NHL Daily: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom and Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban get creative for Halloween, Montreal Canadiens rumored to be looking for a blue liner to replace Mikhail Sergachev, and more! (Morning Coffee Headlines)
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There were eight games on the schedule Sunday night. A little higher than usual, but that could be due to the fact that no games will be played on Monday. Apologies, the late games between Ottawa/Edmonton and Calgary/Washington had not concluded at the time this was written.
On Sunday afternoon, Buffalo knocked off the Jets on the road 3-1. Florida also pulled off a road victory in Motown beating the Red Wings 5-2. Philadelphia continued the away trend sneaking away with a 4-3 win in Raleigh against the Hurricanes. The New York Islanders were able to get the job done at home with a decisive 5-1 victory over the Maple Leafs.
As per usual, we highlight the top performers of the previous night:
Colton Sceviour, FLA – 3 goals 1 assist
Michael Grabner, NYR – 3 goals
J.T. Miller, NYR – 1 goal 2 assists
Kevin Hayes, NYR – 3 assist
Kyle Okposo, BUF – 2 goals
Vincent Trocheck, FLA – 1 goal 1 assist
Brendan Smith (D), DET – 1 goal 1 assist
Claude Giroux, PHI – 1 goal 1 assist
Jeff Skinner, CAR – 1 goal 1 assist
Brock Nelson, NYI – 1 goal 1 assist
Shane Prince, NYI – 1 goal 1 assist
Jonathan Toews, CHI -1 goal 1 assist
Marian Hossa, CHI -1 goal 1 assist
Rick Nash, NYR – 1 goal 1 assist
Jason Demers (D), FLA – 2 assists
Frans Nielsen, DET – 2 assists
Wayne Simmonds, PHI – 2 assists
Ron Hainsey (D), CAR – 2 assists
Nikolai Kulemin, NYI – 2 assists
Nick Leddy (D), NYI – 2 assists
Dennis Seidenberg, NYI – 2 assists
Corey Crawford, CHI – 32-save shutout
Robin Lehner, BUF – Stopped 37 of 38 shots
Thomas Greiss, NYI – Stopped 33 of 34 shots
Antti Raanta, NYR – Stopped 31 of 32 shots
Roberto Luongo, FLA – Stopped 34 of 36 shots
NHL Daily: Morning Coffee Headlines
Markstrom Scares Teammates
Montreal Looking for a D-Man?
Reports during Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday suggest the Montreal Canadiens may soon return defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to his junior club (OHL Windsor). In turn, the Habs could be looking for another blue liner to fill the void. [A Winning Habit]
Subban Dressing Up Again
Two years ago, P.K. Subban dressed as a Michael Jackson zombie with a nice thriller theme to it. This year, he took on another music legend in Prince. Pictures from both years are included in The Score’s post. [The Score]
Coyotes Need New Approach
Marcus Velasco over at Howlin’ Hockey discusses how this Arizona team needs to take a new approach following their slow start. He suggests that coach Dave Tippett needs to possibly turn to younger players. He has a tendency to make players earn their ice-time, but the NHL is continually trending to the kids. [Howlin’ Hockey]
Tuktoyaktuk Goalie With Sights on NHL
Tuktoyatuk is a remote Inuit community north of the Arctic Circle about as far forth as you can get in the Northwest Territories. Mitchell Jacobson is an 18-year-old goalie from the small village that has been working his way up through the ranks. In 2015-16 he played for Jr.B Onion Lake in the North Eastern Alberta league, this year, he suits up for Jr.A Espanola in Northern Ontario. [Yahoo Sports]
Dallas’ Case of Missing Identity
Micaela Hamid over at Blackout Dallas joins the rest of Stars analysts/writers wondering what’s going on with this team. The answer is simple really, this rash of injuries is causing havoc. It affects the dressing room and tests the depth chart. It’s nearly impossible to generate chemistry with constant changing lines. [Blackout Dallas]
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NHL Daily Morning Rant
We’ve come to the end of the month. With that, here are my top five impressions to start the 2016-17 season:
1. The Edmonton Oilers are for real – as long as they stay healthy. The only question, “Will they stand strong in the face of adversity when faced with injuries, or fall apart as they have in past years?”
2. Central Division is surprisingly bad so far. I’m not sure how the total will look after Sunday’s games, but heading into them, the Central had fewer points than any division in the entire league. This just one year after the top three teams beat out the 1st place Pacific Division winner.
3. Another exciting Calder Trophy class brewing, still other likely names to emerge in the next month or two.
Calder Candidates so far: Auston Matthews (TOR), Patrik Laine (WPG), Matt Murray (PIT), Sebastian Aho (CAR), Zach Werenski (CLB), Joe Eriksson Ek (MIN), Kevin Fiala (NSH), Pavel Zacha (NJ), Anthony Beauvillier (NYI), Jimmy Vesey (NYR), Travis Konecny (PHI), Ivan Provorov (PHI), William Nylander (TOR), Mitch Marner (TOR)
4. Trades Brewing – teams are getting to a point in the next few weeks where important decisions need to be made. Certain clubs are hoping for players to step up in the wake of injuries, if they prove unsuccessful, GMs will have no choice but to make a deal.
5. Teams beginning to tighten things up defensively – the number of shutouts has sky rocketed over the last seven days. As expected, coaches are implementing more structure and in turn we’re seeing more low-scoring affairs. Expect the hot goaltending performances to continue.