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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/8/14

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Rangers, Blackhawks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

May 8, 2014

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Round 2 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight, with a pair of second-round matchups on the schedule. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about as we take our daily look around the league, so let’s peek at some of the notable players who are in the headlines this morning.

Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins are now on the doorstep of the third round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, thanks to another convincing road win over the Rangers last night. Malkin was one of the team’s many contributors in the 4-2 victory, logging a goal and an assist on three shots. Brandon Sutter (goal) and Sidney Crosby (two assists) were the game’s other two stars.
One down-note for Pittsburgh, however: Defenseman Brooks Orpik left the game due to injury after briefly returning in the first period. It was his first action since Game 4 of the first round. His new injury is reportedly not related to his old one.
The Pens can move on with a win tomorrow night at home.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/8/14

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Draft Focus: With most of the league at home now, it’s time to start looking forward to the upcoming NHL draft. Potential No. 1 pick Samuel Bennett, from the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, heads up a pretty impressive class of draftees. His teammate, defenseman Roland McKeown, will also be a first-round consideration.
McKeown is ranked No. 27 on NHL Central Scouting’s final list, and most draft pundits have him going in the first round. This past season he logged 11 goals, 32 assists and a plus-38 through 62 games.
We’ll be checking in with McKeown and several other potential first-rounders as the draft draws closer. It’s scheduled for June 27-28 in Philadelphia.

Andrew Shaw, C, Chicago Blackhawks: No one seems to be certain whether or not Shaw will be available for Game 4 of the Blackhawks’ second round series tomorrow in Minnesota. He suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 1 after a hit from a Wild defenseman, and though hopes were high he’d be able to come back in time for Game 3, that never happened.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville has been downright evasive when asked about Shaw’s status, giving noncommittal answers that lead us to believe Shaw really is a coin-flip probability for tomorrow. We’ll find out more in the morning, but for now it’s anyone’s guess.

Other League News: We’ve got a couple of other tidbits for you this morning, as there was some other activity around the league yesterday.
The Flyers promoted Ron Hextall to their general manager position, replacing Paul Holmgren, who will serve as the team’s president. Hextall played 11 of his 13 NHL seasons with the Flyers, and has served as a scout for the team before.
Elsewhere, the Blues gave coach Ken Hitchcock a contract extension that will run through the 2014-15 season. Despite his 124-55-20 record with the team, we’d imagine he’ll be on a short leash after the team imploded over the final half-dozen regular-season games and failed to make it through the first round of the playoffs.

NHL Daily Schedule: Four teams will be out on the ice tonight as they fight for their playoff lives. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.

Thursday, May 8, 2014:

7:30 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (CBC, RDS, NBCSN)

10:00 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)

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