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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/18/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Crosby, the Blues and more

October 18, 2013

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Last night was a very busy one in the NHL, with a full slate of 12 games on the schedule. Conversely, it’ll be pretty quiet tonight, as there are only two matchups out there in the coming hours. That said, there’s plenty to talk about this morning as we recover from all the activity. Let’s take a look at some of the key players and stats from the big evening around the league. Here’s the latest.

Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: Crosby is rolling right now, and as a result so are the Penguins. They picked up another victory last night against in-state rival Philadelphia, taking it by a score of 4-1. Crosby was great yet again, posting a goal and an assist in the win. That gives him a grand total of six goals and eight assists thus far. Nine of those points have come in just the last three games.
Up next for the Penguins is an afternoon game tomorrow at home against Vancouver. After that, Colorado comes to town on the 21st.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/18/13

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Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa Senators: The Senators’ home opener was a success, as they were able to down the Devils by a final score of 5-2. Anderson was a busy man in the victory, posting 40 saves on 42 shots. That gives him two straight wins since getting pulled last week, though he has allowed five goals in that span.
If Ottawa is going to get things moving in the right direction (not to mention help out Anderson), they’ve got to find a way to get more shots in. They were beaten in that category once again last night 43-22, but their 2-0 early lead certainly helped.

Alexander Steen, LW, St. Louis Blues: The Blackhawks have been playing with fire recently when it comes to final scores, and last night was no different. The Blues came out on the winning end here, though, taking the victory in a shootout 3-2. Steen posted the tying goal in the second, and that would hold until the overtime period was finished. He’s got five scores and four assists so far this year.
At 5-1-0 so far, the Blues are cooking. They’ll be in Winnipeg tonight, followed by a home game against Vancouver on the 25th.

Reilly Smith, RW, Boston Bruins: Smith posted his first goal as a Bruin last night, and he made it a good one. His score broke a 2-2 tie late in the third which gave Boston the edge and ultimately the victory. On the year, Smith has that score and three assists. He’s putting up points at a pretty nice clip considering the relatively short amounts of ice time he’s getting.
The Bruins’ three-game road trip continues tomorrow night in Tampa Bay, then it’s on to Buffalo on the 23rd to finish things out.

NHL Daily Schedule: There are only a couple of games out there tonight, but on the bright side the matchups should be pretty good. Likewise, we’ve got a pretty nice-looking weekend coming up for hockey action, so we’ll keep you updated on that. In the meantime, here’s a look at what’s coming this evening, as well as the times and TV stations you can catch the games on.

Friday, October 18, 2013:

8:00 PM ET:
St. Louis at Winnipeg (FS-MW, TSN-JETS)

10:00 PM ET:
Phoenix at Anaheim (FS-A, FS-W)

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