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  • Nick Leddy has two assists Saturday
    Nick Leddy set up two of the three Islanders goals on Saturday.

    Advice: The defenseman is now on a four game points streak as he has five assists in six games for New York. The Islanders made a great pickup when they dealt for the 24-year-old rearguard prior to the start of the season. He had 10 goals and 37 points with a plus-18 rating during the regular season.
    29 minutes ago
  • Jonas Hiller not to blame for poor start
    Coach Bob Hartley apologized to the team for his pulling of Jonas Hiller on Saturday.

    Advice: Hiller gave up two goals in the first 7:32 of the game before Karri Ramo got the call as Hiller watched the rest of the game from the bench. "I apologized to Jonas Hiller in front of the whole team," Hartley said. "I didn’t pull him because I felt it was his fault. I just felt that it wasn’t a good start for us and I needed to jump-start. There was water in the fuel." The move eventually paid off in a series clinching 7-4 win over Vancouver.
    Today, 3:55 am
  • Matt Stajan has goal and three points
    Matt Stajan had a goal and three points as the Calgary Flames advanced to the second round.

    Advice: Stajan had the game winner and ended the six game series with four points, not too shabby for a bottom two center. "Things happen so quickly out there, and even when I go home, I’ll blink my eyes and still pinch myself not believing what just happened," Stajan said. "It’s one I’ll enjoy, especially for the next couple days."
    Today, 3:52 am
  • Shea Theodore recalled from minors
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Shea Theodore from the minors.

    Advice: The Ducks first round pick and 26th overall in the 2013 Draft is a high scoring defenseman who may need some more minor league seasoning. He played a bit in Norfolk at the end of the season but had 13 goals and 48 points in 43 games for Seattle of the WHL. He shouldn't see any playoff action but with the Admirals eliminated from play in the AHL, the chance to be with the Ducks during the Stanley Cup run, can only help him in the future.
    Today, 3:47 am
  • Anaheim recalls Michael Sgarbossa
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Michael Sgarbossa from the minors.

    Advice: Sgarbossa saw some NHL action this season with Colorado before he was dealt to the Ducks at the trade deadline for Mat Clark. He played three NHL games for the Avs and picked up his first point in The Show. He played in 20 AHL games for Norfolk after the trade and had six goals and 15 points.
    Today, 3:43 am
  • Ducks recall Andrew O'Brien from Norfolk
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Andrew O'Brien from the minors.

    Advice: The fourth round pick in the 2012 Draft has spent the last two seasons in the minors. He had four goals, 14 points and 118 penalty minutes in 62 games with Norfolk of the AHL this season.
    Today, 3:37 am
  • Ducks recall Mark Fistric from Norfolk
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Mark Fistric from Norfolk.

    Advice: The Ducks sent Fistric to the minors after he went unclaimed on waiver on January 21. He last played for Anaheim on December 22 and had no points in nine NHL games this season. He had a goal, seven points and 84 penalty minutes in 34 minor league games this season.
    Today, 3:24 am
  • Ducks recall Ryan Faragher from minors
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled goaltender Ryan Faragher from the minors.

    Advice: Faragher will be a good practice goalie this post-season as he played his first professional season after the Ducks signed him to a contract out of St. Cloud State a year ago. He played 15 games for Norfolk of the AHL where he was 4-9-1 with a 2.57 GAA and a .901 save percentage. It will be good for the 24-year-old to be around a team that is in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.
    Today, 3:21 am
  • Nate Thompson could be ready for Round 2
    Nate Thompson (upper body) could be ready for the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Thompson was injured in the third period of the season finale and missed the first round of the post-season. Coach Bruce Boudreau stated that he is getting better and could be available for Game 1. Stay tuned.
    Today, 3:17 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Chris Wagner skating and shooting
    Chris Wagner (upper body) is skating and shooting but still is still unable to practice with the Ducks.

    Advice: Wagner missed the last two games of the four game sweep over Winnipeg and is likely to miss the start of the Calgary Flames series. The fourth line center played well against the Jets when he was in the lineup and is a nice depth player for the Ducks.
    Today, 3:15 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Clayton Stoner misses Saturday practice
    Clayton Stoner sat out practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Stoner was given the day off as a maintenance day. The Ducks want Stoner to be healthy for the second round of the playoffs and it's expected that he will return to practice Monday as Sunday is a day off for the Ducks.
    Today, 3:12 am
  • Simon Despres misses practice Saturday
    Simon Despres took Saturday off practice as a maintenance day.

    Advice: The defenseman is expected to practice on Monday as the Ducks will not practice Sunday. Despres has been a nice surprise since Anaheim dealt for him at the deadline. He is worth looking at in deep drafts next season as a 5-6 defenseman. The Ducks will take on the Calgary Flames in one Western Conference semi-final matchup.
    Today, 3:10 am
  • G Karri Ramo comes off bench for big victory
    Karri Ramo came off the bench in relief of starting goalie Jonas Hiller Saturday night and provided enough spark to help the Calgary Flames eliminate the Vancouver Canucks from the playoffs with a 7-4 triumph.

    Advice: Hiller allowed a goal on three shots before Ramo came in. Ramo allowed a goal on the first shot he faced (from Radim Vrbata) and ended up with 17 saves on 19 shots. With the win, the Flames advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004 and only the second time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989. The Flames will meet the Anaheim Ducks in the next round of the playoffs. Ramo may get more action than he did in the first round. He finished the first round with a 1-0 record in two appearances. His goals-against average was .211 and his save percentage, .905.
    Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Forgettable night for Canucks G Ryan Miller
    Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller had a night to forget, allowing five goals on 31 shots in the Canucks' playoff-eliminating, 7-4 loss to the Flames in Calgary Saturday night.

    Advice: Miller and the Canucks were enjoying a 3-0 lead in the first period before the Canucks tied things up. They also had a 4-3 lead in the second period. But the Flames found the net four times in the third period, although Miller was pulled for an extra attacker for two of those goals. Miller, acquired as a free agent after a long impressive career with the Buffalo Sabres, finished the series with a 1-1 record in three appearances, a goals-against average of 2.31 and a save percentage of .910.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Four points for Jiri Hudler as Flames prevail
    Jiri Hudler and the Calgary Flames were on fire Saturday night, eliminating the Vancouver Canucks from their Western Conference First Round playoff series with a 7-4 victory.

    Advice: Hudler scored two goals and added two assists on an unforgettable night for the upstart Flames, who eliminated the favored Canucks in six games. Calgary, which was 6-1-2 in its final nine home games in the regular season, hadn’t made it out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2004. The Canucks built a 3-0 lead in the first period before the Flames came back with three goals to tie the game. After Vancouver took a 4-3 lead in the second period, the Flames score four more unanswered goals in the third period, sending the hometown crowd into a tizzy. Hudler's goals were his second and third of the series. His assists, on second-period goals by Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, were his second and third of the series. Four of the Flames had three points -- Gaudreau (a goal and two assists), Matt Stajan (a goal and two assists), Monahan (a goal and two assists) and David Jones (three assists).
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Jonas Hiller starts Game Six vs. Canucks
    Jonas Hiller will get the start on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks in Game Six.

    Advice: Hiller has allowed just nine goals through the first five games, which helps explain why he's accumulated four Quality Starts already. In short, the Canucks have yet to figure out a way to beat Hiller consistently through 156 shots thus far and there's no sign of that changing any time soon.
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Expect to see Ryan Miller in net for Game 6
    Vancouver fans should expect to see Ryan Miller between the pipes for Game 6 Saturday.

    Advice: Miller was in goal Thursday in the Canucks 2-1 win over the Flames to extend the series to a sixth game. It looks like Miller will be the Canucks goalie the rest of the series. Miller was the number one netminder until he was hurt on February 22. Eddie Lack took over and was great until coach Willie Desjardins pulled him during Game 4 and put a now healthy Miller in net. Miller has stopped 35 of 36 Calgary shots in the playoffs.
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • Flames top line struggling in first round
    The Flames top line of Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau have struggled in the opening round.

    Advice: The trio have combined for three goals and seven points in five games with a horrible minus-13 rating. "Jiri is playing very well," coach Bob Hartley said. "It’s just a matter of fighting for your ice. There’s no space out there ... it’s not like the Canucks have scored a ton more. There’s lots of body checks, lots of emotions, lots of intensity, and you have to fight each inch of ice out there. Hudler has a goal and two points with only five shots on goal and will try to get things going for Game 6 Saturday.
    Yesterday, 4:16 am
  • Nate Thompson still not allowed contact
    Nate Thompson (upper body) has not been cleared for contact at practice.

    Advice: Thompson missed the first round of the playoffs after suffering the injury in the third period of the regular season finale. He had five goals and 18 points in the regular season. Consider him day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 3:58 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Simon Despres surprising many with his play
    Simon Despres has been a pleasant surprise for the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: The Ducks acquired Despres from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline and his steady play in the first round of the playoffs surprised many as he was solid defensively against Winnipeg and chipped in with a couple of assists in four games. "The first game we got him, he was much better than I thought he was," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I was thinking we were getting a raw, fairly green guy. And he came right in and had composure. Was physical. Did all the right things. He did it again in the series, really well. I was wondering near the end of the season whether he was coming down to earth a little bit. He was really good against a team that we really needed him to be good against." The former first round pick in 2009 is only 23 and could be a big part of the Ducks blueline for many years to come.
    Yesterday, 3:51 am
  • Chris Wagner (UBI) skates on Friday
    Chris Wagner (upper body) skated on his own Friday.

    Advice: It's not clear how close he is to returning, but this is obviously an encouraging step in the right direction. The Ducks eliminated Winnipeg in four games, so he still has a decent amount of time to recover before he's in danger of missing another contest.
    Friday, 2:34 pm
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Nick Leddy collects an assist Thursday night
    Nick Leddy had an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

    Advice: Leddy is now on a three-game point streak. He also was on the ice for 23:45 minutes Thursday night, which was second only to Johnny Boychuk on the Islanders.
    Friday, 8:09 am
  • Matt Stajan recorded an assist on Thursday
    Matt Stajan had an assist in Calgary's 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Stajan's first point of the 2015 playoffs. He had seven goals and 17 points in 59 regular season contests.
    Friday, 7:38 am
  • Ryan Miller wins first playoff game as Canuck
    Ryan Miller won his first playoff game as a Vancouver Canuck on Thursday night, making 20 saves in the 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Miller wasn't sensational by any means, but he didn't need to be. He never saw more than eight shots in a period, just five in the third, and just one puck on special teams. Plus, Vancouver out-shot Calgary 43-21. Whatever the means, Vancouver now trails the series 3-2.
    Thursday, 10:43 pm
  • Jonas Hiller unsupported in 2-1 Game 5 loss
    Jonas Hiller went under supported in Thursday's Game Five 2-1 loss to Vancouver, making 41 saves in the effort. Calgary now leads the series 3-2.

    Advice: Don't look towards Hiller for why the Flames lost. He turned away 33 of 34 shots through the first 40 minutes of play, and stopped all six shots on special teams. Hiller now has four Quality Starts during the series, and looks to be a good bet to stay strong as it progresses.
    Thursday, 10:38 pm
  • Jonas Hiller to start Game Five vs. Canucks
    Jonas Hiller will get the start in Game Five against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Calgary leads the series 3-1.

    Advice: Hiller has turned away 106 of 113 shots the Canucks have sent his way thus far, including posting three Quality Starts over the first four games. Hiller has allowed no power play goals, two shorties, and five even strength tallies thus far.
    Thursday, 4:43 pm
  • Canucks turn to Ryan Miller for Game 5
    Ryan Miller has been confirmed as Vancouver's starter for Thursday in Game 5.

    Advice: He stopped all 15 shots he faced in relief on Tuesday after Eddie Lack was pulled. It will be his first start of the series and just his second since returning from a knee injury at the end of the regular season.
    Thursday, 11:10 am
  • Ryan Miller is likely to start in Game 5
    Ryan Miller will probably start in Game 5 on Thursday, but that hasn't been confirmed.

    Advice: Miller was put into Tuesday's contest after Eddie Lack got off to a rough start and Miller managed to turn aside all 15 shots he faced. Unfortunately for the Canucks, it wasn't enough as Calgary still won 3-1 to also gain a 3-1 series lead. It's worth noting that Miller's knee is still not 100% and he doesn't think it will get to that point by the end of the playoffs.
    Thursday, 7:41 am
  • Nate Thompson (UBI) won't play Wednesday
    Nate Thompson (upper body) has been ruled out for Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thompson is progressing though and might be back in the near future. That said, the Ducks have no reason to attempt to rush him back given that they have a 3-0 series lead over Winnipeg in the first round.
    Wednesday, 12:34 pm
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Nick Leddy gets an assist vs. Caps Tuesday
    Nick Leddy recorded an assist in a 2-1 overtime loss to Washington on Tuesday.

    Advice: Leddy also logged 27:52 minutes of ice time in the contest. He has two points in four playoff games.
    Wednesday, 8:05 am
  • Nate Thompson (UBI) questionable for Game 4
    Nate Thompson (upper body) is questionable for Game 4.

    Advice: Thompson has missed the first three games of Anaheim's first round series against Winnipeg. He had five goals and 18 points in 80 regular season games.
    Wednesday, 7:37 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Ryan Miller perfect in relief
    Ryan Miller stopped all 15 shots he faced in relief of Eddie Lack in the Canucks 3-1 loss to Calgary on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was Miller's first action of the series and in hindsight, a pretty good warmup for the veteran who hasn't seen a lot of game action since being put on the IR in late February. It will be interesting to see if the Canucks go back to Eddie Lack or let their former number one starter get a shot at changing the momentum in this series.
    Tuesday, 10:43 pm
  • Jonas Hiller near perfect in win over Van
    Jonas Hiller turned aside 28-of-29 shots in the Flames 3-1 Game Four win over Vancouver on Tuesday.

    Advice: The only puck to get past Hiller was a Henrik Sedin pass that deflected off Kris Russell to trickle between his legs. Hiller didn't have to be spectacular but made the saves he needed to in the third period. Hiller has been near lights out since the series has shifted to Calgary where he has made 51 of a possible 54 saves.
    Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • Jiri Hudler's two points leads CGY past VAN
    Jiri Hudler was credited with the game-winning-goal and also added an assist in the Flames 3-1 win over Vancouver on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hudler got his first of the series off a tip-in in front of the net on the power-play. This was the best game of the series for the Flames first line that has been surprisingly quiet despite the Flames commanding lead in the series. Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett scored the other goals for Calgary who have had their young guns show up big time in this series.
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • Jiri Hudler is a Lady Byng Trophy finalist
    Jiri Hudler has been nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy.

    Advice: The Lady Byng rewards "sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability" and in practice it goes to a player that had a great season while largely avoiding the sin bin. Hudler had 31 goals and 76 points in 78 contests in 2014-15. His 14 penalty minutes is more than fellow finalists Anze Kopitar and Pavel Datsyuk, but Hudler had the lowest PIM total among the top-20 scorers.
    Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Jonas Hiller to start Game Four vs. Canucks
    Jonas Hiller will get the start in Game Four against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Hiller has turned away 78 of 84 shots through the first three games of the series, in which the Flames lead 2-1. Believe it or not, he owns a 14-13 record with a .932 save percentage and a 2.27 GAA in 29 career playoff games.
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Flames top line struggling in the playoffs
    The Calgary Flames top line of Jiri Hudler, Johnny Gaudreau, and Sean Monahan doesn't have any even strength points yet in the playoffs.

    Advice: The trio couldn't have been much hotter going into the postseason, but Vancouver has done an effective job of shutting them down. The good news for the Flames is that they're up 2-1 in the series anyways, so if they're top line breaks out now it will be a big boost for Calgary.
    Tuesday, 7:47 am
  • Chris Wagner (UBI) sidelined Monday night
    Chris Wagner (upper body) will be on the sidelines for Monday’s Game 3 contest with the Jets.

    Advice: Wagner suffered an upper body injury during Game 2 Saturday night and was unable to return. Consider the bottom-six forward day-to-day. It appears Tomas Fleischmann will take his spot in the lineup Monday night.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Nate Thompson (UBI) out again for Game 3
    Nate Thomspon (upper body) will remain sidelined for Game 3 Monday night in Winnipeg.

    Advice: Thompson is nearing a return and hoping to play in Game 4, but is still unable to dress Monday night. It’s been tough luck for the fourth line forward as he was able to skate in 80 regular season games but unable to play in the postseason. Look for him to return to action soon.
    Monday, 2:14 pm
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Nick Leddy gets his first point of playoffs
    Nick Leddy had an assist in the Islanders' 2-1 overtime victory over Washington on Sunday.

    Advice: It was Leddy's first point of the playoffs. He's being leaned on heavily in the postseason, as evidenced by that he's logged over 22 minutes in each of his last two games. Although he's still just 24 years old, he did win the Stanley Cup with Chicago, so his experience is doubtfully helpful for the talented, but young core of the Islanders.
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Jonas Hiller makes 23 saves in gm 3 win
    Jonas Hiller made 23 saves on 25 shots in Sunday's 4-2, game three win over Vancouver.

    Advice: The Flames opened the scoring at the 6:35 mark of the first period and they never trailed after that. The Flames now hold a 2-1 lead in the series with game four being played in Calgary on Tuesday night. Hiller has been one of the bright spots for the Flames in this series. The 33-year-old has allowed just six goals in the first three games against Vancouver. Don't be surprised if this turns out to be a long and grueling series.
    Apr 19, 10:01 pm
  • Chris Wagner injured in first period
    Chris Wagner suffered an upper body injury in the first period and did not return.

    Advice: The bottom-two center made his NHL debut this season but failed to pick up a point in any of the nine games he dressed for. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Apr 19, 3:12 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Jonas Hiller gets Game 3 nod after loss
    Despite a tough go in a Game 2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks, Jonas Hiller's getting the nod for the Calgary Flames in Game 3.

    Advice: Hiller allowed three goals on 29 shots before leaving Game 2 with about six minutes left. One would assume that Hiller's leash is pretty short with Karri Ramo looming.
    Apr 18, 2:35 pm
  • Nate Thompson does not practice Friday
    Nate Thompson (upper body) did not practice once again on Friday.

    Advice: Thompson was injured a week ago in the third period of the season finale. Consider him day-to-day for now and doubtful for Game 2 Saturday.
    Apr 18, 3:14 am
    W, 2-1 @ Ari
  • Karri Ramo finishes 4-1 Game Two loss to VAN
    Karri Ramo came in relief of Jonas Hiller with 5:52 remaining in the game. This was a precautionary move to get Hiller out of a chippy game the Flames lost 4-1.

    Advice: Ramo stopped both shots he faced. Unless word comes out that Hiller is injured, or Coach Hartley has had a sudden change of heart, expect Hiller to be between the pipes again for Sunday's Game Three.
    Apr 18, 12:04 am
  • Hiller surrenders three as Canucks tie series
    Jonas Hiller made 26 saves during Friday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver, tying the series at one.

    Advice: The fourth goal was an empty-netter. Hiller was good, but wasn't helped out sufficiently by his defense who allowed three quality shots from high-scoring areas through Hiller. He was later pulled with five minutes to go still down 3-0 in favor of Karri Ramo, presumably to help get him a head start on focusing on Sunday's Game Three.
    Apr 18, 12:01 am
  • Jonas Hiller to start Game Two vs. Canucks
    Jonas Hiller will get the start in Game Two against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

    Advice: Hiller was solid in Wednesday's 2-1 Game One victory over the Canucks, making 29 saves. He owns a career 11-6-4 record in 22 games versus Vancouver with a .905 save percentage and a 2.96 GAA.
    Apr 17, 2:51 pm
  • Clayton Stoner will play in Game 1
    Clayton Stoner will suit up in Game 1 against Winnipeg.

    Advice: His presence in the lineup will send James Wisniewski into the press box. Coach Bruce Boudreau made the decision because he likes the defense tandem of Stoner and Sami Vatanen. "They have been teamed up all year," Boudreau said. "Sami seems to play his best with Clayton and now Clayton is fully healthy. So I don't see why he would lose his position."
    Apr 16, 1:04 pm
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