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  • Carey Price starts in game two vs. TB
    Carey Price will be between the pipes for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: This news won't surprise anyone, as Price has been incredible all year and that didn't change in game one against Tampa. This will be a must-win game for Montreal, as they already dropped game one on home ice. They will need another big performance from their goaltender if they hope to get by the Lightning on Sunday.
    Today, 9:03 am
  • Corey Crawford will start on Sunday
    Corey Crawford will get the start in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: The Blackhawks lead the series 1-0, but they will be looking for more from their goaltender. Crawford played well in the first and third periods, but he was shelled for three goals in the second period in game one. The 30-year-old has a 2-1 record with a 3.81 goals-against-average and a .871 save percentage in the 2015 playoffs.
    Today, 8:57 am
  • Kris Versteeg not a Hawks morning skate
    Kris Versteeg (lower body) isn't participating in Chicago's morning skate on Sunday.

    Advice: The Hawks forward said he felt better and hoped to skate today, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Versteeg missed game one because of the injury, and it looks like it will cost him a second game in the series.
    Today, 8:32 am
    L, 3-2 @ Col
  • Tim Gleason does practice on Sunday
    Updating a previous item, Tim Gleason did take part in Washington's practice on Sunday.

    Advice: A Capitals official said that Gleason would be taking a maintenance day, but he was out there when practice got underway. Gleason was on a pairing with Mike Green.
    Today, 8:27 am
  • Ben Bishop played well in game one
    Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper admitted that goaltender Ben Bishop was 'on' in Friday's game one win over Montreal.

    Advice: "A lot of times, a goalie can win a game for you, but what you really want is for your goalie not to lose the game for you — and clearly he was on (Friday)," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "But he was on his game, he was solid and got better as the game went on. And you want to know why both these teams have 50 wins? A big reason is sitting in the blue paint at each end, and you are probably going to see all these games go down the way they did (Friday)." Bishop came out shaky in the opening moments of the game, but he was able to settle down and make some great saves as the game went on.
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Niklas Kronwall says season was 'wasted'
    Niklas Kronwall believes that the 2014-15 season was "wasted" by the Red Wings.

    Advice: "It's another wasted year, almost," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Any way you look at it, you want to be standing there in June — especially going out like this. This year, I definitely thought that we had the pieces, and it felt like we were getting better and better, playing some good hockey, did a lot of good things. It's a lot tougher to take when you feel like you should be playing right now." The elimination must hurt even more for Kronwall because he was suspended for the final game of the Red Wings' season.
    Today, 7:27 am
  • Blackhawks have been playing with fire
    The Chicago Blackhawks have won games in many different ways this postseason but even they will tell you that they are playing with fire at times.

    Advice: The Hawks have definitely made some game interesting and that held true in game one against Minnesota, after they built up a 3-0 lead just to see the Wild come back and tie it. Chicago ended up winning the game, but they are aware that playing with fire can burn you eventually. "We talk about it," defenseman Johnny Oduya said when asked if the Hawks are ever concerned about playing with fire. "Sometimes you’re amazed as a player just as much as everybody else watching and you don’t know what’s really going on. But you try to control it as much as you can and not let your emotion get in your way."
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Ryan Spooner excited for next season
    After Providence was eliminated from the AHL playoffs last week, Ryan Spooner said he's looking forward to next season.

    Advice: "I’ll stick around here for a bit and sort out some stuff," said Spooner. "Then I’ll go back home. I’m pretty exciting for the season coming up. I’m not happy with how it ended here, but when I played [in Boston] I thought I did well. I’m exciting to go home and work on some stuff, and just come into camp showing I’m there and I’m ready to play the same way I did [in the last two months]." The 23-year-old had eight goals and 18 points in 29 NHL games this season.
    Today, 6:54 am
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    L, 3-2 @ TB
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov scores fourth of playoffs
    Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers Saturday.

    Advice: Kuznetsov is showing during the Stanley Cup playoffs why he has been so highly regarded despite struggling through most of his year-plus in the NHL. The 22-year-old had only 11 goals in 80 games this season but has the four in only nine tough playoff games thus far.
    Today, 6:33 am
  • Daniel Girardi blocks five shots Saturday
    Daniel Girardi blocked five shots on Saturday.

    Advice: The blueliner was tied for sixth in the regular season with 182 blocks and is tied for second in the playoffs with 30, one behind the Flames Kris Russell. Girardi has three assists in seven games in the playoffs thus far.
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Kevin Klein not afraid to block Ovie's shot
    Kevin Klein showed on Saturday that he is not afraid to block Alex Ovechkin's blistering shot.

    Advice: Klein broke his arm on March 11 blocking an Alex Ovechkin shot and finally returned to the lineup on Thursday after missing seven weeks. Lo and behold on Saturday, Ovechkin winds up and blasts a shot the Klein gets in front of before hobbling to the bench. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist came to the bench during a break to congratulate his blueliner. "Considering that was the player who broke his arm in the first place, it’s pretty inspirational," teammate Chris Kreider said. "It makes you want to do the same thing and sacrifice the body when you have to and do whatever it takes."
    Today, 6:04 am
  • Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller switch lines
    Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller switched lines on Saturday.

    Advice: Fast ended up with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider while Miller played alongside Carl Hagelin and Kevin Hayes. Coach Alain Vigneault could keep this up for Game 3 or he could switch things around once again.
    Today, 5:44 am
  • Sam Bennett compared to Corey Perry
    Assistant GM Craig Conroy is comparing Sam Bennett to Corey Perry.

    Advice: Wow! That is quite the comparison and if the future holds true, the Flames will have one of the best players in the NHL. "Oh, if you give it to (Bennett), he gives it back tenfold," Craig Conroy said. "If he feels he took a late hit, you don’t know what he’s going to do, and that’s similar to Corey Perry. He’s never backing down, going to be in the scrum — even starting most of them — which I love. He’s 100% in, all the time. I saw it in the junior games. Did he take bad penalties at times? Yeah, he did, but that’ll come out of his game. We want him to play with an edge ... on the edge." The comparison is not there yet but could be in the next couple of years so drafted Bennett in all keeper leagues if you still can.
    Today, 4:42 am
  • Bollig provides laughs for uptight Flames
    Brandon Bollig provided a laugh for his teammates on Friday to ease the tension.

    Advice: The young Flames are into the second round of the playoffs and coach Bob Hartley thought the players needed a good laugh so he showed Bollig's movie debut to the team. "I came to the rink (Friday), and Bob asked if I would mind that he put it at the end of the video, and I said, ‘Absolutely not,’ " Bollig said after Saturday’s practice session in Anaheim. "I knew exactly how it would go. I knew guys would get a kick out of it. I knew it would lighten the mood. They've been calling me my character’s name since that, so I think they enjoyed it. They got a pretty good kick out of it. They didn’t stop talking about it all day, so I think it served its purpose." Bollig was only 12 at the time the movie was shot so it appears that an acting career after his NHL career is over may not be in the cards.
    Today, 4:36 am
  • Palmieri & Beleskey get 1st points of playoff
    Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey each picked up their first points of the playoffs on Friday.

    Advice: The duo were held off the scoresheet in the opening round of the playoffs but got off the schneid against the Flames when Palmieri set up Beleskey. It makes yourself feel a little better," Palmieri said. "Obviously sweeping Winnipeg was awesome from a team aspect. But Matty and I both knew we had a little more to give offensively in getting to the net. We struggled with it a little bit in the Winnipeg series. We had a couple of chances. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t. But especially this time of the year, it feels nice to bear down and get on the scoresheet."
    Today, 4:12 am
  • Blackhawks need to tighten up their defense
    Johnny Oduya thinks the Blackhawks need to improve defensively in the high-scoring areas.

    Advice: Even though the Blackhawks won Game 1, the Wild erased a 3-0 deficit. They have also given up 38 shots per game, most among playoff teams. That’s not a recipe for Stanley Cup success. "We need to tighten up a little," Oduya said. "You don't want guys hanging out by themselves in the slot and getting opportunities. That's something you want to keep away from. You don't want to put stress on your goalies to come up with big saves."
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Kris Versteeg is 'feeling better'
    Chicago Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg is "feeling better" and hopes to at least skate on Sunday.

    Advice: That doesn't mean Versteeg will be able to get back in on the action, but it would at least be a step in the right direction.
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
    L, 3-2 @ Col
  • Crawford likley earns Sunday start
    Although he struggled in the second period of Friday night's 4-3 win over Minnesota, Corey Crawford rebounded for a nice third period and likely earned Sunday's Game 2 start.

    Advice: The Wild scored three goals in the second and it looked as if Crawford was wilting (although two goals were not really his fault). However, Crawford stood tall in the third frame and made some crucial saves in the dying minutes of the contest to preserve the 4-3 win. He will likely be between the pipes Sunday evening.
    Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Crawford outlasts Dubnyk in sloppy Game 1 win
    Corey Crawford managed to cobble together 30 saves on Friday night, just enough to secure a 4-3 Game One victory over Minnesota.

    Advice: Truth be told, it was a night to forget for both Crawford and Devan Dubnyk as there wasn't a good goal between them. Crawford however found a way to stem the tide of the Wild's onslaught after having forfeited a 3-0 lead. It's been a shakey playoffs for Crawford, to say the least but he's 2-1 now in four games with 12 goals against on 93 combined shots.
    Friday, 10:24 pm
  • Carey Price allows two in double OT loss
    Carey Price allowed two goals on 35 shots in Friday's 2-1 double overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Price was solid on Friday, but the Habs lack of scoring did them in again. The first goal Price allowed was deflected in front of the net, while Nikita Kucherov's overtime winner was the result of a bad turnover by Greg Pateryn. Since being shelled in game five against Ottawa, Price has surrendered just two goals in two games. Montreal has now scored just four goals in their last four playoff contests going back to their series against Ottawa. Any team will have a difficult time beating Carey Price four times in a series, but if Montreal can't put the puck in the net with more regularity, Price's stellar performances will go to waste.
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Ben Bishop stops 43 shots in double OT win
    Ben Bishop stopped 43 of 44 shots in Friday's 2-1 double overtime win over Montreal.

    Advice: The Lightning now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. The Lightning opened the scoring at the 2:34 mark of the third period, but the Canadiens were able to force overtime after Max Pacioretty beat Bishop with a shot that the Lightning goaltender should have easily stopped. Despite giving up a weak goal, Bishop responded nicely in the overtime frames as he made several fantastic saves to keep his team alive. The 28-year-old was named the game's third star for his effort.
    Friday, 8:23 pm
  • Kris Versteeg (LBI) out for Game One vs. Wild
    Kris Versteeg will indeed sit out Game One against the Minnesota Wild due to a lower body injury.

    Advice: However fantasy owners shouldn't fret. Versteeg had just one point during the six-game first round series with Nashville. And he's posted just 15 points over his last 39 playoff games.
    Friday, 6:20 pm
    L, 3-2 @ Col
  • Carey Price starts Game One vs. Tampa Bay
    Much to the delight of all Montreal supporters, Carey Price will be in net for Game One of the second round matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

    Advice: Price went 4-2 with a shutout, four Quality Starts, and a dozen goals against during the first round versus Ottawa. Price also allowed the same amount of goals in the four wins as he did in the two losses to Ottawa, six. While it's worth noting that Price and the Canadiens disposed of the Lightning last season in the first round in four straight, allowing 10 goals on 114 combined shot, Price also hasn't beaten the Bolts since 2013 during the regular season. A span of seven games.
    Friday, 2:28 pm
  • Ben Bishop looks to continue success vs. MTL
    Ben Bishop has a career record of 10-1-2 against Montreal along with a 1.53 goals-against average.

    Advice: Bishop will look to continue that success versus the Canadiens in the postseason. He posted a .922 save percentage and a 1.87 GAA in Tampa Bay's first-round series win over Detroit.
    Friday, 6:16 am
  • Sam Bennett scores Flames' lone Game 1 goal
    Sam Bennett's goal at 9:16 of the third period on Thursday night was just about the only thing that went right for the Calgary Flames in their 6-1 loss to Anaheim in Game 1.

    Advice: The 18-year-old has three points in six playoff games so far, not too shabby for a rookie who played just 11 games in the Ontario Hockey League this season and one NHL regular season game.
    Thursday, 9:55 pm
  • Jesper Fast scores Rangers' lone Game 1 goal
    Jesper Fast's third period goal was the only New York shot that beat Braden Holtby in the Rangers' 2-1 Game 1 loss to the Caps on Thursday night.

    Advice: It was the 23-year-old's first career post-season goal and his first point in six games during this year's playoffs. Fast had 14 points in 58 games during the regular season.
    Thursday, 7:30 pm
  • Kevin Klein will return Thursday night
    Kevin Klein will be back in the lineup in Game 1 against Washington.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Mar. 11 when he suffered a broken arm when he was hit by a shot from Alex Ovechkin. He will be paired with Keith Yandle.
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Kris Versteeg day-to-day with LBI
    Kris Versteeg missed Thursday's practice because of a lower-body injury.

    Advice: He is listed as day-to-day. It was suspected that Versteeg would be scratched when the second round begins Friday against Minnesota anyway because he skated on the fifth line at Monday's practice.
    Thursday, 10:33 am
    L, 3-2 @ Col
  • Bollig thinks Flames used to playoffs now
    Brandon Bollig thinks the Flames that are going through their first year of playoff hockey have a good feel for it at this point.

    Advice: "They get it," said Bollig. "They understand. They've seen the crowds. They've seen the physicality. They've seen how intense everything is, how every mistake is magnified. These guys, I know it’s their first crack at it, but getting that experience is huge. Once you've been there, you've been there. These guys have stepped up big and I can only imagine that they're going to continue to do so." The Flames are a young team without a ton of postseason experience, but Bollig is one of the exceptions. He previously played in Chicago and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks.
    Thursday, 6:39 am
  • G Ben Bishop shuts out Wings in series winner
    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop enjoyed a first-rate night Wednesday, making 31 saves en route to a 2-0 shutout of the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: With the win, the Lightning took the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Wings in seven games and advance to the second round against the Montreal Canadiens. Game 1 of the second round will take place Friday night in Montreal. Bishop not only had his best game of the playoffs Wednesday, but he also contributed offensively, notching an assist on the game- and series-clinching empty-net goal by Anton Stralman at 18:42 of the third period. Bishop finished the series with a record of 4-3, a goals-against average of 1.87 and a save percentage of .922. The Lightning will need Bishop to stay hot against Montreal. The Canadiens, after all, have the premier goalie in the NHL in Carey Price.
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Price, Ovechkin, Tavares are Hart nominees
    Carey Price has been nominated for the Hart Trophy.

    Advice: He has been the favorite for the award for most of the season. Price led the league with 44 wins, a .933 save percentage and a 1.96 goals-against average. He also placed second in the league with nine shutouts. His efforts helped the Canadiens post a league-best 2.24 goals against per game en route to an Atlantic Division title. John Tavares of the Islanders and Washington's Alex Ovechkin are the other finalists for the award.
    Wednesday, 4:04 pm
  • Ben Bishop gets the nod for Game 7 Wednesday
    Ben Bishop will get the nod in goal for Game 7 versus the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday.

    Advice: The Tampa Bay goaltender has started all six playoff games versus the Wings this series and will need just one more win to lead the Lightning to the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Bishop has not been overwhelmingly great, but he has been good enough to post a 2.18 goals-against-average with a .904 save percentage. We give Bishop the edge over Detroit as he has the advantage of playing in front of the home crowd for Game 7.
    Wednesday, 2:40 pm
  • Kevin Klein may draw back in Thursday
    Kevin Klein appears as though he'll be in the lineup for Game 1 against Washington.

    Advice: "I would say at this time, unless something changes between now and tomorrow morning, he will play," coach Alain Vigneault said. "But I don't discuss lineup decisions. You guys just got me." Klein missed the opening round of the playoffs and hasn't played since Mar. 11 due to a broken arm.
    Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Wings disagree with Kronwall's suspension
    Detroit GM Ken Holland kept his reaction brief to the news that Niklas Kronwall had been suspended for Game 7.

    Advice: "I disagree with the decision is my only comment," he said. Kronwall was banned for one game for charging Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov. He has logged more than 23 minutes in five of the six games and he's chipped in two power-play assists in the past two contests. Kronwall's absence leaves a big hole on Detroit's back end going into the most important game of the year against the Lightning.
    Wednesday, 7:49 am
  • Flames embracing the underdog role
    The Calgary Flames are happy to play the underdogs.

    Advice: Brandon Bollig has experience in both roles, having played for the dangerous Chicago Blackhawks before being shipped to Calgary over the summer. "The fact we made the playoffs and the fact we won in the first round, we've proven a lot of people wrong. It's rewarding. It's satisfying. It's a heck of a feeling," said Bollig. "Being on a team like Chicago, when you're among the powerhouses of the league, it's expected. Here, it takes the pressure out of it. But we're confident. We know what we have in this room and know what we're capable of. We know we're capable of playing with anyone in the league, so it's an exciting feeling." The Flames have certainly defied the odds, but they're set to face yet another big challenge in Anaheim in the second round.
    Wednesday, 2:23 am
  • Niklas Kronwall suspended for Game 7 vs Tampa
    The Department of Player Safety has suspended Niklas Kronwall for Game Seven against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night for his charging forearm to the face of Nikita Kucherov.

    Advice: DoPS head Stephane Quintal explained that the hit was different than Kronwall's usual big hits because he went airborne prior to contact, and drove his forearm squarely into Kucherov's face. In addition, Kronwall was not penalized for the play in-game, prompting supplemental discipline. The decision isn't without confusion in comparison to some of the hits Tom Wilson, Kris Russell, and Dustin Byfuglien, among others, laid out previously however. All that aside, Detroit is left to choose between rookie Alexey Marchenko and young veteran Jakub Kindl who have 20 games and five points (all by Kindl) of playoff experience between them. Should this be the end of the line for Kronwall and the Red Wings, he will have finished the playoffs with two points, four PIMs, seven blocks, and 10 hits over five games.
    Tuesday, 4:02 pm
  • Niklas Kronwall will have a hearing Tuesday
    Niklas Kronwall will have a hearing with the league on Tuesday afternoon for his hit on Nikita Kucherov.

    Advice: Changes can be made upon review, but supplemental discipline is being looked at based on charging/illegal check to the head. Kronwall wasn't given a penalty on the play and Kucherov appears to have avoided injury as well.
    Tuesday, 7:43 am
  • Will Niklas Kronwall be available for Game 7?
    Niklas Kronwall's hit on Nikita Kucherov may get a look from the league.

    Advice: He wasn't penalized on the play and Kucherov didn't appear to be hurt, but he appeared to leave his feet and he delivered an elbow or forearm to Kucherov's chin. We'll see if the NHL decides to allow him to play in Game 7 on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 6:29 am
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov lifts Capitals to series win
    Evgeny Kuznetsov scored with 7:18 remaining in the third period Monday night to give the Washington Capitals a dramatic 2-1 triumph over the visiting New York Islanders in the seventh and deciding game of the teams' Eastern Conference First Round playoff series.

    Advice: Kuznetsov broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal and fourth point of the postseason. The speedy center made a terrific move to skate around Islanders center Frans Nielsen before roofing a wrist shot over goalie Jaroslav Halak from the slot. The Caps, who were 3-9 in Game 7 playoff matches, advance to face the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The start of that series is to be determined. The Caps dominated the Isles in the shot department Monday night. They fired 26 shots on Halak. The Isles managed only 11 shots at Washington goalie Braden Holtby. Joel Ward opened the scoring for Washington with his first goal in the playoffs. The assists went to Brooks Orpik and Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin, who now has three assists in the playoffs. The Isles tied it on a Nielsen goal at 3:13 of the third period before Kuznetsov notched the game and series winner.
    Monday, 7:59 pm
  • G Ben Bishop grabs victory for Tampa Bay
    Goalie Ben Bishop made 22 saves in the Tampa Bay Lightning's series-extending, 5-2 triumph over the Red Wings in Detroit Monday night.

    Advice: Bishop hasn't been above-average in the Eastern Conference First Round playoff series but he was good enough Monday night to help his team prevail and set up Game 7 in Tampa Bay Wednesday night. Bishop, 3-3 in the postseason, improved his goals-against average in the playoffs to 2.19 and his save percentage to .904. He'll have the advantage of being home Wednesday night.
    Monday, 7:41 pm
  • Ben Bishop gets the nod for Game 6 Monday
    Ben Bishop will get the nod in net for Game 6 Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: No surprise here as the Lightning’s season is on the line Monday night. Bishop is coming off a 4-0 loss Sunday and even though he has a solid 2.22 goals-against-average in the five games played so far, he owns a less-than-impressive .901 save percentage in the series. He will have to be better in Game 6 and possibly Game 7 if the Bolts are going to move past the Red Wings.
    Monday, 2:11 pm
  • Kris Versteeg may start Round 2 as a scratch
    Kris Versteeg may be a healthy scratch when the second round begins.

    Advice: He skated on the fifth line with Joakim Nordstrom and Daniel Carcillo during Monday's practice. Bryan Bickell took Versteeg's spot on the second line and Teuvo Teravainen moved into the fold on the third unit. Versteeg had one goal and 15 shots in six games versus Nashville in the first round of the postseason.
    Monday, 1:15 pm
    L, 3-2 @ Col
  • Corey Crawford will face Wild in Game 1
    Corey Crawford will be between the pipes for Game 1 against Minnesota when the second round of the NHL playoffs begins.

    Advice: "It's his net," Joel Quenneville said. "Let's go." Crawford started just two games for the Blackhawks and appeared in three during the team's first-round series victory over Nashville. He was relegated to backup duty because of Scott Darling, but got a chance to get back in for Game 6 after Darling struggled in his past two outings.
    Monday, 12:43 pm
  • Kevin Klein says he's ready to return
    Kevin Klein (arm) has declared himself ready to go for Round 2.

    Advice: He said he feels "100 percent" after missing all of New York's opening-round series win over Pittsburgh. Klein hasn't played since Mar. 11 because of a broken arm.
    Monday, 11:19 am
  • 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.
    Apr 27, 7:55 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.
    Apr 27, 7:35 am
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    L, 3-2 @ TB
  • 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.
    Apr 27, 3:37 am
  • 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.
    Apr 26, 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.
    Apr 26, 1:37 pm
  • Corey Crawford to start in second round?
    There's a strong possibility that the Chicago Blackhawks will turn to Corey Crawford in game one of their second round series.

    Advice: Crawford was pulled in the first two games of Chicago's first round series against Nashville, and he officially lost his starting job in game three. The Hawks pulled Scott Darling in game six and Crawford came in and played extremely well to lead Chicago to a series clinching win. "Well, we’ll let you know but I think you know who’s going to start the next game," coach Joel Quenneville said with a grin. "[Crawford] did everything we wanted him to do. He had a couple looks there when he first came in and got comfortable as the game went along. That was a big test right there. Great response."
    Apr 26, 6:52 am
  • Corey Crawford returns to Hawks' net and wins
    Goalie Corey Crawford came off the bench and turned in a strong effort to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the visiting Nashville Predators 4-3 Saturday night.

    Advice: The win gave the Hawks the right to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, as they eliminated the Preds in six games in the best-of-seven, Western Conference First Round playoff series. Crawford play a relatively key role in the game. Crawford, who hadn’t started since Game 2 in Nashville, redeemed himself for a shaky start to the series by stopping all 13 shots he faced, although the Predators could fire only two shots at him in the first and four in the third. Crawford relieved Scott Darling in the first. Darling was shaky, allowing three goals on 12 shots before being yanked. Crawford finished the series with a 1-0 record in three appearances, a goals-against average of a not-too-pretty 4.19 and a save percentage of .850. Despite his poor series, he finished off in fine fashion and don't be surprised if the veteran gets the bulk of the action between the pipes for the Hawks in the next round.
    Apr 25, 8:43 pm
  • G Ben Bishop stops 26 shots; Lightning loses
    Goalie Ben Bishop turned away 26 Detroit shots but the Lightning couldn't give him any offensive support Saturday night.

    Advice: The result was a 4-0 victory for the Red Wings. Tampa Bay now trails the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 back in Detroit Monday night. Bishop did all right Saturday but was outshone by Detroit goalie Petr Mzarek, who wouldn't let anything past him. Bishop's goals-against average in the post-season is 2.32 and his save percentage is .916. His record, of course, is 2-3.
    Apr 25, 6:21 pm
  • Versteeg to continue on Hawks' 2nd line
    Kris Versteeg will now play on Chicago's second line.

    Advice: He skated alongside Brad Richards and Patrick Kane during scrimmages Saturday morning while Patrick Sharp flanked Antoine Vermette on the third unit along with Bryan Bickell, who had previously skated on the Hawks' second unit. Chicago's first line features Jonathan Toews between Marian Hossa and Bradon Saad. Adjust your roster accordingly.
    Apr 25, 9:18 am
    L, 3-2 @ Col
  • Ben Bishop back in goal v Wings Saturday
    Ben Bishop will be back between the pipes Saturday afternoon for Game 5 against Detroit.

    Advice: Despite the fact he let in a bad goal in Tamap's 3-2 overtime win against Detroit Thursday night, Bishop is a solid play Saturday in the Game 5 home contest. He has posted a 2.01 GAA and a .902 SP in the playoffs thus far.
    Apr 25, 8:58 am
  • Kevin Klein taking longer than expected
    Kevin Klein (broken arm) is taking longer than expected to return to the lineup.

    Advice: It was originally thought that Klein would be out for three-four weeks but it has now been six weeks since the injury. He had nine goals and 26 points this season and was a force on the Rangers blueline. Consider him day-to-day.
    Apr 25, 5:01 am
  • 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.
    Apr 24, 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.
    Apr 24, 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.
    Apr 24, 2:20 pm
  • Kevin Klein (arm) won't be back Friday
    Kevin Klein (broken arm) will not return on Friday.

    Advice: Klein last played on March 11. The odds of him returning on Friday were pegged as 50-50. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault fought against the notion that Klein has suffered a setback in his recovery, but he did say that the bone is taking longer to heal than initially anticipated.
    Apr 24, 9:44 am
  • Versteeg scores off Kane spin-o-rama pass
    Kris Versteeg was the beneficiary of Patrick Kane's spin-o-rama pass to make it 4-2 Nashville late in the third period on Thursday night.

    Advice: However it wasn't enough as the Predators would take Game Five 5-2. Regardless, it was a gorgeous individual effort by Kane and you really should find a highlight. The goal was Versteeg's first point of the postseason, and the 16th goal and 41st point of his playoff career over 77 games.
    Apr 23, 9:54 pm
    L, 3-2 @ Col
  • Ben Bishop backstops Bolts to 3-2 victory
    Ben Bishop made 22 saves on 24 shots to help the Bolts squeeze by the Wings 3-2 in overtime on Thursday night to tie the series.

    Advice: Bishop also took two penalties in the game, but Tampa Bay was able to kill both of them off and erase a 2-0 deficit late in the third period. Bishop is 2-2 in the playoffs with a .902 save percentage and 2.01 goals against average.
    Apr 23, 8:34 pm
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals trounce Isles 5-1
    Evgeny Kuznetsov led the way for Washington in Game 5, scoring a goal and two assists to help the Caps beat up on the Islanders 5-1 on Thursday night and seize control of the series.

    Advice: The 22-year-old speedster was shut out the first four games of the series with a minus-three rating, so Thursday's performance certainly boosted Kuznetsov's stock. Kuznetsov had 37 points in 80 games this season, and is going through his first playoffs in the NHL.
    Apr 23, 6:53 pm
  • Kevin Klein is '50-50' to play Friday
    Kevin Klein (arm) is considered "50-50" to play in Game 5.

    Advice: He skated on his own Thursday and hasn't played since Mar. 11 because of a broken arm. "He was a little sore from yesterday, so we'll see how he reacts, responds tomorrow," coach Alain Vigneault said.
    Apr 23, 1:50 pm
  • Girardi has 20 blocks in 4 playoff games
    Daniel Girardi stopped five shots in the Rangers' 2-1 overtime win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

    Advice: Girardi has an impressive 20 blocks over just four playoff contests. That's good for second place in the league behind Nashville's Roman Josi. Girardi finished tied for sixth in the league during the regular season with 184 blocks in 82 games.
    Apr 23, 7:19 am
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