After a busy evening last night, the NHL is taking a bit of a breather in the coming hours, with just three games on the schedule. In the meantime, let’s take our daily look at some of the notable players who are making headlines around the league right now.
Kevin Hayes, RW, New York Rangers: Hayes had a goal and two assists last night against the Devils, helping his team to a 4-2 victory. With the win, the Rangers clinched the Presidents’ Trophy and will have home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
New York has won five straight games and stands at 52-21-7.
Devan Dubnyk, G, Minnesota Wild: Dubnyk made 32 saves on 33 shots last night against the Blackhawks, resulting in a 2-1 victory for the Wild. Mikael Granlund and Jazon Zucker provided the scoring.
With the win, the Wild clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and complete a very nice turnaround since early January. They’re 45-27-8 on the season.
Joey Hishon, C, Colorado Avalanche: Hishon, Ryan O’Reilly and Jarome Iginla each scored last night against the Predators, leading the Avs to a 3-2 victory. It was a statement win for a team that’s been eliminated from the playoffs already.
As for the Predators, they would have moved into first place in the Central with a win, but couldn’t get it done. They’re 47-23-10 on the year.
Tyler Pitlick, RW, Edmonton Oilers: Pitlick got first-star honors last night against the Kings, scoring a goal to help his team to a 4-2 win. Drew Doughty posted a goal and an assist on the other side.
With the loss, the Kings’ playoff chances took a big hit; they’re 39-26-15 and two points behind the Flames for third in the Pacific. They’re also three points behind the Jets for the second Wild Card in the West.
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.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015:
7:30 PM ET:
Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets (SN, FS-O)
8:00 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals (NBCSN, TVA)
10:30 PM ET:
Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks (NBCSN, SN)
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