NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 24, 2012.

Red Wings 23-game home win streak snapped…Mike Smith stepping up for Coyotes…Brad Marchand disses Buffalo…Jonathan Toews unhurt in car accident…Adam Larsson could return to Devils lineup tonight…Former Av Kyle Quincey claims discord in Avalanche dressing room…Jonas Hiller backstops Ducks to win over Hurricanes….Blues get a rare road win…Panthers lose fourth straight…Mike Cammalleri shot grueling workout commercial in one day…Lightning claim Tim Wallace from Islanders.

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings 23-game home winning streak finally came to an end as they fell 4-3 to the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was unhurt after he was involved in a single car accident yesterday. Toews is currently sidelined with what’s been called an “upper body injury”, but some suspect it’s a possible concussion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully Toews’ accident wasn’t the result of any post-concussion symptoms, and hopefully his condition wasn’t worsened by the collision.

Smith stands tall for Coyotes.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Goaltender Mike Smith is not only keeping the Phoenix Coyotes in the playoff hunt, he’s salvaging his NHL career in the process.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smith’s critics cite the Coyotes strong defense for his improved stats, but Smith was regaining his form late last season with the Lightning. Suggesting it’s solely due to the Coyotes defense is baseless. Ask anyone on the Coyotes and they’ll tell you Smith is their MVP this season.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks vaulted them into a three-way tie for eighth overall in the Western Conference.  moves them within two points of eighth overall.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Stars keep rising in the standings, it could put an end to the Steve Ott trade rumors which have been floating around of late.

DENVER POST: Former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kyle Quincey has stirred up some controversy after he claimed there was discord in the dressing room. Quincey was dealt earlier this week to Detroit (via Tampa Bay).

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jonas Hiller provided the Ducks with a clutch performance, backstopping his team to a 3-2 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks remain six points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They’re showing no signs of giving up, and I doubt Teemu Selanne requests a trade, if he were ever planning on doing so in the first place.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues got a rare road win, edging the Nashville Predators 3-2 in a shootout.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers dropped their fourth in a row, falling to the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in a shootout.

NJ.COM: Devils defenseman Adam Larsson could be ready to return to action tonight. He’s been sidelined since February 2nd with a bruised lower back.

CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Mike Cammalleri shot his grueling Adidas commercial during one 12-hour period last summer.

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand had some unkind words about the city of Buffalo. “Yeah, Buffalo would be the worst place in the NHL. So I’m not too excited to go there, but I’ll be excited to leave,” said Marchand.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Memo to Bruins management: Send Marchand a copy of the book “How To Win Friends and Influence People”.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning yesterday claimed forward Tim Wallace off waivers from the NY Islanders.


  1. I have never disagreed with you on anything before Lyle but you need look no further than one Iyla Bryzgalov to prove that it could in fact be Dave Tippetts defensive system that makes goalies look so good in Phoenix. I would agree that Smith has shown better positioning and poise in net this year than last while in Tampa but I still can’t buy into the fact that that alone is the reason why Smith has turned it around. Its both.

  2. SPECTOR’S NOTE: Memo to Bruins management: Send Marchand a copy of the book “How To Win Friends and Influence People”.

    Totally agree in fact, he should be made to read it and write a report on and then not be allowed to talk on camera ever again. This guy is classless!!!
    People need to stop crapping all over PK Subban, he does not act even remotely like this Jerk!
    I know people that know him in Halifax and he always like this. I don’t wish for anyone to get hurt but it would be great if he got smoke along the boards sometime and forgot to act the way he does, It would be the first time in Hockey history where a concussion actually help someone out! If we could only be so lucky!! This guy is the clown of all clowns!

  3. My Ducks are going to make it.
    It’s too bad I traded them all in my hockey pool.

    Brad Marchand says and does stuff like htat becasue that is part o his role. When thinking/talking/preparin for the Bruins, it makes more sense for everyone to be focussed on “how marchand is a jerk” and “how Lucic is a bully” rather than concentrating on thomas, Bergeron, Seguin, Krejci etc… I agree the guy is a doorknob, but i would LOVE to have hm on my team.

  4. Marchand is an agitator and NikK you’re right – that’s his role. But in hid blast of Buffalo – he also says he never gets out and about. One thing I know about Bflo – you can’t beat their Spring, Summer and Fall – not only is the weather really nice, but there is a ton of stuff to do. The thing is, Buffalo is not Boston – Boston has it’s own charm, but I would be interested in hearing how Marchand feels about Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Columbus and Minnesota.

    Marchand is a good player and Buffalo would be thrilled to get him and show him around. What is interesting is how many retired players have decided to make Buffalo their permanent home.

  5. Love that. He’s classless- he should be concussed. Nice.

  6. Lyle – your numbers seem to be off today, at least according to nhl.com. Dallas is indeed now in 8th place in the West (by virtue of more wins) so you were correct the first time. Anaheim is now 4 points out (62) of 8th place (66) with the same amount of games played.


  7. I’ve personally always liked Mike Smith. I thought it was a great move when TB picked him up from Dallas a few years back and was sad to see it didn’t pan out. He is shining in ‘Yote land and it is a mix of him coming back to form and being with a team giving him confidence and a great defensive system. Dave Tippet is one of the best NHL coaches that are active today … I’d put Bylsman and him right in the top 3 seemingly every year.

  8. JJB: agree.

    Best coahces in the league are: Babcock, Bylsma, Tippet, McLean, DeBoer, Julien.
    Then I beleive there is a significant drop-off to the next tier of coaches.

  9. LMAFO….not sure if Marchand can read but if so, that book is a must! Thanks for the laugh Lyle!