NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/8/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Wild, Ducks, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 8, 2014
After a relatively quiet night in the NHL, the league will be getting back to it in a major way this evening. We’ve got 10 matchups to look forward to tonight, so the playoff implications will be all over the place. Before we settle in, let’s take our daily stroll around the league and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Karri Ramo, G, Calgary Flames: The Devils needed a victory last night to help chase down a possible playoff spot, but the Flames had other ideas. Calgary outlasted New Jersey in a 1-0 goalie duel, and Ramo was great in the win. He corralled all 31 shots that came his way, helped out on offense by Mark Giordano’s goal. On the other side, Cory Schneider made 21 saves on 22 shots.
That’s three straight wins for the Flames, and we’ll see if they can keep it up in their other two games this week. They’re at home against the Kings tomorrow and Winnipeg on Friday.
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Ilya Bryzgalov, G, Minnesota Wild: Bryzgalov seems to be getting the hang of this goalie thing. He recorded his second consecutive shutout last night in the NHL’s other 1-0 battle, besting the Jets by stopping all 24 shots. Charlie Coyle netted the Wild’s lone goal, while Michael Hutchinson posted a 16-save effort on the other side. The Wild are now seven points ahead of the Stars in the wild-card battle out West.
Minnesota has posted three wins in four games over the past week. They’re hosting the Bruins tonight, then will finish off their current week with the Blues coming in on Thursday.
John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks: Let’s go ahead and make it a goalie trifecta today by visiting with Gibson, who logged the third shutout in the three NHL games last night. The rookie benefited from some stout defensive play on the part of the Ducks, resulting in a 3-0 shutout in his first NHL game. He stopped all 18 shots that came his way in the victory. Daniel Winnik, Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey each scored a goal for Anaheim.
Let’s check out the Ducks’ upcoming schedule. They’re at home against the Sharks tomorrow, then will head to L.A. to face the Kings on Saturday. They’ll wrap things up Sunday against the Avalanche.
NHL Daily Schedule: 20 teams will be out on the ice tonight, with playoff seeding on the line in many circumstances. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres (FS-D, MSG-B, BELL TV)
Ottawa Senators at NY Islanders (SNET-E, TVA, MSG PLUS)
Carolina Hurricanes at NY Rangers (FS-CR, MSG)
Phoenix Coyotes at Columbus Blue Jackets (FS-A, FS-O)
7:30 PM ET:
Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (RDS, SNET-O, SUN)
Philadelphia Flyers at Florida Panthers (CSN-PH, NHLN-US [R])
8:00 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues (TSN, NBCSN, CSN-DC)
Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild (NESN, FS-N)
8:30 PM ET:
Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars (FS-TN, FS-SW+)
9:30 PM ET:
Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers (ALT, SNET-W)
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