straight game with a groin injury. Karlsson won’t require surgery but the Sharks intend to be “extra cautious” with him. The Blackhawks (63 points) sit eight points out of a playoff spot in the West. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Of course they’ll be “extra cautious.” The Sharks want Karlsson healthy and ready to go for the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. No point risking reaggravating that injury on some meaningless games down the stretch. 

Alex Ovechkin tallied the game-winner to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers. With the win, the Capitals (83 points) take over sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division from the New York Islanders. 

The Philadelphia Flyers picked up their 16th victory in their last 21 games by defeating the Islanders 4-1. Claude Giroux collected two assists for the Flyers, reaching the 70-point plateau for the sixth time in his career.  Forwards Jakub Voracek missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day while Nolan Patrick left the game after taking a puck to the head and is listed as day-to-day. With 72 points, the Flyers are five points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks snapped a five-game losing skid by edging the Colorado Avalanche 2-1. Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole was ejected from the game following a knee-on-knee hit on Ducks forward Devin Shore, who had to be helped off the ice and didn’t return. He undergoes an MRI today. The loss leaves the Avalanche (68 points) three points behind the Minnesota Wild for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.

The Ottawa Senators ended a five-game losing streak by nipping the Florida Panthers 3-2. Senators goalie Anders Nilsson made 30 saves for the win.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 3, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 3, 2017

A tearful P.K. Subban salutes fans at the Bell Centre following a tribute video by the Montreal Canadiens.

Game recaps, long-time Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller retires & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Paul Byron’s goal in the dying seconds of regulation lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators. Before the game, the Canadiens played a video honoring Preds defenseman – and former Hab – P.K. Subban, bringing the blueliner to tears as he received a lengthy standing ovation from Montreal fans. 

Alex Burrows had a memorable debut with the Ottawa Senators, scoring twice to lead his new club to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Burrows joined the Sens in a recent trade from the Vancouver Canucks. 

Valtteri Filppula’s first goal with the Philadelphia Flyers tied their game with the Florida Panthers and set the stage for Jakub Voracek’s shootout marker in a 2-1 win. Filppula was dealt to the Flyers on Wednesday from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo left the game in the first period with a nagging groin injury and will be sidelined for a week. 

Sergei Bobrovsky turned in a 38-save shutout performance and Brandon Saad netted the game’s only goal in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. 

The Washington Capitals collected their 14th straight home win as Jakub Vrana tallied the game’s only goal to edge the New Jersey Devils 1-0. 

Henrik Lundqvist tied Grant Fuhr for 10th on the all-time wins list (403) as the New York Rangers held on for a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. 

Logan Couture had a goal and an assist in the San Jose Sharks’ 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. It was a costly victory for the Sharks, as defenseman David Schlemko was sidelined for the final two periods with a possible lower-body injury. 

Third-period goals by Nick Leddy, Dennis Seidenberg and Nikolay Kulemin gave the New York Islanders a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars. Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists for the Isles, while Jamie Benn scored twice for the Stars. 

Anze Kopitar scored the winner in a shootout as the Los Angeles Kings rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. 

Jack Eichel and Ryan O’Reilly each had a three-point night (one goal, two assists) as the Buffalo Sabres doubled up the Arizona Coyotes 6-3, snapping a four-game losing skid.  

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Long-time Kings play-by-play announcer Bob Miller announced his retirement after nearly 44 years behind the mike. The effects of quadruple bypass surgery and two strokes within the past year have forced the 78-year-old Miller from the game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Miller in his retirement. It truly is the end of an era for the Kings. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay expressed his gratitude to fans for the outpouring of sympathy following the death of his wife Joanne, who passed away on Feb. 23. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Belated and sincere condolences to Lindsay and his family. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: PETA criticized the NHL’s use of live penguins during its pregame entertainment at the recent Stadium Series game at Heinz Field between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2016

Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr salutes the crowd after taking over sole possession of second place on the NHL’s all-time points leader list.

Game recaps, Jagr passes Messier among all-time points leaders, Legwand retires & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr’s assist on his team’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins moved him past Mark Messier into second place on the NHL’s all-time points list with 1,888. Bruins defenseman Torey Krug collected two assists. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A phenomenal achievement by one of the greatest players in NHL history. Jagr has a long way to go to catch all-time leader Wayne Gretzky’s 2,857 points. 

Scott Hartnell tallied a hat trick to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to their 11th straight win by crushing the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1. Sidney Crosby scored his club’s only goal, giving him a league-leading 23. The Jackets are now first overall in the Eastern Conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been an incredible run thus far for the Jackets, who at this time a year ago were dead last in the league’s overall standings. The difference this season is a combination of a much-healthier roster and significant contributions from young players such as center Alexander Wennberg and rookie defenseman Zach Werenski. 

The Minnesota Wild’s Devan Dubnyk out-dueled Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, backstopping his club to their ninth consecutive victory with a 4-2 win. The win tied a franchise record for the Wild. The Canadiens, meanwhile, were playing without rugged defenseman Alexei Emelin, whose wife gave birth to a daughter earlier in the day. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With 44 points in 32 games, the Wild hold the second-best record in the Western Conference. 

Nazem Kadri scored twice and Frederik Andersen turned in a 38-save shutout performance as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the floundering Colorado Avalanche 6-0. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche are an absolute mess, wallowing in the bottom of the overall standings. In the Denver media, the call has begun for general manager Joe Sakic to be replaced

Jonathan Drouin scored twice and added an assist while Victor Hedman collected three assists to lead the injury-depleted Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Lightning forwards Vladislav Namestnikov (illness) and Cedric Paquette (lower-body injury) were scratched from the game. 

Mike Hofffman scored in overtime as the Ottawa Senators edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice and Patrik Laine tallied a rare road goal as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. 

Peter Budaj turned aside 28 shots backstopping the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators. 

Adam Henrique and P.A. Parenteau each had a goal and an assist while Corey Schneider collected his first shutout of the season in the New Jersey Devils’ 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

First period goals by Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk power the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:  The Blackhawks placed center Artem Anisimov (upper body) on injured reserve.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues did the same with center Paul Stastny, who also has an upper-body injury. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: The lack of scoring this season from Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is becoming cause for concern. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin’s goal stats could recover as the season progresses. Still, it has the potential to become a troubling issue for the Capitals’ hopes for a championship run.

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks are exceeding expectations thus far this season. 

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Toronto Maple Leafs rookie center Auston Matthews makes his NHL debut in his home town tonight when his Leafs meet the Coyotes. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay provided a $1 million gift to benefit sick children.

THE TENNESSEAN: David Legwand, the first-ever draft pick by the Nashville Predators and holder of several club records, announced his retirement after 17 NHL seasons. “His 956 career games, 210 goals, 356 assists and 566 points are all the most in franchise history.” 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Legwand never became a true franchise player for the Predators, but he did go on to have a solid NHL career, most of it in Nashville. In 1,136 games, he scored 228 gals and 390 assists for 618 points, along with 28 points in 55 playoff contests. He spent part of one season with the Detroit Red Wings, then played his final two seasons with the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres.