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  • Mrazek likes the shutouts but wins come first
    Petr Mrazek has blanked the Lightning three times this season, including twice in the playoffs.

    Advice: The 23-year-old netminder is the only netminder this year who has shut out the high-scoring Lightning, but all that matters to him is getting the wins. "It's nice to have the shutout but it doesn't matter," said Mrazek. "It's the playoffs and it doesn't matter if you give up three or four goals and win, that's the most important stuff." He has posted a .937 save percentage and a 1.91 goals-against average in the series.
    17 minutes ago
  • Steve Stamkos still goalless going to Game 6
    Steve Stamkos will be looking to score his first goal of the series in Game 6 versus the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: He's getting a bit frustrated that he has no goals on 17 shots after scoring 43 during the regular season. "It's tough, obviously I want to produce and it's not for lack of effort," said Stamkos. "In fact, I'm working my butt off out there. It's just not going like I want it. Obviously I want to help our team win. No one else is feeling sorry for us or myself. We realize we've got to work hard and we'll keep doing like we're doing." He hasn't found the back of the net in eight straight playoff contests going back to last season.
    37 minutes ago
  • Carey Price had no issue bouncing back
    Carey Price had no problem putting a disappointing Game 5 behind him, as he posted a 43-save shutout against Ottawa on Sunday.

    Advice: "The last game was irrelevant," Price said. "It came down to being prepared to for this game. Any playoff series is a grind with teams giving it whatever they've got. It's not easy to win. Give them credit, they definitely pushed us to the limit and now it's good to get some rest." Montreal eliminated Ottawa in six games and will face the winner of the Detroit-Tampa Bay series in the second round. Price was excellent versus the Senators, while posting a .939 save percentage and a 1.94 goals-against averate.
    51 minutes ago
  • 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.
    Today, 7:44 am
  • 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.
    Today, 7:35 am
    Not Active
    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.
    Today, 7:21 am
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Today, 3:51 am
    Injured Reserve
    L, 5-1 @ Wpg
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Today, 3:20 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Carey Price outstanding; Habs eliminate Sens
    Carey Price stopped all 43 shots he faced in Sunday's 2-0 series clinching win over Ottawa.

    Advice: Price was outstanding from the beginning of this game until the very last second. The Canadiens came out of the gate strong, but Ottawa took over from the middle of the first period until the end of the game. After one period the shots were 13-13, but Ottawa was able to fire 30 shots in the final 40 minutes while the Canadiens had just seven. After a difficult performance in game five, Price rebounded nicely in this contest. Montreal may not be able to score much but having a goaltender like Price will make them a tough out in any playoff series.
    Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Carey Price will start on Sunday night
    Carey Price will get the start in Sunday's game six matchup against the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: This isn't exactly breaking news. Price has been the best goaltender in the world this year, but he allowed five goals in game five. The Canadiens will need their goaltender to be all-world again on Sunday if they want to bury the Senators once and for all. Ottawa did a good job of getting bodies in front of Price in their last game, and they will look to do that again.
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 8:18 am
  • Petr Mrazek feels calm in goal for Detroit
    Petr Mrazek said he feels calm and confident between the pipes for Detroit.

    Advice: The Wings now hold a three games to two advantage in their best-of-seven series against Tampa Bay. The young goaltender's performance is a big reason why Detroit has a lead in the series. "I do (feel calm) but it's a new game Monday and this is over and now I just think about Monday," Mrazek said. "We knew they'd come out hard in the first 10 minutes. We started to play better and we had more shots after that." The Wings will try to eliminate the Lightning at the Joe Louis arena on Monday night. Coach Mike Babcock also sang Mrazek's praises. "He's an elite competitor and has good savvy about him," Babcock said. "He thinks he's going to win, he's a confident guy, and he has great athleticism."
    Yesterday, 7:31 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.
    Yesterday, 3:55 am
  • G Petr Mrazek magnificent in Red Wings' win
    Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 28 saves en route to a 4-0 shutout of the Lightning in playoff action in Tampa Bay Saturday.

    Advice: It was Mrazek's second shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He held the Lightning goalless on three power plays, too. The win gave Detroit a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series. The Wings will have a chance to advance to the second round of the post-season with a win in Game 6 of the series Monday night. Mrazek has been the Wings' best player in this opening-round series. He is 3-2 against the Lightning in the post-season, with a goals-against average of 1.91. His save percentage is .937. The Lightning was favored to win the series but, if the Wings take it, it'll be largely because of Mrazek's magnificence.
    Saturday, 6:16 pm
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Saturday, 8:34 am
  • Petr Mraek to start Game 5 Saturday in Tampa
    It should come as no surprise that Petr Mrazek will get the start in Game 5 Saturday evening against the Lightning in Tampa.

    Advice: Mrazek has arguably been the best Red Wing in the series. He boasts a 2-2 record with a 2.43 goals against average and a .922 save percentage and was strong even in Game 4 when the Bolts scored three goals in the final 7:51 of the third period to steal the win.
    Saturday, 6:54 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.
    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.
    Saturday, 3:55 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Carey Price gives up five in game five loss
    Carey Price allowed five goals on 25 shots in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: Price didn't look as bad as the numbers would indicate, as Ottawa was able to get a lot of traffic in front of him tonight. The Senators were able to score the opening goal for the fifth time in this series, and this time they didn't look back. Price allowed two goals on 13 shots in the first period, and two goals on seven shots in the third. The Vezina Trophy finalist will need to give his team a boost if they hope to close out the Sens on Sunday night. The Habs offense has gone ice cold in the last few games, which means that Price's margin for error is almost non-existent.
    Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Price, Rinne, Dubnyk are Vezina nominees
    Carey Price is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

    Advice: Price is the heavy favorite to win the award after leading the league with 44 wins, a 1.96 GAA, and .933 save percentage in 66 contests. The bigger question is whether or not he'll take the Hart Trophy as well. His fellow nominees, Devan Dubnyk, and Pekka Rinne, certainly had great seasons in their own right, but Dubnyk didn't really take off until he was acquired by Minnesota on January 14th while Rinne slowed down considerably in the second half of the campaign. By contrast, Price was dominate throughout 2014-15.
    Friday, 3:43 pm
  • Carey Price starts Game Five vs. Ottawa
    Carey Price will get the start on Friday night in Game Five against Ottawa.

    Advice: As if anyone expected otherwise. Price has turned away 123 of 130 shots through the first four games, and has posted three Quality Starts en route to a 3-1 series lead. The one loss? A 31 save 1-0 defeat on Wednesday night. Consider Price about as safe a play as it gets.
    Friday, 2:20 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 10:38 pm
  • Petr Mrazek, Red Wings squander late lead
    Petr Mrazek allowed three goals in the final 7:51 of Thursday night's Game 4 as the Wings blew a two-goal lead and lost 3-2 in overtime to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Mrazek falls to 2-2 in the post-season with a .922 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average. The 23-year old has been solid in the series with Tampa Bay, and on Tyler Johnson's overtime winner the Bolts came crashing in on him with a three-on-one rush. The Czech netminder will look to rebound in Game 5 on the road.
    Thursday, 8:40 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.
    Thursday, 4:43 pm
  • Petr Mrazek to start Game Four vs. Tampa Bay
    Petr Mrazek will get the start on Thursday night for Game Four against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Mrazek has turned away 80 of 86 shots sent his way through the first three games of the series, which includes a shutout with two Quality Starts and one Really Bad Start. Thus in large part is why the Red Wings lead the series 2-1 so far.
    Thursday, 2:31 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.
    Thursday, 12:38 pm
  • Steve Stamkos seeks first goal of postseason
    Steve Stamkos hasn't scored a goal after three games against the Red Wings in the playoffs.

    Advice: He had eight shots in Game 1 and two assists in Game 2, but he was held in check on Tuesday in Detroit when matched up against Pavel Datsyuk. "Does Stammer wish he has a goal or two in this series? For sure," said coach Jon Cooper. "Do I think Detroit will keep him down the whole series? I don't. It's just a matter of time." He will look to get on the board in Game 4 Thursday night.
    Thursday, 7:59 am
  • 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.
    Thursday, 7:34 am
  • G Carey Price makes 31 saves but takes loss
    Montreal goalie Carey Price lost his first game of this postseason Wednesday night, but it wasn't exactly his fault.

    Advice: Price turned aside 31 shots but got no goals from his teammates as the Canadiens fell 1-0 to the Senators in Ottawa. The Sens avoided a clean sweep with their win. The best-of-seven, opening-round series returns to Montreal Friday night with the Habs up 3-1 in games. Price went into Wednesday's game with a 6-0 record in his previous six starts. In the postseason, the NHL's top goalie is now 3-1 with a save percentage of .946 and a goals-against average 1.67. Never be hesitant to use Price in fantasy play. Price is the right choice much, much more often than not.
    Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Carey Price starting in net for Game 4
    Carey Price will start in net for Game 4 Wednesday night as the Canadiens look to sweep the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: As expected, Price will look to earn his fourth win in as many tries this postseason. Going into Wednesday's contest, he has a 1.88 goals-against-average and .939 save percentage in the three games versus Ottawa and has only allowed a total of three goals on 65 shots in Games 2 and 3 combined. Tacking back to the regular season, Price has won his last six consecutive starts. There’s not too many out there better than the Vezina favorite this season.
    Wednesday, 2:08 pm
  • 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.
    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.
    Wednesday, 8:12 am
  • Carey Price is expecting big game from Sens
    Montreal can close out their first-round series against Ottawa on Wednesday night with a victory.

    Advice: However, Carey Price isn't taking the Canadiens' 3-0 lead in the series for granted. "It could easily have gone the other way," he said. "Three one-goal games, a couple of overtimes, it's playoff hockey. I'm sure (the Senators) are going to come out with everything they got." He has a .939 save percentage and a 1.88 goals-against average in the postseason.
    Wednesday, 6:29 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.
    Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • Petr Mrazek shines as Red Wings take Game 3
    Petr Mrazek turned aside all 22 shots he faced Tuesday as the Red Wings shut out Tampa Bay by a score of 3-0.

    Advice: Mrazek was excellent on this night and outplayed counterpart Ben Bishop in what was an otherwise evenly-matched contest. He'll continue starting for the Red Wings going forward while Jimmy Howard watches on from the bench.
    Tuesday, 6:48 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.
    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.
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Petr Mrazek will start Game 3 vs. Lightning
    Petr Mrazek will be between the pipes for the Red Wings on Tuesday in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: He was yanked in Game 2 after he permitted four goals on 18 shots in 40 minutes of action. Jimmy Howard turned aside 11 of the 12 shots he faced in relief, but he'll return to the bench as Mrazek's understudy. "I thought our goalie was real good in Game 1," coach Mike Babcock explained. "I thought their goalie was real good in Game 2. Here we are going home."
    Tuesday, 7:48 am
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Apr 19, 10:01 pm
  • Carey Price makes 34 saves in OT win in gm 3
    Carey Price stopped 34 of 35 shots in Sunday's 2-1 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: The Canadiens are the first team in the 2015 playoffs to take a 3-0 lead in a series. Price didn't have to be spectacular in game three but he was quietly efficient. Price was positionally sound and his rebound control was outstanding, as usual. The series may not be over just yet, but Ottawa beating Carey Price in four consecutive games doesn't seem likely. Game four will take place on Wednesday.
    Apr 19, 7:37 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."
    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.
    Apr 19, 4:08 am
    Injured Reserve
    L, 5-1 @ Wpg
  • Petr Mrazek will start Game 3, Babock says
    Petr Mrazek will remain the Red Wings’ starting goaltender, coach Mike Babcock said after Game 2.

    Advice: Mrazek was yanked after the second period when he allowed four goals on 18 shots in the 5-1 Game 2 loss. The first-round series shifts to Detroit on Tuesday. Mark posted a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage during the regular season, and he stopped 44 of 46 shots in Game 1.
    Apr 18, 4:53 pm
  • 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.
    Apr 18, 4:23 pm
  • Petr Mrazek can't match Game 1 magic
    After bailing out the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1, Petr Mrazek's buckled under the Tampa Bay Lightning attack in a 5-1 Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Mrazek only made it through two periods, giving up four goals on just 18 shots. Jimmy Howard allowed a goal on 12 shots in relief. One would assume that Howard is likely to be the Game 3 starter, but we'll wait and see what Mike Babcock ends up saying.
    Apr 18, 2:50 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.
    Apr 18, 2:35 pm
  • 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."
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Apr 17, 9:34 am
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