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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/14/13

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

December 14, 2013

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After a pretty tame evening last night (three games), we’ll be getting back to business in the NHL today with 12 matchups set for the coming hours. The action begins in the afternoon, so make sure you reserve your spot on the couch extra-early. While we’re waiting on the games to start, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there. Here’s the latest.

Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: Crosby has a nice five-game points streak going, thanks to an assist in last night’s 3-2 win over the Devils. Pittsburgh was up 3-0 after the first period, then hung on to preserve the victory. Net-minder Marc-Andre Fleury posted 39 saves to get his 18th win of the season.
The Penguins have a heavy schedule in store for the next seven days. They’ll play five games in that span, starting with a road trip to Detroit this evening.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/14/13

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Alexsander Barkov, C, Florida Panthers: Last night’s Panthers-Capitals game was about as close as they come. Barkov scored a goal in the second period on the way to a 3-2 shootout victory for the Panthers, with the decision coming after a lengthy 10 rounds. Florida is now 4-4 in tiebreaker situations this season. As for Barkov, that was his fifth goal of the year and his second point in as many games.
The Panthers will hit the road next week and head up to Canada. Their trip begins Sunday in Montreal and will feature visits to Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg over a six-day span.

Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks: Luongo and the Canucks pretty much shut down the Oilers last night, cruising to a 4-0 victory--with three of those scores coming in the final period. Luongo faced just 19 shots, recording his fourth victory in a row. Helping out offensively were Ryan Kesler (two assists) and Jason Garrison (three assists).
Let’s take a look at the Canucks’ upcoming schedule. They’ll host Boston in a late game tonight, then take a couple of days off before heading out on their road trip. That begins Tuesday in Minnesota.

NHL Daily Schedule: We’ll have 24 teams out on the ice today, so it’ll be pretty busy over the next few hours. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Saturday, December 14, 2013:

2:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Buffalo Sabres (SNET-W, MSG-B, BELL TV)
Los Angeles Kings at Ottawa Senators (NHLN-US, FS-W, SNET-E, TVA)

3:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets (CBC, TXA 21)

7:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC, WGN)
Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings (NHLN-US, ROOT, FS-D)
Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils (SUN, MSG PLUS)
Montreal Canadiens at NY Islanders (CBC, RDS, MSG PLUS 2)
St. Louis Blues at Columbus Blue Jackets (FS-MW, FS-O)

8:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Nashville Predators (CSN-CA, FS-TN)
Carolina Hurricanes at Phoenix Coyotes (FS-CR, FS-A)

9:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche (FSN-N, ALT)

10:00 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks (CBC, NESN)

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