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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 12/8/14

We’ve got just three games on the NHL schedule tonight, but all three should be pretty good matchups. Before we get going on those, let’s check out some of the notable players and statistics out there this morning. Here’s the latest.

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks got a big lift from their power play unit last night against the Jets, and it paid off in a 4-3 overtime win. They scored twice with the man advantage in this one, which proved a bit unexpected since they came into the game ranked near the bottom-third of the league. Previously they’d had just one PPG in 24 opportunities.
Getzlaf led the way statistically here, with three points on a trio of assists.

Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit Red Wings: Detroit was on short rest when they took the ice against the Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh yesterday, but still put together a nice team-wide effort to get a 3-1 win.
Datsyuk led the way on a goal and two assists, while Tomas Tatar added a pair of goals himself. In goal, Petr Mrazek managed 34 saves on 35 shots in a nice outing for him.

Mika Zibanejad, C, Ottawa Senators: The Senators came into Canadian Tire Centre last night on a five-game losing streak, but were able to snap that skid against the Canucks. Zibanejad had a wild night, posting two goals and two assists as Ottawa overcame a 3-0 hole to eke out a 4-3 in in overtime.
Erik Karlsson posted the game-winner here, while Bobby Ryan also had a big night on three assists.
Net-minder Craig Anderson posted 30 saves and managed win no. 6 on the year.

Ben Scrivens, G, Edmonton Oilers: It’s been a while since the Oilers have won a game, but they came through last night. David Perron bagged the game-winning shot to give Edmonton a 2-1 victory over the Sharks, marking the Oilers’ first win against a Western Conference team so far this year.
Scrivens was solid in goal, racking up 20 saves on 21 shots to get his fifth win of the year. Nail Yakupov put in the other goal for the Oilers.

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.

Monday, December 8, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers (TVA, SN, ROOT, MSG)
New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes (MSG+, FS-CR)

8:00 PM ET:
Florida Panthers at St. Louis Blues (FS-F, FS-MW)

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