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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/21/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blue Jackets, the Ducks and more

October 21, 2013

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Our NHL weekend finished up yesterday with a few pretty good matchups, bringing to an end a solid couple days of hockey. We’ve got three more games to look forward to tonight as we get the workweek started, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there and get a feel for what lies ahead in the league. Here’s the latest.

Curtis McElhinney, G, Columbus Blue Jackets: Making his first start of the season (not to mention his first as a Blue Jacket) against the Canucks last night, McElhinney had a great game. He posted 38 saves on 39 shots, helping his team get a much-needed 3-1 victory. Helping out on the offensive end were R.J. Umberger and Ryan Johansen, who each had one goal and one assist.
Hopefully this will serve as a starting point for Columbus, who were on a five-game losing streak after starting out the year at 2-1. Tomorrow night, they’ll host the Devils to see if they can get consecutive wins.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/21/13

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Carter Hutton, G, Nashville Predators: Not to be outdone by a fellow backup goalie, Hutton posted a great game himself against the Jets. In his first start of the season, he stopped 38 shots, allowing just one goal in a 3-1 win that was very similar statistically to the Blue Jackets’ victory. Eric Nystrom, Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen each accounted for a second-period goal to help secure the win over Winnipeg.
It’s been a good road trip for the Predators so far. They’ve played two of their three games in this current set, and recorded victories in both. They’ll be in Minnesota to face the Wild tomorrow night, then it’s back home for a rematch with the Jets on Thursday.

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: Getzlaf has posted at least one point in all but three games so far this year, and he had his biggest statistical outing yesterday against the Stars. He managed a goal and three assists, carrying a heavy load in the Ducks’ offense-heavy 6-3 victory. Getzlaf now has nine points (six assists, three goals) on the season.
The Ducks are rolling right now; they’ve posted wins in seven straight games. Looking ahead to their immediate future, they’ll be embarking on a lengthy eight-game road trip starting tomorrow night. The first leg will be a Canadian swing, with an appearance in Toronto, then Montreal on Thursday, followed by Ottawa on Friday.

NHL Daily Schedule: There’s a trio of matchups on tap for this evening, and they should serve to provide a nice nightcap if you’re looking for some entertainment. Here’s the full schedule, as well as the times and TV stations you can catch the games on.

Monday, October 21, 2013:

7:30 PM ET Games:
San Jose at Detroit (CSN-CA, FS-D)
Colorado at Pittsburgh (TSN2, RDS2, NBCSN, ROOT)

10:30 PM ET:
Calgary at Los Angeles (SNET-W, FS-W)

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