NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/17/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blackhawks, Jets, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 17, 2014
After a very busy and active weekend in the NHL, things will be slowing down a bit this evening, with just four matchups out there. That said, we should still be seeing some pretty good hockey, so before we settle in let’s take our daily look around the league at some of the notable players out there. Here’s the latest.
Wayne Simmonds, RW, Philadelphia Flyers: One of yesterday’s most competitive games belonged to in-state rivals Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Simmonds had a stellar game, posting a pair of goals and an assist to help the Flyers edge the Penguins 4-3. That gives him 50 points on the year so far, which is a career high for him.
The Flyers play every other day this week. Their next game is tomorrow at home against Chicago. They’ll also host Dallas Thursday and St. Louis Saturday.
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Joel Ward, RW, Washington Capitals: The Caps got out to a very fast start yesterday against Toronto, and that momentum carried them to victory. They won 4-3 after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Ward helped out by providing a goal and an assist. That gives him an even 40 points on the season.
The Capitals will also play every other day this week, but they’ll be on the road. They’ll head to Anaheim (Tuesday), L.A. (Thursday) and San Jose (Saturday) during their California road trip.
Marian Hossa, RW, Chicago Blackhawks: Welcome back, Marian Hossa. The Blackhawks winger made his return against the Red Wings yesterday following a five-game absence (upper-body injury) and immediately made an impact. He posted a goal and two assists in the 4-1 victory, giving him 53 points in 58 games so far.
The Blackhawks have three more games this week: They’re in Philly tomorrow, then they host St. Louis on Wednesday and the Hurricanes come to town Friday.
Blake Wheeler, RW, Winnipeg Jets: If you’re going to break out of a slump, this is the way to do it. The Jets utterly dismantled the Stars yesterday, ending a six-game slide with a 7-2 blowout victory. Wheeler was the big points winner, logging four assists. Dustin Byfuglien (two goals; assist) and Olli Jokinen (goal; two assists) were big contributors as well.
The Jets have a quick turnaround tonight in St. Louis, then they’ll host Colorado on Wednesday and Carolina on Saturday.
NHL Daily Schedule: Only eight teams will be active tonight, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find a good matchup or two. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Monday, March 17, 2014:
7:30 PM ET:
Minnesota Wild at Boston Bruins (TSN2, NBCSN)
Vancouver Canucks at Tampa Bay Lightning (RDS2, SNET-P, SUN)
8:00 PM ET:
Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues (TSN-JETS, FS-MW)
10:30 PM ET:
Phoenix Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings (NHLN-CA, FS-A, FS-W)
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