NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 6, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 6, 2017

Notable game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Ryan Hartman collected five points and Brandon Saad had a hat trick as the Chicago Blackhawks crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not a stellar debut for Penguins backup goaltender Antti Niemi, who gave up four goals on 13 shots.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Alex Ovechkin tallied a hat trick to rally the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Earlier in the day the Senators re-signed defenseman Mark Borowiecki to a two-year, $2.4 million contract extension. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings christened Little Caesars Arena with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Anthony Mantha made history by scoring the first-ever regular-season goal in the Wings’ new building. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jonathan Quick turned in a 35-save shutout as the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 blanking of the Philadelphia Flyers.

NHL.com: Rookies Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy each collected a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins hung on for a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Bruins veteran winger David Backes is being treated for diverticulitis and will be sidelined for three weeks.

Corey Perry scored twice and Rickard Rakell netted the game winner as the Anaheim Ducks rallied to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 5-4. 

Jonathan Drouin’s shootout goal gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves as the Colorado Avalanche doubled up the New York Rangers 4-2. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes names Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk co-captains for the season. 

TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Martin Marincin and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Calvin Pickard were placed on waivers yesterday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pickard hitting the waiver wire raised eyebrows yesterday as the Golden Knights made recently-acquired goalie Malcolm Subban their new backup. His preseason struggles likely explains this surprising move. 

THE GLOBE & MAIL: The number of NHL players hitting the ice without visors is dropping. Only 34 of 640 players, or 6 percent of NHL skaters, play without one. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, common sense is winning. Today’s players don’t want to risk a gruesome, potentially career-ending eye injury. Granted, visors aren’t perfect but they provide more eye protection than playing without one. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils have entered into a partnership with the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League. The goal is “to support the growth of the NWHL, and increase the development and visibility of girls’ and women’s hockey in New Jersey and across the metropolitan area.”