After a pretty light evening of NHL action last night, we’ve got seven games on tap for this evening. Before we settle in and wait on those pucks to drop, let’s check out some of the notable players and statistics in the headlines this morning.
Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa Senators: Anderson needed to be on point last night against the Devils, and he certainly was that. The Ottawa net-minder posted 34 saves on 34 shots for a 2-0 shutout in New Jersey, finishing off their three-game road trip.
Kyle Turris posted both goals for the Senators, who won despite getting out-shot by a margin of 34-16.
The Devils easily could have been in this one. In addition to the shooting margin, they also had five power-play chances.
Niklas Svedberg, G, Boston Bruins: In a similar situation, the Bruins pulled out a road win they probably shouldn’t have gotten last night. Svedberg posted 35 saves on 37 shots in the 3-2 overtime victory, with Loui Eriksson posting the game-winner in the extra period. He also had an assist.
The Bruins were out-shot 37-25 here, and needed a couple of lucky bounces and post-hits to pull out the win.
Svedberg is now 4-4-0 this year and the team gets the bad taste of a 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators on Tuesday out of their collective mouth.
Kari Lehtonen, G, Dallas Stars: Let’s just go ahead and make it a goalie trifecta today and check out Lehtonen. He posted 27 saves in a shutout effort during Dallas’ 2-0 win over Vancouver last night. 11 of the stops came in the first period.
Colton Sceviour scored early in the second period, while Antoine Roussel would add the empty-netter to seal the victory.
Lehtonen entered this game on a slump, with a .902 save percentage and 34 goals allowed in his last 10 starts. He was perfect in leading the Stars to a 12-13-5 record.
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.
Thursday, December 18, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Florida Panthers at Philadelphia Flyers (FS-F, CSN-PH)
Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins (NHLN-US, SN360, TVA2, ALT, ROOT)
Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Panthers (TSN4, FS-CR)
Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets (CSN-DC, FS-O)
7:30 PM ET:
Anaheim Ducks at Montreal Canadiens (PRIME, RDS, CITYM)
10:30 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings (FS-MW, FS-W)
Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks (SN360, CSN-CA)
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