NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2020

Jordan Eberle and Jared Spurgeon each tally hat tricks, the Jets acquire Cody Eakin from the Golden Knights, the Avalanche re-sign Pavel Francouz, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: On the night the New York Islanders honored John Tonelli, Jordan Eberle netted a hat trick to lead them to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Islanders (74 points) hold the first wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are officially eliminated from playoff contention. Earlier in the day, the Isles placed Cal Clutterbuck on injured reserve, while the Red Wings claimed defenseman Cody Goloubef off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.

Jared Spurgeon’s natural hat trick gave the Minnesota Wild a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon netted a natural hat trick to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected three points for the Oilers. The Wild (65 points) sit three points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Goaltender Pavel Francouz celebrated his two-year, $4-million contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche by kicking out 26 shots to blank the Anaheim Ducks 1-0. J.T. Compher scored the only goal as the Avs (77 points) move one point ahead of the Dallas Stars for second in the Central Division.

The St. Louis Blues (80 points) opened a three-point lead atop the Western Conference by beating the Stars 5-1, leaving the latter four points behind them. Blues defenseman Colton Parayko had a goal and two assists.

Mika Zibanejad scored and set up two others to lead the New York Rangers over the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho tallied his 35th goal of the season. With 68 points, the Rangers sit five points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Hurricanes (72 points) are one point behind the Jackets.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat scored twice in a 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made 42 saves for the win. The Predators (68 points) sit two behind the Calgary Flames for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. The Blackhawks made defenseman Erik Gustafsson a late scratch, prompting speculation he could be moved before the upcoming Feb. 24 trade deadline.

Speaking of the Flames, they blew a 3-1 lead to drop a 4-3 decision to the Boston Bruins. Patrice Bergeron scored twice and David Pastrnak had two assists as the Bruins (90 points) won their fifth straight and widened their lead atop the overall standings by five points over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mikael Backlund scored two goals for the Flames.

HEADLINES

WINNIPEG SUN/LAS VEGAS SUN: The Winnipeg Jets acquired center Cody Eakin from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2021.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eakin is expected to center the Jets’ fourth line, providing an additional measure of experienced depth to their bottom-six forward lines. By shedding Eakin’s $3.85 million salary-cap hit, the Golden Knights freed up cap room for perhaps another deal before the upcoming trade deadline.

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres yesterday placed defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. If unclaimed by noon today, Bogosian will become an unrestricted free agent.

TSN: Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan opened up about his alcohol addiction and his ongoing treatment. He’s returning to the lineup after being out of action for three months participating in the NHL player assistance program.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Ryan on his path forward.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand will be sidelined eight-to-ten weeks with a sprained and factured ankle.

The NHL Department of Player Safety fined Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen $5,000.00 for slashing and Senators forward Scott Sabourin over $1.881.00 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

TVA SPORTS: With Victor Mete and Xavier Ouellet sidelined by injuries, the Montreal Canadiens recalled defenseman Karl Alzner.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2019

Taylor Hall tallies his first goal with the Coyotes, Alex Ovechkin non-committal about attending 2020 All-Star Game, the latest on Zdeno Chara and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Taylor Hall scored his first goal with the Arizona Coyotes in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. He now has points in each of his first three games with the Coyotes. Clayton Keller scored twice and picked up an assist while Oliver Ekman-Larsson had three assists.

Taylor Hall has three points in as many games with the Arizona Coyotes (Photo via NHL Images).

Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard gave up five goals on 45 shots in his first game since being sidelined by a groin injury on Nov. 27. Teammate Anthony Mantha missed the game as he’s sidelined at least a week with an upper-body injury suffered against Toronto on Saturday. Wings forward Robby Fabbri was fined over $2,400.00 for spearing Maple Leafs center Alexander Kerfoot.

Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm led the Calgary Flames to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Tkachuk scored a goal and set up two others while Lindholm collected three assists as the Flames went three-for-five on the power play.

The New York Rangers snapped a three-game losing skid by dumping the depleted Anaheim Ducks 5-1. Chris Kreider scored twice for the Rangers while Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist. Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg were sidelined by illness while Rickard Rakell missed the game with an upper-body injury.

Vegas Golden Knight goalie Malcolm Subban made 37 saves in a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. William Karlsson picked up to assists as the Golden Knights are unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1). The free-falling Sharks have just one victory in their last 10 games (1-8-1).

HEADLINES

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is honored to be voted captain of the Metropolitan Division for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25. However, he’s non-committal on his participation.

“We’ll see,” he said when asked if he would go. “It’s lots of games to play. I’m going to do the best for my health and for the playoffs and I have to be healthy for the most important games moving forward.” Ovechkin opted to skip the 2019 All-Star game and received a league-mandated one-game suspension.

Ovechkin and teammate Tom Wilson posted tweets yesterday honoring Capitals superfan Alex Luey, who passed away yesterday following a three-year battle with cancer. Luey was 13 years old.

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

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss today’s game against the Capitals due to a scheduled procedure related to his broken jaw suffered during last spring’s Stanley Cup Final.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets winger Oliver Bjorkstrand will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a rib/cartilage contusion and oblique strain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bjorkstrand joins a growing list of sidelined Jackets. Among them are Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky, Josh Anderson and David Savard.

TSN: Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin will return to action tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. He’s been sidelined by a concussion since Nov. 2.










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NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2019

The Capitals snuff out the Flames, the Blackhawks edge the Ducks, Milan Lucic receives a two-game suspension, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Jakub Vrana’s first career NHL hat trick powered the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson each collected two assists. The league-leading Capitals have won four straight games.

The Flames played without winger Milan Lucic. He received a two-game suspension by the department of player safety for sucker-punching Columbus Blue Jackets winger Kole Sherwood. Flames general manager Brad Treliving disagreed with the decision, claiming Lucic was responding to Sherwood slashing goaltender David Rittich.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With three suspensions and two fines on his resume, Lucic doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt for questionable tactics.

Patrick Kane’s overtime goal gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images).

The Chicago Blackhawks blew a 2-0 lead but Patrick Kane scored in overtime as they edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Blackhawks rookie Adam Boqvist scored his first NHL goal. It was Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf’s 1,000th career regular-season game. He picked up an assist in this contest.

HEADLINES

NBC SPORTS: Ottawa Senators winger Scott Sabourin was released from the hospital yesterday after being stretchered off the ice following a collision with Boston Bruins winger David Backes on Saturday. The Senators announced he suffered a fractured nose.The club also announced Logan Brown is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Backes left the game with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss the next couple of games.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Adam Lowry will not face supplemental discipline for a questionable hit on Vegas Golden Knights winger Alex Tuch, who left the game and didn’t return.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have called up forward Ryan Poehling and placed center Jesperi Kotkaniemi on IR with a groin injury.

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres placed defenseman Marco Scandella on injured reserve and called up blueliner Lawrence Pilut.

TORONTO SUN: Former NHL winger Dean Prentice has passed away at age 87. Prentice played 22 seasons with the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Minnesota North Stars from 1952-53 to 1973-74. He tallied 391 goals and 860 points in 1,378 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Prentice’s family, friends, and former teammates.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 3, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 3, 2019

The Islanders win their ninth straight game, the Canucks are rising in the standings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov turned in a 27-save shutout and Derick Brassard scored the only goal in 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. It was the Islanders’ ninth consecutive win. The Sabres are now winless in their last three contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Islanders’ impressive hot streak seems to be largely overlooked by the media. Thanks to solid goaltending and disciplined play, they’re one of four teams with 10 victories on the season. They’re just three points behind the league-leading Washington Capitals.

Elias Pettersson scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 (Photo via NHL Images).

 Elias Pettersson scored two goals to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. The Canucks extended their points streak to seven games. They also learned sidelined blueliner Quinn Hughes is listed as day-to-day after suffering a bruised knee against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are one point behind the Oilers and Blues for first place in the Western Conference. The Sharks, meanwhile, sank to the bottom of the Conference standings. They continue to be hampered by poor goaltending and a sputtering offense. 

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to nine games by beating the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Bruins forwards David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for seven points. Their victory was overshadowed as Senators winger Scott Sabourin was stretchered from the game following a collision with Bruins winger David Backes. Sabourin was taken to local hospital and a follow-up report indicated he was doing ok. Backes also left the game with a suspected concussion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping both players make speedy recoveries. 

Mike Smith made 51 saves and Leon Draisaitl tallied in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Colby Cave also scored for the Oilers while Brian Dumoulin replied for the Penguins.

The Calgary Flames shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on a 43-save performance by David Rittich. Flames center Sean Monahan scored to snap his 14-game goalless drought. The Jackets are winless in their last four contests. Flames winger Milan Lucic faces a disciplinary hearing for roughing Jackets forward Kole Sherwood.

Andreas Johnsson’s goal in the 11th round of the shootout gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen turned aside 37 shots. Kasperi Kapanen and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist. Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Ivan Provorov each had two points for the Flyers. Philadelphia center Sean Couturier has been nursing an apparent injury to his left hand.

The St. Louis Blues picked up their fourth straight win by edging the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on an overtime goal by Ryan O’Reilly. The game was marred by several questionable calls against the Wild.

Nathan MacKinnon’s point streak ended at 13 games as the Colorado Avalanche fell 3-0 to the Arizona Coyotes. Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist while Darcy Kuemper made 33 stops for the shutout. The Avs are winless in four straight.

New York Rangers rookie Alexandar Georgiev kicked out 32 shots backstopping his club to a 2-1 upset over the Nashville Predators. Filip Chytil and Ryan Strome were the Rangers’ goalscorers. Earlier in the day, the Predators revealed their jerseys for the 2020 Winter Classic against the Dallas Stars at the Cotton Bowl. 

The Dallas Stars picked up their third straight win by downing the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. Denis Gurianov scored twice, including a penalty-shot goal, while Ben Bishop made 35 saves. Canadiens goalie Carey Price stop 36 shots.

Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his first shutout with the Florida Panthers in a 4-0 blanking of the Detroit Red Wings. Bobrovsky made 22 saves while Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and collected an assist.

The Winnipeg Jets overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. Kyle Connor scored in overtime and collected two assists while.Mathieu Perreault scored twice for the Jets. The flu sidelined Golden Knights starter Marc-Andre Fleury from this game.

P.K. Subban tallied the go-ahead goal as the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. It was the Devils first win in four games.

The Los Angeles Kings snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Drew Doughty potted the winner in overtime. Blackhawks blueliner Erik Gustafsson was a healthy scratch.