NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 15, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 15, 2019

Connor McDavid has a career night plus the latest on T.J. Brodie, Sidney Crosby, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Connor McDavid collected a career-high six points in one game to lead the Edmonton Oilers over the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. McDavid also tallied his second hat trick in three games while linemate Leon Draisaitl had five assists. It was the Oilers’ third win in their last four games. The Avalanche received some good news earlier in the day, as defenseman Nikita Zadorov (broken jaw) will rejoin them in Vancouver for Saturday’s game against the Canucks.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid netted six points in a 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers’ dynamic duo feasted on the Avalanche’s inexperienced goaltending, chasing Adam Werner after he gave up five goals on 18 shots. That doesn’t detract from their remarkable performance in this game. McDavid and Draisaitl are the best one-two offensive punch in the NHL today. Draisaitl sits atop the league scoring race with 41 points while McDavid is second with 37. Draisaitl is on pace for 160 points, McDavid 145.

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added three assists in a 9-3 thumping of the New York Rangers. Five of the Lightning’s goals came on the power play. Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, and Alex Killorn each had three-point performances. Rangers rookie Kaapo Kakko missed the game with the flu.

The Carolina Hurricanes blew 3-1 and 4-3 leads before downing the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on an overtime goal by Dougie Hamilton. Hurricanes wingers Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen each had a goal and two assists. The Sabres are winless in six games (0-4-2). Earlier in the day, they learned winger Marcus Johansson will miss three games with an upper-body injury,.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres’ recent performance is drawing comparisons to the same time last season when they started strong in October and faltered in November. They would eventually collapse and tumble out of playoff contention. Avoiding a repeat will be Ralph Krueger’s first big test since taking over as Sabres’ head coach earlier this year.

The Dallas Stars extended their points streak to seven by doubling up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Tyler Seguin, Joe Pavelski, and Miro Heiskanen led the way with two points each. The Canucks have dropped five of their last six games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the Sabres, the Canucks also face trying to avoid a repeat of last November’s season-killing slump following a hot October.

Tomas Hertl’s two-goal performance in the San Jose Sharks 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks was overshadowed by his departure in the third period with a suspected leg injury. The Sharks extended their win streak to a season-high five games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Hertl for a significant period would be a big loss for the Sharks’ offense. He’s their leading scorer with 21 points in 20 games.

Mark Scheifee and Patrik Laine each had three points as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Florida Panthers 4-3. Vincent Trocheck scored twice for the Panthers.

Minnesota Wild winger Jordan Greenway snapped a 2-2 third-period tie to give his club a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Zach Parise had a goal and an assist for the Wild.

Alex Iafallo’s overtime goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Tyler Bertuzzi scored both Wings’ goals.


CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman TJ Brodie was discharged from hospital last night after being stretched off the ice from practice earlier in the day. Brodie suddenly collapsed and went into convulsions during a routine drill. He was immediately treated by the team medical staff and rushed to a hospital, where he was described as alert and responsive. The club will provide a further update later today.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping this wasn’t anything serious and he makes a full recovery.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is sidelined for six weeks following successful sports-hernia surgery. Alternate captain Evgeni Malkin acknowledged his readiness to step up in Crosby’s absence.

TORONTO SUN: The charge of disorderly conduct against Auston Matthews was dismissed after the Maple Leafs center settled with the female security guard who filed a complaint against him in Arizona.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks won’t receive salary-cap recapture relief with Roberto Luongo joing the Florida Panthers as a special advisor. Luongo retired this summer, leaving the Canucks carrying over $3 million annually in cap recapture penalties through 2021-22.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s nothing in the current collective bargaining agreement to address this issue. Don’t be surprised if it becomes a topic of interest in the ongoing CBA talks.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders placed winger Andrew Ladd on waivers to assign him to their AHL affiliate. If he clears as expected on Friday, Ladd will be re-assigned to the AHL affiliate and remain on LTIR following a voluntary five-game conditioning stint. The club feels he needs more time strengthening his surgically repaired knee in the minors before he’s NHL-ready.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bobby Orr came to the defense of friend and former coach Don Cherry, calling his firing from Hockey Night in Canada disgraceful. “I have known him a long time and I know he is not a bigot or a racist. He is the most honest and generous guy there is. He’s very good to the veterans, the police, the firefighters, minor hockey players, and fans.”

The Best NHL Players You Didn’t Know Played For Your Favorite Team: Central Division

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NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 20, 2018

Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their eighth consecutive win by edging the Boston Bruins 5-4 on an overtime goal by Cam Atkinson. Rookie Ryan Donato made a memorable debut with a goal and two assists for the injury-ravaged Bruins, who were playing without winger Rick Nash and defenseman Adam McQuaid. The Jackets (85 points) move into a tie with the Philadelphia Flyers for third in the Metropolitan Division.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne picked up his 40th win of the season with a 35-save shutout of the Buffalo Sabres. Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson each had two points for the Predators, who extended their points streak to 15 games.

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo picked up his 76th career NHL shutout in a 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens (Photo via NHL Images)

Florida Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo collected his 76th career shutout backstopping his club to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov were the goal scorers. The Panthers (79 points) sit three points behind the New Jersey Devils for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Dustin Brown’s game-tying goal set the stage for Jeff Carter’s overtime winner as the Los Angeles Kings rallied to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3. Carter scored twice and Drew Doughty had three assists for the Kings (86 points), who maintained their hold on third place in the Pacific Division. Wild center Eric Staal scored his 39th of the season and sits just three shy of Marian Gaborik’s franchise record of 42 goals.

The Calgary Flames’ fading playoff hopes suffered another blow as the Arizona Coyotes scored four unanswered goals on route to a 5-2 win. The Flames (80 points) sit six points out of a Western Conference wild-card spot.  Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson became the sixth Swedish defenseman in NHL history to tally 100 career goals.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 18, 2018.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba is sidelined “for the foreseeable future with what is most likely a concussion,” though the club maintained that diagnosis has yet to be made. Trouba currently remains in concussion protocol. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin (concussion) is sidelined indefinitely. 

TORONTO STAR: With a playoff spot assured and five of their last nine games, the Maple Leafs are in no hurry to bring back sidelined first-line center Auston Matthews, who continues to recover from a shoulder injury. 

NBC SPORTS: Some Ottawa Senators fans have expressed their frustrations with team owner Eugene Melnyk by putting up four billboards in downtown Ottawa calling for Melnyk to sell the club. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s unlikely Melnyk will be moved by the billboards, but he should at least consider the reasons why some fans are taking this unusual step. He’s been the target of growing annoyance among Sens followers for the club’s disappointing performance this season, fueled in part by his tone-deaf criticisms of their support and his recent veiled threat to move the franchise. Melnyk has his work cut out for him to repair his relationship with the fans, though he’s shown little interest thus far in doing so. 

TSN: NHL general managers are weighing potential change to goaltender interference. Those changes, however, are unlikely to be implemented before the end of this season. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:  Larry Kwong, the NHL’s first player of Asian descent, passed away last week at age 94. Kwong played one game with the Rangers in 1947-48. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Kwong’s family and friends. 

Happy birthday to Bobby Orr, the greatest defenseman in NHL history. Orr turns 70 today. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 28, 2017

Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux share a laugh during a press conference prior to the NHL 100 gala in Los Angeles.

NHL unveils remainder of their 100 greatest players to start All-Star weekend. Reaction and more in your morning headlines.

NHL.COM: On Friday, the NHL unveiled the remaining 67 of its 100 greatest players at a gala event in Los Angeles to kick off the start of the All-Star weekend. They were all players who played predominantly from 1967 to the present. The list included such greats as Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, as well as current active stars such as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Jaromir Jagr. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the complete list of the top 100, as well as bios of the players, by following the above link. 

For the players being honored, meeting and chatting backstage before the gala left them in awe of each other. Many of the younger players were honored to be mixing with their idols, who were in turn thrilled to meet them. 

ESPN.COM: Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agreed that the greatest player of all time was Gordie Howe, who passed away last June at age 88. Among active players, Gretzky and Lemieux consider Crosby the best in the league right now. “Until someone knocks him off the castle, that’s the way it’s going to be,” said Gretzky. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Mr. Hockey” may no longer be with us, but his legend still looms large over the NHL. 

NBC SPORTS: Pierre Pilote, Dale Hawerchuk and MIchel Goulet were among some of the notable Hockey Hall of Famers who were not part of the 100 greatest, while active stars such as Joe Thornton, Evgeni Malkin and Zdeno Chara were also passed over. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s very difficult to come up with a list of the 100 greatest players of all time. For every slam dunk selection such as Howe, Orr and Gretzky, there will be several worthy candidates who fail to make the cut. Every fan will have a favorite star they believe merits inclusion over others. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson could return to action early next week. Anderson had taken a leave of absence to be with his wife Nicholle, who’s completed treatment for throat cancer. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news for the Senators, and here’s hoping Nicholle Anderson make a complete recovery. 

TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie reports the Tampa Bay Lightning placed Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival on waivers. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 19, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 19, 2016

Marian Hossa is saluted by Chicago Blackhawks fans for scoring his 500th career NHL goal.

Marian Hossa is saluted by Chicago Blackhawks fans for scoring his 500th career NHL goal.

Notable game highlights and much more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.

NHL.COM: Marian Hossa sniped his 500th career NHL goal in the Chicago Blackhawks 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Artemi Panarin also scored twice for the Blackhawks, who blew a 4-0 lead but but finished strong to pick up the victory.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hossa is the 44th player in NHL history to tally 500 goals. 

Steven Stamkos game-tying goal set the stage for Brayden Point’s shootout winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Florida Panthers 4-3.

Henrik Sedin’s overtime goal gave the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. The Canucks are unbeaten in their first three games of this season (3-0-0). 

Taylor Hall scored twice to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the struggling Anaheim Ducks.

T.J. Oshie’s two goals helped the Washington Capitals blank the Colorado Avalanche 3-0.  

Al Montoya made 36 saves backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins. David Desharnais scored twice for the Habs. 

Sean Monahan scored in overtime and Matthew Tkachuk netted his first NHL goal to lift the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. 

Joe Pavelski’s late goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. 

Jason Pominville and Erik Haula collected a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 6-3.

Jason Spezza netted the game winner as the Dallas Stars nipped the Nashville Predators 2-1.

Tom Pyatt, Mark Stone and Chris Kelly each had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 7-4 drubbing of the Arizona Coyotes, who also lost goalie Mike Smith to an apparent left leg injury.

Cam Talbot made 31 saves to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory over the winless Carolina Hurricanes. 

TSN: Darren Dreger reports unrestricted free agent defenseman James Wisniewski is close to signing with KHL team Barys Astana.

OTTAWA SUN: Attendance is noticeably down for the Senators early home games this season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Could be because Sens fans have low expectations for the club this season. After showing some promise in recent seasons, the Sens barely made the playoffs in 2015 and missed the cut last season. 

NEWSDAY:  The New York Islanders and Barclays Center are working to improve the fan and player experience in the Isles new home.

TORONTO SUN:  Children under two no longer need a ticket to attend special NHL events, such as Sunday’s Heritage Classic game in Winnipeg. 

ESPN.COM:  A fan angered at the Montreal Canadiens for trading P.K. Subban to Nashville is donating $250,000 to P.K.’s Helping Hand Fund at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He’s the same fan who spent $25K on a full-page ad in the Montreal Gazette condemning the Subban trade. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Donating to P.K.’s charity fund is a much better use of his money.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fifty years ago this week, Bobby Orr made his NHL debut. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another reason for those of us of a certain age to feel old.