NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2011.

The Bruins are tops in the Northeast Divisions…Jose Theodore regaining his form in Florida…Ken Hitchcock’s coaching energizing the Blues…Wild victory over Oilers costly…Devils suffer lopsided, costly loss to Avalanche…Brayden Schenn returning once again to Flyers lineup…Red Wings seeking to host Winter Classic…Is the Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry dead?

BOSTON GLOBE: With their 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins went unbeaten in regulation throughout November (12-0-1) vaulting from last in the Eastern Conference over that period to first in the Northeast Division.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An impressive performance by the defending Stanley Cup champions, silencing their critics and putting an end – for the most part – to the trade rumors which were dogging them a month ago.

Theodore regaining his form with Panthers.

MIAMI HERALD: Jose Theodore overcame a shaky training camp performance, regaining his form and winning ten games for the Panthers so far this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Inconsistency has dogged Theodore throughout his career, but so far, so good with the Panthers this season, becoming a key factor in that club’s surprisingly strong start to this season.

STLTODAY.COM: Bernie Miklasz examines how Ken Hitchcock has energized the Blues since taking over as head coach nearly a month ago.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The turnaround under Hitchcock has been impressive, and while there’s still some areas to address, like their woeful power-play, there’s no denying the Blues have been a much better team.

STARTRIBUNE: The Minnesota Wild’s shootout win over Edmonton last night was costly, losing Cal Clutterbuck and Darroll Powe to leg injuries.

NJ.COM: The Devils were humbled by the Colorado Avalanche 6-1, losing center Dainius Zubrus in the process to an ankle injury.

PHILLY.COM: Brayden Schenn returns to the Flyers lineup after being sidelined for five weeks by injury.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings are in talks with the league about hosting the Winter Classic within the next two years.

PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: Joe Starkey wonders if Alexander Ovechkin’s declining performance indicates the end of the rivalry with Sidney Crosby.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully, no. Ovechkin’s only 26, and unless he’s hiding an injury which is hampering his game, I believe he can regain his superstar form.


  1. Glad to see the B’s continue to dominate the rest of the NHL but the Leafs probably deserved a better fate last night.

    It was pretty funny to see Montreal lose to the terrible Ducks.

  2. They didn’t dominate Detroit! GO WINGS GO!

  3. Ovechkin’s injury is the spare tire around his waist, but it has been hard to hide that.

  4. I can tell you first hand that Ovie is not a hard worker in practice. He’s out of shape and stubborn. In that playoff series, he made Halak look like Ken Dryden by constanting shooting from 50 feet at him unscreened.

  5. I was amazed last year while watching the HBO series about the Winter Classic, how unimpressive Ovechkin looked physically, compared to other NHL players. Absolutely no muscle tone or definition, he seems to rely on sheer talent alone, with a total disregard, to any conditioning program. I think Ovie should follow Cedano Chara’s exercise regimen, and for that matter, the entire Bruin’s team. I remember reading somewhere, that, the Bruin’s, are probably the best conditioned team in the NHL, with an emphasis on overall conditioning and proper diet. It defiantly showed in last year’s playoffs. Ovechkin is an amazing talent and he seems to be a really good person. However from what I saw on the HBO series he needs to change his home environment (his Mom still cooks for him-it was, a touching piece- nonetheless). He needs to get in better shape, to be the player he should be. I’m a huge Bruin’s fan, but how great is it to have Sidney Crosby back in the NHL.