NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 29, 2013

Game recaps, plus the latest on Alexander Steen, John Tavares, Claude Giroux, Nathan MacKinnon, Zach Parise, Dennis Seidenberg and Philipp Grubauer.

Kevin Shattenkirk celebrates his shootout goal against the Blackhawks.

Kevin Shattenkirk celebrates his shootout goal against the Blackhawks.

STLTODAY.COM:  Kevin Shattenkirk’s shootout goal gave the St. Louis Blues a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues also learned leading scorer Alexander Steen was placed on injured reserve due to a concussion suffered in a recent game against the Edmonton Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Steen previously missed 39 games to a concussion back in 2011-12. Hopefully he won’t miss much time.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Saku Koivu’s overtime goal lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. The win was a franchise-record 10th straight for the Ducks. Earlier in the game Koivu scored his 250th career goal.

THE TENNESSEAN: Mike Fisher scored twice in the third period as the Nashville Predators edges the Los Angeles Kings 3-2.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings blew a two-goal lead but goals from Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist carried them to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers.

NJ.COM: Goaltender Corey Schneider snapped his five-game losing skid by backstopping the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. The Isles were playing without captain John Tavares, sidelined day-to-day with a lower-body injury and ending his consecutive streak of games-played at 246.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

PHILLY.COM: A resurgent Claude Giroux is powering the Flyers improvement.

DENVER POST: Rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon has become “the total package” for the Colorado Avalanche.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even though I believe the Avs should’ve drafted Seth Jones, they’ve got a future superstar in MacKinnon.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have placed forward Zach Parise (foot contusion) on injured reserve.

BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a significant loss for the Bruins defense. Expect them to use their depth in young defensemen to try and off-set Seidenberg’s absence.

WASHINGTON POST: Rookie goalie Philipp Grubauer’s strong performance (5-1-1 record, 2.18 goals against average and .937 save percentage in eight appearances) could make it difficult for the Capitals to return him to their farm team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also sparking some talk of the Capitals shopping Michal Neuvirth when he returns from injury.

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  1. Awesome job by Saku. He was my favorite Canadien for a long time. Good for him