It’s a relatively slow night on the NHL front this evening, with just four matchups on the slate. We’ll be getting a stuffed schedule again soon enough, however, so all of us hockey fans will just have to hang in there. In the meantime, let’s check out some of the top players in the headlines this morning.
Petr Mrazek, G, Detroit Red Wings: Detroit didn’t have a whole lot of trouble with the Penguins yesterday, cruising to an easy 5-1 victory. Mrazek logged 42 saves on 43 shots in the win, while Marek Zidlicky provided a goal and two assists. Teemu Pulkkinen managed to bag a pair of goals of his own.
The Red Wings are now 38-19-11 on the season. They’re ahead of Boston by five points.
Cam Talbot, G, New York Rangers: Let’s stick with the net-minders for a moment and check out Talbot, who has been playing very well lately. He had 38 saves on 39 shots last night against the Panthers, helping his team to a 2-1 victory. Matt Hunwick and James Sheppard each scored goals. Hunwick also had an assist.
Talbot is on a 13-2-3 tear since No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist went down with a vascular injury.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals: In front of another awesome goaltending effort, Backstrom helped his team to a 2-0 win over the Bruins last night. He had two assists in the victory, while net-minder Braden Holtby posted 32 saves in the shutout.
The Caps broke a three-game skid with this one and are two points ahead of Boston for the first Wild Card slot in the East.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: Heading into the third period, things looked bleak for the Ducks. They were down 2-0, but a four-goal third pushed them to a 4-2 victory against Nashville. Getzlaf scored the first tally to ignite the rally.
The Ducks move to 44-20-7 on the season with the win, while the Preds slip to 43-21-7 in a frustrating defeat.
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, March 16, 2015:
7:00 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres (NBCSN, SN1, CSN-DC+)
7:30 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (RDS, SNE, SUN)
9:30 PM ET:
Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers (SNO, SNW)
10:30 PM ET:
Arizona Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings (SNP, FS-A, FS-W)
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