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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 around the hockey from the week that was, and informs Nashvillians on the NHL games on television in the upcoming week. In this edition, Bolts collide, Loktionov impresses with a beautiful toe-drag, Crosby makes Dupuis' goal easy as pi, Bryzgalov comes up big, and the Ice Hogs are in another hige brawl.
We're nearing the final stretch in this shortened season, which means the scoreboard and standings watching will pick up substantially in the coming weeks. Here's the current NHL standings. You'll notice many of the big names in the Eastern Conference are out of the playoff picture as of Monday. Will they be able to pick things up and make the TV networks happy? In the West, Chicago and Anaheim continue to separate themselves from the rest of the conference.
One of those big name teams in the Eastern Conference on the outside looking in is the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sitting in twelfth place, six points back from eighth, the Bolts can't afford to lose any of their offensive electricity. That's one reason why many Tampa Bay fans were holding their breath Tuesday night. The Lightning traveled to Sunrise, Florida to face the Panthers, and disaster nearly ensued for the struggling Bolts as two of their biggest offensive producers collided in the defensive zone. Take a look.
For our next video, we travel up to New Jersey. The Devils, who were in first place earlier in the season, are now trying to hold on to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They hosted the eleventh place Flyers on Tuesday night and earned a 5-2 victory over their division rival. Up 3-1 in the 2nd period, the Devils added to their lead when Andrei Loktionov skated into the zone with Ilya Kovalchuk. Loktionov elected to take matters into his own hands and used a filthy toe-drag to beat Ilya Bryzgalov and extend the New Jersey lead.
This video comes from north of the boarder on 3/14, which is, of course, Pi Day. And you can't spell Pittsburgh without "Pi." The first place Penguns took their talents to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs Thursday evening, and they found themselves trailing 1-0 in the 3rd period. Points and assists leader, Sidney Crosby wouldn't have much more of that. He dazzled the Air Canada Centre crowd with a magnificent, no-look, backhand pass to wide open teammate Pascal Dupuis. From their, the goal was easy as pi. The Penguins went on to win the game 3-1.
Here's another video from a Flyers-Devils game last week. It is, however a different game. This game took place in Philadelphia and the Flyers took the victory this time around. They won the game 2-1 in a shootout, thanks to great goaltending (really) by Ilya Bryzgalov. He made a couple of big stops on the Devils in overtime to send the game to a shootout where the home team would collect the extra point.
Here's this week's schedule of televised NHL games in Nashville for your viewing pleasure.
|Day||Away Team||Home Team||Time (CDT)||Network|
|Tonight||Philadelphia Flyers||Tampa Bay Lightning||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tue||Nashville Predators||Columbus Blue Jackets||6 p.m.||FS-TN|
|Tue||Washington Capitals||Pittsburgh Penguins||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed||Minnesota Wild||Detroit Red Wings||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wed||Chicago Blackhawks||Anaheim Ducks||9 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Thu||New Jersey Devils||Carolina Hurricanes||6 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Thu||Calgary Flames||Nashville Predators||7 p.m.||FS-TN|
|Fri||Pittsburgh Penguins||New York Islanders||6 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Fri||Detroit Red Wings||Anaheim Ducks||9 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Sat||Vancouver Canucks||Los Angeles Kings||3 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Sat||Boston Bruins||Toronto Maple Leafs||6 p.m.||NHLN-US|
|Sat||Columbus Blue Jackets||Nashville Predators||7 p.m.||FS-TN|
|Sun||Philadelphia Flyers||Pittsburgh Penguins||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
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