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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 1/8/14

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blues, Coyotes, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

January 8, 2014

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With 10 matchups on the schedule, we had a pretty packed night in the NHL. The league will be taking their proverbial foot off the pedal tonight, with just three games on tap, but we should still be seeing some pretty good hockey out there. That said, let’s take a closer look at some of the players who are making headlines this morning.

John Tavares, C, New York Islanders: The Islanders have been on quite a roll lately, and Tavares has as well. He posted three assists in the team’s 5-3 road win over the Maple Leafs last night, which extends his points streak to seven games. In that span, Tavares has racked up seven goals and nine assists.
That was the first game of a pretty lengthy road trip for New York. It’ll continue through next week, with their next appearance Friday in Colorado.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 1/8/14

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Thomas Greiss, G, Phoenix Coyotes: With new Olympian Mike Smith sitting, Greiss logged the first shutout by a Coyotes goalie this year. He made 27 saves against the Flames, helping his team to a 6-0 blowout and his sixth win of the year. Among the offensive contributors was Lauri Korpikoski, who notched a goal and a pair of assists.
Next up for the Coyotes is a home game tomorrow against the Wild. They’ll follow that up Saturday against the incoming Ducks.

David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues: In just two games back from his upper-body injury, Backes has made quite a difference for the Blues. His latest outing last night against Edmonton resulted in a goal, on the way to a 5-2 road victory for St. Louis. That gives him a score and a pair of assists in his two games back from being hurt.
The Blues are in Calgary tomorrow night, then finish off their Canadian swing Friday in Vancouver.

Jonas Hiller, G, Anaheim Ducks: It’s pretty safe to say that Hiller is on a roll right now…as a matter of fact, “on fire” might be a better description, as he logged his 12th straight win last night. He made 30 saves on 32 shots on the way to a 5-2 Ducks win over the visiting Bruins. Helping out on offense were Nick Bonino (goal; assist) and the ever-reliable Ryan Getzlaf (assist).
The Ducks are two games into a very busy two-week span (nine games). They’ll be in Nashville tomorrow, then travel to Phoenix on Saturday.

NHL Daily Schedule: We’ve got just six teams in action today, but things will be picking back up very soon. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014:

7:30 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers (RDS, TSN, CSN-PH)

8:00 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks (TSN2, NBCSN)

9:30 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators at Colorado Avalanche (SNET-E, TVA, ALT)

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