NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/17/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Bergeron, Russia, Tournament Schedule and More
February 17, 2014
What a weekend it was on the international hockey stage. We saw some blowouts and some close calls out on the Olympic ice, all leading up to the elimination round up next. While we’re waiting on those games, let’s take a look at a few NHL-related headlines out there concerning players both abroad and back here in the states. Here’s the latest.
Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins: Bergeron was the victim of a scary-looking injury yesterday in Canada’s 2-1 overtime win over Finland. He took a Shea Weber slapshot right in the stomach, but apparently he’s okay.
Bergeron has a nasty welt, but it shouldn’t affect his availability. He was able to stay in the game after getting hit.
Bergeron played in the Cup Finals last season with a myriad of issues, including torn cartilage and a broken rib.
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Team Russia Outlook: If the Russians want to nab the gold medal for the home team, they’ll have to tear through the best of the best to get it. They have to beat Norway, then Finland (on less than a day’s rest) in the quarterfinal.
After that, they’ll likely face Sweden for the right to get to the gold medal game, which could potentially include either Canada or the USA.
Those are long odds, but any team with Alex Ovechkin on it has a shot to outscore any opponent.
Playoff Bracket Outlook and Schedule: Now that the preliminary round is finished, we’ll be seeing a host of hockey action each day as the playoff bracket gets going tomorrow. Let’s take a look at each matchup in the opening round and see who the winner will face.
Slovenia plays Austria tomorrow at 3:00 AM ET (CBC, NBCSN). The winner will play No. 1 ranked Sweden Wednesday.
Norway plays Russia tomorrow at 7:30 AM ET (CBC, NBCSN). The winner will play No. 4 ranked Finland Wednesday.
Latvia plays Switzerland tomorrow at 12:00 PM ET (CBC, MSNBC). The winner will play No. 2 ranked USA Wednesday.
Slovakia plays the Czech Republic tomorrow at 12:00 PM ET (CBC, NBCSN). The winner will play No. 3 ranked Canada Wednesday.
The setup here is interesting, as it could potentially lead to a USA-Canada showdown in the Semifinal round on Friday. The medal rounds will be played this weekend.
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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