NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/8/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Sharks, Rangers, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
We’ll be closing out the pre-Olympics portion of the NHL schedule today, so make sure to get your hockey fix in the coming hours. From tomorrow until February 25, the league moves to the international stage, so there will be plenty of intriguing happenings on the ice. That said, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there this morning. Here’s the latest.
Benoit Pouliot, LW, New York Rangers: There were plenty of high-flying happenings involved in the Penguins’ game against the Rangers last night, so it was a pretty entertaining matchup to watch. The Rangers came out on top 4-3 in a shootout, thanks mainly to Pouliot’s two goals. That gives him three points in his last two appearances. He’s got 11 scores and 12 helpers in 57 games so far.
The Rangers finish up the week with a 2-1 record, and they’re 32-24-3 in all. Their next game is Feb. 27 against the Blackhawks.
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Anton Khudobin, G, Carolina Hurricanes: Khudobin had quite a busy outing last night against the Hurricanes. He put up 35 saves, allowing just one score in a 5-1 victory. That continues a pretty dominant run for him; He’s 13-5-0 on the year so far with a GAA of 2.09.
The ‘Canes will get right back to it tonight against Montreal. On the year, Carolina is 26-21-9 and will return from the break straight into a five-game road trip.
Mike Smith, G, Phoenix Coyotes: Not to be outdone, Smith was great against the Blackhawks last night. He tossed a shutout, stopping all 30 shots in the 2-0 victory. Smith moves to 20-16-9 with the win and will start again tonight against Dallas on the road.
The Coyotes currently sit at 27-20-10 and have been alternating wins with losses since Jan. 22. Once the break ends, they’ll come back to a two-game trip starting in Winnipeg on Feb. 27.
Tommy Wingels, C, San Jose Sharks: It’s been a busy week for Wingels, finishing up with last night’s game against the Blue Jackets. He notched the eventual decisive goal in that one, with the Sharks coming out on top 3-2. Wingels now has a three-game points streak going, with 12 scores and 18 helpers on the season so far.
The Sharks currently sit at 37-16-6, and they’ll come back on Feb. 27 to play the Flyers in Philly. That will start off a three-game road trip which will hit Buffalo and New Jersey as well.
NHL Daily Schedule: We’ve got 20 teams in action today, so it will be a busy outing for the NHL as they get things finished up. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Saturday, February 8, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Philadelphia Flyers (SNET-W, CSN-PH)
2:00 PM ET:
Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues (TSN-JETS, FS-MW)
3:00 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins (CBC, RDS, NESN)
6:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC)
Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes (CBC, RDS, FS-CR)
7:00 PM ET:
Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning (NHLN-US, FS-D+, SUN)
Colorado Avalanche at NY Islanders (ALT2, MSG PLUS)
8:00 PM ET:
New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals (MSG, CSN-DC)
Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators (PRIME, FS-TN)
Phoenix Coyotes at Dallas Stars (FS-A PLUS, TXA 21)
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