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  • Martin Frk has improved in the minors
    Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin is impressed by the progress Martin Frk has made.

    Advice: "Coming into his pro career, he wasn't used to the pro style, wasn't used to not playing with the puck," Martin said. He spent some time in the ECHL over the previous two seasons and it helped him improve his game. "Marty is a rink rat, wants to get better at his craft," Martin said. "He put in the time to get better. He really responded to Todd Nelson's style. He's very confident in his play." In 2015-16 there was no trip to the ECHL and Frk picked up 27 goals, with 44 points, in 67 games. He won't be waiver-exempt, so the Wings will have to decide what to do with him. Rotoworld.com 47 minutes ago
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  • Frank Vatrano to play for U.S. at WHC
    Frank Vatrano was added on Tuesday to Team USA for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

    Advice: The tournament begins on Friday. Vatrano produced 36 goals and 19 assists in 36 games with AHL Providence this past season to be named he co-winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the league's top rookie. In 39 games with Boston, he posted eight goals and three assists. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
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  • Patric Hornqvist's OT goal gives Pens victory
    Patric Hornqvist's goal at 2:34 of the first overtime period gave the Penguins a 3-2 triumph in Pittsburgh Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead over the Washington Capitals in the teams' best-of-seven, second-round playoff series.

    Advice: Hornqvist's goal was his fifth in the postseason and second in his past two games. He also contributed his third assist of the playoffs on a first-period goal by Trevor Daley. Daley's goal, his first of the playoffs, came at 9:16 of the opening period and tied the game at 1-1. Veteran Matt Cullen nudged the Pens ahead 2-1 temporarily with his third goal of the postseason, scored at 3:07 of the second period. Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin assisted on the goals by Cullen and Hornqvist and he now has three on the postseason. The Pens would take this series with a win in Game 5 Saturday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Justin Schultz Dresses for Game 4
    Justin Schultz will dress in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Schultz played a shade over five minutes in the Penguins first postseason game, but has sat ever since. With the suspension to Letang, he slides back into the lineup. Oskar Sundqvist will also dress in place of Eric Fehr. Steven Oleksy and Tom Sestito, recently recalled from the AHL will not dress. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:06 pm
  • Oskar Sundqvist probable for Wednesday
    Oskar Sundqvist skated with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz during the Penguins' optional morning skate.

    Advice: It's probable that he will be in the lineup on Wednesday night in Game 4 after Eric Fehr and Bryan Rust missed the session. They are both listed as game-time decisions. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:32 pm
  • Justin Schultz 'pretty sure' he's playing
    Justin Schultz was paired with Ian Cole during the morning skate and appears to be in the lineup for Game 4 versus Washington.

    Advice: He said he was "pretty sure" that he's playing. Schultz has appeared in just one playoff contest with Pittsburgh and that came back in Game 1 versus the Rangers when he logged just 5:52 of ice time. The Penguins will give him another chance after losing Olli Maatta to injury and Kris Letang to a suspension. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Tom Sestito is probably in for Game 4
    Tom Sestito is projected to fill in for Bryan Rust on Wednesday in Game 4 against Washington.

    Advice: Rust is listed as a game-time decision, but he didn't skate in the morning after suffering a lower-body injury on Monday. Sestito was told to be ready, but he isn't sure if he is in the lineup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Marcus Johansson will play in Game 4
    Marcus Johansson (upper body) will be available to play in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He didn't skate on Tuesday because of an upper-body injury, but he is OK to play versus Pittsburgh. Johansson stayed in Game 3 after passing his concussion tests. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 am
  • C. Sissons appears fine after injury scare
    Colton Sissons managed to return to Tuesday's contest after it looked like he may had suffered a significant left knee injury.

    Advice: With just under 14 minutes remaining in the third period, he was sent flying into the net and end boards by San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillon when he had a partial breakaway. "It was a bit of a rough ride, for sure," Sissons said. "Initially I was a little worried the way it felt, but it settled down pretty quick and I got things checked out. I was able to go back out there and get another shift in me." It seems like he will be fine. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 am
  • Pontus Aberg makes NHL debut Tuesday
    Pontus Aberg skated alongside Calle Jarnkrok and Viktor Arvidsson for most of his NHL debut.

    Advice: He was given the chance to play in Game 3 versus San Jose after coach Peter Laviolette decided to scratch veteran center Mike Ribeiro. "Pontus came in and gave us some good speed," Laviolette said. "He was a good player for Milwaukee down the stretch. He brings speed and skill. This is a fast game right now against San Jose." He had two hits in 8:27 of ice time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • Victor Hedman records 3-point night in Gm 3
    Victor Hedman registered his second goal of the postseason in Game 3 against the Islanders on Tuesday night.

    Advice: He also added two assists in the match to give him six points over a three-game scoring spree. Hedman had six shots and a plus-2 rating in 30:15 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Justin Schultz is likely to play Wednesday
    Justin Schultz will probably get out of the press box for Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Schultz didn't draw into the lineup after Olli Maatta (upper body) was deemed as unavailable for Game 3, but now the Penguins are also missing Kris Letang (suspension). Schultz last played on April 13. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • Clutterbuck gets two points in losing effort
    Cal Clutterbuck scored a goal and registered an assist in a 5-4 overtime defeat against Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

    Advice: Clutterbuck had one point in eight playoff contests prior to Tuesday's game. He finished the 2015-16 season with 15 goals and 23 points in 77 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:15 am
  • Shane Prince picks up an assist on Tuesday
    Shane Prince had an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Advice: Though Prince had already scored three goals in the playoffs, this was his first career postseason assist. He recorded six goals and 17 points in 62 regular season contests. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:13 am
  • Nikolay Kulemin records an assist Tuesday
    Nikolay Kulemin had an assist in the Islanders' 5-4 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kulemin didn't record a point in the Islanders' first five playoff games, but he has a goal and two assists in his last four contests. He had nine goals and 23 points in 81 regular season games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Brian Elliott makes 25 saves to win Game 3
    Brian Elliott turned aside 25-of-26 shots in the Blues 6-1 Game 3 blowout win over Dallas on Tuesday.

    Advice: Elliott's outstanding postseason continued on Tuesday as the Blues took a 2-1 series lead on the strength of a goal explosion and having the better goaltending. Elliott has allowed two goals or less in three of the last five games. The 31-year-old has a 6-4 record and a 2.25 GAA to go with a .933 save percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:29 am
  • Colton Sceviour scores in Stars Game 3 loss
    Colton Sceviour scored the only goal for the Stars in a 6-1 blowout loss to St. Louis in Game 3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Stars opened the scoring on a goal by Sceviour but then gave up six straight unanswered to the Blues. Jason Spezza and Johnny Oduya picked up assists on the lone Stars' goal. It was the second straight game with a point for Sceviour. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:51 pm
  • Penguins call up Tom Sestito
    Tom Sestito has been recalled by Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He played in four NHL regular-season games with Pittsburgh during the regular season. Sestito hasn't played in the playoffs since 2013 with Vancouver. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • Brian Elliott in net Game 3 vs Dallas on Tues
    Brian Elliott will be in net against Dallas in Game 3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Through the first nine games of St. Louis' postseason, Elliott has played the most games of any netminder and seen the most shots, made the most saves, and allowed the most goals. All told, he still boasts a .930 save percentage and a 2.38 GAA on 330 combined shots. Mighty impressive. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:21 pm
  • Oskar Sundqvist may play in Game 4
    Oskar Sundqvist may get into the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bryan Rust is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and Beau Bennett hasn't been cleared to play yet. Sundqvist has appeared in one game for the Penguins in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had one goal and three assists in 18 outings during the regular season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Pontus Aberg might play in Game 3 vs. SJ
    Pontus Aberg might make his NHL debut on Tuesday night in Game 3 against San Jose.

    Advice: He participated in the morning skate alongside Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro. Aberg could be in the lineup because Craig Smith is questionable due to a lower-body injury. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • Marcus Johansson (UBI) won't skate on Tuesday
    Marcus Johansson won't skate on Tuesday because of an upper-body injury.

    Advice: He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Johansson underwent concussion protocol in Game 3 after he was hit high and late by Pittsburgh's Kris Letang on Monday night. He was cleared to return and didn't miss a shift for the rest of the game. It's unclear right now if symptoms surfaced overnight or if the Capitals are just being cautious. Johansson did say his neck was sore after the match. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 am
  • Marcus Johansson OK after high hit
    Marcus Johansson was OK after temporarily leaving Monday's game against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He had to be helped off the ice and underwent concussion protocol after a late and high hit from Penguins blueliner Kris Letang in Game 3. However, he was able to return after the first period and play the rest of the match. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:59 am
  • Patric Hornqvist scores fourth playoff goal
    Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist was one of Pittsburgh's scorers in a 3-2 victory Monday night over the visiting Washington Capitals.

    Advice: The Pens now lead the second-round, best-of-seven playoff series 2-1. Hornqvist's goal, which opened the scoring at 6:37 of the first period Monday, was his fourth of the postseason and first since he scored three goals in a 5-2, first-round victory over the New York Rangers back on April 13. Tom Kuhnhacki gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead Monday with his second postseason goal at 7:37 of the first period. The Pens made it 3-0 on a goal by Carl Hagelin at 15:03 of the second period. It was Hagelin's third goal of the postseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:53 pm
  • Justin Schultz scratched in Game 3 vs. WSH
    Justin Schultz will be a healthy scratch in Game 3 against Washington.

    Advice: There was an opening on the Pens blueline after Olli Maatta suffered an upper-body injury in Game 2, but Pittsburgh decided to go with Derrick Pouliot over Schultz. The Penguins defense pairings shape up as follows: Kris Letang-Brian Dumoulin, Trevor Daley-Derrick Pouliot, Ian Cole-Ben Lovejoy. With Marc-Andre Fleury returning from a concussion (he'll be the backup), goalie Jeff Zatkoff will also serve as a healthy scratch. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:04 pm
  • Justin Schultz looks like a scratch for Mon.
    Justin Schultz looks like a healthy scratch for Game 3 on Monday night.

    Advice: He was the last defenseman off the ice at the end of morning skate, so it appears as though Derrick Pouliot will fill in for Brooks Orpik versus Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:20 pm
  • Penguins might turn to Justin Schultz Monday
    Justin Schultz might draw into the lineup if Olli Maatta (upper body) isn't available for Game 3 on Monday.

    Advice: It sounds like there's a better than even chance that Maatta won't play. Schultz hasn't been used by the Penguins since April 13, but he says he's ready to jump in if needed. "We've been working hard, the guys that haven't been playing," Schultz said. "Obviously, it's different being in a game situation, but you have to get ready. It's playoff time. If I have to go, I'll be ready." Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:38 am
  • Brian Elliott makes 31 saves in OT win in GM2
    Brian Elliott stopped 31 of 34 shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over Dallas in Game 2.

    Advice: The Blues held a 3-1 lead going into the third period, but goals by Mattias Janmark and Jamie Benn forced overtime. Neither goal was Elliott's fault. The Blues goalie was involved in a scary incident in the third period, when he took a Jason Spezza shot off the mask. Elliott remained down for a bit, but he did stay in the game. The 31-year-old has a 5-4 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this postseason. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:19 pm
  • Brian Elliott will start Game 2 vs. Dallas
    Brian Elliott will get the start in Game 2 against the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: Elliott was in goal for the Blues' Game 1 loss, but he's hardly to blame for that. The 31-year-old has a 4-4 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage in the 2016 playoffs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:27 am
  • Johansson nets goal in Capitals' loss
    Marcus Johansson scored a goal in Washington's 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 2.

    Advice: It was Johansson's second goal of the 2016 playoffs. John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each registered an assist on Johansson's marker. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Schultz leads scratches in Game 2 vs Capitals
    Justin Schultz headlines Pittsburgh's scratches in Game 2 against Washington on Saturday.

    Advice: Schultz will be joined by Oskar Sundqvist, Beau Bennett, and Derrick Pouliot. So long as Pittsburgh stays hot, we wouldn't expect to see any lineup changes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:40 pm
  • Hedman pops pair of points in Game 2 win
    Victor Hedman popped in a pair of points during Saturday's 4-1 Game 2 win over the Islanders.

    Advice: The goal Hedman scored was his first of the postseason, his assist was his third, giving him four points through seven games thus far in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:33 pm
  • Kulemin scores first goal of postseason
    Nikolay Kulemin scored his first goal of the postseason during Saturday's Game 2 against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Kulemin's tally gave the Islanders a brief breath of life, cutting their deficit to 2-1 late in the first period. Unfortunately, it'd be the only offense of the game as New York fell 4-1. He now has two points during the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Elliott will start Sunday in Game 2
    Brian Elliott will likely get the start in Game 2 Sunday afternoon against the Stars.

    Advice: Well why shouldn't he? He was the best St. Louis player on the ice in Friday's 2-1 loss to Dallas in Game 1 of the series, stopping 40 shots, many of the sensational variety. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:00 am
  • Oskar Sundqvist could draw into Pens lineup
    Oskar Sundqvist could draw into the Pittsburgh lineup if Chris Kunitz is unable to go.

    Advice: Sundqvist would line up on the fourth line while one of the regular fourth liners, Tom Kuhnhackl, Matt Cullen or Bryan Rust would move up to the third unit. Just an FYI in case you took Sundqvist with your last pick in a playoff pool. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:41 am
  • Brian Elliott makes 40 saves in GM 1 loss
    Brian Elliott stopped 40 of 42 shots in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars in Game 1.

    Advice: Elliott couldn't be blamed on Dallas' game-winning goal in the third period, as no one picked up Radek Faksa in front of the Blues' net. The 31-year-old has given up two goals or less in five of his team's eight postseason games this season. Elliott has a 4-4-0 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this postseason. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Pontus Aberg makes NHL debut in Game 1 vs SJ
    Pontus Aberg will make his NHL debut in Friday's Game 1 against San Jose.

    Advice: The 22-year-old forward has posted 41 goals and 74 points in 143 combined games over the last two seasons with AHL Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Brian Elliott in net Game 1 vs Dallas on Fri
    Brian Elliott will be in net against Dallas in Game 1 on Friday night.

    Advice: Just 18 pucks beat Elliott during the seven-game series victory over Chicago, which amounted to a .929 save percentage. This is easily the best season of the veteran's career, as he owns a .909 save percentage in 26 combined games. Which falls a bit closer in line to his career mark against Dallas, which is a 6-4-0 record with 26 goals against and a .906 SV%. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Nashville promotes Pontus Aberg
    Pontus Aberg has been called up from AHL Milwaukee.

    Advice: Aberg had 25 goals and 40 points in 74 AHL games in 2015-16. The 22-year-old hasn't made his NHL debut yet. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:48 pm
  • Justin Schultz scratched in GM 1 vs. WSH
    Justin Schultz will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Schultz played in Game 1 of the first round, but he was made a healthy scratch in the final four games of the series. Oskar Sundqvist, Beau Bennett and Derrick Pouliot will also watch the game from the press box. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:49 pm
  • Cal Clutterbuck nets 1st goal of '16 playoffs
    Cal Clutterbuck found the back of the net in the Islanders' 5-3 win over the Lightning in Game 1 Wednesday night.

    Advice: It was Clutterbuck's first goal and point of the 2016 playoffs. During the regular season he had 15 goals and 23 points in 77 contests. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:12 am
  • Victor Hedman registers assist in loss
    Victor Hedman picked up an assist in Tampa Bay's 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: He has produced two helpers in six postseason contests this year and the Lightning need more offensive contributions from him. "He's a great defenseman in this league and when it gets to playoff time, he elevates his game," coach Jon Cooper said. "There's a lot on his shoulders. He's got to play a lot of minutes and in all situations and you know, we say Bish (goalie Ben Bishop) is Bish. Well, Heddy is Heddy. They're stallions for us." Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:55 am
  • Shane Prince scores two as Isles take Game 1
    Forward Shane Prince scored two first-period goals Wednesday night to help the visiting New York Islanders upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in the first game of the teams' second-round playoff series.

    Advice: Prince's goals were his second and third of the postseason. After Travis Hamonic scored his first playoff goal to tie the game 1-1 at 5:44 of the first period, Prince found the net at 17:28 and 19:57, giving the Isles a 3-1 lead going into the second period. Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson drew assists on both Prince goals. The Isles went ahead 4-1 in the second period on the sixth goal of the postseason for superstar John Tavares. Cal Clutterbuck netted the Isles' fifth goal in the final minute of the third period. It was his first goal of the playoffs. Game 2 of this series will be played in Tampa Saturday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Brian Elliott gets the job done in Round 1
    Coach Ken Hitchcock praised the play of Brian Elliott after the Blues eliminated Chicago from the playoffs in Round 1.

    Advice: "If you're going to win against a really good team, he's going to have to be your best player," Hitchcock said. "Early in the series he was our best player, he was a great player [Monday], made great saves tonight. " He added that Elliott was the reason St. Louis won the series. He posted a 2.40 GAA, a .929 save percentage and one shutout against the Blackhawks to set up a second-round matchup against Dallas. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:15 pm
  • G Brian Elliott stars for Blues in Game 7 win
    Blues goalie Brian Elliott excelled Monday night, kicking out 31 shots en route to a 3-2, series-deciding victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in St. Louis.

    Advice: Elliott gave up five goals in Game 6 but he had a first-rate series overall, going 4-3 over the defending Stanley Cup champions and posting a goals-against average of 2.40. He also finished the series with a .929 save percentage. It won't be easy for Elliott against the offensively talented Dallas Stars in the next round but, at 31, he may just be poised to turn in a memorable series and it might not be a bad idea to consider using him for at least a couple of games in one-night fantasy play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Colton Sissons scratched in Game 6
    Look for Colton Sissons to be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Sissons is coming out of the lineup because Craig Smith (lower body) is making a return. The 22-year-old had no points, a minus-1 rating and four penalty minutes in two postseason games. Austin Watson, Petter Granberg and Eric Nystrom will also watch the game from the press box. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:57 pm
  • Nikolay Kulemin gets an assist on Sunday
    Nikolay Kulemin recorded an assist in the Islanders' 2-1 double-overtime win over Florida on Sunday.

    Advice: It was Kulemin's first point in six playoff games in 2016. He had nine goals and 22 points in 81 contests during the regular season. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 3:52 am
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