NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2019

Game recaps, the fallout from the Ducks firing coach Randy Carlyle, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues extended their winning streak to six games by edging the Nashville Predators 5-4 in overtime. Vladimir Taranseko tallied a hat trick, including the game-winning goal. Viktor Arvidsson scored twice for the Predators. With the win, the Blues (59 points) move into the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference and sit two points behind the third-place Dallas Stars in the Central Division. 

Vladimir Tarasenko’s hat trick lifted the St. Louis Blues to their sixth straight win (Photo via NHL Images).

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane (one goal, one assist) extended his points streak to 14 games in a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Dominik Kahun scored twice, Alex DeBrincat collected three assists and Cam Ward made 43 saves. The Blackhawks (55 points) winning streak is now at seven games and they sit four points out of a Western Conference wild-card berth. 

Brad Marchand’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche (55 points), handing the latter their seventh straight loss and dropping them four points out of a Western playoff spot. The Avs are also 1-11 in overtime this season. The Bruins (70 points) move one ahead of the Montreal Canadiens into third in the Atlantic Division. 

Third-period goals by Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, snapping their three-game losing skid. Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian missed the game as he’s listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

Marcus Johansson scored two goals and Nico Hischier had three assists as the New Jersey Devils edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. The Hurricanes (62 points) remain one point out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes announced goaltender Scott Darling has been granted a leave of absence for personal reasons. Darling has spent most of this season with the Hurricane’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Darling’s performance has suffered over the last two years. Hopefully, this leave of absence gives him the opportunity to rest and refocus on getting his career back on track. 

The New York Islanders (72 points) picked up their third straight win by nipping the Minnesota Wild 2-1, widening their lead in the Metropolitan Division by five points. The Wild (59 points) have won just once in their last six games and now cling to the final wild-card spot in the West.

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored twice to snap a 10-game goalless drought to help his club beat the Florida Panthers 5-2. Entering the game at the end of the second period, Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo appeared in his 1,030th career game, moving past Patrick Roy into second place on the all-time list. 

New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made a career-high 55-saves on his 23rd birthday in a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Earlier in the day, the Leafs activated winger Tyler Ennis off injured reserve.

SPORTSNET: The Anaheim Ducks yesterday fired head coach Randy Carlyle. General manager Bob Murray takes over as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Murray said he’ll name a full-time replacement in the offseason. Dallas Eakins, coach of their AHL affiliate in San Diego and former head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, is considered a definite candidate for the job. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a move long overdue and probably should’ve been made two or three weeks ago before this current tailspin got out of hand. For those wondering why Eakins isn’t promoted now, it appears Murray and company prefer he finish the season with their farm club. Murray also said he wants to focus on the roster to better determine what needs to be fixed. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens placed winger Kenny Agostino on waivers and demoted defenseman Karl Alzner to their AHL affiliate in Laval. 

CBC.CA: Stratford, PEI native Zack MacEwen has been called up by the Vancouver Canucks. MacEwen, 22, spent the past two seasons with the Canucks’ AHL affiliate in Utica, NY.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 5, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 5, 2018

Game recaps, Seattle officially awarded an expansion franchise, injury updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo returned to action and made 33 saves backstopping his club to a 5-0 shutout of the Boston Bruins. Luongo had been sidelined since Nov. 23 by a knee injury. Teammate Mike Hoffman scored twice while Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists for his sixth straight multi-point game.

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo returned to action by shutting out the Boston Bruins 5-0. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Calgary Flames scored five goals in the second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 9-6. Flames forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each scored twice and collected two assists. It was the highest-scoring game in Blue Jackets’ history. Cam Atkinson tallied a hat trick for the Jackets.

Two late goals by Nate Schmidt gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. Vegas forward Ryan Reaves was ejected from the game for a blindside hit on Capitals winger Tom Wilson, who left the game and didn’t return.

Auston Matthews scored twice, including the winner in the dying seconds of overtime, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Buffalo Sabres 4-3, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat since coming off a 10-game winning streak. Jack Eichel scored twice for the Sabres.

Goaltender Edward Pasquale made 19 saves in his NHL debut to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings. Frans Nielsen netted a hat trick for the Red Wings, who learned winger Anthony Mantha (hand injury) will be sidelined four-to-six weeks while defenseman Danny DeKeyser (injured left hand) could miss “multiple weeks“.

Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin each had three points to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Carey Price made 28 saves for the win.

Patric Hornqvist’s third-period hat trick gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, snapping the latter’s 11-game points streak.

Third-period goals by Jacob Trouba, Adam Lowry, and Nikolaj Ehlers powered the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders. The Jets skated without defenseman Josh Morrissey, who was a late scratch with a lower-body injury. Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner is nursing an undisclosed injury and didn’t dress for this game.

Named the NHL’s second star of the week (ending Dec. 2), Arizona Coyotes goalie Adin Hill made 25 saves in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Earlier in the day, the Kings revealed Trevor Lewis had surgery to stabilize a fractured foot that plagued him since Nov.16, sidelining him an additional four-five weeks.

Three power-play goals gave the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, who’ve dropped 12 of their last 13 contests. Wild forward Mikael Granlund collected two assists.

TSN: The NHL board of governors officially approved Seattle as the home of the league’s 32nd franchise. Their first season will be 2021-22. The ownership group will be wiring their initial payment of its $650 expansion fee to the league later this week. The expansion draft will be held at Seattle’s KeyArena in June 2021 and will follow the same rules as the 2017 expansion draft

ARIZONA SPORTS: To accommodate the Seattle franchise in the Pacific Division, the Coyotes will be moved to the Central Division in 2021-22. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (facial injuries) could return to the lineup next month, while winger Patrick Eaves (broken rib, back spasms) is sidelined indefinitely.

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers officially hired Rick Wilson as an assistant coach. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2018

Game recaps, players of the week, plus updates on Ilya Kovalchuk, Roberto Luongo, Karl Alzner, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Mitch Marner set up three goals, Frederik Andersen made 38 saves, and Patrick Marleau collected an assist in his 1,600th career NHL game as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2. David Pastrnak tallied both Bruins goals.

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller left the game in the first period after taking a puck to the throat while winger Jake DeBrusk might require medical assessment after being struck by a shot in the back of his head. Miller’s x-rays were negative but he remained in the hospital for observation. 

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Patrick Marleau played in his 1,600th career NHL game. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Washington Capitals faced their former coach Barry Trotz for the first time, defeating his New York Islanders 4-1. Tom Wilson scored twice as the Capitals extended their winning streak to six games.

Before the game, the Capitals presented Trotz and his assistants Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn with their Stanley Cup rings. Earlier in the day, the Islanders activated winger Matt Martin off injured reserve.

Artemi Panarin had three points and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Detroit Red Wings 7-5. Anthony Mantha scored two goals for the Wings. 

The Florida Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime. Jonathan Huberdeau (three points) scored the game-tying goal and Mike Hoffman netted the winners.

Earlier in the day, the Panthers revealed goaltender Roberto Luongo is considered day-to-day after re-injuring his right knee. Luongo injured the knee in the Panthers’ season opener and was sidelined for a month. 

Three third-period goals gave the New York Rangers a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist. 

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 25, 2018. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings winger Ilya Kovalchuk’s playing time has declined under new head coach Willie Desjardins. In July, the Kings signed Kovalchuk to a three-year contract with a no-movement clause in its first two seasons. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No indication the Kings are looking to move Kovalchuk but his reduced ice time has caught the attention of NHL pundits. Could be worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks, especially if the Kings fail to make any notable improvement. 

TSN: The Montreal Canadiens placed defenseman Karl Alzner on waivers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alzner signed a five-year, $23.125-million contract last year with the Canadiens but he’s been a frequent healthy scratch this season as the Habs employ a faster-paced system. He’s not expected to be claimed and could be sent to their AHL affiliate in Laval.

It’s also possible the Canadiens are making this move to determine if there’s any possibility of trading him but his salary, modified no-trade clause, and his lack of speed mean they probably won’t find any takers unless they agree to pick up half of his salary. Even then, it’s doubtful they’ll find a deal. They could consider buying him out next summer, though they’ll face cap hits of $4.194 million in 2020-21 and $2.194 million in 2021-22. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ondrej Palat (lower-body injury) could return to the lineup tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2018

Game recaps, updates on Joe Thornton, Roberto Luongo, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists and Joe Thornton moved past Mario Lemieux into 11th place on the NHL all-time assist list as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0, handing the latter their eighth consecutive defeat. Thornton now has 1,034 assists. Canucks forward Antoine Roussel could face supplemental discipline for biting Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s left hand during a fracas at the end of the game.

Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen scored twice to lead his club to a 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. Bobby Ryan had three assists for the Senators while goalie Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a losing cause. Speaking of lost causes, that might be the best way to describe the Senators’ hopes for a new arena in downtown Ottawa. Team owner Eugene Melnyk has filed a lawsuit against now-former partner John Ruddy over their “failed” arena bid.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As The Athletic’s Chris Stevenson observed, “there is now no way the Senators will be playing in a new rink at LeBreton as long as Melnyk owns the team.” 

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo is sidelined by an apparent knee injury. (Photo via NHL Images)

Jordan Martinook tallied his NHL hat trick as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1. Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo left the game with an apparent right knee injury and is listed as day-to-day. Teammate Mike Hoffman had his personal points streak ended at 17 games.

Craig Berube got his first win as coach of the St. Louis Blues as his club rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. Earlier in the day, the Blues placed Jaden Schwartz (upper body) on injured reserve. It was also reported that former Blues president Jack Quinn died on Tuesday of cancer at age 80.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Quinn’s family, friends, and the Blues organization. 

The Buffalo Sabres extended their winning streak to eight games with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Jeff Skinner scored the tying and winning goals.

Josh Anderson scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Jackets winger Cam Atkinson extended his goal streak to six games.

Four unanswered third-period goals by Nino Niederreiter, Eric Fehr, Eric Staal, and Zach Parise rallied the Minnesota Wild from a 2-0 deficit to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the day, the Jets reclaimed winger Marko Dano off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche.

Calvin Pickard made 31 saves backstopping the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-0 shutout over the New York Rangers. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, and Travis Konecny each collected three points.

Tyler Johnson’s two first-period goals powered the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Two first-period shorthanded goals by J.T. Compher paved the way for the Colorado Avalanche’s 5-1 win over the slumping Arizona Coyotes, who’ve won just three games in their last 10.

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby kicked out 31 shots to give the Washington Capitals a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 28 shots to shut out the Calgary Flames 2-0.

Joakim Nordstrom’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins, who’ve won just twice in their last 10 games. Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves.

Nick Ritchie’s goal in the dying seconds of the third period set the stage for Rickard Rakell’s overtime winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1.

Mathew Barzal’s overtime goal gave the New York Islanders a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.

 










NHL Morning Headlines – November 3, 2018

NHL Morning Headlines – November 3, 2018

Game recaps, Lightning re-signed Yanni Gourde, latest demotions and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in his first game since suffering a season-opening knee injury backstopping his club to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in the second game of the NHL Global Series in Helsinki, Finland. Jets forward Patrik Laine scored for the Jets, marking his fourth goal in two games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers are a different team when Luongo’s between the pipes. 

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson had a five-point performance in his club’s 7-6 victory over the Colorado Avalanche (Photo via NHL Images)

Derrick Pouliot’s overtime goal gave the Vancouver Canucks a 7-6 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Elias Pettersson (two goals, three assists) and Brock Boeser (two goals, two assists) led the way for the Canucks, while Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had three points for the Avalanche.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game may not have been a defensive masterpiece but you’ve got to admit that these high-scoring contests are fun to watch. Speaking of fun to watch, so are the leading scorers of the Avalanche and Canucks. 

Antti Raanta made 48 saves and Alex Goligoski collected three assists in the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Michael Grabner tallied the Coyotes’ winning goal. Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho saw his twelve-game points streak come to an end.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes have won five straight games, rising from dead last in the Western Conference two weeks ago to within one point of a wild-card berth

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning yesterday signed forward Yanni Gourde to a six-year contract extension with an annual average value of $5.166 million. Gourde was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A versatile two-way skater who can play all three forward positions, Gourde was an undrafted prospect who worked his way into the Lightning lineup. He tallied 25 goals and 64 points as a 25-year-old rookie last season and is currently tied for second among Lightning scorers with 12 points in as many games. Little wonder management opted to ink him to a long-term deal. 

Gourde’s signing also means the Bolts have over $72 million invested in 14 players for 2019-20  (stick tap to Cap Friendly), with Brayden Point due for a big raise coming off his entry-level contract and pending UFA defensemen Anton Stralman, Bradon Coburn, and Dan Girardi to re-sign or replace. Unless the Bolts can shed some salary next season, Point and the Lightning could face a contract stalemate akin to that of the Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander.

NBC SPORTS:  Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves “had a blast’ in his first game since Oct. 13, 2017, skating in the Ducks 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday. He’d been sidelined by a post-viral syndrome and shoulder surgery.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils have sent center Pavel Zacha to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The sixth overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, Zacha’s been something of a disappointment thus far for the Devils. Perhaps spending some time in the minors will help the 21-year-old to elevate his game. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have returned defenseman Evan Bouchard to the OHL’s London Knights. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A first-round pick in this year’s NHL Draft, Bouchard has considerable potential as a top-pairing mobile blueliner. He could crack the Oilers’ roster on a full-time basis next season.

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 2, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 2, 2018

Game recaps, three stars and the top rookie for October revealed, and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrick Laine’s hat trick in his native Finland powered the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at the NHL 2018 Global Series at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Panthers center and fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov picked up an assist. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves. Earlier in the day, the Panthers activated Roberto Luongo (knee) from injured reserve and it’s expected he could return to action next week.

Patrick Laine’s hat trick carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers in Helsinki. (Photo via NHL Images)

Anton Khudobin made 30 saves as the Dallas Stars held on for a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stars forward Tyler Seguin collected two assists.

Thomas Greiss made 29 saves, including a well-timed poke-check on Sidney Crosby in overtime, to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, sweeping their home-and-home series. Josh Bailey tallied the only goal in the shootout.

Montreal Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first two NHL goals in his club’s 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals. The Habs final two goals set a record for the fastest in league history (two seconds). Brendan Gallagher also scored twice for the Canadiens. Capitals forwards Alexander Ovechkin and Lars Eller also each tallied two goals.

Craig Anderson kicked out 46 shots as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. Sabres winger Jason Pominville skated in his 1,000th career NHL game.

The Detroit Red Wings picked up their third straight victory by edging the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Justin Abdelkader and Trevor Daley each scored shorthanded goals in the third period to give the Wings the win. Speaking of the Wings, former captain Henrik Zetterberg revealed  “a degenerating disc eventually caused a nerve problem and a malfunction of a muscle that controls the movement of the ankle” led to his retirement.

In his first game since returning from an undisclosed injury, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne turned aside 42 shots in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Oskar Sundqvist tallied his first two goals of the season as the St. Louis Blues downed the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 5-3.

The Calgary Flames overcame a 4-1 deficit with five third-period goals to beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5. Mark Giordano and Matthew Tkachuk each had three-point performances for the Flames.

Mikko Koskinen made 40 saves for his first NHL shutout as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. Drake Caggiula scored twice for the Oilers.

Shootout goals by Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the free-falling Anaheim Ducks, who’ve won just twice in their last 10 games.

The Philadelphia Flyers won their second consecutive game for the first time this season by dropping the Los Angeles Kings 5-2. Like the Ducks, the Kings have just two victories in their last 10 contests.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 44 saves, including 25 in the third period, to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane are the NHL’s three stars for October 2018. Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson was named rookie of the month for October.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins forward David Backes is expected to make his return from a concussion Saturday against the Predators. The Bruins also demoted forward Ryan Donato to their AHL affiliate in Providence.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: An unidentified woman has filed a lawsuit against San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane alleging he reneged on a promise to pay for her abortion. Kane and his lawyer deny the allegation and intend to fight it in court.

SPORTSNET: Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is applying for reinstatement. He’s been suspended since 2015 after pleading guilty on misdemeanor domestic abuse charges and spending nearly two months in jail. The Kings terminated his contract but his NHL rights still belong to them. Voynov’s conviction was dismissed by a judge in July.

CBS SPORTS: The Caroline Hurricanes have sent Phil Dio Giuseppe to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have returned rookie Alex Formenton to the OHL’s London Knights. 

NBC SPORTS: The NHL plans on playing more games in Europe to expand its footprint on the continent.