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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/4/14

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

February 4, 2014

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Yesterday was pretty busy for the NHL, and today will be no different. We’ve got nine matchups headed our way in the coming hours, so before those pucks hit the ice let’s take a few moments to check in on some of the notable players out there who are making news right now. Here’s the latest.

James Neal, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins got just enough offense last night against the Senators, and Neal got to play the hero at the end. He put in the game-winning goal in the 2-1 victory, scoring at the 1:55 mark of the overtime period. That gives Neal a three-game points streak, and he’s now got two goals and six assists in his last 11 appearances.
Next up for the Pens is a trip to Buffalo tomorrow. After that they’ll host the Rangers on Friday.

NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/4/14

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Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings: Howard didn’t start in goal for the Red Wings last night, but he ended up finishing. He came into the game in relief of starter Jonas Gustavsson, who was experiencing dizziness. Howard finished strong, collecting 16 saves in a 2-0 Wings victory.
Detroit will get a couple of days off before picking back up again on Thursday. They’ll head down to visit the Panthers, then up to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks: Just hours after learning of the death of his grandfather, Kane posted a fitting tribute in the stat columns. He managed a pair of goals and an assist last night against the Kings, helping to power the Blackhawks to a 5-3 victory. That gives Kane four goals and three helpers in his last seven games.
The Blackhawks are in Anaheim tomorrow, then will finish off the week with a visit to Phoenix on Friday.

Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers: Giroux has been on quite a statistical roll lately, and last night continued that trend. He put up a goal and two assists against the Sharks, helping the Flyers chase starting goalie Antti Niemi in the third during an eventual 5-2 victory. Giroux now has five goals and eight assists in his last nine appearances.
Two more home games this week for the Flyers: Thursday against the Avalanche and Saturday against Calgary.

NHL Daily Schedule: 18 teams will be out there on the ice tonight, so there’s a good chance we hockey fans will be able to find at least a few good games. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Boston Bruins (SNET-P, NESN)
Colorado Avalanche at NY Rangers (ALT, MSG)
Winnipeg Jets at Carolina Hurricanes (TSN-JETS, FS-CR)

7:30 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens (RDS, SNET-W, TSN-HABS)
Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (SNET-O, FS-F)
NY Islanders at Washington Capitals (TSN2, NBCSN)

8:00 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators at St. Louis Blues (SNET-E, TVA, FS-MW)
Tampa Bay Lightning at Minnesota Wild (SUN, FS-N)

9:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Phoenix Coyotes (FS-SW, FS-A PLUS)

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