NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/18/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Zuccarello, Slovenia-Austria, What to Watch Today and More
February 18, 2014
The tournament bracket begins today on the Olympic hockey stage, and here’s where the action will really heat up. We’ve got some noteworthy matchups on the schedule in the coming hours, but before we get settled in, let’s take a look at some of the key NHL players and situations out there right now. Here’s the latest.
Slovenia-Austria Notes: Early this morning, Slovenia continued their impressive Olympic run with an equally impressive victory over Austria. The Kings’ Anze Kopitar started out the scoring at the 5:29 mark, the first of four different players to record a goal in the 4-0 victory. On the defensive end, goalie Robert Kristan recorded the shutout with 30 saves on 30 shots. In his past 120 minutes on the ice in the Olympics, he’s only allowed one goal.
Next up for Slovenia is their toughest test yet: They advance into the quarterfinals, where top-ranked (and undefeated) Sweden is waiting for them. That game is at 3:00 AM ET tomorrow (NBCSN, SNET).
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What to Watch Today: Assuming you’re not an insomniac or an early-riser, you probably missed the first two games on today’s Olympic schedule. Not to worry, however, as there are two more reasonably-scheduled matchups to look forward to today.
Both games are on at the same time, so you’ll have to channel-hop or choose sides. Latvia versus Switzerland and Slovakia versus the Czech Republic are the two matchups remaining in this round, and should both provide some pretty good hockey (12:00 PM ET on MSNBC).
The winner of Latvia-Switzerland will go on to face Canada in the next round: The Slovakia-Czech Republic winner will play the USA.
Mats Zuccarello, LW, New York Rangers: Rangers fans will want to keep an eye on Zuccarello’s status in the coming days; He’s been injured and was unable to play in his team’s game against Russia this morning. He was the only NHL player on Norway’s squad.
Zuccarello hasn’t had a great Olympics (zero points; minus-2 rating) but has been a solid piece in the Rangers’ quest for a playoff berth. He has 43 points overall in 58 games so far.
There’s no word yet on the severity of Zuccarello’s injury, but if he ends up missing some time, it’s a significant blow to the Rangers. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.
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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