NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/9/13
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Canucks, the Blackhawks, tonight's TV schedule and more
December 9, 2013
Capping off the NHL weekend yesterday, we had five games spread across the evening hours. We’ll get four more coming our way tonight, so there will be plenty for hockey fans to check out. While we’re waiting on game time, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Milan Lucic, LW, Boston Bruins: Lucic has been on a pretty good run as of late, and it continued yesterday against the Maple Leafs. He tallied a pair of assists in the 5-2 road win, which gives him a total of eight points (six helpers and two goals) in his last eight games.
This was the first of a busy stretch up north for the Bruins this week. They have games in Canada every other day: tomorrow in Calgary; Thursday in Edmonton and Saturday in Vancouver.
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Philipp Grubauer, G, Washington Capitals: Grubauer was recalled from the AHL just a little over a week ago, and he got his first opportunity to make a major impact yesterday against the Rangers. He tallied 30 saves in the Caps’ 4-1 road victory, recording his first win. Helping out on offense were Steve Oleksy (goal; assist) and Jason Chimera (goal).
It’s a relatively thin week for the Capitals; they’ve got just two games left in this seven-day stretch. They host the Lightning tomorrow and go see the Panthers on Friday.
Corey Crawford, G, Chicago Blackhawks: Here’s the good news: the Blackhawks posted a solid 6-2 win over the Panthers last night, with offensive contributions from Patrick Sharp (one goal; two assists), Patrick Kane (three assists) and Brent Seabrook (one goal; one assist). The bad news is that they lost goalie Corey Crawford in the process. He fell victim to a lower-body injury in the first period. If there’s a bright side here, it’s that coach Joel Quenneville said his injury isn’t believed to be serious.
The Blackhawks are in Dallas tomorrow.
Mike Santorelli, C, Vancouver Canucks: Santorelli has shown a real penchant for points recently, and he got his share yesterday against the Avalanche. He posted a pair of goals and an assist in the 3-1 win, giving him nine points in his last 10 games and continuing the Canucks’ win streak.
Santorelli and company will be back in action tonight against the Hurricanes. After that, they’ll host Edmonton (Friday) and Boston (Saturday).
NHL Daily Schedule: We’ve got four matchups on the NHL schedule tonight, with a couple of good-looking games mixed in. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Monday, December 9, 2013:
7:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa Senators (RDS, TCN-PH, SNET-E)
Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins (TSN2, NBCSN, ROOT)
10:00 PM ET:
Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks (FS-CR, SNET-P)
NY Islanders at Anaheim Ducks (MSG PLUS, FS-W)
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