NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 4, 2019

Hurricanes sweep the Islanders, Stars push the Blues to the brink of elimination, an updated NHL offer sheet compensation list, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes swept the New York Islanders with a 5-2 victory in Game 4 of their second-round series. Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each had a goal and an assist while teammate Justin Williams collected his 100th career playoff point. The Hurricanes advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they await the winner of the Boston Bruins-Columbus Blue Jackets series.

Justin Williams tallied his 100th career NHL playoff point as his Carolina Hurricanes swept the New York Islanders on Friday night (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As with every game in this series, the injury-depleted Hurricanes did a fine job nullifying the Islanders’ offense and withstanding the physical play. They also had solid goaltending from Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney and cashed in on their offensive opportunities. 

The Isles just couldn’t maintain any sustained offensive pressure on the banged-up Hurricanes in this series. Goalie Robin Lehner was pulled in Game 4 after the Hurricanes went up 3-1. He couldn’t be faulted for those goals as his defense let him down in this contest. Backup Thomas Greiss didn’t fare any better.

I’ll have more on what the offseason could have in store for the Isles in the rumors section. 

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop made 38 saves (14 in the third period) backstopping his club to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Jason Spezza and Esa Lindell scored for the Stars while Jaden Schwartz tallied for the Blues. The series returns to Dallas on Sunday with the Stars holding a 3-2 series lead.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bishop was the star of this game for Dallas. Despite a costly giveaway resulting in Schwartz’s goal, he was otherwise flawless. He’s their playoff MVP thus far. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks winger Loui Eriksson recently told a Swedish publication he and head coach Travis Green “don’t get on 100 percent.” Eriksson’s tenure in Vancouver has been disappointing. He suggests Green isn’t giving him the same trust compared to other coaches in his career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could provide fuel to recent speculation suggesting the Canucks swap Eriksson for Edmonton’s Milan Lucic. Bear in mind both players carry expensive contracts with no-trade protection.

From a roster standpoint, this move would be akin to swapping deck chairs on a sinking ship.  Sure, both players could use a change but at this point in their careers, it’ll do little to improve their respective performances. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Jan Rutta to a one-year, one-way contract worth $1.3 million. Rutta was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

TSN: Former NHL defenseman John Erskine was seriously injured in a car accident near Napanee, Ontario early Wednesday morning. Erskine “played 491 games in the NHL with the Dallas Stars, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals between 2001 and 2014.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes for a speedy recovery. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2018

Game recaps, Connor McDavid reaches a milestone, injury updates, declining attendance, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Josh Morrissey scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Edmonton Oilers 5-4. Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists for the Jets. Oilers captain Connor McDavid had two assists to become the eighth-youngest player in league history to reach 300 points. The Oilers also activated winger Tobias Rieder off injured reserve but placed defenseman Kris Russell (undisclosed) on IR.

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1. (Photo via NHL Images)

The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning widened their lead atop the Eastern Conference to eight points by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves in his first game since suffering a broken foot a month ago.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 27 saves to pick up his fourth straight win as his club held off the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4. Jeff Petry scored twice for the Canadiens, as did Andrei Svechnikov for the Hurricanes. Speaking of the Hurricanes, they will play “Brass Bonanza” as their goal song when they face the Boston Bruins at home on Dec. 23 for Whalers Night.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No offense to the Bruins, but here’s hoping the Hurricanes score lots of goals in that game. “Brass Bonanza” is, in my humble opinion, the greatest goal song in NHL history. It was used in “NHL 94”, which is (also in my humble opinion) still the greatest NHL video game of all time.

Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart picked up an assist to extend his points streak to eight games in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, handing the latter their fourth straight loss.

Artemi Panarin scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Los Angeles Kings 4-1.  

The Nashville Predators blew a 3-1 lead but a Colton Sissons overtime goal gave them a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Nino Niederreiter scored twice and Ryan Suter collected three assists as the Minnesota Wild thumped the Florida Panthers 5-1.

Timo Meier’s two goals helped the San Jose Sharks nip the Dallas Stars 3-2. 

SPORTSNET: St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo underwent surgery on his injured right hand and will be re-evaluated around Christmas. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That should put a damper on the recent trade speculation swirling around Pietrangelo. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall left practice yesterday with an undisclosed injury. No word yet if he’ll be in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

TSN: The Chicago Blackhawks placed defenseman Jan Rutta on waivers. 

CBS SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers recalled goaltender Alex Lyon. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Sagging attendance in some big hockey markets, such as Montreal, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Los Angeles, has contributed to the NHL’s projected decline in second-quarter revenue. The low Canadian dollar is also to blame. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL is primarily a gate-driven league, which is why a decline in attendance in some big markets has a significant effect upon revenue. The reason those teams are suffering at the gate this season isn’t mysterious. Most of them missed the playoffs last season or are in danger of doing so this season.