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  • Justin Schultz Dresses for Game 4
    Justin Schultz will dress in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Schultz played a shade over five minutes in the Penguins first postseason game, but has sat ever since. With the suspension to Letang, he slides back into the lineup. Oskar Sundqvist will also dress in place of Eric Fehr. Steven Oleksy and Tom Sestito, recently recalled from the AHL will not dress. Today, 5:06 pm
  • Braden Holtby Starts Versus Penguins Game 4
    Braden Holtby will man the crease in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Advice: Holtby has kicked aside 95 shots in the second round series, some ringing iron before crossing the line. He's recorded 1.44 goals against average in the postseason with an accompanying .949 save percentage. The Capitals are down 2-1 in the series and will need a big rebound game from the crease on out. Today, 3:46 pm
  • Scottie Upshall concerned about Fort McMurray
    Scottie Upshall is trying to stay focused on the playoffs, but you will have to excuse him if he's feeling a bit distracted.

    Advice: The Fort McMurray, Alberta native is concerned by the situation back home, which is which is being devastated by wildfires. About 80,000 people have been evacuated and Upshall has family living there. "I'm just worried about the safety of friends and family, more so at the time, my nieces who were still in Fort McMurray while my brother and his fiancé are here watching us play," he said. "It was a difficult time for a lot of people yesterday. I know there's a lot of help that they've been getting and a lot of people sacrificing time and energy to help the city of Fort McMurray, so it's sad." Today, 2:35 pm
  • Tyler Seguin won't play on Thursday in Game 4
    Tyler Seguin (lower body) won't be back in the lineup for Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: He is skating back in Texas, but it doesn't seem likely that he will rejoin the team on the road. Seguin has played in just one game during the 2016 playoffs. Today, 1:16 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. Today, 10:50 am
  • Justin Schultz 'pretty sure' he's playing
    Justin Schultz was paired with Ian Cole during the morning skate and appears to be in the lineup for Game 4 versus Washington.

    Advice: He said he was "pretty sure" that he's playing. Schultz has appeared in just one playoff contest with Pittsburgh and that came back in Game 1 versus the Rangers when he logged just 5:52 of ice time. The Penguins will give him another chance after losing Olli Maatta to injury and Kris Letang to a suspension. Today, 10:44 am
  • Olli Maatta probably won't play Wednesday
    Olli Maatta (upper body) is being called a game-time decision, but he probably won't play Wednesday in Game 4 against Washington.

    Advice: He hasn't skated with the team since being hurt in Game 2 last Saturday. Today, 10:39 am
  • Marcus Johansson will play in Game 4
    Marcus Johansson (upper body) will be available to play in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He didn't skate on Tuesday because of an upper-body injury, but he is OK to play versus Pittsburgh. Johansson stayed in Game 3 after passing his concussion tests. Today, 9:33 am
  • Alex Steen scores twice in Game 3 vs. Dallas
    Alexander Steen tallied two goals in Game 3 against Dallas.

    Advice: The Blues cruised to a 6-1 victory after allowing the opening goal of the contest. Steen has three goals and six points in 10 playoff games. Today, 7:27 am
  • Killorn collects 2 helpers vs. NYI in Game 3
    Alex Killorn earned a pair of assists in Game 3 to help the Lightning post a 5-4 overtime win over the New York Islanders.

    Advice: He had helpers on goals by Ryan Callahan (power play) and Vladislav Namestnikov in the contest. Killorn has generated three goals and eight points in eight games during the 2016 playoffs. Today, 7:18 am
  • Victor Hedman records 3-point night in Gm 3
    Victor Hedman registered his second goal of the postseason in Game 3 against the Islanders on Tuesday night.

    Advice: He also added two assists in the match to give him six points over a three-game scoring spree. Hedman had six shots and a plus-2 rating in 30:15 of ice time in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win. Today, 7:13 am
  • Tomas Hertl gets an assist vs. Nashville
    Tomas Hertl registered an assist in a 4-1 loss to Nashville Tuesday night.

    Advice: Hertl has two goals and four points in eight playoff games. During the regular season he had 21 goals and 46 points in 81 contests. Today, 6:50 am
  • Justin Schultz is likely to play Wednesday
    Justin Schultz will probably get out of the press box for Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Schultz didn't draw into the lineup after Olli Maatta (upper body) was deemed as unavailable for Game 3, but now the Penguins are also missing Kris Letang (suspension). Schultz last played on April 13. Today, 6:48 am
  • Leddy nets his first goal of 2016 playoffs
    Nick Leddy found the back of the net in a 5-4 overtime loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

    Advice: That was Leddy's first goal of the 2016 playoffs. In his career, Leddy has now appeared in 70 postseason games and he recorded three goals and 19 points in them. Today, 6:21 am
  • Travis Hamonic logs nearly 25 minutes Tuesday
    Travis Hamonic registered an assist in the Islanders' 5-4 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hamonic also logged a team-high 24:55 minutes of ice time as the Islanders continue to lean heavily on the defenseman. He has a goal and three points in nine playoff contests. Today, 6:20 am
  • Casey Cizikas gets two assists vs. TBL
    Casey Cizikas registered two assists in a 5-4 overtime loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

    Advice: Cizikas has three points in his last three games, but he was held off the scoresheet in the Islanders' first six playoff contests. Over his career, he has scored three goals and eight points in 22 postseason games. Today, 6:16 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. Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • Tyler Seguin skates again on Tuesday
    Tyler Seguin (lower body) got more done on the ice Tuesday than he did Monday, but the Stars are taking a wait-and-see approach with him.

    Advice: Coach Lindy Ruff said that Seguin's Achilles is not an issue anymore, but he is rehabbing a different injury. When he was removed from the Stars' active lineup it was reported as an injury related to his previously cut Achilles. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Marcus Johansson (UBI) won't skate on Tuesday
    Marcus Johansson won't skate on Tuesday because of an upper-body injury.

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

    Advice: He had to be helped off the ice and underwent concussion protocol after a late and high hit from Penguins blueliner Kris Letang in Game 3. However, he was able to return after the first period and play the rest of the match. Yesterday, 7:59 am
  • It'll be painful for Isles to trade Hamonic
    It's going to be painful for the Islanders to trade Travis Hamonic this summer, especially with the playoff run he's having.

    Advice: While Hamonic hasn't been a major offensive contributor with two points in eight games, he has been a vital part of the team as illustrated by the 27:03 minutes he's been logging per game. "His all-around game, his size, his mobility, his ability to play in all situations; it’s very impressive. You can’t just find those guys," John Tavares said. Unfortunately Hamonic requested a trade early in the 2015-16 campaign because he wants to be closer to his home in Manitoba, so this will likely be the Islanders' last playoff run with him on their roster. Yesterday, 6:06 am
  • Caps G Braden Holtby takes loss in Pittsburgh
    Washington goalie Braden Holtby wasn't his usual stellar self Monday night, stopping only 20 shots in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: The Caps are now down 2-1 in the best-of-seven, second-round series. They hope to tie it Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. But they'll need a bit more from their usually brilliant goalie, who has saved 95 of the 103 shots that the Pens have fired at him in the series. Holtby's postseason statistics remain impressive. He has a goals-against average of 1.44 and a save percentage of .949. Yet his playoff record this year isn't all that wonderful, at 5-4. Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Justin Schultz scratched in Game 3 vs. WSH
    Justin Schultz will be a healthy scratch in Game 3 against Washington.

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

    Advice: Holtby has turned aside 75 of 80 shots in the series so far. The 26-year-old has a 5-3 record with a 1.24 goals-against-average and .957 save percentage this postseason. His 1.24 GAA is the lowest among goaltenders who have played at least four playoff games in 2016. Monday, 3:28 pm
  • Justin Schultz looks like a scratch for Mon.
    Justin Schultz looks like a healthy scratch for Game 3 on Monday night.

    Advice: He was the last defenseman off the ice at the end of morning skate, so it appears as though Derrick Pouliot will fill in for Brooks Orpik versus Pittsburgh. Monday, 1:20 pm
  • Tyler Seguin not expected to travel with team
    Tyler Seguin (Achilles) skated on Monday morning.

    Advice: Coach Lindy Ruff said that Seguin is not expected to travel with the team when they leave for St. Louis, but the door is open for him to join them depending on how he feels. The Stars play in St. Louis for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday night, respectively. Monday, 10:29 am
  • Olli Maatta (UBI) won't play in Game 3
    Olli Maatta (upper body) won't play in Game 3 on Monday night against Washington.

    Advice: Coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed that Maatta will sit after he sustained an upper-body injury on Saturday from a high hit from Brooks Orpik. It would've been surprising if he was able to play. Consider him day-to-day for now. Monday, 8:42 am
  • Penguins might turn to Justin Schultz Monday
    Justin Schultz might draw into the lineup if Olli Maatta (upper body) isn't available for Game 3 on Monday.

    Advice: It sounds like there's a better than even chance that Maatta won't play. Schultz hasn't been used by the Penguins since April 13, but he says he's ready to jump in if needed. "We've been working hard, the guys that haven't been playing," Schultz said. "Obviously, it's different being in a game situation, but you have to get ready. It's playoff time. If I have to go, I'll be ready." Monday, 1:38 am
  • Pens coach: 'Not optimistic' Maatta plays GM3
    Penguins coach Mike Sullivan isn't optimistic about Olli Maatta's chances of playing in Game 3 on Monday night.

    Advice: Sullivan said he's "not optimistic" about Maatta's chances of playing Game 3. Maatta left Game 2 feeling a little woozy after he was hit by Brooks Orpik. The Penguins defenseman didn't return to the game and Orpik will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety because of the hit. Maatta is considered day-to-day right now. Sunday, 11:45 am
  • 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Schultz leads scratches in Game 2 vs Capitals
    Justin Schultz headlines Pittsburgh's scratches in Game 2 against Washington on Saturday.

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

    Advice: The goal Hedman scored was his first of the postseason, his assist was his third, giving him four points through seven games thus far in the playoffs. Saturday, 3:33 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. Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • Seguin won't play till 4-5 days after skating
    Tyler Seguin will not play in a playoff contest until he has been skating for four or five days.

    Advice: Right now Sequin is not skating and he has not done so since he injured himself in Game 2 of the opening round of the playoffs. We do not expect Seguin to play in the second round. Saturday, 8:36 am
  • Hertl scores his second goal of postseason
    Tomas Hertl scored his second goal of the postseason during Friday's 5-2 Game 1 win over Nashville.

    Advice: Hertl also posted five shots, with two hits and a block as well. The youngster is now up to three points in six games during the playoffs. Friday, 10:53 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. Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Justin Schultz scratched in GM 1 vs. WSH
    Justin Schultz will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Schultz played in Game 1 of the first round, but he was made a healthy scratch in the final four games of the series. Oskar Sundqvist, Beau Bennett and Derrick Pouliot will also watch the game from the press box. Thursday, 4:49 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. Thursday, 3:19 pm
  • Tyler Seguin doesn't practice Thursday
    Tyler Seguin (Achilles) didn't join the Stars for Thursday's practice.

    Advice: That's not terribly surprising, but it does further demonstrate that Seguin's return date is very much still up in the air. At the least he's expected to miss the first two games of the second round. Thursday, 11:21 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. Thursday, 8:26 am
  • Victor Hedman registers assist in loss
    Victor Hedman picked up an assist in Tampa Bay's 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: He has produced two helpers in six postseason contests this year and the Lightning need more offensive contributions from him. "He's a great defenseman in this league and when it gets to playoff time, he elevates his game," coach Jon Cooper said. "There's a lot on his shoulders. He's got to play a lot of minutes and in all situations and you know, we say Bish (goalie Ben Bishop) is Bish. Well, Heddy is Heddy. They're stallions for us." Thursday, 4:55 am
  • Tyler Seguin is rehabbing off the ice
    Tyler Seguin (Achilles) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: He isn't expected to be on the ice for the next few days as he continues to rehab from an issue related to his Achilles injury. Tuesday, 11:20 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. Apr 25, 4:16 am
  • Nick Leddy records an assist vs. Panthers
    Nick Leddy had an assist in a 2-1 double-overtime win on Sunday.

    Advice: Leddy has three helpers in six playoff games. He had five goals and 40 points in 81 regular season contests. Apr 25, 3:53 am
  • 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. Apr 24, 12:22 pm
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