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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/3/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Datsyuk, the Avs and more

October 3, 2013

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The openers continued last night in the NHL, as we were treated to another set of three games. We’ll be getting a comparable overload tonight, as 16 teams will be out on the ice in a packed schedule that will keep us busy until the wee hours. While we’re waiting on the pucks to drop, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.

Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs: It’s been a pretty good week for Kessel. On Tuesday, he received a contract extension worth a hefty $64 million over eight years. He celebrated that signing with a big opening week win against the Flyers. Kessel managed a goal in just over 20 minutes of ice time in the 3-1 victory, which gives him two points over the Leafs’ pair of games thus far.
Next up, Toronto will head back home to face Ottawa Saturday night.

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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/3/13

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Jonathan Bernier, G, Toronto Maple Leafs: We’ve got to give some props to Bernier in this one as well. He won his Leafs debut, allowing just one score and racking up 32 saves. It was a promising start for Leafs fans, who watched fellow goalie James Reimer open things up with a victory on Tuesday.
It’s been a very good start for 2-0 Toronto, who is trying to return to postseason success after a disappointing series last year. With the tag-team of Bernier and Reimer operating at full capacity, there’s reason to believe the team can find some success.

Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit Red Wings: There wasn’t much scoring to speak of in the Red Wings’ Eastern Conference debut last night, but that’s okay with Detroit. They took a tight 2-1 win on the strength of Datsyuk’s first-period goal and never looked back, save for a late score from the Sabres.
Red Wings net-minder Jimmy Howard deserves mention here as well, as he held down the fort with 19 saves. Detroit will hit the road for their next pair of games, which starts tomorrow against Carolina and resumes Saturday in Boston.

Semyon Varlamov, G, Colorado Avalanche: It was a very promising opening night for Varlamov and the Avs, as they utterly destroyed the Ducks. He managed an impressive 36 saves on 37 shots in the 6-1 rout, helping new head coach Patrick Roy to a debut win.
Ryan O’Reilly got things started in the first (he finished with a goal and an assist), and the team never looked back.
In the upcoming future, the Avalanche will stay at home tomorrow night against Nashville, then take a few days off before beginning their first road trip of the season. That begins Tuesday in Toronto.

What to Watch Tonight: Hockey fans will have a lot to choose from tonight, as there are eight games on the schedule in the coming hours. Let’s take a quick look at the slate of games for this evening.

7:00 PM ET:
Tampa Bay at Boston
New Jersey at Pittsburgh
Calgary at Washington

8:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles at Minnesota

8:30 PM ET:
Nashville at St. Louis
Florida at Dallas

10:00 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Phoenix
Vancouver at San Jose

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