NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/16/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Grabner, Finland-Canada, Post-Olympics Schedule and More
February 16, 2014
We’re amid a busy Olympic weekend on the international hockey stage, and it’s a great time to check out the big NHL players outside of their usual element. Before we get going on today’s games, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there who are making headlines on and off the ice. Here’s the latest.
Aleksander Barkov, C, Florida Panthers: Bad news for the Panthers this morning. Barkov has been given a recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks after getting an MRI on his injured knee after the game on Friday.
There’s been some speculation that the injury could cost him the rest of the NHL season, but for now the Panthers are trying to stay optimistic. We’ll keep you posted on his healing process. The rookie Barkov has eight goals and 16 assists in 54 games for Florida this season.
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Tomas Kopecky, LW, Florida Panthers: Well, it seems like the Panthers are getting a raw deal on this whole Olympics thing. Kopecky is also hurt, and was out for Slovakia in today’s game against Russia. Word is that it’s a possible head injury, which brings to light a whole bunch of troubling scenarios.
Kopecky was on the wrong end of an elbow against Slovenia yesterday, and it remains to be seen how severe his injury is. It’s possible that he’s just being held out as a precaution--however it’s also possible that he sustained a concussion. We won’t know anything until we get another injury report on him.
Michael Grabner, RW, New York Islanders: Very, very early this morning, the Austrians took care of business against Norway in their matchup. The final score was 3-1, with Grabner playing the hero once again. He put up two goals and an assist in the victory, which gives him five scores and one helper in three games during these Olympics.
Austria finishes the opening round with a 1-2 record (and Norway was beat up at 0-3). Today we’ll find out what the matchups look like for the elimination round.
What to Watch Today: If you weren’t able to wake up early (or stay up late) to catch the first three games on today’s Olympic schedule, there’s one more coming up in the next few hours, and it should be a good one. At 12:00 PM ET We’ll see Finland and Canada clash out on the ice for the right to get a bye into the quarterfinal round of the tournament. (The loser could conceivably skip ahead as well; It all depends on goal differential once the round is finished.)
Both teams are 2-0, and dealt relatively easily with group-mates Norway and Austria. These two haven’t met in Olympic competition since 2006 but the momentum has to be with team Canada right now. Their all-star lineup looked every bit the gold medal contender in their last game, as they put the hammer down on Austria. Still, Finland has been playing well and could prove a formidable foe. Regardless, it’ll be a good game with plenty of NHL stars out there, so make sure you’re watching.
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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