NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2016
Game recaps, injury notes, potential KHL players turning to NHL & more in your morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2, with young stars Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews putting on a show. McDavid tallied a goal and set up another in a losing effort for the Oilers, while Leafs rookie Matthews netted his 10th of the season.
Jack Eichel scored a goal and picked up an assist in his first game of the season, returning from injury to help the Buffalo Sabres edge the Ottawa Senators 5-4. Sens forward Mike Hoffman scored a hat trick and setting up another goal.
Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each tallied their 13th goals of the season to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Earlier in the day, the Devils announced goaltender Scott Wedgewood (shoulder surgery) will be sidelined for six months.
Josh Anderson had a three-point night (one goal, two assists) and Scott Hartnell netted a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets trounced the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1. The Lightning also lost forward Ryan Callahan to a lower-body injury.
Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson each had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators took a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who continue to play without captain Gabe Landeskog (lower-body injury).
Sven Baertschi scored twice, including the game winner, as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Minnesota Wild 5-4.
John Gibson made 39 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the league-leading Montreal Canadiens. Habs forward Andrew Shaw got ejected from the game in the third period following a penalty-box tantrum.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shaw plays with an edge to his game. While that’s helped him to a degree, it’s also made him his own worst enemy.
Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin scored in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was the Panthers first game since firing Gerard Gallant as head coach on Sunday.
Shayne Gostisbehere’s shootout marker gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. The Bruins had overcome a 2-0 deficit to force overtime and the shootout. They also announced defenseman John-Michael Liles was sidelined by a concussion.
Jimmy Vesey’s tie-breaking goal gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Brent Burns’ overtime goal gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, who also lost top defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to an upper-body injury. No word yet how long he could be sidelined.
Anthony Mantha tallied the game winner as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Dallas Stars 3-1.
THE ATHLETIC: Milan Michalek regrets waiving his no-trade clause last season accepting a trade from the Ottawa Senators to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Michalek now toils for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. “Looking back now it probably was the wrong decision,” he said, “but I’m only looking forward right now.”
NHLPA.COM: Former NHL forward Travis Moen announced his retirement. In 12 NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars, Moen amassed 136 points in 747 games. He also won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.
NATIONAL POST: Potential KHL players are starting to snub their home league for the NHL,where the caliber of play is much higher.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ilya Kovalchuck and Alexander Radulov were the only players in their prime to jump to the KHL. Otherwise, it’s a haven for aging players hoping to extend their careers or those not good enough to play in the NHL. It’s a league run mostly by Russian oil oligarchs, and with the price of oil plummeting in recent years, they cannot afford to attract the world’s top talent.