NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/16/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Red Wings, Penguins, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
April 16, 2014
Today’s the day. The NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs will be getting started this evening, bringing an entire season of speculation and anticipation into its final chapter. Before those pucks drop, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news. Here’s the latest.
Panthers Get No. 1 Pick: They’re rejoicing down in Florida this morning. The Panthers were selected as the team who will get the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, and it’s the first time in 20 years that they’ve earned that dubious honor. The Sabres will pick second overall, even though they had the best chances at winning the lottery (25 percent).
So who will the Panthers pick at the draft? One name being tossed out there already is Center Sam Reinhart from the Western Hockey League (Kootenay Ice). He had 105 points in 60 games there.
We’ll have to wait a little while to see what happens. The draft isn’t until June 27-28.
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Matt Duchene, C, Colorado Avalanche: Let’s check in on Duchene and see what his chances of a playoff comeback are looking like.
He didn’t skate with the team yesterday, which is a bad sign right off the bat. According to reports, the Avs don’t expect him to play for at least the first two games of their series against the Wild, and the way things are looking he could be out longer. Duchene is dealing with a knee issue. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW, Detroit Red Wings: While we’re on the subject of injuries, let’s check in on Zetterberg. Yesterday, he shed some light on his situation, saying that he’s hoping for a return to action during the second round of the playoffs--assuming Detroit makes it that far.
That said, he’s going to try and practice tomorrow, so there remains the possibility that he could get to feeling better on a more optimistic timeline. Zetterberg is dealing with a back injury.
Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins: Good news for the Penguins. Malkin was able to return to practice yesterday, after sitting for the last 11 regular-season contests. He hurt his foot way back on March 23, and has progressively been making progress since then.
Malkin will be evaluated today before the lineups are set for tonight’s Game 1 against the Blue Jackets, so we’ll have to wait and see if he’s healthy enough to get back in there yet. Pittsburgh went 5-4-2 without Malkin in his 11-game absence.
NHL Postseason Schedule: The stage is set for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the action begins tonight. Here’s a look at the complete first-day schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each game.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (CBC, RDS, CNBC)
7:30 PM ET:
Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins (CBC, NBCSN)
10:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks (TSN, NBCSN)
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