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  • Matt Niskanen stays on Pens' No. 1 PP unit
    Matt Niskanen practiced on the Penguins' top power-play unit in Saturday's pregame skate.

    Advice: Both of his points (one goal, one assist) came with the man advantage in Game 1. Kris Letang struggled in the playoff opener, which resulted in Niskanen's promotion during the contest. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:47 am
  • Brooks Orpik: Pens must stay focused at home
    The Penguins have struggled at Consol Energy Center in the postseason and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik sees a connection to their troubles in their new building and the Penguins' inability to control their emotions.

    Advice: "I don't think it's a reach," Orpik said. "We tend to play a little bit different at home for whatever reason. I don't know if it's the excitement of the crowd or trying to impress the crowd. You always hear the term `a good road game,' which you want to duplicate at home. It's more boring, responsible. I don't think we're the only team that's fallen victim to it, but it has shown in the last couple of years." The Penguins were 22-9 during the Sidney Crosby era in playoff games at Civic Arena. At Consol Energy Center, they are 8-8. "We can talk about it until we're blue in the face," Orpik said. "Every guy has to be more disciplined." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:57 am
  • Corey Potter made his playoff debut Friday
    Corey Potter made his NHL playoff debut on Friday night.

    Advice: He logged nearly 17 minutes of ice time in the match, which included 1:37 of playing time on the penalty kill. Potter recorded four blocked shots and one shot of his own in Boston's 1-0 loss to Detroit. The 30-year-old rearguard has 123 regular season games of NHL experience under his belt and he was "thankful" that a chance to play in the playoffs finally came. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:10 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:04 am
  • Erik Gudbranson will play in WHC for Canada
    Erik Gudbranson will represent Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in May.

    Advice: In 66 games this season, he earned nine points and 114 penalty minutes for the Florida Panthers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:42 am
  • Flu bug shakes up Bruins' back end
    Kevan Miller didn't play in Game 1 Friday night because of the flu.

    Advice: The Bruins were also missing blueliner Matt Bartkowski due to the flu bug. As a result of absences, Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter suited up for Boston against Detroit. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:32 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Bouwmeester fine after missing second OT
    Jay Bouwmeester is fine despite missing the second overtime period of the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime win.

    Advice: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Bouwmeester missed the period due to dehydration. Bouwmeester logged 29:16 minutes in the contest. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Leopold dresses as Blues 6th d-man
    Even though he played in only three of the Blues' last 25 games of the regular season, Jordan Leopold dressed as St. Louis' sixth defenseman in Game 1 against the Blackhawks Thursday night.

    Advice: Leopold was injured for much of the season but appears fine right now and will play ahead of both Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian Cole for the time being. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Josi to play for Switzerland at IIHF tourney
    Roman Josi is one of four Predators to be selected thus far to participate in the IIHF Championships in Belarus.

    Advice: Josi will play for Switzerland, while Ryan Ellis will play for Canada. Seth Jones and Craig Smith will don the Red, White and Blue of the U.S. Several teams including Sweden and Finland have yet to make any roster announcements. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 am
  • Dillon won't play Friday
    Brenden Dillon will not play Friday in Game 2 against Anaheim.

    Advice: He is still not skating due to a lower-body injury sustained a week ago. Consider Dillon day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 am
     
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    L, 2-1 @ Pho
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Keith playsamazing 40:59 in triple OT game
    Duncan Keith was on the ice for an unbelievable 40:59 Thursday night.

    Advice: That's understandable if you are the best defenseman on a team that has just participated in a triple overtime. If this series produces many more close games that go into extra time like Game 1, players like Keith and Alex Pietrangelo will be all worn out by the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • Ericsson likely out until second round
    it is unlikely that Jonathan Ericsson will be able to play in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: He is still recovering from a broken finger and is aiming for the second round. The fact that the Red Wings are playing the President Trophy winning Bruins makes Ericsson's chances of playing in the post-season remote. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:24 am
     
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    W, 3-0 @ StL
  • Ryan McDonagh works through rust in Game 1
    Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) admitted to feeling rusty early in the Rangers' playoff opener.

    Advice: McDonagh missed the Rangers' last five regular season games due to the ailment. "I just didn't quite feel myself," said McDonagh. "I wasn't feeling the puck or my legs as much. As we went into the second, I just calmed myself down and really just tried to keep it simple and took what was given and felt like myself the rest of the game." He ended up leading the team with 22:42 minutes of playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Jake Muzzin nets his first postseason goal
    Jake Muzzin netted a goal in the Kings' 6-3 defeat to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Muzzin's first career playoff goal in 18 games. He had five goals and 24 points in 76 contests this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:52 am
  • Myers to play for Canada in World tourney
    Tyler Myers is one of four Buffalo Sabres who will participate in the World Hockey Championships scheduled to start on May 9th in Belarus.

    Advice: Myers, along with Cody Hodgson will play for Canada, while Jake McCabe will play for the U.S. Jhonas Enroth is hoping to be healthy enough to play for Sweden. A fifth Sabre, goalie Michal Neuvirth, could suit up for the Czech Republic if he recovers from a hip injury in sufficient time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • Kevan Miller good to go Friday
    Kevan Miller should be able to suit up for Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs on Friday against Detroit.

    Advice: He missed two games of practice this week due to the flu but was able to participate in the team's workouts on Thursday and looks good to go. Although the Bruins are epxected to go deep into the playoffs, we do not anticipate Miller being a key offensive contributor. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:04 am
  • Bartkowski has flu may not play Friday
    Matt Bartkowski is listed as questionable for Friday's opening game of the playoffs against the Red Wings.

    Advice: He is battling the flu and did not practice this week. If Bartkowski can't go, Andrej Meszaros will dress in his place. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:01 am
  • Voynov scores in loss
    Slava Voynov scored a goal in Los Angeles' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.

    Advice: Voynov cut the lead to 5-2 at 6:55 when he knocked down a clearing attempt by Antti Niemi and shrugged off a check from James Sheppard before snapping in a shot from the right circle. Voynov is now on a five-game point streak with two goals and four assists over that span. Defenseman Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:03 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:44 am
     
    L, 7-3 vs Nsh
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:51 pm
  • Andrew MacDonald scores lone goal in loss
    Andrew MacDonald scored the only Flyers goal in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: The blueliner who recently signed a lucrative contract extension with Philadelphia is best known for his shot-blocking ability, but he was the only member of the Flyers to beat Henrik Lundqvist on this night. Scott Hartnell drew the lone assist on MacDonald's tally. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:50 pm
  • Jonathan Ericsson set to skate Thursday
    Jonathan Ericsson (finger) is slated to skate for the first time on Thursday.

    Advice: However, it's unlikely that he'll be able to return during the first round of the playoffs. "It's too early to tell," said Ericsson, who will have three pins removed from his finger next week. "The round could go on for about two weeks. It's not going to be the beginning of the round, I know that." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:18 am
     
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    W, 3-0 @ StL
  • Olli Maatta collects assist in playoff debut
    Olli Maatta recorded an assist in his playoff debut on Wednesday.

    Advice: Maatta assisted on Jussi Jokinen's first period goal. Maatta logged 17:11 minutes in Game 1 of the first round, including 1:22 minutes with his team shorthanded. He had nine goals and 29 points in 78 regular season games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:26 am
  • Matt Niskanen helps lead Penguins past CBJ
    Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory over Columbus in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: Niskanen had the best season of his career with 10 goals and 46 points in 81 games. With two points, he's already just one shy of his career-high in a single playoff run. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:23 am
  • Brenden Dillon (lower body) is out Wednesday
    Brenden Dillon (lower body) isn't ready to return to the Stars' lineup.

    Advice: "He's just not able to skate," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's not comfortable enough to skate." Dillon will miss Game 1 of Dallas' series against Anaheim on Wednesday and is day-to-day beyond that. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:06 pm
     
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    L, 2-1 @ Pho
  • Ryan McDonagh is over shoulder problems
    Ryan McDonagh said he's no longer dealing with shoulder issues.

    Advice: "Yeah, I think it's great, no issues, no restrictions or anything so at this point there's really no need how to ask how it's doing anymore," McDonagh said. He missed the last five games of the regular season, but is expected to be in the Rangers' lineup for their playoff opener. He has 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Dillon (lower body) is a game-time decision
    Brenden Dillon (lower body) is being called a game-time decision for Wednesday's contest.

    Advice: Dillon missed Tuesday's practice, so it would be a bit surprising if he did end up playing. He had 17 points and 86 penalty minutes in 80 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:46 pm
     
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    L, 2-1 @ Pho
  • Brenden Dillon is questionable Wednesday
    Brenden Dillon (lower body) missed Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Dillon didn't participate in Sunday's game, but the original plan was to have him skate on Tuesday in preparation for him playing in Game 1 on Wednesday. At this point, we wouldn't be surprised if he misses the Stars' playoff opener against Anaheim. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:45 pm
     
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    L, 2-1 @ Pho
  • Andrew MacDonald signs six-year extension
    Andrew MacDonald has signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Advice: MacDonald was acquired from the New York Islanders on March 4 in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and 2014 third-round selection. He chips in offensively, but he's more of a defensive defenseman with a league-leading 242 blocked shots. Philadelphia now has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts in 2014-15 worth at least $3.5 million annually from a cap perspective. That doesn't include Erik Gustafsson, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. With that in mind, it's hard to see them re-signing Kimmo Timonen. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:34 am
  • Tyler Myers suffered two broken ribs
    Tyler Myers suffered two broken ribs back on Mar. 25 when he slid hard into a goalpost in a game against Montreal.

    Advice: He sat out the last 10 games of the season due to the ailment. The 24-year-old defender feels he needs to step up after another disappointing season for himself and for the Sabres. "Guys around my age in the room definitely have to step up and be the core of this team," Myers said. "It's a young team and we can definitely take steps this summer and become leaders." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:15 pm
  • Jay Bouwmeester appears in all 82 games again
    Jay Bouwmeester suited up in all 82 games for the ninth time in his career this season.

    Advice: He has an ironman streak of 717 consecutive games played. This will be Bouwmeester's second trip to the playoffs after he made his playoff debut last year with the Blues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:08 am
  • Brenden Dillon should play in playoff opener
    Brenden Dillon (lower body) didn't play Sunday, but he's expected to be available for Game 1 against Anaheim on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's projected to return to practice on Tuesday. Dillon has 17 points and 86 penalty minutes in 80 games this season. His physical style should come in handy against the Ducks in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:05 am
     
    Day-to-Day
    L, 2-1 @ Pho
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:41 am
  • Brooks Orpik back in the lineup
    Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) returned to action on Sunday.

    Advice: Orpik had missed two of the previous three games with the undisclosed injury. He played 20:41 minutes including 5:06 as a penalty killer. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:54 pm