NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 22, 2013.

Avalanche edge the Penguins, Sharks down the Red Wings, plus the latest on Corey Crawford, Jarome Iginla, Matt Read, Michael Grabner and more.

J.S. Giguere makes one of his 34 saves in the Avalanche's shutout win over the Penguins.

J.S. Giguere makes one of his 34 saves in the Avalanche’s shutout win over the Penguins.

DENVER POST: J.S. Giguere made 34 saves and Gabriel Landeskog scored the game’s only goal as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0, pushing their record to 8-1-0. The Avalanche were without forward Cody McLeod, who was suspended five games for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An impressive performance by Giguere and a big win for the Avs, though once again they were out-shot by a big margin (34-14). It’s not a big deal now while the Avs are winning, but could become a significant issue as the season progresses.

MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks remain the NHL’s only unbeaten (in regulation) team, downing the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in a shootout. The Sharks also acquired rugged forward Mike Brown from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the Brown trade link. The Sharks are red hot to start this season but they must guard against a lengthy letdown similar to what they faced after a strong start to last season. Some folks wondered why they dealt for Brown, but after losing Dan Boyle to injury from an illegal hit, I think Sharks management felt the need to add some muscle.

CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford isn’t experiencing any Stanley Cup hangover, opening this season with a 4-1-2 record, a 2.07 GAA and .922 SP.

CSNNE.COM: Neither the Boston Bruins or Jarome Iginla are concerned over the 36-year-old winger’s slow start to this season. Iginla leads the Bruins in shots but is still searching for his first goal of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla always starts slowly. If he’s still struggling to score by mid-season, that’s the time to get concerned.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Struggling Flyers forward Matt Read leads the Flyers in shots (24) but has yet to tally his first point.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One gets the sense when Read finally gets his first point the rest will start coming in bunches.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Islanders have lost defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky to injury (concussion) and forward Michael Grabner to a two-game suspension for a high hit on Carolina’s Nathan Gerbe.

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim, sidelined for the past 18 months, is close to returning to action.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panthers coach Kevin Dineen recently expressed frustration over Bergenheim’s slow recovery. Given the recent rumors about the Panthers possibly shedding some veteran’s salaries, perhaps Bergenheim gets shopped if he has a healthy return.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have the dubious honor of possessing the second-worst penalty kill in the league.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams will be recapped in Canadian Corner.

7 Comments

  1. Avs shutdown the Pens shooting lanes and played outstanding defense. The biggest issue was taking so many penalties at even strength and during our own powerplays. We never got any momentum going, but stuck with it and grinded out a win.

  2. if it wasnt for the avs goalie playing the game of his life,the avs would have been crushed in that game.which lanes are u talking about,the pens got 34 shots through.

    • We blocked 22 shots and the Pens shot 16 misses. This according to Rob Rossi. IMO, we were also good at clearing rebounds and denying second opportunities.

  3. still had 34 shots ON GOAL

  4. 34 on goal, blocked 22,16 misses thats 72 total shots, thats alot of offence.like i said goalie won game

    • Having seven power plays and only getting 34 shots on goal is a clear indication the people playing in front of the goalie rose up to the task. JSG played well, but he wasn’t left out to dry.