NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 4, 2019
Game recaps, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba collected three points (a goal and two assists) against his former team as the Rangers downed the Winnipeg Jets 6-4. Teammate Mika Zibanejad had a four-point performance for the Rangers. Nikolaj Ehlers had three assists and Blake Wheeler potted two goals for the Jets.
The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled the Florida Panthers debut of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and coach Joel Quenneville with a 5-2 victory. The Bolts tallied three unanswered third-period goals. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov – the reigning league scoring leader and MVP – tallied a goal and an assist.
Mikko Rantanen and Joonas Donskoi scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 5-3. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan had two points each for the Flames. Earlier in the day, the Flames announced general manager Brad Treliving signed a contract extension.
The Nashville Predators netted four unanswered third-period goals to defeat the Minnesota Wild 5-2. Matt Duchene collected three assists in his Predators debut while teammates Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg each had two points.
A 28-save performance by Tuukka Rask carried the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Brett Ritchie and Danton Heinen scored for the Bruins. Boston center David Krejci missed the game due to a lower-body injury. Stars forwards Blake Comeau and Jason Dickinson and defenseman Roman Polak left the game with various injuries. Comeau (lower body) is expected to be sidelined for weeks and Dickinson (upper body) for a week. Polak was stretchered from the game and a further update on his condition is expected today.
Connor Sheary scored twice against his former club to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the Sabres’ first regulation win against the Penguins in over six years.
Dougie Hamilton’s shootout goal gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens placed defenseman Gustav Olofsson on waivers.
John Gibson kicked out 28 shots as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Arizona Coyotes 2-1. Winger Phil Kessel had an assist in his Coyotes’ debut.
IN OTHER NEWS…
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson suffered a broken bone in his foot or ankle during the club’s season-opener against Vancouver on Wednesday. He’s been placed on long-term injury reserve. The club called up Evan Bouchard from their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Larsson’s absence creates a big hole in the Oilers’ defense corps. However, it also provides an opportunity for young Bouchard to prove himself at the NHL level.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schmidt suffered the injury following a knee-on-knee collision with San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture on Wednesday.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Good news for the Red Wings as first-line center Dylan Larkin expects to be good to go for his club’s season-opener on Saturday against Nashville. Larkin was shaken up earlier in the week when he crashed into the boards during practice.
NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson missed his club’s season-opener on Wednesday as his wife was giving birth to a daughter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Karlssons lost a child to miscarriage last year. My congratulations on the birth of their healthy baby girl.