NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/31/13
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blackhawks, tonight's TV schedule and more
December 31, 2013
The NHL will be bidding 2013 a fond farewell today by treating us hockey fans to a packed 11-game schedule. While we’re getting settled in and waiting on those pucks to hit the ice, let’s take a closer look at some of the newsworthy players out there who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa Senators: It’s been almost two months since the Senators have been able to win back-to-back games, but that’s exactly what they accomplished with a victory over the Capitals last night. Anderson stopped 35 in the 3-1 win, the first time he’s allowed a single goal in a game since December 12. (Though he did have a shutout a few outings back.)
The Sens sit at 17-18-7 and will try to make it three in a row at home against Winnipeg on Thursday. They’ll close out the week Saturday in Montreal.
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Antti Raanta, G, Chicago Blackhawks: No Corey Crawford, no problem. The Blackhawks took a defense-heavy battle against the Kings last night, squeaking out a 1-0 victory on the strength of Raanta’s 26-save shutout. It was the first of his NHL career. The rookie has been pretty good for Chicago, collecting a 10-1 record and 2.21 GAA thus far.
Thursday, the Blackhawks will travel to New York to take on the Islanders, then they’ll head down to Jersey to visit the Devils on Friday.
Colin Wilson, C, Nashville Predators: Don’t look now, but Wilson’s got a three-game points streak going. He posted a pair of goals and an assist in Nashville’s 6-4 victory over the Red Wings last night, which gives him seven scores and 13 helpers on the season so far. Also of note were Mike Fisher (goal; two assists) and Seth Jones (two assists).
The Preds will be on the road in their final two games this week: Thursday against Boston and Saturday against the Panthers.
Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers: Things looked pretty bleak for the Flyers last night when they fell behind 2-3 to the Canucks late in the third. They were able to snatch a tying goal and eventually win the game in a three-round shootout, however, so everything worked out. Giroux had a nice outing, posting a goal and an assist. He now has 11 scores and 26 helpers in 39 games thus far.
The Flyers are in Calgary tonight, then they’ll head to Colorado on Thursday and Phoenix on Saturday.
NHL Daily Schedule: Today’s action starts in the early afternoon, so be sure to reserve that spot on the couch extra-early. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013:
1:00 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils (NHLN-CA, ROOT, MSG PLUS)
5:00 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Florida Panthers (MSG, FS-F)
6:00 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild (FS-MW, FS-N)
7:00 PM ET:
NY Islanders at Boston Bruins (MSG PLUS, NESN)
Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes (RDS, FS-CR)
Buffalo Sabres at Winnipeg Jets (TSN, MSG-B)
8:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars (FS-W, FS-SW)
Columbus Blue Jackets at Colorado Avalanche (FS-O, ALT)
San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks (CSN-CA, PRIME)
9:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Calgary Flames (CSN-PH, SNET-W)
Edmonton Oilers at Phoenix Coyotes (SNET-EDM, FS-A)
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