After a bit of a lull in the NHL schedule last night, we’ve got a stuffed schedule coming up today. There are a dozen games happening in the next several hours, beginning in the afternoon and stretching toward the late evening. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s in the news right now.
Ryan Kesler, C, Anaheim Ducks: Kesler posted a solid statistical game last night against the Wild, logging two goals and an assist in a 5-4 victory at Xcel Energy Center.
Matt Beleskey put up the game-winner in this one, scoring at the 8:28 mark in the third.
This was quite the back-and-forth battle, as the Wild had a 4-3 lead as late as 2:07 in the final period. Jonas Brodin led the charge for Minnesota in the loss, managing a goal and an assist.
Bryan Little, C, Winnipeg Jets: Jets fans were obviously delighted by the outcome of this one, an exciting offensive outburst against the Avalanche in Winnipeg.
Little led the way here on a hat trick during the 6-2 victory, also logging an assist in a busy night. Two of his goals were just 32 seconds apart in the third period. Blake Wheeler bagged a trio of helpers, while Andrew Ladd put up a goal and two assists of his own.
Little’s hat trick broke a long streak of not seeing any player score a trio in a game. It had been December 18, 2010 since a player had posted a hat trick for Winnipeg (Eric Boulton).
The Ladd-Little-Wheeler line combined for 10 points (four goals; six assists) in this one to help push the Jets to 14-9-4 and tie a season-high in goals during a game. They’re 2-0 in their current three-game home-stand.
Brandon Saad, LW, Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks are on quite a run right now, with five straight wins under their collective belt. Saad scored the game-winner against the Canadiens at United Center last night with just 27 seconds left in the game. Jonathan Toews also contributed a healthy stat-line posting a goal and an assist in the 4-3 victory.
Chicago has now won eight of its last nine games and moves to 17-8-1. Montreal is now on a two-game skid and falls to 17-9-2.
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.
Saturday, December 6, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins (RDS, TSN5, ROOT)
St. Louis Blues at NY Islanders (FS-MW, MSG+)
4:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Los Angeles Kings (SN, TVA2, CSN-PH, FS-W)
7:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC)
NY Rangers at Detroit Red Wings (NHLN-US, SN, MSG, FS-D)
Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning (FS-O, SUN)
Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers (MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-F)
Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils (CSN-DC, MSG+)
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (FX-CA, CSN-CH, FS-TN)
Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars (TVA, CITY, FS-SW)
8:00 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Arizona Coyotes (NESN, FS-A)
10:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames (CBC, CSN-CA)
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.