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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/16/13

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

October 16, 2013

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It was a very busy evening in the NHL last night, with a whopping 12 games happening around the league. As a result, there’s plenty of hockey to talk about this morning, so let’s take our daily look at some of the noteworthy players out there and glance forward to tonight’s two-game schedule. Here’s the latest.

Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: Before yesterday, Malkin had never scored a goal against the Oilers. He made his first one count, though--it ended up being the game-winner in a close 3-2 battle in Pittsburgh. Malkin now has six points all together on the season. Also of note in this one were Sidney Crosby (three assists) and Pascal Dupuis (one goal, one assist).
Next up for the Penguins is a Thursday night away game against in-state rival Philadelphia.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/16/13

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Patrick Sharp, C, Chicago Blackhawks: We know it’s pointless to compare this year’s campaign to the Blackhawks’ historic Stanley Cup run last season, but it’s difficult to resist. They just seem a little more vulnerable right now--case in point being last night’s game against the Hurricanes. Sure, Chicago escaped with a 3-2 shootout win thanks to Sharp’s goal (his first of the year) and round three score, but they’re just not looking as dominant in these close games.
In any case, we’ll see the Blackhawks in action again tomorrow night at home against the Blues.

Joe Thornton, C, San Jose Sharks: Speaking of the Blues, they were on the ice last night against the Sharks, and things didn’t go so well for St. Louis. San Jose pummeled the unbeaten Blues by a score of 6-2. Thornton got in on the action with a goal and three assists. Patrick Marleau also helped out with a score and two helpers of his own.
Of noteworthy concern here was an ugly injury to the Sharks’ Dan Boyle. He was blasted on a questionable hit and spent the night in the hospital. We’ll keep an eye on his status as we move forward this week.

Matt Duchene, C, Colorado Avalanche: Duchene has had a very active year statistically thus far, and that continued last night against the Stars. He posted a pair of goals in the 3-2 win, his second coming in the second period and eventually proving to be the game-winner. That gives Duchene five goals and two assists on the year thus far. The Avs have proven to be very potent offensively this season, but they’ve gotten a lot of help from Semyon Varlamov, who managed 41 saves in this one.
Things are looking up for Colorado, who will host the Red Wings tomorrow night.

NHL Daily Schedule: Tonight’s two-game slate pales in comparison to all the busy action around the league last night, but on the bright side we should see some pretty good stuff out on the ice. Here’s a look at the pair of matchups on the schedule, as well as the times and TV stations you can catch the games on.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013:

8:00 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Washington (TSN2, RDS2, NBCSN)

10:00 PM ET:
Calgary at Anaheim (TSN, PRIME)

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