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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/31/14


We’ve got a whopping 11 games set for the NHL tonight, which means we’ll be sending off 2014 in style out there on the ice. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about, so let’s take a moment to check in on some of the notable players and storylines out there right now.

Dustin Tokarski, G, Montreal Canadiens: The streaking Carey Price wasn’t in the net last night for the Canadiens, but it hardly mattered. Tokarski was great in an eventual 2-1 shootout win, allowing just one score on 37 shots. His Panthers counterpart, Roberto Luongo, allowed one goal on 34 shots.
P.A. Parenteau logged the decisive goal in the shootout, sending the Canadiens to 24-11-2 on the year.

Shea Weber, D, Nashville Predators: The Predators got a pretty balanced effort from their stars last night against the Blues. Weber scored twice in the 3-2 victory, which was a nice bounce-back from a 5-4 shootout loss to the Blackhawks in their last outing.
Gabriel Bourque had a goal and an assist, while Olli Jokinen added a pair of helpers himself. The Preds are now 14-2-1 at Bridgestone Arena.

Ben Scrivens, G, Edmonton Oilers: In last night’s other shootout result, the Oilers took a 3-2 victory over the defending champion Kings. Scrivens corralled 37 of the 39 shots that came his way while David Perron put up the only goal in the four-round shootout.
This was Edmonton’s first win against L.A. in an 11-game stretch and their first victory since December 7. They’re 8-22-7 on the year.

Ryan Miller, G, Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks put together a solid all-around game last night against the Sharks at SAP Center. Miller turned away 31 of 32 shots in a 3-1 victory, while Bo Horvat, Jannik Hansen and Radim Vrbata each had a goal.
Vancouver is now 21-11-3 on the year with 45 points. That’s nine points back of the first-place Ducks in the Pacific.
San Jose is on a three-game losing streak and is 19-13-5 overall.

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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014:

5:00 PM ET:
NY Islanders at Winnipeg Jets (MSG+, TSN3)

6:00 PM ET:
Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres (SUN, MSG-B, BELL TV)
NY Rangers at Florida Panthers (MSG 2, FS-F)

7:00 PM ET:
Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins (TVA, SN, NESN)
Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins (FS-CR, ROOT)
Minnesota Wild at Columbus Blue Jackets (FS-N, FS-O)

7:30 PM ET:
New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings (MSG+, MSG + 2, FS-D)

8:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks (CSN-CA, FS-W)
Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars (FS-A PLUS, FS-SW)

9:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Colorado Avalanche (CSN-PH, ALT)

9:30 PM ET:
Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames (SN, SN1)

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