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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/19/14

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Harding, Sweden-Slovenia, Post-Olympics Schedule and More

February 19, 2014

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The men’s Olympic hockey tournament continues today, with the quarterfinals on tap for the coming hours. Before we get settled in and check out all the action, let’s take our daily look around the league at the players who are making headlines both abroad on the international stage and back here on the NHL scene as well.

Josh Harding, G, Minnesota Wild: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Harding’s situation, so let’s see what’s happening there. The latest word out of Minnesota is that he won’t be returning to practice when the non-Olympians on the team get back to it today.
There’s still no concrete return date of any kind for Harding. The team remains hopeful that he’ll be able to come back this season, but they’ve also been shoring up their options (signing John Curry to a two-way contract, for instance). Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but it’s been speculated that Harding has had some sort of issue with his multiple sclerosis.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/19/14

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Sweden-Slovenia Notes: Early this morning was the first of today’s games, between Sweden and Slovenia. This one looked like it was going to be close, as it was 1-0 after two periods, but the Swedes pulled away in the third, slamming home four goals for a 5-0 shutout victory and a berth in the semifinal round. Carl Hagelin scored the final two for Sweden.
Fatigue was likely a factor here, as Slovenia couldn’t keep up with their well-rested opponents as the game wore on. Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist tallied the shutout with 19 saves.

What to Watch Today: Those of us who were unable to wake up early (or stay up late) enough to see Slovenia-Sweden and Russia-Finland have a couple more good games to look forward to today--both at 12:00 PM ET.
Team Canada will be back out on the ice today, this time against Latvia, who took care of business in a stunning victory over Switzerland in the opening round. They’re heavy, heavy underdogs against the favored Canadians, who will be starting Carey Price in goal today. (Broadcast on CBC, MSNBC.)
The USA will also get back to work today against the Czech Republic, who held on long enough to score a 5-3 win over Slovakia in the last round. The Americans have made a point of saying that they’ll be playing faster and more aggressively in these last games, so we’ll get to see if they do that today. Jonathan Quick will be between the pipes. (Broadcast on TSN2, 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)

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

 

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