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  • Shattenkirk helps Blues land 2-0 series lead
    Kevin Shattenkirk propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 overtime victory over Chicago in Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: He registered a goal and two assists in the match. Shattenkirk played 27 minutes in the contest and 11:13 of that ice time came on the power play. Barret Jackman netted the game-winning 5:50 into the extra session, while Vladimir Tarasenko and Chris Porter also scored for the Blues in the win. Vladimir Sobotka picked up two helpers in the contest.
    Today, 3:59 pm
  • David Backes not out for start of OT
    David Backes didn't start overtime with his regular wingers.

    Advice: It's unclear if he'll be able to return to Saturday's contest after he was rocked on a hit by Chicago's Brent Seabrook. The incident occurred at the 15:09 mark of the third period. Steve Ott opened the extra session between T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen. We can only speculate at this time, but consider him day-to-day with an "upper-body injury."
    Today, 3:18 pm
  • Brent Seabrook ejected, could face suspension
    Brent Seabrook was ejected from Saturday's contest against St. Louis after he took a run at David Backes.

    Advice: He got five minutes for charging and a game misconduct on the play. The hit will probably end up with Seabrook facing further supplemental discipline as well. He had a goal and an assist in 23:21 of ice time prior to being tossed.
    Today, 3:10 pm
  • J.T. Brown feels fine after 'awkward' hit
    J.T. Brown feels good after taking an "awkward" hit from Montreal's Alexei Emelin.

    Advice: He logged a personal high 18:01 of ice time in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Canadiens. Brown expects to play on Sunday when the series shifts to Montreal.
    Today, 1:16 pm
  • Brenden Morrow (foot) may sit Saturday
    Brenden Morrow was able to play in Game 1 Thursday night, but he might be out for Saturday afternoon's match.

    Advice: He is still thought to be dealing with a foot issue and he didn't take part in the pregame skate. T.J. Oshie appears to be ready to return, so he might be taking Morrow's spot in the lineup.
    Today, 12:06 pm
  • Jared Boll will be scratched Saturday
    Jared Boll will be a healthy scratch Saturday night in Game 2 against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: It was originally speculated that Corey Tropp would be the odd man out with R.J. Umberger ready to return, but it will be Boll instead.
    Today, 12:03 pm
  • T.J. Oshie in pregame warmup, likely to play
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) is participating in the pregame warmup.

    Advice: He's doing line rushes with David Backes and Alexander Steen, so it looks like he'll be back in the lineup after missing Game 1 and the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
    Today, 11:46 am
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • Blues' T.J. Oshie questionable for Game 2
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) is questionable to play in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't confirm Oshie's status, so there's a chance that he could play. He expects Oshie and Patrik Berglund to play by Game 4, though.
    Today, 10:11 am
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • Dany Heatley understands why he's not playing
    Dany Heatley is ready to go in the playoffs when he's called upon.

    Advice: "Just the way the end of the year went, I was scratched in Phoenix and we kind of went on a tear, so it is what it is," he said of his current situation. "I'll stay ready. If I get in, I'll be ready to go." Heatley was a healthy scratch in Game 1 when the Wild dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Colorado on Thursday night. It isn't clear yet if he'll be in the lineup for Game 2 Saturday.
    Today, 8:28 am
    L, 7-3 vs Nsh
  • Derek Stepan continues hot pace for Rangers
    The Rangers' Derek Stepan has 23 points in his last 24 overall games.

    Advice: He scored a goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Flyers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. "Stepan makes us tick," Rangers star Rick Nash said. "If we're going to go far in the playoffs, we need Derek to keep on starring."
    Today, 8:26 am
  • Ruff thinks Ray Whitney has more to give
    Ray Whitney didn't end up playing on the top line in Game 2, but coach Lindy Ruff is looking for more from the veteran forward.

    Advice: "I think Game 1 was a hard game for Ray. Coming off an injury, the level of energy in that game was more than he had seen. There were times he wasn't quite up to pace," Ruff said. "But I would expect more from Ray [Friday]. He's a veteran guy who we think can make those plays." The 41-year-old winger picked up nine goals and 32 points in 69 games during the regular season. He doesn't have a point in two playoff matches so far.
    Today, 8:08 am
  • Nathan MacKinnon collects 3 assists in Game 1
    Nathan MacKinnon contributed three assists and a plus-3 rating in his NHL playoff debut Thursday night.

    Advice: The 18-year-old rookie made a great first impression for the Avalanche in their comeback overtime win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1. MacKinnon will look to keep that momentum in the second game of the series on Saturday night. Minnesota coach Mike Yeo wants his players to ratchet up the physical play when MacKinnon has the puck to try to slow him down.
    Today, 7:56 am
  • G Antti Niemi rewards Sharks' faith in him
    San Jose goalie Antti Niemi needed only 18 seconds Thursday to show that he was on his game.

    Advice: Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter had sneaked past the San Jose defense and was alone for the first shot of Game 1, only to have Niemi get a piece of the puck. A quality scoring chance but no goal. "It was a pretty huge save," Sharks center James Sheppard said. "That's a puck that could easily have went in, and that's 18 seconds into a series. So when I saw it, I was pretty happy. I knew he was going to be there -- not that I had any doubts." Sheppard might not have had any doubts, but others did. Niemi had faltered at times down the stretch, while rookie backup Alex Stalock was more consistent. Coach Todd McLellan added to the drama by not publicly naming his starter until game day. Thursday, Niemi rewarded his team's faith, stopping the first 19 shots he faced before giving up three goals in the third period after the Sharks had built a 5-0 lead. And none of those Los Angeles goals could be categorized as softies in what ended up as a 6-3 win for San Jose.
    Today, 7:34 am
  • Tuukka Rask feels he shoud've stopped GWG
    Tuukka Rask feels he should've had Pavel Datsyuk's game-winning goal in Game 1's loss to Detroit.

    Advice: "He was by himself there, so I'm just thinking (it's going to be) a shot," said Rask. "He drags it across and releases from our D's legs. You just try to get the puck in your eyes. I couldn't and it squeaked by me. Usually he tries to make a pass there, but I thought he was by himself there, so I was ready for that shot. I just couldn't see it. But it still went through me, so I should have it." Rask made 23 stops, but the one shot that beat him gave the Red Wings a 1-0 victory.
    Today, 7:05 am
  • Kris Letang disciplined by coach for mistakes
    Penguins defenseman Kris Letang made a mistake and hurt his team by slashing Blue Jackets rookie Boone Jenner in response to a hit late in the second period of Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: So Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma sat Letang on the bench for nearly eight minutes afterward. The Blue Jackets did not score on that power play, but Letang had two penalties, no shots and a minus-1 rating in the game. He also had a turnover that led to a shorthanded goal by Derek MacKenzie that gave the Jackets a 3-1 lead earlier in the second period. "I think going into a series, there are certain players that you're looking to put a dent on and go after and forecheck and be physical on," Bylsma said. "Kris is one of those guys for our team. ... I didn't like the response from Kris. I think he got a message, whether it was . not playing or a nice talk. He got a message." Another might have been sent Friday, when Letang was demoted to the second power-play unit during practice. He was put on a pair with defenseman Paul Martin while Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin worked the points with the first unit.
    Today, 7:04 am
  • USA adds Jimmy Hayes to WHC roster
    Jimmy Hayes will represent Team USA at the World Hockey Championships in May.

    Advice: The tournament runs from May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. Hayes produced 11 goals and 18 points in 55 games this past season with Florida and Chicago. He skated in just two games with the Blackhawks before being moved to the Panthers.
    Today, 6:56 am
  • Tukka Rask stops 24 of 25 in Game 1 loss
    Tukka Rask made just one mistake on 24 shots during Game 1, but it proved costly as the Bruins lost 1-0 to Detroit on Friday night.

    Advice: Rask made several tremendous saves during a back-and-forth series opener that was decided with just 3:01 to go in the third period. The young netminder, who led the NHL in save percentage this season, will look to rebound on Sunday in Game 2.
    Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Stars coach Lindy Ruff plans lineup changes
    Stars coach Lindy Ruff is planning on making lineup changes for Game 2, but he naturally didn't want to go into specifics.

    Advice: Ray Whitney skated alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin during Friday's skate, but Ruff downplayed that. "We just did a warm-up and I said any three guys go," Ruff said. Whitney said he wasn't sure what line he would end up on.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 1:30 pm
    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.
    Yesterday, 10:37 am
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • Derek Stepan scores PPG in playoff opener
    Derek Stepan scored a goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: Stepan netted the goal when the Rangers had the man advantage. He had 17 goals and 57 points in 82 contests in 2013-14.
    Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Rask key to Bruins playoff fortunes
    Tuukka Rask is a key to the Bruins' playoff fortunes.

    Advice: He will of course start in goal Friday against the Red Wings and he has been selected by many Las Vegas oddsmakers as the favourite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the NHL playoffs. If you are looking to draft a goalie in your playoff pool, we can't think of a better one than Rask.
    Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • Niemi solid in Sharks win
    Antti Niemi turned aside 31 of 34 shots in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles Thursday night.

    Advice: Niemi was perfect in the first two periods, but in the third period he allowed three goals. Niemi ended his regular season with a 39-17-7 record and he will be the number one goalie for the Sharks in the playoffs.
    Yesterday, 12:59 am
  • Brent Seabrok plays well despite loss
    Brent Seabrook registered a goal and an assist for Chicago, but ended up on the losing end as the Blackhawks dropped a 4-3 decision in triple-overtime to St. Louis Thursday.

    Advice: Seabrook's performance was quite something, but it wasn't enough to allow Chicago to avoid dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series in heartbreaking fashion. Johnny Oduya and Patrick Kane also found the back of the net for the Blackhawks in the loss.
    Thursday, 9:51 pm
  • Antti Niemi will start Game 1 vs. Los Angeles
    Antti Niemi will start in Game 1 against Los Angeles.

    Advice: The Sharks made some waves when they didn't immediately name their starter for Thursday's playoff opener, but it shouldn't come as a surprise that Niemi will get the nod.
    Thursday, 11:01 am
  • David Backes will dress in Game 1 Thursday
    David Backes (foot) will play Thursday in St. Louis' playoff opener.

    Advice: He participated in Wednesday's practice after not skating on Tuesday. Backes missed three games to close out the regular season with a foot injury. He'll start out Thursday's contest between Steve Ott and Alexander Steen.
    Thursday, 10:43 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.
    Thursday, 9:50 am
    L, 3-0 vs Det
  • Dallas will get back Ray Whitney for Game 1
    Ray Whitney (lower body) will play in Dallas' postseason opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Whitney missed the Stars' last six regular season contests. Look for him to play alongside Shawn Horcoff and Alex Chiasson on the team's fourth line.
    Wednesday, 2:08 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
  • Trio of Blues miss practice, including Backes
    David Backes (foot) didn't skate Tuesday.

    Advice: Patrik Berglund (upper body) and Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) were also absent from the session. St. Louis hosts Chicago in Game 1 of their opening-round series on Thursday, so the wounded Blues still have some time to get healthy.
    Wednesday, 7:18 am
  • Dany Heatley could be scratched Thursday
    Dany Heatley appears as though he will be a healthy scratch on Thursday when the playoffs begin.

    Advice: He didn't have a spot among Minnesota's top-four lines at practice on Tuesday. Heatley leads all Wild players in playoff scoring with 57 points in 66 games. He sat a few times down the stretch as well.
    Wednesday, 6:55 am
    L, 7-3 vs Nsh
  • Nathan MacKinnon likes Colorado's depth
    Nathan MacKinnon is slated to play between Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau in Game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday night.

    Advice: He led all rookies in scoring in 2013-14 with 63 points in 82 games. "Obviously, with [Matt Duchene] out, it puts a lot more pressure on everybody else," MacKinnon said. "But we have tons of good forwards. It's not just going to be me that they're going to be paying attention to. I think it's good that, if they key on one guy, we'll have other guys step up. They're going to have to kind of choose who they want to pick their battles with." The Avalanche will feature Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny on their other scoring line.
    Wednesday, 6:10 am
  • Brenden Morrow might be back on Thursday
    Brenden Morrow (foot) didn't want to rule himself out for Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Morrow was on the ice Tuesday. "I got a couple of days to get a little better," Morrow said. "So I've got to knock the rust off." He had 25 points and 76 penalty minutes in 71 games in 2013-14.
    Tuesday, 12:49 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
  • Sharks won't say who Game 1 starter is
    The San Jose Sharks aren't naming their starting goaltender for Game 1.

    Advice: The fact that it's even possible that backup goalie Alex Stalock might start over Antti Niemi is telling. Niemi dropped off from his superb 2013 numbers with a 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage in 64 games this season.
    Tuesday, 7:52 am
  • David Backes (foot) could play in Game 1
    David Backes (foot) should be ready to play in St. Louis' playoff opener Thursday night.

    Advice: The Blues didn't skate Monday so there weren't any injury updates, but it's expected that Backes will be available. He sat out the last three games of the regular season with a foot injury.
    Monday, 3:13 pm
  • 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