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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/18/15


We’ve got four games to look forward to in tonight’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the other eight teams get in their Game 2s. While we’re waiting for the action to start this afternoon, let’s check out some of the major players in the headlines this morning.

P.K. Subban, D, Montreal Canadiens: The Senators-Canadiens series sits at 2-0 in favor of the Canadiens now, thanks to a big 3-2 OT victory by Montreal yesterday at Bell Centre. Subban scored in this one, as did Max Pacioretty. Alex Galchenyuk put in the game-winner in the extra period.
Carey Price put up 29 saves in goal here, while his counterpart Andrew Hammond made 39 on the other side. Game 3 is tomorrow at 7 PM ET.

Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals: The Caps were down by two goals early in the second period here, and managed to storm back to claim a victory in Game 2 against the Islanders. Backstrom posted a goal and two assists in the 4-3 affair, and Matt Niskanen added a pair of helpers himself.
The Caps trailed by scores of 2-0 and 3-1 here, but managed to come back and tie the series at 1-1.

Craig Smith, C, Nashville Predators: The Preds got a bit of revenge against the Blackhawks last night, evening the series at one game apiece and sending a message with a big 6-2 win.
Smith put up two goals and an assist here, while Mike Ribeiro managed two helpers of his own. Nashville put up three goals in a span of less than 140 seconds.
One thing to watch before Game 3 tomorrow is the status of team captain Shea Weber, who left due to a lower-body injury.

Eddie Lack, G, Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks were able to cruise past the Flames last night, evening the series with a 4-1 victory. Lack posted 22 saves on 23 shots, while left winger Daniel Sedin was able to score.
The Flames will host Game 3 tomorrow at 10 PM ET and also Game 4 on Tuesday.

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, April 18, 2015:

3:00 PM ET:
Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning (CBC, NBC, TVA)
Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues (NBC, SN, TVA2)

8:00 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers (CBC, NBC, TVA)

10:30 PM ET:
Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks (NBCSN, TVA, SN, PRIME)

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