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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/25/14

NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Ovechkin, Miller, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

February 25, 2014

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After a long Olympic break, we’re getting back to it today. The NHL will be kicking back into gear this evening with a single game on the schedule, but the action will be ramping up as the week progresses. While we’re waiting, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.

Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals: Good news for the Capitals and their veteran star. Ovechkin has rejoined the team after the Olympic break (in which the Russians were bounced early) and looks like he should be good to go for Thursday against the Panthers.
Ovechkin had been dealing with personal issue (specifically, his father had a heart issue), but everything seems to be okay now.

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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/25/14

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Mikko Koivu, C, Minnesota Wild: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Koivu, so let’s see how he’s doing. The good news is that he was able to get through a full practice yesterday, participating in five-on-fives for the first time since he sustained his ankle injury all the way back on January 4.
As of right now, there’s still no word on whether or not Koivu will be available for Thursday’s game against Edmonton. Had the game been yesterday, he wouldn’t have played, though.

Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators: Now let’s move on to Nashville and check out another injury situation in Rinne. The latest update on him is that he was given clearance to increase his physical activity yesterday, which will be the latest step in his recovery from the infection in his hip.
Rinne has been practicing since February 19, but we don’t expect to see him on the ice any time soon. The organization will likely tread cautiously here and ease him along as much as possible.

Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo Sabres: In other goalie news, Miller is expected to get the start for Buffalo in tonight’s NHL comeback game against the Hurricanes. He’s fresh off an Olympic appearance and likely very tired, however, so don’t expect an immaculate performance out there.
Miller has been surrounded by trade rumors for pretty much the entire season, so hockey fans should get used to hearing his name in the news. We’ll keep you posted if the Sabres end up moving him to prune salary.

Upcoming NHL Schedule: Today’s the day, but most of the league won’t get back into action until the 27th. That said, here’s a look at the games over the next two days, 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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