NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/6/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Stars, Predators, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 6, 2014
It’s been a busy weekend in the NHL so far, and that will be continuing today. We’ve got six games ahead in the coming hours, so it’ll be a pretty good afternoon/evening for hockey fans. In the meantime, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there right now.
Milan Lucic, LW, Boston Bruins: They’ll be celebrating in Boston today. The Bruins locked up the top seed in the Eastern Conference yesterday, thanks to a 5-2 win over the Flyers. Lucic had himself a great game, logging two goals and an assist in the victory. David Krejci also pitched in with a score and a helper of his own.
It’ll be the first time Boston has entered the playoffs as the top seed since 2009, but first they’ve got to play out their remaining regular-season schedule. That continues in Minnesota on Tuesday.
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Semyon Varlamov, G, Colorado Avalanche: The Avs have won 50 games for the second time in franchise history after defeating the Blues convincingly 4-0 yesterday. They’re now within five points of St. Louis with five games left on the schedule. Varlamov was great in the win yesterday, posting 31 saves in the shutout effort.
We won’t have to wait long to see if the Avalanche can keep this up; They’re at it again when Pittsburgh comes to town this evening. After that it’s a three-game road trip starting in Edmonton on Tuesday.
Carter Hutton, G, Nashville Predators: The Sharks could have regained first place in the Pacific Division with a win over the Predators last night, but Nashville wasn’t going to let that happen. Hutton was perfect in a 4-0 shutout, stopping all 35 shots that came his way. Patric Hornqvist was the big contributor on offense, putting up two goals and an assist.
The Predators have really been pushing as the regular season comes to a close, and they won all three of their games last week. They’ll try to keep it up in Dallas on Tuesday.
Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars: Speaking of Dallas, let’s check out the Stars. Thanks to a 5-2 win over the Lightning yesterday, they’ve vaulted themselves into the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Benn was the big contributor here, posting a pair of goals and an assist in the victory.
Can Dallas hold on? It won’t take too long to figure that out, as they’re playing on the road against the Panthers today. Home games against Nashville (Tuesday), Columbus (Wednesday) and St. Louis (Friday) are on the slate ahead.
NHL Daily Schedule: There will be an even dozen teams out on the ice today, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a few good games. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Sunday, April 6, 2014:
12:30 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks (NBC, TSN2)
5:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Florida Panthers (NHLN-CA, TXA 21, FS-F)
6:00 PM ET:
NY Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets (MSG PLUS, FS-O)
7:30 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers (TSN2, NBCSN)
8:00 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at Colorado Avalanche (RDS2, ROOT, ALT)
Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers (TSN, PRIME)
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