NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/13/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Rinne, Team Canada, Post-Olympics TV Schedule and More
February 13, 2014
We’ve already gotten our first dose of Olympic hockey, with more to come today as the games continue to get underway. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few NHL names who are making headlines both on the international stage and back here at home. Here’s the latest.
Team Canada Net-Minders: We’ve got a working goalie schedule for the first couple of team Canada’s games this week, and there’s not much of a surprise here. Montreal’s Carey Price will be in goal today in the team’s opener against Norway, while Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo is expected to see the net on Friday against the Austrians.
Price has been solid for the Canadiens this season, racking up a 26-17-3 record with a 2.33 GAA and four shutouts. Meanwhile, Luongo has been able to put up a 19-16-2 mark with a 2.38 GAA and three shutouts.
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Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars: Team Canada has all sorts of depth on their roster, and that’s evidenced by the level of talent that won’t be seeing as much ice time out there as usual in the NHL.
Take Benn for example. He rode into the Olympic break with five goals and six assists in his most recent nine games, but he’s not expected to do much more than kill penalties on Canada’s fourth line. We’ll get to see him in his first action of the games (however long that may be) this morning against Norway. Benn has 22 goals and 29 assists in 58 games during his NHL season so far.
Frans Nielsen, C, New York Islanders: This week, we got an update on Nielsen’s injury, and it’s not going to be as detrimental to the team as it potentially could have been. He’s set to be out for a month with a broken hand, but thanks to the Olympic break, the impact will be minimal.
Nielsen will likely only have to miss four or five games by the time the season picks back up, so the team dodged a proverbial bullet with the timing of his injury. (He was slashed in the hand this past Saturday against the Avs.)
Nielsen has 18 goals and 25 assists in 60 games so far.
Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators: Let’s close things out today by returning stateside and checking in on Rinne. He’s reportedly going to be working out over his Olympic break, in a routine designed to help him get back on his skates a little faster.
Even though the workouts are a good sign, we still have no real timeframe on Rinne’s recovery from his hip injury. It seems like it’ll still take a while, but we’ll keep you posted. He’s been out since October 22.
Upcoming NHL Schedule: Due to the Olympics, we won’t be seeing any NHL games until the 25th of this month--and most of the league won’t get back into action until the 27th. That said, here’s an advance look at the upcoming games when the league kicks back into gear, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres: (NHLN-US, SPSO, MSG-B, BELL TV)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014:
7:30 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (TSN2, NBCSN)
Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens (RDS, TSN, FS-D)
10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche (TSN2, NBCSN)
10:30 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks (FS-MW, SNET-P)
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