NHL News: Player News and Updates for 11/2/13
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Steen, the Caps, tonight's TV schedule and more
November 2, 2013
With 16 teams out on the ice last night, it was a pretty active evening in the NHL. Today will be even busier, as we’ll be getting 13 games stretching from the afternoon to the wee hours of the morning. Before we get settled in for all of the heavy happenings, let’s take a look around the league at some of the news-making players out there. Here’s the latest.
Joel Ward, RW, Washington Capitals: Even with superstar Alex Ovechkin out due to an upper-body injury, the Caps had no trouble at all with the Flyers. Ward doubled his season-long goals total with a hat trick in the 7-0 victory, and goalie Braden Holtby nabbed 30 saves in the shutout--the eighth of his career and first of the season. There was an ugly brawl in the third period in this one, resulting in eight majors. We’d imagine the league will be taking a close look here.
In any case, the Caps will be skating again tonight at home against the Panthers, with their home-stand continuing into next week with games against the Islanders and Wild.
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Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: Malkin and the Penguins dominated the Blue Jackets last night, chasing goalie Sergei Bobrovsky at the 3:01 mark in the second period. They ended up with a 4-2 win after jumping out to a 4-0 lead shortly after Bobrovsky was pulled. Malkin posted a pair of assists in the win, giving him nine on the year. Also of note was Sidney Crosby, who notched an assist for a league-leading 22 points thus far.
The Pens will finish off this home-and-home set tonight in Columbus. After that they’ll be off until Wednesday, when they head to New York to face the Rangers.
Alexander Steen, LW, St. Louis Blues: Steen and the gang didn’t have too much trouble with the Panthers last night, cruising by Florida with a 4-0 win on the strength of a three-goal second period. The final score belonged to Steen, which gives him a league-leading 12 on the season. Net-minder Brian Elliott was also on point, tallying 31 saves to notch the 22nd shutout of his career.
After dropping two in a row during the latter part of October, the Blues have now taken three straight. Their three-game road trip continues tonight in Tampa Bay, then finishes up in Montreal on Tuesday.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit Red Wings: At the beginning of the second period, the Wings had a 2-0 lead over the Flames. At the end of the second period, things were all tied up at 2-2. Fortunately for Detroit, they were able to persevere and salvage a 4-3 victory. Datsyuk managed a goal and an assist in the win, his sixth score and eighth helper on the season.
This has been a good road trip for Detroit so far: they’re 2-0 in the four-game swing. Next up is Edmonton tonight, followed by Winnipeg on Monday. The Red Wings currently sit at 8-4-2 on the year.
NHL Daily Schedule: 26 teams will be out on the ice today, so it’ll be pretty difficult for us hockey fans to keep up with the action. That’s a good problem to have, though. With that in mind, here’s a look at the full schedule of games, as well as the start times and TV networks hosting the matchups.
Saturday, November 2, 2013:
3:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets (CBC, NHLN-US, WGN)
7:00 PM ET Games:
Anaheim Ducks at Buffalo Sabres (FS-W, MSG-B)
St. Louis Blues at Tampa Bay Lightning (FS-MW, SUN)
Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils (TCN-PH, MSG PLUS 2)
Boston Bruins at NY Islanders (NESN, MSG PLUS)
Carolina Hurricanes at NY Rangers (FS-CR, MSG)
Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals (FS-F, CSN-DC)
Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets (RDS, ROOT, FS-O)
Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks (CBC, NHLN-US)
10:00 PM ET Games:
Montreal Canadiens at Colorado Avalanche (CBC, RDS, ALT)
Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers (CBC, FS-D)
10:30 PM ET Games:
Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings (FS-TN, FS-W)
Phoenix Coyotes at San Jose Sharks (CSN-CA)
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