NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/1/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Ducks, Wild, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 1, 2014
We’re coming off a relatively quiet Monday in the NHL, but tonight we’ll be kicking it up a notch. There are a full 11 matchups on the schedule, so it won’t be hard to find a few competitive games. Before we get settled in, let’s take our daily stroll around the league and see which players are making headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
Mika Zibanejad, C, Ottawa Senators: Things started out pretty quickly in the Senators-Hurricanes game last night, then the scoring ground to a halt. Zibanejad scored first, then the ‘Canes added another quick goal. After that, the defense clamped down and we had ourselves a shootout at the end of the night. The Sens would emerge victorious 2-1 after Ales Hemsky notched a SO score.
That’s three straight wins for the Senators, and this busy week is starting out well for them. They host the Islanders tomorrow and the Canadiens on Friday before visiting the Rangers on Saturday.
Travis Zajac, C, New Jersey Devils: Last night will be a game that Zajac remembers for the rest of his life. He notched his first career hat trick in the 6-3 win over the Panthers, and also added an assist. Jaromir Jagr also had a four-point game with one goal and three assists of his own. Ryane Clowe notched a relatively paltry one goal and two helpers.
That stops a two-game skid for the Devils, and they’ll be looking to build on that offensive momentum. They’re in Buffalo tonight, then they’ll host the Caps Friday and visit the Hurricanes Saturday.
Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks: Maybe Anaheim just wanted to make things interesting. The Ducks fell behind against the Jets 0-4 in the second period, then rallied to score five unanswered goals to take it in overtime. Perry notched the game-tying score with just 23 seconds remaining in the third. He has 39 goals this season.
The Ducks’ three-game home-stand this week continues tomorrow against Edmonton. They’ll host Nashville on Friday and head north of the border for two games starting on Sunday.
Mikko Koivu, C, Minnesota Wild: The Wild and Kings were involved in yet another close game last night, but Minnesota would ultimately prevail. Koivu notched the game-winner in the third, and also had an assist in the 3-2 victory. He has 10 goals and 39 helpers in 59 games so far.
The Wild will head to Chicago on Thursday and host Pittsburgh on Saturday. They’ll open up next week in Winnipeg on Monday.
NHL Daily Schedule: 22 teams will be in action tonight, so make sure you reserve your spot on the couch extra-early. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres (MSG, MSG-B, BELL TV)
Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs (SNET-W, SNET-O)
Florida Panthers at NY Islanders (SUN, MSG PLUS)
Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins (FS-CR, ROOT)
Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals (FS-SW+, CSN-DC)
Colorado Avalanche at Columbus Blue Jackets (ALT, FS-O)
7:30 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (RDS, TSN-HABS, FS-F)
8:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at St. Louis Blues (TSN2, NBCSN, CSN-PH)
10:00 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Vancouver Canucks (TSN, RDS2, MSG)
Winnipeg Jets at Phoenix Coyotes (TSN-JETS, FS-A PLUS)
10:30 PM ET:
Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks (SNET-W, SNET-EDM, CSN-CA+)
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