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  • Blues don't have a problem with Tarasenko
    Blues GM Doug Armstrong doesn't have a problem with Vladimir Tarasenko.

    Advice: Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet told Sportsnet 960 in Calgary last week that there was speculation that some in the organization were not happy with Tarasenko. "I just heard about that recently. I've never felt that," Armstrong said. "He's a competitive player. He wants to win. When we signed him for eight years, he and I had a conversation about why he was signing here. ... Is he happy with the coach every day? I would doubt it. Is the coach happy with him every day? I would doubt it. But I'm not sure if in any sport everybody gets along every day. There's the respect level that at the end of the day, when the dust settles, it has to be there. I met with [Tarasenko] and I know that respect level is here." Today, 3:11 pm
  • Melker Karlsson may drop to 4th line
    Melker Karlsson may end up getting bumped to the fourth line in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: Matt Nieto could be back in the lineup Wednesday on the third line with Chris Tierney and Joel Ward. That combination had been playing well before Nieto was injured. Karlsson has three goals and one assist in 19 playoff games. Today, 2:19 pm
  • Justin Dowling signs 1-year deal with Dallas
    Justin Dowling has signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: He picked up 11 goals and 46 points in 52 games with AHL Texas in 2015-16. Dowling was signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent on March 26, 2014. Today, 1:50 pm
  • J. Schwartz to use summer to get back to 100%
    Jaden Schwartz will use the summer to fully recover from the ankle injury that kept him out for most of the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: He said he would probably need plenty of strength and core conditioning to get back to 100 percent. About two months ago, he told's Lou Korac that he was at about "70-75 percent." He had been playing with five pins in his ankle. Today, 1:41 pm
  • Eric Fehr or Cullen could take Rust's spot
    Eric Fehr could be a possibility to play with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz on Wednesday night versus San Jose if Bryan Rust remains out with an upper-body injury.

    Advice: Fehr played with Malkin and Kunitz at times in Round 2 versus the Washington Capitals. Matt Cullen played in that spot on Monday night after Rust was injured, so he might be the more likely choice. Today, 1:26 pm
  • Vladimir Tarasenko wanted to do more in WCF
    Vladimir Tarasenko felt he should've done more during the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: "They played really tight and they backchecked so hard," Tarasenko said of the San Jose Sharks. "It's just experience. It was frustrating for me. I wish I could do better. I'm supposed to do better." He was held scoreless until the final nine minutes of the last game of the series when he scored two goals. Today, 1:11 pm
  • Wings sign Dylan Sadowy to ELC
    Dylan Sadowy has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: He was acquired from San Jose last Friday for a 2017 third-round draft pick. Sadowy had 45 goals and 70 points in 64 games with Saginaw and Barrie in the OHL in 2015-16. Today, 12:29 pm
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  • Stars won't sign Alex Peters , 2 others
    Alex Peters' rights will not be retained by Dallas, so he will re-enter the draft in 2016.

    Advice: He had one goal and 12 points in 55 games with the Flint Firebirds of the OHL this past campaign. Peters was originally chosen in the third round (75th overall) by Dallas in the 2014 NHL Draft. Patrick Sanvido (seventh rounder) and goaltender Brent Moran (fourth rounder) will also go back into the draft. Today, 11:30 am
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  • Nick Bonino adds to playoff GWGs
    Nick Bonino has 12 career playoff goals and five of them have been game winners.

    Advice: Three of those five winners have come in overtime. Bonino has four goals, including two winning tallies, and 16 points in 19 games this playoffs. Today, 9:45 am
  • Julien Pelletier set to re-enter NHL Draft
    Julien Pelletier is not expected to be signed by Columbus.

    Advice: The Blue Jackets have until Wednesday's deadline to agree to terms with him or else he will go back into the draft. He notched 27 goals and 18 assists in 60 games with Sherbrooke of the QMJHL this past season. Pelletier was a fourth-round pick of Columbus in the 2014 NHL Draft. Today, 8:59 am
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  • Blues want to sign Schwartz to long-term deal
    A new long-term contract for Jaden Schwartz is a top priority for the Blues this off-season, according to GM Doug Armstron.

    Advice: The 23-year-old forward is a restricted free agent after completing a two-year deal worth $4.7 million. Schwartz had 28 goals and 63 points in 75 games in 2014-15 and 22 points in 33 appearances during an injury-shortened year in 2015-16. Today, 8:32 am
  • Kris Letang picks up assist on GWG vs. Sharks
    Kris Letang set up Nick Bonino for the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: "Tanger put it right on my stick," said Bonino after the match. "It wasn't my hardest shot by any means, but I found a way to put it over [Jones]." Pittsburgh gave up a two-goal lead in the match, but took a 1-0 series lead when Bonino scored late in the third period. Letang logged a game-high 27:48 of ice time in the contest, while registering four shots and a plus-2 rating. Today, 6:31 am
  • Chris Kunitz extends point streak to 6 games
    Chris Kunitz extended his point streak to six games on Monday night.

    Advice: He collected an assist on a goal by Bryan Rust in the first period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Kunitz has scored seven of his 11 points this postseason during his current hot streak. Today, 6:26 am
  • Sidney Crosby had a 'hunger to win' Monday
    Sidney Crosby recorded an assist in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over San Jose in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: He set up a goal by Conor Sheary on a great backhand pass to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead in the first period. Crosby finished with four shots on goal and 20:40 of ice time, which led all forwards. Coach Mike Sullivan though Crosby "was a force all night." Today, 6:23 am
  • Conor Sheary scores in SCF opener
    Conor Sheary scored his third goal of the playoffs in Monday's 3-2 win over San Jose in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: It was his first goal since Game 5 of Round 1 versus the New York Rangers. Sheary gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead 1:02 after Bryan Rust opened the scoring. The rookie forward has eight points in 18 playoff games. Today, 6:17 am
  • Logan Couture posts helper in Game 1 of SCF
    Logan Couture contributed an assist in Game 1 against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: His 17th helper of the postseason came on a game-tying score by Patrick Marleau. The Penguins scored in the third period to take the Stanley Cup Final opener by a 3-2 tally. Couture leads the playoffs in scoring with 25 points in 19 outings. Today, 6:05 am
  • Brent Burns earns two assists in Game 1
    Brent Burns registered a pair of assists in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: His two-point effort helped the Sharks bounce back from a two-goal deficit, but the Penguins got the only marker in the third period to post a 3-2 victory on Monday night. Burns has 16 assists and 22 points in 19 playoff matches. Today, 5:40 am
  • Nick Bonino nets winner as Pens take Game 1
    Nick Bonino scored the game-winning goal in Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: There was some initial speculation about whether or not Bonino would even be available for Game 1 after he seemed to be hurt when he blocked a shot in Game 7. That led to him missing a couple practices, but it ultimately didn't slow him down. He now has four goals and 16 points in 19 playoff contests. Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary netted the Penguins' other two goals. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Carl Hagelin, Justin Schultz, and Olli Maatta each registered an assist. Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Nick Bonino is good to play on Monday
    The Penguins have confirmed that Nick Bonino will play in Game 1.

    Advice: Bonino will play alongside Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel on the third line. Those three have had a lot of success in the playoffs and Bonino specifically is going into the Stanley Cup Final with three goals and 15 points in 18 contests. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Nick Bonino participates in pregame warmups
    Nick Bonino is taking part in the Penguins' pregame warmups.

    Advice: Just in case you needed further confirmation about his availability after he said Monday morning that he felt good. There was a time where his status was in doubt because he blocked a shot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final and then missed a couple practiced. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Nick Bonino feels fine to play in G1 of SCF
    Nick Bonino confirmed that he will be in the lineup for Monday's Stanley Cup Final opener.

    Advice: "Yeah, I feel good," he said. Bonino did not practice for the last two days, but he was on the ice for the morning skate. He appeared to be hurt after blocking a shot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay, but appears to be fine to play. Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • Kris Letang confirms he will play on Monday
    Kris Letang will play on Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: He had a scheduled media appearance on Monday, which raised some eyebrows about his availability for the contest, but he said he was fine to play. Letang practiced on Saturday prior to sitting on Sunday for maintenance. Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • Kris Letang doesn't practice on Sunday
    Kris Letang didn't take part in Penguins practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Letang didn't meet the media and coach Mike Sullivan didn't provide an update on his status. All signs point to Letang being available for Game 1, but we won't know for sure until tomorrow. The 29-year-old has two goals and 10 points in 17 postseason games in 2016. The Pens can't afford to be without Letang under normal circumstances, but the fact that Trevor Daley (ankle) isn't available makes him even more important. Sunday, 12:05 pm
  • Nick Bonino will play in Game 1 of SCF
    Nick Bonino will be able to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: Bonino was shaken up after blocking a shot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Head coach Mike Sullivan said Bonino will "be fine" for the opening game in Pittsburgh on Monday night. Bonino has three goals and 15 points in 18 games this season. Sunday, 9:50 am
  • Brent Burns has 20 points heading into Cup
    Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 20 playoff points.

    Advice: Burns trails teammate Logan Couture by four points for the overall NHL lead heading into the Stanley Cup Final. The bearded legend has been a rock on the blueline for the Sharks and will definitely get serious Conn Smythe consideration should the San Jose Sharks win Lord Stanley's Cup. Sunday, 7:41 am
  • Chris Kunitz sits out Saturday
    Chris Kunitz had a maintenance day Saturday and missed practice.

    Advice: Kunitz is currently on a five game points streak with three goals and six points in that span. He has 10 points in 18 games and will likely line up on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Game 7 hero Brian Rust. Sunday, 6:40 am
  • Nick Bonino misses practice Saturday
    Nick Bonino did not participate in practice Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Sullivan said that the center sat out for maintenance reasons. Most players are banged up at this stage of the playoffs so expect to see Bonino in the Penguins lineup for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday. He has three goals and 15 points in 18 playoff games this season which is tied for eighth overall in the scoring race. Not too shabby. Sunday, 6:38 am
  • Kris Letang led all d-men in points in 2016
    Kris Letang led all NHL defensemen in points from January 1 until the end of the season.

    Advice: Letang had 48 points in 43 games while Erik Karlsson had 41 points in 44 games. Letang has been quite the offensive threat for the Penguins but has been quiet in the playoffs (for him) with only two goals and 10 points in 17 games. He should be a top-three defenseman in fantasy hockey next season. Sunday, 6:06 am
  • Kris Letang left off Team Canada
    Kris Letang will not play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Cup.

    Advice: Letang, P.K. Subban and Corey Perry were just some of the names left off the Canadian roster. Canada is deep in talent and fortunately for fans, the under-24 North American team will feature Canadians like Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon, two players who should make Canada in the years to come. Letang, in the meantime, will get ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup which takes place on Monday. Sunday, 5:00 am
  • Burns, Thornton put on Canada for World Cup
    Brent Burns is excited to be part of Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: He was added to the team's roster on Friday along with Sharks teammate Joe Thornton. Burns is focused on the Stanley Cup Final right now, but said it's going to be "special" to take part in the tournament. Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • Chris Kunitz on five game scoring streak
    Chris Kunitz is on a five game scoring streak.

    Advice: Kunitz has three goals and six points during the streak to give him four goals and 10 points in 18 post-season games. He has been a leader with the Penguins as far as hits go as well as he had 25 hits in seven games against the Lightning. "He just kept going at them," assistant coach Rick Tocchet said. "Tampa had no answer for him. He kept getting in on the forecheck. He was hitting. I think he wore down a lot of their defense with his hits. He’s a small guy, but he hits like a truck." Kunitz is now playing with Evgeni Malkin and Game 7 hero Bryan Rust and the trio give the Penguins a very good second line. Saturday, 6:58 am
  • Red Wings acquire Dylan Sadowy from Sharks
    Detroit has acquired Dylan Sadowy from San Jose in exchange for a 2017 third-round draft pick.

    Advice: The Sharks have been unable to sign the winger, who they selected in the third round (81st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He generated 45 goals and 70 points in 64 games with Saginaw and Barrie in the OHL during the 2015-16 season. Friday, 6:55 am
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  • Chris Kunitz extends point streak to 5 games
    Chris Kunitz registered an assist in Game 7 versus Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

    Advice: He had the primary helper on the first of Bryan Rust's two goals in the contest. Kunitz has earned at least one point in each of his last five playoff games. He has notched three goals and three assists during his scoring spree. Friday, 5:34 am
  • Conor Sheary gets his 'jump' back
    Conor Sheary feels like being a healthy scratch Sunday helped him.

    Advice: "I didn't have the jump I normally do," Sheary said of his play before Game 5. "Maybe rest was good for me. I think I may have been trying to do too much. Sometimes, when you play with high-end players like that, you kind of try to find them all the time and you're not making the easiest play, the simple play. So I think I just had to do a little less than I was the games prior." Sheary picked up an assist in his return to the lineup in Game 6 and he had five shots on goal in Game 7 versus Tampa Bay. He has seven points in 17 games this playoffs. Friday, 5:28 am
  • Vladimir Tarasenko gets both SL goals in loss
    Vladimir Tarasenko ended his drought in the Western Conference Final Wednesday night, but it didn't help the St. Louis Blues extend the series.

    Advice: The Blues were subdued and eliminated in San Jose by the Sharks, who won the game 5-2 and the best-of-seven series 4-2. Tarasenko was unable to produce a point against the Sharks until Wednesday. He finished the postseason with nine goals and 15 points in 19 postseason games. But Wednesday's game was, in reality, all San Jose. The Sharks catapulted to a 4-0 lead before Tarasenko found the net at 11:39 of the third period. He scored again at 16:25 to cut the Sharks' lead to 4-2. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Crosby has a chance to match Bossy's record
    Sidney Crosby has scored the game-winner in all three of the Penguins' Eastern Conference Final victories.

    Advice: Only one other Penguins player has ever scored three game-winning goals in a single series. That was Kevin Stevens back in 1991. If Crosby scores the game-winner again in Game 7, then he'll join Mike Bossy as the only other player to have four such markers in a single series. Wednesday, 10:23 am
  • Nick Bonino gets two points on Tuesday
    Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist in the Penguins 5-2 win against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bonino has recorded at least one point in four of his last five contests. He has three goals and 15 points in 17 games in the 2016 playoffs. Wednesday, 6:51 am
  • Sidney Crosby has two pts in GM 6 win
    Sidney Crosby scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: Crosby picked up the primary assist on Phil Kessel's first period, power play goal. He then extended the Penguins' lead to 3-0 with his goal at the 19:34 mark of the second period. Crosby finished the game with four shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and two hits in 18:09 of ice time. The Pens captain six goals and 15 points in 17 postseason games in 2016. Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also found the back of the net for the Penguins. Game 7 will take place in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Conor Sheary projected to go back to 1st line
    It looks like Conor Sheary will draw back into the Penguins' lineup for Game 6.

    Advice: What's more, Sheary is projected to resume his duties on a line with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist. That's at the expense of Beau Bennett, who had taken over for Sheary in Game 5. Tuesday, 10:00 am
  • Jaden Schwartz gets his 4th goal of playoffs
    Jaden Schwartz netted a goal in St. Louis' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: This was Schwartz's first goal of the Eastern Conference Final, although he did have two assists in the series going into Monday's contest. All-in-all, he has four markers and 14 points in 19 playoff contests. Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • Tarasenko isn't on the board yet in WCF
    Vladimir Tarasenko is still looking for his first point of the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: The Blues have been blanked two times by the San Jose Sharks in the series, but Tarasenko hasn't hit the scoresheet in the games St. Louis has won either. "Sometimes you score, sometimes you don't," Tarasenko said. "You can't score every game. So, at the same time, you need to help your team. You can be a factor. That's what I try to do. I believe it's coming if you just don't think about it." He has generated seven goals and 13 points in 18 postseason games. Tarasenko will try to end his scoring drought in Game 5 on Monday night. May 23, 11:06 am
  • Kris Letang has rough night in Game 5
    Kris Letang had a minus-4 rating in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: He has not played less than 25 minutes in a game this postseason and has logged 30 or more six times. That may have finally caught up to him in this match or he could have been guilty of trying to do too much with Trevor Daley injured, but he did not look like himself in this performance. May 23, 5:04 am
  • Kunitz scores goal & assist in OTL in GM 5
    Chris Kunitz scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period before the Lightning came back to tie it at two. That's when Kunitz found the back of the net to restore the Penguins' lead to 3-2. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the Lightning went on to tie the game late in regulation before Tyler Johnson won it in overtime. Kunitz has four goals and eight points in 16 games this postseason. Pittsburgh is one loss away from being eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. May 22, 8:28 pm
  • Conor Sheary scratched in Game 5 of ECF
    Conor Sheary will be a healthy scratch in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: With Beau Bennett coming back from an undisclosed injury, the Penguins will remove Sheary from the lineup. The 23-year-old had two goals and six points in 15 games this postseason. Derrick Pouliot, Jeff Zatkoff and Oskar Sundqvist will also watch from the press box. May 22, 5:15 pm
  • Melker Karlsson scores his third in playoffs
    Melker Karlsson scored his third goal of the playoffs Saturday.

    Advice: Unfortunately it was too little, too late, as the Sharks fell 6-3 to the Blues. Karlsson scored the final goal of the game with 3:32 to go to make it a bit more interesting but the game was not in doubt. He had 10 goals and 19 points in the regular season so his fantasy value is limited. May 22, 6:21 am
  • Burns continues to shine in playoffs
    Brent Burns leads all defensemen in points in the 2016 playoffs.

    Advice: Burns is also just two points shy of the overall league lead. He has five goals and 18 points in 15 contests. To give his 2016 success some context, Burns had 12 points in 34 career postseason games before this year. May 21, 11:29 am
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