NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 14, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 14, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Elias Pettersson, Brent Seabrook, Tom Wilson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews collected his 10th goal of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2 for their fourth consecutive win. Matthews is just the second player in Leafs history to score a goal in his first six games of a season. Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov each collected two points in a losing cause for the Capitals.

David Pastrnak’s hat trick led the Boston Bruins to an 8-2 thumping of the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo via NHL Images)

David Pastrnak’s hat trick powered the Boston Bruins to an 8-2 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings. It was the Bruins’ fourth straight win and the Wings their fifth consecutive loss. Patrice Bergeron collected three assists and Jake DeBrusk tallied twice.

Connor McDavid scored the game-winner and collected an assist as the Edmonton Oilers picked up their first win of the season by edging the New York Rangers 2-1.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 49th career shutout in a 1-0 squeaker over the Philadelphia Flyers. Cody Eakin scored the only goal late in the third. Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland left the game in the second period clutching an arm and didn’t return. He’s listed as day-to-day for now.

Despite a 52-save effort by Devan Dubnyk, the Minnesota Wild dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Carolina Hurricanes. Sebastian Aho scored twice (including the game-winner) and added two assists while Justin Williams had a three-point night.

Alex DeBrincat scored the tying and winning goals to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith played his 1,000th career game while Brent Seabrook became the club’s all-time leader for games played by a defenseman (1,009).

Bo Horvat’s third-period goal gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was a costly win for the Canucks as rookie star Elias Pettersson left the game early in the third period with an apparent head injury after being hit from behind and thrown to the ice by Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson. Before the game, the Panthers honored sidelined goalie Roberto Luongo for playing 1,000 career games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet on how long Pettersson could be sidelined or if the league will review Matheson’s actions. 

Shootout goals by Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin lifted the Montreal Canadiens past the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. Tomas Tatar scored twice and backup Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the Canadiens. Niemi got the call because starter Carey Price was sidelined by the flu. Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin had two-point performances for the Penguins, who lost defenseman Justin Schultz to a leg injury

Brayden Point scored twice and set up another as the Tampa Bay Lightning romped to an 8-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. J.T. Miller also had a three-point night (one goal, two assists) for the Lightning.

Filip Forsberg scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders. Earlier in the day, the Islanders announced forward Stephen Gionta agreed to a one-year, two-way contract. 

A four-goal second period powered the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, and Tyler Seguin each had two points for the Stars. 

The Calgary Flames overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on an overtime goal by Johnny Gaudreau.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 36 saves and Chris Wideman scored twice in a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Rasmus Dahlin scored his first NHL goal and goaltender Linus Ullmark turned in a 36-save shutout performance as the Buffalo Sabres blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. Jeff Skinner also scored his first goal with the Sabres. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Jennifer Guardino, the girlfriend of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, released a statement Saturday claiming Watson didn’t physically or mentally harm her during an incident on June 16 that led to the forward’s arrest on misdemeanor domestic assault charges. She said it was due to her own behavior and intoxication at the time and acknowledged her struggles with alcohol, claiming she and Watson handled the situation badly. 

Watson pleaded no contest to the charges and received three months probation. His original 27-game suspension by the league was recently reduced to 18 games.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Tom Wilson will have his appeal hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday. Wilson is currently serving a 20-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 9, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 9, 2018

Game recaps, stars of the week plus injury updates on James van Riemsdyk, Roberto Luongo, Joe Thornton and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrice Bergeron tallied a hat trick, David Pastrnak scored twice and Brad Marchand collected three assists as the Boston Bruins doubled up the Ottawa Senators 6-3. Ryan Dzingel scored twice in a losing cause for the Senators.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron tallied a hat trick in a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins’ top line has wasted little time picking up where they left off last season. However, the club’s production drops sharply beyond Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak. 

In his season debut with the New York Islanders, goaltender Robin Lehner turned in a 35-save shutout performance backstopping his club to a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Isles got the win in front of just 8,790 fans at Barclays Center.

Earlier in the day, the Sharks revealed the swelling in the surgically repaired right knee of center Joe Thornton was due to an infection and not to any structural damage to the knee.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thornton’s condition is being treated with antibiotics and he’s not expected to be sidelined for long. 

The Anaheim Ducks won their third straight game with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Troy Terry tallied the winning goal. The Wings were playing without Trevor Daley, who suffered an upper-body injury during Sunday’s game against the LA Kings.

Jack Eichel scored twice and Carter Hutton kicked out 35 shots to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 7.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk will be sidelined five-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: A knee injury has put Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo on the shelf for two-to-four weeks. The Panthers will turn to backup James Reimer and call-up Michael Hutchinson between the pipes.

TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky was placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a strained oblique.

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog (lower body) could miss tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets.

THE SCORE: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs believes Houston would be a great market for an NHL franchise. Jacobs is the chairman of the league’s executive committee.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL hasn’t indicated if it intends to expand beyond 32 franchises once Seattle’s expansion bid is formally approved in December. Perhaps Houston will become a destination for a relocated franchise, though there’s no indication any current club could be on the move anytime soon.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 8, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 8, 2018

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

NHL.COM: John Tavares tallied his first hat trick with the Toronto Maple Leafs to spoil the Chicago Blackhawks’ home opener with a wild 7-6 overtime win. Auston Matthews scored twice and Morgan Rielly tallied the game-winner. Patrick Kane netted two goals, including the game-tying marker, while Duncan Keith collected three assists. Before the game, the Blackhawks honored the late Stan Mikita with an emotional pregame tribute.

John Tavares got his first hat trick with the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 7-6 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The good news for the Leafs and Blackhawks is their offense, led by their scoring stars, ranks among the league’s best in the early going. The bad news is they’re also among the league leaders in goals against. Left unaddressed, the latter is going to catch up with them sooner or later. 

Ilya Kovalchuk collected his first NHL points (two assists) in five years, Alex Iafallo scored twice and call-up Jack Campbell made 36 saves as the Los Angeles Kings doubled up the Detroit Red Wings 4-2. Campbell got the call as starter Jonathan Quick was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough loss for the Red Wings, who outplayed the Kings through most of this contest.

Justin Williams, Jordan Staal and Warren Foegele each had three-point performances to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to an 8-5 victory over the New York Rangers. Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey each scored twice for the Rangers.  Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov scored his first goal, becoming the first player born in this century to score in the NHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes celebrated post-game with “a Skol clap, and then everyone storming the length of the ice and jumping into the glass at the opposite end.”

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks placed center Joe Thornton on injured reserve after he noticed swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer downplayed the decision, calling it “precautionary.” 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move still raises concern over whether the 39-year-old Thornton, who’s had surgeries on both knees over the last two seasons, can continue his NHL career. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers placed goaltender Roberto Luongo (right knee) on injured reserve. Still no word as to the severity of the injury. The Panthers have called up Michael Hutchinson to serve as James Riemer’s backup. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo, 39, missed 26 games last season and 19 in 2016-17 to lower-body injuries. 

CBS SPORTS: The Anaheim Ducks placed winger Pontus Aberg on waivers. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Sal Berry has the oral history of “The Making of NHL ’94”, still considered “the greatest version of digital puck ever produced.” 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My son and I played that game endlessly back in the 1990s. A true video game classic. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Roberto Luongo, James van Riemsdyk, Steve Mason and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews tallied a hat trick, including the game-tying and winning goals, to lead his club to a 5-4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues.  Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for the Blues.

Jonathan Toews’ hat trick led the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 OT win over the St. Louis Blues. (Photo via NHL Images)

Tyler Seguin scored twice and set up two others as the Dallas Stars drubbed the Winnipeg Jets 5-1. Stars captain Jamie Benn also scored twice and collected an assist while Alex Radulov enjoyed a three-point night.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Games like this one will make Seguin’s new eight-year, $78.8-million contract starting next season worthwhile for the Stars. 

The Florida Panthers fell 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout. Starting goaltender Roberto Luongo left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury after teammate Frankie Vatrano fell on Luongo’s right leg during a goalmouth scramble. “I don’t know how serious (the injury is)”, said Panthers coach Bob Boughner. “Hopefully, that’s not going to be a long-term thing. They’re going to reassess it and I’ll know more tomorrow.”

Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano and Elias Lindholm each had a goal and two assists as the Calgary Flames downed the Vancouver Canucks 7-4. Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson scored twice and set up another, giving him five points in his first two NHL contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pettersson has the makings of the Canucks’ next big Swedish star, following in the footsteps of Markus Naslund and the Sedin twins. 

Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac each scored twice to give the New Jersey Devils a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the 2018 NHL Global Series in Gothenburg, Sweden. Earlier in the day, the Oilers activated defenseman Kris Russell from injured reserved and sent Ethan Bear to their AHL affiliate. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One game does not a season make, but the Oilers’ season opener looked pretty much like most of their games in 2017-18. Goaltender Cam Talbot was shaky while their defense struggled against the Devils’ aggressive forechecking. 

Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron scored two goals and an assist while Carey Price kicked out 21 shots in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sophomore defenseman Thomas Chabot scored twice and added an assist while goalie Craig Anderson made 34 stops as the Ottawa Senators upset the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thanks to a combination of speed, promising youngsters and solid veteran goaltender, the rebuilding Canadiens and Senators look surprisingly good thus far. The playoffs still remain a long shot for both clubs and there’s still a long season ahead of them, but they’re serving early notice they won’t be pushovers.

Colin Wilson scored twice and Semyon Varlamov turned aside 35 shots to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-2 over the Philadelphia Flyers, who also lost winger James van Riemsdyk in the first period to a lower-body injury. “I don’t know the extent of it, so we’ve got to wait until we get back,” said Flyers coach Dave Hasktol. “We’re at the end of a long trip here, so we’ll get home and figure out where everything is at.”

The Nashville Predators edged the New York Islanders 4-3 thanks to two goals from winger Viktor Arvidsson. Martin Barzal had a goal and an assist for the Isles.

John Gibson turned in a 41-save shutout performance and Max Comtois netted the only goal to give the Anaheim Ducks a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton made 43 saves backstopping his team to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Winger Conor Sheary scored twice for the Sabres.

Max Pacioretty’s game-tying goal set the stage for Erik Haula’s shootout winner as the Vegas Golden Knights nipped the Minnesota Wild 2-1.

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports veteran NHL goaltender Steve Mason might be ready to retire. He’s dealt with several injuries (concussion, knee) in recent years and recently turned down a contract from an NHL club seeking a backup netminder. 

Former NHL winger Daniel Winnik signed a one-year contract with Swiss club Geneva-Servette.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2018

Latest on John Tortorella, Roberto Luongo, Jonathan Drouin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said he won’t allow the uncertainty over the futures of left wing Artemi Panarin and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky become a distraction when the players return to the ice later this month. Panarin and Bobrovsky are slated to become unrestricted free agents next July but there’s been no progress in the club’s contract negotiations with the pair. 

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo hopes to help his club reach its Stanley Cup potential. (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: At 39, goaltender Roberto Luongo hopes to avoid injury this season and help the Florida Panthers reach their Stanley Cup potential.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite his age, Luongo’s proven he’s still a reliable starter when he’s healthy. However, he’s been hampered by injuries in recent years. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  Despite his struggles at center last season, Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin hopes for better result filling that position in 2018-19.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Drouin showed some improvement at center during the second half of 2017-18. Perhaps that’ll carry over into this season. The Canadiens need all the help they can get at that position. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals signed free-agent forward Sergei Shumakov to a one-year, two-way contract worth $925K at the NHL level. Shumakov, 26, spent the past six seasons in the KHL.

NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien considers it quaint that some hockey teams are fearful over their players taking up too much of their spare time playing video games such as Fortnite. He feels it’s much ado about nothing. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 20, 2018

Salary cap could be over $79 million, the latest on Mike Hoffman, recent contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: Frank Seravalli reports the NHL salary cap for 2018-19 could come in between $79 million to $80 million, depending upon how much of a salary-cap inflator the NHLPA votes for later this week. The cap inflator can go as high as five percent but the PA membership could once again approve 1.35 percent, the same as last season. The escrow withholding from players’ salaries would be below 10 percent for the first time since 2011-12. 

Despite Mike Hoffman’s personal baggage, the Florida Panthers believe he’ll be a good fit with their club. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the PA approves the full five percent the cap ceiling would rise to around $82 million. However, it appears the players prefer lower escrow claw-backs from their salaries. As Seravalli notes, however, even with the lower inflator number the cap will make its biggest increase since 2013-14. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo and center Aleksander Barkov welcomed their club’s addition yesterday of winger Mike Hoffman, acquired yesterday as part of a three-team deal with the Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks. Despite the personal baggage dogging Hoffman in Ottawa regarding allegations of cyberbullying levied against his fiancee by Erik Karlsson’s wife, the players believe he’ll be a good fit. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not everyone agrees with this. Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde believes it’ll take more than GM Dale Tallon saying this lurid story about Hoffman’s fiancee is “in the past” to make it so. He feels this trade will either be seen as a smart trade for a scorer by a team in need of a lucky break or a desperate one other clubs wouldn’t make. 

SPORTSNET: The Edmonton Oilers re-signed defenseman Matt Benning to a two-year contract extension while the Vancouver Canucks re-upped forward Reid Boucher to a one-year, two-way contract. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings won’t give forward Martin Frk a qualifying offer, making him eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray has been sober for nearly a year after seeking treatment last year for an addiction to painkillers. Souray admitted he had difficulty adjusting to life after his playing career ended.