NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/23/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Smith, Sedin, Post-Olympics Schedule and More
February 23, 2014
With the conclusion of today’s gold-medal game in Sochi, we’ll be heading straight toward the latter part of the NHL season this week. Even with the Olympians still offshore, we’re seeing plenty of interesting developments around the league. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there right now.
Anton Volchenkov, D, New Jersey Devils: We’ll start things off this morning with a few injury updates that came in yesterday. First up is Volchenkov, who hasn’t seen the ice since January 31 due to a lower-body injury. The good news there is that he’s completely recovered and is expected to suit up for Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
Volchenkov has seven assists on the season.
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Reilly Smith, RW, Boston Bruins: There doesn’t appear to be anything to worry about with Smith, as he was able to return to practice yesterday. He’d previously missed out on Friday’s session due to an illness but is expected to be just fine for when the Bruins pick things back up.
In 57 games so far, Smith has 18 goals and 24 assists to his credit.
Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver Canucks: Before the Olympics, Sedin made the difficult decision to stay home so that he could rest up and get over his rib injury. Even though he missed out on a medal, it looks like that decision was a wise one.
Sedin is reportedly close to being 100 percent healthy again, and he was able to practice some last week. You can expect to see him back in action on Wednesday against the Blues. On the season so far, Sedin has 31 assists and nine goals in 52 games.
Bronze Medal Game Wrap-Up: Well, yesterday’s bronze-medal matchup between the US and Finland didn’t quite go as expected--it wasn’t much of a game at all, really. The United States looked like they had nothing left in the tank after a humbling loss to rival Canada in the semifinal round and didn’t show up against the Finns, who are a top-shelf opponent.
The Americans frequently left goalie Jonathan Quick hanging out to dry as their defense deteriorated, and on the other side that fiery offense that had been with them for most of the games was nearly nonexistent.
The game was at least reasonably close after two second-period goals from Finland, but then everything fell apart for the US in the third for what ended up being a 5-0 win for the Finns. It’s an obvious disappointment for the United States, and there’s sure to be a lot of second-guessing and “what-if”scenarios in the long four-year lead-up to the next Olympic games.
Upcoming NHL Schedule: We won’t be seeing any NHL games until the 25th--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 on Tuesday, 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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