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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 11/8/13

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

November 8, 2013

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Last night was a pretty busy one for hockey fans, with 11 NHL games on the schedule. This evening will be comparatively calm, with only four games happening out there, but we should be getting at least a couple good matchups mixed in. While we’re waiting on game-time tonight, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players everyone is talking about today. Here’s the latest.

Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins: When he’s playing against the Panthers, it’s a pretty safe idea to bet on Rask. He’s now 9-1-0 against Florida in his career, thanks to a 4-1 victory last night. Rask posted 23 saves on the evening, and now stands at 8-4-0 on the year. He finally got some help on the offensive end, with goals from Krejci, Marchand, Krug and Smith.
Looking ahead, the Bruins will host the Maple Leafs tomorrow evening, then continue their home-stand next week with visits from Tampa Bay and Columbus.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 11/8/13

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Jamie Benn, C, Dallas Stars: Benn and the Stars overcame their fair share of adversity last night against the Red Wings, pulling out a big win in overtime. They’d fallen behind as much as 2-0 in the second, then were able to keep pace to force the extra period and take it on a Peverley goal late in OT for the 4-3 win. For his part, Benn notched another score, which gives him five in the last eight games.
Dallas will host the Stanley Cup champ Blackhawks tomorrow, then they’ll have a light stretch next week, with only two games (Wednesday and Thursday) on the schedule.

Chris Higgins, LW, Vancouver Canucks: It’s been a while since the Canucks have beaten the Sharks--January 21, 2012, to be exact; a span of nine games. Higgins and company had other ideas last night, and reversed the trend with a 4-2 victory. He’s had some pretty good statistical outings recently, and this one (a goal and an assist) qualifies. Higgins now has six scores and four helpers on the year.
The Canucks will definitely try to build off the win as they finish off their road trip this weekend. They have a game in L.A. tomorrow, and one in Anaheim on Sunday before heading back home to host the Sharks in a rematch on Thursday.

Alexander Steen, LW, St. Louis Blues: If you’re keeping track, Steen has been in a heated race for the goal-scoring lead in the NHL, with Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos. There was a three-way tie early last night, but Steen took the outright lead again with the eventual game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the Flames. It was his 14th of the year.
It’ll be interesting to see how the race plays out during the course of the season. Steen will get another chance to increase his lead tomorrow night at home against Pittsburgh, then the Blues will continue their home-stand on Tuesday against Phoenix.

NHL Daily Schedule: Eight teams will be out on the ice tonight, with the NHL action stretching into the wee hours of the morning. Here’s a look at the full schedule, as well as the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.

Friday, November 8, 2013:

7:30 PM ET:
New Jersey Devils at Toronto Maple Leafs (TSN, RDS2, MSG PLUS)

8:00 PM ET:
Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets (SPSO, TSN-JETS)

9:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche (SNET-W, ALT)

10:00 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres at Anaheim Ducks (MSG-B, BELL TV, PRIME)

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