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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/24/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blackhawks, Friday's TV schedule and more

December 24, 2013

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Last night was a busy one in the NHL, and we hockey fans will have to make it last for a while. We’re entering an empty stretch in the league, starting with tonight’s vacant schedule, which will last until Friday. That said, there’s still plenty to talk about today, so let’s take a closer look at a few of the noteworthy names out there and see what everyone’s up to.

Andrew Cogliano, C, Anaheim Ducks: The Capitals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the Ducks yesterday, but Anaheim was able to fight back. Cogliano scored to get things going and also added an assist on the tying goal. They’d eventually finish things off with a 3-2 win. That makes a franchise-record nine-game winning streak. As for Cogliano, he’s got 10 goals and 12 assists on the year now.
The Ducks will get a four-day break this week; Their next game is on Saturday at home against the Coyotes.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/24/13

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Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa Senators: Anderson shut down the streaking Penguins with a huge performance last night. He logged 27 saves on 27 shots for a clean shutout win 5-0. It was the Senators’ first victory after a three-game skid. Anderson is now over .500, with 10 wins on the year. He got help from a slew of players, most notably Erik Karlsson (one goal; two assists).
After the break, the Sens will pick things back up on Friday with the first installment of a back-to-back home-and-home in Boston.

Patrick Sharp, C, Chicago Blackhawks: Sharp has been peppering in the production lately, and that trend continued last night against the Devils. He posted a pair of goals in Chicago’s dominating 5-2 win, which gives him 18 scores to go along with 18 assists this year. The Blackhawks held Jersey to just 12 shots in this one, so defense ruled the evening.
Sharp and company will be back in action on Friday evening with a home game against the Avalanche. Saturday they’re in St. Louis.

Jarome Iginla, RW, Boston Bruins: Iginla had a heavy hand in the Bruins’ victory over the Predators last night, and it’s turning into a trend recently. He posted a pair of goals in the 6-2 road win, which gives him five scores and four assists in his last nine games. Carl Soderberg (goal; two assists) and Ryan Spooner (three assists) also helped carry the load.
The Bruins will play a home-and-home against the Senators when they get back to action. It begins in Boston on Friday.

NHL Friday Schedule: The league is shut down for the holiday break, but there’s no harm in taking a glance forward. Here’s a look at the schedule when the NHL picks back up on Friday, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Friday, December 27, 2013:

7:00 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins (RDS, SNET-E, NESN)
Columbus Blue Jackets at New Jersey Devils (FS-O, MSG PLUS)
NY Rangers at Washington Capitals (MSG 2, CSN-DC)
Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes (ROOT, FS-CR)

7:30 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (TSN, MSG-B)

8:00 PM ET:
Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks (ALT, CSN-CH)
Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets (FS-N, TSN-JETS)

8:30 PM ET:
Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars (FS-TN, FS-SW)

9:00 PM ET:
Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames (SNET-W)
San Jose Sharks at Phoenix Coyotes (CSN-CA, KTVK)

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