NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/26/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Blues, Sharks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 26, 2014
We’ve got just three games to look forward to in the NHL tonight, but after last night’s intense action, we could all use a breather. That said, let’s head out and take a stroll around the league to see which players out there are making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues: The Blues pelted the Maple Leafs’ goal with shots last night, but Backes’ were just about the only ones to get in. He managed a hat trick in the 5-3 St. Louis victory, with Alexander Steen providing one of the other goals (and two assists). That gives Toronto six straight losses.
The Blues have two home games left on their schedule this week. Tomorrow, they’ll host Minnesota and Saturday Dallas will come to town.
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Colin McDonald, RW, New York Islanders: When the Islanders grabbed a 4-0 lead over Carolina yesterday, it seemed like they’d be cruising. The ‘Canes made things interesting, however, and New York barely eked out a 5-4 win. McDonald was the big offensive contributor, providing two scores and an assist. Matt Martin also had two goals of his own.
The Isles will try to keep the wins rolling in as they finish out this week. They’ll be in Tampa Bay tomorrow, then host New Jersey on Saturday.
Duncan Keith, D, Chicago Blackhawks: Keith has been on a roll lately, but had been blanked in his last two outings. That changed last night against the Stars, as he posted a goal and an assist in Chicago’s 4-2 victory. Not to be outdone, Andrew Shaw also managed a goal and an assist of his own. For Keith, that makes six scores and 51 helpers on the year.
The Blackhawks are trying to finish strong, and if they keep getting solid offense like this, they shouldn’t have a problem doing that. They’ll be in Boston tomorrow and Ottaway on Friday.
Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks: Out of all the games last night, the most dynamic performance likely belongs to Pavelski. He came away with a hat trick and an assist in the Sharks’ 5-2 victory over Edmonton. Through 74 appearances thus far, Pavelski now has 37 scores and 34 helpers to his credit. Not too shabby.
The Sharks will finish out the week by hosting Winnipeg tomorrow, then they’ll hit the road to visit with Colorado on Saturday. Next week’s games start on Tuesday at home against Edmonton again.
NHL Daily Schedule: Only six teams will be in action tonight, so that will make choosing which game to watch pretty easy. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014:
7:30 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild (SNET-P, FS-N)
8:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at NY Rangers (RDS, TSN2, NBCSN)
10:00 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames (TSN, FS-W)
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