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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 1/4/14

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

January 4, 2014

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We had a pretty light schedule in the NHL last night: just four games. That said, the slate today is packed with 12 matchups, and they’ll be starting this afternoon. While we’re getting settled in and waiting on those pucks to drop, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.

Patrick Sharp, LW, Chicago Blackhawks: Sharp is starting to get pretty good at this whole hat trick thing. He registered three goals in the Blackhawks’ 5-3 win in New Jersey last night, which was his second hat trick in the last five games. Sharp has 11 scores in his last 11 outings, giving him 25 on the year.
Chicago will return home to the UC tomorrow to face the Sharks, then will be in action again on Wednesday as the Rangers come to town.

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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 1/4/14

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Chris Kunitz, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins: Kunitz was just one of a handful of players to post a nice offensive game for the Penguins last night. He put up two goals and an assist in Pittsburgh’s 5-2 win over the Rangers, which gives him three goals and four assists in the last three games. Helping out were Jussi Jokinen (two goals) and Sidney Crosby (goal; two assists).
The Penguins have a busy four-game week ahead, starting tomorrow at home against the Jets. After that, they’ll hit the road to visit Vancouver on Tuesday.

Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning: Bishop wasn’t terribly busy last night against the Flames, but the work that did come his way turned out very well. He posted a 2-0 shutout, recording 19 saves. That brings him to 22-5-3 on the season. Ondrej Palat was a big contributor on offense with a goal and an assist.
The Lightning’s northern road trip continues tomorrow in Edmonton and concludes Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Ben Lovejoy, D, Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks got a big offensive lift last night from an unexpected source. Lovejoy posted a pair of goals in the eventual 5-2 win over Edmonton, which gives him three scores on the year to go along with his nine assists. He has seven points in eight games dating back to December 17.
The Ducks will be playing every other day next week. They’ll start things out tomorrow at home against Vancouver, then host Boston on Tuesday before heading to Boston on Thursday and Phoenix on Saturday.

NHL Daily Schedule: With 24 teams out on the ice today, it’ll be tough to keep up with all the activity. Here’s a look at the full schedule of games, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.

Saturday, January 4, 2014:

1:00 PM ET:
Winnipeg Jets at Boston Bruins (TSN-JETS, NESN)

3:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche (CSN-CA, ALT)

7:00 PM ET:
New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres (MSG PLUS 2, MSG-B)
NY Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC, NHLN-US, MSG)
Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (CBC, RDS)
Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers (FS-TN, FS-F)
Carolina Hurricanes at NY Islanders (FS-CR, MSG PLUS)

8:00 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets at St. Louis Blues (FS-O, FS-MW)
Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars (FS-D, FS-SW)
Washington Capitals at Minnesota Wild (CSN-DC, FS-N)
Philadelphia Flyers at Phoenix Coyotes (CSN-PH, FS-A PLUS)

10:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings (CBC, FS-W)

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