Weekend Update: Pilfering Peters

photo from: NHL.com

Welcome to the Weekend Update. This is the weekly article that keeps you up-to-date on the NHL standings, provides you with videos from the world of hockey in the week that was, and informs Nashvillians on the televised NHL games in the upcoming week. In this edition, Columbus is getting good, Kessel scores an improbable goal, Holtby robs Carolina, Ottawa converts on a 2-on-0, and Justin Peters enters the "save of the year" discussion.


Twelve days remain in the 2012-2013 NHL regular season, so the playoff races are heating up. Also the race for the top pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft is heating up with Edmonton and Nashville putting forth their  best effort, losing their last five games and six games respectively. Take a look at all those races right here. Most of the playoff spots have yet to be secured. Twelve of the sixteen playoff spots are still up for grabs. It should be an exciting finish.

We start the videos in Columbus, where the San Jose Sharks visited the Blue Jackets Monday evening. Columbus was lighting up the scoreboard and an annoying cannon for some reason. The cannon must have been particulary annoying for the Sharks Monday as the Jackets routed them 4-0. The last of these goals came in the third period. It started with an impressive pass off the boards from Jack Johnson to Artem Anisimov. Anisimov then found newly acquired Marian Gaborik who made a nice move to slide it past the goaltender. With Columbus' core group of guys and a bajillion first round picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, watch out for the Blue Jackets in the next few seasons.


Next we go to New York City, where on Tuesday, the Rangers were playing host to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both teams are battling to hold on to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, so this game was important for each squad. On Tuesday, Toronto got the best of the Rangers by a score of 4-3. The Leafs opened the scoring early in the 2nd period. They had maintained possession of the puck in the New York zone for a good length of time, but it appeared Ryan Callahan would eliminate the threat when he got possession. However, Phil Kessel had other plans. He knocked it off the stick of Callahan right into the net.


Next, we go to Washington, D.C. where the Carolina Hurricanes payed a visit to the Southeast Division leading Washington Capitals Thursday. Washington's goaltending situation isn't always great, but Braden Holtby came up with a big save when his team needed it. Jordan Staal had a one-timer goal-scorers dream of in the 2nd period, in an atempt to tie the game at two, but Holtby shut the door with excellent lateral movement. 


We don't have to go far for our next video. On Friday, the New Jersey Devils hosted the Ottawa Senators in an Eastern Conference tilt. The Sens already had a 1-0 lead midway through the 2nd period. It didn't help New Jersey, which has been a disaster in the latter stages of the season, that it gave up a 2-on-0 to the Senators. Milan Michalek would convert off a feed from Daniel Alfredsson. The Sens are sitting pretty with not much time left in the season. It's been an impressive season considering the absence of Erik Karlsson due to injury.


We showed a video of Carolina getting robbed. Now, it's the Hurricanes turn to be on the positive side of a great save. The Canes backup goaltender, Justin Peters, was in net Saturday night against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins had a 5-on-3 power play in the 2nd period when the game was tied at one. Boston had a great puck movement and Jaromir Jagr had the puck on the tape of his stick right on the doorstep of the goal. Sure goal, right? Not this time. Peters made one of the best saves of the season and against a future hall of famer. You better believe he'll remember this one for the rest of his life. 


Here's a list of televised NHL games in Nashville this week for your viewing pleasure.

Day Away Team Home Team Time (CDT) Network
Tonight Dallas Stars Chicago Blackhawks 7 p.m. NBCSN
Tonight Vancouver Canucks Nashville Predators 7 p.m. FS-TN
Tue New York Rangers Philadelphia Flyers 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Tue Los Angeles Kings San Jose Sharks 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Wed Buffalo Sabres Boston Bruins 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thu New Jersey Devils Philadelphia Flyers 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thu Minnesota Wild San Jose Sharks 9:30 p.m. NHLN-US
Fri PIttsburgh Penguins Boston Bruins 6 p.m. NHLN-US
Fri Nashville Predators Chicago Blackhawks 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat Florida Panthers New Jersey Devils 12 p.m. NHLN-US
Sat Toronto Maple Leafs Ottawa Senators 6 p.m. NHLN-US
Sat Philadelphia Flyers Carolina Hurricanes 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sat Detroit Red Wings Vancouver Canucks 9 p.m. NHLN-US
Sun New Jersey Devils New York Rangers 2 p.m. NBC
Sun St. Louis Blues Colorado Avalanche 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sun Dallas Stars Los Angeles Kings 8 p.m. NHLN-US

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