NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/14/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Team USA, Team Canada, Post-Break TV Schedule and More
February 14, 2014
Now that the Olympic hockey action is in full swing, it feels a little closer to the NHL season again. There are all kinds of storylines out there this week, both on the international stage and back here in the states. With that in mind, let’s check out a few of the noteworthy topics on key players and situations in the headlines. Here’s the latest.
Pascal Dupuis, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: We got an update on Dupuis’ status yesterday, and everything looks to be as expected with him. He underwent knee surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ACL, and the procedure was successful. We haven’t seen any announcements about his recovery timeline emerge from Pittsburgh, but it’s widely assumed that he’ll be out for the remainder of this season.
That said, Dupuis is expected to make a full recovery and be back next year none the worse for wear. In the meantime, you may see the Pens hit the trade market for a replacement in the coming days.
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Team USA Outlook: Let’s move on to the Olympic games now, and check in on team USA. Their opening round yesterday went just about as well as could be expected, thanks to a 7-1 stomping of Slovakia. Phil Kessel led the way in this one with three points, but there were plenty more contributors across the board. Six different players scored goals, and 11 players had at least one point. Defensively, Jonathan Quick held down the fort with 22 saves on 23 shots.
Interestingly enough, it was the first time that team USA had beaten Slovakia in the games; they’d tied once and lost once in their previous two meetings.
Next up for the Americans is a big showdown with Russia. The Russians are coming off a 5-2 win over Slovenia. The big matchup takes place bright and early Saturday morning (7:30 AM ET, NBCSN, CBC).
Team Canada Outlook: Moving northward, let’s take a peek at how team Canada is faring thus far. They got started out pretty well themselves yesterday, posting a closer-than-expected 3-1 win over Norway. Shea Weber, Jamie Benn and Drew Doughty each had a goal, with net-minder Carey Price stopping 19 of 20 shots on goal for the win.
The Canadians have all sorts of talent on their roster, so anything less than a blowout would have raised some eyebrows regardless. Still, they got the win and they can worry about developing increased chemistry as the games wear on.
Canada won’t get much time to think about it, though: They’ll be back in action today against Austria, who lost their opener to Finland 8-4. That one’s at 12:00 PM ET (CBC, USA).
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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