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  • 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.
    28 minutes ago
  • Steve Mason practices, might play Sunday
    Steve Mason (upper body) took part in Friday's practice.

    Advice: "It's my first time on the ice in a couple days, and it's a good step," Mason said."I felt good." He faced shots during the morning skate and might be ready to return on Sunday. He missed the Flyers' final regular season game and playoff opener.
    Today, 10:19 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • 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
  • E. Johnson saves game for Avs Thursday night
    If it wasn't for an unbelievable insipirational play by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson the Avalanche would be down one game to the Wild.

    Advice: With time winding down in Thursday's opening game of the playoffs between the Avs and the Wild and with Minnesota leading 4-3 and the Colorado net empty for an extra attacker, Johnson raced back and swatted the puck out of the crease and then crashed into the goalpost saving a sure empty-net goal. The play rallied his teammates, and specifically Paul Stastny, who scored the tying and then the winning goal in overtime.
    Today, 9:40 am
  • Columbus will get R.J. Umberger back Saturday
    R.J. Umberger (upper body) will be available for Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Umberger missed the Blue Jackets' playoff opener due to the injury. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests in 2013-14.
    Today, 9:13 am
  • Moen practices but won't play Friday
    Travis Moen practised with his Canadien teammates for the second day in a row Thursday but won't play Friday against Tampa in Game 2.

    Advice: He is still working his way back from a concussion and needs a little more time on ice before he is cleared to play.
    Today, 7:43 am
  • Sheppard earns first multi-point playoff game
    James Sheppard recorded two assists in San Jose's 6-3 win against Los Angeles in Game 1.

    Advice: It was Sheppard's first career multi-point playoff game. He had four goals and 20 points in 67 contests in the regular season.
    Today, 7:32 am
  • 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
  • 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.
    Today, 7:09 am
  • Mats Zuccarello nets a goal vs. Philadelphia
    Mats Zuccarello found the back of the net in the Rangers' playoff opener.

    Advice: Zuccarello was the Rangers' scoring leader in the regular season with 59 points in 77 games. He has two goals and eight points in 14 career playoff contests.
    Today, 7:07 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
  • 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.
    Today, 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.
    Today, 12:59 am
  • Suter scores in loss
    Ryan Suter scored a goal in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

    Advice: Wild defenseman Suter broke a 1-1 tie at 11:05 of the second period on a power-play when he moved in from the blue line and put a screen shot past Semyon Varlamov. Suter logged 31:11 of ice time in the match, which was a game-high total. Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Wild, while Zach Parise added two helpers in the loss.
    Today, 12:44 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.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Steve Mason's status uncertain for Game 2
    Steve Mason (upper body) is feeling better, according to Flyers coach Craig Berube.

    Advice: He is projected to join the team in New York on Friday, which is a good sign. However, he won't be in the lineup Thursday for Game 1 against the Rangers and his status for Game 2 is still unclear.
    Yesterday, 11:10 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 11:01 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
  • 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
  • Steve Mason is out for Game 1 on Thursday
    Steve Mason (upper body) will not participate in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Mason was hurt on Saturday when teammate Andrew MacDonald was pushed into him. Mason had a 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage in 61 games this season.
    Wednesday, 9:18 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • R.J. Umberger might be available for Game 2
    R.J. Umberger (upper body) is a possibility for Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Umberger won't be on the ice when the Blue Jackets' series against Pittsburgh starts on Wednesday. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games this season.
    Wednesday, 6:31 am
  • Travis Moen (concussion) skates Tuesday
    Travis Moen (concussion) skated with the Canadiens on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moen was wearing a no-contact jersey though, so we would be surprised if he played in Game 1 on Wednesday. He had 12 points and 49 penalty minutes in 65 games this season.
    Tuesday, 11:04 am
  • 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
  • Steve Mason's status for Game 1 is unclear
    Steve Mason (upper body) is questionable for Game 1.

    Advice: "I feel he will," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said of Mason's chances of being ready in time for the first round opener, "but you never know." Mason sustained the injury when Andrew MacDonald was pushed into him during Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.
    Tuesday, 7:40 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • R.J. Umberger is day-to-day, out Game 1
    The Columbus Blue Jackets think R.J. Umberger (upper body) will return before the end of the first round.

    Advice: Umberger won't participate in Game 1 though. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests this season.
    Tuesday, 7:05 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
  • R.J. Umberger out indefinitely with UBI
    R.J. Umberger is now out indefinitely with an upper body injury.

    Advice: Umberger was projected to miss at least a couple of weeks when the injury occurred a week ago but his status has now changed as the playoffs are set to begin. He had been a healthy scratch of late and will end the season with 34 points, including eight power play goals.
    Sunday, 3:48 am
  • Sharks' G Antti Niemi stops 30 shots in win
    San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi made 30 saves to help the San Jose Sharks record a 3-2 victory against the Coyotes in Phoenix Saturday night.

    Advice: Niemi ends his regular season impressively, with a record of 39-17-7, a GAA of 2.39 and a save percentage of .913. San Jose will face the Los Angeles Kings in a Western Conference first round matchup in the coming week. The Sharks-Kings series will be a rematch of a 2013 Western Conference Semifinal that the Kings won in seven games.
    Saturday, 10:04 pm