NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/5/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Red Wings, Canadiens, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 5, 2014
There will be playoff implications all over the place today during the NHL’s 11-game schedule, so it’ll be must-see TV for hockey fans. With that in mind, let’s take our daily stroll around the league before we get settled in to wait on those pucks hitting the ice. Here’s a closer look at some of the players everyone’s talking about this morning.
Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens: It’s pretty safe to say that Pacioretty is red hot right now. He had a stellar outing yesterday against Ottawa, logging three goals and a pair of assists in the 7-4 win (it was his third hattie of the year). The strange thing here is that the senators had a 3-0 lead in the first period, but then gave up seven straight goals to Montreal.
The Canadiens will pick things back up today, hosting the Red Wings. After that it’s off to Chicago on Wednesday.
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Ben Smith, RW, Chicago Blackhawks: Smith got to play the hero yesterday, netting a score in the waning seconds (19:56) of the Blackhawks’ game against the Blue Jackets. The result was a 4-3 Blackhawks victory and a solid offensive effort. Patrick Sharp also had a nice game, with a goal and an assist to his credit.
Tomorrow, Chicago will host the Blues, which should be a great matchup. On Wednesday, Montreal will come to visit.
Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils: Schneider is getting a bit of a run going, and it’s benefiting the Devils. He put together a nice outing yesterday against the Capitals, stopping 24 of 25 shots in the 2-1 victory. Over his last three starts, Schneider has allowed four goals. He’ll be in net again today.
This evening, the Devils visit Carolina to close out their week. Afterward, they’ll host Calgary on Monday and go to Ottawa Thursday before hosting the Isles Friday.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Detroit Red Wings: Detroit got off to a fast start yesterday against the Sabres, and they needed every bit of their 3-0 lead in the first period. Buffalo would score two unanswered goals, but Detroit would hold on for a 3-2 victory and two points toward their wild-card hopes. Alfredsson tallied his 18th goal of the season on the eventual game-winner and added an assist as well.
The Red Wings will be in Montreal today, then they’ll hit the road for two games: Tuesday in Buffalo and Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
NHL Daily Schedule: It’s going to be a long day of NHL hockey, which is just how we like it around here. Let’s take a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, April 5, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (NHLN-US, CSN-PH, NESN)
2:00 PM ET:
Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues (ALT, FS-MW)
5:00 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at NY Islanders (CSN-DC, MSG PLUS)
7:00 PM ET:
Winnipeg Jets at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC)
Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens (CBC, RDS, NHLN-US, FS-D)
Dallas Stars at Tampa Bay Lightning (FS-SW+, CW44)
Ottawa Senators at NY Rangers (CBC, MSG)
New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes (MSG PLUS 2, FS-CR)
8:00 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild (ROOT, FS-N)
10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks (CBC, PRIME)
10:30 PM ET:
Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks (SPSO, CSN-CA+)
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