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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/11/13

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Duchene, tonight's TV schedule and more

October 11, 2013

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We’re still recovering from last night’s busy 10-game set in the NHL, and we’ve got another half-dozen matchups to look forward to tonight. While we’re waiting on those pucks to hit the ice, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names making NHL news this morning and see what we should be expecting from our second full weekend of hockey action. Here’s the latest.

Matt Duchene, C, Colorado Avalanche: The Avs are perfect through four games thus far, and Duchene can take at least some of that credit. He was solid again last night in a win over Boston, posting a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory. That gives Duchene four points on the year.
Also worth mentioning was the stellar play of backup net-minder Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who logged 39 saves in the shutout.
Next up for the Avalanche is another road game tomorrow night. This one’s against the Capitals.

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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/11/13

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Nathan Gerbe, C, Carolina Hurricanes: Speaking of the Capitals, they were edged out by the Hurricanes in their matchup last night. The Carolina win came on the strength of Gerbe’s third-period game-winner (his third goal of the season). That gave the Canes a 3-2 victory and was the icing on an evening that featured a pair of one-goal comebacks. They’ll host the Kings tonight.
Also of note in this one was perennial superstar Alex Ovechkin. He logged yet another score, giving him five goals and two assists to start the year.

Jonathan Bernier, G, Toronto Maple Leafs: Bernier’s outing last night was one he’ll remember for a while. He managed his first career shutout in a Leafs uniform, posting a 36-save effort in a 4-0 victory over Nashville. He’s now 3-1 on the year, allowing three goals overall. Chipping in on the offensive side were James van Reimsdyk (one goal, one assist) and Phil Kessel (one goal, two assists).
It’ll be interesting to see how the Leafs handle Bernier moving forward--he still isn’t technically the No. 1 goalie. We’ll see what happens tomorrow night at home against Edmonton.

Antti Niemi, G, San Jose Sharks: Niemi is off to a hot start, sporting an unblemished record after four games. He posted win number four on a 25-save outing against the Canucks last night, helping the Sharks to a 4-1 final in a big road game. Niemi has allowed just five scores thus far. He’ll try to keep it going tomorrow night at home against Ottawa.
In other notable news, rookie sensation Tomas Hertl was blanked for the first time this year, posting goose-eggs in 16:37 on the ice. He would have been hard-pressed to follow up his four-goal breakout from Tuesday night, however.

NHL Daily Schedule: The first of the weekend matchups are coming our way tonight, with a busy set of six games on the NHL schedule. Here’s a look at what’s coming our way this evening, as well as the TV networks you can catch your favorite teams on.

7:00 PM ET Games:

Phoenix at Philadelphia (FS-A, CSN-PH)
Los Angeles at Carolina (FS-W, SPSO)

7:30 PM ET:

Pittsburgh at Florida (RDS2, ROOT, FS-F)

8:00 PM ET Games:

NY Islanders at Chicago (NHLN-US, MSG PLUS, CSN-CH)
Dallas at Winnipeg (FS-SW, TSN-JETS)

9:00 PM ET:

New Jersey at Calgary (MSG PLUS 2, SNET-W)

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