NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/19/13
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Jagr, tonight's TV schedule and more
December 19, 2013
Last night was pretty quiet in the NHL, but the proverbial floodgates will be opening up this evening. We’ve got 11 matchups headed our way in the coming hours, so there will be plenty of distractions out there for hockey fans. While we’re waiting on those pucks to drop, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and happenings around the league.
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: It seems we’ve been talking about Crosby a lot lately, and there are good reasons why. He ran his points streak to eight games last night, with a pair of assists in an eventual 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers. He now has 30 helpers on the season to go along with his 19 goals.
Let’s take a look at the upcoming schedule for Crosby and the Penguins. They’ve got a game tonight at home against Minnesota, followed by another home game against Calgary on Saturday. They’ll hit the road next week, starting Monday in Ottawa.
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Jaromir Jagr, RW, New Jersey Devils: After jumping to a 4-1 lead late in the second period, the Devils were able to cruise to a 5-2 win over the Senators last night. It was a historic evening for Jagr, who tallied the eventual game-winning goal. The score moved him into sole possession of 8th place on the all-time list with 693. He also now holds the record for most game-winners with 122. Jagr is only one goal behind Mark Messier for 7th all time.
He’ll get plenty of chances to make history through next week, as the Devils have five games in the next eight days. They’re at home against Anaheim tomorrow night.
Current NHL Leaders: With last night’s thin schedule, this morning is a good time to take another glance at the current statistical leaders in the NHL. We’ve seen lots of changes to the top spots already this year, and we’re sure to see plenty more as the season progresses. Here’s a look at the leaders in the key categories right now.
Points: Sidney Crosby, PIT (49)
Goals: Alex Ovechkin, WSH (28)
Assists: Evgeni Malkin, PIT (32)
Wins: Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT (20)
Plus-Minus: Francois Beauchemin, ANA (20)
GAA: Josh Harding, MIN (1.51)
Save %: Ben Scrivens, LAK (.941)
NHL Daily Schedule: 22 teams will be out on the ice tonight, so we’re in for a busy evening. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Thursday, December 19, 2013:
7:00 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (NESN, MSG-B, BELL TV)
Phoenix Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs (TSN, FS-A)
Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers (FS-O, CSN-PH)
Minnesota Wild at Pittsburgh Penguins (NHLN-US, FS-N, ROOT)
7:30 PM ET:
Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators (FS-F, SNET-E)
Calgary Flames at Detroit Red Wings (SNET-W, FS-D)
Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning (FS-TN, SUN)
8:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at St. Louis Blues (RDS, FS-MW)
8:30 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars (SNET-P, FS-SW)
9:30 PM ET:
Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche (SNET-EDM, ALT)
10:30 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (CSN-CA, FS-W)
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.