NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/16/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the East Final, Sharks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 16, 2014
After a brief lull in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, we’ll be getting back to the business at hand this evening. While we’re waiting on the puck to drop in the final Game 7 of the second round, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Andrew Shaw, C, Chicago Blackhawks: We’ve got a bit of news on Shaw (lower-body), and it seems to be positive. Coach Q reported yesterday that Shaw will start skating again this weekend, and at that point the team would make a determination on what to do with him next.
The team is hoping that Shaw will be able to return during these Western Conference Finals, but the feeling is that it’ll be Game 2 at the earliest. He hasn’t played since May 2, so he’ll need multiple sessions to get his legs back.
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Sharks Losing Two Notable Names: San Jose won’t look quite the same next year as they prune their lineup and try to get a little younger. Reports emerged yesterday that stated the Sharks wouldn’t be bringing back two of their veterans. One is defenseman Dan Boyle, who is 37 years old and could be mulling retirement anyway. He may be able to catch on somewhere else if he decides to continue.
The other Shark who won’t be coming back is Martin Havlat, who is 33 years of age. That sounds like a pretty significant blow, but the team really didn’t use him all that much as the season wore on. He’ll likely sign somewhere else.
Canadiens-Rangers Outlook: In some ways, the Montreal-New York series will look like the gold-medal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Net-minders Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist faced off against each other in that one, and they’ll both get a chance for a rematch when the Eastern Conference Final begins tomorrow.
This marks the 15th meeting of these two Original Six teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they’re tied 7-7 through the first 14. Each squad overcame some real adversity to get here: The Canadiens were down 2-3 to the Bruins, and the Rangers had to overcome a 1-3 deficit against the Penguins.
Montreal held the edge in the season series (two of three), but there were only four total goals scored in those three games.
The key players in this one will be the top defensemen. Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Josh Gorges will be pretty much all over the place and will play a heavy hand in any Canadiens wins. On the other side, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh will be looking to slow down the offensive attack, which they’ve shown they’re capable of during these first couple of rounds.
All in all, it should be a great series. Game 1 is tomorrow.
NHL Daily Schedule: We’re getting back to the action tonight, with the final game of the second round. Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the next two days, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Friday, May 16, 2014:
9:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks (RDS, TSN, NBCSN)
Saturday, May 17, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (CBC, NBC, RDS)
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