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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/20/14

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Jets, Blackhawks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

March 20, 2014

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After a relatively thin schedule in the NHL last night (four games), we’ll be getting a shot in the arm this evening with nine matchups on the slate. Before we settle in and wait on those pucks to hit the ice, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there in the headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.

Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: Stamkos had a great game in his return home to his native Toronto last night. He recorded a natural hat trick in a 5-3 victory over the Maple Leafs, which gives him 19 goals and 11 assists in 24 games this year. Ben Bishop helped out on the defensive end with 36 saves on 39 shots.
The Lightning are halfway done with their week. They’ll head to Ottawa tonight, then move on down to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/20/14

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Corey Crawford, G, Chicago Blackhawks: In last night’s big matchup between the Blackhawks and Blues, the latest round went to Chicago. Crawford was holding it down defensively, stopping all 23 shots that he faced in a 4-0 victory. Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith each had a goal.
Chicago is 2-1 this week, and they’ll try to improve on that tomorrow night at home against the Hurricanes. Nashville comes to town on Sunday.

Blake Wheeler, RW, Winnipeg Jets: Wheeler got to play the hero in last night’s closest (and lone overtime) game. He netted the game-winner in the extra period, lifting the Jets to a 5-4 victory over Colorado. Wheeler also notched a pair of assists along the way. Also of note, Andrew Ladd had a pair of scores himself.
The Jets have scored at least five goals in two of their three games this week. We’ll see if they can keep the offense going on Saturday against Carolina.

Eddie Lack, G, Vancouver Canucks: Lack had a good outing last night, and it was a nice bounce-back from his last appearance. He logged 30 saves in a 2-0 shutout over Nashville, his fourth blank of the season so far. Nicklas Jensen and Alexander Edler each posted a goal in the win.
The Canucks will get a few days off before their next game. Buffalo comes to town on Sunday, then they’ll head to Minnesota on Wednesday.

NHL Daily Schedule: 18 teams will be in action tonight, so it’ll be a very busy evening for us hockey fans. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

7:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at New Jersey Devils (FS-N+, MSG PLUS)
Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers (FS-SW, CSN-PH)

7:30 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens (RDS, FS-O, TSN-HABS)
Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators (SUN, SNET-E, TVA)
Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings (NHLN-US, ROOT, FS-D)

9:30 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres at Edmonton Oilers (TSN, MSG-B)

10:00 PM ET:
Florida Panthers at Phoenix Coyotes (FS-F, FS-A)

10:30 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at Los Angeles Kings (CSN-DC+, FS-W)
Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks (PRIME, CSN-CA)

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