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NHL News: Player News and Updates for 4/5/15


After a busy, busy day yesterday, the NHL is easing up a bit today with just five games on the schedule. The action starts early this afternoon, however, so hockey fans will need to find a seat on the couch very soon. That said, let’s check out some of the notable players out there in the news.

Jordan Staal, C, Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes are officially in “wait ‘til next year” mode, but they got a confidence-building win over the Flyers yesterday. Staal had a goal and an assist in the 3-2 shootout victory, with Nathan Gerbe and Chris Terry posting scores in the shootout itself.
The ‘Canes are now 29-38-11, while the Flyers aren’t doing much better at 31-29-18. It’s been a tough year for both teams, but they’ve got the draft to look forward to.

Nick Foligno, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets: If you like offensive output in your hockey, this was a good game for you. Foligno logged a hat trick on three shots in the Jackets’ 5-3 win over the Penguins yesterday in Columbus. His teammate Brandon Dubinsky put up a trio of assists himself.
Each team is trying to secure a Wild Card slot in the highly competitive Eastern Conference; Columbus is doing its part to help with a franchise-record nine-game win streak.

Lee Stempniak, RW, Winnipeg Jets: Also fighting for a playoff slot are the Jets; they helped their cause yesterday with a 5-4 win over Vancouver in a very tense game.
Stempniak scored twice, while teammate Mathieu Perreault put up three assists. Daniel Sedin logged a goal and two helpers in the losing effort.
The Jets are 40-26-12 and are clinging to that second Wild Card slot in the West. Vancouver is 45-29-5.

Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers: The Rangers look like they’re ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The team cruised through a 6-1 win over the Devils last night, with Lundqvist putting up 35 saves on 36 shots.
Dominic Moore logged a pair of goals, while Keith Yandle managed a score and an assist himself. The Rangers now stand at 50-21-7 on the season, first in the East with 107 points thus far.

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.

Sunday, April 5, 2015:

12:30 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers (NBC, SN)

5:00 PM ET:
Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings (NHLN-US, CSN-DC, FS-D)
Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers (SN, RDS, FS-F)

7:30 PM ET:
Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs (TVA, CITY)
St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks (NBCSN)

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