NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/22/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blackhawks, Predators, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 22, 2014
Get that spot on the couch reserved extra-early, hockey fans. We’ve got a lengthy day of NHL action coming up, with today’s 11-game slate starting in the early afternoon and extending into the wee hours. Before we get geared up for those pucks to hit the ice, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers: Both the Rangers’ and the Blue Jackets’ defenses held strong during most of their matchup last night, but New York would prevail in the end. Lundqvist anchored the effort in the 3-1 Rangers victory, stopping 25 of 26 shots. He’s now 27-22-4 on the year.
The Rangers are 2-1 this week, and will look to improve on that tonight in New Jersey. They’ll host Phoenix (Monday) and Philly (Wednesday) before visiting Calgary (Friday) next week.
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Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks: Even though Patrick Kane (and a handful of others) was missing during last night’s game against the Hurricanes, the Blackhawks still pulled through. Toews, Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg each had a goal in the 3-2 victory, while Corey Crawford stopped 26 of 28 shots.
Chicago finishes off their week at 3-1 and will get back to business tomorrow at home against Nashville. Dallas comes in Tuesday, then they’ll visit Boston (Thursday) and Ottawa (Friday).
Chad Johnson, G, Boston Bruins: The Bruins have officially clenched themselves a playoff berth, so fans can rest a little easier this weekend. Johnson was a brick wall in goal against the Avalanche, notching saves on all 31 shots. Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg did the scoring in the 2-0 victory (Boston’s 11th straight).
The Bruins are 48-17-5 this year, leading the conference with 101 points. They’re in Phoenix tonight, host Montreal Monday, host Chicago Thursday and visit DC Saturday.
Matt Cullen, C, Nashville Predators: If you like offense, this was the game for you. The Predators edged the Flames 6-5, helped out by Cullen’s goal and three assists. Shea Weber also scored twice for the Preds, while Mike Cammalleri notched two goals and an assist in the losing effort.
Nashville desperately needed that win, and they’ll need to keep it going as well. Tomorrow they’re in Chicago, then they host Colorado (Tuesday) and Buffalo (Thursday) before heading to Dallas on Friday.
NHL Daily Schedule: 22 teams will be clogging the airwaves today, so we’ve got some tough choices to make. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, March 22, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers (FS-MW, CSN-PH)
Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins (NHLN-US, SUN, ROOT)
2:00 PM ET:
Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild (FS-D, FS-N)
3:00 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators at Dallas Stars (SNET-E, TVA, FS-SW)
4:00 PM ET:
Florida Panthers at Los Angeles Kings (FS-F, FS-W)
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC, RDS, NHLN-US)
NY Rangers at New Jersey Devils (MSG, MSG PLUS)
Carolina Hurricanes at Winnipeg Jets (CBC, FS-CR)
9:00 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Phoenix Coyotes (NESN, FS-A PLUS)
10:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers (CBC)
10:30 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at San Jose Sharks (CSN-DC, CSN-CA)
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