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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/24/13

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

October 24, 2013

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We’re coming off a pretty quiet two-game evening in the NHL, but things will be busy again tonight. There are 10 games on the upcoming schedule, so hockey fans will have plenty to talk about during the next couple of days. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players who are making headlines around the league this morning. Here’s the latest.

Jason Spezza, C, Ottawa Senators: Spezza has posted some great statistical performances already this season, and last night against the Red Wings was no exception. He posted two goals in a big 6-1 Senators win, their first against ex-captain Daniel Alfredsson. Spezza now has seven goals and three assists in just eight games so far.
Let’s take a look at Ottawa’s upcoming schedule. They’ve got a two-game home-stand coming up this weekend, with the Ducks coming in tomorrow and the Sharks on Sunday. After that they’ll have a day to rest before heading to Chicago. The Senators are 4-3-2 on the season and 3-1 in their last four games.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/24/13

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Milan Lucic, LW, Boston Bruins: The Bruins have now won three straight games, but their latest may have come at a steep price. Lucic was one of the offensive heroes in the 5-2 victory over the Sabres, posting two goals and an assist. He now has five scores and four helpers on the year. Torey Krug also pitched in with a pair of goals of his own.
Boston suffered a major blow in the third, when Buffalo’s John Scott hit high on Loui Eriksson, who had to come out of the game with a head injury. He stayed in Buffalo after the game last night to receive further medical observation.
The good news for the Bruins is that they’ve got a pair of home games coming up. They’ll host the Sharks tonight and the Devils on Saturday. By the time they hit the road again next week, we should know what’s going on with Eriksson.

Current NHL Leaders: Let’s use today’s downtime to take another look at the current statistical leaders in the major categories around the NHL. Here’s the list for now, but with the big slate of games this weekend, you can expect a lot of changes soon.

Points: Sidney Crosby, PIT (17)
Goals: Alex Ovechkin, WSH (9)
Assists: Four Players Tied--Crosby, Sedin, Thornton, Arcobello (10)
Plus-Minus: Four Players Tied--Kunitz, Vlasic, Bieksa, Braun (10)
GAA: Jean-Sebastien Giguere, COL (0.67)
Save Percentage: Jean-Sebastien Giguere, COL (.981)
Wins: Antti Niemi, SJS (8)

NHL Daily Schedule: We’ll be seeing 20 teams out on the ice tonight, so make sure you’ve got your schedule cleared. Here’s a look at the full slate of matchups, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Thursday, October 24, 2013:

7:00 PM ET Games:
San Jose at Boston (NHLN-US, CSN-CA, NESN)
Vancouver at New Jersey (SNET-VAN, MSG PLUS)
NY Rangers at Philadelphia (MSG, CSN-PH)

7:30 PM ET Games:
Anaheim at Montreal (RDS, PRIME, TSN-HABS)
Chicago at Tampa Bay (CSN-CH, SUN)

8:00 PM ET Games:
Winnipeg at Nashville (TSN-JETS)
Carolina at Minnesota (SPSO, FS-N)

8:30 PM ET:
Calgary at Dallas (SNET-CGY, FS-SW)

9:30 PM ET:
Washington at Edmonton (CSN-DC, SNET-EDM)

10:30 PM ET:
Phoenix at Los Angeles (FS-A, FS-W)

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