After a 10-game set in the NHL last night, the league is easing things back a bit this evening. Still, there’s plenty of hockey to be seen in the coming hours, so before we get into all that let’s check out some of the notable players and headlines out there right now.
Scott Darling, G, Chicago Blackhawks: It was a bittersweet evening for the Blackhawks last night, as they were able to fend off the Bruins 3-2 but lost their captain to injury. Darling posted 32 saves on 34 shots in the big road win, giving Chicago its eighth straight victory.
That said, team captain Jonathan Toews had to leave in the second period due to an upper-body injury. The early indications were that he’s going to be okay, but we’ll have to wait and see for sure.
Matt Read, RW, Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers got a solid all-around effort from just about everybody last night against the Devils. Read was able to get out of a shooting slump, posting his first goal in the past 12 games during the 4-1 victory. It was just his third score in 28 appearances so far. Read also had an assist.
Sean Couturier (goal; assist) and Wayne Simmonds (goal) also helped out.
The much-needed win brought the Flyers to 10-13-5 on the year. Ray Emery made 17 saves in the victory, his fifth of the year.
Alexander Steen, LW, St. Louis Blues: Steen had missed out on the Blues previous two games due to injury, but he was back and in fine form last night against the Islanders. He put up two goals and an assist in the 6-3 victory, backed up by Barret Jackman (goal; assist) and T.J. Oshie (goal; two assists).
As for Steen, he now has 18 points on five goals and 13 assists in 17 career games against the Islanders. This latest win brings St. Louis to 19-8-2.
Joe Thornton, C, San Jose Sharks: With all the injuries piling up for the Sharks, it’s a wonder they’ve still got a winning record. They piled up another victory last night against the Wild, finishing up a 2-1 result. It was the team’s sixth win in their last seven and brings them to 16-11-4 on the year.
Thornton posted two assists, while Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns both scored.
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.
Friday, December 12, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Pittsburgh Penguins (TVA2, SNW, ROOT)
7:30 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Montreal Canadiens (KCOP-13, RDS, SNE)
Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings (FS-F, FS-D)
9:30 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers (PRIME, SNW)
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