NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2018

Game recaps, Eric Staal reaches a milestone, Predators re-sign Pekka Rinne, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COMPekka Rinne made 26 saves and Roman Josi scored the only goal as the Nashville Predators blanked the Boston Bruins 1-0. Bruins winger Brad Marchand received a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct after mocking Colton Sissons embellishment of a high stick. 

Nashville Predators re-sign goaltender Pekka Rinne to a two-year contract extension. (Photo via NHL Images)

Earlier in the day, the Predators re-signed Rinne to a two-year, $10-million contract extension. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, the 36-year-old Rinne also has a modified no-trade clause and a no-movement clause, the latter preventing the Predators from demoting him to the minors. He’s taking a reduced annual average value (his current one is $7 million per season) to stay in Nashville but the 2018 Vezina Trophy winner obviously preferred taking a pay cut to stay with the Cup-contending Predators over gambling in next summer’s UFA market. 

Jason Pominville and Jeff Skinner each scored twice and Jack Eichel collected three assists as the Buffalo Sabres romped to a 9-2 beatdown of the Ottawa Senators. Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin left the game after blocking a shot with his foot but is expected to suit up for today’s game against the New York Rangers. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves for his seventh straight win and Steven Stamkos scored twice to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs were playing without forward Paul Byron, who’s sidelined for at least the next three games with a lower-body injury. 

Kyle Brodziak scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers hung on for a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Thanks to Thomas Greiss’ 35-save shutout performance, the New York Islanders blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0 to pick up their fifth straight win. Earlier in the day, the Devils placed forward Stefan Noesen on injured reserve

Frederik Andersen kicked out 31 shots and Morgan Rielly tallied two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0.

Jason Dickinson’s overtime goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Stars were skating without Alexander Radulov, who returned to Dallas for ongoing medical treatment and will miss the remaining three games of their road trip. 

Eric Staal scored his 400th career NHL goal and Nick Seeler collected three points in the Minnesota Wild’s 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 50th career shutout as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.

Sean Monahan’s two goals helped the Calgary Flames pick up their fourth straight win by downing the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was ejected early in the first period after receiving a game misconduct for boarding. 

Shorthanded goals by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown carried the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The San Jose Sharks edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 thanks to two goals by Timo Meier, with the second coming in overtime. Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth missed the morning practice and returned to Philadelphia to be evaluated by team doctors. 

TSN: Winnipeg Jets forward Brendan Lemieux faces a hearing from the NHL’s department of player safety for a high hit on Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck during Friday’s NHL Global Series in Helsinki. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2018

Game recaps, Golden Knights re-sign Nate Schmidt, Brian Boyle cancer-free, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs took a 3-0 lead into the third period against the Winnipeg Jets and held on for a 4-2 victory. Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele narrowed the score to 3-2 but John Tavares put it out of reach with his first goal in five games. Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen made 38 saves for the win.

Andrei Vasilevskiy turned in a 22-save shutout as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Colorado Avalanche 1-0. Nikita Kucherov tallied the game’s only goal in the third period.

Third-period goals by Frank Vatrano and Evgenii Dadonov set the stage for Mike Hoffman’s overtime winner as the Florida Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the New York Islanders 3-2.

Vegas Golden Knights re-sign defenseman Nate Schmidt to a six-year contract extension. (Photo via NHL Images)

Bo Horvat scored twice, Jacob Markstrom kicked out 33 shots and Markus Granlund scored the only goal in a shootout as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2. Alex Tuch, who’d been sidelined by a lower-body injury since preseason, rejoined the Golden Knights lineup.

Speaking of the Golden Knights, they reached an agreement with defenseman Nate Schmidt on a six-year, $35.7-million contract extension. The annual average value is $5.95 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schmidt, who’s currently serving a 20-game suspension for violation of the league’s PED policy, is in the second year of a two-year, $4.45-million contract and was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July. He’s getting a significant raise based on a limited body of work.

After several seasons as a speedy depth defenseman with the Washington Capitals, Schmidt was selected by the Golden Knights in last year’s expansion draft, quickly establishing himself as a top-four blueliner. He tallied a career-high 36 points in 2017-18 along with seven points in 20 playoff games. The Golden Knights are betting the 27-year-old has the potential to maintain that level of play over the long term. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle said his cancer is now in remission. Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia 13 months ago.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boyle won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance last season. Happy to hear that his treatments were successful. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter will play his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the Los Angeles Kings at XCel Energy Center.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed defenseman Dan Hamhuis on injured reserve.

SPORTSNET: Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki received a one-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety for elbowing Boston Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen in the head on Tuesday night.

CBS SPORTS: St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri has been sent to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio on a conditioning stint. Fabbri has been sidelined by a groin injury. 

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers sent goaltender Michal Neuvirth to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms for conditioning. 

THE SCORE: The New York Rangers placed winger Matt Beleskey on waivers. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 24, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 24, 2018

Updates on Corey Crawford, Mike Green, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Kesler and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE ATHLETIC:  Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (concussion symptoms) is getting closer to practicing with his teammates for the first time since Feb. 13.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green appears to be over the worst of his viral infection but there’s no timeline for his return. Green’s been sidelined by a virus that attacked his liver but tests done on Friday indicates he’s now “on the backside” of the illness.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning center Tyler Johnson is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury but he’s expected to return in time for the start of the season.

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler has been cleared for contact drills with his teammates (Photo via NHL Images)

  THE ATHLETIC:  Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler has been cleared to participate in contact drills. The 34-year-old Kesler underwent hip surgery 16 months ago that greatly slowed his performance in

the second half of last season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens yesterday announced forward Paul Byron signed a four-year, $13.6-million contract extension. The annual average value is $3.4 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-deserved extension for the 29-year-old Byron, who’s coming off back-to-back 20-goal seasons and was among the bright spots in an otherwise miserable 2017-18 campaign for the Canadiens. He’s a strong two-way forward with good speed who also has solid puck-possession numbers. It’s also a reasonable number for the Canadiens as it won’t put a big dent into their salary-cap payroll.

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Robby Fabbri left yesterday’s preseason game with a lower-body injury unrelated to his twice surgically repaired knee. It’s considered a muscular injury but no further information was provided. An update could be released today. 

PHILLY.COM’S Sam Carchidi reports Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth won’t be ready for the club’s season opener next month. Neuvirth suffered a groin injury during practice on Friday. Meanwhile, sidelined Flyers Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds and Travis Sanheim are expected to play a preseason game or two. 

CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray is dealing with a soft-tissue groin injury and not a back injury as originally feared. However, he could remain sidelined for several weeks. 

Carolina Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland will miss a few days with a lower-body injury


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 30, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 30, 2018

Predators, Capitals even their respective series, update on Hurricanes GM search and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Kevin Fiala’s double-overtime goal gave the Nashville Predators a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of their opening round series. Ryan Johansen scored twice for the Predators and teammates Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson each had three-point performances. Mark Scheifele tallied two goals and an assist for the Jets and Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist. The series moves to Winnipeg for Game 3 tied at a game apiece.

Kevin Fiala was the overtime hero for the Nashville Predators in a 5-4 victory in Game 2 of their series against the Winnipeg Jets (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was one of the most thrilling games I’ve seen in this year’s playoffs. It was very evenly matched, and while the Jets lost this one they put forth a better effort than in Game 1, which they stole thanks to an outstanding performance by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The Predators’ best players, meanwhile, made their presence felt in this one. If this game is any indication, we’re in for a very exciting series between these two talented clubs. 

Braden Holtby turned in a 32-save performance to backstop the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins to tie their second-round series at a game apiece. Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring and teammate Lars Eller collected three assists.

The Penguins thought they had narrowed the score to 3-2 in the third period but there was no conclusive evidence the puck crossed the goal line. They also lost defenseman Brian Dumoulin after he was struck in the head by the shoulder of Capitals winger Tom Wilson. No penalty was called on the play and there’s no indication he’ll face supplemental discipline. The Pens also played without center Evgeni Malkin, who remained sidelined by a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A strong bounce-back effort by the Capitals following a heartbreaking opening-game defeat. The series shifts to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4. Don’t be surprised if Malkin returns to the Penguins lineup by then. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks’ captain Joe Pavelski has been the club’s heartbeat since taking over from the sidelined Joe Thornton as their first-line center. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights’ coach Gerard Gallant could keep his lineup changes for Game 2 intact for Game 3 on Monday. He moved “David Perron back with regular linemates Erik Haula and James Neal while dropping Alex Tuch down to play with Cody Eakin and Ryan Carpenter.”

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is showing improvement following a roller-coaster series against Toronto. One reason is his ongoing recovery from an MCL sprain in his left knee. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forwards Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat skipped practice Sunday for “body maintenance.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both hips. He also said he will be changing trainers for the third straight year. 

SPORTSNET: Carolina Hurricanes interim general manager Don Waddell will remain in the role for the time being. The club couldn’t reach an agreement with Buffalo Sabres assistant GM Steve Greeley and there’s no other prospective hires in the near future. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed one reason behind the Hurricanes’ difficulty in attracting quality candidates is new owner Tom Dundon’s salary offer is considered too low. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 19, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 19, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates, Miles Wood receives two-game suspension. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth was sidelined during his club’s 7-4 win over the New York Rangers (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: Claude Giroux had a three-point game, including his 200th career goal, as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the New York Rangers 7-4. Flyers backup Alex Lyon took over for a sidelined Michal Neuvirth at the start of the second period when Neuvirth left the game with a lower-body injury

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet on the severity of Neuvirth’s injury. With starter Brian Elliott out for several weeks following core muscle surgery, losing Neuvirth for a significant period could jeopardize the Flyers’ hopes of clinching a playoff berth. I’ll have more in the Rumors section. 

A hat trick by Connor McDavid powered the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, spoiling the return of Avs center Nathan MacKinnon after missing eight games to injury. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jake Guentzel scored and added two assists while Riley Sheahan tallied two goals for the Pens. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two months ago, the Blue Jackets sat third in the division and fourth overall in the Conference while the Pens were at the bottom of the division and 11th in the conference. Since then, the clubs have pretty much flipped their positions. The Jackets are currently second-last in the Metropolitan and 10th in the Conference. 

A four-goal first period by the San Jose Sharks set the stage for their 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. It was a costly victory, however, as their leading scorer Brent Burns left the game with an undisclosed ailment. No word as to how long he’ll be sidelined but his teammates are optimistic he won’t be out for long. 

Kyle Connor scored twice, Mathieu Perreault had a goal and two assists and Blake Wheeler had three assists as the Winnipeg Jets thumped the Florida Panthers 7-2. 

Taylor Hall scored in overtime as the New Jersey Devils edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. The Devils played without forward Miles Wood, who received a two-game suspension for boarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov. 

A late third-period goal by Auston Matthews lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. 

The NHL issued a statement yesterday condemning the racial taunts and abuse by several Chicago Blackhawks fans against Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly during Saturday’s game between the two clubs.

Smith-Pelly told the Washington Post, “We’re at a time now where we can’t brush it under the rug. You’ve got to start calling people out and making sure people see other people’s true colors. That’s why I’m trying to get the conversation started and show, whoever these people were, their true colors.”

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 11, 2018

Game recaps, Capitals re-sign Eller and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

 NHL.COM: Goaltender Andrej Vasilevskiy stopped 44 shots, including an impressive behind-the-back glove save, for his league-leading 33rd victory as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Los Angeles Kings 4-3.  Before the game, the Lightning honored Vincent Lecavalier by retiring his No. 4 to the rafters. 

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner had a five-point performance during a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators (Photo via NHL Images).

Mitch Marner enjoyed a five-point performance (two goals, three assists) as the Toronto Maple Leafs thumped the Ottawa Senators 6-3. Leafs winger Patrick Marleau also had a three-point game. 

The Nashville Predators’ 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens was overshadowed by the sparring between Predators’ defenseman (and former Hab) P.K. Subban and Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Athletic’s Arpon Basu notes Gallagher’s post-game view that Subban came into this game wanting to make it about himself. Basu suggests Subban’s outsized personality and how the Canadiens handled it during his tenure in Montreal could explain why the blueliner was shipped to Nashville in 2016. 

The Buffalo Sabres doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2, ending Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask’s 21-game points streak. Sabres center Jack Eichel left the game with a right-leg injury and will be evaluated in Buffalo today.

A 44-save shutout performance by Devan Dubnyk carried the Minnesota Wild to a 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, handing the Hawks their fifth straight loss and putting them 10 points out of a playoff spot. Forward Charlie Coyle scored two goals for the Wild.  

Artemi Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand each collected a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a five-game losing skis by crushing the New Jersey Devils 6-1, handing the latter their third straight defeat. 

The Philadelphia Flyers’ Michal Neuvirth became the first goaltender in NHL history to win a shootout in relief, replacing Brian Elliott to backstop his club to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Elliott suffered a lower-body injury during the second round of the shootout and will be evaluated today in Philadelphia. 

Joe Pavelski had a four-point game (including two goals) and rookie Joakim Ryan scored his first two goals of his NHL career to give the San Jose Sharks a 6-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Zack Kassian tallied twice for the Oilers. 

Two goals by Brock McGinn gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals re-signed center Lars Eller to a five-year, $17.5-million contract extension. The annual average salary is $3.5 million, the same as it is on his current deal. In real salary, however, he’ll earn “$5 million ($1 million signing bonus), $4 million ($1 million signing bonus), $2.5 million, $3 million and $3 million.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good move by the Capitals, as they now have their top three centers under long-term contracts. Eller is on pace to exceed 40 points this season. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knight goaltender Malcolm Subban was placed in injured reserve with an upper-body injury.