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  • Maatta suffers upper-body injury Saturday
    Olli Maatta (upper body) left Saturday's game after absorbing a hit from Brooks Orpik.

    Advice: After the contest Penguins coach Mike Sullivan described Orpik's hit as being late and targeting the head. The Penguins expect to know more about Maatta's condition on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:08 pm
  • Holtby makes 33 saves, but Caps fall short
    Braden Holtby stopped 33 of 35 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Penguins Saturday night.

    Advice: Holtby allowed a goal in each of the second and third frames. He has a 1.24 GAA and .957 save percentage in eight starts in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:52 pm
  • 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 Today, 8:38 pm
  • Orlov leads Game 2 scratches vs Pittsburgh
    Dmitry Orlov leads Washington's scratches in Game 2 against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

    Advice: Orlov, who had one point in the seven games prior, will be joined by Mike Weber, Stanislav Galiev, and Michael Latta. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:42 pm
  • Johnson leads Bolts past Isles in Game 2
    Tyler Johnson led the Lightning past the Islanders 4-1 in Saturday's Game 2.

    Advice: Johnson scored the game's opening tally, and the game's final for his two goals. He also added an assist in between. Johnson now has four goals and 10 points through seven games thus far. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:37 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 Today, 3:33 pm
  • Bishop solid in Game 2 win over Islanders
    Ben Bishop backstopped his Lightning to a Game 2 win over the Islanders on Saturday.

    Advice: Bishop turned away 19 of 20 shots during the game, including four of five on the kill. Suffice it to say, Bishop's teammates made it a very easy afternoon for him as the series now stands knotted at one thanks to the 4-1 win. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:31 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 Today, 3:28 pm
  • Three pucks beat Greiss as Isles drop Game 2
    Thomas Greiss and the Islanders fell 4-1 on Saturday to Tampa Bay in Game 2.

    Advice: Greiss turned away 27 of 30 shots, including three of four on special teams. Greiss will surely want this game back, but at least he'll take the solace in knowing the series is merely knotted at one. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:27 pm
  • Alzner expected to play in Game 2 vs Penguins
    Karl Alzner is expected to play in Game 2 against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

    Advice: Alzer hasn't missed a game since 2010, so we would only be surprised if that streak failed to continue. He has two points with 10 hits and 14 blocks through seven games thus far this postseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:37 pm
  • Braden Holtby in net for Game 2 vs Pittsburgh
    Braden Holtby will be in net Saturday for Game 2 versus Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Through the first seven games and 199 shots faced thus far in the postseason, Holtby has stopped 191 of them. With dominance like that, it's tough to bet against perhaps Washington's best player. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:35 pm
  • Andersen's head injury source revealed
    Frederik Andersen suffered a head injury in late March, and the source was revealed on Saturday.

    Advice: Andersen said he was struck in the head prior to March 30th's match with Calgary, in which he was pulled just 11:32 into the game after allowed three goals on five shots. He wouldn't play again until April 10th, but would go on to backstop Anaheim's final five postseason games. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:09 pm
  • Brett Ritchie recalled by Dallas on Saturday
    Brett Ritchie was recalled up to Dallas on Saturday.

    Advice: In 39 career games up in the bigs, Ritchie has just 10 points. He has yet to play in the NHL playoffs, but has 13 points in 16 AHL playoff games for Texas. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:05 pm
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  • Condra leads scratches vs NYI in Game 2
    Erik Condra will lead Tampa Bay's scratches in Saturday's Game 2 against the Islanders.

    Advice: Joining him will be, of note, Matt Carle, Anton Stralman, Steven Stamkos, Kristers Gudlevskis, Mike Blunden, Joel Vermin, JT Brown, and Luke Witkowski. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:17 pm
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  • Thomas Greiss in net Game 2 vs Tampa Bay
    Thomas Greiss will be in net against Tampa Bay in Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Greiss turned away 33 of 36 shots the Lightning put on net in the 5-2 Game 1 win on Wednesday. He's still rocking a .941 save percentage through seven games this postseason, and there's little reason to see him slowing down. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:47 am
  • 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 Today, 9:00 am
  • Preds miss Craig Smith
    It may be just a coincidence but the Predators are 0-4 in playoff games that Craig Smith has missed.

    Advice: Smith is dealing with a lower-body injury and his status for Game 2 Sunday against the Sharks is not known at this time. Of course, many believe that the Preds' lack of success without Smith in the lineup is no coincidence at all and that the tenacious forward is far more important to the team than the casual fan might think. Stay tuned for further updates on Smith's health. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:49 am
  • Stralman return is remote in the near term
    It doesn't look like Anton Stralman will be able to play for another week or so at the least.

    Advice: Although he is staking on his own, he obviously needs more time to recover from a fractured fibula. Don't expect to see Stralman in the lineup until the latter part of the Lightning's series against the Islanders at the earliest. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:56 am
  • Condra gane-time decision Saturday
    Erik Condra (upper-body injury) is listed as day-to-day heading into Saturday afternoon's Game 2 against the Islanders.

    Advice: If you recall, Condra was blasted into the boards by the Isles' Casey Cizikas in Game 1 and had to leave the contest. It will likely be a game-time decision as to whether Condra suits up for Saturday's matinee. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:51 am
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  • Bishop to start in goal Saturday in Game 2
    Look for Ben Bishop to start in goal Saturday afternoon in Game 2 against the Islanders.

    Advice: Bishop had a rough ride in Game 1 allowing four goals on only 13 shots and was pulled. However, Bishop had a wonderful season and was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. Bishop has also performed very well in the playoffs before. We expect him to bounce back big time in Saturday's matinee. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:29 am
  • Dmitry Orlov benched in Game 1
    Dmitry Orlov played a team low 5:44 in Game 1 after coach Barry Trotz benched him in the second period.

    Advice: Orlov found himself on the bench after he let Nick Bonino get around him as the Pens forward set up Ben Lovejoy for the tying goal. "I didn’t like his one-on-one play in a couple situations," Trotz said. of Orlov. "One on (Phil) Kessel on the wall and obviously, one in the middle (on Lovejoy’s goal). He’s got to do a better job. Orly knows that as well. We’ll move forward from that." Orlov saw only one shift after the miscue in the second stanza and don't surprised if Orlov is in the press box for Game 2. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:01 am
  • Backstrom dominated by Crosby on the draw
    Nicklas Backstrom was dominated by Sidney Crosby at the faceoff dot Thursday.

    Advice: Backstrom won only seven of 27 faceoffs while Sid the Kid won 19 of 28 on the night. Fortunately for the Capitals, Backstrom was strong in every other phase of the game as he was a plus-two on the night while Crosby was a minus-three. Don't be surprised if Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan tries to get Crosby away from the Capitals top unit. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:57 am
  • Jakub Voracek had some confidence issues
    Jakub Voracek admitted that he had some confidence issues this past season.

    Advice: Voracek tied for fourth in NHL scoring in 2014-15 but this past season was a different story as he had only one goal in his first 30 games on his way to an 11 goal, 55 point season. "It’s not like I’m crying here or something, but when things don’t go your way, sometimes you overthink things," Voracek said. "It’s kind of cliché to squeeze the stick too tight. But we are professionals, we get paid to make a difference in the game. I wouldn’t use it as an excuse, but with me, everything coming automatically — passes, shooting — I never did overthink things. This year, sometimes, before I passed the puck, I was thinking, ‘What if I hit something, what if the puck doesn’t make it there?’ Before I even passed it. I think I had a little confidence issue this year sometimes." Look for Voracek to get around 70 points next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:05 am
  • Rickard Rakell: Boudreau not only to blame
    Rickard Rakell said that coach Bruce Boudreau was not the only one to blame for the Ducks losing their fourth straight Game 7.

    Advice: The problem with being a coach is that it's easier to fire one coach than get rid of 23 players. "Bruce is a passionate coach and you can’t blame only him for what happened," Rakell told Swedish daily Expressen Friday. "But maybe it’s time to bring in some new energy and an new voice when you have such a good team and lost so many important games in the playoffs." Rakell had a breakthrough season under Boudreau with 20 goals and 43 points in 72 games as he missed the last seven games after undergoing surgery for an appendectomy. Look for Rakell to improve on those numbers next season so draft him accordingly. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:14 am
  • Couture pops two more as Sharks take Game 1
    Logan Couture popped another pair of goals as San Jose took Game 1 over Nashville 5-2.

    Advice: Through the first six games of his postseason, only once has Couture been held off the stat sheet. With the goals he's now up to points in three straight, with three goals and eight points in all. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Ward dangles his way to dagger goal in Game 1
    Joel Ward dangled his way to a dagger of a goal in Friday's 5-2 Game 1 win over Nashville.

    Advice: While in full stride, Ward received Joonas Donskoi's saucer pass on the backhand, dipped his shoulder and walked around the frozen Pekka Rinne for the slamdunk goal. The tally made it 2-1 Sharks with 8:11 to play, and a lead they'd never look back from. Ward also picked up an assist, giving him a goal and five points in six postseason games thus far. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Jones continues strong play in Game 1 victory
    Martin Jones continued his strong play during Friday's Game 1 victory over Nashville.

    Advice: Jones turned away 29 of 31 shots, including three of four on the kill. It's worth noting that the second goal was initially deflected off course by Brent Burns before it hit the unsuspecting Ryan Johansen, and going in. No matter, Jones and the Sharks came away with the 5-2 win. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Jackman picks up 14 PIMS in Game 1 vs SJ
    Barrett Jackman picked up 14 PIMs in Friday's 5-2 Game 1 loss to San Jose.

    Advice: All 14 minutes came after the game ended, which saw a small scrum ensue before each team departed the ice. Jackman was assessed a misconduct plus two separate minors for roughing. His PIMs total outpaced his playing time on the ice (11:22), which ought to give a nice example of his effectiveness during the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Johansen pops goal, assist in Game 1 vs SJ
    Ryan Johansen popped a goal and an assist during Friday's 5-2 Game 1 loss to San Jose.

    Advice: Johansen continued to be a force to be reckoned with during his 17:10 of play. He registered a minor, two hits, two takeaways, plus a block, and scoring on his only shot. He's now up to two goals and four points in eight games this postseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Hutton plays final 50 seconds in Game 1 vs SJ
    Carter Hutton played the final 50 seconds of Game 1 versus San Jose on Friday night.

    Advice: After the Sharks made it 5-2 in the final minute of play, starter Pekka Rinne did not come out to finish the game. Rather Hutton was given the honors, though he did not face any shots. Rinne does not appear to be injured, so we wouldn't expect to see much more of Hutton. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Smith leads scratches vs Sharks in Game 1
    Craig Smith headlines Nashville's scratches for Game 1 against San Jose.

    Advice: Joining Smith will be Pontus Aberg, Marek Mazenec, Gabriel Bourque, Cody Bass, and Austin Watson. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Martin Jones in net Game 1 vs Nashville
    Martin Jones will be in net against Nashville for Game 1 on Friday.

    Advice: Los Angeles managed to put just 11 pucks past Jones in six games, as he worked out a .917 save percentage on 125 combined shots. He also saw the least amount of work of all netminders who advanced to the second round. Unfortunately in four games against Nashville, Jones has given up fewer than three goals in a game just once. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:34 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 Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Braden Holtby makes 42 saves in Game 1 win
    Braden Holtby helped the Washington Capitals take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-final on Thursday night with 42 saves on 45 shots.

    Advice: The Capitals edged the Penguins 4-3 in overtime in what was an entertaining affair between the two rivals. Holtby hasn't missed a beat in the post-season, continuing to be his dominant self that earned him a Vezina nomination this year. He is 5-2 in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Braden Holtby to start Game 1 vs. Penguins
    Braden Holtby will be between the pipes for Game 1 against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

    Advice: No surprise here. Holtby was fantastic during the regular season and in the first round against Philadelphia. The 26-year-old allowed just five goals in six games during the opening round of the playoffs. He'll enter the second round with a 0.84 goals-against-average and a .968 save percentage. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:19 pm
  • Erik Condra (UBI) is feeling better
    Erik Condra (upper body) is feeling better after being knocked out of Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Condra absorbed a hard hit from Casey Cizikas and needed to be helped off the ice. "He's doing a lot better than the actual hit looked. Whether he's going to skate in the next couple days I'm not too sure," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. Condra has no points and a minus-one rating in three playoff games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:26 pm
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  • Karl Alzner (UBI) skates, will play Thursday
    Karl Alzner (upper body) took part in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Though Capitals coach Barry Trotz previously stated that he expected Alzner to play in Game 1 Thursday night, it was worrisome that the defensemen missed Tuesday and Wednesday's skates. Nevertheless Alzner has declared himself good to go, so it seems things will play out as Trotz anticipated. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:33 am
  • Braden Holtby nominated for Vezina Trophy
    Braden Holtby is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

    Advice: Holtby tied the NHL's season-single wins record with 48 and he also posted a 2.20 GAA and .922 save percentage in 66 starts. There's a good chance he'll end up with the award after a season like that. "He's been as consistent as any goaltender in the Nationals Hockey League this year," coach Barry Trotz said. "He's gotten a lot of attention for that not only from the records side. But you don't put a record together like that if you have areas where you haven't been that good for long periods of time, so he's been pretty solid all year." Holtby will be competing with Jonathan Quick and Ben Bishop. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 am
  • Ben Bishop will look to rebound in Game 2
    Tampa Bay is confident that Ben Bishop will bounce back in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: He was pulled twice in last year's playoffs and in Game 7 versus the Rangers he rebounded with a shutout in the Eastern Conference final. Bishop has been superb all season, so there's plenty of reason to believe he will be much better this weekend. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:39 am
  • Erik Condra leaves game early on Wednesday
    Erik Condra left Wednesday's game against the New York Islanders after taking a hard hit from Casey Cizikas.

    Advice: The collision occurred deep in Tampa Bay's end and Condra's head hit the boards. He looked dazed after the hit and had to be helped off the ice. Condra didn't return so his night came to a close with just 57 seconds of ice time. Consider him day-to-day with an upper-body injury for now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:07 am
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  • 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
  • Ben Bishop earns 2nd Vezina Trophy nomination
    Ben Bishop has been named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

    Advice: The announcement was made on Wednesday. Bishop, Washington's Braden Holtby and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick are up for the top goaltender of the year award. The Lightning goalie led the league with a 2.06 GAA and finished second with a .926 save percentage. He also tied for second with six shutouts and tied for fourth with 35 victories. Bishop could have added some more wins to that record, but he lost 12 games when allowing two or fewer goals. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:49 am
  • Frederik Andersen falls short in Game 7 loss
    Frederik Andersen allowed two goals on 20 shots in a 2-1 Game 7 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday.

    Advice: Andersen really had little chance on either goal but had to be nearly perfect on this night with the way Pekka Rinne was playing on the other side of the rink. Collin Wilson beat him in tight on a beauty forehand-to-backhand deke and then Paul Gaustad tipped in a high Shea Weber shot. It was a fourth straight year the Ducks lost in Game 7 at home. Andersen did his part in this series, going 3-2 with an outstanding 1.41 GAA and .947 save percentage and a shutout. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:11 pm
  • Rough night for G Ben Bishop; yanked early
    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop had a night to forget Wednesday, coughing up four goals on the 13 shots he faced before being pulled in the Lightning's 5-3 loss to the visiting New York Islanders in the first game of the teams' second-round playoff series.

    Advice: Bishop, who had a good season and was named a Vezina Trophy finalist earlier Wednesday, didn't make any excuses for himself. "One of those nights where nothing goes your way," he said. "You just have to move on from it and we've got another game in a couple of days. It's not about the last game anymore, it's about the next one so I need to focus on that." Andrei Vasilevskiy replaced Bishop after the Isles' fourth goal at 8:59 of the second period. Vasilevskiy stopped all eight shots on him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Good game for G Thomas Greiss in Isles' win
    Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss played well in Tampa Bay Wednesday night, helping New York upset the Lightning 5-3 in Game 1 of the teams' second-round playoff series.

    Advice: Greiss turned aside 33 of 36 Tampa Bay shots. He improved his post-season record to 5-2. His goals-against average is a sparkling 1.94 and his save percentage is .941. Consider taking Greiss for one-night fantasy action in the playoffs. He's pretty hot. And, if he keeps it up, the Lightning will have a tough time emerging triumphant in this series. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Frederik Andersen starts Game 7 versus Preds
    Frederik Andersen will be between the pipes when the Anaheim Ducks host the Nashville Predators in Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

    Advice: Anderson is 3-1 heading into Game 7 after taking over the Ducks crease for Game 3. He's sporting a sparkling 1.26 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:39 pm
  • Thomas Greiss Starts Game 1 Versus Lightning
    Thomas Greiss will start in Game 1 of Round 2 versus Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Greiss ran up a 4-2 series victory over the Florida Panthers in the opening round, while posting a stingy 1.79 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Ben Bishop starts Wednesday in Game 1
    Ben Bishop will get the nod for Game 1 in Tampa Bay's Eastern Conference semifinal matchup against the New York Islanders.

    Advice: Bishop recorded 1.61 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage in Round 1 against Detroit. He finished the five-game series with a shutout. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Karl Alzner (UBI) stays off the ice Wednesday
    Karl Alzner (upper body) missed his second straight practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite that, Capitals coach Barry Trotz still expects Alzner to participate in Game 1 on Thursday. Alzner had two assists in six games during the first round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:37 am
  • Andersen's stats unchanged amid pressure
    Frederik Andersen may not be a household name, but perhaps he ought to be.

    Advice: The Ducks' likely netminder in Wednesday's Game 7 doesn't seem phased by the added pressures of playoff hockey. In 125 career regular season games Andersen boasts a .918 save percentage, and a .925 SV% at even strength, which pairs nicely with his 2.30 GAA. Though he's seen a dip in those numbers in the through 27 career playoff games, they're only slight with a .916 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA. Andersen hasn't seen more than two pucks beat him in any of his four playoff games thus far. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:22 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
  • Karl Alzner skips Tuesday's session
    Karl Alzner didn't participate in Tuesday's skate.

    Advice: He received a maintenance day because coach Barry Trotz thought he could use a rest from playing hard minutes and blocking some shots. He is confident that Alzner will be fine for the start of Round 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:32 am
  • 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
  • Ducks G Frederik Andersen saves 23 in loss
    Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen steered aside 23 of the 25 shots he faced from the Predators in a 3-1 loss in Nashville Monday night.

    Advice: Andersen continued his solid play in the playoffs but the Preds were able to tie the first-round series and extend it to a seventh and deciding game. It will be played in Anaheim Wednesday. Anderson, who entered Monday with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage in the post-season, is now 3-1 with a GAA of 1.26 and a save percentage of .955. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:46 pm
  • Craig Smith will play in Game 6 on Monday
    Confirming a previous item, Craig Smith will suit up in Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: The news became official just moments ago. Smith missed most of Game 3 and all of Games 4 and 5 of the series. Coincidentally, the Predators have lost each of those games. Nashville needs to win Game 6 to force a Game 7 on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Frederik Andersen starts vs. NSH in Game 6
    Frederik Andersen will be between the pipes for Monday's Game 6 against Nashville.

    Advice: The Ducks were down 0-2 in the series when they gave Andersen the starting job and he's been fantastic ever since. The 26-year-old has a 1.00 goals-against-average and a .966 save percentage this postseason. The Ducks are one win away from making it to the second round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:41 pm
  • Craig Smith back for Game 6 vs. Anaheim
    Craig Smith is on the ice during the pregame warmup on Monday night.

    Advice: It certainly looks like he'll be back in the lineup. Smith missed most of Game 3 and all of Games 4 and 5. The 26-year-old had 21 goals and 37 points in 82 games this season. He had a goal and an assist in three playoff games before getting hurt. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:36 pm
  • Preds won't disclose Smith's status for Gm 6
    Coach Peter Laviolette wouldn't say if Craig Smith (lower body) will be back in the lineup on Monday night.

    Advice: "I haven't talked to anybody yet this morning," Laviolette said when he was asked about Smith's status. He has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, but he was a full participant at the morning skate. Smith is looking probable to play, but the pregame warmups will likely determine his status. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:03 pm
  • Craig Smith could be back in on Monday
    Craig Smith (lower body) appears to be on track to return Monday night in Game 6.

    Advice: He took part in the morning skate after he was on the ice with some teammates on Sunday. Smith looks like he's well enough to play even if he isn't quite 100 percent. The Predators can be eliminated from the playoffs on Monday, so that could get Smith back into the fold. He is still day-to-day for now and his status may not be determined until close to game time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:01 am
  • Tyler Johnson better now from flu bug
    Tyler Johnson, who is recovered from the flu, was on the ice for Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Johnson left the bench twice during Game 4 because of the flu bug. "That's the great thing about being able to win in five. You get a lot of time to rest, a lot of time to recover," he said. "It was desperately needed for our squad." Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:11 am
  • Anton Stralman hasn't resumed skating yet
    Anton Stralman isn't expected to be ready for the start of the second round.

    Advice: He didn't practice with the team on Sunday. The Lightning have not provided a timetable for Stralman's return, but the typical recovery for a fractured fibula is about four-to-six weeks and Friday will be the five-week mark. "He's not skating right now but we are hopeful that he will make an appearance in this series," coach Jon Cooper said. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:52 am
  • Braden Holtby sets single-series Caps' record
    Braden Holtby's .968 save percentage in the first round was the franchise best for a single series.

    Advice: Holtby was certainly a key figure in the Capitals beating the Philadelphia Flyers in six games. Over the course of that series, Holtby never allowed more than two goals in a single contest and earned two shutouts. He's coming off a great campaign, but so far he's managed to take his game to another level for the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:16 am
  • Logan Couture happy to get revenge on Kings
    Logan Couture was happy to finally get some revenge on the Los Angeles Kings by eliminating them in five games.

    Advice: "Throughout the last couple years things have been said by players on that team that to me, personally, I take as disrespectful," Couture said. "It was nice to stick it back to them and beat them in this series." The Kings pulled off a reverse sweep of San Jose back in 2014. Afterwards Los Angeles' Drew Doughty said, "You could see it in their eyes and their team and their captains and leaders that they were worried about us coming back." For the Sharks though, they certainly hope finally beating Los Angeles was just the beginning. San Jose will play the winner of the Anaheim vs. Nashville series next. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:12 am
  • 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 Monday, 3:52 am
  • Thomas Greiss stops 41 shots, NYI move on
    Thomas Greiss stopped 41 of 42 shots in the Islanders' 2-1 double OT win over the Florida Panthers.

    Advice: Greiss turned in another solid performance in New York's series-clinching win over the Panthers. The 30-year-old might not have been a household name before the playoffs, but he's certainly becoming well-known now. Greiss finished the series with a sparkling 1.79 goals-against-average and a .944 save percentage. This was the Islanders' first series win since 1993. They'll take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:56 pm
  • Braden Holtby shuts door on Flyers' season
    Braden Holtby made 26 saves in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Flyers in Game 6.

    Advice: After failing to knock off the Flyers in Games 4 and 5, the Capitals finally got the job done in Game 6. Like he was for most of the regular season, Holtby was fantastic in the opening round of the playoffs. He allowed just five goals in the six-game set. Holtby and the Capitals now move on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:22 pm
  • Backstrom scores GWG, WSH eliminates PHI in 6
    Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal in Washington's 1-0 win over Philadelphia in Game 6.

    Advice: And with that, the Flyers are knocked out of the 2016 playoffs. Backstrom was finally able to figure out Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth at the 8:59 mark of the second period. Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin picked up the assists on the game's only goal. Backstrom finishes the series with two goals and seven points in six games. The Capitals will now face the Pittsburgh Penguins in round 2. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:01 pm
  • Brian Elliott will get the start in GM 7
    Brian Elliott will be between the pipes for Game 7 against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: Elliott may have given up five goals in Game 6, but it's no surprise that the Blues will turn to him in the do-or-die game. The 31-year-old has a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage this postseason. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:28 am
  • Thomas Greiss will start against FLA in GM 6
    Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes in Sunday's game against the Florida Panthers.

    Advice: The Islanders have a chance to knock the Panthers out of the postseason with a win. Greiss has a 2.09 goals-against-average and a .938 save percentage in the 2016 postseason. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:04 am
  • Lightning hope to get Stralman back in RD 2
    The Lightning are hoping to get Anton Stralman back at some point in the second round.

    Advice: Stralman has been out indefinitely since suffering a fractured leg during the regular season. He hasn't started skating yet, but he could be available later on in the second round. Getting him back would be a huge boost for the Bolts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:01 am
  • Braden Holtby starts in Game 6 vs. PHI
    Braden Holtby will get the start in Sunday's game against the Flyers.

    Advice: Holtby and the Capitals will look to put away the Flyers for the third time. The 26-year-old enters Game 6 with a 1.01 goals-against-average and a .961 save percentage in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:39 am
  • R. Johansen: 'our backs are against the wall'
    After dropping three straight games to the Ducks, Ryan Johansen knows it's time for the Preds to step up their game.

    Advice: "You look at any team that's won the (Stanley) Cup, and it's never smooth sailing through the playoffs," said Predators center Ryan Johansen. "Adversity is going to hit, and our backs are against the wall now." The 23-year-old hasn't produced much during the series. He scored his first goal of the playoffs in Game 5 and has two points overall. Nashville trails 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:29 am
  • Elliott, Blues see early lead vanish in loss
    Brian Elliott made 30 saves in the Blues’ 6-3 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Saturday night.

    Advice: The final goal went in with the net empty. The Blues are on the brink of being eliminated in the first round for the fourth consecutive season. This after they jumped out to a 3-1 first-period lead. Elliott has had a fantastic season, but he picked a poor time to slip. He has now given up nine goals over his past two starts. He has a 2.46 GAA and .928 SV% in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:13 pm
  • Andersen makes 26 saves for 3rd win in a row
    Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots in the Ducks’ 5-2 win in Game 5 against the Predators on Saturday night.

    Advice: This was certainly not the Ducks’ best game, as they were on the wrong side of a 55-38 score-adjusted (possession) game. And the Preds out-chanced them at even strength 17-10. Andersen gave up the game’s first goal in the first period, and then one in the third that cut the lead to 3-2. He has a 1.00 GAA and .965 SV% in three playoff games. The Ducks are a game away from advancing. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Ryan Johansen's goal not enough in loss
    Ryan Johansen netted a marker, but it wasn’t enough as the Predators fell 5-2 to the Ducks in Game 5 on Saturday night.

    Advice: Nashville needs its big boys to step up, and in this one only Johansen did so. He has one goal and an assist in this series, now 3-2 in favor of the Ducks. But it wasn’t as if the Predators didn’t create chances -- they won the even-strength scoring-chance game 17-10 and out-possessed the Ducks at even strength, too. But it wasn't enough, mostly because of poor goaltending. Johansen scored the first goal at 14:13 of the first period, then Miikka Salomaki pulled within 3-2 in the third period. Shea Weber, Mike Ribeiro and Colin Wilson got the helpers. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:01 pm
  • No Craig Smith for Predators in Game 5 on Sat
    Craig Smith (lower body) will not play in Saturday's Game 5 against Anaheim.

    Advice: This will be Smith's second straight game out with his injury. He posted a goal and two points during the first three games of the series, however. Smith is considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • Elliott to start Game 6 Saturday
    It should come as no surprise that Brian Elliott will start in goal for the Blues in Game 6 against Chicago Saturday night.

    Advice: Elliott has been mostly outstanding in the playoffs thus far and is one of the main reasons the Blues lead this series 3-2 in games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:50 am
  • Craig Smith's status for Game 5 unknown
    It is not known if Craig Smith (lower-body injury) will play in Game 5 in Anaheim.

    Advice: In fact, we can't even get confirmation that he made the trip with his Nashville teammates to California. Stay tuned for further updates. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:44 am
  • Frederik Andersen to get start on Saturday
    Frederik Andersen will make his third consecutive start Saturday.

    Advice: The Ducks went with John Gibson in Games 1 and 2 and found themselves in a 2-0 hole when they travelled to Nashville. Andersen then got the net and has stopped 57 of 58 shots in garnering two wins and getting the Ducks back in the series. Andersen is slated to be an RFA at the end of the season and don't be surprised if he is elsewhere in 2016-17 as the Ducks seem to like Gibson more. Andersen will give some team great goaltending as he deserves to be a number one goalie in the NHL. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:39 am
  • Couture helps lead Sharks with three helpers
    Logan Couture helped lead the Sharks past the Kings in Friday's Game 5 clincher.

    Advice: Couture picked up a trio of assist during the effort, boosting his postseason totals to five assists and six points thus far. For his career he now has 23 assist and 42 points in 61 playoff games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:26 pm
  • Jones slays former club, Kings to advance
    Just a season ago Martin Jones was Jonathan Quick's understudy, now Jones and the Sharks are heading to the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Jones turned away 18 of 21 shots during Friday's Game 5 series-clinching win. Though it's worth noting that he surrendered a 3-0 lead before the Sharks would pull away and win 6-3. Be that as it may, Jones gave up just 11 goals in the series, and has been the backbone of the Sharks all season long. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:12 pm
  • Thomas Greiss makes 47 saves in GM 5 win
    Thomas Greiss stopped 47 of 48 shots in Friday's 2-1 double overtime win over the Florida Panthers.

    Advice: The Islanders got another solid performance from Greiss in this one. After 36 minutes of overtime, the Islanders got the game-winning goal from Alan Quine. The series will now shift back to Brooklyn with the Islanders needing just one more win to close out the series. Game 6 will be played on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:36 pm
  • Braden Holtby allows 1 goal, still loses GM 5
    Braden Holtby stopped nine of 10 shots in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5.

    Advice: You read that correctly, the Flyers only managed to take 11 shots on goal in the game. Flyers goalie Michal Neuvrith was a little busier, as he stopped 44 shots. Holtby can't be blamed for this defeat. The first goal he allowed was going to go wide before it hit Taylor Chorney and went into the net and the second goal was scored into an empty net. The Capitals' 3-0 lead is now down to 3-2. Game 6 will be Sunday in Philadelphia. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Martin Jones in net Game 5 vs Kings on Fri
    Martin Jones will be in net against the Kings Game 5 on Friday night.

    Advice: Jones has managed to turn away 95 of 103 combined shots through the first four games of the series, creating the backbone by which the Sharks have created their 3-1 series lead. With more play like this, they're sure to move on to the next round. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:52 pm
  • Braden Holtby in net for Game 5 vs Flyers
    Braden Holtby will be between the pipes for Friday's Game 5 against Philadelphia.

    Advice: Thus far in the series, Holtby has turned away 114 of 118 combined shots through the first four games. So long as Holtbeast continues to be himself, Washington should move on to the second round without too much more trouble. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:17 pm
  • Thomas Greiss will start on Friday
    Thomas Greiss will play between the pipes Friday night.

    Advice: Not that there was ever any doubt, but here's confirmation anyways. Greiss has a 2.65 GAA and .924 save percentage in four playoff games this series. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:05 am
  • Rickard Rakell records an assist in Game 4
    Rickard Rakell registered an assist in a 4-1 win against Nashville in Game 4 on Thursday.

    Advice: Rakell has recorded at least a point in four of his last six games, dating back to the regular season. As far as the playoffs go, he's now participated in 24 career games and has three goals and five points over that span. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:41 am
  • Brian Elliott stellar despite Game 5 defeat
    Brian Elliott played a stellar game despite Thursday's Game 5 loss in double overtime to Chicago.

    Advice: Sure, Elliot will want two of the four goals back. He committed far too early on the Artem Anisimov goal, and the winner by Patrick Kane, but he stopped 31 of 35 shots over 83:07 and still leads the series 3-2. The Blues will have another opportunity to close out their nemesis on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:42 pm
  • Frederik Andersen lifts Ducks back in series
    Frederik Andersen made 30 saves on 31 shots to quiet the Nashville Predators in Game 4 and pull the Ducks back in the first round series with a 4-1 win.

    Advice: The Ducks turned to John Gibson in the first two games and fell behind 0-2 in the series. Anaheim turned to Andersen in Games 3 and 4 and are now heading back home with the series tied 2-2. Andersen was sensational in Nashville, stopping 57 of the 58 shots he faced in the two games to set up a best-of-three battle with home ice advantage to decide the series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:48 pm
  • Ben Bishop's shutout knocks out Red Wings
    Ben Bishop pitched a 34-save shutout to finish off the Red Wings in Game 5 in Thursday night's 1-0 victory.

    Advice: Bishop stood tall as the Red Wings tried to stave off elimination, and helped kill off a Detroit powerplay in the game's final minute. The 29-year-old has been on-point in the post-season, allowing two goals in each game until Game 5. The Bolts now await the Panthers-Islanders winner for their Round 2 matchup. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:54 pm
  • Brian Elliott & Blues try to eliminate Hawks
    Brian Elliott will get the nod in Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

    Advice: Elliott and the Blues could eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions tonight. The 31-year-old has a 1.70 goals-against-average and a .954 save percentage this postseason. He's been the better goaltender in this series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:09 pm
  • Craig Smith won't play on Thursday night
    Craig Smith won't play in Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: The 26-year-old isn't on the ice for the pregame warmup. Smith suffered a lower-body injury early in Game 3. He tried playing on it, but just couldn't manage. Smith was Nashville's third-leading goal scorer in 2015-16 with 21 goals. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:38 pm
  • Frederik Andersen will Start Game 4 vs. NSH
    Frederik Andersen will likely be between the pipes for Thursday's game against Nashville.

    Advice: Andersen got his first start of the 2016 playoffs in Game 3 and he came through with a shutout. With a win in Nashville tonight, the Ducks would tie the best-of-seven series at two. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Ben Bishop is expected to start Thursday
    Ben Bishop was the first goaltender off the ice following Tampa Bay's Thursday morning skate.

    Advice: Not that you needed an indication that Bishop would start Thursday night, but here it is anyways. Bishop has a 2.01 GAA and .937 save percentage in four starts in the first round. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:21 am
  • Joel Ward gets an assist Wednesday
    Joel Ward registered an assist in San Jose's 3-2 victory against Los Angeles in Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ward has three assists in four games in this series. During the regular season he had 21 goals and 43 points in 79 contests. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:46 am
  • Martin Jones makes 26 saves in Game 4 win
    Martin Jones turned aside 26 shots in San Jose's Game 4 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

    Advice: The two goals were the results of point shots traffic in front of the net. Jones was otherwise rock solid again for the Sharks. The 26 year-old has allowed just eight goals on 102 shots in four games this series. He's got a 1.98 GAA and .922 save percentage in this series. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:32 pm
  • Thomas Greiss stops 27 but takes loss
    Thomas Greiss recorded 27 saves but took the loss against the visiting Florida Panthers Wednesday night.

    Advice: Greiss and the Isles were edged 2-1 in Game 4. The Panthers were able to tie the first-round playoff series at 2-2 with Game 5 set to be played Friday. Greiss didn't play badly but he allowed the game winner to an unusual suspect, low-scoring defenseman Alex Petrovic, midway through the third period. Greiss has a 2.65 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:07 pm
  • Thomas Greiss in goal for Isles on Wednesday
    Thomas Greiss will be in the crease for Wednesday's contest against Florida.

    Advice: He has a 2.83 goals-against average in the series along with a solid .922 save percentage. Greiss and the Islanders can go up 3-1 in their Round 1 matchup with a win. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:44 pm
  • Jakub Voracek taken off first line
    Jakub Voracek has been bumped to the second line for Wednesday's game against Washington.

    Advice: He will start Game 4 alongside Michael Raffl and Sam Gagner. Voracek didn't have a problem with the decision. "Something had to be done; we've scored two goals in three games," he said. Voracek has one goal in three contests in the series. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Predators' Craig Smith day-to-day with LBI
    Craig Smith is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

    Advice: He sustained the ailment in Game 3 against Anaheim on Tuesday night and didn't practice on Wednesday. Smith had a goal and an assist in the second game of the series and he was missed in Tuesday's 3-0 loss. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:54 am
  • Ben Bishop got a chance to rest before G4
    Ben Bishop didn't skate on Monday and Tuesday morning prior to Game 4.

    Advice: Coach Jon Cooper said it was just an opportunity to give Bishop some rest and it wasn't related to any kind of injury concern. "He's been our horse," Cooper said. "The one thing about the playoffs, it's not only the physical rest, it's the mental rest as well. If we feel that he needs to get a little bit of a break, we give it to him. He's done this before where he hasn't taken the ice and he's come back and been outstanding. He knows how to manage his body and mind and we've kind of gotten in to a little bit of groove over the past three years." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:20 am
  • Rickard Rakell scores in Game 3 Ducks win
    Rickard Rakell scored one of Anaheim's goals in a 3-0 shutout of Nashville in Game 3.

    Advice: Rakell gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead at 11:33 of the second period on a redirection from the right circLe. He was one of three goal scorers for the Ducks on this night. Chris Stewart and Jamie McGinn scored the other goals and the Ducks are back in the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:57 pm
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