NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 18, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 18, 2021

Recaps of Wednesday’s action, including Connor McDavid tallying his 500th career point, injury updates and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Connor McDavid collected two assists to pick up his 500th career NHL point as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. McDavid accomplished the feat in his 369th NHL game, tying Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby as the eighth fastest player to reach that milestone. Leon Draisaitl scored twice for the Oilers, who’ve won four of their last five.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid (NHL Images).

Earlier in the day, the Jets placed center Pierre-Luc Dubois on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Dubois could return to action on Friday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews tallied his league-leading 14th goal as his club nipped the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Matthews also extended his points streak to 14 games. Alex Kerfoot tallied the game-winner in the third period. Brady Tkachuk replied for the Senators. Earlier in the day, the Leafs announced defenseman Rasmus Sandin is out indefinitely with an injured foot.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice (including the game-winner in overtime) and collected an assist in the Florida Panthers 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit but Vincent Trocheck tied the game for the Hurricanes to force the extra frame.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Huberdeau (20 points) sits among the NHL’s top-10 scorers. He’s among the key factors behind the Panthers’ strong performance this season.

Chicago Blackhawks rookie goaltender Kevin Lankinen made 29 shots for his first career NHL shutout to blank the Detroit Red Wings 2-0. Philipp Kurashev and Alex DeBrincat scored for the Blackhawks in their third straight victory.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks have 22 points and sit in second place behind the Panthers in the Central Division. Neither club was expected to be in those positions when the season began. The Panthers were coming off an offseason of numerous roster changes while the Blackhawks began the season without an established starting goalie and three key players (Jonathan Toews, Kirby Dach and Brent Seabrook) sidelined by illness and injuries.

Brock Boeser had a goal and two assists as the Vancouver Canucks rolled to a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames. Braden Holtby made 35 saves while J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Ongoing power outages related to recent winter storms in Texas have forced the postponement of tonight’s game between the Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a broken thumb suffered during Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Sidelined winger Artemi Panarin and defenseman K’Andre Miller are expected to return to action tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: For the first time since Feb. 1 the Buffalo Sabres no longer have players on the COVID-19 protocol list. Casey Mittelstadt became the ninth Sabre to come off the list yesterday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The number of players on the list has steadily declined in recent days. Eighteen players were still on the list yesterday, seven of those members of the Philadelphia Flyers.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2020

Milestone nights for Alex Ovechkin, Zdeno Chara and Carey Price, Artemi Panarin has a five-point performance, Leafs’ Morgan Rielly sidelined, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice to surpass Teemu Selanne for 11th place (686 goals) on the all-time NHL goal list in a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Ilya Samsonov made 23 saves for the shutout.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin takes over sole possession of 11th place on the NHL all-time goal-scoring list (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin needs just five goals to surpass Mario Lemieux and move into the top-10. With nine more goals, he’ll pass Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier to move into eighth place.

The Philadelphia Flyers rallied from a 5-2 deficit to upset the Boston Bruins 6-5 on Travis Konecny’s shootout goal. The game ended when Bruins winger Brad Marchand grazed the puck at center ice as he overskated it, resulting in a failed shootout attempt and sealing the Flyers’ victory. Travis Sanheim scored twice for the Flyers and Sean Couturier had a three-point game. David Krejci scored twice for the Bruins. Zdeno Chara became just the sixth player to play 1,000 games with the Bruins.

New York Rangers winger Artemi Panarin matched his career-high of five points in a single game to lead his club over the New York Islanders 6-2. Panarin scored twice and set up three others while teammate Jesper Fast had a three-point game.

Carey Price picked up his 46th career shutout as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0. Jordan Weal and Ryan Poehling were the goal scorers. Price tied Ken Dryden for the third-most shutouts in franchise history.

The St. Louis Blues picked up their fourth straight win and their ninth consecutive home victory by downing the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Brayden Schenn collected two assists. The Blues hold a nine-point lead over the Dallas Stars for first place in the Western Conference.


Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo, and Calgary Flames goaltender Cam Talbot are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 12.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Speaking of Vasilevskiy, he will replace Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. Rask has opted to skip the All-Star Game to spend time with his family and rest up for the second half of the season. He’ll serve a one-game suspension following the All-Star break.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was named captain of the Metropolitan Division in the upcoming All-Star Game.

USA TODAY: This year’s All-Star Game will also feature a three-on-three game between Canadian and American members of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly will be sidelined eight weeks with a fractured foot. The Leafs have recalled defenseman Rasmus Sandin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rielly is the Leafs best defenseman. This is a big loss to their blueline corps.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Zack Kassian received a two-game suspension for his altercation on Saturday with the Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier will be sidelined at least five games with an undisclosed injury.

WGR 550: Buffalo will continue hosting the NHL Draft Combine through 2022.


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NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2019

David Pastrnak has a four-goal game, the Avalanche are the only unbeaten team, the Panthers rally to beat the Devils, and more in today’s NHL morning headlines.

NHL.COM: David Pastrnak scored all of the Boston Bruins goals to lead his club to a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Brad Marchand and Torey Krug each collected two assists. It was a costly win for the Bruins as David Krejci left the game with a suspected lower-body injury.

David Pastrnak tallied all four goals in the Boston Bruins’ 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images)

The Colorado Avalanche (5-0-0) are the only undefeated team following a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals. Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and two assists as the Avs chased Capitals goalie Braden Holtby after giving up three goals in as many shots in the first period. Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals.

The Chicago Blackhawks picked up their first win of the season by downing the Edmonton Oilers 3-1, snapping the latter’s five-game win streak. Corey Crawford made 27 saves for the Hawks in their first victory of the season. Oilers winger James Neal tallied his league-leading eighth goal of the season.

Brett Connolly scored twice as the Florida Panthers rallied to overcome a 4-1 deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 6-4. Pavel Zacha had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who remain winless (0-4-2) in their opening six games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the second time the Devils blew a big lead this season. Disenchanted Devils fans are starting to call for the firing of head coach John Hynes. There’s no indication general manager Ray Shero is considering that option but he could be forced to if the Devils don’t arrest this skid.

Buffalo Sabres rookie Victor Olofsson set an NHL record by scoring five consecutive career-opening power-play goals in a 4-0 victory over the struggling Dallas Stars. Jack Eichel had two assists while Carter Hutton made 25 saves for the shutout.

The Minnesota Wild picked up their first win of the season by blanking the Ottawa Senators 2-0. Alex Stalock made 26 saves for the shutout while Victor Rask and Zach Parise were the goal scorers. The Wild played without winger Mats Zuccarello, who’s sidelined for the next three games with a lower-body injury.

The New York Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on an overtime goal by Devon Toews. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal each had a goal and an assist for the Isles, as did Brayden Schenn for the Blues.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby are the three stars for the week ending Oct. 13.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will be sidelined for three months after suffering a cracked fibula during Saturday’s game against the Avalanche.

SPORTNET: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom was granted a leave of absence until the weekend to deal with a family matter. The club called up Zane McIntyre.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have sent defenseman Rasmus Sandin to the Marlies and recalled blueliner Kevin Gravel. Sandin made the roster out of training camp but the Leafs felt he’d benefit from a bigger workload with their farm club.

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers placed defenseman Andy Welinski on waivers.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Long-time Red Wings executive Jimmy Devellano underwent successful surgery yesterday to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor.

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