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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/7/13

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

October 7, 2013

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We’re coming off a pretty busy weekend in the NHL, with plenty of featured action kicking off the 2013-14 season. We’ve got a relatively calm two-game set headed our way this evening, easing us into the first full week of matchups around the league. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy NHL names out there and see what everyone’s talking about this morning. Here’s the latest.

Jeff Skinner, C, Carolina Hurricanes: It seems Skinner is over his lower-body injury that plagued him just before the season began. He’s off to a pretty good start statistically, and he helped the ‘Canes get their first win last night. Skinner posted a pair of assists in the 2-1 win, and he’s now got three helpers through the team’s first two games.
Helping him out on defense was goalie Anton Khudobin, who posted 17 saves on 18 shots. We’ll see if the 1-1 Hurricanes can keep their winning ways going on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/7/13

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Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks: This one was pretty competitive the whole way through. Perry scored to break a tie in the third against Winnipeg, putting the Ducks up 3-2, which would end up being the final score. It was his second point of the year, and his first goal. Perry has logged quite a bit of ice time in the Ducks’ two wins thus far, going over 20 minutes in each. Anaheim gets a couple of days off before their next game, which is at home on Thursday against the visiting Rangers.

Mike Santorelli, C, Vancouver Canucks: Santorelli played the unexpected hero at the Saddledome last night, posting a pair of goals against the Flames. One of Santorelli’s scores was the overtime game-winner, leading the Canucks to a 5-4 victory. Those were his first points of the year.
This should be an energizing win for Vancouver, as they battled back from a 1-3 deficit to force the extra period and get the win. They’re now 2-1 on the year, and we’ll see if this momentum will carry them through their busy week. Next up are the Devils at home on Tuesday evening.

Early League Leaders: We know it hasn’t even been a full week yet--and some teams have played more than others--but let’s take an early look at who’s making the biggest impacts statistically. Here’s a glance at some of the league leaders in select statistical categories:

Points: Alex Ovechkin (WSH) - 6
Goals: Alex Ovechkin (WSH) - 4
Assists: Henrik Sedin (VAN) - 5
Plus-Minus: Niklas Hjalmarsson (CHI) - 5 (tied with Oduya and Kronwall)
GAA: Jason LaBarbera (EDM) and Ben Scrivens (LAK) - 0.00

NHL Daily Schedule: There are only a pair of games on the schedule for tonight, but both of them look like pretty decent matchups. Let’s take a look at what’s coming our way, as well as the TV networks you can catch the games on.

New Jersey at Edmonton, 9:30 PM ET (MSG PLUS, SNET-W)

NY Rangers at Los Angeles, 10:30 PM ET (MSG, FS-W)

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