NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2013.

Game recaps, plus updates on Claude Giroux, Brent Burns, T.J. Oshie, Dany Heatley, Drew Stafford and Jordin Tootoo.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm scored his first NHL goal and set up Corey Perry as his Anaheim Ducks downed the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2, leaving the Ducks unbeaten at home (6-0-0) this season.

Brian Boyle (L) celebrates his goal with Brad Richards.

Brian Boyle (L) celebrates his goal with Brad Richards.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season and Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves as the New York Rangers thumped the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the return of Carl Hagelin and the call up of Chris Kreider the Rangers have been playing better of late. If they keep this up it’ll dampen the trade talk which has swirled about the club in recent days.

THE TENNESSEAN:  The Nashville Predators handed the Colorado Avalanche their second loss of the season with a 6-4 victory. Colin Wilson led the way with four points (including the game-winning goal) and Viktor Stalberg got his first goal as a Predator.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian teams are recapped in Canadian Corner.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks are moving on after an apparent overtime winning goal against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday was waved off. The Sharks also received some good news, as Brent Burns is reportedly getting closer to returning to action.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks have been vague about Burns injury, calling it an “upper body injury”.  It’s believed Burns is recovering from a concussion.

PHILLY.COM: Fourteen games into this season, Flyers captain Claude Giroux is still searching for his first goal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once he finally tallies his first and gets that monkey off his back, Giroux will likely relax and the goals will start coming more often.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward T.J. Oshie has become a better player because he’s more willing to seek advice on improving his play.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Dany Heatley finds he’s adjusting well to playing on the fourth line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only 32, at this stage in his career Heatley is no longer a top-six forward. 

BUFFALO NEWS: Struggling Sabres winger Drew Stafford wants to reverse his slow start.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since his career-best 31-goal, 52-point performance in 2010-11, Stafford’s production has steadily declined, so this doesn’t appear to be a problem limited to just this season.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have placed winger Jordin Tootoo on waivers. If unclaimed, he could be demoted, giving the Wings $925K in cap relief and free up a roster spot for another player.

2 Comments

  1. I love the headline “Sharks moving on” – thing is Sharks didn’t know the goal had crossed the line until after the game. What did we do before instant replay? Come on Sharks get over it – you should have moved on that night. Sharks expected to kick some butt and instead they ran into a “buzz saw”. Sabres played well enough to keep the game interesting and entertaining.

    Even Stafford and McCormick looked good. Sabres need to get back to their mantra “the hardest working team in the NHL”. Swapping Vanek for Moulson has been great for Bflo as Moulson brings a great work ethic, character, attitude and a willingness to mentor our youth. So far…….Buffalo is the winner in this trade!

  2. I couldn’t be more happier that Heatley is declining