As the race for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs heats up, we’re seeing all sorts of drama out on the ice. We’ve got a whopping 13 games coming our way today, and the action starts early this afternoon. Before we settle in, let’s take our daily look at some of the notable players out there.
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks: Toews played the hero last night for the Blackhawks, scoring twice late to help his team edge the Sabres 4-3.
Toews’ goals came in the final 1:43 of play, following a blown 2-0 lead (Chicago allowed three unanswered goals).
The Blackhawks have won four straight and are just one point out of first place in the Central.
Keith Kinkaid, G, New Jersey Devils: The Devils were able to edge the Canadiens last night 3-2 in a shootout. Kinkaid held up well, allowing the pair of goals on 33 shots.
The Canadiens were just 1-for-6 on the power play and put up nine shots.
This was New Jersey’s first win in the past seven games (1-4-2). As for Montreal, they move to 47-22-10 on the season.
Jaden Schwartz, LW, St. Louis Blues: If you like lots of scoring in your hockey, this was the game for you. Schwartz posted a hat trick in St. Louis’ 7-5 victory over the Stars, while teammate Alex Pietrangelo managed a goal and an assist.
On the other side, Jamie Benn put up two goals and a helper of his own in the losing effort.
This was the second win in a row for St. Louis, who is now 48-23-7 on the year.
Logan Couture, C, San Jose Sharks: There are lots of accolades to hand out in the Sharks’ 3-1 win over the Coyotes last night, but we’ll start with Couture. He had a goal and an assist, while Patrick Marleau managed two helpers of his own. Goalie Antti Niemi had 20 saves.
The Sharks have won four of five and are within three points of the Kings and Jets for that last Wild Card slot.
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 4, 2015:
1:00 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes (CSN-PH, FS-CR)
2:00 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets (SN360, ROOT, FS-O)
3:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets (NHLN-US, SNP, TSN3)
7:00 PM ET:
Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins (CBC, NESN)
Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators (NHLN-US, TVA, SN, CSN-DC)
Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers (SUN, FS-F)
Buffalo Sabres at NY Islanders (MSG-B, BELL TV, MSG+)
New Jersey Devils at NY Rangers (MSG+2, MSG)
Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild (CITY, FS-D+, FS-N)
8:00 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators (FS-SW+, FS-TN)
9:00 PM ET:
San Jose Sharks at Arizona Coyotes (CSN-CA PLUS, FS-A PLUS)
10:00 PM ET:
Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers (CBC)
Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings (TVA, SN, ALT, FS-W)
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