NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 18, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 18, 2019

The Devils pick up their first win, Phil Kessel scores his first goals with the Coyotes, John Tavares is sidelined by a broken finger, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils picked up their first win of the season by downing the New York Rangers 5-2. Devils rookie Jack Hughes collected his first point and defenseman Matt Tennyson picked up two helpers. Devils winger Taylor Hall could face supplemental discipline after leveling Rangers defenseman Adam Fox with an elbow to the face. Hall received a two-minute minor while Fox was left dazed and sent into concussion protocol.

The Vancouver Canucks overcame a 3-1 deficit to nip the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on a shootout goal by Josh Leivo. Thatcher Demko kicked out 34 shots while Josh Leivo netted the only goal in the shootout. The Canucks have won four consecutive games while the Blues have dropped three straight.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The young Canucks showed a lot of character rallying back against the defending Stanley Cup champions. It’s still early in the season but the Canucks are looking better compared to last season.

Phil Kessel tallied his first two goals with the Arizona Coyotes in a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators (Photo via NHL Images).

Phil Kessel scored his first two goals with the Arizona Coyotes in a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Nick Schmaltz, Clayton Keller, and Derek Stepan each had two assists. Coyotes defenseman Jordan Oesterle left the game in the first period after being struck in the back of the head by the puck.

Victor Mete and Nick Suzuki scored their first NHL goals while Carey Price made 17 saves as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the floundering Minnesota Wild 4-0. Following the game, the Wild held a players-only meeting. “Bruce (Boudreau) has got to be better. We’ve got to be better. Everybody’s got to be better. That’s it,” said winger Jason Zucker following the meeting.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Things are getting ugly for the Wild and aren’t likely to improve. There’s not much that coach Boudreau can do about their aging core and their lack of skilled young talent. 

Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton made 47 saves for his second straight shutout in a 3-0 blanking of the Los Angeles Kings. Casey Mittelstadt scored twice and picked up an assist.

The Vegas Golden Knights downed the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on a shootout goal by Jonathan Marchessault. Senators netminder Anders Nilsson made 52 saves in a losing cause. Earlier in the day, Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov received a 20-game suspension by the league for violating the PED policy. Zykov’s agent blamed an over-the-counter protein supplement for the suspension, claiming the winger was unaware if it contained any banned substance. The team, meanwhile, supported the league’s decision. It’s the second straight year a Golden Knights player received a lengthy suspension for violating the PED policy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights were less supportive of Zykov compared to their defense of Nate Schmidt a year ago. In Schmidt’s case, they claimed his usage was unintentional. President of hockey operations George McPhee stated the two cases were different as Zykov acknowledged using the supplement for several years.

Steven Stamkos tallied the only goal in the shootout frame as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Boston Bruins 4-3. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves for the win. David Pastrnak tallied two goals and added an assist for the Bruins.

Mark Giordano and Derek Ryan each had a goal and an assist in the Calgary Flames 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, handing the latter their third straight defeat. Flames center Sean Monahan also collected two assists.

Mathew Barzal scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.


TORONTO SUN: A broken finger will sideline Maple Leafs center John Tavares will be sidelined at least two weeks.

TRIBLIVE.COM: An allergic reaction to a suspected spider bite is what’s delayed Alex Galchenyuk’s debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was already nursing a lower-body injury.

SPORTSNET: Anaheim Ducks winger Nick Ritchie was fined over $4,100.00 for roughing Buffalo Sabres forward Vladimir Sobotka.

WINNIPEG SUN: Rising ticket prices is cited by Winnipeg fans for the early-season decline in the Jets’ attendance.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 21, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 21, 2019

Game recaps, Ducks re-sign Jakob Silfverberg, Flyers Radko Gudas receives a two-game suspension, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Follow this link for my reaction to the Minnesota Wild trading Charlie Coyle to the Boston Bruins. 


NHL.COM: Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to lead his club to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Kane’s point streak now sits at 19 games, the second-longest by an American-born player in NHL history. He also owns the record for the longest streak by an American player (26 games). Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou each scored twice for the Wings, who overcame a 4-1 deficit to force the extra frame.

With the win, the Blackhawks are tied with the Colorado Avalanche in points (61), but the Avs hold the final Western Conference wild-card spot because they hold a game in hand. 

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has extended his points streak to 19 games (Photo via NHL Images).

Speaking of the Avalanche, they vaulted into the final wild-card spot by crushing the Winnipeg Jets 7-1. Carl Soderberg and Tyson Jost each had a goal and two assists while Nathan MacKinnon tallied his 30th of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets (76 points) hold a one-point lead over the Nashville Predators for first in the Central Divison but they’ve won only four of their last 10 games. Last night’s humiliation could push general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff into swinging a big trade before Monday’s deadline. 

The Calgary Flames blew a 2-0 lead but third-period goals 29 seconds apart by Austin Czarnik and Johnny Gaudreau lifted them to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders. The Flames sit atop the Western Conference with 81 points. 

Shootout goals by Jake DeBrusk and David Backes gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, extending their winning streak to seven games. With 80 points, the Bruins hold a four-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second in the Atlantic Division. Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller was a healthy scratch but coach Gerard Gallant said the move was related to Miller’s poor play in his previous game and tied to any potential trade. 


ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks have reached an agreement with winger Jakob Silfverberg on a five-year contract extension. The deal cannot be officially announced until after Monday’s NHL trade deadline due to salary-cap “tagging” rules. The deal is expected to be worth an annual average value of $5.25 million, a considerable raise over his current $3.75 million per season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to Elliott Teaford, the Ducks are currently sitting over $1 million above the $79 million salary cap. GM Bob Murray must either shed salary by the deadline or wait until March 1 to formally announce the deal, as that’s when teams get a 10 percent “tagging bump”. The “tagging rule” means a team cannot spend more on next season’s payroll than they’re spending on their current one.

As for Silfverberg, he’s a good two-way winger and a streaky scorer, who reached the 40-point plateau in each of the last two seasons. The raise seems a tad high but evidently, Murray values his skills and experience. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals have placed forward Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers. Initial reports had Dmitrij Jaskin’s hitting the waiver wire but management soon changed that to Smith-Pelly. It’s assumed the switch was made because a possible trade could be in the works. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes the Capitals tipped their hand with his move, speculating they could be working on a possible deal to acquire winger Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ll find out for certain later today. 

**UPDATE** The Capitals acquired Hagelin from the Kings in exchange for a third-round pick in 2019 and a conditional 2020 draft pick. Smith-Pelly, meanwhile, cleared waivers today, making room for Hagelin, who’ll provide speed and experience to the Capitals’ fourth line. 

NBC PHILADELPHIA: The NHL department of player safety handed a two-game suspension to Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas for a high-sticking infraction to the head of Tampa Bay Lighting winger Nikita Kucherov on Tuesday. Flyers blueliner Robert Hagg also received a $3,091 fine for interference on Lightning center Cedric Paquette. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league agreed with Gudas’ contention that the slash wasn’t excessively forceful or violent. To critics of the department of player safety, it’s another example of the league’s unwillingness to crack down forcefully on repeat offenders. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill shot down rumors Sabres coach Phil Housley might be fired because of the club’s recent collapse in the standings. Botterill said there won’t be a coaching change. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes re-signed defenseman Jordan Oesterle to a two-year contract extension with an annual average value of $1.4 million. 

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks claimed forward Micheal Haley off waivers from the Florida Panthers. 

CBS SPORTS: The Dallas Stars re-signed defenseman Joel Hanley to a two-year, two-way contract extension. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Former NHL winger Scott Hartnell has become a studio analyst for the NHL Network.