NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/16/13
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Ovechkin, the Ducks, tonight's TV schedule and more
December 16, 2013
Yesterday was a pretty busy day in the NHL, especially for a Sunday. We’ll be getting another pretty big dose this evening, with four games on the schedule in the coming hours. While we’re waiting on those pucks to drop, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, Washington Capitals: After falling behind 1-4 to the Flyers last night, all looked lost for the Caps. They were able to battle back and tie it up, however, with their rally capped by Ovechkin’s score at 19:12. They’d ultimately come out on top 5-4 after a three-round shootout. It was goal number 28 on the year for Ovechkin.
The Capitals will hit the road for a couple of games this week: they’ll be in Philly to finish off the home-and-home Tuesday, then it’s on to a road game against the Panthers. They’ll finish the week at home against the Devils on Saturday.
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Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning: Bishop posted his second solid outing in a row yesterday against the Red Wings, posting a shutout in a 3-0 Lightning victory. He stopped 28 shots in a game that was tied 0-0 heading into the third period. Tampa Bay exploded offensively with goals from Tyler Johnson, J.T. Brown and Alexander Killorn.
The Lightning will finish off their road trip tomorrow against the Islanders. After that it’s back home to face the Predators on Thursday and the Panthers on Saturday.
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks: Toews pushed his points streak to five games last night against the Kings, and the Blackhawks emerged victorious 3-1. Chicago scored all three goals in the first period--with Toews assisting on two of them--which brought an end to L.A.’s 18-game streak of not allowing any scores in the first period (which was tied for an NHL record).
The Blackhawks have a pretty thin week ahead; they’ve got just two more games on the schedule. They’re in Nashville tomorrow and home against Vancouver on Friday.
Dustin Penner, LW, Anaheim Ducks: After getting blanked for the past few games, Penner found his way onto the stat sheet once again yesterday against the Oilers. He scored a late goal that ended up being the game-winner, putting the Ducks on top for a 3-2 victory. Penner now has 10 scores on the season to go along with his 14 assists.
Let’s look ahead to the Ducks’ upcoming schedule. They’re on the road all week, with games in Detroit (Tuesday), New Jersey (Friday) and New York against the Islanders (Saturday).
NHL Daily Schedule: There will be eight teams out on the ice this evening, and we’ve got some pretty good-looking matchups mixed in there. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Monday, December 16, 2013:
7:00 PM ET:
Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins (RDS, NHLN-US, SNET-O, ROOT)
Winnipeg Jets at Columbus Blue Jackets (TSN-JETS, FS-O)
7:30 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators (FS-MW, SNET-E, TVA)
9:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche (FS-SW, ALT)
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