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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 1/17/14

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

January 17, 2014

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After a very busy evening last night, the NHL will be slowing down tonight with just two matchups on the schedule. That said, there are still plenty of storylines to go over today, so let’s take a closer look at some of the players and teams who are making headlines around the league this morning. Here’s the latest.

Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers: If you like defense and goalie duels, this was the game for you. Lundqvist stopped all 38 shots that came in his vicinity last night against the Red Wings, helping the Rangers to a 1-0 victory. It was his third shutout of the year. Lundqvist is now 4-1 in his last five appearances and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game during that time.
The Rangers will finish off the week in Ottawa tomorrow, then host the Capitals on Sunday.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 1/17/14

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Alex Stalock, G, San Jose Sharks: Speaking of shutouts, Stalock got one last night, which was the first of his NHL career. He stopped all 24 shots on the way to a 3-0 road win against the Panthers. Helping Stalock out were Joe Thornton (goal) and Joe Pave ski (goal; assist).
The Sharks are in Tampa Bay tomorrow to finish off their road trip. They’ll begin a home-stand Monday against Calgary.

Mike Smith, G, Phoenix Coyotes: While we’re on the subject of awesome goalie play, let’s check out Smith. Not to be outdone, he had a shutout of his own last night, providing 29 saves in a 1-0 win over the Canucks. It was Smith’s first shutout of the year, and he needed all of 39 starts to get it. Antoine Vermette supplied the lone goal, with Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson assisting.
That was the first of a three-game home-stand for the Coyotes. Their next is tomorrow against the Devils. The Maple Leafs will come into town Monday to complete the set.

Milan Lucic, LW, Boston Bruins: Let’s move on from defensive accolades to a points specialist in Lucic. He posted a goal and an assist in the Bruins’ 4-2 road win in Dallas last night, his first points since Jan. 2 (and he did miss some time due to an illness). On the season, Lucic has 13 goals and 19 assists to his credit and carries a plus-12 rating.
Let’s look at the upcoming week for the Bruins. They’ll be in action again Sunday in Chicago. Monday it’s back home for the Kings, then they’ll head to Philly on Saturday.

NHL Daily Schedule: There are just two games on the NHL slate this evening, but we should be getting some pretty good hockey out of both. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Friday, December 17, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets (CSN-DC+, FS-O)

8:00 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks (RDS, NHLN-CA, NHLN-US, FS-W, CSN-CH+)

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