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  • Dylan DeMelo scratched in Game 4
    Dylan DeMelo will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 against the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: The Sharks enter the series leading 2-1. The 23-year-old has yet to play in a playoff game this postseason. Dainius Zubrus, Matt Tennyson and Michael Haley will also watch the game from the press box. 26 minutes ago
  • Mike Ribeiro scrached again in Game 4
    Mike Ribeiro will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 against the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: Ribeiro was scratched in Game 3 and it worked out well for the Predators, as they defeated the Sharks 4-1. The 36-year-old has just one assist in nine games this postseason. Austin Watson, Petter Granberg and Eric Nystrom will also watch the game from the press box. 40 minutes ago
  • Valeri Nichushkin suiting up in Game 4
    Valeri Nichushkin will play in Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Nichushkin has been a healthy scratch in three of Dallas' last four games, but the Stars are hoping he'll add some offensive punch to their lineup tonight. He had nine goals and 29 points in 79 games during the regular season. Today, 5:18 pm
  • Colton Sceviour scratched in Game 4 vs. STL
    Colton Sceviour is a healthy scratch in Thursday's Game 4 tilt against the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Sceviour has two goals and three points in nine playoff games in 2016, but it wasn't enough to keep him in the lineup tonight. Curtis McKenzie, Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak will also watch the game from the press box. Valeri Nichushkin and Brett Ritchie will be taking Sceviour and McKenzie's spots in the lineup. Today, 5:16 pm
  • Robert Bortuzzo scratched in Game 4
    Robert Bortuzzo will continue to be a healthy scratch in Thursday's Game 4 tilt against Dallas.

    Advice: The 27-year-old has suited up in just three playoff games for the Blues in 2016. Steve Ott, Dmitrij Jaskin, Magnus Paajarvi, Petteri Lindbohm, Chris Butler, Peter Harrold, Ty Rattie, and Anders Nilsson will also watch the game from the press box. Today, 5:09 pm
  • Martin Jones starts Game 4 vs. Nashville
    Martin Jones will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: The Sharks enter Game 4 with a 2-1 lead in the series, but they are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Preds in Game 3. Jones has a 6-2 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this postseason. Today, 3:32 pm
  • Matt Carle (undisclosed) practices Thursday
    Matt Carle (undisclosed) took part in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Carle was wearing a regular jersey too, as opposed to a no-contact one. He last played on April 27. Today, 1:39 pm
  • Ryan Strome isn't likely to play Friday
    Ryan Strome practiced on the fifth line on Thursday.

    Advice: That suggests that Strome will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 on Friday. He was also kept out of Tuesday's contest. Today, 1:07 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen will probably start in Game 4
    Kari Lehtonen is projected to start in Game 4 on Thursday.

    Advice: As was the case on Wednesday, Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice following Thursday's practice. He has a 2.70 GAA and .903 save percentage in seven postseason contests. Today, 11:39 am
  • Brendan Ranford joins the Dallas Stars
    Brendan Ranford has been summoned by the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: Ranford had 19 goals and 59 points in 76 AHL contests in 2015-16. He isn't expected to play for Dallas during the 2016 playoffs. Today, 10:11 am
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  • Dallas calls up Jason Dickinson
    Jason Dickinson has been called up by the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: Dickinson is a Black Ace, meaning that he's been summoned to take in the playoff atmosphere and participate in practices, but not to play. He had 22 goals and 53 points in 73 AHL contests this season. Today, 10:08 am
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  • Corey Perry will captain Team Canada
    Corey Perry will serve as the captain for Team Canada in the 2016 World Championships.

    Advice: This is a chance for Perry to enter the summer on a high note after his disappointing 2016 playoff run. He had no goals and four assists in seven playoff games as his Anaheim Ducks were eliminated in the first round. Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly will both wear the 'A'. Today, 9:11 am
  • Ryan Pulock (UBI) practices Thursday
    Ryan Pulock (upper body) took part in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: There's a chance Pulock will be back in the lineup on Friday. It would be his first game since April 20th. Today, 8:37 am
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  • Taylor Chorney picks up an assist Wednesday
    Taylor Chorney had an assist in Washington's 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins Wednesday night.

    Advice: It was Chorney's first point in five postseason contests. He had a goal and five assists in 55 regular season games. Today, 8:20 am
  • Wilson gets his first point of 2016 playoffs
    Tom Wilson recorded an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was Wilson's first point in 10 playoff games this year. He's now played in 26 career postseason contests and this was just his second point over that span. Today, 8:19 am
  • Justin Williams registers an assist Wednesday
    Justin Williams recorded an assist in the Capitals' 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh Wednesday night.

    Advice: Williams has a goal and four points in 10 postseason games. During the regular season he had 22 goals and 52 points in 82 contests. Today, 8:18 am
  • Crosby gets his first point of the 2nd round
    Sidney Crosby registered an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 overtime victory against Washington in Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was Crosby's first point of the second round. It speaks to the Penguins' depth this year that they are 3-1 in a series against the formidable Capitals despite the lackluster offensive contributions of their top player. Today, 8:10 am
  • Brian Dumoulin collects two assists Wednesday
    Brian Dumoulin registered two assists in the Penguins' 3-2 overtime win against Washington on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dumoulin now has three points in nine playoff games. He had no goals and 16 assists in 79 regular season contests. Today, 8:07 am
  • T. Daley nets his first goal of the playoffs
    Trevor Daley found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime victory over Washington Wednesday night.

    Advice: It was Daley's first goal and fifth point in nine 2016 playoff games. During the regular season he had six goals and 28 points in 82 contests. Today, 8:06 am
  • Ryan Pulock (UBI) might be back on Friday
    Ryan Pulock (upper body) will probably participate in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: If all goes well, Pulock might be back in the Islanders' lineup on Friday. He has a goal and three points in four games in the 2016 playoffs. Today, 7:40 am
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  • Will Ryan Strome be scratched again?
    It's not clear what the New York Islanders' plans are for Ryan Strome going into Game 4 on Friday.

    Advice: Strome was a healthy scratch Tuesday for the third time in the 2016 postseason. "When you go up and down the lineup — and I’m looking at it now — you’ve got tough decisions to make on a daily basis," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "Overall, Ryan knows what he needs to do to play better, but it’s not like he’s played poorly. It’s a numbers game right now, too. I’ve had plenty of talks with Ryan. I talked to him down in Tampa. … He realizes what he needs to do. I feel like I have a really good relationship with Ryan and when he gets back in there …" Capuano didn't complete that sentence. In the six games Strome has participated in, he has a goal and four points. Today, 7:37 am
  • Filip Forsberg helps get Preds' PP working
    Filip Forsberg tallied a power-play goal for the Predators in Game 3's 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: The Predators went 2-for-5 with the man advantage in the match. Nashville entered the game with just two power-play markers on 31 opportunities. Forsberg has registered two of his four points in the playoffs on the power play. Today, 6:16 am
  • James Neal, Johansen were split up in Gm 3
    James Neal played with Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson in Game 3 against San Jose.

    Advice: Coach Peter Laviolette shuffled his lines and the moves worked as the Predators won 4-1 on Tuesday night. Ryan Johansen played between Filip Forsberg and Craig Smith in the contest, but he picked up an assist on Neal's third goal of the postseason during a second-period power play. Today, 6:12 am
  • Shea Weber up for Mark Messier Award
    Shea Weber has been named as a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

    Advice: It goes "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season." He is in the running for the award along with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Islanders captain John Tavares. Weber hit the 20-goal and 50-point milestones for the third time in his career to help the Predators earn their second straight playoff berth. He started the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, with teammate Pekka Rinne, to raise money and donate tickets to patients at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Weber also hosts a golf tournament to help support the BC Cancer Society. Today, 6:07 am
  • Jamie Benn, Stars look to get PP going
    Jamie Benn and the Stars were a force to be reckoned with on the power play this season, but they haven't scored on 11 attempts against St. Louis in Round 2 of the playoffs.

    Advice: Benn tied for second in the NHL in both scoring and power-play goals during the regular season. He also leads all skaters in scoring during the playoffs with 12 points in nine games, but he has posted just two points with the man advantage. Today, 5:40 am
  • Braydon Coburn playing well on top pairing
    Braydon Coburn has been paired with Victor Hedman in Tampa Bay's Round 2 series against the New York Islanders.

    Advice: He got the chance to move up to the top pair after Matt Carle was injured. Carle was filling in for injured blueliner Anton Stralman. Coburn logged 23:45 of ice time in Game 3 against the Islanders. He has two assists in eight playoff games. Today, 5:10 am
  • Martin Frk has improved in the minors
    Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin is impressed by the progress Martin Frk has made.

    Advice: "Coming into his pro career, he wasn't used to the pro style, wasn't used to not playing with the puck," Martin said. He spent some time in the ECHL over the previous two seasons and it helped him improve his game. "Marty is a rink rat, wants to get better at his craft," Martin said. "He put in the time to get better. He really responded to Todd Nelson's style. He's very confident in his play." In 2015-16 there was no trip to the ECHL and Frk picked up 27 goals, with 44 points, in 67 games. He won't be waiver-exempt, so the Wings will have to decide what to do with him. Today, 4:45 am
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  • Sidney Crosby looks to get going in Round 2
    Sidney Crosby hasn't contributed a point in Round 2 against Washington.

    Advice: The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 despite Crosby's scoring skid, but he knows he has to be better. "You always want more and if you look at the last game we weren't there, we didn't generate enough, we were on our heels a lot and we've gotta find a way to put some pucks to the net," he said. Crosby has six shots on goal and 17 shot attempts in three games. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen probable for Thursday
    Kari Lehtonen will probably get the call in Game 4 on Thursday night.

    Advice: He was the first goalie off the ice at practice on Wednesday, while Antti Niemi and Jack Campbell worked late on the ice with goalie coach Jeff Reese. Lehtonen was pulled in Game 2 against St. Louis and Niemi was yanked in Game 3. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Trevor Daley set to play on top PP unit
    Trevor Daley is slated to occupy Kris Letang's spot on the top power-play unit Wednesday night.

    Advice: Letang won't play in Game 4 because of a one-game suspension, so Daley gets a chance to skate with Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist on the first combination. Daley has collected four assists in eight postseason games for the Penguins. Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Mike Ribeiro sat as a coach's decision
    Mike Ribeiro was scratched in Game 3 against San Jose as a coach's decision.

    Advice: Coach Peter Laviolette said it was just "a lineup decision I made" and he wouldn't speak more about the matter. Ribeiro has one assist and a minus-3 rating in nine postseason matches. He has also won just 35 percent of his faceoffs. The Predators won Tuesday 4-1, so Ribeiro could be back in the press box for Game 4 on Thursday night. Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Colton Sceviour scores in Stars Game 3 loss
    Colton Sceviour scored the only goal for the Stars in a 6-1 blowout loss to St. Louis in Game 3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Stars opened the scoring on a goal by Sceviour but then gave up six straight unanswered to the Blues. Jason Spezza and Johnny Oduya picked up assists on the lone Stars' goal. It was the second straight game with a point for Sceviour. Tuesday, 11:51 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen works in Game 3 Stars loss
    Kari Lehtonen gets a full workload of shots in the Stars 6-1 blowout loss to St. Louis on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lehtonen, who started Games 1 and 2, made 23 saves on 26 shots in mop up duty. After all that talk about who would start Game 3 for the Stars, Lindy Ruff would ironically need both goalies. Lehtonen has the superior record and numbers by far of the Stars' goalies. It's likely time to end the goalie rotating if you are Ruff. Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Martin Jones allows four goals in Game 3 loss
    Martin Jones was human in a Game 3 loss, allowing four goals on 25 shots in the Sharks first road defeat of the postseason.

    Advice: The Predators scored twice on the power play to get to the San Jose netminder. We had to know a road loss was going to come at some point for the Sharks. Jones has been terrific in the playoffs and has a 6-2 record to go with his 2.36 GAA and .914 save percentage despite this poor outing. Tuesday, 10:40 pm
  • Shea Weber leads Preds to Game 3 win
    Shea Weber scored a goal and added an assist in Nashville's Game 3 win over San Jose on Tuesday.

    Advice: Weber was dominant at both ends of the ice and logged 24:02 of ice time. Everyone was calling for him to step up after going pointless and having a minus-2 through the first two games of the series. He has seven points in 10 playoffs games now and was credited with the game winner. Filip Forsberg, James Neal, Colin Wilson scored the other goals and the Predators converted twice on the power play. Tuesday, 9:59 pm
  • Preds make Riberio healthy scratch in Game 3
    Coach Peter Laviolette has made Mike Ribeiro a healthy scratch for Tuesday's Game 3 against San Jose.

    Advice: Surprising turn of events, to say the least. Ribeiro has just one point and little else through the first nine games of the postseason, but the veteran ranked second on the team in assists (43) and fifth in points (50) during the regular season. Tuesday, 5:59 pm
  • Bortuzzo leads scratches Game 3 vs Dallas
    Robert Bortuzzo will lead the slew of scratches for the Blues against the Stars on Tuesday night in Game 3.

    Advice: Joining him will be Dmitrij Jaskin, Magnus Paajarvi, Steve Ott, Petteri Lindbohm, Chris Butler, Peter Harrold, Ty Rattie, and Anders Nilsson. Of the bunch, only Rattie and Ott give the impression they could impact the stat sheet. But not from the stands. Tuesday, 5:56 pm
  • No Mike Ribeiro Game 3 vs San Jose on Tuesday
    Mike Ribeiro is not on the ice for warm-ups for Tuesday's Game 3 against San Jose, indicating that he will not play.

    Advice: Ribeiro has just one point and little else to his credit through the first nine games of the postseason, but that doesn't mean Nashville will be better off without their 50-point man. Tuesday, 5:41 pm
  • Martin Jones in net Game 3 vs Nashville
    Martin Jones will be in net for San Jose in Game 3 on Tuesday night against Nashville.

    Advice: Just 15 pucks have gotten past Jones through the first seven games of San Jose's postseason, four of which belong to Nashville. Albeit two of them came in garbage time. He boasts a .923 save percentage thus far, and with no signs of slowing down. Tuesday, 3:19 pm
  • Valeri Nichushkin will be scratched Tuesday
    Valeri Nichushkin is expected to be a healthy scratch on Tuesday in Game 3 against St. Louis.

    Advice: Curtis McKenzie will make his NHL playoff debut and Nichushkin will be back in the press box. He has been scratched for two postseason contests already, including Game 1 versus the Blues, and this will be the third game he has watched from the press box. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Ruff hints that Kari Lehtonen will start Gm 3
    Coach Lindy Ruff indicated that Kari Lehtonen would start in Game 3 versus St. Louis on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "We've been going with Lehtonen so we're going to stay with him," said Ruff. The Stars bench boss later added: "I'm not telling you who's starting, so don't ask." Signs pointed to Antti Niemi getting the call after he was the first goaltender off the ice at the morning skate. Now, it isn't nearly as clear. We will have to see who leads the Stars out for the pregame warm-ups. Tuesday, 11:13 am
  • Ryan Strome will be scratched Tuesday
    Ryan Strome will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: "I honestly don't really have much to say," Strome said. "I try to be a good a team guy and I don't want to draw any negative attention to myself. It's a big opportunity for us here tonight and I'm sure the guys that are playing will do the job." Strome was scratched for Games 5 and 6 in the opening round against Florida after he had a goal and assist in the first four contests. He had two assists in Game 1 versus Tampa Bay in Round 2. Tuesday, 9:39 am
  • Ryan Pulock won't play in Game 3 Tuesday
    Ryan Pulock (upper body) is not ready to return on Tuesday night.

    Advice: He will sit for a third straight game because of an upper-body injury. Perhaps he will be able to play in Game 4 on Friday. Tuesday, 8:18 am
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  • Matt Carle skates before practice
    Matt Carle (undisclosed) skated before practice on Monday.

    Advice: He appears to be closer to returning than Anton Stralman (fractured leg) and J.T. Brown (upper body), but he may not be ready to go on Tuesday in Game 3 versus the Islanders. Carle didn't play on Saturday in Game 2 due to an undisclosed ailment. Tuesday, 7:43 am
  • Justin Williams ends goal scoring slump
    Justin Williams netted a goal in Washington's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.

    Advice: Williams snapped out of his goal scoring slump that dated back to March 28. While he has a reputation for stepping up in the playoffs, Williams has just three points in nine postseason games this year. Tuesday, 6:47 am
  • Ryan Pulock may return on Tuesday night
    Ryan Pulock (upper body) took part fully in Monday's practice.

    Advice: If he is ready to return on Tuesday for Game 3 against Tampa Bay then he could bump Marek Zidlicky from the lineup. Pulock has sat out New York's past two postseason matches with an upper-body injury. Monday, 3:44 pm
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  • Capitals embarrassed by sluggish start in G2
    Justin Williams had a blunt way of describing the Capitals' showing in the first 40 minutes of Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Washington was outshot by Pittsburgh 28-8 by the second intermission. "We talked between the second and third, knowing we were getting embarrassed out there," Williams said. Washington did bounce back in the third frame, but it wasn't enough to stop the Penguins' 2-1 victory. Pittsburgh are an incredibly tough team to make up ground against. Pittsburgh was 39-0-0 when leading through two periods in the 2015-16 campaign and 4-0-0 in the playoffs. Monday, 1:53 am
  • Ryan Pulock (UBI) should practice Monday
    Ryan Pulock (upper body) is expected to practice on Monday.

    Advice: The goal is for Pulock to return for Game 3 on Tuesday, so naturally Monday's practice should be a key step in that process. He has a goal and three points in four playoff contests. Monday, 1:30 am
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  • Martin Jones makes 37 saves in GM 2 win
    Martin Jones stopped 37 of 39 shots in Sunday's 3-2 Game 2 win over Nashville.

    Advice: The Sharks now have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Jones turned in a fantastic effort tonight. Nashville's second goal was scored with just four seconds left and the Sharks leading 3-1. The 26-year-old netminder was named the game's first star for his effort. Jones has a 6-1 record with a 2.13 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this postseason. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Tuesday night. Sunday, 8:31 pm
  • Jamie Benn scores goal, assist in OTL in GM 2
    Jamie Benn scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 OT loss to St. Louis in Game 2.

    Advice: Benn picked up the primary assist on Alex Goligoski's first period goal. The Stars captain added the game-tying goal with under three minutes remaining in regulation. Unfortunately for the Stars, they weren't able to get the job done in OT, as David Backes scored for the Blues. Benn has five goals and 12 points in eight playoff games in 2016. The series will head to St. Louis with each team having won one game. Game 3 goes Tuesday night. Sunday, 4:16 pm
  • Martin Jones between the pipes for Game 2
    Martin Jones will be between the pipes for the Sharks in Game 2 against the Predators.

    Advice: Jones made 29 saves on 31 shots in the Sharks’ Game 1 win. He has given up more than two goals once in his past five contests. In the playoffs, he sports a 2.15 GAA and .917 SV%. Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen pulled in Game 2 vs. STL
    Kari Lehtonen was pulled in Game 2 after allowing three goals on just five shots.

    Advice: Lehtonen lasted just 20 minutes in Game 2. The Stars' goaltending situation was questioned coming into this series and this performance from Lehtonen certainly won't help. Antti Niemi entered the game in relief of the Stars starter. Sunday, 2:10 pm
  • Valeri Nichushkin skating on second line
    Valeri Nichushkin will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blues.

    Advice: Nichushkin had been a healthy scratch in the last game of the series against Minnesota and in the first game against St. Louis. The 21-year-old is playing again because Patrick Eaves (foot) is hurt. Nichushkin is expected to skate on the Stars' second line with Jason Spezza and Mattias Janmark. He has no points in five games this postseason. Sunday, 11:57 am
  • Kari Lehtonen expected to start Game 2
    Look for Kari Lehtonen to be between the pipes against St. Louis in Game 2.

    Advice: Lehtonen was solid in Dallas' Game 1 win over the Blues on Friday night and he'll surely get the nod again. The 32-year-old has a 4-1 record with a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. Puck-drop is at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. Sunday, 7:19 am
  • Ryan Pulock hopes to play in Game 3
    Ryan Pulock (upper body) is hoping to return to action for Game 3 Tuesday.

    Advice: Pulock has been out since Game 4 of the first round and the Islanders really miss his presence, especially on the power play because of his dynamite shot from the point. Stay tuned. Sunday, 7:11 am
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  • Sidney Crosby weak on the draw
    Sidney Crosby won only one of 14 faceoffs against Nicklas Backstrom Saturday.

    Advice: Crosby had his way in Game 1 as he won 19 of 28 on the night, but it was the opposite in Game 2 for The Kid. Crosby was held scoreless but the Pens won 2-1 in Washington. Crosby will need to be better if the Penguins hope to advance to the Conference Final. Sunday, 5:36 am
  • Valeri Nichushkin to play Game 2 vs St. Louis
    Valeri Nichushkin will indeed play in Game 2 against St. Louis, now that Patrick Eaves is sidelined with a foot injury.

    Advice: While Eaves is considered day-to-day, he was seen on crutches on Saturday. Nichushkin has no points through five games this postseason, and just two in 11 career playoff games. Saturday, 10:58 am
  • Lehtnonen to start in Game 2 Sunday
    Kari Lehtonen has earned another start in the playoffs.

    Advice: He will likely tend goal Sunday afternoon in Game 2 against the Blues after a tremendous 31-save performance in Friday's 2-1 Game 1 win over the Blues. Stars' coach Lindy Ruff seems to play the hot hand and right now that is Lehtonen. Saturday, 8:38 am
  • 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. Friday, 10:47 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen makes 31 saves in GM 1 win
    Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 32 shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 1.

    Advice: Lehtonen's won each of his two starts since returning as the Stars' starting goalie. The 32-year-old has a 4-1 record with a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. The Stars now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be held in Dallas on Sunday afternoon. Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Nichushkin leads scratches vs STL in Game 1
    Valeri Nichushkin will lead the Stars' scratches on Friday night in Game 1.

    Advice: Nichushkin, who is sitting out his second straight game, will be joined by Jordie Benn, Patrik Nemeth, and Jamie Oleksiak. Friday, 4:03 pm
  • Bortuzzo leads scratches Game 1 vs Dallas
    Robert Bortuzzo will lead the slew of scratches for the Blues against the Stars on Friday night in Game 1.

    Advice: Joining him will be Chris Butler, Peter Harrold, Dmitrij Jaskin, Anders Nilsson, Magnus Paajarvi, Ty Rattie, Ryan Reaves. Friday, 3:57 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. Friday, 3:34 pm
  • Matt Carle (undisclosed) is day-to-day
    Matt Carle is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Carle wasn't on the ice with the Lightning Friday morning. He might still play in Game 2 on Saturday, but he will likely be a game-time decision. Friday, 12:10 pm
  • NHL fines Tom Wilson $2,403.67 for kneeing
    Tom Wilson was fined $2,403.67 for kneeing Conor Sheary during Thursday's contest.

    Advice: Wilson engaged in a late, knee-on-knee hit that sent Sheary to the ice, but fortunately the Penguins forward was able to stay in the game. The amount the NHL fined Wilson is the maximum allowable per the CBA. Friday, 11:34 am
  • Kari Lehtonen is likely to start on Friday
    Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice following the Stars' morning skate.

    Advice: It looks like Lehtonen will be the Stars' goaltender for Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues Friday night. Typically who will start in a playoff game is fairly obvious, but Dallas is a little different as the squad is open to splitting the goaltending duties to an extent, even in the playoffs. Friday, 9:22 am
  • Ryan Pulock (UBI) might play in Game 3
    When Ryan Pulock (upper body) is healthy, there's a good chance that he'll draw back into the lineup.

    Advice: That would likely be at the expense of Marek Zidlicky, who has participated in the Isladners' last three playoff games. Pulock has been ruled out for Game 2, but he might be back for Game 3. Friday, 7:41 am
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  • Kari Lehtonen projects to start Game 1 v. STL
    It hasn't been confirmed yet, but Kari Lehtonen will probably get the start against St. Louis when the Stars begin Round 2 of the playoffs on Friday night.

    Advice: He has a 13-6-3 record in his career against the Blues along with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Lehtonen also won three games in the first round of the playoffs versus Minnesota. Friday, 6:06 am
  • Corey Perry will play for Canada at Worlds
    Corey Perry will suit up for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

    Advice: The Worlds start in May and they will be held in Russia. Perry is available to go because the Ducks were knocked out of the playoffs after their opening round loss to the Predators. The 30-year-old finished the season with 34 goals and 62 points in 82 games in 2015-16. Thursday, 7:03 pm
  • Taylor Chorney won't play in Game 1 vs. PIT
    Taylor Chorney will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Advice: Chorney was part of Washington's top-six defensemen at the morning skate, but Brooks Orpik (upper body) is ready to make a return to the lineup. Mike Weber, Stanislav Galiev and Michael Latta will also watch the game from the press box. Thursday, 4:53 pm
  • Taylor Chorney might play if Orpik can't
    Taylor Chorney might draw into Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: It will depend on Brooks Orpik's ability to return from an upper-body injury in time for the series opener. If Orpik is available for Thursday's contest against Pittsburgh, then Chorney will be a healthy scratch. Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Ryan Pulock (UBI) is doubtful Saturday
    Ryan Pulock (upper body) isn't expected to return for Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Pulock last played on April 20. He had a goal and three points in four playoff contests before being sidelined. Thursday, 12:45 pm
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  • Strome draws back into lineup, gets 2 points
    Ryan Strome recorded two assists in the Islanders' 5-3 win against Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Strome drew back into the lineup after being scratched for New York's final two first round games. He now has a goal and four points in five playoff games this year. Thursday, 8:13 am
  • Ryan Pulock (UBI) is traveling with Islanders
    Ryan Pulock (upper body) traveled with the Islanders to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Pulock probably won't play in Game 1 on Wednesday, but maybe he'll be ready in time for Saturday's contest. He has a goal and three points in four postseason games. Wednesday, 12:59 pm
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  • Jamie Benn has scored in every game so far
    Jamie Benn has scored in every Stars' playoff game so far.

    Advice: Six games and a league-leading 10 points with four goals, and a pair of three-point efforts so far. All told in his career, Benn has posted eight goals and 15 points in 12 playoff games. It's worth noting that second round opponent Brian Elliott kept Jonathan Toews, Artemi Panarin, and Patrick Kane to just three goals in seven games. Tuesday, 6:10 pm
  • Shea Weber scores, Predators force Game 7
    Shea Weber sealed Nashville's 3-1 win against Anaheim on Monday night with an empty-net goal.

    Advice: The marker was his second of the postseason. Weber is tied with Colin Wilson for the team lead in scoring in the playoffs at four points. The Predators and Ducks will play in Game 7 on Wednesday night. Tuesday, 7:55 am
  • Corey Perry has 4 assists in 6 playoff games
    Corey Perry had an assist in Anaheim's 3-1 loss to Nashville Monday night.

    Advice: Perry also had a minus-three rating though. So far in the first round series Perry has recorded no goals, four assists, and a minus-six rating in six games. Tuesday, 1:33 am
  • James Neal gets 2 points; Preds extend series
    Forward James Neal, who hadn't produced a point in four games, notched a goal and an assist to help the Nashville Predators defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 Monday night and extend their first-round playoff series to the maximum seven games.

    Advice: Neal gave the Preds a 2-0 lead at 17:45 of the second period. He also assisted on Shea Weber's goal into Anaheim's empty net at 19:50 of the third period, tying the series at 3-3. The Preds took a 1-0 lead at 8:10 of the second period on a goal by Mattias Ekholm. Neal, Weber and Ekholm all now have two goals in this series, which will be decided in Game 7 Wednesday night. It will be the first Game 7 in the Preds' history. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Islanders put Ryan Pulock on injured reserve
    The New York Islanders have placed Ryan Pulock on injured reserve retroactive to April 20th.

    Advice: Pulock suffered the injury in New York's first round series against the Florida Panthers. He isn't expected to play in Games 1 and 2 of their second round series against the Lightning, but he could be back for Game 3. Apr 25, 5:03 pm
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  • History isn't on Nashville's side in Game 6s
    The Nashville Predators haven't had a ton of success when facing elimination in Game 6.

    Advice: The Preds have found themselves down 3-2 in a series on five different occasions and each time, they went on to lose Game 6. "If you’re down 3-2, everyone can do something better," said Mike Riberio. "Just stay focused, create more offense, but 5-on-5, be better defensively and wait for your chance and wait for special teams." Apr 25, 3:38 pm
  • Coach Ruff hasn't given up on Nichushkin
    Coach Lindy Ruff still has faith in Valeri Nichushkin even though he chose not to play him in Game 6 on Sunday.

    Advice: "Val is working extremely hard. He hasn't had a lot of things go good for him, he hasn't had a lot of breaks," said Ruff. "He hasn't had an alley oop, he hasn't had a redirection, he hasn't had a puck go off of him. But every shift I put him on the ice, that kid works as hard as he can. This a big change for him, too. It's no different than Janmark. I've got a few guys who may be in and out. For Val, it's not about work. Things haven't come his way, but I really believe they will." He didn't have a point in five playoff games before coming out of the lineup. Apr 25, 2:56 pm
  • Robert Bortuzzo will be scratched Monday
    Robert Bortuzzo will be a healthy scratch Monday night in Game 7.

    Advice: He played in Games 4, 5 and 6, but will take a seat to allow Joel Edmundson to return to the lineup. Apr 25, 11:40 am
  • Crosby vs. Ovechkin sequel is coming
    Sidney Crosby is getting ready for just his second career series against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: The last time those two stars met in the playoffs was 2009 and that series certainly didn't disappoint. Crosby and Ovechkin each scored eight goals and the series went to seven games. Among the highlights was Game 2 when Crosby and Ovechkin both recorded a hat trick. We'll have to see if the sequel lives up to the original. Apr 25, 4:06 am
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