Original Six 2012 (ID# 12519)
  • Max Pacioretty scores empty-net goal
    Max Pacioretty scored his second goal of the postseason in Game 6 against Ottawa.

    Advice: He deposited the puck into an empty net with less than a second remaining in the third period, as the Canadiens eliminated the Senators. It was Pacioretty's first goal since Game 2 and just his second point in the first round of the playoffs. He just returned from a possible concussion after sitting out the first game of the series, so he might need some additional time before he becomes comfortable again. Rotoworld.com
    56 minutes ago
  • Ryan Spooner to improve faceoffs, defense
    Ryan Spooner was impressive down the stretch for Boston, but he knows he still has improvements to make.

    Advice: The first item on that list is his 45.4 percent success rate on faceoffs. "I had some ups and downs on that. I had some games where I've been good, some games where I was bad," Spooner said. "And then I'd say probably, I guess, defensively (I have to improve). It's going to take some time, too. I've only played like (56 NHL games) so I'm going to try to work on that too." Spooner is a restricted free agent this summer and he should fit into the team's plans next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:35 am
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    L, 3-2 @ TB
  • Milan Lucic lost his father last week
    Milan Lucic's father passed away unexpectedly last Wednesday in Vancouver.

    Advice: "My family and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support from the hockey community, friends, and fans from around the world," said Lucic in a statement. "We kindly ask everyone to respect our privacy during this difficult and sad time." We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Milan and his family for their loss. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:21 am
  • Olli Maatta is close to skating again
    Olli Maatta (shoulder) should resume skating in about two weeks.

    Advice: With the Penguins eliminated from the playoffs, Maatta has plenty of time to recover before the start of training camp. He also had to get a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland removed and was limited to 20 contests in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:25 am
    Injured Reserve
    W, 2-0 @ Buf
  • Kris Letang expects to be fine for 2015-16
    Kris Letang (concussion) expects to be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

    Advice: Given that Letang recent resumed skating and he's got months left to recover, we imagine he'll be available for the start of training camp. That being said, each road back from a concussion is unique so it's impossible for us to say with 100% certainty that Letang will be able to practice and play without limitations right from the beginning of camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:23 am
  • Pens won't trade Evgeni Malkin this summer
    The Pittsburgh Penguins don't have any intention of trading Evgeni Malkin.

    Advice: That might seem obvious, but it has been brought up since Pittsburgh's first round exit. The idea of trading Malkin does have some merit. After all, Pittsburgh's cap is very top-heavy and moving Malkin would be one way to free up space so the Penguins can become a more well-rounded squad. Malkin might also start to decline in value quicker than anticipated given the soon-to-be 29-year-old's lengthy injury history. That being said, it's not at all surprising that the Penguins intend to keep the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:20 am
  • Johnny Boychuk has tons of Game 7 experience
    Johnny Boychuk is getting ready for his eighth career Game 7 on Monday.

    Advice: The core of the Islanders is still somewhat thin on playoff experience, so Boychuk's presence is particularly helpful in this regard. He's been averaging 26:01 minutes per contest in the first round, but he'll probably end up topping that mark in the deciding game of New York's series against Washington. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:03 am
  • Mark Giordano (torn biceps) starts to skate
    Mark Giordano (torn biceps) has started to skate.

    Advice: Giordano probably isn't close to returning, but at the same time it wouldn't be shocking to see him rejoin the Flames at some point during the second round. That would be a big boost for Calgary as Giordano was looking like a Norris Trophy candidate before his season was cut short. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:51 am
    Injured Reserve
    L, 5-1 @ Wpg
  • Taylor Hall excited after Oilers' changes
    Taylor Hall is upbeat about the Edmonton Oilers' recent changes.

    Advice: "The past couple summers it's taken me to July or August to really get the optimism going. After a couple tough seasons, that's usually what it takes," said Hall. "But I feel that now. I'm excited. And it's such a nice feeling." Between the Oilers winning the draft lottery and with it first dibs at Connor McDavid, Bob Nicholson being named the team's CEO, and Peter Chiarelli taking over as the president and general manager, there are plenty of reasons for the Oilers to be upbeat. It's still far too early to say if they're likely to end their playoff drought next season, but there's certainly been a lot of positive moves for them lately. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:47 am
  • Jonas Hiller gets shot at revenge vs. Anaheim
    Jonas Hiller will have a chance to play against his old team, the Anaheim Ducks, in the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: "Yeah, it's definitely special," Hiller said. "It hasn't really settled in. You kind of look ahead but you don't want to believe it until it’s actually there. Now, it’s like we’re just excited to be in the next round. In the next few days, we'll look at their tendencies and everything. It's definitely going to be special." It's a chance at revenge for Hiller as he left Anaheim after losing the starting gig. He's gone on to have a solid season with Calgary and posted a 2.20 GAA and .931 save percentage in the first round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:41 am
  • CGY likely to burn 1st year of Bennett's deal
    It's looking like this will count as the first season of Sam Bennett's entry-level deal.

    Advice: This will only count as the first campaign in Bennett's deal if he plays in at least 10 NHL games between the regular season and playoffs. Usually if a young player's opening year on their entry-level contract is burned it's because they stuck with the team past their season-opening nine-game trial. Bennett's case is unusual because it's looking like it will be playoff games that push him over the edge. He's up to seven games against his deal. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:37 am
  • Mike Smith aims to have better start in 2015
    Mike Smith plans to change his offseason training regime in the hopes of avoiding another disastrous start.

    Advice: "In the past, it's been coming into camp and working myself into game form whereas this year I'll be coming into camp on all cylinders," Smith said. He posted a 3.96 GAA and .866 save percentage in seven October starts and it wasn't until February that he started to turn his season around. By then the damage had already been done. Smith admitted that his early season struggles impacted his confidence and that might be part of the reason why his slump lasted for months. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:31 am
  • James Wisniewski didn't play in first round
    James Wisniewski didn't play at all in the first round.

    Advice: Anaheim acquired Wisniewski from Columbus on March 2 and it's surprising to see the talented defenseman kept out of the lineup. At the same time, the Ducks swept the Jets, so there wasn't any incentive for Anaheim to make adjustments. It's likely just a matter of time before Wisniewski gets his chance. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:25 am
  • Gibson will likely return as Ducks' backup
    There's a good chance that John Gibson (hand) will start the second round as Frederik Andersen's understudy.

    Advice: It sounded like Gibson would have been available for Game 4 of the first round, but the Ducks opted to wait. The starting gig is Andersen's to lose, but Gibson's return does give Anaheim a strong insurance policy should Andersen falter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:20 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Evgeni Malkin still unsure about going to WC
    Evgeni Malkin said he still isn't sure if he will play for Russia at the World Hockey Championships this spring.

    Advice: Malkin said that he enjoys playing for his country, but his health may prevent him from going. The Russian forward didn't register a point in five playoff games. He said that he and the Penguins still haven't had a conversation about his World Championship eligibility. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:18 am
  • Tomas Plekanec says Habs need first goal
    Tomas Plekanec believes that scoring the first goal in a game will be key for Montreal.

    Advice: The Canadiens lead the best-of-seven series three games to two, but they have conceded the first goal in each game. "We have to make it tougher on [Craig Anderson] and we have to score that first goal," said Plekanec. "When they scored the first, they were able to fall back on their defence." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:56 am
  • Jonas Hiller not to blame for poor start
    Coach Bob Hartley apologized to the team for his pulling of Jonas Hiller on Saturday.

    Advice: Hiller gave up two goals in the first 7:32 of the game before Karri Ramo got the call as Hiller watched the rest of the game from the bench. "I apologized to Jonas Hiller in front of the whole team," Hartley said. "I didn’t pull him because I felt it was his fault. I just felt that it wasn’t a good start for us and I needed to jump-start. There was water in the fuel." The move eventually paid off in a series clinching 7-4 win over Vancouver. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:55 am
  • Jonas Hiller starts Game Six vs. Canucks
    Jonas Hiller will get the start on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks in Game Six.

    Advice: Hiller has allowed just nine goals through the first five games, which helps explain why he's accumulated four Quality Starts already. In short, the Canucks have yet to figure out a way to beat Hiller consistently through 156 shots thus far and there's no sign of that changing any time soon. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • John Gibson practices with Ducks Saturday
    After skipping Friday's skate, John Gibson practiced with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

    Advice: The Ducks' long gap between playoff series could be a boon for Gibson, who is recovering from a hand injury suffered late in the season. The starting job is currently Frederik Andersen's to lose, but you never know what a few tough games might bring. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:48 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Is Pacioretty playing tentative?
    There are some in the Montreal media who suggest that Max Pacioretty is playing tentatively as he is still very concerned about the concussion he sustained at the end of the regular season.

    Advice: Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette, suggests that MaxPac has become a perimiter player and that he seems hesitant to crash the net. He also believes that Pacioretty has not displayed his usual explosiveness since his return to action from the concussion. If that is the case, Montreal is going to need contributions from others who have been rather invisible in the series so far such as David Desharnais and Alex Galchenyuk. Game 6 is Sunday at 6 pm. It should be a dandy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:34 am
  • Evgeni Malkin pointless in series
    Evgeni Malkin ended up pointless in the playoffs.

    Advice: Well, that was bad news for poolies who took him, never mind for the Penguins who are now out of the post-season after the Rangers took the opening round series in five games. Malkin apparently was dealing with an undisclosed injury and that should be known shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:03 am
  • John Gibson does not skate on Friday
    John Gibson (hand) did not skate on Friday.

    Advice: Gibson was injured two weeks ago in practice and has not played or even backed up Frederik Andersen ever since. But he stated earlier in the week that he feels good enough to play. Gibson was 13-8-0 with a 2.60 GAA and a .914 save percentage in an injury-riddled season but is the Ducks goalie of the future as he is very highly regarded. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:55 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Jonas Hiller unsupported in 2-1 Game 5 loss
    Jonas Hiller went under supported in Thursday's Game Five 2-1 loss to Vancouver, making 41 saves in the effort. Calgary now leads the series 3-2.

    Advice: Don't look towards Hiller for why the Flames lost. He turned away 33 of 34 shots through the first 40 minutes of play, and stopped all six shots on special teams. Hiller now has four Quality Starts during the series, and looks to be a good bet to stay strong as it progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:38 pm
  • Jonas Hiller to start Game Five vs. Canucks
    Jonas Hiller will get the start in Game Five against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Calgary leads the series 3-1.

    Advice: Hiller has turned away 106 of 113 shots the Canucks have sent his way thus far, including posting three Quality Starts over the first four games. Hiller has allowed no power play goals, two shorties, and five even strength tallies thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:43 pm
  • Evgeni Malkin dealing with undisclosed injury
    Evgeni Malkin has been dealing with an undisclosed injury during Pittsburgh's first-round series against the New York Rangers.

    Advice: "That's part of the playoffs," teammate Sidney Crosby said. "That's what you see around the league, and this time of year it's not easy. Everyone's battling through stuff, especially him. He gets a lot of attention out there. So, for him to have to battle through that, it's important. But we're all in it together. We're all trying our best to create things. He's the same." Malkin hasn't been on the scoresheet in four playoff games and has posted three points (all assists) in his past 14 games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:38 pm
  • Evgeni Malkin's point drought reaches 9 games
    Evgeni Malkin has gone nine straight games without a point.

    Advice: Malkin is also on a 14-contest drought when it comes to goals. His struggles as of late are one of the reasons the Penguins now find themselves down 3-1 in the first round of the playoffs. At the same time, their series against the New York Rangers has been close enough thus far that a breakout by Malkin might be enough to tip the scales. He's certainly a big X-factor going into Game 5 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:34 am
  • John Gibson ready to return, but won't yet
    John Gibson (hand) feels good enough to play.

    Advice: Gibson won't even serve as the backup in Game 4 though. Goaltender Frederik Andersen has helped Anaheim take a 3-0 lead over Winnipeg, so he would start either way. Under these circumstances, there's no reason for the Ducks to rush Gibson back and simultaneously shake things up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:12 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Johnny Boychuk logs 30 minutes Tuesday
    Johnny Boychuk logged 30:00 minutes of ice time in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Washington.

    Advice: That's a new high for Boychuk in the first round series. He was leaned on heavily in part because Lubomir Visnovsky left the contest in the second period after receiving a high hit. That being said, Boychuk has gotten big minutes in every playoff game so far and is averaging a team-high 25:46 minutes per contest. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:12 am
  • Jonas Hiller near perfect in win over Van
    Jonas Hiller turned aside 28-of-29 shots in the Flames 3-1 Game Four win over Vancouver on Tuesday.

    Advice: The only puck to get past Hiller was a Henrik Sedin pass that deflected off Kris Russell to trickle between his legs. Hiller didn't have to be spectacular but made the saves he needed to in the third period. Hiller has been near lights out since the series has shifted to Calgary where he has made 51 of a possible 54 saves. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • John Gibson 'about a week away' from return
    Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau noted that goalie John Gibson could be "about a week away" from returning to the team following this morning's practice.

    Advice: This was Gibson's first practice since falling to a hand injury during the final week of the regular season. The Ducks have been going with veteran netminder Jason LaBarbera since. But with Andersen having turned away 84 of 91 shots through the first three games, and with the Ducks owning a 3-0 series lead over the Jets, Gibson shouldn't be in any rush to return. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:46 pm
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Jonas Hiller to start Game Four vs. Canucks
    Jonas Hiller will get the start in Game Four against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Hiller has turned away 78 of 84 shots through the first three games of the series, in which the Flames lead 2-1. Believe it or not, he owns a 14-13 record with a .932 save percentage and a 2.27 GAA in 29 career playoff games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Wisniewski and Sekac among scratches Mon.
    The Ducks will roll with the same lineup that led to victories in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Winnipeg Jets.

    Advice: That means the Ducks will continue to scratch defensemen James Wisniewski, Josh Manson, and Korbinian Holzer for Game 3. Jiri Sekac will also be held out of the lineup Monday night. If the Ducks continue to earn playoff victories, then this group of players will most likely continue to be scratched. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:15 pm
  • S. Bennett gets his first career playoff goal
    Sam Bennett found the back of the net in a 4-2 victory against Vancouver in Game 3 of the first round series.

    Advice: Bennett, 18, just had one game worth of NHL experience going into this series, but he's nevertheless done a great job. He now has two points in three games despite being limited to an average of 13:10 minutes per contest. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:19 am
  • Jonas Hiller makes 23 saves in gm 3 win
    Jonas Hiller made 23 saves on 25 shots in Sunday's 4-2, game three win over Vancouver.

    Advice: The Flames opened the scoring at the 6:35 mark of the first period and they never trailed after that. The Flames now hold a 2-1 lead in the series with game four being played in Calgary on Tuesday night. Hiller has been one of the bright spots for the Flames in this series. The 33-year-old has allowed just six goals in the first three games against Vancouver. Don't be surprised if this turns out to be a long and grueling series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 10:01 pm
  • Pacioretty: 'OTT has three good goalies'
    Max Pacioretty admitted that the Ottawa Senators have three good goalies, but whoever they put in goal won't change the Canadiens' approach in game three.

    Advice: The Senators are down 0-2 in the series, and some people believe that coach Dave Cameron may go with Craig Anderson in game three. "I don’t think it makes a lot of difference," said Max Pacioretty. "Goaltending is a big part of their depth. They’ve always had three good goaltenders in Ottawa and it doesn’t matter who’s in net because they’ve all had success lately. Their goalie played great last night and no matter who’s in net, they’re going to play their best and we just have to worry about our game." Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:49 am
  • Mark Giordano nominated for a couple awards
    Mark Giordano has been nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

    Advice: The awards recognize the great community work that Giordano and his wife have done in the Calgary area. Giordano is currently out of action with a torn bicep suffered on February 25. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:08 am
    Injured Reserve
    L, 5-1 @ Wpg
  • Flames' Sam Bennett feels he'll return Sunday
    Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett said Saturday he feels well enough to be in the lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night.

    Advice: Bennett left in the second period of a 4-1 loss to the Canucks in Game 2 on Friday after a collision with Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler. He suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period Friday but returned for three shifts in the third. "It was just a bump, maybe knocked the wind out of me a bit," Bennett said. "I'm fine now, 100 percent fine. That won't be a problem." Bennett, Calgary's top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (No. 4), had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in October and missed most of the regular season rehabilitating in Calgary. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:23 pm
  • Jonas Hiller gets Game 3 nod after loss
    Despite a tough go in a Game 2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks, Jonas Hiller's getting the nod for the Calgary Flames in Game 3.

    Advice: Hiller allowed three goals on 29 shots before leaving Game 2 with about six minutes left. One would assume that Hiller's leash is pretty short with Karri Ramo looming. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 2:35 pm
  • Plekanec line most dangerous unit Friday
    The line of Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk was Montreal's best unit Friday night against Ottawa.

    Advice: The line produced 16 of the Habs' 42 shots on net and was buzzing around the Senators' net all night long. It also was responsible for the overtime winning marker. With Max Pacioretty back in the lineup alongside David Desharnais, the Canadiens are a dangerous team. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 7:07 am
  • Sam Bennett suffers second period injury
    Sam Bennett suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period Friday but returned for three shifts in the third.

    Advice: Bennett was not on the ice at the end of the game in which 154 penalty minutes were assessed in the last five minutes of the game as coach Bob Hartley did not want to subject his outstanding rookie to any of the fisticuffs or possible dirty hits. "He’s good," said Hartley. "He’s just got bumps. There was no sense at the end of the game that I would expose him." Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:28 am
  • John Gibson does not practice Friday
    John Gibson (hand) did not practice once again on Friday and is considered doubtful for Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Gibson was injured in practice eight days ago and the Ducks were forced to recall Jason LaBarbera to back up Frederik Andersen. The Ducks hope that Gibson will return to the lineup shortly as he has been battling Andersen for the number one job in net for the Ducks. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:12 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Hiller surrenders three as Canucks tie series
    Jonas Hiller made 26 saves during Friday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver, tying the series at one.

    Advice: The fourth goal was an empty-netter. Hiller was good, but wasn't helped out sufficiently by his defense who allowed three quality shots from high-scoring areas through Hiller. He was later pulled with five minutes to go still down 3-0 in favor of Karri Ramo, presumably to help get him a head start on focusing on Sunday's Game Three. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:01 am
  • Max Pacioretty will play in Game Two vs. Sens
    Max Pacioretty will indeed play in Game Two on Friday night against the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: And with that, the Montreal Canadiens have their top scorer back in the lineup. Pacioretty has five goals and 11 points in 21 career playoff games, however he's gone pointless in four games and 13 shots in the playoffs versus Ottawa. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 3:53 pm
  • Max Pacioretty will probably play Friday
    Max Pacioretty (upper body) will take part in Friday's pregame warmups.

    Advice: Although Pacioretty was originally described as a game-time decision, he's very likely to end up playing in Friday's contest against Ottawa. It would be his first game since April 5. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 3:28 pm
  • Pacioretty expected to be game-time decision
    Max Pacioretty (upper body) is expected to be a game-time decision on Friday.

    Advice: Pacioretty missed Montreal's playoff opener because of the injury. He had 37 goals and 67 points in 80 contests in the regular season. If he can play, it might be on a line with David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 9:34 am
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