NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2019

Game recaps, Ryan Johansen suspended, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Thomas Greiss made 19 saves as the New York Islanders blanked the Washington Capitals 2-0. During a break in the first period, the Capitals honored Islanders bench boss Barry Trotz, who coached the Capitals to the Stanley Cup last season. With the win, the Islanders take over first place in the Metropolitan Division and extend their win streak to four games. 

Vancouver Canucks rookie goalie Thatcher Demko made 36 saves in his season debut to backstop his club to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Canucks forwards Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat each had two points for the Canucks (50 points), who vaulted over the Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks into the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

Two power-play goals by Sam Bennett helped the Calgary Flames defeat the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 (Photo via NHL Images).

Three power-play goals and a shorthanded tally carried the Calgary Flames to a 6-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Sam Bennett netted two of their power-play goals. Red Wings center Dylan Larkin also scored twice. The Flames sit first overall in the Western Conference with a three-point lead over the Winnipeg Jets.  Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic returned to action after missing two games tending to his daughter, who became seriously ill last weekend and was rushed to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to the Hamonic family as their daughter recovers from her illness. 

The Florida Panthers snapped a seven-game losing streak by downing the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck made his return after missing 27 games to an ankle injury and assisted on Mike Matheson’s game-winning goal. 

Montreal Canadiens forwards Tomas Tatar and Joel Armia each scored twice in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 34 saves as his club won its fourth straight contest while ending the Jackets four-game win streak. 

The Ottawa Senators collected their fourth win in their last five games by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Anders Nilsson kicked out 33 shots for the win. 

Phil Kessel scored in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. 

The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen for two games for high-sticking Jets center Mark Scheifele on Thursday. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins forward Anders Bjork underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. His recovery will last five-to-six months. 

NBC SPORTS: Former Buffalo Sabres forward Patrik Berglund told a Swedish publication he’s at peace with his decision to quit the club just a little over two months into this season. He claimed he lost some of his passion for hockey after being traded by the St. Louis Blues last summer. He added his emotions had nothing to do with playing in Buffalo and he apologized to Sabres fans for betraying them. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 22, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 22, 2018

Game recaps, Pekka Rinne reaches a notable milestone, an update on Vincent Trocheck, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne became the winningest Finnish-born goaltender in league history in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. With his 320th win, Rinne surpassed Miikka Kiprusoff.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is the winningest Finnish-born goalie in NHL history. (Photo via NHL Images)

Steven Stamkos scored a goal and set up three others and Louis Domingue turned aside 40 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning downed the Florida Panthers 7-3. Earlier in the day, the Panthers revealed forward Vincent Trocheck will be sidelined indefinitely following ankle surgery.

Sidney Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup following a three-game absence to lead his club to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Crosby had a goal and two assists as the Penguins snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Carolina Hurricanes fired a franchise-record 29 shots in the first period of their 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Former Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney kicked out 30 shots. Hurricanes forward Victor Rask made his season debut after undergoing surgery two months ago to repair deep cuts to two fingers on his right hand following a kitchen mishap.

The red-hot Buffalo Sabres picked up their seventh straight victory by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2. The Sabres scored four unanswered first-period goals.

Andreas Athanasiou tallied the game-tying and game-winning goals in a 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins. The Wings have overcome one of the worst starts in franchise history by winning nine of their last 11 contests.

The Calgary Flames became just the fourth team in NHL history to score five-or-more goals in the first period in consecutive games as they downed the Winnipeg Jets 6-3. Flames goalie David Rittich made 37 saves. Patrik Laine scored twice for the Jets.

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov picked up his 200th career NHL win and Alex Kerfoot collected three assists in a 7-3 romp over the Los Angeles Kings. Earlier in the day, Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen was fined $2,000.00 for diving. 

Eric Staal and Matt Dumba each scored twice as the Minnesota Wild downed the Ottawa Senators 6-4.

Max Pacioretty scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2.

The New Jersey Devils feasted on the Montreal Canadiens’ sloppy defensive play with three second-period goals on route to a 5-2 victory. Pavel Zacha scored twice for the Devils.

New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 29 saves for his first NHL shutout in a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders.

Braden Holtby’s 37-save performance carried the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Anaheim Ducks snapped a four-game losing skid by beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3, extending the latter’s losing streak to seven games. Ryan Getzlaf led the way for the Ducks with a goal and an assist.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 20, 2018

Game recaps, Blues fire head coach Mike Yeo, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM:  The St. Louis Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo following a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. It was the third time the Blues were shut out in four games. Craig Berube takes over behind the bench on an interim basis.

St. Louis Blues replaced head coach Mike Yeo with Craig Berube. (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yeo is the third NHL coach to lose his job this month. This move seemed inevitable given the Blues’ stumbling start to this season. They’re currently sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

There’s already speculation they could bring back Joel Quenneville as their full-time bench boss but The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford reports a source “close to the situation” claims Quenneville is in no hurry to return to the coaching ranks.

Quenneville would also prove a costly hire. Rutherford reports his former club, the Chicago Blackhawks, wants any team attempting to hire him to pick up a portion of his $6-million per season contract that he’s owed through 2019-20. 

Patrik Laine’s hat trick powered the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Kyle Connor also collected four points for the Jets. Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson netted his 12th goal of the season while teammate Jacob Markstrom made 43 saves.

Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau each got four points and Sean Monahan scored twice to lead the Calgary Flames to a 7-2 drubbing of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Two third-period goals by Zach Hyman and a 37-save performance by Frederik Andersen enabled the Toronto Maple Leafs to overcome a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2.  Jackets captain Nick Foligno rejoined the roster yesterday after a brief absence to tend to his ailing five-year-old daughter Milana.

The Buffalo Sabres collected their sixth straight victory by rallying from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on an overtime goal by Jack Eichel. The Penguins have dropped four straight games. They also learned earlier in the day that center Matt Cullen could be sidelined long-term with a lower-body injury.

Florida Panthers forward Mike Hoffman scored against his former club in a 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. Hoffman’s point streak has reached 16 games. The win was overshadowed as Panthers center Vincent Trocheck was stretchered from the game after twisting his right left awkwardly while battling for the puck along the boards.  Matt Duchene scored twice for the Senators, who honored former equipment manager Mike Foley with a video tribute. Foley passed away at age 61 on Saturday from colon cancer.

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

Lars Eller’s overtime goal capped a three-goal rally as the Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4. Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby got the win after relieving Pheonix Copley in the second period, stopping 22 shots.

Filip Chytil’s third-period goal proved to be the game-winner as the New York Rangers edged the Dallas Stars 2-1. Stars goaltender Ben Bishop left the game in the second period and is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, and San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 18, 2018.

TSN: Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks with an upper-body injury. 

NBC SPORTS: Broad Street Bullies no more? The Philadelphia Flyers are one of two clubs with no fighting majors thus far this season. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2018

Games recaps, stars of the week, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Three-point performances from William Nylander (two goals, one assist) and Auston Matthews (three assists) carried the Toronto Maple Leafs to their fourth straight win by downing the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov reach the 30-goal mark for the third consecutive season. 

Vincent Trocheck’s hat trick carried the Florida Panthers to a 7-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

Vincent Trocheck’s third-period hat trick powered the Florida Panthers to a 7-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Evgenii Dadonov also scored twice for the surging Panthers, who’ve won for the fifth time in six games. Earlier in the day, the Panthers announced the re-signing of winger Colton Sceviour to a three-year, $3.6-million contract extension

Antti Raanta made 37 saves while Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist as the Arizona Coyotes thumped the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1, handing the latter their sixth straight defeat. Sidelined Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (head injury) joined his teammates on Monday for their morning skate, but the Chicago Sun-TimesMark Lazerus believes the club should shut him down for the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t sound as though Crawford is close to returning to the lineup. The fading Blackhawks are in last place in the Central Division and sit 10 points out of a playoff berth. Rushing back Crawford won’t save the season. Of course, if he’s fully recovered and itching to return to action the Hawks won’t stop him, but his return likely won’t vault Chicago back into playoff contention. 

Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux, Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 11, 2018. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Cory Schneider (groin) on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 23. Schneider is expected to resume skating sometime next week. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dropping seven of their last 10 games, the Devils are clinging to one of the two wild-card berths in the Eastern Conference. With their starting goalie still sidelined they’ll have a tough time snapping out of their skid. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames are still awaiting word as to the severity of the lower-body injury suffered Sunday by starting goalie Mike Smith. 

CBS SPORTS: New York Rangers defenseman Steve Kampfer will missed four-to-six weeks with a fractured hand. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed center Dennis Rasmussen on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2017

St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen sidelined by a hand injury.

Injury updates, Erik Cole retires with the Hurricanes & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

 STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Alexander Steen injured his left hand and will be sidelined three weeks. He’s the latest Blue to be sidelined. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester fractured his left ankle and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, while forward Zach Sandford (shoulder surgery) is out five-six months.

NBC SPORTS: Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck suffered an upper-body injury during Tuesday’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators. Panthers head coach Bob Boughner said he doesn’t believe it’s anything serious and expects Trocheck will return to practice in a couple of days. 

TORONTO SUN: After recently appearing to accuse the Maple Leafs of “cheating” over the club’s assertion he failed his training camp physical, forward Joffrey Lupul took to social media to apologize for the remark. He said he would not seek a second opinion regarding his physical. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lupul will likely spend the upcoming season exiled on “Robidas Island”, where he also spent last season. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Kings winger Marian Gaborik continues to rehab from offseason knee surgery. He hopes to rejoin his teammates when they return next week from playing two exhibition games in China, but has no timetable for when he’ll be medically cleared to play. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Defenseman Shea Theodore hopes to stick with the Vegas Golden Knights this season. He’s in the final season of his entry-level contract and is exempt from waivers if the club decides to demote him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights currently have a log jam on defense and it’s expected they’ll make some room via trades or waivers. Demoting the promising Theodore is probably the last thing they want to do, but his waiver exemption gives them an option if they have difficulty moving out a couple of rearguards. 

MLIVE.COM: For Detroit Red Wings fans with lots of disposable income, the club is selling melted ice from the Joe Louis Arena for $85.00 per vial. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Erik Cole signed a ceremonial contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in order to retire with the club. He’ll also go on to become a team ambassador.

Cole spent 13 seasons in the NHL, spending over eight with the Hurricanes and winning a Stanley Cup with them in 2005-06. He also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings. Cole tallied 265 goals and 532 points in 892 career NHL games, along with 14 points in 46 playoff contests. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Cole in his future endeavors. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 21, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 21, 2017

The Florida Panthers celebrate Vincent Trocheck’s game-winning goal against the St. Louis Blues.

Game recaps, stars of the week, Coyotes trade Stone to the Flames & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Vincent Trocheck’s goal in the dying seconds of the third period lifted the Florida Panthers to a  2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. It was a franchise record fifth straight road victory for the Panthers. 

Radim Vrbata’s first-period goal stood up as the winner as the Arizona Coyotes took a 3-0 lead over the Anaheim Ducks and hung on for a 3-2 victory. Backup goalie Marek Langhamer made seven saves to preserve the win after starter Mike Smith was forced to leave the game due to concussion protocol after being bumped by Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg. Coach Dave Tippett said Smith is fine and only left the game because of the protocol. Ryan Getzlaf tallied both goals for the Ducks. 

TSN: Speaking of the Coyotes, they traded defenseman Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2018 if Stone re-signs with the Flames. The Coyotes also retained half of Stone’s $4 million salary-cap hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Consider this the first domino to drop leading up to the March 1 trade deadline. It should leave little doubt the Flames are pushing for a playoff berth this season. Stone, 26, will provided experienced depth as a second-pairing defenseman. He’s a skilled puck-moving blueliner with a right-handed shot, though he was hampered earlier in the season after returning from offseason knee surgery. 

NHL.COM: Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are the NHL stars for the week ending Feb. 19, 2017. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba received a two-game suspension for his blindside hit on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov is finished for the season after fracturing his ankle in practice yesterday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been that kind of season for the Avs. Zadarov was among the few bright spots in an otherwise miserable season. This incident takes place just as blueliner Erik Johnson is getting ready to return from a lengthy absence from a broken leg.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed defenseman Fredrik Claesson to a one-year, $650k contract extension. 

TORONTO STAR: NHL teams find themselves struggling when they return to action from their bye weeks. Teams are 4-12-4 in their first game after a bye.