NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 23, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 23, 2017

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrates one of his two goals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams each collected two assists and Braden Holtby made 30 saves to give the Washington Capitals a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a costly win for the Capitals, as defenseman Matt Niskanen suffered an apparent left-leg injury after a collision with Flyers blueliner Radko Gudas. 

Kris Russell’s first goal of the season was the game winner as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Florida Panthers 4-3. Jussi Jokinen and Keith Yandle each collected two assists in a losing effort for the Panthers, whose five-game win streak came to an end. The Oilers left this game short two defensemen, as Adam Larsson didn’t play due to an undisclosed injury and Andrej Sekera left the game after being struck by the puck. They’re not expected to be sidelined for long. 

Rickard Rakell scored twice while Corey Perrey and Nick Ritchie each had two assists to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins, snapping the Bruins’ four-game win streak. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings placed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff on waivers as starter Jonathan Quick is close to returning to action from a groin injury suffering during the season-opener in October. He’s expected back by early- to mid-March. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan had a follow-up procedure on his surgically repaired right hip in New York and could miss the remainder of this season. 

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas will miss about a month with a suspected broken left hand. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (broken fibula) could return to action on Saturday. He’s been sidelined since Dec. 3. 

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings sent goalie Jared Coreau to Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint. He’s expected to be recalled following the Wings’ bye week. 

OTTAWA SUN: Former NHL defenseman James Wisniewski talks about how he wound up playing in the KHL this season after failing to get an NHL contract and his efforts to play his way back to the bigs. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights won’t be taking part in the 2017 NHL trade deadline on March 1, as owner Bill Foley won’t have his final installment payment of his expansion fee paid up by that point. Foley blamed documentation red tape on the delay. 

THE PLAYERS TRIBUNE: Hockey Night in Punjabi’s Harnarayan Singh documents how he rose from a young hockey-loving kid in Brooks, Alberta to becoming a play-by-play announcer for Sportsnet. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 19, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 19, 2016

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert (right) celebrates his game-winning goal against the New York Rangers.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert (right) celebrates his game-winning goal against the New York Rangers.

Game recaps, Hurricanes president once again denies relocation rumors & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: After receiving over 30 stitches to the forehead after being struck by the puck, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert scored a shorthanded tie-breaking goal as his club doubled up the New York Rangers 4-2. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another example of why hockey players are considered among the toughest athletes in pro sports. 

Victor Rask scored and set up another as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied with a three-goal third period to edge the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. During the game, Hurricanes president Don Waddell once again shot down speculation out of Montreal claiming team owner Peter Karmanos Jr was selling the team. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I commend the Hurricanes on their comeback, but this was a game the Canadiens let slip away from them. They’ve now lost three in a row and could be returning to earth after another red-hot start to the season.

The Hurricanes relocation speculation has kicked around for some time but we’ve seen nothing come from it. Bear in mind the ‘Canes have a lease on their arena through 2024. If Karmanos does sell the Hurricanes, any attempt by new ownership to relocate the club won’t happen before that lease expires. 

Marian Hossa scored late in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Hossa was in the crease and falling on Flames goalie Chad Johnson as the puck went over the goal line, but the Flames couldn’t challenge it because they no longer had a time out. 

Kris Letang’s overtime tally lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. 

Jay Beagle netted the game’s only goal and Braden Holtby made 25 saves as the Washington Capitals blanked the Detroit Red Wings 1-0.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson and his wife Nicholle released a joint statement confirming she’s been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a form of throat cancer. She’s undergoing treatment in New York. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, I send my best wishes to the Andersons during this difficult time. Here’s hoping Nicholle has a swift and complete recovery. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers top-line forwards Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr are mired in a slump, combining for only three goals through 17 games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That lack of production from their top line is just one of the reasons why the Panthers are off to a sputtering start this season. Their shoddy defense is the biggest factor. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Mike Cammalleri will remain absent for at least the start of the club’s upcoming four-game Western Conference road trip. He’s taken a leave of absence for personal reasons. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has returned to San Jose for further evaluation on his oft-injured right knee. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes forward Brad Richardson suffered a broken tibia and fibula in the club’s recent game against the Vancouver Canucks. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff has returned from a groin injury. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2016

Andrew Ladd celebrates his first goal with the New York Islanders in their 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Andrew Ladd celebrates his first goal with the New York Islanders in their 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Third-period goals by Cal Clutterbuck and Andrew Ladd lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the free-falling Vancouver Canucks, who dropped their ninth straight game. 

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask turned in a 32-save performance backstopping his club to a 4-0 blanking of the Buffalo Sabres. 

Reilly Smith scored the game winner as the Florida Panthers downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. The Lightning were without center Valtteri Filppula, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford and New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes are the NHL’s Three Stars for the week ending November 6. 

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will miss the next three weeks with a hairline fracture in his foot. 

The Detroit Red Wings placed left wing Thomas Vanek on long-term injury reserve and called up forward Tyler Bertuzzi. 

THE SCORE: The Los Angeles Kings active goaltender Jeff Zatkoff off injured reserve.

CALGARY SUN: Flames president Brian Burke blames his club’s top players, including Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, for their 5-8-1 record. “I’m not one for calling players out or naming names but our top guys are not playing up to their level — it’s that simple.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke’s not wrong, Gaudreau and Monahan have not played up to expectations early in this season. While Gaudreau missing training camp due to his contract negotiations could be considered a factor, he also played for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey, so it’s not as though he didn’t see any quality playing time before the start of the season. 

SPORTSNET: Despite the Montreal Canadiens trending downward in shots-against and the penalty kill, coach Michel Therrien claims he’s unconcerned by those trends. While acknowledging those areas need improvement, he points to the club’s 10-1-1 record. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if those issues persist in the coming weeks. Superstar goaltender Carey Price can offset those issues, but only for so long. At some point, they’ll start costing the Habs games. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers goalies Steve Mason and MIchal Neuvirth are struggling between the pipes, allowing the second-worst combined goals-against average (3.69) in the league. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Why is goaltending a persistent problem for the Flyers? Perhaps they need to do a better job of drafting and developing quality netminders. They did have a good one years ago (Sergei Bobrovsky), but traded him to Columbus. Trying to find them from other teams isn’t a strategy that’s working well for them in the long term. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Shoddy goaltending and inconsistent defense are to blame for the Carolina Hurricanes’ poor start. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise will reveal it’s name and logo on November 22. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2016

Montreal Canadiens winger Alexander Radulov (right) celebrates teammate Brendan Gallagher's goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Montreal Canadiens winger Alexander Radulov (right) celebrates teammate Brendan Gallagher’s goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game recaps, injury updates, waiver news & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM:  Alexander Radulov had a three-point game (one goal, two assists)while Carey Price made 31 saves as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1. It was the Habs fourth straight win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s still very early in the season, but Radulov’s already having a positive effect upon the Canadiens. 

Kris Versteeg’s shootout goal lifted the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Flames goalie Brian Elliott made 31 saves. Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell tallied for the Blackhawks. 

TSN:  Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot, Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green were named NHL stars of the week. 

TRIBLIVE.COM:  Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (concussion symptoms) returned to full practice with his teammates Monday. Crosby remains day-to-day but could return to action as early as Tuesday against the Florida Panthers. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars winger Ales Hemsky (groin injury) was placed on injured reserve while center Jason Spezza (undisclosed) is considered questionable for tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

THE SCORE: Los Angeles Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff (lower-body injury) will be sidelined for one week. 

BOSTON HERALD:  With goalies Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin ailing, the Bruins called up Malcolm Subban. 

TSN:  Bob McKenzie yesterday reported Toronto Maple Leafs winger Milan Michalek and New York Islanders forward Steve Bernier were placed on waivers. The Leafs also claimed Ben Smith off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Michalek carrying a $4 million salary-cap hit, it’s expected he’ll clear waivers today and be demoted to the Toronto Marlies. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin is refusing to be demoted to the club’s AHL farm team in Utica.  

NBC SPORTS:  Former NHL defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has signed with Kolner Haie in Germany. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  Uber is partnering with the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena.