NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/20/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on USA-Canada, Finland-Sweden, Post-Olympics Schedule and More
February 20, 2014
With the quarterfinals all taken care of in an intense round of Olympic hockey yesterday, we’re ready to move on to the semifinal round in the quest for gold. Before we get settled in and check out the upcoming action, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy happenings with the NHL players out there both at home and abroad. Here’s the latest.
John Tavares, C, New York Islanders: We’ve got an update on Tavares this morning, and it appears we know the source of the injury that will keep him out of the remainder of the Olympic games. He’s nursing a knee ailment, suffered in Wednesday’s game against Latvia.
There’s no concrete timetable attached to Tavares, but if this lingers it’s a huge blow to the Islanders. It’s just speculation thus far, but there are reports of concerns that he may have injured multiple knee ligaments. We’ll keep you posted on his status.
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Finland-Sweden Outlook: The first of tomorrow’s semifinal games will drop at 7:00 AM ET (TSN, NBCSN). We’ve got an all-Scandinavian rivalry game on tap first, with Finland taking on top-ranked Sweden.
Finland finished off Russia in a dominant 3-1 outing yesterday, while the Swedes took care of business against Slovenia 5-0.
The Swedes have the obvious edge here, with net-minder Henrik Lundqvist logging two shutout wins already in these games. They’ve outscored their opponents 15-5 so far.
Finland, meanwhile, is looking for a bit of revenge. They were beaten by Sweden in both the Turin and Vancouver Olympics, but managed to pick up a bronze medal in 2010. We’ll probably see Tuukka Rask in goal for them.
Canada-United States Outlook: Here’s the big one just about everyone was anticipating since the quarterfinal round began. Canada and the United States will renew their own rivalry at 12:00 PM ET (CBC, NBCSN) and it’s sure to be a great matchup, with the winner going on to the gold-medal game.
The United States has the edge so far when it comes to scoring: They’ve netted 19 goals so far in the games, which is tops on that list. Their average victory margin is 3.25 goals, so they’re doing a pretty good job on the defensive end as well.
Canada hasn’t been nearly as dominant as most people thought they would be in these games, barely scratching out a victory over Latvia in the last round. Still, the Canadian roster is loaded front-to-back with NHL-level talent, and it won’t take much to get them going.
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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