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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/4/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Ovechkin, tonight's TV schedule and more

October 4, 2013

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After last night’s eight-game set in the NHL, it really feels like the hockey season has officially begun. We saw all sorts of interesting happenings on the ice yesterday, and the ongoing storylines are sure to endure for the entire season. While we’re waiting on the pucks to drop for tonight’s slate of games, let’s take a closer look at some of the players who are making headlines around the league this morning. Here’s the latest.

Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins: Rask celebrated his brand-new, $7 million-dollar contract extension with a solid performance in the Bruins’ opening-night win against the Lightning. He posted 32 saves in a 3-1 victory that featured goals from Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic. It was a promising beginning for Boston, who would love to get more regular-season production from Lucic. We’ll see how the team follows it up with tomorrow night’s home game against the Red Wings.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/4/13

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Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh Penguins: Not to be outdone, Fleury also had himself a solid opener against the Devils. He recorded a shutout on 27 saves in the 3-0 victory, getting help on the offensive end from Chuck Kobasew, Sidney Crosby and Craig Adams.
From the off-season indications coming out of Pittsburgh, Fleury figures to earn the vast majority of starts between the pipes--likely even more than a 60-40 split. That means he’ll be in there again tomorrow night at home against the Sabres.

Alex Ovechkin, RW, Washington Capitals: If you like offense--not to mention comebacks--this was the game for you. The Caps took this one in dramatic fashion: after falling behind to the Flames 0-3, they stormed back to tie it up at 4-4 and force a shootout, which they would win on. Ovechkin had yet another stellar game, tallying a pair of goals and an assist. That gives him a whopping five points in just two games so far this season. We’ll see if he can keep it going in Dallas tomorrow night.

David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues: The Blues jumped out to a very fast start last night against the Predators, piling on three goals before the first 10 minutes had passed. Backes got in on the action with a goal and an assist in the 4-2 win, but he had help from Vladimir Sobotka, T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen. The 3-0 lead helped the Blues chase Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne and offered a promising start to the season.
Next up for St. Louis is a home game against Florida tomorrow night.

NHL Daily Schedule: Tonight we’ll be getting the weekend set started with a pretty good-looking set of six games. Here’s a look at who’s playing, along with the networks and times you can catch your favorite teams.

Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:00 PM ET (SNET-E, TVA, MSG-B)
NY Islanders at New Jersey, 7:00 PM ET (MSG PLUS, MSG)
Detroit at Carolina, 7:00 PM ET (FS-D, FS-CR)
Calgary at Columbus, 7:00 PM ET (SNET-W, FS-O)
Los Angeles at Winnipeg, 8:00 PM ET (FS-W, TSN-JETS)
Nashville at Colorado, 9:00 PM ET (RDS2, FS-TN, ALT)

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