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  • Penguins force Game 7 with win over TB
    Matt Murray stopped 28 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: The decision to go back to Murray paid off for the Penguins, as the win allows them to stay alive and force a Game 7 in their home building. Murray's given up two goals or less in three of his last four outings. He improves his postseason record to 10-4 in 2016. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final goes Thursday night in Pittsburgh. There's no doubt that the Pens will be going back to Murray in that game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Sidney Crosby has two pts in GM 6 win
    Sidney Crosby scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: Crosby picked up the primary assist on Phil Kessel's first period, power play goal. He then extended the Penguins' lead to 3-0 with his goal at the 19:34 mark of the second period. Crosby finished the game with four shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and two hits in 18:09 of ice time. The Pens captain six goals and 15 points in 17 postseason games in 2016. Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also found the back of the net for the Penguins. Game 7 will take place in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Beau Bennett likely to be scratched in GM 6
    Beau Bennett is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: Bennett made his return to the Penguins' lineup in Game 5 after being out since April 5 with an undisclosed injury. The Bennett experiment didn't end up lasting very long. Derrick Pouliot and Oskar Sundqvist are also expected to watch from the press box tonight. The Penguins are one loss away from being eliminated from the 2016 playoffs. If the Pens pull off a win in Game 6, the two teams would play Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Ben Bishop (LBI) hopes to play in SCF
    Ben Bishop (lower body) felt Tuesday's skate is the best he's had so far.

    Advice: "It's been a big improvement the last three days as far as how it feels," Bishop said. "It's still not quite there, I'm still favoring it a little bit. It's a process, you can't just jump right in. It's encouraging at least the last three days you're really seeing the improvement, moving a little bit better." Bishop isn't available for Game 6 on Tuesday, but he hopes to be available for the Stanley Cup Final should the Lightning advance. Tampa Bay can clinch its spot with a win Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Blues will go back to Brian Elliott in Game 6
    Brian Elliott will play between the pipes in Game 6 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Blues started Jake Allen in the last two games, but they're switching things up again after Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots Monday night. Elliott has a 2.34 GAA and .925 save percentage in 17 starts in the 2016 playoffs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Wild need to make a decision on Reid Duke
    Minnesota has until June 1st to sign prospect Reid Duke.

    Advice: The Wild might end up trading Duke rather than inking him as there reportedly is some interest from other teams. Duke had 33 goals and 62 points in 68 WHL regular season games. He's added another eight goals and 24 points in 21 playoff contests. Minnesota took him with the 169th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:49 pm
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  • Seth Griffith re-signs with the Bruins
    Seth Griffith has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins.

    Advice: Griffith will come with a $625K annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He spent the vast majority of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors, but he did have 24 goals and 77 points in 57 AHL contests. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:14 pm
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  • Chase Lang signs with Minnesota
    Chase Lang has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Lang had two goals and three points in 11 AHL games in 2015-16. Prior to that he scored 27 goals and 63 points in 69 contests with the WHL's Vancouver Giants and Calgary Hitmen in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:04 am
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  • Conor Sheary projected to go back to 1st line
    It looks like Conor Sheary will draw back into the Penguins' lineup for Game 6.

    Advice: What's more, Sheary is projected to resume his duties on a line with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist. That's at the expense of Beau Bennett, who had taken over for Sheary in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Penguins will start Matt Murray in Game 6
    The Pittsburgh Penguins will start Matt Murray in Game 6 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Marc-Andre Fleury got his first start of the playoffs on Sunday, but he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss. Although Murray similarly struggled in Game 4, he's the goaltender that's gotten Pittsburgh this far in the playoffs, so it's not surprising to see the Penguins go back to him when facing elimination. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 am
  • Steven Stamkos continues to practice
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) took part in Tuesday's practice, but he isn't ready to return.

    Advice: Stamkos stayed on after the practice to do bag skating with the other scratches. He confirmed afterwards that his status remains unchanged. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • Troy Brouwer has eight goals in 19 games
    Troy Brouwer netted a goal in the Blues' 6-3 loss to San Jose Monday night.

    Advice: Brouwer has eight goals and and 13 points in 19 postseason contests. Three of those eight goals have come in his last two games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:17 am
  • Jaden Schwartz gets his 4th goal of playoffs
    Jaden Schwartz netted a goal in St. Louis' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: This was Schwartz's first goal of the Eastern Conference Final, although he did have two assists in the series going into Monday's contest. All-in-all, he has four markers and 14 points in 19 playoff contests. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic has 10 points in 17 games
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win against St. Louis Monday night.

    Advice: Vlasic has a goal and 10 points in 17 postseason games. Going into this year he had just 14 points in 84 career playoff contests. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Joel Ward nets two goals vs. Blues
    Joel Ward scored twice in San Jose's 6-3 win over St. Louis on Monday.

    Advice: Ward now has four goals and nine points in 17 playoff contests. In his postseason career he's up to 18 goals and 44 points in 70 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Frank Vatrano has strong showing at Worlds
    Frank Vatrano had three goals and eight points in 10 games at the 2016 Worlds.

    Advice: The world championship offered Vatrano with a great opportunity to test himself further after an eventful season. He dominated in the AHL with 36 goals and 55 points in 36 AHL contests, but with the Boston Bruins he finished with eight goals and 11 points in 39 games. He'll be worth keeping an eye on during the Bruins' training camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:29 am
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  • Steven Stamkos doesn't expect to play Tuesday
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) doesn't think he'll be ready for Game 6 on Tuesday night.

    Advice: He said Sunday that he didn't believe there would be updates in the next few days, so he is unlikely to be available. Stamkos participated in Sunday's skate, but he didn't play in Game 5 versus Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:16 pm
  • Bishop remains hopeful for return during ECF
    Ben Bishop (lower body) remains hopeful that he can play during the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: He worked on the ice during Sunday's optional skate before Game 5. "When Ben is ready to come back, he'll probably push himself back before he's able to," coach Jon Cooper said. "And that's just the way he is." Bishop sustained a lower-left leg injury in Game 1 against the Penguins and Andrei Vasilevskiy has played well during his absence. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:10 pm
  • Matt Murray ready to go if called upon for G5
    Coach Mike Sullivan said that Matt Murray handled the news well when the young netminder was told he wouldn't start in Game 5 against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: "Matt's great. He's a very composed kid. He's played extremely well for this team, as has Marc .." Sullivan said. "But Matt's terrific. He gets it. He's a mature kid. And if and when he's called upon to go back in the net, he'll go back in the net. That's what he does." Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday in his first start since Mar. 31. It wouldn't be surprising if the Penguins gave Murray the nod on Tuesday, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:27 am
  • Conor Sheary scratched in Game 5 of ECF
    Conor Sheary will be a healthy scratch in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: With Beau Bennett coming back from an undisclosed injury, the Penguins will remove Sheary from the lineup. The 23-year-old had two goals and six points in 15 games this postseason. Derrick Pouliot, Jeff Zatkoff and Oskar Sundqvist will also watch from the press box. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:15 pm
  • Beau Bennett skates with Crosby in warmup
    Beau Bennett was skating on Sidney Crosby's wing during the pregame warmup.

    Advice: Bennett has been out with an undisclosed injury and has yet to play in the postseason. The 24-year-old hasn't played since April 5. It looks like the Penguins will throw him right back into the fire with captain Sidney Crosby. Bennett had six goals and 12 points in 33 games in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:53 pm
  • Ben Bishop probably won't play in Game 5
    It doesn't look like Ben Bishop will be in goal for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

    Advice: Bishop jumped on the ice during the morning skate, but he didn't take any shots from his teammates. Bishop is still considered day-to-day at this point, but don't expect him to play tonight. Expect Andrei Vasilevskiy to be between the pipes once the game gets going. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:41 am
  • Steven Stamkos won't play in Game 5 of ECF
    Steven Stamkos won't play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

    Advice: There hasn't been a change in status for Stamkos (blood clot). The Lightning sniper has yet to play in a game this postseason. Last week, Stamkos said he felt ready to play physically, but he admitted "it's just not safe" for him to suit up. He continues to be day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:37 am
  • Frank Vatrano scores twice in loss to Russia
    Frank Vatrano scored a pair of goals in Team USA's 7-2 loss to Russia in the Bronze Medal Game at the World Hockey Championship.

    Advice: Vatrano was the only American to beat Russia's Sergei Bobrovsky on Sunday morning. The Bruins forward cut Russia's lead to 4-1 and 5-2, but that's as close as USA would come to tying the game. The young American squad will have to settle for fourth place in 2016. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:51 am
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  • Brouwer: 'Guys really brought their game'
    Troy Brouwer was impressed by the way his team played in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Sharks.

    Advice: The Blues entered the game trailing 2-1 in the series, but they were outplayed in each of the first three games. They bounced-bcak in Game 4, as they came away with a dominant 6-3 win. "I thought we went back to our roots, what made us successful in the regular season and in playoffs," Brouwer said. "We were able to create chances from below the goal line rather than off the rush. Collectively and individually, guys really brought a great game tonight." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:29 am
  • Troy Brouwer scores two PPG in big win
    Troy Brouwer notched two goals in the Blues’ 6-3 win against the Sharks in Game 4 of the West Final on Saturday night.

    Advice: Brouwer scored two power play goals — once in the first period and another in the third, the second one giving the Blues a 5-1 lead. Despite going three games without a point, Brouwer has been impressive in the playoffs, with seven goals and 12 points in 18 games. Kyle Brodziak (two goals), Alex Pietrangelo and Jori Lehtera got the other goals. The effort has tied up the series at two apiece. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Bishop getting better but has a ways to go
    Ben Bishop is getting better but still has a ways to go before returning to action.

    Advice: In Friday's practice Bishop worked on a number of side-to-side and up-and-down drills and faced a number of shots. However, he did not move very quickly or with conviction. Bishop is still working on his range of motion and will need some more time before he is game ready. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:16 am
  • Goaltending controversy brewing in Pittsburgh
    There is a goaltending controversy brewing in Pittsburgh as to who should start Game 5 of the Conference Final.

    Advice: Matt Murray has been the Penguins starter through most of the playoffs and has started the last 14 post-season games. Fleury had not played in 50 days before he started the third period Friday in relief of Murray. Fleury has plenty of playoff experience and could be the netminder to go to Sunday for Game 5. Whichever way coach Mike Sullivan goes, he will certainly be second guessed if the Penguins fall to the Lightning. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:19 am
  • Matt Murray takes the loss in Game 4 of ECF
    Matt Murray allowed four goals on 30 shots in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: Murray was given the hook after 40 minutes. The Pens turned to Marc-Andre Fleury in the third period and the move seemed to give Pittsburgh a spark. The Penguins scored three unanswered goals in the final frame, but their comeback fell just short. Murray has a 9-4 record with a 2.33 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this postseason. It'll be interesting to see if the Penguins go back to Murray in Game 5 or if they'll opt to start Fleury instead. The series is now tied 2-2. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:18 pm
  • Matt Murray pulled in Game 4 of ECF
    Matt Murray was given the hook in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Lightning.

    Advice: It's hard to blame Murray for the hole the Penguins are in tonight, but his numbers certainly aren't pretty. The 21-year-old allowed four goals on 30 shots through 40 minutes. Marc-Andre Fleury came out for the start of the third period. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Matt Murray starts Game 4 vs. Lightning
    Matt Murray will get the start in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: The 21-year-old helped Pittsburgh take Games 2 and 3 from the Bolts. He has a 9-3 record with a 2.13 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage during the 2016 playoffs. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:57 pm
  • Who will St. Louis start in Game 4?
    It's not clear if the Blues will start Brian Elliott for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: St. Louis has been shutout of back-to-back games, so the primary problem hasn't been its goaltending. That being said, Elliott was yanked from Game 3 after allowing three goals on 14 shots. St. Louis is still likely to start Elliott, but the Blues haven't made an announcement yet and with a strong alternative like Jake Allen available, you never know. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:23 pm
  • Steven Stamkos feels good, but can't play
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) feels like he's physically ready to play, but knows that he can't.

    Advice: "It's a little different when it's pain that you're playing through," Stamkos said. "I have no pain. It's more frustrating because it's just not safe. I think there's a big difference between playing through pain and playing through your life at risk, so it's easier to comprehend it. I've played through a lot of pain and lots of hockey players play with a lot of pain. I don't feel any pain. That's the toughest part, I think, is physically feeling ready and just internally not being ready. I can't feel or see that." Stamkos is still on blood thinners and that's why his doctors have been telling him he can't play. He might not need much time to get ready when he's taken off the medication, but there's no set timetable for when he'll be ready to come off the blood thinners. It's possible he won't be able to play in the postseason at all. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:02 pm
  • Ben Bishop (LBI) is making progress
    Ben Bishop (lower body) was on the ice for Friday's morning skate.

    Advice: Bishop also took part in Thursday's practice. "It's getting better," Bishop said. "It's better than it was [Thursday] and I know we're making progress here." He regards himself as day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:26 am
  • Elliott yanked in 3rd as Sharks take lead
    Brian Elliott was yanked and replaced by Jake Allen in the third period during Thursday's 3-0 Game 3 loss to the Sharks.

    Advice: Elliott saw just 14 total shots through his 46:09 of work but he stopped only 11 of them, and it's fair to say that he'll want each of them back. After stonewalling Chicago and Dallas, Elliott stopped just 31 of his last 37 shots as the Blues now trail in the series 2-1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:45 pm
  • Brian Elliott expected to start Game 3
    Brian Elliott is expected to get the call in goal again Thursday night for the Blues in Game 3.

    Advice: Eliott is 9-7-2 in the playoffs with a 2.26 goals against average and .929 save percentage. The Blues are looking to pull ahead in the Western Conference Final, as the series is tied 1-1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:56 pm
  • Ben Bishop probably won't play in Game 4
    Ben Bishop (lower body) is doubtful for Game 4 on Friday.

    Advice: Bishop did participate in Thursday's practice though and he hopes to return before the end of the Eastern Conference Final. He has a 1.86 GAA and .939 save percentage in 11 playoff starts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:41 pm
  • Steven Stamkos still in a 'holding pattern'
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) said he remains in a "holding pattern" and that there's no guarantee he'll play at all in the 2016 postseason.

    Advice: When it comes to returning for Game 4 specifically, Stamkos put his chances of playing at 5%. In other words, anything is possible, but it would be a shocking turn if he was ready for Friday's game. On the bright side, he did practice on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Steven Stamkos practices Thursday
    Steven Stamkos (blood clots) is taking part in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Stamkos didn't skate on Tuesday or Wednesday. It's still not known if he'll be able to return before the end of the Eastern Conference Final. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:58 am
  • Sidney Crosby nets GWG Wednesday
    Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal in the Penguins' 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was the second straight game involving Crosby netting the deciding goal. He has five markers and 13 points in 14 postseason games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:12 am
  • G Matt Murray solid in helping Pens prevail
    Rookie goalie Matt Murray earned another win Wednesday night, making 26 saves in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins double up 4-2 on the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Murray's postseason record is now 9-3. He's sporting a 2.13 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. In the Eastern Conference Final, which the Pens' now lead 2-1, Murray has surrendered seven goals on 69 Lightning shots. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Matt Murray probable for Game 3 of ECF
    Matt Murray is projected to get the nod for the Penguins in Game 3 versus Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Murray managed to battle through a rough start to Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Lightning. He appears to have earned a longer leash than most give him credit for, but he will have to be better. Murray has allowed five goals on 41 shots so far in the series. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • Sullivan hasn't lost faith in Conor Sheary
    Coach Mike Sullivan hasn't given up on Conor Sheary.

    Advice: "I thought it was a bit of a struggle for Conor last game, for whatever reason," Sullivan said. "Players go through that at times. We don't think less of Conor because of that. He's a big part of this team, we know it. He knows that we believe in him." Sheary did not play after the second intermission in Game 2 Monday night and it's unclear where he will play in Game 3 Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:34 am
  • Steven Stamkos will sit again in Game 3
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) will not play in Game 3 versus Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Coach Jon Cooper said there hasn't been a change in his status, so he is still on blood thinners. It's unclear if Stamkos will be able to return this postseason, but it hasn't been completely ruled out yet either. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:17 am
  • Bishop out for G3, 'teetering' toward return
    Ben Bishop (lower body) skated in full equipment Wednesday before practice, but he won't play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He is making progress and coach Jon Cooper is hopeful that Bishop will skate with the team on Thursday. Then he will be "teetering" on the chance to come back, possibly as soon as Game 4 on Friday night. It doesn't sound like Bishop is far away from being available to return. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • Brian Elliott allows three goals in Game 2 L
    Brian Elliott stopped 20 of 23 shots in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: Elliott came up huge in Sunday's Game 1 win, but he couldn't replicate his magic in Game 2. Two of San Jose's goals were scored on the power play, while one was scored into an empty net. The 31-year-old will enter Game 3 with a 9-7 record, a 2.26 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage during the 2016 playoffs. The series will now shift to San Jose on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Brian Elliott starts GM 2 of WCF vs. SJ
    Brian Elliott will be between the pipes for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Sharks.

    Advice: Elliott has been outstanding throughout the postseason, so it's not surprise that he's getting the start for the Blues. Elliott has a 4-0 record with a 1.29 goals-against-average and a .954 save percentage in his career against the Sharks in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:17 pm
  • Cooper 'optimistic' Bishop will return in ECF
    Coach Jon Cooper is "optimistic" that Ben Bishop (lower body) will play at some point in the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: In the meantime, Andrei Vasilevskiy will tend to the Lightning's goal and he has done well while filling for Bishop. Bishop is considered to be day-to-day after he left the ice on a stretcher in Game 1 versus Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:04 am
  • Sidney Crosby scores first playoff OT goal
    Sidney Crosby's overtime winner on Monday night was his first postseason marker beyond regulation in his career.

    Advice: Crosby snapped an eight-game goalless drought in the process, but he typically has not struggled to produce in the playoffs. He has amassed 47 goals and 130 points in 113 appearances. That makes it surprising that he didn't have a playoff goal in overtime previously, but he has one now and the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay is tied 1-1 as a result. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • Conor Sheary gets benched in Game 2
    Conor Sheary didn't see a shift after the second period on Monday night.

    Advice: He started the game on a line with Sidney Crosby, where he has played for most of the playoffs, but he ended up getting benched. Sheary has five points in 13 playoff games, but he hasn't reached the scoresheet in his last five outings. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:58 am
  • G Matt Murray saves only 19 but grabs OT win
    Penguins goalie Matt Murray wasn't especially busy Monday night, needing to make only 19 saves in regulation and overtime en route to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: With the win, the Pens have tied the Eastern Conference final at 1-1. Murray allowed two goals late in the first period but was flawless in the rest of the game. The 21-year-old rookie improved his goals-against average in the postseason to 2.14. His save percentage is .928. His playoff record is 8-3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:26 pm
  • Crosby scores winning goal in OT of Game 2
    Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby, who hadn't scored in his previous eight games, found the net early in overtime Monday night to give the Penguins a 3-2 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: Crosby scored a mere 40 seconds into the OT, and the Pens tied up the Eastern Conference final, best-of-seven series 1-1. The goal was Crosby's fourth in the postseason. He scored it while going down to one knee after taking a Bryan Rust drop pass. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period. Matt Cullen, with his fourth goal of the playoffs, lifted the Pens to a 1-0 lead at 4:32. Phil Kessel, who is enjoying a good postseason, posted his sixth goal to increase the Pens' lead to 2-0 at 9:37 of the first. Game 3 will be played Wednesday night in Tampa. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:03 pm
  • Stamkos won't rush back from blood clot
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) is staying patient, but he is still in a holding pattern.

    Advice: "No rush at all," Stamkos said. "We've done our due diligence. It's been a process. Safety first, health first. It hasn't changed. I know as an athlete, you're willing to do whatever it takes. Trust me, I've tried. But that's the toughest part, for sure, to try to walk that line." He is six weeks in to his 1-3 month expected recovery time and he is still on blood thinners. Stamkos can resume playing about 8-10 hours after getting off his medication, but it's uncertain if that will come during Tampa Bay's series versus Pittsburgh. There's also a chance that he could miss the postseason entirely. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:21 pm
  • Steven Stamkos not ready to play Monday
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) won't be in the lineup in Game 2 versus Pittsburgh on Monday night.

    Advice: He left the door open that a return could be possible when he spoke to the media originally, but admitted shortly afterward that he wouldn't be in the lineup. Stamkos hasn't changed his blood thinner regimen and it is still unclear if he will be able to play in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:05 am
  • Ben Bishop (LBI) not at morning skate
    Ben Bishop (lower body) isn't on the ice for Monday's morning skate.

    Advice: It's unlikely that he will be available to play in Game 2 against Pittsburgh as a result. Look for Andre Vasilevskiy to start and Kristers Gudlevskis to serve as the backup. The Lightning received good news over the weekend on Bishop's status and he could be available to return at some point in the series, but it won't do him any good to be rushed back into the lineup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:46 am
  • Sheary hasn't scored a goal since Round 1
    Conor Sheary hasn't scored a goal in the last seven games.

    Advice: He had two goals in five outings in Round 1 versus the Rangers, but he hasn't found the back of the net since then. He also hasn't earned a point in his past three matches, which is his longest scoring skid of the playoffs. Sheary has five points in 12 postseason games, while seeing the vast majority of his even-strength ice time alongside Sidney Crosby. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:53 am
  • Jaden Schwartz adds another assist Sunday
    Jaden Schwartz picked up his ninth assist of the postseason in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: The Blues posted a 2-1 win against San Jose on Sunday night. Schwartz has failed to register a point in just four of his 15 appearances during this playoff run. He has 12 points over that span. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:20 am
  • Brian Elliott solid in Game 1 win over SJ
    Brian Elliott stopped 31 of 32 shots in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Sharks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: The Sharks hit a few posts in this one, but Elliott also stood tall between the pipes for the Blues. The 31-year-old has a 9-6 record with a 2.20 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this postseason. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series goes Tuesday night in St. Louis. The win improves the Blues' home playoff record to 4-4. Rotoworld.com May 15, 8:34 pm
  • Brian Elliott will start Game 1 of WCF
    Brian Elliott will get the start in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against San Jose.

    Advice: Elliott is coming off his second consecutive Game 7 victory. He enters the third round with an 8-6 record, a 2.29 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage this postseason. Rotoworld.com May 15, 3:08 pm
  • Ben Bishop thought his leg was broken
    Ben Bishop told reporters that he thought his leg was broken after his awkward fall in Game 1.

    Advice: Bishop was injured after an awkward fall onto his own leg. Luckily for him and his team, the leg isn't actually broken. He is still considered day-to-day and although his status for Game 2 is in doubt, he hasn't been ruled out for sure. "It was just a scary experience," Bishop said. "I felt something I've never felt before, pain everywhere. Your mind starts racing, you start thinking the worst. I'm thinking my leg is broken, mind starts spinning. I was really scared. Definitely one of the scarier things to happen to me." Rotoworld.com May 15, 1:25 pm
  • Steven Stamkos centers 4th line in practice
    Steven Stamkos skated on the fourth line during Sunday afternoon's practice.

    Advice: Stamkos was wearing a regular jersey, which allowed him to take contact from his teammates. Stamkos centered the fourth line with Vladislav Namestnikov and J.T. Brown. He didn't practice on the power play, but he was taking part in the penalty killing drills. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said there hasn't been a change in Stamkos' status. Rotoworld.com May 15, 10:48 am
  • STL has been better on road during playoffs
    The St. Louis Blues have been better on the road than they have been at home during the 2016 playoffs.

    Advice: The Blues have a 3-4 record at home, but they've managed to go 5-2 on the road this spring. They've also scored 20 goals at the Scotttrade Center and 25 goals in enemy territory. "At home, not that we get away from that, but we try to make a couple more plays," forward Troy Brouwer said. "You’re always going to be a little bit more comfortable in your building trying to make plays, trying to create a little bit more. That’s something that we have to recognize a little bit better when we’re at home when those plays are there to be made and when they’re not." The Blues' opponent in the third round, the San Jose Sharks, performed much better on the road than they did at home during the regular season in '15-16. Rotoworld.com May 15, 7:32 am
  • Brian Elliott has been solid in Game 7s
    Brian Elliott has delivered a pair of strong performances in Game 7 against Chicago and Dallas.

    Advice: Elliott has stopped 62 of 65 shots in those two games and he continues to be a big reason why the Blues are in the third round. "His Game 7s have been obviously remarkable," Armstrong said. "He’s showing the mental toughness now that’s needed to get to the third round." Elliott and the Blues are four wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final. Rotoworld.com May 15, 7:27 am
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic leads in plus/minus
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic has a plus-seven rating in the playoffs thus far.

    Advice: Vlasic is tops among all Western Conference players in the category and has been a force offensively with eight points in 12 games. The talented blueliner is solid defensively and can contribute on the offensive side of the game so he is a valued member of the San Jose defensive corps. He makes a good 3-4 defenseman in deeper regular season pools. Rotoworld.com May 15, 6:03 am
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