NHL News: Player News and Updates for 5/18/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Rangers, Selanne, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
May 18, 2014
Now that the Conference Finals are officially in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about the final days of the NHL season. The East has already begun, and the West will be getting started today in Chicago. Before that puck drops, let’s check out what’s happening around the league. Here’s the latest.
Martin St. Louis, RW, New York Rangers: Well, this was unexpected--not necessarily the outcome, but in the way the game was won. The Rangers completely throttled Montreal yesterday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals series. The final score was 7-2, marking the first game in the last half-dozen between the two teams not to finish as a shutout.
St. Louis posted a goal and an assist in the rout, as did Chris Kreider. Henrik Lundqvist held down the fort in a relatively laid-back day with 20 saves on 22 shots. Also of note was Ryan McDonagh, who tied a franchise record for playoff points by a defenseman with a goal and three helpers.
The lone down-note for New York was the exit of Derick Brassard, who left in the first after a hard hit. It’s reportedly his back, and he should be considered day-to-day until we know more. Game 2 is tomorrow.
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What to Watch Today: In just a few hours, we’ll be treated to another Kings-Blackhawks matchup in the Conference Finals. It’s the same scenario as last year, when Chicago bounced L.A. in five games en route to another Stanley Cup win.
In order to repeat as champs for the first time in 16 years, the Blackhawks road runs through La-La Land again.
Chicago beat the Kings in all three of their regular-season matchups this past year, outscoring them by a tally of 9-4. The defending champs have won nine of the last 11 meetings between the two, so the Kings are playing the underdog role here in more ways than one.
With all the talk of the top offensive names in this year’s matchup, we think the games will come down to the defensemen. Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith are plus-8 this postseason and have saved Chicago’s skin many a time this year. On the other side, Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin will have a heavy load to carry. Doughty especially will have to stay out of penalty trouble, as L.A. is extremely shorthanded with him off the ice.
Selanne’s Last Hurrah: Amid all the playoff excitement over the past day, we haven’t had a chance to examine the Ducks’ Teemu Selanne, who played the final game of his career as the Kings defeated Anaheim on Friday to end their season. He’ll be retiring as one of the greatest players in the history of the game and a lock as a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.
The 43-year-old Selanne has some enviable career numbers. He’ll call it quits with 684 goals and 1,457 points in the regular season, with another 44 of each in the playoffs.
Not only is he one of the greatest hockey players ever to take the ice, but he’s been a great ambassador for the sport as well. Few players of this generation are as beloved as Selanne. He will be missed. (Provided he doesn’t change his mind and lace up his skates for one more year.
NHL Daily Schedule: The Kings get a quick turnaround today after their series-clinching Game 7 on Friday. Here’s a look at the schedule, along with the start time and TV networks you can catch the game on.
Sunday, May 18, 2014:
3:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks (NBC, RDS, TSN)
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