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NHL News 4/1/16: Kings Shut Out Flames, Take Pacific Division Lead

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Daily Schedule and More

April 1, 2016

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Tonight, the NHL schedule is relatively light, with just five matchups on the schedule. There’s a lot on the line as far as playoff positioning, though, so with that said let’s check out some of the notable players and stats in the news.

Jannik Hansen, RW, Vancouver Canucks: Over at SAP Center in San Jose, the Canucks bagged a road win over the Sharks last night, coming away with a 4-2 victory. They scored twice in the first and third periods, with Hansen logging a goal and an assist. As for the Sharks, they’re locked into the playoffs, but almost surely will not be able to move up in the standings after this loss. They’re four points behind the Ducks and five behind the Kings in the standings. San Jose has just four games left to play.

NHL News 4/1/16: Kings Shut Out Flames, Take Pacific Division Lead

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Jeff Carter, C, Los Angeles Kings: The Kings defended their home ice last night against the incoming Flames, taking a 3-0 victory. Carter posted two goals and an assist here, while Jonathan Quick had 21 saves. Anze Kopitar aided the cause with two assists. The Kings now sit atop the Pacific Division, one point ahead of the Ducks. Their 46 wins this year ties a franchise record.

Patrick Brown, C, Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes haven’t quit on the season just yet, and they displayed that last night against the visiting Rangers at PNC Arena. Brown put up a goal and an assist, while Jeff Skinner scored and had a helper as well in the 4-3 win. The Rangers scored all three of their goals in the second period. They would have clinched a playoff berth with a win here, but couldn’t get it done. They’ve now dropped to third in the Metropolitan.

Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars: Down at American Airlines Center in Dallas, the Stars got a relatively smooth win over the visiting Coyotes. Benn scored his 40th goal and had an assist in the 4-1 victory, while Antti Niemi saved 31 of 32 shots. Dallas has 103 points, two ahead of St. Louis. The Stars have four games left to play.

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.

Friday, April 1, 2016:

7:30 PM ET:

Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings (FS-N, FS-D+, NHLN-US)

8:00 PM ET:

Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues (NESN, FS-MW)

Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets (CSN-CH, TSN3)

9:00 PM ET:

Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche (CSN-DC, ALT)

10:00 PM ET:

Vancouver Canucks at Anaheim Ducks (PRIME, FS-SD, SNP)

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