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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/17/13

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

December 17, 2013

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Tonight will be a busy evening for hockey fans, as there are a full 12 games on the schedule. Before we get settled in and wait for those pucks to drop, let’s take a look at a few noteworthy players out there and try to get a feel for the immediate future around the league. Here’s the latest.

Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: Another day, another impact game from Crosby. His tiebreaking goal in the third period helped push the Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs last night, capping an impressive defensive showing for Pittsburgh. That brings Crosby’s points streak to seven games, and in that span he’s notched six goals and five assists.
The Penguins continue their busy week in New York against the Rangers tomorrow, then will be at home for Minnesota on Thursday and Calgary on Saturday.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/17/13

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Evander Kane, LW, Winnipeg Jets: After being sidelined since November 29 with a lower-body injury, Kane returned to the ice last night against the Blue Jackets. He provided an immediate impact, notching a goal and an assist in the Jets’ 3-2 road win. That gives Kane eight scores and eight helpers in 27 games so far.
The Jets will be in Buffalo tonight to conclude their short road trip. After that it’s back home for Friday against the Panthers.

Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa Senators: Yesterday’s lone OT game belonged to the Senators and the Blues, and it’ll be one that Ceci remembers for a long time. He notched his first NHL goal as the overtime game-winner in the 3-2 Sens victory, just a few short days after his recall. The rookie Ceci has gotten some heavy ice time in his three regular season games so far.
Let’s check out the remainder of the Senators’ week. They’ll be in New Jersey tomorrow, then home against the Panthers on Thursday. They’ll close things out this week with a home game against Phoenix on Saturday.

Paul Stastny, C, Colorado Avalanche: Stastny certainly had a big night against the Stars. He posted a pair of goals and a pair of assists in a dominant 6-2 win, which gives him 10 scores and 11 helpers on the year so far. Helping out the cause were Semyon Varlamov (33 saves) and Matt Duchene (two assists).
The Avs have won two of their last three, and they’ll look to keep that trend going as their week plays out. They’ll finish off the home-and-home in Dallas tonight.

NHL Daily Schedule: 24 teams will be in action tonight, so get that spot reserved on the couch extra-early. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013:

7:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins (SNET-W, NESN)
Winnipeg Jets at Buffalo Sabres (TSN-JETS, MSG-B, BELL TV)
Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs (FS-F, LEAFS TV)

7:30 PM ET:
Phoenix Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens (RDS, FS-A, TSN-HABS)
Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings (PRIME, FS-D)
Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers (TSN, NBCSN, CSN-DC, CSN-PH)

8:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues (CSN-CA, FS-MW)
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (CSN-CH, FS-TN)
Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild (SNET-P, FS-N)

8:30 PM ET:
Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars (ALT2, FS-SW)

10:30 PM ET:
Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings (SNET-W, FS-W)

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