NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/22/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Gold and Bronze Medal Games, Post-Olympics Schedule and More
February 22, 2014
It all comes down to this. After a very intense day yesterday, we’re ready to get the medal games going in the men’s Olympic hockey tournament, so it should be a pretty good weekend of action out there on the ice. Likewise, there are plenty of notable happenings that apply to the NHL as well, so let’s check in on some of the headlines both abroad and back here in the states. Here’s the latest.
Derek Dorsett, RW, New York Rangers: We’ve got a bit of an update for you on Dorsett this morning, and the news is pretty good. He participated in his second straight practice with the Rangers yesterday, and the hope is that he’ll return to action when the schedule picks back up on February 27.
That said, Dorsett still hasn’t gotten official clearance for contact just yet. He’s been out since January 3 with a broken fibula.
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Matt Moulson, LW, Buffalo Sabres: We’ve got equally good news on Moulson today as well. He’s been out since January 30 with an arm injury, but is expected to play against the Hurricanes when the Sabres pick back up on Tuesday.
Moulson’s name has been mentioned in a lot of trade rumors recently, so lots of teams around the league will be watching him when he returns to the ice.
Bronze Medal Game Outlook: There’s a sour taste in the mouths of both the US team and the squad from Finland. Each lost its semifinal game yesterday by a single goal, and the nagging feeling of what could have been will be weighing heavily on both sides.
That said, there’s still a lot to play for--hardware to salvage and something tangible to prove the trip to Sochi wasn’t a wasted one.
For the United States, their main focus will be offense. They were the highest-scoring team in the preliminary round, yet came up with a big, fat goose-egg in the face of Canada’s stout defense yesterday despite 31 shots on goal. They’ll want to get consistent pressure on the Finns’ side of the ice to generate legitimate scoring chances.
As for Finland, they’ll want to want to improve their execution on special teams. They blew five power play opportunities against Sweden, including a 5-on-3 that lasted 95 seconds.
The game is at 10:00 AM ET on CBC and NBCSN.
Gold Medal Game Outlook: Tomorrow, bright and early at 7:00 AM ET (CBC, NBC), we’ll see the Canadians and the Swedes play for the gold medal. Both teams sit at 5-0 in the tournament, with the winner going undefeated and the loser carrying the ultimate blemish until at least the next Olympic games.
This matchup is interesting because it’s not only the two favorites from this year, but also the two gold-medal-winning squads from the last two Olympics (Sweden in 2006 and Canada in 2010).
With both teams boasting strong defense and stout goaltending, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a low-scoring game (again). Whatever happens, there will be loads of NHL talent out on the ice, so it’s sure to be a very intense, interesting matchup.
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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