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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/31/13

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

October 31, 2013

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There were four games on the NHL schedule last night, and the majority turned out to be pretty good games. We’ve got three more coming our way tonight, so hockey fans will want to get their trick-or-treating finished up early so they can catch all of the action out there on the ice. In the meantime, let’s check in on some of the noteworthy players from around the league and see what everyone’s talking about this morning. Here’s the latest.

Jussi Jokinen, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Jokinen had a huge goal in the third period of last night’s win over the Bruins. He scored the decisive goal at 17:58 in the third to help propel the Penguins past Boston 3-2. Helping out were Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz, who also tallied goals.
Jokinen’s score gives him six on the year, to go along with a pair of assists. We’ll see how he follows it up in a home-and-home pairing against Columbus that begins tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.

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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/31/13

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Jonathan Bernier, G, Toronto Maple Leafs: Bernier has been a busy man lately. He tallied another 41 saves on 43 chances in the Leafs’ 4-2 victory in Calgary last night, as Toronto continued to get out-shot. The win brings Bernier to 6-4 on the year thus far, with a 2.31 GAA to his credit.
The Maple Leafs will finish off this road trip on Saturday with a trip to Vancouver. After that, they’ll get a few days to rest before hosting the Devils next Friday evening.

Tomas Tatar, C, Detroit Red Wings: Tatar has been in and out of the Red Wings’ lineups so far this year, but last night’s performance ought to get him some extra playing time moving forward. He posted his first goal (and first point) of the season against Vancouver, which proved to be the game-winner in the 2-1 victory. Tatar’s score came on a long slap late in the second period.
That stops a three-game skid for Detroit, as they improve to 7-4-2 on the season. It also begins their four-game road trip on a nice note. They’ll be heading to Calgary tomorrow, then on to Edmonton and Winnipeg next week.

Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles Kings: The Kings were able to put a stop to the streaking Sharks, but they needed overtime to do it last night. Last year’s Conference Semifinal opponents gave us another great game, with Kopitar’s game winner coming at 2:32 in the extra period. He also notched an assist to give him a pair of scores and 11 helpers on the year so far.
Let’s look ahead to what’s on tap for the 9-5-0 Kings. They’ve won three of their last four games and will try to improve that mark on Saturday against Nashville. After that, they’ll have two more games at home before heading out on the road during the middle of the month.

NHL Daily Schedule: Six teams will be in action during this relatively thin evening in the NHL, which will clear the way for another packed weekend of activity coming up over the next few days. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV stations you can catch the games on.

Thursday, October 31, 2013:

7:00 PM ET Games:
Anaheim Ducks at Boston Bruins (NHLN-US, PRIME, NESN)
Buffalo Sabres at NY Rangers (NHLN-CA, MSG-B, BELL-TV, MSG)

10:00 PM ET:
Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes (NHLN-CA, FS-TN, FS-A)

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