NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/21/13
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Ovechkin and the Caps, tonight's TV schedule and more
December 21, 2013
We saw some pretty good matchups mixed into last night’s five-game set in the NHL, but that will look like an appetizer compared to today’s heavy slate. We’ve got 12 games coming our way starting this afternoon, so it’ll be a busy day for hockey fans. While we’re waiting for game-time, let’s take a look at a few players who are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Kyle Palmieri, RW, Anaheim Ducks: In last night’s lone game decided in OT, Palmieri got a chance to play the hero. He netted the game-winner in the extra period, helping the Ducks squeak by the Devils 3-2. Palmieri also added an assist to give him five scores and six helpers on the season.
The Ducks will get back to it on the road against the Islanders tonight. They’re in Washington on Monday, then will get a few days off before returning at home against Phoenix Saturday.
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Michael Grabner, RW, New York Islanders: The Islanders got some major production from an unexpected source last night. Grabner notched a pair of goals in their 5-3 win over the Rangers, his first scores since the opener. Also helping out was Thomas Vanek, who notched the eventual game-winner in the third.
After tonight’s game against the Ducks, the Isles will be in Detroit on Monday. They’ll return to action Saturday with a home game against the Devils.
Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver Canucks: After the Blackhawks built up a 2-0 lead on Vancouver in the second period of last night’s matchup, all hope seemed lost. The Canucks stormed back to tied it up, though, and eventually took it 3-2 on a shootout. Sedin notched the tying score, giving him 12 on the season thus far.
That brings the Canucks’ road trip to a close, and they’ll play just one game next week. That’s tomorrow against the Jets.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, Washington Capitals: Ovechkin just keeps on scoring: He posted his 29th goal of the year last night against the Hurricanes, also adding an assist for 11 on the season. Nicklas Backstrom helped out a lot in the 4-2 victory, logging four helpers himself. He has 33 on the year.
The Caps will host the Devils tonight, then they’ll welcome the Ducks on Monday. After that, the Rangers will be in town on Friday.
NHL Daily Schedule: 24 teams will be hitting the ice today, and the action begins in just a few hours. Here’s a look at the full NHL schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Saturday, December 21, 2013:
1:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Pittsburgh Penguins (SNET-W, ROOT)
2:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Coyotes at Ottawa Senators (FS-A, SNET-E, TVA)
4:00 PM ET:
Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings (RDS, NHLN-US, ALT, FS-W)
7:00 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins (MSG-B, NESN)
Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC, NHLN-US, FS-D)
Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning (FS-CR, SUN)
Anaheim Ducks at NY Islanders (PRIME, MSG PLUS)
New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals (MSG, CSN-DC)
Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets (CSN-PH, FS-O)
Montreal Canadiens at Nashville Predators (CBC, RDS, FS-TN)
10:00 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers (CBC, FS-MW)
10:30 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks (TXA 21, CSN-CA)
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