NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2011.

In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Flyers lose to the Jets, lose Schenn…Capitals no longer unbeaten…Malkin scores shootout winner…Three Blackhawks struggling to crack the roster…Two rookies to stick with their NHL teams…Avery missed by MSG fans…Confirmation of date and location of NHL 2012 entry draft.

PHILLY.COM: The Flyers lose a wild one to the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 9-8 last night.

PHILLYBURBS.COM: They’ve also lost center Brayden Schenn for 4-6 weeks to a broken bone in his left foot during the Flyers 5-1 loss to Montreal on Wednesday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a week from hell for the Flyers. First, they lose captain and top defenseman Chris Pronger indefinitely to an eye injury in Monday’s win over Toronto, drop a stinker of a game in Montreal on Wednesday, suffer a huge meltdown defensively and between the pipes against Winnipeg on Thursday, and lose promising Schenn to an injury. The Flyers actually battled back in the loss to the Jets, battling back from 5-1 and 6-2 deficits to actually take the lead 7-6, but poor goaltending and sloppy “d” did them in.

'Bulin Wall stands tall in Oilers win over Capitals.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals unbeaten streak to open this season is over, as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Edmonton Oilers. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin turned aside 34 shots for the Oilers in the victory.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big win for the Oilers, and another confidence builder for Khabibulin, who is looking like the ‘Bulin Wall of old so far this season.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: Evgeni Malkin scored in a shootout on NY Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, who replaced an injured Evgeni Nabokov for the shootout, as the Penguins edged the Islanders 3-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough situation for DiPietro, coming in cold off the bench like that.

SUN-TIMES.COM: Rostislav Olesz, Sami Lepisto and John Scott have seen little playing time thus far with the Chicago Blackhawks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of those players could perhaps be shopped by the Blackhawks at some point this season, though Olesz and his $3.125 million cap hit probably would be the toughest to shop.

DENVER POST: 18-year-old rookie Gabriel Landeskog will be sticking with the Colorado Avalanche.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: 18-year-old rookie defenseman Adam Larsson will be staying with the New Jersey Devils this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there, as Landeskog is second on the Avs in goals (4) while Larsson leads all NHL rookie in ice time (23.52). They both have earned their spots.

SPORTING NEWS: Sean Avery may demoted to the NY Rangers farm team, but he hasn’t been forgotten, as several of his fans hung a huge “16 AVERY” banner in MSG during the Rangers 4-2 loss last night to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Avery wouldn’t have helped the Rangers last night, but it’s nice to see he still has his fans in the Big Apple.

PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed yesterday the NHL 2012 Entry Draft will be held in Pittsburgh on June 22-23, 2012.

2 Comments

  1. Flyers got pylons on the blueline. Brutal. I knew Pronger meant a lot to the team but I didn’t think he “was” the team. If I were Lavy last night, I think I would tore a strip off the team after the game.

  2. I watched the Flyers/Jets game last night .. it was like watching a game of pickup .. no defense from either team .. it was simply brutal on both sides of the ice. I think the Jets D is under-rated and I don’t mean any disrespect when I say they’re not supposed to instill fear into the opposition. However, the same cannot be said for the Flyers, they’re “supposed” to have one of the best defensive lineups in the league. And it was their goal to keep their D intact during this summer’s shakeup.

    I’ve watched every game they’ve played this year and they’re having a horrible time defending and communicating out there. Pronger, Meszaros and Timonen are playing well and playing hard, the rest of them look bad, Coburn looks like he’s trying, but he’s making bad decisions. Carle simply looks bad and is soft and Lilja is just rotten.

    Who knows what will happen with Pronger’s eye injury? If his vision and ultimately his career is in jeopardy, I see the Flyers easily missing the playoffs and attempting to dump veterans like Kimmo and Jagr at the deadline, as well as moving guys like Carle, Coburn and even Schenn to upgrade and rejuvenate their D. The only reason I say Schenn could go is because of the unlikely availability of Couturier at the draft and his ability to step right into the lineup this year. He’s going to be the #2 center, behind Giroux, in the next couple of years.

    I could see Schenn being dangled for a top dman, maybe even someone like Weber, if the Preds are unable to re-sign him. The Flyers and Preds have a long history of exchanging players and picks, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see a blockbuster deal between them; installing some offense into the Pred’s lineup, which they so desperately need. It’s not like Nashville is hurting on D .. LOL. If not Weber, perhaps players like Blum and Ellis, like I said, the Preds are not lacking in quality defensemen.

    In regards to the goaltending, or lack thereof; Bryz has been less than spectacular, LMAO. Huge contract, huge hockey city = huge expectations. He’s feeling the heat, he’s horrible handling the puck and he’s trying to get used to his new defense and half of that D sucks ATM. It’ll take some time, but he’ll eventually come around. Anyone that thinks he won’t is fooling themselves. Where he can ultimately take them, and how far, is still unknown. Snider should have kept his nose out of Homer’s business and let him go after Vokoun, like the entire hockey world thought he would. It would have been a much better fit, with Bob’s career as a #1, clearly on the horizon.