NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 3, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 3, 2020

Leon Draisaitl tallies four goals against the Predators, the three stars of the week, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Leon Draisaitl tallied four goals and Connor McDavid had four assists as the Edmonton Oilers thumped the Nashville Predators 8-3. The Oilers broke a 3-3 tie with five unanswered third-period goals. With 78 points, the Oilers moved within two points of the first-place Vegas Golden Knights in the Pacific Division. The Predators (72 points) cling to the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Draisaitl (107 points) holds a big lead in the NHL scoring race. He also moved into fourth place (43 goals) in the goal-scoring race.

Leon Draisaitl had a five-point game in the Edmonton Oilers’ 8-3 win over the Nashville Predators (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barring injury or a significant scoring drought, Draisaitl has the Art Ross Trophy locked up for this season. He’s also put himself into the running for the Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer, and should be a serious contender for the Hart Trophy as MVP. 

The Colorado Avalanche (87 points) edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 to move within one point of the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues. Michael Hutchinson made 17 saves in his debut with the Avs. Colorado rookie defenseman Cale Makar missed the game with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. The Wings, meanwhile, played without winger Adam Erne, who could miss the remainder of the season with a broken hand.

Minnesota Wild winger Kevin Fiala, Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis, and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz were the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 1.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson underwent shoulder surgery on Monday and will need four-to-six months to recover.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was considerable interest in Anderson leading up to last Monday’s NHL trade deadline, but uncertainty over the status of his injury likely scared off potential suitors. His status as a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who’s also a year away from unrestricted free agent status could make him a fixture in this summer’s rumor mill.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks indicated defenseman Jacob Middleton is week-to-week with a lower-body injury. They’re also believed to have agreed to a four-year, $8-million contract extension with blueline Radim Simek, though this hasn’t been confirmed by general manager Doug Wilson.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Sidelined Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Brian Dumoulin and John Marino are close to returning to the lineup. Both are game-day decision’s for tonight’s contest against the Ottawa Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And not a moment too soon for the struggling Penguins, who’ve dropped six straight games.

TORONTO SUN: Sidelined Maple Leafs blueliners Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci have returned to practice and could rejoin the lineup sometime next week.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey is expected to return to action tonight against the Buffalo Sabres after being sidelined for four games with an upper-body injuy. Winger Patrik Laine (left foot injury) could also return tonight.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goalie Marcus Hogberg is returning to Sweden for family reasons. The club hopes to provide a further update shortly.

SPORTSNET: The NHL has no plans to make any changes to its emergency backup goalie rule.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2018

Game recaps, injury and waiver updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Buffalo Sabres 10-game winning streak came to an end last night as they fell 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Stamkos scored the tying goal and Cedric Paquette netted the winner in the third period. Sam Reinhart scored twice for the Sabres.

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine is the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 career goals. (Photo via NHL Images)

Patrik Laine scored his 100th career goal to become the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to reach that milestone as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5. Laine scored twice (his 20th and 21st of the season) while teammate Nikolaj Ehlers tallied a hat trick.  The Jets skated without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who suffered a concussion during Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ryan Donato scored the only goal in a shootout to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. During a pre-game ceremony, the Bruins honored Rick Middleton by raising his No. 16 to the rafters. Meanwhile, Bruins president Cam Neely suggested it was “unlikely” the club would extend a similar honor to former goaltender Tim Thomas, citing his limited tenure with the Bruins, who haven’t retired the numbers of any of their former goaltenders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thomas is a two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy and won the Conn Smythe Trophy for backstopping the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup. Gerry Cheevers helped the Bruins win two Stanley Cups. Frankie “Mr. Zero” Brimsek won the Calder Trophy, two Vezina Trophies, was twice named to the First All-Star Team, and won two Stanley Cups. It’s ridiculous that the Bruins haven’t honored them.

The Edmonton Oilers spoiled the return of Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with a 3-2 victory. Defenseman Oscar Klefbom potted the game-winner late in the third period. Quick had been sidelined since Oct. 23 by knee surgery.

Arizona Coyotes netminder Adin Hill made 29 saves to pick up his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. Recently acquired center Nick Schmaltz tallied his first goal as a Coyote. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes claimed goalie Calvin Pickard off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Max Pacioretty scored twice and William Karlsson netted the winning goal as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 to pick up their fifth straight win. Canucks defenseman Alex Edler was knocked from the game in the third period after being hit from behind by Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson turned in a 27-save shutout to blank to New York Rangers 3-0. The Rangers were skating without Vladislav Namestnikov, who remains in concussion protocol since Monday’s game against the Senators.

Second-period goals from Cam Atkinson, Riley Nash, and Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes placed goaltender Scott Darling on waivers yesterday and placed defenseman Haydn Fleury on injured reserve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired and signed last year to a four-year contract, Darling’s been a bust as the Hurricanes’ starting goaltender. He’s been outplayed this season by Curtis McElhinney and Petr Mrazek. If he clears waivers he’s expected to be sent to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have demoted defenseman Victor Mete to their AHL affiliate in Laval. 

NJ.COM:  The Devils placed rookie forward Joe Anderson (broken ankle, week-to-week) on injured reserve. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues placed forward Nikita Soshnikov on waivers. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins reclaimed Jean-Sebastien Dea off waivers from the New Jersey Devils and sent him to their AHL affiliate. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2018

Game recaps, injury and waiver updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews made a big splash in his return to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup with two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. It was Matthew’s first game since suffering a shoulder injury on Oct. 27. John Tavares also scored twice for the Leafs.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews scored twice in a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. (Photo via NHL Images)

Sidney Crosby’s natural hat trick couldn’t prevent the Pittsburgh Penguins from dropping a 6-3 decision to the Colorado Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and collected three assists for the Avalanche.

The Detroit Red Wings blew a 3-0 lead but Tyler Bertuzzi’s third-period goal allowed them to squeak past the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Bertuzzi had two goals on the night, as did Blues winger David Perron.

Nick Ritchie tallied the game-tying and game-winning goals as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Florida Panthers 3-2.

Tyler Seguin’s overtime goal gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will miss the next five weeks due to a larynx injury. Meanwhile, winger Jake DeBrusk returned to practice yesterday, showing no ill-effects from taking a shot to the head on Monday. The Bruins will also honor former winger Rick Middleton tonight by raising his No. 16 to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony. 

CBS SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson is listed as day-to-day with a neck injury. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed Jean-Sebastien Dea on waivers on Wednesday.

SPORTSNET: The front-office purge continues for the Philadelphia Flyers as Chris Pryor and Gord Murphy were fired yesterday. They also placed goaltender Calvin Pickard on waivers. Former Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher is reportedly the front-runner for the vacant Flyers GM role. 

TSN.CA: Ottawa Senators chief operating officer Nicolas Ruszkowski disputed Ottawa mayor Jim Watson’s claim the club wants the city to pay for a new downtown arena, calling the mayor’s remarks “disappointing and inaccurate.”

WINNIPEG SUN: A recent five-goal performance by Jets winger Patrik Laine earned a Winnipeg pastor over $1 million in Safeway Sobeys $1,000,000 Score & Win. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 1, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 1, 2018

Update on Patrick Eaves, Rangers re-sign Ryan Spooner, Bruins to retire Rick Middleton’s number and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves missed most of last season to a post-viral syndrome. (Photo via NHL Images)

  SPORTSNET: Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves is looking forward to returning to action in 2018-19 after missing all but two games last season to a post-viral syndrome and a nagging shoulder problem. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with forward Ryan Spooner as the two sides agreed to a two-year, $8-million contract. The annual average value is $4 million. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling underwent surgery on his right wrist yesterday and will be sidelined for at least 14 weeks. He’ll miss training camp and could return to the lineup by early-November. 

TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie reports the Winnipeg Jets re-signed center Nicolas (Nic) Petain to a one-year, two-way deal worth over $874K at the NHL level.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins will retire Rick Middleton’s No. 16 at a pregame ceremony on Nov. 29. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Middleton spent 12 of his 14 NHL seasons with the Bruins from 1976-77 to 1987-88. Nicknamed “Nifty” for his dazzling offensive skills, he tallied 40-plus goals five times and 80-or-more points six times. In 1,005 NHL contests, he scored 448 goals and 540 assists for 988 points, along with 100 points in 114 playoff games. 

TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman “says the league wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or video from games are used.”

SEATTLE TIMES: Renovations for KeyArena will now cost an estimated $700 million. The $100 million price increase is considered necessary to ensure for upgrades needed to turn the arena “into a “top-third” revenue producer for both the NHL and NBA.”