NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/14/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Lightning, Ducks, Wednesday's Playoffs and More
April 14, 2014
Now that the NHL regular season has wrapped up, all of the questions as far as seeding have been answered, however we’ve got some brand new questions with the impending playoffs. Let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the noteworthy players out there.
Justin Abdelkader, LW, Detroit Red Wings: The Blues can’t seem to do anything right lately, and that includes beating the Red Wings--or anyone else for that matter. Detroit took a relatively seamless victory yesterday, getting a 3-0 shutout on the strength of Abdelkader’s two goals. Pavel Datsyuk would add two assists and Petr Mrazek tallied 23 saves.
The Red Wings will face off against the Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 1 is in Boston on Friday.
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Anders Lindback, G, Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning went into yesterday’s game against the Capitals needing a win to clinch second in the Atlantic and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanly Cup Playoffs. They got one with a helping hand from their defense, with Lindback stopping all 18 shots he faced in an eventual 1-0 shootout win over Washington. Matt Carle scored in the first round of the shootout to nab the victory.
The Lightning will host Montreal in the first round, with the opener on Wednesday and the second game Friday.
Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim Ducks: Even though he had just three shots on goal and a plus-1 rating for the game during his 18:42 on ice, last night was Selanne’s night, as he was honored during his final regular-season game. Meanwhile, Anaheim took the victory 3-2 on an overtime goal by Nick Bonino.
Selanne will get at least a few more games in his career as the first round of the playoffs opens. He’s home against Dallas Wednesday and Friday.
Shane Doan, RW, Phoenix Coyotes: Speaking of Dallas, they dropped their final regular-season game to the Coyotes, even though it was ultimately a meaningless outcome that didn’t affect anything. Doan snagged a goal in the 2-1 win during his final game of the year, giving him 23 scores and 24 assists in 69 appearances. Jeff Halpern (assist) and Thomas Greiss (16 saves on 17 shots) helped out as well.
The Coyotes finish up with a 37-30-15 record, losing seven of their final eight games.
NHL Postseason Schedule: The stage is set for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the action begins on Wednesday. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (CBC, RDS, CNBC)
7:30 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins (CBC, NBCSN)
10:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks (TSN, NBCSN)
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