NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/8/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Flames, Panthers, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 8, 2014
We’ve got another heavy NHL schedule headed our way today, with 10 games set for the coming hours. The action will start in the afternoon and creep into the wee hours of the night, so make sure you’ve got your spot on the couch reserved. Before those pucks drop, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Derek Stepan, C, New York Rangers: Stepan was one of the key players for the Rangers last night against the Hurricanes. He logged an assist and the eventual game-winner in the third (with an assist from Martin St. Louis), helping New York to a 4-2 victory. Also giving a big hand was Rick Nash, who logged a goal and an assist himself.
That’s it for the Rangers this week; They’ll pick it back up again tomorrow at home against Detroit. After that it’s off to Carolina for the start of their three-game trip next week.
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Johan Franzen, LW, Detroit Red Wings: Let’s head up and visit the aforementioned Red Wings. They were all business in a rout of the Devils last night, with Franzen providing a four-point night (two goals; two assists) in the 7-4 win. That gives him six goals in his last four games alone, and 15 scores on the season to go along with his 19 helpers in 36 games.
The Wings finish off the week on a strong note, but went 1-2 in their three games. After the road game against the Rangers tomorrow, they’ll head to Columbus on Tuesday then host Edmonton Friday.
Roberto Luongo, G, Florida Panthers: It was like Luongo never even left. In his first start for the Panthers since being traded, he logged a 25-save shutout against the Sabres, helping Florida emerge victorious 2-0. He now has 27 shutouts with the Panthers (a franchise record) and the 66th of his career.
The win gives Florida a 2-1 record this week and starts out their three-game home-stand on a high note. Up next is a game against the Bruins tomorrow, then the Coyotes come to town on Tuesday.
Joe Colborne, C, Calgary Flames: There are a few stars we can call out from last night’s Flames-Islanders game, but we’ll focus on Colborne first. He logged a pair of goals in the 4-3 win, both in the third period. His scores helped the Flames overcome a two-goal deficit and leave the Isles scratching their heads again. Mark Giordano helped out with a pair of assists, one on each of Colborne’s goals.
The Flames have won two in a row, and they’ll try and make it three tonight in Vancouver. It’s a busy four-game week next week, starting at home against the Kings on Monday.
NHL Daily Schedule: 20 teams will be out on the ice tonight, so it’ll be a busy day for hockey fans. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Saturday, March 8, 2014:
3:00 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets (CBC, TVA)
St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche (FS-MW, ALT)
7:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC, CSN-PH)
Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning (RDS, NESN, SUN)
Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils (FS-CR, MSG PLUS)
Phoenix Coyotes at Washington Capitals (FS-A, CSN-DC)
8:00 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville Predators (FS-O, FS-TN)
8:30 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars (NHLN-US, FS-N, FS-SW)
10:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks (CBC)
Montreal Canadiens at San Jose Sharks (CBC, RDS, CSN-CA)
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