NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/11/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Olympic Lines, Blues, Post-Break TV Schedule and More
February 11, 2014
We’re now in full-on Olympics mode when it comes to hockey, so for the next several days we’ll be watching the NHL greats out on the ice on the international stage. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the players out there who are making headlines and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
Barret Jackman, D, St. Louis Blues: While we’re taking this bit of down-time, it’s a good opportunity to look a little more closely at some of the lesser-known players out there who are putting up solid numbers. Jackman is one such name, and he’s been producing quite well offensively lately, with seven points over his last 18 appearances.
Two of those points (both assists) have come in the last three games, so Jackman is hitting the break in stride. If he can spend these next couple of weeks getting healthy, he could become a big factor for the Blues down the stretch.
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Michael Ryder, RW, New Jersey Devils: On the other side of the proverbial coin, we have Ryder, who’s been pretty cold out there lately. He’s got just one point over his last nine appearances, which is bad news for a team that needs to rely on him offensively.
Ryder has shown some spark at times, with 16 goals and 11 assists on the season, but hasn’t been able to sustain any sort of production for the Devils. We’ll see if he can get himself right when play resumes.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit Red Wings: Now on to the Olympic stage. The Russian national team got some good news Tuesday when Datsyuk was able to hit the practice ice, and word is that he’s planning on playing in the team’s opener on Thursday.
Datsyuk missed out on 14 games with a lower-body injury, but was able to come back for the Red Wings’ last two before the break began. He’s expected to be skating with Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk in the games.
U.S.A. Lines: We’re starting to see the potential line combinations for the Americans in practice, and needless to say they should be pretty interesting. This week, captain Zach Parise has been with David Backes and T.J. Oshie, a line made up entirely of Minnesota natives.
We’re also probably looking at a Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Joe Pavelski line, with another familiar combination consisting of Dustin Brown, Ryan Kesler and Patrick Kane.
Upcoming NHL Schedule: Due to the Olympics, we won’t be seeing any NHL games until the 25th of this month--and most of the league won’t get back into action until the 27th. That said, here’s an advance look at the upcoming games when the league kicks back into gear, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres: (NHLN-US, SPSO, MSG-B, BELL TV)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014:
7:30 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (TSN2, NBCSN)
Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens (RDS, TSN, FS-D)
10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche (TSN2, NBCSN)
10:30 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks (FS-MW, SNET-P)
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