NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/20/13
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Steen, the Avs, tonight's TV schedule and more
December 20, 2013
After a pretty busy evening last night, the NHL will continue the action this evening with another five matchups on the schedule. We’ve seen all sorts of interesting things on the ice recently, and we’re sure to see plenty more as the season continues. With that in mind, let’s check in on some of the noteworthy players and storylines out there while we’re waiting on tonight’s games. Here’s the latest.
Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers: With the Flyers down 3-0 entering the third period against the Blue Jackets last night, all hope for a victory seemed lost. Philly proved that you can’t count anyone out in the NHL, however, as they stormed back to take it 5-4. Giroux tallied the final pair of goals, and was absolutely crucial to the comeback with a pair of assists as well. He now has nine scores and 21 helpers on the year.
Giroux and company will try to make it three wins in a row as they finish off the home-and-home tomorrow in Columbus.
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Chris Kunitz, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Kunitz and the Penguins stayed hot last night, using a big second period to take the victory over the Wild. Kunitz stayed hot as well, notching a pair of goals in the 5-2 win. That gives him 20 scores in just 36 outings, which puts him on a 44-goal pace for the season thus far. Kunitz also has 17 assists.
The Penguins will finish off the week with another home game tonight against the Flames, then they’ll hit the road for games in Ottawa (Monday) and Carolina (Friday) next week.
Alexander Steen, LW, St. Louis Blues: Steen moved into second in the NHL goal-scoring race last night, notching another pair of scores in the Blues’ 5-1 win over the Canadiens. He’s got 24 on the year so far, which ties a career-high for him. Also contributing to the victory were T.J. Oshie (two assists) and Jaroslav Halak (26 saves).
The Blues will begin a pretty light week tomorrow with a road game in Edmonton. They’re in Calgary on Monday and at home against Chicago on Saturday.
Matt Duchene, C, Colorado Avalanche: Thanks to Duchene, the Avalanche didn’t have too much trouble with Edmonton. He posted a pair of assists and a goal in the 4-2 win, helping Colorado bounce back from a 2-1 deficit in the second period. Duchene now has 16 goals and 15 assists on the year.
Starting tomorrow, the Avs will be hitting the road. They’re in L.A. on Saturday, San Jose on Monday and Chicago on Friday.
NHL Daily Schedule: 10 teams will be out there on the ice tonight, and we’ve got a few really good-looking matchups mixed in there. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Friday, December 20, 2013:
7:00 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at New Jersey Devils (PRIME, MSG PLUS)
NY Islanders at NY Rangers (MSG PLUS 2, MSG)
Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes (CSN-DC, FS-CR)
8:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks (TSN, NHLN-US, RDS2, CSN-CH)
Florida Panthers at Winnipeg Jets (FS-F, TSN-JETS)
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