The NHL is easing things up a bit today, with just four matchups on the schedule. That said, we should see some pretty good hockey regardless, so let’s check out some of the notable players and stats out there before we get going on today’s games.
Matt Calvert, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets: Calvert was the hero last night in Boston, lifting the hard-luck Blue Jackets over the host Bruins on two third-period goals. The final score was 3-1, which ended Columbus’ four-game losing streak--and Boston’s five-game win streak.
Net-minder Curtis McElhinney posted 34 saves on 35 shots in a fine effort.
Tomas Plekanec, C, Montreal Canadiens: Plekanec now has a half-dozen four-point games throughout his career, thanks to a two-goal, two-assist effort over the Islanders at Bell Centre yesterday.
Andrei Markov posted three helpers in the 6-4 win, and David Desharnais managed a goal and an assist for his part.
Montreal is now 28-13-3 and back on track after a sketchy run of games.
Tomas Tatar, LW, Detroit Red Wings: Tatar was the start of the show last night in Detroit, lifting his team to a 5-2 win at Joe Louis Arena. He put up two goals and an assist in the victory, while teammates Riley Sheehan and Pavel Datsyuk backed him up with two assists each.
Detroit is now 25-11-9 and has won three in a row. As for Nashville, they fall to 30-10-4 and ended a five-game win streak.
Erik Cole, LW, Dallas Stars: There were plenty of contributors in the Stars’ 5-4 win over the Capitals at American Airlines Center last night, but we’ll start with Cole. He posted a goal and an assist, as did Jason Spezza. Jyrki Jokipakka managed a pair of assists in a solid game for him.
The Stars are now 20-17-7 on the year, finishing their three-game home-stand at 2-1-0. The Caps fall to 24-13-8.
NHL Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games on the NHL schedule, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.
Sunday, January 18, 2015:
12:30 PM ET:
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (NBC, TVA, SN)
6:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks (FS-SW, WGN)
7:00 PM ET:
Arizona Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets (CITY, FS-A)
8:00 PM ET:
Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings (NBCSN)
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