There are just six more days of NHL regular-season games left, and the anticipation for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues to build. We’ve got five matchups to look forward to tonight, so with that in mind let’s check out some of the newsmakers out there in the league right now.
Steve Mason, G, Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers won’t be going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, but they still can be a thorn in the side of an on-ice rival. They did just that yesterday in Philadelphia against the Penguins, taking a 4-1 victory on the strength of Mason’s 46 saves.
Jakub Voracek logged a goal and an assist, while Brayden Schenn managed a goal and two helpers of his own. Philly has won eight in a row against the Penguins.
Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals: The Capitals have officially clinched a playoff berth, taking another step forward yesterday. Holtby managed 35 saves in a 2-1 win over the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, while teammate Mike Green put up a goal and an assist.
The Caps are now 44-25-11, which is good enough for second in the competitive Metropolitan Division.
The Red Wings, meanwhile, are 41-25-13 and tied for the first Wild Card slot in the East.
Tomas Plekanec, C, Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens’ 4-1 win over the Panthers last night at BB&T Center was bittersweet. Plekanec had a great game, posting a goal and two assists, while Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau put up a score and a helper of his own.
Max Pacioretty was injured in the first period of this one, however, after hitting his head on the boards during a check. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any word on his condition coming out of Montreal.
Jake Allen, G, St. Louis Blues: Allen posted a solid effort in the net last night for the Blues, logging 38 saves on 39 shots in a 2-1 victory. David Backes and Olli Jokinen provided the offense here.
The Blues are now in first place in the Central Division with 105 points. They’ve won three games overall and have a one-point edge on the Predators. This was the first time St. Louis has won in Chicago in the regular season in regulation since February of 2010.
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, April 6, 2015:
7:00 PM ET:
Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres (FS-CR, MSG-B, BELL TV)
Columbus Blue Jackets at NY Rangers (TVA, SNE, SNO, SNW, FS-O, MSG)
8:00 PM ET:
Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild (TSN3, FS-N)
10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks (NHLN-US, PRIME, SNP)
10:30 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks (FS-SW+, CSN-CA PLUS)
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