NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 16, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 16, 2017

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has taken over the NHL goal-scoring lead.

Game recaps, Anisimov out a month, Wideman ban rejected & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Brad Marchand scored his league-leading 36th goal and David Pastrnak scored twice as the Boston Bruins downed the Calgary Flames 5-2, ending the latter’s 10-game winning streak. The win moves the Bruins to within four points of the Atlantic Division leading Montreal Canadiens. 

Rickard Rakell tallied his 30th goal of the season and Ryan Getzlaf also scored as the Anaheim Ducks held on for a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. The Blues remain four-point up on the Los Angeles Kings for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. 

Steve Mason has a 23-save shutout performance and Wayne Simmonds tallied his 200th career NHL goal as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0.  The Flyers sit five points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

J.T. Compher’s first career NHL goal was also the game winner to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Matt Duchene also scored to get his first point in 12 games and only his second goal in his last 26 games. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov will miss the next three-four weeks with an injured left leg. 

TSN: The NHL’s attempt to reinstate the 20-game ban on Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for hitting a linesman last season has been rejected by a neutral arbitrator. 

SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Flames, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke yesterday with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi regarding a new arena. The Saddledome, which opened in 1983, is now the NHL’s third-oldest arena. 

NEWSDAY: The 2018 NHL Winter Classic could be held at Citi Field between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres. 

OTTAWA SUN: On a non-NHL note, the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team could boycott the upcoming world championships in Plymouth, Michigan ““unless significant progress has been made on the year-long negotiations with USA Hockey over fair wages and equitable support.”

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 10, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 10, 2016

Updates on Alex Ovechkin, Shea Weber & more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin denies a report claiming he suffered a lower-body injury.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin denies a report claiming he suffered a lower-body injury.

 CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, along with a club spokesman, denied a report out of Russia claiming he suffered a lower-body injury and could miss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. The Russian hockey federation also denied the report. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  New Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber met with the Montreal media yesterday for the first time. While admitting he was initially shocked by the June 29th trade that shipped him from the Nashville Predators to the Canadiens in exchange for P.K. Subban, Weber said he’s looking forward to the club’s home opener on Oct. 12. He also said he spoke with Habs goalie Carey Price about some tips for playing in Montreal’s hockey fishbowl. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canadiens struggle while Subban thrives with the Predators, that fishbowl could get very uncomfortable for Weber. 

THE PLAYERS TRIBUNE: A Q & A session with Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan on his Hall of Fame career and the direction of the rebuilding Leafs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My favorite part of this interview is when Shahanan tells the story of how Brett Hull told Sean Avery he was “not allowed” to chirp Joe Sakic. 

STLTODAY.COM: The NHL yesterday officially announced the 2017 Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Despite several years of relocation rumors dogging the Arizona Coyotes, the club remains resilient while interest in youth hockey is growing in the state. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was among many observers who thought the Coyotes were on their way out of Arizona. Thanks in part to the determination of league commissioner Gary Bettman, the franchise has survived and could be moving to a new arena in the Phoenix area in the near future. It’s also worth noting Auston Matthews, the top pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

CSN BAY AREA:  The San Jose Sharks yesterday unveiled their their new secondary logos.