NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 2, 2019
Game recaps, the latest schedule of outdoor games, the latest waiver updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in front of over 76,000 fans at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana at the 2019 NHL Winter Classic. Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist while Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for the win.
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout in a 2-0 blanking of the Los Angeles Kings. Brandon Pirri and Alex Tuch were the goal scorers. Kings goalie Jack Campbell kicked out 46 shots in a losing cause.
Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and Jusse Saros made 32 saves as the Nashville Predators shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0, handing the latter their fourth straight loss.
The NHL announced three outdoor games will be played during the 2019-20 season. The Winnipeg Jets will host the Calgary Flames in the 2019 Heritage Classic on Oct. 26 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan.
“In addition to the Heritage Classic, Commissioner Bettman announced the Dallas Stars will host the 2020 Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Jan. 1, the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend will be at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Jan. 24-26 and the Colorado Avalanche will host the NHL Stadium Series game at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Feb. 15.”
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed left wing Taylor Hall (lower body) on injured reserve. He remains day-to-day but could return at some point during their current four-game road trip.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz recently passed Al Arbour for fourth among coaches on the all-time wins list with 783.
NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett won’t face supplemental discipline for a high hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek on New Year’s Eve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another example of why many NHL fans consider the league’s department of player safety a joke.
SPORTSNET: The Ottawa Senators placed forward Tom Pyatt on waivers. St. Louis Blues defenseman Chris Butler and forward Jordan Nolan are also on waivers. Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators claimed Phil Di Giuseppe from the Carolina Hurricanes.
AZCENTRAL.COM: In an open letter to Arizona Coyotes fans, team president and CEO Ahron Cohen addressed recent speculation of an ownership change. He said any potential deal involving a change of owners would be predicated upon the club remaining in Arizona for the foreseeable future. “Arizona is our home. We love it here. And we love playing for you, the very best fans in the NHL.”