DailyFaceoff Morning Report — 11/2/22
The DailyFaceoff Morning Report will be published on weekdays, summarizing the main news and events of the previous day.
We’ll highlight injuries that will affect today’s games, hot streaks, cold streaks, and everything for everyone from the casual hockey fan to the fantasy hockey grinder.
Changes in Edmonton
The biggest news of the day came out of the ice. Dave Tippett was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers and replaced by Jay Woodcroft as interim head coach. The Oilers play Friday night at home against the New York Islanders.
Kadri continues stellar season in Avalanche win
In a battle between Stanley Cup favorites, the Colorado Avalanche held on to a 3-2 lead to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nazem Kadri continued his stellar season and recorded an assist in the win, his 61st point of the season (19G/42A), tying a career high set in 82 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016-17. This year, he managed to match that total in just 41 games.
Martin St. Louis loses in his coaching debut
A day after Dominique Ducharme was fired, Martin St. Louis made his debut as interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Joe Snively scored his first career goal early in the game to put a damper on St. Louis’ debut. Snively added a magnificent second goal later in the game, leading the Capitals to a 5-2 victory.
Cole Caufield scored his second goal of the season in his 31st game. Caufield was widely considered the pre-season favorite for the Calder Trophy this year, but as with everything in Montreal this season, nothing went to plan.
Murray shines in loss to former team
Matt Murray played his first game against his former team and was outstanding in a 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, stopping 42 of 43 shots. Casey DeSmith recorded a shutout for the Penguins in the win and Bryan Rust added an empty-netter late in the game to secure the win. Rust, a UFA standby, is having an incredible season and has scored 31 points (15G/16A) in its last 19 games.
Shorthanded Bruins lose 6-0
The Carolina Hurricanes outscored a depleted Boston Bruins squad that was without Patrice Bergeron (upper body) and Brad Marchand (suspension) in a 6-0 win. The Bruins have now allowed four or more goals in five of their last seven games (2-4-1).
After the game, the North Carolina governor took to Twitter to partake in the feud with Brad Marchand.
Binnington continues to battle loss to New Jersey
Jordan Binnington got the start in goal for only the second time in the last seven games against a New Jersey team that had lost seven of its last eight games (1-7-0). Binnington allowed five goals on 27 shots in a 7-4 loss and has now allowed 18 goals in his last three starts, all of which have been lost. Binnington is in the first year of a six-year contract with an annual cap of $6.0 million.
Flames end Maple Leafs winning streak
The Toronto Maples took a 1-0 lead over the Calgary Flames before allowing five unanswered goals before losing 5-2. The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Maple Leafs.
With the win, Calgary moved into second place in the Pacific Division. They are 7-1-0 in their last eight games and have averaged 4.3 goals in that span.
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