NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 22, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 22, 2019

Game recaps, Timo Meier fined, Jean-Gabriel Pageau suspended and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov had his second consecutive two-goal game leading his club to a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. With the loss, the Coyotes slide into a tie with the Colorado Avalanche (78 points) for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Panthers sit seven points out of a playoff berth in the East. 

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand had three assists in a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils (Photo via NHL Images)

Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Brad Marchand collected three assists as the Boston Bruins downed the New Jersey Devils 5-1. The Bruins (96 points) hold a six-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second place in the Atlantic Division. Speaking of Marchand, the well-known trash talker lobbed some good-natured verbal bombs at NBC Sports’ Joe Haggerty before last night’s contest over a recent column in which Haggerty wondered if the Bruins are a better team without defenseman Torey Krug. 

Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman each had three points to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Lightning forward Yanni Gourde could face a suspension after receiving a match penalty for a hit to the head of Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, who left the game briefly as a result. The Lightning now has a league-leading 58 wins and 120 points, while the Hurricanes (87 points) hold a two-point lead for the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot. 

The Montreal Canadiens (85 points) regained the second Eastern wild-card berth by blanking the New York Islanders 4-0. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price kicked out 28 shots for the shutout while the Isles (91 points) are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division. 

Ivan Barbashev tallied his first career NHL hat trick as the St. Louis Blues clipped the Detroit Red Wings 5-2. Thomas Vanek scored both goals for the Wings. The Blues have points in their last four games and hold third place in the Central Division with 86 points. 

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby’s shootout goal lifted his club to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators. The Penguins are now tied with the Islanders (91 points) for second place in the Metro Division. 

Carter Hart made 40 saves to backstop the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist for the Flyers (80 points), who sit five points out of a playoff spot in the East. The Blackhawks (74 points), meanwhile, remain four points out of a wild-card position in the West. 

The Colorado Avalanche moved into a tie with the Coyotes by beating the Dallas Stars 3-1. Philipp Grubauer turned aside 40 shots while Tyson Barrie collected his 300th career point for the Avs. The Stars (82 points) still hold the first Western wild-card spot. 

Matthew Tkachuk and Garnet Hathaway each had a goal and an assist in the Calgary Flames 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. With 99 points, the Flames hold a five-point lead over the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference standings. Flames forwards Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett both returned to action after being sidelined by injuries. The Senators played without center Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who received a one-game suspension for boarding Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ashton Sautner. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets (84 points) fell behind the Canadiens in the Eastern wild-card race by dropping a 4-1 decision to the Edmonton Oilers. Leon Draisaitl collected three assists for the Oilers (73 points), who sit five points out of a Western playoff spot. 

Malcolm Subban made 20 saves for his first career NHL shutout as the Vegas Golden Knights downed the Winnipeg Jets 5-0. William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each scored twice for the Golden Knights (89 points), who sit third in the Pacific Division.

The San Jose Sharks dropped their fourth straight game by falling 4-2 to the Los Angeles Kings. With 94 points, the Sharks sit five behind the Flames. Earlier in the day, Sharks forward Timo Meier was fined $2,000.00 for diving by the Department of Player Safety.

OTTAWA SUN: During an appearance yesterday on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said the key for his club is to identify who his club’s true fans are. “For our fans, our real fans, we’re doing the best we can and all you can do is just keep doing what you’ve been doing,” he said.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So Melnyk is asking Senators fans to stay away and keep up their #MelnykOut campaign? Because that’s what the real fans are doing. They’re fed up watching promising rosters being torn apart because of the constant parade of their best players out of Ottawa. 

NEW YORK POST: Rangers forward Jesper Fast may have played his final game this season. He’s been nursing a shoulder injury for the past three months. 

SPORTSNET: The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks will open next season with a game in Prague on Oct. 4. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, will face off in two November contests in Stockholm. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2018

Game recaps, plus updates on Patrik Laine, Alexander Edler and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Alec Martinez scored in the final minute of regulation as the Los Angeles Kings snapped a six-game losing skid by edging the New York Rangers 4-3. Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists for the Kings, who welcomed back winger Dustin Brown from injured reserve but also placed goaltender Jonathan Quick on IR earlier in the day. Brown wasted little time making his presence felt, scoring one of the Kings’ four goals.

Timo Meier’s two goals carried the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. (Photo via NHL Images)

Timo Meier scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks, who overcame a 3-1 deficit to force the extra frame. Pontus Aberg scored two goals for the Ducks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Meier, who had a 21-goal sophomore performance last season, may be coming into his own as a goal scorer, leading the Sharks with eight goals and sitting among their top-five in points. 

Connor McDavid’s overtime goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago forward Patrick Kane had an assist to extend his points streak to six games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a slow start, the Oilers have won three straight and sit in second place in the Pacific Division. 

The Detroit Red Wings finally picked up their first regulation win this season by doubling up the Dallas Stars 4-2. Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves and Dylan Larkin collected two assists for the Wings.

Thomas Greiss made 38 saves as the New York Islanders squeaked past the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho picked up an assist to stretch his season-opening points streak to 11 games. The Islanders were playing without forward Cal Clutterbuck, who’s sidelined with an upper-body injury.

Jonathan Marchessault’s penalty-shot goal in overtime gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Alex Tuch scored twice for the Golden Knights while Senators goaltender Craig Anderson turned aside 49 shots. Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki, returning to the lineup following a one-game suspension, received a game misconduct for charging Vegas forward Cody Eakin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Borowiecki could face supplemental discipline for this incident. 

NBC SPORTS: Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, a 44-goal scorer last season, has just three goals and five points in 12 games thus far. Line shuffling could account for his early scoring drought, but the club’s trip this week to his native Finland for two games against the Florida Panthers might help him regain his scoring touch.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laine tends to be a streaky scorer. I expect he’ll get back on track soon.

CBS SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will miss three-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing their top defenseman to injury could be a big blow for the rebuilding Canucks, who are off to a better-than-expected start to this season, sitting third in the Pacific Division.

ESPN.COM: In the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, the Penguins foundation ” is donating $25,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, as well as $25,000 to establish a fund with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety to benefit the four Pittsburgh police officers injured in the shooting.”

NHL.COM: A look at the history and enduring popularity of NHL ’94 video game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL ’94 remains one of my all-time favorite video games. My son and I played it endlessly during the mid-to-late 1990s.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 13, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 13, 2017

Game recaps plus latest on Evgeni Malkin, Timo Meier and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Miles Wood tallied his first career NHL hat trick and Nico Hischier had a three-point game as the New Jersey Devils rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-5. Blackhawks defenseman Jan Rutta also netted three points. 

Braden Holtby made 29 saves in regulation and overtime and T.J. Oshie scored the winner in a shootout to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 28 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their road point streak to eight games by defeating the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. 

Joel Ward’s third-period goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Earlier in the day, the league fined Sharks forward Timo Meier over $2,400.00 for elbowing Vancouver Canucks defenseman Michael Del Zotto on Saturday. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin joined the social media movement started by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin in support of Russian president Vladimir Putin. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Many of Malkin’s North American fans are likely to squirm a little over this news, but it won’t dampen their support of the Penguins’ star.

CBC NEWS: Former NHL player Joe Juneau has been shut out of the youth hockey program he started 11 years ago in Northern Quebec.

NEW YORK TIMES: There’s very little talk of the NHL’s concussion issue at the Hockey Hall of Fame. In recent years, several notable players whose careers were cut short by head trauma (Chris Pronger, Eric Lindros and Paul Kariya) were inducted into the Hall. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though the NHL in recent years has taken steps to address concussion injuries, the league remains reluctant to acknowledge the link between head injuries and the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2017

Game recaps plus updates on Marian Gaborik, Travis Zajac, future Olympic participation & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Rick Nash scored twice to give the New York Rangers their sixth straight victory by doubling up the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey wound up with his two front teeth knocked out and driven into his lower lip after being struck in the mouth by the skate of Oilers forward Zach Kassian.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After struggling through most of October, to the point where head coach Alain Vigneault was reportedly in danger of losing his job, the Rangers have climbed from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings into a wild-card berth

Mike Hoffman scored twice as the Ottawa Senators edged the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 to sweep their two-game 2017 SAP NHL Global series. The Sens were playing without forward Zack Smith, who suffered a fractured thumb in the first game of the series and will be sidelined for three weeks. 

Kyle Turris scored and set up another while Kevin Fiala and Filip Forsberg scored in a shootout as the Nashville Predators edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4. Phil Kessel also had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. 

Jason Zucker scored his sixth goal in three games and Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves as the Minnesota Wild blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. 

Brandon Saad’s overtime goal completed a three-goal rally by the Chicago Blackhawks in their 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Alex DeBrincat scored twice for the Hawks. Brock McGinn tallied twice for the Hurricanes. 

Anders Lee scored and set up another as the New York Islanders tallied three first-period goals on route to beating the St. Louis Blues 5-2. 

Aaron Dell turned in a 41-save shutout performance while Logan Couture and Chris Tierney each scored twice to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-0 blanking of the Vancouver Canucks. Sharks forward Timo Meier could face supplemental discipline for butt-ending Canucks blueliner Michael Del Zotto in the face. Meier received a five-minute major and a game misconduct. 

Curtis McElhinney made 38 saves while Mitch Marner and James van Riemsdyk each scored a goal and an assist to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Jack Johnson’s goal in the ninth round of a shootout gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, snapping their four-game losing skid. The Wings were playing without forward Justin Abdelkader, who suffered a fractured cheekbone in a fight with Troy Brouwer during Thursday’s game against the Calgary Flames.

Cory Schneider made 32 saves as the New Jersey Devils ended a four-game losing streak with  a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers. The Devils also learned center Travis Zajac, who underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, could return to action as early as next week. 

Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each netted a goal and an assist to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. 

Max Pacioretty’s overtime goal lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, giving the Habs their fourth win in five games. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens learned backup goalie Al Montoya is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.

Winger Marian Gaborik has resumed skating with his Los Angeles Kings teammates for the first time in six weeks. He’s still recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee. 

SB NATION: cites an interview given by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman with SVT Sport in Sweden saying he isn’t ruling out sending players to future Olympic Games, but he finds it ““hard to envision a scenario where it makes sense.” While there’s speculation the NHL could take part in the 2022 Beijing Olympics to grow the league’s brand in China, Bettman hints future Olympic participation could be limited to those staged in North America. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s some speculation Olympic participation could become an issue in the next round of collective bargaining between the league and NHL Players Association. However, I don’t see that being a significant sticking point in future negotiations. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 16, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 16, 2016

Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin collides with NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin collides with NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Game recaps, Kris Letang sidelined, suspension hearing for Mike Hoffman and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash scored a shorthanded goal in his first game back from injury and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist shook off being charged by Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin in the first period as the Blueshirts blanked the Stars 2-0. Eakin received a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Lundqvist briefly left the game but returned to finish it. 

Vladimir Tarasenko scored and set up two others to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, who’ve now dropped four games in a row. 

Eric Staal scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves as the Minnesota Wild picked up their sixth straight victory by downing the Nashville Predators 5-2. 

Artemi Panarin scored twice, Scott Darling made 28 saves and Richard Panik netted the game winner as the Chicago Blackhawks overcome a 2-0 deficit to beat the New York Islanders 5-4. 

Tyler Toffoli scored twice in the third period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the struggling Detroit Red Wings, who’ve now dropped four straight games. 

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored against the Arizona Coyotes (his hometown team), but it was former Leaf Peter Holland who tallied the winning goal in a shootout as the Coyotes edged the Leafs 3-2. 

Second period goals by Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson helped the Anaheim Ducks overcome a 2-0 deficit to edge the Boston Bruins 4-3, marking the fifth loss in six games for the Bruins. 

Mathieu Perreault scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers to snap a four-game losing streak. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves for the victory. 

TRIBLIVE.COM:  Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said defenseman Kris Letang will miss “a couple of weeks” to a lower-body injury. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators forward Mike Hofffman has a telephone hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety today regarding his cross check to the head of San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture. He faces a possible suspension. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Red Wings forward Darren Helm (dislocated left shoulder) hopes to return to action near Jan. 1. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: The Sharks have called up top prospect Timo Meier for their upcoming game against the Montreal Canadiens. 

TVA SPORTS:  In a new book from Philadelphia sports writer Jay Greenberg, during the 2013 NHL draft, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin offered up left wing Max Pacioretty and a first-round pick (25th overall) to the Philadelphia Flyers for winger Wayne Simmonds and the 11th overall pick. Ultimately, the deal didn’t take place. The Habs selected Michael McCarron and the Flyers took Sam Morin with their respective picks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s bound to fuel some interesting “what if?” chatter among Habs and Flyers fans. I don’t think either club suffered from this deal falling through. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2016

Nashville Predators extend contract of head coach Peter Laviolette.

Nashville Predators extend contract of head coach Peter Laviolette.

Predators re-sign coach Peter Laviolette, Blackhawks could split up Patrick Kane & Artemi Panarin & more in your NHL morning headlines.

For all of last night’s preseason scores, head to NHL.com

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators announced Saturday they’ve extended the contract of head coach Peter Laviolette by two years, stretching through 2020-21. Since joining the Predators in 2014, the Predators have advanced to the playoffs twice while significantly improving their offensive performance. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Predators record over the last two seasons, it’s not surprising they extended Laviolette’s contract. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE:  Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville might consider splitting up forwards Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin to ensure more offensive balance through the lineup. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quenneville didn’t say that was definitely going to happen or that it’s a permanent thing, only that it’s something he’s looking at for training camp. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild’s top line to open this season could consist of left wing Zach Parise, center Eric Staal and right wing Charlie Coyle. 

STLTODAY.COM:  The St. Louis Blues are still hopeful forward Vladimir Sobotka can find a way to get out of his KHL contract for the upcoming season. The Blues aren’t allowed to buy out any part of his KHL deal. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  Pittsburgh Penguins winger Carl Hagelin sold his Newport Beach house for $1.91 million. 

CSN BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier will be sidelined four weeks by mononucleosis.