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  • TBL will go with seven blueliners Friday
    Andrej Sustr will draw into the Lightning's lineup Friday night.

    Advice: Tampa Bay will use seven defensemen because Ondrej Palat is dealing with an upper-body injury. Sustr had a goal and eight points in 43 games in the regular season.
    37 minutes ago
  • T.J. Oshie probably won't return Saturday
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) is doubtful for Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Oshie has been skating, but still needs to be cleared for contact drills. He had 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
    Today, 1:30 pm
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • Ott plays on top line with Steen and Backes
    With T.J. Oshie out, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock started Steve Ott on the top line with David Backes and Alex Steen.

    Advice: It seemed to work out fine as the Blues defeated the Hawks in overtime and the Backes line was very effective. Look for Ott to continue to play alongside Backes and Steen until Oshie returns.
    Today, 10:41 am
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • T.J. Oshie (upper body) is on the ice Friday
    T.J. Oshie is skating Friday morning with a few players who did not play Thursday night against Chicago.

    Advice: He has been skating on his own this week as he awaits clearance to participate in contact practices. At least Oshie seems to be getting closer to a return. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Today, 10:37 am
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • Colton Sceviour OK for Game 2
    Colton Sceviour will be able to play in Game 2 against the Ducks Friday night.

    Advice: He slammed face first into the boards in Game 1 and there was some concern that he had seriously injured himself but he did play in the third period Wednesday. Even though he didn't skate Thursday, it seems Sceviour is good to go for Friday's contest.
    Today, 10:00 am
  • Barrie registers two assists in 5-4 OT win
    Tyson Barrie continues to impress with his play as he registrered two assists in Colorado's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Barrie was in Av coach Patrick Roy's doghouse to start the season and was sent to the AHL to find his game. Barrie returned to the NHL with confidence and registered 38 points in 64 games and anchored the Colorado power play. That production translates to a 47-point full season and makes Barrie a top-20 rearguard for the 2014-15 campaign.
    Today, 9:46 am
  • Kardi named to Team Canada for IIHF tourney
    Nazem Kadri was named to Team Canada for the upcoming IIHF Championships scheduled to begin on May 9th in Belarus.

    Advice: He will be joined on the squad by teammates Morgan Rielly and James Reimer. Kadri had an inconsistent season but still set career highs in goals and points with 20 and 50 respectively. Reilly is a promising defenseman who just scratched the surface of his vast talent this season. We all know about the trials Reimer had in 2013-14.
    Today, 8:52 am
  • Palat not expected to play Friday v Habs
    Ondrej Palat is not expected to play Friday night against Montreal in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: He sustained an upper-body injury after being checked by Andrei Markov in Game 1 Wednesday and should be considered day-to-day.
    Today, 8:33 am
  • Vanek-Desharnais-Pac line dominant
    The line of Thomas Vanek, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty was dominant in Game 1 against Tampa.

    Advice: This unit combined to take an impressive 17 shots on goal in the 5-4 overtime win Wednesday night and were responsible for the overtime winner scored by Vanek. If the Lighting hope to tie the series Friday, they are going to have to find a way to slow down the Vanek-Desharnais-Pacioretty line.
    Today, 7:58 am
  • Shore to play for U.S.A at IIHF Championships
    Drew Shore is one of five Florida Panthers who will compete in next month's IIHF World Hockey Championships in Belarus.

    Advice: Shore along with Vincent Trocheck, and Jimmy Hayes will play for the United States, while Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau will play for Canada. Not too shabby for a team that was as awful as the Panthers were this past season.
    Today, 7:31 am
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  • Brent Burns gets two points vs. LAK
    Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 6-3 victory on Thursday.

    Advice: Burns' efforts helped San Jose claim a 1-0 lead on Los Angeles in the first round series. He had 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games this season.
    Today, 7:29 am
  • Martin St. Louis gets two assists in Game 1
    Martin St. Louis had two assists in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: St. Louis got off to a slow start with the Rangers after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning, but if he shines in the playoffs then that will be forgotten. With those two assists, St. Louis now has 70 points in 64 career postseason games.
    Today, 7:05 am
  • Brad Richards bounces back from 2013 playoffs
    Brad Richards' three-point game in the Rangers' playoff opener was particularly special given how little he played in the 2013 postseason.

    Advice: Former Rangers coach John Tortorella moved Richards to the fourth line and eventually removed him from the lineup entirely. Tortorella ended up getting fired and Richards already has more points in the 2014 playoffs than he had in the Rangers' entire 2013 playoff run.
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Franzen key to Wings' chances
    If Detroit is to have any chance of knocking off the heavily favored Boston Bruins, Johan Franzen will have to score as he has in past playoff series.

    Advice: Franzen is one of the NHL's top post-season performers. He as scored 31 goals and registered 59 points in 51 career playoff games. The Wings are going to need that type of production and a whole lot more from others if they are to get by the big, bad Bruins.
    Today, 6:59 am
  • Trevor Lewis scores goal in playoff opener
    Trevor Lewis scored a goal in the Kings' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lewis inked a two-year, $3.05 million contract extension just before the playoffs started. He had six goals and 11 points in 73 regular season games.
    Today, 6:51 am
  • Sergei Bobrovsky isn't satisfied after Game 1
    Sergei Bobrovsky wasn't happy with his performance in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 32 shots in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory. "I have to be better," Bobrovsky said. "Four goals is a lot, but it's already past me." It was Bobrovsky's first playoff game since 2012 when he was still a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He has a 4.04 GAA and .855 save percentage in eight career playoff games.
    Today, 6:41 am
  • Brad Richards leads way in win over Flyers
    Brad Richards was excellent in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night.

    Advice: Richards registered a goal and two assists in the victory, leading the way for a Blueshirts team that has struggled offensively all season. Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan also found the back of the net for New York while Martin St. Louis picked up two helpers in the win.
    Yesterday, 6:45 pm
  • Ondrej Palat will be a game-time call Friday
    Ondrej Palat (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest against Montreal.

    Advice: He left Game 1 because an undisclosed injury, which is believed to be to his upper-body region. The outstanding rookie logged 14:05 of ice time before exiting early in the third period.
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • T.J. Oshie (upper body) won't play in Game 1
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) won't play in Game 1 against Chicago on Thursday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season after receiving an illegal check to the head from Minnesota's Michael Rupp. Oshie has been skating with the Blues, but he hasn't been cleared for contact yet.
    Yesterday, 9:50 am
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • Red Wings shuffle lines at practice
    Johan Franzen skated with Daniel Alfredsson and Darren Helm on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Babcock did some line shuffling, so it's unclear what combinations he'll have for Game 1 against Boston on Friday night. Luke Glendening centered Drew Miller and David Legwand, while Riley Sheahan played between Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco and Pavel Datsyuk was flanked by Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
  • Lightning mum on Ondrej Palat's injury
    Ondrej Palat was forced to leave Tampa Bay's playoff opener in the third period with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: He was seen walking around the locker room after the team's overtime loss and there wasn't an update on his status. Palat had an upper-body injury at the end of the regular season after a hard hit made contact with his head and there may have been a re-injury there. It was also speculated during the game telecast that he might have been hurt when he banged knees with Montreal's P.K. Subban. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • Thomas Vanek scores in Game 1 victory
    Thomas Vanek scored in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He also registered a game-high seven shots. Vanek is a streaky player and he played very well in the Canadiens' playoff opener, which could be a good sign for the Habs.
    Yesterday, 7:37 am
  • Sceviour scores in loss
    Colton Sceviour scored a goal and added an assist for the Stars in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Anaheim in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

    Advice: It was a nice way to start the playoffs for Sceviour, but the Stars failed to win. He finished the regular season with 12 points in 28 games so two points in his first playoff game ever was a great start for him. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars.
    Yesterday, 12:21 am
  • Sergei Bobrovsky can't hold off Penguins
    Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was unable to hold off the flying Penguins in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

    Advice: In the series opener between the Jackets and Pens, Bobrovsky was staked to a 3-1 lead early in the second period, but the advantage wouldn't last. All told, the Columbus netminder allowed four goals on 32 shots in the defeat, but he'll certainly be between the pipes again for Game 2 Saturday.
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • T.J. Oshie not cleared for contact yet
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) hasn't been cleared for contact yet.

    Advice: Oshie hasn't been ruled out for Game 1 on Thursday, but it would still be a bit surprising if he ends up returning that soon. That being said, the Blues think he'll be back before the end of the first round.
    Wednesday, 9:28 am
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • Brad Richards tries not to think about future
    Brad Richards is trying not to think about the possibility that this might be his last playoff run with the New York Rangers.

    Advice: Richards might be the subject of an amnesty buyout over the summer. "It's been in the back of my mind to a certain extent, it would be a lie if I said it wasn't there," Richards said. "But it's not affecting me or weighing on me, or having any impact on my preparation or my game." Richards will turn 34 in May and his contract comes with an annual $6,666,667 cap hit through 2019-20. This is the last summer that the Rangers will have the option of using an amnesty buyout, which is different from a normal buyout in the sense that it completely removes the player's cap hit from the team's books, to get out of the ugly final seasons of that deal.
    Wednesday, 6:58 am
  • TBL should get Ondrej Palat back on Wednesday
    Ondrej Palat (upper body) is ready to play in the Lightning's postseason opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Palat had 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games this season. Look for him to play on Tampa Bay's top line with Steve Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
  • Oshie skates, questionable Thursday
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) skated on Tuesday.

    Advice: "It felt good to get around, sweat a little bit," Oshie said. "It feels like I haven't been doing anything in a long time." He didn't rule out the possibility of him playing in Game 1. Oshie had 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games this season.
    Tuesday, 12:47 pm
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • T.J. Oshie should be back for playoff opener
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) is expected to be available for Game 1 against Chicago on Thursday night.

    Advice: The Blues didn't practice on Monday, but he could be back after missing the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. We should know more after the team resumes skating.
    Monday, 3:11 pm
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • Tyson Barrie should be ready for Game 1
    Tyson Barrie (upper body) is projected to be fine to play in Game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday night.

    Advice: He was held out of Sunday's contest mainly as a precaution, according to coach Patrick Roy. Barrie enjoyed an excellent 2013-14 campaign with 13 goals and 38 points from the blueline in 64 games.
    Monday, 9:41 am
  • Tampa's Ondrej Palat sits Sunday with UBI
    Ondrej Palat (upper body) didn't play Sunday.

    Advice: He appeared to take a blow to the head on a hit by Columbus blueliner Jack Johnson on Friday and it forced him to leave the contest. The rookie forward's status for Game 1 of the postseason is unclear at this time. He is listed as day-to-day.
    Monday, 8:54 am
  • Colton Sceviour nets Stars' only goal in loss
    Colton Sceviour scored early in the first period to give Dallas a 1-0 lead in Phoenix Sunday night but it turned out to be the Stars' only goal in a 2-1 victory for the Coyotes.

    Advice: The goal was Sceviour's eighth of the season. While Phoenix did not qualify for the playoffs, the Stars did. They will open their first round in Anaheim Wednesday.
    Sunday, 8:52 pm
  • Drew Shore will report to San Antonio
    Drew Shore is heading to the AHL San Antonio Rampage.

    Advice: Shore scored two goals and seven points in 24 games with the Panthers in 2013-14. With Florida's season over, they sent a few players to help San Antonio.
    Sunday, 9:26 am
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  • Franzen will rest instead of play Sunday
    Johan Franzen will rest instead of playing on Sunday.

    Advice: The season finale doesn't mean much to Detroit, so it made more sense to Detroit to give a few of its players a breather. Franzen has 16 goals and 41 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
    Sunday, 9:00 am
  • Martin St. Louis a healthy scratch Saturday
    Martin St. Louis was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

    Advice: St. Louis had four assists in two earlier games this week as he is finally breaking out of his scoring slump. He will finish the season with 30 goals and 69 points in 81 games but most of those were for Tampa Bay as he had only one goal and eight points in 19 games for the Rangers.
    Sunday, 5:06 am