NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 22, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 22, 2017

Game recaps, injury updates and the Red Wings make two trades. Details in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Anze Kopitar scored twice and Dustin Brown collected four points to give the Los Angeles Kings a 6-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Kings remain the only team unbeaten in regulation this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since changing to a more offensive style under new head coach John Stevens, the Kings are a different team compared to the club that struggled to score last season under Darryl Sutter’s defensive system. After finishing 24th in goals for per game last season (2.43), the Kings are currently third (3.86).  

William Karlsson’s overtime goal gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. The expansion Golden Knights have won six of their first seven games. However, they’ve lost another goaltender to injury as Malcolm Subban left the game with a lower-body injury.

Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey each had a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers snapped a five-game losing skid by doubling up the Nashville Predators 4-2. Filip Forsberg also had a goal and an assists for the Predators. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist collected his 407th career NHL win, moving into a tie with Glenn Hall for ninth on the all-time list.

Lance Bouma scored the game winner as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. The Coyotes remain winless (0-7-1) this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A season that began with so much promise for the Coyotes following a summer of roster and coaching changes has quickly gone off the rails. Could a front-office shakeup be next? 

Steven Stamkos netted four points and Nikita Kucherov scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1.

Ryan Suter collected three points and Alex Stalock kicked out 35 shots to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames, who also lost winger Jaromir Jagr to a lower-body injury.

Derrick Brassard and Mark Stone each had two goals and an assist as the Ottawa Senators held off a third-period rally by the Toronto Maple Leafs to emerge with a 6-3 victory. Auston Matthews and William Nylander each had a goal and an assists for the Leafs. Senators winger Bobby Ryan fractured his right index finger blocking a shot and will be sidelined for a month.

James Reimer made 41 saves as the Florida Panthers ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Before the game, the Panthers announced goaltender Roberto Luongo was placed on injured reserve (right hand) and will be out at least a week.

Ryan O’Reilly scored in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres overcame a three-goal deficit to edge the Boston Bruins 5-4. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each scored twice for the Bruins, who placed center David Krejci and defenseman Kevan Miller on injured reserve.

John Tavares scored a goal and set up two others while Anders Lee tallied twice to give the New York Islanders a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Logan Couture scored all of the Sharks goals.

Wayne Simmonds’ late third-period goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Tyler Pitlick scored twice and Ben Bishop made 36 saves as the Dallas Stars nipped the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. Jeff Skinner scored twice for the Hurricanes.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings made two trades Saturday to free up salary-cap space and clear a log jam on their blueliner. They shipped center Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth-round selection to the Pittsburgh Penguins for left wing Scott Wilson and a third-round pick in 2018. They also dealt blueliner Ryan Sproul to the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Matt Puempel. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sheahan ($2 million cap hit) was moved to create salary-cap space for winger Andreas Athanasiou’s one-year, $1.38) million contract.  The Pens were in the market for an affordable third-line center and were linked to Sheahan in the rumor mill since the summer. 

Sheahan’s struggled offensively since last season but perhaps he’ll regain his scoring touch with a deeper roster. His defensive ability, size (6’3″, 226 lbs) and versatility (he can also play on the wing) are the attributes that made him attractive for the Penguins. Sproul will report to the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford while Puempel is headed to Grand Rapids. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 8, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 8, 2017

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist collected his 404th career win in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Game recaps, latest on the Coyotes ongoing arena saga & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Henrik Lundqvist collected his 404th career NHL win as the New York Rangers downed the Florida Panthers 5-2. Lundqvist passes Grant Fuhr to sit 10th on the all-time wins list. He also reached 30 wins for the 11th time in 12 seasons.

Earlier in the day, the Panthers announced the signing of former captain Olli Jokinen to a one-day contract, allowing him to retire a Florida Panther. Jokinen spent seven seasons with the Panthers and is their franchise leader in several offensive categories, including goals (188) and points (419). 

Patrick Eaves shootout goal lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists for the Ducks. 

Paul Byron’s overtime goal gave the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The Habs have now won six straight games. 

Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves for his third consecutive shutout as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the New Jersey Devils 2-0. Bobrovsky has six shutouts this season. 

Jake Allen made 32 saves to backstop the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. 

Joshua Ho-Sang scored his first NHL goal and Anders Lee tallied twice to give the New York Islanders a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman  Alexey Marchenko scored against his old club as the Leafs took a 3-0 lead over the Detroit Red Wings and held on for a 3-2 victory. Before the game, the Wings revealed defenseman Ryan Sproul will miss the remainder of the season with a left-knee injury

Radko Gudas had a goal and two assists as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 6-3. Jack Eichel scored twice and set up another for the Sabres. 

Tyson Barrie had a goal and two assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stressed the need for the Arizona Coyotes to have a new arena. He threatened to move the club out of Arizona if the state legislature fails to approve $225 million in public financing for a new arena in downtown Phoenix or the East Valley. “The Arizona Coyotes must have a new arena location to succeed,” Bettman wrote. “The Coyotes cannot and will not remain in Glendale.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I would argue the Coyotes need stable ownership and management to succeed. Still, there’s no denying they would benefit from an arena in a better location closer to downtown Phoenix. Since 2009, Bettman fought hard to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, but it appears his patience isn’t bottomless. If the franchise is moved, Quebec City, Kansas City, Seattle and Portland top the list of potential destinations. 

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins winger Ryan Spooner is out indefinitely with a concussion. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton and center Sean Monahan were honored by the club for their charity work. 

TSN: In the second day of meetings among NHL general managers in Boca Raton, Florida, they revealed no desire for any rule changes at this time. However, they are expected to debate changes to the bye week rule today. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2017

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (right) celebrates his overtime goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game recaps and injury updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Nicklas Backstrom’s overtime goal gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was the Capitals’ 15th straight win on home ice. They’ve yet to lose in Washington in 2017. 

Patrick Kane scored twice and Corey Crawford turned aside 32 shots as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Nashville Predators 5-3. Viktor Arvidson netted two goals for the Preds. 

Carey Price made 26 saves while Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk collected two assists to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers. It was the fifth straight win for the Habs, who were playing without winger Alexander Radulov (day-to-day, lower-body injury). 

Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Dylan Larkin also had a goal and an assist for the Wings, who lost defenseman Ryan Sproul to a sprained knee

Viktor Stalberg scored his first goal with the Ottawa Senators and goalie Craig Anderson made 25 saves to give his club a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Ryan Spooner’s third period goal held up as the winner to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Patrice Bergeron netted two assists for the Bruins, while Devils winger Kyle Palmieri scored his 20th goal of the season. 

The Vancouver Canucks took a 4-0 lead over the Los Angeles Kings and held on for a 4-3 win to snap a four-game losing skid. Sven Baertschi scored twice for the Canucks. 

Nikita Kucherov’s shootout goal lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, 

Patrik Laine scored his 32nd of the season while Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers each had three-point performances as the Winnipeg Jets crushed the Colorado Avalanche 6-1.

Kari Lehtonen made 41 saves and John Klingberg tallied the game winner late in the third period as the Dallas Stars edged the Florida Panthers 2-1.