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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/2/14

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Stars, Bruins, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

February 2, 2014

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There’s not much going on in the NHL today, as the sports world’s attention will be focused on MetLife Stadium and the NFL this evening. That said, we’ve still got two afternoon games headed our way, which will provide a nice time-killer before the Super Bowl. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.

David Krejci, C, Boston Bruins: Krejci and the Bruins solved the Oilers’ Ben Scrivens last night with a barrage of shots, then held strong on defense for a 4-0 win. For his part, Krejci had a second-period goal to open the scoring, giving him three scores and seven assists in his last eight games. Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug also scored.
The Bruins close out the week at 3-1. They’ll try to keep that momentum going this week, starting Tuesday at home against Vancouver.

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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/2/14

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Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado Avalanche: The rookie MacKinnon has been crushing lately (well, all season really), and that trend continued last night in a dominant outing by the Avalanche offense against the Sabres. The youngster posted two assists and a goal, helping Colorado to a 7-1 victory. That gives MacKinnon 20 scores and 20 helpers on the season so far.
We’ll see if the Avalanche can keep their win streak going this week on their east coast trip. They’ll start things off in New Jersey tomorrow, then they’ll head to New York (Rangers) Tuesday.

Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs: Kessel kept his streak of strong play going strong last night, breaking out for four points against Ottawa. He broke through with a hat trick and an assist, helping the Leafs get to a 6-3 win. In the last 10 games, Kessel has come up with nine goals and 10 assists as part of a stellar year so far.
The Leafs are streaking, and will look to keep the good vibes coming this week. They’ll visit the Panthers Tuesday, then head to Tampa Bay Thursday before coming home Saturday to face Vancouver.

Dan Ellis, G, Dallas Stars: The hero of last night’s Stars-Ducks game was…Ellis? He came up with a shutout on 26 saves against Anaheim, helping the Dallas to a 2-0 victory. It was the first time the Ducks have been blanked this season. Ellis is now 5-5-0 on the season. Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn provided the goals for the Stars.
That’s a good way to start this road trip, which continues Tuesday in Phoenix, then ends in San Jose on Wednesday.

NHL Daily Schedule: Just four teams will be in action today, but we’ll be seeing an up-tick in games early this week. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Sunday, February 2, 2014:

12:30 PM ET:
Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals (NBC, NHLN-CA)

1:00 PM ET:
Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens (CBC, RDS)

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