NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2019

Game recaps, waiver updates, latest NHL CBA speculation, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 


NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot kicked out 39 shots and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected two assists in a 4-0 blanking of the Anaheim Ducks, handing the latter their eighth straight defeat.

Oilers captain Connor McDavid avoided serious injury after being hit from behind by Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm and crashing into the boards in full view of the referee, who made no call on the play. McDavid was able to continue the game.  The Oilers also welcomed back defenseman Kris Russell, returning from a groin injury that sidelined him since Dec. 11. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindholm isn’t a dirty player and I doubt he intended to drill McDavid into the boards like that, but why the hit didn’t get whistled for at least a minor penalty is beyond me. And no, I’m not saying that because it’s McDavid. The NHL is supposed to be cracking down on dangerous hits like that. 

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane had three assists in a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo via NHL Images).

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane collected three assists to lead his club to a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, snapping the latter’s eight-game win streak. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t look now but the Blackhawks are showing signs of life, winning six of their last 10 games. With 39 points, they’re six points out of a playoff berth in the Western Conference. 

The Ottawa Senators suffered their eighth straight loss, falling 5-4 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Justin Williams broke a 4-4 tie in the third period while teammates Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, and Justin Faulk each had two-point performances. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators in his first game since injuring his Achilles tendon in training camp. 

Max Pacioretty tallied the game-winning goal as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the New Jersey Devils 3-2 to pick up their sixth straight win. Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban made 36 saves. Speaking of the Golden Knights, they’re being well-represented by their fans in road games, in part because of high ticket prices at their home games. 

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper had a 23-save shutout effort in a 5-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Teammate Conor Garland scored twice. The Rangers played without center Kevin Hayes, who’s day-to-day suffering the nagging effects of an undisclosed injury suffered in practice on Dec. 14. 

The Winnipeg Jets scored five unanswered goals to down the Dallas Stars 5-1. Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey each had a goal and an assist for the Jets. 

Third-period goals by Travis Boyd and Michal Kempny lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. 


SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos reported on Saturday the NHL and NHLPA could discuss the collective bargaining agreement when they meet this week in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. He said the PA is likely to make an offer to the league within the next couple of weeks to extend the current agreement. Getting some relief from escrow claw-backs from their salaries is a priority for the players. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This month could prove crucial in determining if the league or the PA opt out of the current agreement in September. That would bring the current CBA to an end in September 2020, which is also when the league apparently intends to stage the next World Cup of Hockey.

The NHL reportedly needs to know by the end of this month if the PA is willing to agree to participate in the tournament. If they do, it could signal that a new CBA could be implemented before then or that both sides won’t take the early exit from the current deal. 

Los Angeles Kings forward Nikita Scherbak, Florida Panthers defenseman Chris Wideman, and St. Louis Blues defenseman Jordan Schmaltz were placed on waivers yesterday. 

The San Jose Sharks re-signed forward Lukas Radil to a one-year contract. Cap Friendly indicates it’s a one-way deal worth $700K.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2018

Game recaps, Ryan Miller reaches a notable wins milestone, Ilya Kovalchuk sidelined, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller made 19 saves to tie John Vanbiesbrouck for the most wins (374) by an American-born goalie in NHL history as the Ducks overcame a 5-1 to defeat the Washington Capitals 6-5. Pontus Aberg scored twice, including the game-winner, while Ryan Getzlaf had a three-point performance.

Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller collected a record-tying win. (Photo via NHL Images)

Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick kicked out 34 shots to collect his 50th career shutout in a 2-0 blanking of the Carolina Hurricanes. Alec Martinez and Kyle Clifford tallied for the Kings, who learned earlier in the day that winger Ilya Kovalchuk will miss four weeks following ankle surgery on Sunday. Center Adrian Kempe also missed the game as he’s day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The Kings claimed winger Nikita Scherbak off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

The Winnipeg Jets overcame a 3-1 deficit to earn a 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers. Mark Scheifele tallied the winning goal. Before the game, the Rangers honored former Blueshirt Vic Hadfield by retiring his No. 11 to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. Hadfield spent 13 seasons with the Rangers from 1961-62 to 1973-74.  Earlier in the day, they also recalled winger Matt Beleskey from their AHL affiliate.

Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan tallied his 15th goal of the season in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. With the win, the Flames sit one point ahead of the Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division. Blackhawks winger Chris Kunitz was ejected from the game for a high hit on Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic.

The San Jose Sharks snapped a four-game losing skid by downing the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 40 saves while teammates Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns each had a goal and an assist.

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov turned in a 24-save shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog were the goal scorers.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes winger Michael Grabner is sidelined indefinitely with an eye injury after being struck in the face by the stick of St. Louis Blues forward Sammy Blais on Saturday, 

THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks placed left wing Brendan Leipsic on waivers. 

TSN: The AHL’s Laval Rocket signed former NHL defenseman Simon Despres to a PTO contract. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 2, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 2, 2018

Game recaps, the three stars and the top rookie for November, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Ottawa Senators welcomed former captain Erik Karlsson back to Ottawa by drubbing the San Jose Sharks 6-2. Former Sharks winger Mikkel Boedker lit up his old team with four points while Karlsson was held off the score-sheet. The Senators honored Karlsson during a break in the action in the first period with a video tribute.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For a club possessing an enviable blueline with Karlsson, Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and Justin Braun, the Sharks are playing crappy defense of late. Their goaltending also hasn’t looked good. 

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner is tied for this season’s league lead in assists. (Photo via NHL Images)

Hours after finally ending their contract stalemate with William Nylander, the Toronto Maple Leafs tamed the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Leafs winger Mitch Marner collected two assists and is tied with Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen for first place among this season’s assists leaders with 32. Zach Hyman also scored twice for the Leafs.

Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber tallied his first two goals of the season to lead his club to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. Artturi Lehkonen also scored twice for the Canadiens, who snapped a five-game winless skid. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens placed winger Nikita Scherbak on waivers.

Nashville Predators forward Eeli Tovanen scored his first NHL goal and added an assist as his club downed the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. Earlier in the day, Filip Forsberg joined the growing list of Predators sidelined by injury as he slated to miss four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury. P.K. Subban, Viktor Arvidsson, and Kyle Turris are also on the IR list.

Four unanswered goals by the Tampa Bay Lightning carried them to a 5-4 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers. Nikita Kucherov had a three-point game and Brayden Point netted the winning goal.

Mark Scheifele’s overtime goal gave the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils, who had rallied with two late goals in the third period to force the extra frame. Earlier in the day, the Jets placed defenseman Joe Morrow (lower body) on injured reserve.

The New York Islanders made a winning return to Nassau Coliseum by edging the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. It was the Islanders first game back at their old arena since moving to Barclay Center in 2015. They will split their home games between the two arenas until their new venue is constructed at Belmont Park.

The Arizona Coyotes collected their third consecutive victory by crushing the St. Louis Blues 6-1. Clayton Keller led the way with a goal and two assists. Coyotes forward Michael Grabner left the game in the first period after being struck in the face by the stick of Blues forward Sammy Blais, who received a double minor.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made 38 saves and Gustav Nyquist collected three points to lead their club to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, ending a nine-game losing skid in Boston’s TD Garden.

Goaltender Anthony Stolarz made 30 saves for his first NHL win since 2016 as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2.

Ryan Spooner scored the game-winning goal to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, snapping the latter’s winning streak at five games.

Third-period goals by Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov lifted the Dallas Stars past the Vancouver Canucks 2-1.

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury are the NHL’s three stars for November 2018. Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dalin was named NHL rookie of the month for November 2018.

TSN: Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson will not face supplemental discipline regarding his hit to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Brett Seney. Wilson received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit, which actually struck Seney on the shoulder from behind.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 5, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 5, 2018

Game recaps, Ducks and Kings clinch playoff berths, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: For the sixth consecutive year, the Anaheim Ducks have clinched a playoff berth. Ondrej Kase snapped a 1-1 tie early in the third period and Andrew Cogliano got the insurance goal to give the Ducks a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. With 97 points, the Ducks sit third in the Pacific Division, one point behind the San Jose Sharks.

Ondrej Kase scored the game winner as the Anaheim Ducks clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild (Photo via NHL Images).

The St. Louis Blues’ playoff hopes suffered another blow as they fell 4-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues remains stuck at 92 points, one behind the Colorado Avalanche for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. Both teams have two games left, including a season-ending showdown with each other on Saturday.

The Blues’ loss also ensured the idle Los Angeles Kings clinched a playoff berth. The Kings (96 points) hold the first Western Conference wild-card berth, sitting fourth in the Pacific Division.

The Buffalo Sabres are assured of finishing last in the NHL’s overall standings after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Ottawa Senators. The Sabres have the best odds (18.5 percent) of winning the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery on April 28. Speaking of the Sabres, forward Zemgus Girgensons’ season has come to an end after undergoing facial surgery on Wednesday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres have the best odds but it’s no guarantee they’ll win the lottery. They were in the same position in 2014 and 2015 but the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers won the top picks. The Panthers selected Aaron Ekblad and the Oilers took Connor McDavid while the Sabres took Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel. 

TSN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson missed the game against the Sabres to spend time with his wife after their baby was stillborn two weeks ago. Sens coach Guy Boucher doesn’t expect Karlsson to participate in the club’s final two games of the season. The club also announced goaltender Mike Condon will miss the remainder of the schedule due to a concussion he suffered in practice on Tuesday and winger Marian Gaborik is also sidelined for the rest of the season with a back injury.  

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun will miss the remainder of the season with a lower-body injury. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Nikita Scherbak has suffered a season-ending concussion. 

TSN:  Hall of Famers Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Bobby Hull are among the notable players who won the Stanley Cup between 1954-1965 to have their names removed from the big mug. The ring containing the names of those teams and players is being removed to make room for a new layer of names. That band, along with previous ones that were removed, will reside on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This procedure is necessary to ensure the trophy doesn’t become too big for the players to carry. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2017

Game recaps, update on Vadim Shipachyov, Mark Streit retires & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: John Tavares scored twice and Josh Bailey collected three assists to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, snapping the latter’s win streak at five games. The Knights also lost goaltender Oscar Dansk to a lower-body injury. He joins Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban on the sidelines.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t appear as though Fleury or Subban will be rejoining the lineup soon. If Dansk is out for a lengthy period, GM George McPhee could be forced to shop for help between the pipes. 

Vegas center Vadim Shipachyov’s NHL tenure may be coming to an end. Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reports he could be returning to Russia once he clears unconditional waivers and has his contract terminated. The Golden Knights also recalled defenseman Shea Theodore, though he was made a healthy scratch against the Islanders.

The Arizona Coyotes 11-game losing skid is over. Alex Goligoski’s overtime goal gave the Coyotes their first victory of the season as they edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3.  The Coyotes blew a 3-0 as the Flyers stormed back to force the extra frame. Sean Couturier scored twice for the Flyers.

Tim Heed, Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward scored as the San Jose Sharks hung on for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, spoiling the return of Patrick Marleau to San Jose for the first time since he signed with the Leafs in July. Sharks fans greeted Marleau warmly with a lengthy standing ovation. 

Charles Hudon and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens crushed the Ottawa Senators 8-3. After opening the season 1-6-1, the Habs have now won three of their last four games. Earlier in the day, the Habs learned young forward Nikita Scherbak underwent knee surgery and will be sidelined for six weeks. 

Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up another to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to an 8-5 victory over the Florida Panthers. Aleksander Barkov had a four-point game and Jonathan Huberdeau netted three points for the Panthers. 

Vladimir Taranseko and Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. 

Artemi Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in a shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Patrice Bergeron collected two points for the Bruins. 

Alexander Radulov’s overtime goal gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (ankle injury) will be sidelined an additional 10 to 21 days. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Following goaltender Casey DeSmith’s poor showing in his first NHL game, the Pittsburgh Penguins returned him to their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and called up Tristan Barry. 

TSN: After 12 NHL seasons, defenseman Mark Streit has retired. In 786 games, Streit tallied 96 goals and 338 assists for 434 points with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, winning a Stanley Cup with the latter. From 2011-12 to 2012-13, he was captain of the Islanders.