NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 6, 2017
Game recaps, Fabbri out for the season, Ribeiro clears waivers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Philipp Grubauer made 38 saves as the Washington Capitals blanked the Los Angeles Kings 5-0, snapping the Kings’ five-game win streak. Brett Connolly and Marcus Johansson each had a goal and an assist. Earlier in the day, the Kings announced forward Jordan Nolan was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Cam Talbot made 22 saves in regulation and overtime and Leon Draisaitl scored the game’s only goal in a shootout as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Montreal Canadiens 1-0. Al Montoya made 32 saves in a losing cause for the Habs.
Michael Grabner scored and set up another and Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro passed unclaimed through waivers over the weekend. Adam Vingan noted the 36-year-old Ribeiro had requested a trade, but clearing waivers indicates there’s no interest in his services from a rival club. The plan now is for Ribeiro to join the Preds’ AHL affiliate in Milwaukee today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not only is Ribeiro’s time with the Preds likely over (he’s a free agent this summer), but this probably also spells the end of his NHL playing days.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Robby Fabbri is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A significant blow for a team struggling to remain in playoff contention. With 29 points in 51 games, Fabbri was on pace to exceed his 37-point NHL debut last season and within striking distance of 45 points.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Nashville Predators center (and former Sabre) Derek Grant is on waivers.