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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/9/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Tavares, Hertl's big night and more

October 9, 2013

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With eight games on the schedule last night, there are plenty of NHL topics to cover this morning. The season has just begun, but we’re starting to see some trends emerging out on the ice that could last the entire year. Let’s take a closer look at some of the news-making players around the league this morning and see if we can get a handle on where things are headed in the immediate future. Here’s the latest.

John Tavares, C, New York Islanders: The Islanders were coming off an embarrassing loss on home ice to the Blue Jackets, and they made sure not to repeat the same mistakes against Phoenix. Tavares led the way, posting a pair of goals in a 6-1 rout. That was his second consecutive two-point outing.
Tavares and the gang will get another couple of days off to gear up for their road trip, which begins this weekend. They’ll hit Chicago on Saturday evening, then it’s on to Nashville for a Sunday night game.

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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/9/13

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Steve Mason, G, Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers have had a rough go of things in this first part of the season. They came into a home game against Florida on a three-game losing streak, but were able to hold things together and bag their first victory. Mason was solid, posting 33 saves in a narrow 2-1 win. His only blemish came late in the second period.
The Flyers will continue their busy week on Friday, when they host Phoenix. After that it’s on to Detroit, where they’ll play the Red Wings Saturday night. Hopefully for Philadelphia, they can maintain some sort of momentum off this win.

Jussi Jokinen, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Jokinen’s familiarity with the Hurricanes served him well last night. Playing against them as a Penguin, he tallied an impressive hat-trick (including two power-play scores) in the 5-2 win. Two of his three goals came in the third, as the game was much closer than the final score would indicate.
Up next for Jokinen and the Penguins is their first road trip of the season. They’ll head down to Florida for a game against the Panthers on Friday night, then on to the Lightning on Saturday evening.

Tomas Hertl, C, San Jose Sharks: Likely the most impressive (though not totally unexpected) offensive display of the night belonged to Hertl. He tallied a whopping four goals in a 9-2 blowout of the Rangers, continuing his stellar play this season. The four scores ties a franchise record. Through three games, Hertl has six goals and an assist. It’s looking like he’s got a bright NHL future.
The Sharks are humming along this season, securing a 3-0 record so far. They’ll try to make it four tomorrow night in Vancouver.

NHL Daily Schedule: It’ll be another relatively subdued evening tonight in the NHL, with just three games on the schedule. Still, there are a couple of pretty interesting-looking games mixed in there, so it should make for a solid night of on-ice action. Here’s a look at the full schedule, and the TV networks you can catch the games on.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013:

Chicago at St. Louis, 8:00 PM ET (NBCSN)

Montreal at Calgary, 8:00 PM ET (RDS, TSN)

Ottawa at Los Angeles, 10:30 PM ET (SNET-E, TVA, FS-W)

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