NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 19, 2012.

Feisty Hartnell leads Flyers over Penguins…Blackhawks down Capitals…Backes, McDonald won’t miss much time to injuries as originally feared…Time running out for Red Wings to get healthy…Panthers will rely on Theodore for rest of the season… Sharks have improved under new first line…Varlamov growing comfortable in Colorado…Sabres have little room for failure…Reality starting to settle in for Lightning.


Hartnell rallies Flyers to victory over Penguins.

PHILLY.COM: A feisty Scott Hartnell scored the game-tying and game winning goals as the Flyers snapped the Pittsburgh Penguins 11-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Rookie Andrew Shaw scored twice as the Blackhawks downed the Washington Capitals 5-2.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward David Backes doesn’t have a fractured foot and will travel with the club on its three-game road trip, though he still might miss some games, while Andy McDonald appears to be healing quickly from a recent shoulder injury.

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings are running out of time to get healthy before the playoffs, with”Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Joey MacDonald out of the lineup.”

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers intend to ride the goaltending of Jose Theodore over the remainder of the season as they push for their first playoff berth in 12 years.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks are 3-0-1 since Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski formed their top line.

DENVER POST: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov’s performance has improved as he’s grown more comfortable with his new team.

BUFFALO NEWS: With only ten games left in the season and sitting 10th overall in the Eastern Conference, the Sabres have little room for error.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Reality is settling in for the Lightning that they won’t make the playoffs this season.


  1. Lightning will finish in the bottom 10 and dangle there first rounder for either Harding or Schnieder.

  2. I think that Yzerman is too smart to part with a top-10 pick for a guy who isn’t a proven #1 goaltender. If you are trading a top-10 pick, I would think that a goalie more like Halak is what you would want to get back over either Schneider of Bernier.

    Also, I think Vancouver will want to acquire a player, not a draft pick, for one of their goaltenders, perferably someone who can score (in somekind of a package deal).

  3. Harding is a UFA no pick needed to get him this season. I would take a chance on Schneider, but it’d be on the basis of high risk high reward mind set. Halak is also a bit of a question mark. He really took off under Hitchcocks new system this year and the lightning do not have that ability right now.

  4. I still think Yzerman will see how Tokarski develops.

    Wings need to get healthy and fast. Helm injury will hurt us.

    For the first time in a few years I am actually scared of the east more then the west.