NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 5, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 5, 2018

Game recaps, Anders Lee named Islanders captain, Tom Wilson to appeal his 20-game suspension, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Kris Letang scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 7-6 in a game that looked like a throwback to the high-scoring 1980s. Letang’s teammate Jake Guentzel also tallied twice while Capitals winger T.J.Oshie netted two goals.

Speaking of the Capitals, winger Tom Wilson will appeal his recent 20-game suspension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Wilson’s appeal is successful he’s still going to miss a lot of time, probably around 15 games. 

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand collected four assists in a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Boston Bruins atoned for their humiliating 7-0 season-opening loss to the Capitals by blanking the Buffalo Sabres 4-0. Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for the shutout while winger Brad Marchand collected four assists.

The New York Islanders began their first game of the post-John Tavares era on the right foot with a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Goaltender Thomas Greiss turned in a 45-save performance for the win. Earlier in the day, the Islanders announced Anders Lee as their new captain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not questioning Lee’s leadership ability but I wonder if the Isles front office made this move in part to convince him to stick around beyond this season. Lee is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July. 

Patrick Kane’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the Montreal Canadiens in their season-opening overtime loss to Toronto, the Senators played better than expected in this contest. One game does not a season make but they could surprise people if they maintain the effort they displayed against the Blackhawks. 

An overtime goal by Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Before the game, recently retired Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg took part in the ceremonial puck drop.

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 41 shots while Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor each collected two points in a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Wayne Simmonds scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Earlier in the day, the Golden Knights revealed winger Alex Tuch is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

Jim Montgomery’s first game as an NHL head coach was a successful one as his Dallas Stars blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. Ben Bishop turned aside 30 shots for the shutout while Jamie Benn collected two assists.

Pekka Rinne made 34 saves backstopping the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each scored as the Colorado Avalanche tamed the Minnesota Wild 4-1.

THE ATHLETIC: Aaron Portzline profiles former NHL defenseman Lyle Odelein’s recovery from a coma, paralysis, and a multi-organ transplant earlier this year. Odelein said he’s now feeling much better, is walking again and intends to take part in the Montreal Canadiens’ commemorative opening-night ceremony to honor their 1993 championship team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Odelein in his recovery from this near-death experience. 

TSN: New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle continues his fight against leukemia as this season begins. He missed 13 games last season receiving treatment for the disease and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance.

THE SCORE: Florida Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie intends to retire at the end of this season. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed forward Barclay Goodrow to a two-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $925K


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 30, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 30, 2018

Game recaps, playoff standings updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak had a Gordie Howe hat trick in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 to take over first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference standings. Patrice Bergeron had three points and David Pastrnak a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) for the Bruins (107 points), who sit one point up on the slumping Lightning, who’ve lost three in a row.

Sidney Crosby’s highlight-reel overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. Crosby rang a shot off the post and swatted in the midair rebound. The victory leaves the Penguins with 94 points, one up on the Columbus Blue Jackets for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Devils (89 points) remain three up on the Florida Panthers for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Speaking of the Panthers, they failed to gain ground on the Devils after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Ottawa Senators. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice for the Senators, including the winner in overtime. Earlier in the day, the Senators recalled forward Colin White and  announced Chris Wideman suffered a season-ending hamstring injury.

Pierre-Luc Dubois tallied a hat trick and Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 37 shots to give the Blue Jackets a 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. The Jackets (93 points) move to third place in the Metro Division, one up on the Philadelphia Flyers. Earlier in the day, the Blue Jackets announced the re-signing of defenseman Markus Nutivaara to a four-year, $10.8-million contract extension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  A reasonable signing by the Blue Jackets. Nutivaara’s blossomed in his sophomore season, with 23 points in 60 games. He’s a very good puck-moving defenseman who’s provided an extra measure of mobility to the Jackets’ blueline, forming a solid third defense pairing with Ryan Murray. 

Jeff Carter’s hat trick powered the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. With 93 points, the Kings moved two points up on the Anaheim Ducks for third in the Pacific Division.

Zach Parise scored twice and Matt Dumba had four points to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. The Wild (96 points) hold a five-point lead over the St. Louis Blues for third in the Central Division.

The San Jose Sharks failed to clinch a playoff berth after falling 5-3 to the Nashville Predators. Filip Forsberg collected three assists and goaltender Juuse Saros made 39 saves for the Predators.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid netted his 41st goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. With 103 points, McDavid sits six points up on Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov in the NHL scoring race. Kucherov has a game in hand.

The Detroit Red Wings snapped an 11-game road-losing skid by beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-3. Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin each had a goal and an assist for the Wings.

Emergency backup goaltender Scott Foster made seven saves to preserve a 6-2 win for the Chicago Blackhawks over the Winnipeg Jets. Fisher, an 36-year-old accountant who played four seasons with Western Michigan University, came into the game when Collin Delia (making his own NHL debut) left the game with cramps in the third period. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook also played his 1,000th career NHL game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is now one of my favorite stories of this season. Foster won’t play another game in the NHL, but for one night and for several minutes, he got to live the dream. His post-game interview was fantastic.


MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and winger Brendan Gallagher have declined invitations to join Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships. Price wants to spend time with his family while Gallagher wants to rest his banged-up body.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Canadiens management are upset over Price and Gallagher skipping the Worlds this season. Price also had his own health issues to deal with this season, including a recent concussion that sidelined him for 13 games. Price played for Canada in the 2014 Olympics and 2016 World Cup of Hockey, while Gallagher skated for Canada at the Worlds in 2016.


SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Odelein.