NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2012.

Red Wings tie record, Nicklas Lidstrom sets record…Pierre-Marc Bouchard still battling concussion symptoms…Corey Perry leads Ducks over Blue Jackets…Rangers down Capitals…Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata power Coyotes offense…Andy McDonald returns to Blues lineup…Panthers defeat Islanders….Oilers to re-sign Sutton…Making the case for Quebec City.


Lidstrom sets record as his team ties one.

MLIVE.COM/TSN.CA: Strong defense and goaltending carried the Detroit Red Wings to a record-tying 20th consecutive home victory as they edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3.  Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom set an NHL record for most games played for a single team with 1, 550.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both are phenomenal achievements; one for the classiest organization in the NHL, the other for the classiest player.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s hopes of returning this season from post-concussion symptoms are fading.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll also cast Bouchard’s NHL career into questions, as he’s previously missed significant time to concussion injuries.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Corey Perry’s second hat trick of the season buoyed the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals failed to gain ground in the Eastern Conference standings, failling 3-2 to the NY Rangers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals haven’t been the same since they tried a year ago to implement a more defensive-minded system, not to mention they miss the offense of puck-moving blueliner Mike Green and first line center Nicklas Backstrom, both sidelined by injuries.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata are providing the Phoenix Coyotes with a lethal one-two scoring punch.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that’s why you can ignore those rumors of the Coyotes shopping Whitney at the trade deadline. They’re in the thick of the playoff race and need Whitney if they’re to have a shot at a playoff berth this season. Sorry, Bruins and Rangers fans, but Whitney won’t be joining your team this year.

BND.COM: Left wing Andy McDonald showed no effects of the concussion which waylaid him most of this season, picking up an assist in his first game back with the St. Louis Blues as they downed the San Jose Sharks 3-0.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he can stay healthy and contribute offensively, McDonald will provide the low-scoring Blues a much-needed shot in the arm down the stretch.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers downed the NY Islanders 4-1 to open a four-point lead over the Capitals for first in the Southeast Division.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are expected to announce today the re-signing of defenseman Andy Sutton to a one-year contract extension worth between $1.5-$1.75 million.

TORONTO SUN: The case for Quebec City to land an NHL franchise.


  1. Congrats to the Red Wings … but theirs is a 20 game “unbeaten” streak at home. The Flyers and Bruins are the only teams with a 20 game home winning streak. Winning all 20 games straight up in regulation. No overtime or shootouts needed. Twenty percent of Detroit’s 20 consecutive victories exceeded the 60-minute mark. They have one overtime win and three shootout victories in that stretch. Playing by 1975-76 rules, the Red Wings streak would have ended at 12.

  2. Eric:
    It’s a different game between now and the 70s…. who’s to say that the Flyers or Bruins could acheive that same feat in todays NHL or if the Wings of today could have done it back then.
    Hence why it is pointless to compare stats and records of yesteryear and today.
    Well done to the Bruins and Flyers for their past accomplishment and kudos to the Wings for accomplishing it now

  3. @yayhockey … I agree with you. Was just listening to the broadcast last night and the announcers going on and on about the Wings streak yet never bringing up the “asterik” that kinda goes with it. Yes the game has changed, but I think what Boston and Philly did back then seems even more impressive.


    It’s always tough to compare statistics from era to era. It”s what we have. The list of variables that could be included in the comparison is long. My opinion is that there is nothing wrong with acknowledging the milestone. Every team in the league has performed with the same risk & opportunity. Nobody else has done it.

    I see it an an opportunity to celebrate a unique achievement. One that has not been met by many others from any era, including our current one.

    Should we not have celebrated the great one? He was killing records in Edmonton. He played at a time just after expansion. If you remember his records were achieved against a league that was talent / diluted by expansion & adding what was considered at the time a muck less skilled WHL.

    Congrats to the most consistent team in hockey for more then two decades. I think that’s another record.

  5. well hockey fans one day hockey will return to quebue just like winnpeg

  6. Man, I can’t believe the Caps have dropped so much. I mean, I hope they still do if Montreal is going to make a habit out of winning games now, but just wow.

  7. @Eric I have to disagree with you. I give props to all three teams. You seem not to have a problem when comparing a team from the ’30s with a team from the 70s, but you make a team in 2012 as a completely different animal. Today’s travel conditions are a whole lot better, but the schedule is much more compact. I can’t comment on the quality of players way back when, but certainly the opposition the Wings face today overall is higher than what the Flyers had to face. You can have you’re opinion and that’s fine. But each and every new record, with extenuating circumstances, could be marked with an asterik. I agree with yayhockey, accept the records for what they are.

  8. I have to disagree as well, for the fact that when the Bruins set their record the NHL did in fact have a 10 min overtime after tied games. The Bruins won 2 of those during the streak.

  9. Lets just look at the fact that winning 20 games in a row is pretty friggin impressive and leave it at that

  10. I’ll freely admit to being a Wings fan, and proud of it. This team has accomplished something that’s completely unbelieveable. How can you slight 20 straight victories at home, regardless of the era in which the feat was accomplished? Putting an asterisk next to it is akin to, as GPace mentioned, putting an asterisk next to each and every one of Wayne Gretzky’s accomplishments because they were done after the expansion and “dilution” of the league.

    It’s obvious that Eric is simply one of the many who looks upon the Wings as the Yankee’s of hockey. A moniker that I agreed with back in the day when we would pick up a Hull/Robitaille/Murphy/et. al. at the trade deadline regardless of the salary implications. However, this feat has been accomplished in a day when there is a salary cap shackling the entire league’s free-spending — including the Red Wings!!

    And in case anyone forgot to mention – the last three of these games were won without the Wing’s starting goalie, who this year is one of only 2 players (Datsyuk being the other) that are putting on ‘DRW MVP’ kind of performances game after game.

    It’s a very impressive feat from an already impressive organization no matter how you want to classify it. Even if you hate them, as many do…