NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/29/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Stars, Penguins, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 29, 2014
We’ve got a full 11 games of NHL action headed our way, and the games will be starting early this afternoon. That should make for a very pleasant start to the weekend, but before we reserve our spots on the couch let’s take our daily look around the league to see which players are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers: Giroux had himself a nice game yesterday, helping carry the Flyers to a victory over the Maple Leafs. He posted a goal and two assists in the 4-2 win, which was just his second score in the last 10 games. That said, he’s got 12 assists in that span.
The Flyers will play every other day next week: They’ll be at home against Boston tomorrow, in St. Louis on Tuesday, home for the Blue Jackets Thursday and in Boston on Saturday.
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Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh Penguins: Pens fans can breathe a bit easier this morning, as Pittsburgh punched their playoff tickets yesterday with a win over the Blue Jackets. Fleury anchored the defense, stopping 35 of 36 shots in the 2-1 victory. Adding goals were Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett.
The pressure’s off following that much-needed win, so let’s check out the road ahead for the Penguins. They’ll host Chicago tomorrow and Carolina Tuesday, then head to Winnipeg Thursday and Minnesota Saturday.
Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa Senators: Another net-minder who deserves some recognition this morning is Anderson. He was peppered with shots last night, but managed to stay strong, hauling in 46 saves on 49 attempts in a 5-3 win over the Blackhawks. It was his first game since March 10. The win will make the Blackhawks wait at least another day to clench a playoff spot.
The Senators will be very busy next week, with five games ahead. They’re home for Calgary tomorrow, Carolina Monday, the Isles Wednesday and Montreal Friday. After that they visit the Rangers Saturday.
Alex Goligoski, D, Dallas Stars: The Stars got some nice contributions in secondary scoring last night against the Predators, which helped them secure a win. Goligoski notched three assists in the 7-3 victory, giving him 31 helpers in 72 games this season. Seven different players scored for Dallas in this one.
The Stars will head to St. Louis tonight to begin a road trip lasting through next week. They’re in DC Tuesday, Carolina Thursday and Tampa Bay Saturday.
NHL Daily Schedule: 22 teams will be out on the ice today, and the matchups will have some serious playoff implications. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, March 29, 2014:
12:30 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals (NESN, CSN-DC)
3:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche (RDS2, CSN-CA, ALT)
7:00 PM ET:
Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres (SUN, MSG-B)
Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC, NHLN-US, FS-D)
Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers (CBC, RDS, FS-F)
New Jersey Devils at NY Islanders (MSG, MSG PLUS)
Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes (FS-O, FS-CR)
8:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues (TXA 21, FS-MW)
9:00 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Phoenix Coyotes (FS-N, FS-WI, FS-A)
10:00 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks (CBC, KDOC)
Winnipeg Jets at Los Angeles Kings (CBC, FS-W)
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