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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/26/13

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

October 26, 2013

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It was a pretty busy evening in the NHL last night, with a full dozen teams out on the ice. Today continues the heavy slate of weekend action, with another 11 games to look forward to in the coming hours. While we’re waiting on those to get started, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out on the ice this morning. Here’s the latest.

Frans Nielsen, C, New York Islanders: Nielsen has been pretty hot to start out this season, which we’ll admit was a little unexpected. He posted another three points--a goal and two assists--in a razor-close victory over the Penguins last night. One of Nielsen’s helpers came on the game-winner late in the third to give the Isles a 4-3 win. For the record, he’s now got six goals and eight assists this season.
Performance-wise, the Islanders have been all over the place, resulting in a sketchy 4-3-3 record. They’ve got a couple of home games in their near future, starting tonight against the Flyers.

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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/26/13

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Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: Getzlaf had another nice statistical outing against Ottawa yesterday, and helped the Ducks emerge victorious in a tight game. He posted an assist on Anaheim’s first goal, then potted the eventual game-winner in a 2-1 outcome.
Also of note here was young goalie Frederick Anderson, who posted 26 saves and earned himself a two-year contract extension after the game.
The 8-3-0 Ducks are now 1-2 on their current road trip, with five games left to go. They’ll be in Columbus tomorrow night, followed by trips to Philly, Boston, Buffalo and NYC.

Ryan Kesler, C, Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks put up a solid effort last night, beating a good Blues team in overtime. Kesler posted the game-winner, giving Vancouver a 3-2 win. The team showed some resiliency after blowing a 2-0 lead over the course of the second and third period. Mike Santorelli also did his part, notching a pair of assists to give him five on the year.
The Canucks went an impressive 5-2 on this past road trip, and now they’ll be heading home for a three-game set. The Caps will be coming in on Monday, followed by Detroit and Toronto next week.

Matt Duchene, C, Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche are cruising so far this year, and their latest conquest came last night against the Hurricanes. Duchene was his usually-impressive self, accounting for a pair of goals and an assist in the 4-2 win. He now has eight scores and four helpers on the year. Colorado led pretty much the whole way, an expectedly dominating performance over the ailing ‘Canes.
The Avs now stand at an NHL-best 9-1-0 and have a three-game win streak to their credit. They’ve got another home game coming up tomorrow against Winnipeg, then will head down to Dallas to start out November.

NHL Daily Schedule: 22 teams will be in action today, with one game in the afternoon and the others piling up during the evening hours. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and the TV networks you can catch the games on.

Saturday, October 26, 2013:

3:00 PM ET:
Edmonton at Phoenix (SNET-W, FS-A)

7:00 PM ET Games:
New Jersey at Boston (MSG PLUS 2, NESN)
Pittsburgh at Toronto (CBC, ROOT)
San Jose at Montreal (CBC, RDS, CSN-CA)
NY Rangers at Detroit (NHLN-US, MSG, FS-D)
Buffalo at Tampa Bay (MSG-B, SUN)
Philadelphia at NY Islanders (CSN-PH, MSG PLUS)
Winnipeg at Dallas (CBC, TXA 21)

8:00 PM ET Games:
Minnesota at Chicago (FS-N, WGN)
St. Louis at Nashville (FS-MW)

10:00 PM ET:
Washington at Calgary (CBC, CSN-DC)

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