NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2019

Game recaps, coaches named for 2019 All-Star Game, and more in this morning’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Jonathan Quick collected his 300th NHL win and Anze Kopitar tallied his 300th NHL goal as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was perhaps the worst game of the season for the struggling Oilers, who seemed listless throughout this contest. At one point, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty elbowed Oilers captain Connor McDavid in the face without getting a penalty or receiving retribution from McDavid’s teammates, drawing a furious reaction from Oilers fans on social media. The faithful are getting restless as the hashtag #FireChiarelli (referring to Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli) was trending in Canada this morning. 

Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar tallied his 300th career NHL goal in a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 16-game point streak came to an end last night with a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Winger Evander Kane scored twice for the Sharks, including his 200th career goal, while Brent Burns collected three assists and Erik Karlsson had two helpers.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban collected his 300th career NHL assist against his former club in a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Craig Smith tallied two goals for the Predators. With the loss, the Canadiens dropped out of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The New York Islanders moved ahead of the Canadiens into that second wild-card spot by holding off the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist for the red-hot Isles, who’ve won six straight contests. 

Michael Hutchinson had a 28-save shutout in his second game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, backstopping them to a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists for the Leafs. The Canucks, meanwhile, were playing without star rookie Elias Pettersson, who is expected to miss two weeks with a sprained right knee. 

Defenseman T.J. Brodie scored in overtime as the Calgary Flames overcame a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, who suffered their sixth straight defeat. Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 31 saves as his club held on for a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Returning from a three-game suspension, David Backes tallied the winning goal. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their seventh win in their last nine games by downing the Florida Panthers 4-3 on an overtime goal by Seth Jones. 

The Minnesota Wild handed the Ottawa Senators their seventh consecutive loss by edging them 4-3. Wild blueliner Jared Spurgeon scored two goals and teammate Zach Parise had a three-point performance. 


Josh Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Paul Maurice of the Winnipeg Jets, Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals, and Bill Peters of the Calgary Flames will serve as the head coaches in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose on Jan. 26. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers will be sidelined at least a month with an upper-body injury.

CBS SPORTS: Florida Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie has announced his retirement to become an assistant coach with the club. He suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the season. In a career stretching back to 2001-02 with the Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers, and Columbus Blue Jackets, McKenzie scored 51 goals and 74 points for 125 points.

ESPN.COM: Former New Jersey Devils forward Mike Peluso has filed a lawsuit claiming the club hid the true extent of a head injury he suffered during a game in 1993. “The suit says Peluso has suffered “nine grand mal seizures, early onset dementia, total and permanent disability in the workplace, all signs of being afflicted with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), as well as other severe neurological and psychological impairment.”

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2018

Game recaps, update on the Senators Uber incident and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Mark Stone’s five-point performance (two goals, three assists) carried the Ottawa Senators to a 7-3 thumping of the New Jersey Devils. Matt Duchene (three assists), Thomas Chabot (three points) and Colin White (two goals) also factored in the Senators victory.

Matt Duchene publicly apologized to assistant coach Martin Raymond following the Ottawa Senators 7-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. (Photo via NHL Images)

Duchene, Chabot, and White were among the seven Senators secretly filmed by an Uber driver in Phoenix recently mocking assistant coach Martin Raymond. The Senators revealed they knew about the video well before it made the rounds on social media and insist they’ve dealt with it internally.

The seven players involved yesterday issued a statement apologizing to Raymond and their teammates and Duchene profusely apologized to Raymond again during last night’s post-game press conference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last night’s game suggests the Senators have put this incident behind them. Still, time will tell if this episode was really much ado about nothing or indicative of ongoing turmoil within the Senators’ dressing room. 

Frederik Andersen made 36 saves and Connor Brown had a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1. Vegas also lost forward Erik Haula, who was stretchered from the game in the third period after falling awkwardly following a clean hit by Leafs forward Patrick Marleau.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: More information on Haula’s condition is expected later today but it appears he suffered a serious injury to his right knee. 

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1, handing Willie Desjardins his first victory as their new head coach. Ilya Kovalchuk scored a goal and set up two others. It’s the Ducks’ eighth loss in their last nine games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle could be among the NHL coaches currently on the hot seat. 

Ryan O’Reilly had a hat trick as the St. Louis Blues beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a good start to this season the Hurricanes are struggling of late. This could provide more fuel to the speculation they’re interested in acquiring William Nylander from the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Nikita Kucherov scored twice and set up another while Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 33 shots in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Neal Pionk’s end-to-end goal late in the third period proved to be the game winner as the New York Rangers overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 in a penalty-filled contest. Rangers center Kevin Hayes collected three assists while Canadiens winger Tomas Tatar scored twice.

The San Jose Sharks blew a two-goal lead but a third-period goal by Barclay Goodrow gave them a 4-3 win. Sharks forward Marcus Sorensen had a three-point night.

Jimmy Howard made 40 saves and Dylan Larkin scored the only goal in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. Vancouver rookie center Elias Pettersson tallied his 10th goal of the season.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves backstopping the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward Derek Mackenzie is sidelined indefinitely following shoulder surgery.

SPORTSNET: Adam Oates has joined the Los Angeles Kings as a consultant.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 5, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 5, 2018

Game recaps, Anders Lee named Islanders captain, Tom Wilson to appeal his 20-game suspension, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Kris Letang scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 7-6 in a game that looked like a throwback to the high-scoring 1980s. Letang’s teammate Jake Guentzel also tallied twice while Capitals winger T.J.Oshie netted two goals.

Speaking of the Capitals, winger Tom Wilson will appeal his recent 20-game suspension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Wilson’s appeal is successful he’s still going to miss a lot of time, probably around 15 games. 

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand collected four assists in a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Boston Bruins atoned for their humiliating 7-0 season-opening loss to the Capitals by blanking the Buffalo Sabres 4-0. Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for the shutout while winger Brad Marchand collected four assists.

The New York Islanders began their first game of the post-John Tavares era on the right foot with a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Goaltender Thomas Greiss turned in a 45-save performance for the win. Earlier in the day, the Islanders announced Anders Lee as their new captain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not questioning Lee’s leadership ability but I wonder if the Isles front office made this move in part to convince him to stick around beyond this season. Lee is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July. 

Patrick Kane’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the Montreal Canadiens in their season-opening overtime loss to Toronto, the Senators played better than expected in this contest. One game does not a season make but they could surprise people if they maintain the effort they displayed against the Blackhawks. 

An overtime goal by Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Before the game, recently retired Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg took part in the ceremonial puck drop.

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 41 shots while Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor each collected two points in a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Wayne Simmonds scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Earlier in the day, the Golden Knights revealed winger Alex Tuch is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

Jim Montgomery’s first game as an NHL head coach was a successful one as his Dallas Stars blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. Ben Bishop turned aside 30 shots for the shutout while Jamie Benn collected two assists.

Pekka Rinne made 34 saves backstopping the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each scored as the Colorado Avalanche tamed the Minnesota Wild 4-1.

THE ATHLETIC: Aaron Portzline profiles former NHL defenseman Lyle Odelein’s recovery from a coma, paralysis, and a multi-organ transplant earlier this year. Odelein said he’s now feeling much better, is walking again and intends to take part in the Montreal Canadiens’ commemorative opening-night ceremony to honor their 1993 championship team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Odelein in his recovery from this near-death experience. 

TSN: New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle continues his fight against leukemia as this season begins. He missed 13 games last season receiving treatment for the disease and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance.

THE SCORE: Florida Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie intends to retire at the end of this season. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed forward Barclay Goodrow to a two-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $925K