NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/18/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Coyotes, Bruins, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 18, 2014
NHL hockey will be dominating the sports world this evening, as there are a whopping 12 games scheduled in the coming hours. Before we get settled in and figure out which matchups we’ll be watching over the course of the night, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins: The Bruins are just plain rolling right now. They logged another win against the Wild last night, extending their streak to nine victories in a row. Rask was a big factor once again, posting 33 saves on 34 shots. That’s five straight wins for him.
The Bruins will hit the road this week, starting tonight in New Jersey. They’ll head to Colorado Friday and Phoenix on Saturday.
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Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning: Last night, the Lightning jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Canucks, and looked like they’d coast. They had to gut it out, though, and ended up eking by 4-3. Palat had a big game, logging a goal and an assist in the win. He has a five-game points streak resulting in nine points.
The Lightning will also hit the road for the rest of this week. They’re in Toronto tomorrow, then head to Ottawa Thursday and Pittsburgh Saturday.
David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues: The Blues became the first team in the NHL to hit the 100-point mark (101) last night against the Jets. Backes was a heavy contributor to the cause, pumping in a pair of goals in the 3-1 victory. He has 23 goals and 26 assists in 63 games so far this season.
The Blues have just two games left this week, but both are on the road. They’re in Chicago tomorrow night, then they’ll head to Philadelphia on Saturday.
Jeff Halpern, C, Phoenix Coyotes: Halpern got to play the hero last night against the Kings, giving the Coyotes an unexpected lift in the late stages of the game. He netted the game-winner in the third, helping Phoenix to a 4-3 win. Keith Yandle also had a big game, with a goal and an assist of his own.
The Coyotes have just two games left this week as well; They’ll host the Panthers on Thursday and the Bruins will be coming to town on Saturday.
NHL Daily Schedule: 24 teams will be out on the ice tonight, so it should be no problem whatsoever to find a good game to watch. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils (NESN, MSG PLUS)
Minnesota Wild at NY Islanders (FS-N, MSG PLUS 2)
Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins (TXA 21, ROOT)
Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets (FS-CR, FS-O)
7:30 PM ET:
Colorado Avalanche at Montreal Canadiens (RDS, ALT, TSN-HABS)
NY Rangers at Ottawa Senators (MSG, SNET-E, TVA)
Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings (SNET-O, FS-D)
Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers (TSN2, NBCSN, CSN-CH, CSN-PH)
9:00 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres at Calgary Flames (MSG-B, BELL TV, SNET-CGY)
9:30 PM ET:
Nashville Predators at Edmonton Oilers (FS-TN, SNET-W)
10:00 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks (CSN-DC, PRIME)
10:30 PM ET:
Florida Panthers at San Jose Sharks (FS-F, CSN-CA)
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