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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/19/13

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

October 19, 2013

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We’re coming off a relatively quiet evening in the NHL, with just a pair of games on last night’s schedule. Things will be kicking back into gear in a big way today, however, as there are a whopping 13 matchups on tap in the coming hours. Let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines happening around the league while we’re waiting for those pucks to drop. Here’s the latest.

Jonas Hiller, G, Anaheim Ducks: Both of last night’s games ended in shootouts, so it was a great night to be a hockey fan. We’ll start in Anaheim, where Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller allowed an early goal and a go-ahead score in the third, but his offense was able to keep pace. He’d end up with 32 saves in the 3-2 victory, capped off by a tight 4-3 shootout performance.
Hiller has been pretty consistent thus far, posting four wins and allowing six goals in that frame. Next up, the Ducks will finish off their home-stand with a game against the Stars tomorrow. After that, they’ll hit the road for an eight-game trip starting in Toronto on Tuesday.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/19/13

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Alexander Steen, LW, St. Louis Blues: Steen managed to work himself into a tie for the league lead in goals last night against the Jets, but it was all for naught. Winnipeg stormed back from a 3-1 deficit to tie it up late in the third, then take the game on a 3-2, seven-round shootout.
Still, the Blues have a lot to be optimistic about thus far. Steen has been on fire, failing to record a point only once this season and helping the team to a 5-1-1 record. They’ve got a while to rest and work things out before their next game: St. Louis will host Vancouver on Friday evening.

Current League Leaders: While we’ve got a little bit of downtime, let’s take a look at the leader boards in a few of the significant statistical categories so far this year. We’ve seen some excellent performances already this season, and we’re bound to get many more as the NHL campaign progresses.

Points: Sidney Crosby, PIT (14)
Goals: Alexander Steen, STL and Tomas Hertl, SJS (7)
Assists: Henrik Sedin, VAN (9)
Plus-Minus: Matt Niskanen, PIT (10)
Goals Allowed Average: Josh Harding, MIN (1.15)
Save Percentage: Thomas Greiss, PHX (.956)

NHL Daily Schedule: The hockey action will be starting early this afternoon, and it won’t let up until the wee hours of the morning, so secure yourself a nice, comfortable spot on the couch. Here’s the complete schedule for today, as well as the times and TV networks where you can catch the games.

Saturday, October 19, 2013:

1:00 PM ET:
Vancouver at Pittsburgh (NHLN-US, SNET-P, ROOT)

2:00 PM ET:
Edmonton at Ottawa (SNET-W, SNET-E, TVA)

7:00 PM ET Games:
Colorado at Buffalo (ALT, MSG-B)
Nashville at Montreal (CBC, RDS, FS-TN)
Boston at Tampa Bay (NESN, SUN)
Minnesota at Florida (FS-N, FS-F)
NY Rangers at New Jersey (MSG, MSG PLUS)
Carolina at NY Islanders (SPSO, MSG PLUS 2)
Columbus at Washington (FS-O, CSN-DC)
Toronto at Chicago (CBC, NHLN-US, WGN)

9:00 PM ET:
Detroit at Phoenix (FS-D, FS-A)

10:00 PM ET:
Calgary at San Jose (CBC, CSN-CA)

10:30 PM ET:
Dallas at Los Angeles (FS-SW, FS-W)

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