NHL News: Player News and Updates for 1/22/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Leafs, Stars, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
January 22, 2014
It was a busy evening last night in the NHL, and things will be slowing down a little bit today. We’ve got just three matchups to look forward to tonight, but on the plus side we should see at least a couple of pretty good games in there. While we’re waiting, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines in the NHL this morning. Here’s the latest.
Damien Brunner, RW, New Jersey Devils: Welcome back, Damien Brunner. He had a stellar outing in his return from a 14-game absence (knee) last night against the Blues, tallying two assists and a goal in the 7-1 rout. Brunner now has nine scores and seven helpers through 33 games.
The Devils will get a couple days off in this two-game week. Their next matchup is Friday at home against the Capitals.
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John Tavares, C, New York Islanders: The Islanders were able to overcome two early Rick Nash goals to eventually take a 5-3 win over the Rangers. Tavares had a heavy hand in the comeback, posting three assists. That gives him 39 on the year. In his last 11 games, Tavares has 11 assists and seven goals.
He’ll get plenty of chances to keep it going in the near future. The Isles’ next matchup is tomorrow at home against Pittsburgh, then they’ll host the Blues Saturday afternoon.
Alex Goligoski, D, Dallas Stars: The Stars had their defense working last night, and Goligoski helped make sure they had some offense going as well. He put up a pair of assists in the Stars’ 4-0 domination of the Wild, starting out their home-stand with a bang. Also contributing was Kari Lehtonen, who posted 18 saves in the shutout.
Four more home games for the Stars before they hit the road again. Next up is Toronto, who comes to town tomorrow.
Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs: Kessel has been cooking lately, and his hot streak continued against Colorado last night. He posted two goals in an eventual 5-2 road victory, which gives him six scores to go along with eight assists in just his last seven games. James Van Riemsdyk also had a nice outing with a goal and an assist.
The Leafs’ road trip continues through the end of this week: They’ll be in Dallas tomorrow, then head to Winnipeg to close out their trip.
NHL Daily Schedule: Just six teams will be in action today, but the matchups look pretty enticing nonetheless. Here’s a look at the complete schedule of games, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins (RDS, TSN, ROOT)
8:00 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings (TSN2, NBCSN)
9:30 PM ET:
Phoenix Coyotes at Calgary Flames (FS-A PLUS, SNET-W, SNET-CGY)
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