NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2019

Game recaps plus updates on Erik Karlsson, Mikko Rantanen, Tuukka Rask, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Anaheim Ducks picked up their second straight win following a 12-game losing skid by edging the New Jersey Devils 3-2. Goaltender John Gibson made 29 saves and rookie Troy Terry collected his first two NHL points, including a goal. Daniel Sprong also had a goal and an assist. Earlier in the day, Devils winger Kyle Palmieri was named as Taylor Hall’s replacement in the upcoming NHL All-Star Game while Miles Wood (lower body) was placed on injured reserve. 

A six-goal second period powered the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-1 drubbing of the Los Angeles Kings. Avs winger Mikko Rantanen scored twice but also left the game as a precautionary measure due to a lower-body injury. Tyson Barrie collected three assists. 

St. Louis Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington made 28 saves to pick up his fourth win in five stars in a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. The Blues also activated forward Alex Steen off injured reserve but winger David Perron is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

The Dallas Stars snapped a four-game losing skid by doubling up the Winnipeg Jets 4-2. Ben Bishop made 27 stops while blueliners John Klingberg and Esa Lindell each collected two assists. 

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is now sixth on the NHL’s all-time wins list. (Photo via NHL Images)

New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist backstopped his club to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. It was his 446th career victory and moved Lundqvist into sixth on the all-time wins list. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask suffered a concussion following a first-period collision with Rangers forward Filip Chytil. Mika Zibanejad scored twice for the Blueshirts. 

Two third-period goals by Nolan Patrick helped the Philadelphia Flyers down the Montreal Canadiens 5-2. Flyers rookie goalie Carter Hart turned aside 33 shots. 

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up another to lead his club to a 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. Evander Kane scored twice for the Sharks while teammate Erik Karlsson was a late scratch due to a nagging lower-body injury. 

Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Eklad scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. It was Ekblad’s 62nd career goal, setting a franchise record for defensemen. 

Zach Parise’s 20th goal of the season was also the game-winner as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. 

Vegas Golden Knights winger Jonathan Marchessault tallied a hat trick in a 7-3 thumping of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the ninth win in 11 games for the Golden Knights, who also welcomed back defenseman Colin Miller off injured reserve. 

The Calgary Flames extended their points streak to eight games (7-0-1) by defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. Flames captain Mark Giordano had a goal and two assists. 

NBC SPORTS: The concussion lawsuit settlement deadline for NHL players has been extended. It’s not immediately clear what the new deadline is for the 318 players who had sued the league claiming it failed to protect them or warn them about the dangers of head injuries. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2018

Game recaps, including the latest on Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, Nolan Patrick, Austin Watson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews scored twice (his eighth and ninth of the season) while John Tavares collected four assists to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The Leafs’ Morgan Rielly set a modern-era NHL record for defensemen by becoming the first to reach 12 points in his first five games in a season.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly set a modern-era points record for NHL blueliners. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Red Wings also announced they will be retiring Red Kelly’s No. 4 on Feb. 1, when the Wings play the Leafs. Kelly, a Hall of Fame defenseman who also played forward, won eight Stanley Cups with both clubs during his NHL career.

Phil Kessel tallied a hat trick, Evgeni Malkin had three assists and Casey DeSmith made 35 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the Vegas Golden Knight 4-2.

David Perron’s hat trick powered the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Jake Allen made 31 saves for the Blues.

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, Mikko Rantanen collected three assists and Semyon Varlamov turned aside 30 shots in the Colorado Avalanche’s 6-1 drubbing of the Buffalo Sabres. MacKinnon has points in four consecutive games.

Third-period goals by Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers, spoiling the latter’s home opener. Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin had a four-point night (one goal, three assists) while the Panthers’ Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and two assists. In a pregame ceremony, the Panthers honored their 1993-94 inaugural roster.

Keith Kinkaid turned in a 21-save shutout performance and Kyle Palmieri scored twice as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Washington Capitals 6-0. Palmieri is the first player in Devils history to score two goals in each of the team’s first two games of a season.

Pekka Rinne’s 29-save shutout effort carried the Nashville Predators to a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets in a penalty-filled contest. Both clubs combined for 76 penalty minutes, with the Jets getting 60 of them. Earlier in the day, the Predators learned an independent arbitrator had reduced forward Austin Watson’s 27-game suspension stemming from his no-contest plea on a domestic assault charge to 18 games. 

Ryan Suter’s game-tying goal set the stage for Jason Zucker’s overtime tally as the Minnesota Wild downed the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Zucker scored twice and set up another, as did Chicago’s Alex DeBrincat.

The Boston Bruins picked up their third straight win by beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves and Brad Marchand scored his first of the season. Connor McDavid tallied the Oilers’ only goal.

The Los Angeles Kings spoiled the Montreal Canadiens’ home opener with a 3-0 win. Jack Campbell made 40 saves for his first NHL shutout while Jeff Carter scored a goal and set up two others. Before the game, the Canadiens honored their 1993 Stanley Cup championship roster.

A four-goal third-period gave the Vancouver Canucks a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Canucks winger Brock Boeser scored his first of the season. Rookie teammate Elias Pettersson also scored to extend his points streak to four games.

New York Rangers head coach David Quinn picked up his first NHL victory as his club edged the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on an overtime goal by Brady Skjei.

NBC SPORTS:  Philadelphia Flyers center Nolan Patrick will be sidelined 7-10 days with an upper-body injury. 




NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 27, 2017

Game recaps, Thornton and Kessel reach milestones and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Rookie Danton Heinen scored twice and Anton Khudobin made 36 saves as the Boston Bruins edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1. Joe Thornton scored the Sharks’ only goal. It was his 1,398th career point, moving him into a tie with Hall of Famer Jurri Kurri for 20th on the all-time points list. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering Thornton played a significant portion (seven seasons) of his 20 NHL seasons in the Dead Puck Era, joining the top 20 all-time points leaders is a remarkable achievement. 

Phil Kessel scored in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Winnipeg Jets 2-1. It was Kessel’s 300th career NHL goal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For all the talk of how streaky Kessel can be he’s tallied at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of the last nine seasons. With 11 points in as many games this season, he’s on pace to reach those marks again. 

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov each scored a goal to extend their points streaks to 11 games as the Tampa Bay Lightning nipped the Detroit Red Wings 3-2, handing the latter their sixth straight loss. 

Radim Vrbata tallied a hat trick, Evgenii Dadonov scored twice and rookie Owen Tippett netted his first career NHL goal as the Florida Panthers crushed the injury-ravaged Anaheim Ducks 8-3. Earlier in the day, the Ducks announced defenseman Kevin Bieksa is out indefinitely with a hand injury

Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and two assists as the Ottawa Senators hung on for a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sens were playing without first-line center Kyle Turris (viral infection) while Flyers rookie Nolan Patrick is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice and Leon Draisaitl had three assists as the Edmonton Oilers squeaked past the Dallas Stars 5-4. James Benn had two goals and Alexander Radulov tallied a goal and two assists for the Stars. 

Sven Baertschi netted two power-play goals and Brock Boeser had three assists to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, who lost winger Brett Connolly to an upper-body injury in this game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are among the surprising clubs off to a strong start (6-3-1) this season. They exploited a Capitals defense that’s still struggling to adjust to the departures of Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner and Nate Schmidt in the offseason and the sidelining of Matt Niskanen to an early-season injury. 

Josh Jooris scored twice and Teuvo Teravainen collected three points to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, there’s concern complications have arisen in the negotiations regarding a possible sale of the Carolina Hurricanes to a group headed by business Chuck Greenberg. Current Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is apparently concerned the negotiations aren’t progressing quicker. However, the two sides “have not turned their backs on each other.” 

Pavel Buchnevich and Michael Grabner each scored twice to give the New York Rangers a 5-2 win over the hapless Arizona Coyotes, leaving the latter winless (0-9-1) in their opening 10 games of the season. 

Luke Kunin and Zack Mitchell each netted their first NHL goals as the Minnesota Wild downed the New York Islanders 6-4. Josh Bailey collected three assists for the Isles. The Wild also learned sidelined winger Nino Niederreiter (high ankle sprain) could return to action next week

Jonathan Quick turned in a 40-save shutout performance backstopping the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 win over the floundering Montreal Canadiens. Earlier in the day, NHLPA agent Dan Milstein created a stir by alleging Canadiens coach Claude Julien doesn’t like Russian players, believing that’s the reason behind Alex Galchenyuk’s struggles this season and the offseason departures of Alexei Emelin, Mikhail Sergachev, Alexander Radulov and Alexei Emelin. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For a player agent, Milstein is quite ill-informed regarding the Canadiens. Galchenyuk’s offensive difficulties began long before Julien took over as coach. The Habs attempted to get Emelin back via trade after he was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. Sergachev was used to acquire Jonathan Drouin in a bid to improve the Canadiens offense. The Habs tried to match the contract offer Radulov received (and ultimately signed) with the Dallas Stars. They also wanted to re-sign Markov to a one-year contract but his insistence on two years led to his departure to the KHL. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2017

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar awaits an arbiter’s decision on a new contract.

Updates on Tomas Tatar, Viktor Arvidsson, Sidney Crosby and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar went through salary arbitration yesterday and a decision will be reached within 48 hours following the completion of the hearing. Tatar sought a one-year deal worth $5.3 million while the Wings countered with $4.1 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings and Tatar can still reach an agreement on a new contract prior to the arbiter’s decision. I’ll have more on this later this morning in the Rumors section. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Nashville Predators seek a two-year deal with forward Viktor Arvidsson worth $2.75 million annually. Arvidsson wants one year at $4.5 million. His arbitration hearing is slated for Saturday, July 22. Speaking of the Predators, they re-signed goaltender Marek Mazanec to a one-year contract worth $650K at the NHL level. 

NHL.COM: Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Dzingel’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for today. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-signed winger Garnet Hathaway to a one-year contract worth $650K at the NHL level. 

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby recently confirmed he’ll be bringing the Stanley Cup back to his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia on August 7, which is also his 30th birthday. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers prospect Nolan Patrick, who was selected second overall in this year’s draft,  missed a schedule skate on Thursday to a facial infection. Earlier this month, Patrick missed the Flyers rookie camp because he was still recovering from sports hernia surgery. He’s expected to be ready for training camp in September. 

NBC SPORTS: A report out of Arizona suggests it’s highly unlikely the NBA’s Phoenix Suns will pursue a new shared arena in downtown Phoenix  with the Arizona Coyotes. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 18, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 18, 2017

Defenseman Brian Campbell announced his retirement after 17 NHL seasons,

Brian Campbell retires, latest notable contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: After 17 NHL seasons, defenseman Brian Campbell is hanging up his skates. The 38-year-old announced his retirement yesterday to take up a front-office job with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Campbell played 1,082 games and collected 504 points with the Blackhawks (helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2010), Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Campbell in his new role. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators avoided arbitration with forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau by re-signing him to a three-year, $9.3 million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pageau emerged as an unlikely postseason scoring hero for the Senators this spring, tallying eight goals (four in one game) and 10 points in 19 playoff games. In 2015-16, he netted a career-high 43 points. If he returns to that 40-point pace, it’ll be worth the $3.1 million annual cap hit for the Sens. 

TSN: The Nashville Predators re-signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract. The first two years of the deal are two-way and he’ll earn $650K at the NHL level. He’ll earn $700K in 2019-20. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Speaking of the Predators, one of their fans missed out on two free tickets to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final because he infrequently checks his Twitter account. 

PHILLY.COM: The Flyers signed 2017 first-round pick (second overall) Nolan Patrick to an entry-level contract. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres hired Chris Hajt as an assistant coach. 

SPORTSNET: Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley claims his expansion franchise will be among the NHL’s top revenue generators in ticket sales for 2017-18. Foley said the Knights are ahead of the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in season-ticket sales and on par with the Montreal Canadiens. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s an impressive start for the Golden Knights. Management must ensure the team can be competitive enough to maintain that fan interest beyond 2017-18. 

MLIVE.COM: Little Ceasars Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings, will feature the world’s largest, seamless suspended scoreboard. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Carter Casey, who signed a one-day contract with the Minnesota Wild on March 5 when he visited the team as part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation request, passed away over the weekend of spindle cell rhabdomyosarcoma. He was 17 years old.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Casey’s family, friends and the Wild organization.