NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 12, 2016
World Cup of Hockey updates plus the latest on Brandon Sutter, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Bob Miller in this morning’s NHL headlines.
NHL.COM: A five-goal first period lifted Team North America to a 7-4 victory over Team Europe. Aaron Ekblad, Johnny Gaudreau and Dylan Larkin each scored twice for Team North America and John Gibson made 29 saves, while Marian Gaborik tallied twice in the second period for Team Europe. Thomas Greiss had a rough first period for the Europeans, giving up four goals on eight shots before being replaced by Jaroslav Halak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Team North America came close to blowing this game, as the European squad cut the lead to 5-4 before Gaudreau and Larkin put it out of reach late in the third. The young North American squad has considerable speed and offensive firepower, but if this game was any indication, their defensive play needs improvement.
TSN: Team Sweden forward Rickard Rakell is in a Swedish hospital with an unspecified illness, putting his participation in the World Cup of Hockey into doubt. Forward Marcus Kruger (upper-body injury) said he feels better after skating with the club in practice Sunday.
THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter is putting his injury-shortened 2015-16 behind him and looks forward to the upcoming season. Sports hernia surgery and a broken jaw limited Sutter to only 20 games last season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sutter’s lengthy absence also contributed to the Canucks missing the 2016 playoffs.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Forward Pierre-Luc Dubois is out to prove the Blue Jackets didn’t make a mistake by selecting him with the third overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Long-time Los Angeles Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller will return behind the mike for his 44th season in 2016-17, but he will have a reduced schedule. The 77-year-old Miller underwent open-heart surgery earlier this year and missed the final two months of the 2015-16 campaign.