NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/16/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Lightning, Bruins, Today's TV Schedule and More
March 16, 2014
Yesterday was a busy nine-game set in the NHL, and today we’ll be getting another dose of the same. There will be all sorts of interesting things happening out there on the ice in the coming hours, so while we’re getting settled in, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Milan Lucic, LW, Boston Bruins: There were several contributors in the Bruins’ victory yesterday over the Hurricanes, but we’ll check out Lucic first. He posted a whale of a game, with a goal and two assists in Boston’s 5-1 victory. Also of note were David Krejci (three assists) and Jarome Iginla (two goals) on the offensive end.
That’s eight straight wins for the rolling Bruins, who are 45-17-5 on the season. They will host Minnesota tomorrow before hitting the road for a three-game trip that begins in New Jersey on Tuesday.
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Matt Read, RW, Philadelphia Flyers: Read has been peppering in the points lately, and he had himself a nice outing yesterday. He put up two goals in a 4-0 victory over in-state rival Pittsburgh, which gives him 18 scores to go along with his 15 assists in 58 games this season. Sean Couturier also aided the cause with a pair of helpers in the win.
The Flyers end their thin two-game week at 1-1, and will look to complete the home-and-home sweep today in Pittsburgh. They’ll head back home to face the Blackhawks Tuesday.
Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning: It’s been a while since we’ve visited with Bishop, so let’s see how he’s doing. Last night was a good one for him, as he notched a shutout against the Devils, notching 23 saves in the 3-0 victory. He’s 31-11-6 this year. Helping out offensively were Valtteri Filppula (two assists) and Michael Kostka (goal; assist).
That’s two in a row for the Lightning, who will head into a four-game week. They’ll start things out tomorrow at home against Vancouver.
Kyle Okposo, RW, New York Islanders: The Sabres just aren’t doing so hot. The latest team to take advantage of them was the Islanders, who posted a 4-1 win for Buffalo’s fifth straight loss. Okposo looked pretty good, notching a goal and an assist in the victory. Frans Nielsen (goal) and Anders Nilsson (33 saves) also contributed to the cause.
The Isles have just one game this week. They’ll host Minnesota on Tuesday and won’t get back to it until March 23 at home against the Blue Jackets.
NHL Daily Schedule: 18 teams will be out on the ice today, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a solid matchup or two. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Sunday, March 16, 2014:
12:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins (NBC, TSN2)
3:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Florida Panthers (SNET-P, FS-F)
Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals (SNET-O, CSN-DC)
Edmonton Oilers at Carolina Hurricanes (SNET-W, FS-CR)
4:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at NY Rangers (CSN-CA, MSG)
5:00 PM ET:
Colorado Avalanche at Ottawa Senators (ALT, SNET-E, TVA)
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres (RDS, TSN-HABS, MSG-B, BELL TV)
7:30 PM ET:
Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks (TSN2, NBCSN)
8:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets (TXA 21, TSN-JETS)
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