NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/9/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Capitals, Flyers, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 9, 2014
We’re coming down to crunch time in the 2013-14 NHL regular season, and last night’s busy schedule provided a little bit more clarity on the potential playoff picture. We’ve got five more games lined up for tonight, but before we get to that, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Darren Helm, C, Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings are inching closer to what would be their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance, thanks to a big win over the Sabres yesterday. Helm aided the cause with a third-period goal, helping his team to a 4-2 victory and breaking a 1-1 tie. He now has 12 scores on the season.
The Red Wings remain one game ahead of the Blue Jackets for the first wild-card position. They’ll have a quick turnaround in Pittsburgh tonight. After that they’ll host Carolina on Friday and wrap it up Sunday in St. Louis.
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Martin St. Louis, RW, New York Rangers: St. Louis had a great outing for the Rangers last night, and it helped propel the team to a win. He posted a trio of assists in the 4-1 win, giving New York a two-game advantage over the Flyers in the Metropolitan Division. Also posting a big game was Brad Richards, with two goals.
Two games left for the Rangers: They’ll be at home tomorrow against the incoming Sabres, then will head to Montreal on Saturday to finish things out.
Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers: Now let’s check on the aforementioned Flyers, who clinched themselves a playoff spot last night with a victory over the Panthers. Giroux was a big contributor in the 5-2 win, accounting for a pair of goals. Vincent Lecavalier also helped out with a score and an assist. Philly missed out on the postseason last year and sputtered out of the gate this year so this is a big victory for them.
They’re in Tampa Bay tomorrow to visit the Lightning, then will head to Pittsburgh on Saturday and experience a triumphant return home Sunday against Carolina.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals: The Capitals are still alive when it comes to postseason contention, and after all the difficulties they’ve had that should be a minor victory. They’re coming off an impressive win over the slumping Blues, taking it 4-1 on the strength of Backstrom’s two goals. Alex Ovechkin also scored his 50th of the year and added two assists in the victory.
There are three games left for the Capitals, so we’ll see if they can help their cause. They’re on the road against Carolina tomorrow, then host the Blackhawks Friday before closing it out Sunday against the Lightning.
NHL Daily Schedule: 10 teams will be in action tonight, and the playoff implications are getting heavier each day. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014:
7:30 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Chicago Blackhawks (RDS, TSN, CSN-CH)
8:00 PM ET:
Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins (TSN2, NBCSN)
8:30 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars (FS-O, FS-SW)
10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames (TSN, KCOP-13)
10:30 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks (TSN2, NBCSN)
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