NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 7, 2017
Game recaps, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Brock Nelson scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give the New York Islanders a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. All of the Leafs goals were scored by rookies such as Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander.
Pavel Zacha scored his first NHL game-winning goal as the New Jersey Devils edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Earlier in the day, the Sabres re-signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650K and brought back center Derek Grant by claiming him off waivers from the Nashville Predators.
Carter Hutton turned in a 26-save shutout performance backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 2-0 blanking of the Philadelphia Flyers.
SPORTSNET: Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Sebastian Aho, Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending February 5, 2017.
SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL: The Columbus Blue Jackets are among nine American-based NHL clubs to see a boost in their television ratings. The New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers also enjoyed a ratings boost. Twelve clubs saw a decline, notably the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks. The decline in some markets was the result of last fall’s U.S. Presidential election.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In most cases, improved or declining ratings were tied to team performance from last season and the current campaign.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings activated winger Steve Ott from injured reserved, but placed center Frans Nielsen (shoulder) and defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) on IR.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald took to the ice for the first time yesterday, joining a handful of Coyotes players (including captain Shane Doan). Fitzgerald, who was co-winner of the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, will be honored by the Coyotes on Saturday with a bobblehead night depicting him in Coyotes gear.