NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 3, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 3, 2019

The Islanders win their ninth straight game, the Canucks are rising in the standings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov turned in a 27-save shutout and Derick Brassard scored the only goal in 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. It was the Islanders’ ninth consecutive win. The Sabres are now winless in their last three contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Islanders’ impressive hot streak seems to be largely overlooked by the media. Thanks to solid goaltending and disciplined play, they’re one of four teams with 10 victories on the season. They’re just three points behind the league-leading Washington Capitals.

Elias Pettersson scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 (Photo via NHL Images).

 Elias Pettersson scored two goals to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. The Canucks extended their points streak to seven games. They also learned sidelined blueliner Quinn Hughes is listed as day-to-day after suffering a bruised knee against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are one point behind the Oilers and Blues for first place in the Western Conference. The Sharks, meanwhile, sank to the bottom of the Conference standings. They continue to be hampered by poor goaltending and a sputtering offense. 

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to nine games by beating the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Bruins forwards David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for seven points. Their victory was overshadowed as Senators winger Scott Sabourin was stretchered from the game following a collision with Bruins winger David Backes. Sabourin was taken to local hospital and a follow-up report indicated he was doing ok. Backes also left the game with a suspected concussion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping both players make speedy recoveries. 

Mike Smith made 51 saves and Leon Draisaitl tallied in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Colby Cave also scored for the Oilers while Brian Dumoulin replied for the Penguins.

The Calgary Flames shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on a 43-save performance by David Rittich. Flames center Sean Monahan scored to snap his 14-game goalless drought. The Jackets are winless in their last four contests. Flames winger Milan Lucic faces a disciplinary hearing for roughing Jackets forward Kole Sherwood.

Andreas Johnsson’s goal in the 11th round of the shootout gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen turned aside 37 shots. Kasperi Kapanen and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist. Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Ivan Provorov each had two points for the Flyers. Philadelphia center Sean Couturier has been nursing an apparent injury to his left hand.

The St. Louis Blues picked up their fourth straight win by edging the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on an overtime goal by Ryan O’Reilly. The game was marred by several questionable calls against the Wild.

Nathan MacKinnon’s point streak ended at 13 games as the Colorado Avalanche fell 3-0 to the Arizona Coyotes. Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist while Darcy Kuemper made 33 stops for the shutout. The Avs are winless in four straight.

New York Rangers rookie Alexandar Georgiev kicked out 32 shots backstopping his club to a 2-1 upset over the Nashville Predators. Filip Chytil and Ryan Strome were the Rangers’ goalscorers. Earlier in the day, the Predators revealed their jerseys for the 2020 Winter Classic against the Dallas Stars at the Cotton Bowl. 

The Dallas Stars picked up their third straight win by downing the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. Denis Gurianov scored twice, including a penalty-shot goal, while Ben Bishop made 35 saves. Canadiens goalie Carey Price stop 36 shots.

Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his first shutout with the Florida Panthers in a 4-0 blanking of the Detroit Red Wings. Bobrovsky made 22 saves while Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and collected an assist.

The Winnipeg Jets overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. Kyle Connor scored in overtime and collected two assists while.Mathieu Perreault scored twice for the Jets. The flu sidelined Golden Knights starter Marc-Andre Fleury from this game.

P.K. Subban tallied the go-ahead goal as the New Jersey Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. It was the Devils first win in four games.

The Los Angeles Kings snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Drew Doughty potted the winner in overtime. Blackhawks blueliner Erik Gustafsson was a healthy scratch.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2017

Game recaps, Blue Jackets re-sign Atkinson, Witkowski suspended & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up two others while Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and added two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning thumped the Dallas Stars 6-1.

Gabriel Landeskog netted his first career NHL hat trick and Nathan MacKinnon had a five-point night (one goal, four assists) to give the Colorado Avalanche a 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. Earlier in the day, the Avs sent rookie forward Travis Jost to their AHL affiliate on a conditioning assignment

The Minnesota Wild scored four goals in the final seven minutes to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat the Nashville Predators 6-4. Eric Staal and Jared Spurgeon each had a goals and two assists for the Wild. Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists for the Predators.

Frederik Andersen turned in a 42-save shutout performance and William Nylander scored with less than three seconds remaining in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the New Jersey Devils 1-0. It was the Leafs fourth straight win without Auston Matthews (suspected back injury), who’s expected to return to action on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Speaking of the Canadiens, they blew a 2-0 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Arizona Coyotes, who picked up their first regulation win of the season.

Roberto Luongo kicked out 35 shots to collect his 74th career shutout as the Florida Panthers beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0. 

Rookie Mathew Barzal had a goal and two assists and Johnny Boychuk potted the game winner as the New York Islanders rallied back from blowing a 3-1 win to down the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4.

Bryan Little netted the game winner in a shootout as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. The Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit on goals by Mathieu Perreault and Mark Scheifele. Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas could face a suspension after being ejected from the game for a slash to Perreault’s head.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves as the Boston Bruins snapped their four-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Bruins welcomed center David Krejci back to the lineup for the first time in a month but defenseman Torey Krug is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered against Anaheim on Wednesday. 

Brayden Schenn scored twice and set up another to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Third-period goals by Erik Haula, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Earlier in the day, the Knights placed defenseman Luca Sbisa (lower-body injury) on injured reserve.

Riley Sheahan tallied his first goal of the season to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-1.

THE ATHLETIC: The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with right wing Cam Atkinson on a seven-year, $40.25 million contract extension. The annual average cap hit is $5.75 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Atkinson, 28, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. His new deal will also reportedly come with no-trade/no-movement clauses. This is a significant raise, up from the $3.5 million AAV of his current deal.

Since 2013-14, Atkinson’s been among the Jackets’ most consistent scorers, exceeding 20 goals and 40 points four times, including a career-best 35-goal, 62-point effort last season. His stats are down this season (six points in 15 games), in part because he was hampered by a lower-body injury. The Jackets are obviously confident he can maintain his offensive form. He’s become a key part of their rise into a playoff contender. 

CBS SPORTS: Speaking of the Blue Jackets, they placed sidelined forward Zac Dalpe on waivers. 

NBC SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski received an automatic 10-game suspension for returning to the ice to participate in a brawl during his club’s 8-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk will receive a phone hearing with the league’s department of player safety for his role in instigating the brawl. 

CBC.CA: Tilman Fertitta, owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, is reportedly very interested in bringing an NHL franchise to Houston. In a statement, Fertitta said he was  “very interested in the possibility of bringing the NHL to Houston”. However, the deal will have to be one “that works for my organization, the city, fans of the NHL throughout the region and the NHL Board of Governors.” He adds that they’re “in the early stages of evaluating what opportunities may exist but look forward to a thorough process.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Houston has something of a hockey history, being the former home of the WHA’s Houston Aeros in the 1970s and the IHL’s Aeros from 1994 to 2003. This won’t be the first time Houston was mentioned as a possible home for an NHL franchise. In 1998, the Edmonton Oilers were within hours of being sold to a group that would’ve moved the franchise to Houston until a group of 38 entrepreneurs, headed by Cal Nichols, submitted an offer that kept the club in Edmonton. Whether Fertitta has better luck landing an NHL team via relocation or expansion remains to be seen.