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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/20/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Pirri, Crosby and more

October 20, 2013

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Whew. Yesterday proved to be a very busy day around the NHL, with a whopping 13 games on the schedule. Today won’t be as busy, obviously, but we’ve still got three matchups to look forward to this evening. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at some of the key players from around the league and see what we should be expecting in the near future. Here’s the latest.

Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: Crosby is currently sitting atop the NHL in points, with three added to his season total last night. He needed every one of them, as Pittsburgh would require a shootout to get a victory over Vancouver. Crosby registered a goal and a pair of assists in the 4-3 win. Evgeni Malkin helped out with the deciding shootout score, and he also added an assist.
The Penguins keep rolling; they’ve only dropped one game so far. They’re in the middle of a three-game home-stand right now, with Colorado coming in tomorrow and the Islanders on the 25th.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/20/13

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Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins: One of last night’s two shutouts belonged to Rask, who logged his second consecutive victory. This one came against the Lightning, and he posted 23 saves to lead the Bruins to a 5-0 win. Krejci, McQuaid, Bergeron, Kelly and Thornton all got in on the offensive action to help Boston’s cause.
It was the 17th shutout of Rask’s career, and his first thus far in the year. He’s currently sitting at 4-2. Next up, the Bruins head to Buffalo on the 23rd, then back home to host the Sharks the following night.

Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils: While we’re on the subject of shutouts, let’s check out Schneider’s. He posted a 4-0 victory over the Rangers, making saves on all 22 shots. It was the Devils’ first win of the year so far; they currently stand at 1-4-3, leapfrogging the Rangers and Blue Jackets in the division with the win.
The victory over the Rangers should serve to give New Jersey some confidence moving forward; they did it without three of their key players (Elias, Brunner and Clowe) in the lineup. We’ll continue to monitor their statuses as the team moves forward. They’ll take the ice again on Tuesday in Columbus.

Brandon Pirri, C, Chicago Blackhawks: If this is a sign of the Blackhawks’ future, then things are looking pretty good. Pirri was impressive last night against the Maple Leafs, posting a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory. The score was his second of the year, and should serve as a case-making argument toward the youngster earning some more minutes. Eventually we could see him as a regular fixture in the middle of Chicago’s second line.
That’s a big role for Pirri to fill, and there are bound to be some more bumps along the way. He’s already proven he can score, however, so once the team eases him into the regular lineup things should go smoothly. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks will hit the road this week. They’ll take on the Panthers Tuesday and the Lightning on Thursday.

NHL Daily Schedule: We’ll have to wait until the early evening to get our hockey fix, but on the bright side, we’ll have three pretty good-looking matchups to look forward to when the time comes. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, as well as the times and TV networks you can catch the games on.

Sunday, October 20, 2013:

6:00 PM ET:
Vancouver at Columbus (SNET-VAN, FS-O)

8:00 PM ET:
Nashville at Winnipeg (FS-TN, TSN-JETS)
Dallas at Anaheim (FS-SW, PRIME)

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