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 – October 8, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 8, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Jonathan Quick, Joe Thornton, Roberto Luongo and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: John Tavares tallied his first hat trick with the Toronto Maple Leafs to spoil the Chicago Blackhawks’ home opener with a wild 7-6 overtime win. Auston Matthews scored twice and Morgan Rielly tallied the game-winner. Patrick Kane netted two goals, including the game-tying marker, while Duncan Keith collected three assists. Before the game, the Blackhawks honored the late Stan Mikita with an emotional pregame tribute.

John Tavares got his first hat trick with the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 7-6 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The good news for the Leafs and Blackhawks is their offense, led by their scoring stars, ranks among the league’s best in the early going. The bad news is they’re also among the league leaders in goals against. Left unaddressed, the latter is going to catch up with them sooner or later. 

Ilya Kovalchuk collected his first NHL points (two assists) in five years, Alex Iafallo scored twice and call-up Jack Campbell made 36 saves as the Los Angeles Kings doubled up the Detroit Red Wings 4-2. Campbell got the call as starter Jonathan Quick was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough loss for the Red Wings, who outplayed the Kings through most of this contest.

Justin Williams, Jordan Staal and Warren Foegele each had three-point performances to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to an 8-5 victory over the New York Rangers. Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey each scored twice for the Rangers.  Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov scored his first goal, becoming the first player born in this century to score in the NHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes celebrated post-game with “a Skol clap, and then everyone storming the length of the ice and jumping into the glass at the opposite end.”

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks placed center Joe Thornton on injured reserve after he noticed swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer downplayed the decision, calling it “precautionary.” 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move still raises concern over whether the 39-year-old Thornton, who’s had surgeries on both knees over the last two seasons, can continue his NHL career. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers placed goaltender Roberto Luongo (right knee) on injured reserve. Still no word as to the severity of the injury. The Panthers have called up Michael Hutchinson to serve as James Riemer’s backup. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo, 39, missed 26 games last season and 19 in 2016-17 to lower-body injuries. 

CBS SPORTS: The Anaheim Ducks placed winger Pontus Aberg on waivers. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Sal Berry has the oral history of “The Making of NHL ’94”, still considered “the greatest version of digital puck ever produced.” 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My son and I played that game endlessly back in the 1990s. A true video game classic.