NHL News: Player News and Updates for 3/30/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Ducks, Red Wings, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
March 30, 2014
We’ve got a pretty steady slate of NHL action to look forward to today, with six games spread out across the afternoon and evening hours. Let’s take our daily stroll around the league before we get settled in, so that we can check out some of the notable players out there who are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Jarome Iginla, RW, Boston Bruins: The Bruins will be celebrating a little bit this morning after clinching the Atlantic thanks to last night’s win over the Capitals. Iginla broke out with two goals in the 4-2 victory, which gives him 30 scores on the season. Carl Soderberg also had a big outing, with a goal and two assists.
Boston has been downright unstoppable since the Olympics closed, and they’ll try to keep that going this week. They’re in Philly today, then Detroit Wednesday and Toronto Thursday before heading home for Philly Saturday.
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Semyon Varlamov, G, Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche will also be celebrating this morning, given the fact that they punched their playoff tickets yesterday against the Sharks. Varlamov was the big star here, logging 47 saves (a season-high) on 49 shots in the 3-2 victory. It’ll be Colorado’s first trip to the playoffs since the 2009-10 season.
Let’s check out the Avs’ upcoming schedule. They’ll have a three-game week, starting Tuesday in Columbus, then home for the Rangers Thursday and off to St. Louis on Saturday.
Darren Helm, C, Detroit Red Wings: Helm notched himself a hattie last night, and was the clear star of the Red Wings’ victory over Toronto. He scored twice in the second and once in the third during the 4-2 win, with Jimmy Howard anchoring the defense on 25 saves. As for Helm, he has 10 goals and six assists in 34 games this season.
It’s a quick turnaround for Detroit: They’re back home for the Lightning today. They host Boston Wednesday and Buffalo Friday before heading to Montreal Saturday.
Frederik Andersen, G, Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks were clicking on all cylinders last night against Vancouver, logging a convincing victory on the road. Andersen put up 31 saves on 32 shots, leading the defense in a 5-1 win. He had help from Saku Koivu (goal; assist) and Corey Perry (goal; assist) on the offensive end.
The Ducks have a relatively light three-game week ahead, starting tomorrow against Winnipeg. They’ll also host Edmonton Wednesday and Nashville Friday.
NHL Daily Schedule: 12 teams will be in action today, and the action will last pretty much the whole day. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Sunday, March 30, 2014:
12:30 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers (NBC)
5:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Ottawa Senators (SNET-W, SNET-E, TVA)
Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings (SUN, FS-D)
7:30 PM ET:
Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins (RDS2, NBCSN)
8:00 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at Nashville Predators (CSN-DC, FS-TN)
NY Rangers at Edmonton Oilers (TSN, MSG PLUS)
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