NHL News: Player News and Updates for 1/31/16
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Daily Schedule and More
January 31, 2016
We’ve got just a couple more days to wait before the NHL starts back up, but in the meantime there’s plenty of All-Star news to keep us occupied. Let’s check up on some of the key players out there and see who’s making headlines.
The Predators’ Shea Weber won the hardest shot contest yesterday, nailing the two fastest shots of the day.
Weber’s hardest shot was 108.1 MPH, very close to the all-time record of 108.8 MPH set by Zdeno Chara.
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Now let’s get into some general league news. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made some comments yesterday about potential expansion, saying that the league won’t rush any decisions when it comes to adding a team (or more). Some potential destinations include Quebec, Seattle and Las Vegas, but the early we would see a new franchise would be the year after next.
In other news, Los Angeles will be the host city of the 2017 NHL All-Star Game. The Kings will be celebrating their 50th anniversary, and the league will be celebrating their 100th year, so they should have some great activities cooked up.
Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella should be back at the bench on Tuesday. He’s recovering from broken ribs suffered during a team practice.
Tortorella missed out on the final three games before the break.
The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane will definitely be a player to watch in the second half of the year. He’s leading the NHL in scoring, and if he keeps it up and wins the Art Ross Trophy, he’ll be the first American-born player to do so.
Kane has 73 points right now, which is a whopping 15 points ahead of Jamie Benn, who is in second place.
Another player to watch in the second half is the Capitals’ Braden Holtby. He has 30 wins so far this season and could challenge Martin Brodeur’s record 48-win season.
Here’s how it breaks down: the Caps have played just 47 games and have 35 left in a 71-day stretch. Holtby needs 19 wins for the record, and should get around 27 starts to do so. We’ll see if he can keep up his great run.
NHL Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the league’s daily schedule. Let’s check out the matchups, times and channels where you can find all the action.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016:
7:00 PM ET:
Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins (TVAS, TSN4, NESN)
NY Rangers at New Jersey Devils (MSG 2, MSG+)
Minnesota Wild at NY Islanders (FS-N, FS-WI, MSG+2)
Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers (RDS, SNE, CSN-PH)
Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins (RDS2, TSN5, ROOT)
7:30 PM ET:
Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals (NBCSN)
8:00 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators (SN1, FS-MW, FS-TN)
Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets (FS-SW, TSN3)
9:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche (CSN-CH, ALT)
Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers (SNO, SNW, SNP, FS-O)
Los Angeles Kings at Arizona Coyotes (FS-W, FS-A)
10:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks (CSN-CA, PRIME, FS-SD)
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