NHL News: Player News and Updates for 1/7/15
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Daily Schedule and More
January 7, 2015
After a heavy night of NHL activity last night, the league will be easing up a bit with just four games on the schedule in the coming hours. There’s still plenty to talk about in the meantime, however, so let’s take this opportunity to check out some of the notable happenings and players out there today.
Patrik Elias, C, New Jersey Devils: Yesterday was a red-letter date for Elias. He posted a goal and two assists in the Devils’ 4-1 win over the Sabres at Prudential Center, giving him 1,000 points for his career. He also reached the 600 assist mark.
Elias has been in 1,187 games during his NHL tenure, all of them in New Jersey. The Devils are 15-20-7 now.
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Nikita Kucherov, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning got some nice efforts from key players yesterday in a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens at Bell Centre. Kucherov posted a pair of assists, while Tyler Johnson managed two power-play goals.
Ben Bishop put up 20 saves in the victory, while J.T. Brown and Brett Connolly provided the other goals.
The Lightning have won six of their last seven and are 26-12-4 now.
Semyon Varlamov, G, Colorado Avalanche: Varlamov was at his best last night, and he was the lynchpin behind a 2-0 victory over the Blackhawks. He posted a whopping 54 saves in the shutout.
Chicago outshot the Avs 54-24, but thanks to Varlamov’s performance--not to mention a goal and an assist from Nathan MacKinnon and two helpers from John Mitchell--Colorado was able to take the win.
David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues: Speaking of stellar performances, Backes certainly had one last night against the Coyotes. He nabbed four goals in the 6-0 blowout victory, making him the fifth St. Louis player with a hat trick this season.
T.J. Oshie put up three assists and Paul Stastny provided a goal and a helper of his own. Brian Elliott made 23 saves in what was his second shutout this year.
NHL Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games on the NHL schedule, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015:
7:00 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs (SN, CSN-DC)
8:00 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins (NBCSN, TVA)
9:30 PM ET:
Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames (SN, FS-D+)
10:30 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Anaheim Ducks (NBCSN, MSG+)
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