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  • Henrik Lundqvist disappoints in Game 2
    It wasn't the greatest afternoon for Henrik Lundqvist, as the New York Rangers fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 in Game 2 on Sunday.

    Advice: The series is now at 1-1 and Lundqvist drops to 31-37 in his playoff career. Fair or not, even with a gold and silver medal, many will wonder if he's a "big game" goalie. It's true that he didn't have a great game on Sunday, allowing three goals on 24 shots.
    Today, 12:20 pm
  • Benoit Pouliot continues to impress for NYR
    If you're looking for a mid-level forward option in playoff pools, you could do worse than New York Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot.

    Advice: The once-prized prospect has been playing really well lately. He's been close to a point-per-game player since he collected two assists against the Phoenix Coyotes on March 24. That includes one goal in the Rangers' Game 2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
    Today, 12:17 pm
  • Ray Emery finishes strong for Flyers win
    Ray Emery played a big role in the Philadelphia Flyers evening their series 1-1 against the New York Rangers thanks to a 4-2 Game 2 win on Sunday.

    Advice: Emery got his first win since 2010-11 with the Anaheim Ducks, stopping 31 out of 33 shots. With Steve Mason's health in question, it should be interesting to see who starts for the Flyers in Game 3. Emery at least made an argument for himself with this performance.
    Today, 12:12 pm
  • Chris Porter scores in Saturday's win
    Chris Porter scored a goal in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win on Saturday.

    Advice: Porter wasn't able to find the back of the net in 22 games with St. Louis in the regular season. He now has two goals and three points in eight career playoff contests.
    Today, 8:06 am
  • Barret Jackman gets game-winner Saturday
    Barret Jackman was the unlikely hero in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Chicago on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackman scored 5:50 minutes into the overtime period, to give St. Louis a 2-0 series lead. He's a solid defensive defenseman, but this was just his second playoff goal in 29 career contests. As it happens, both of his markers proved to be game winners.
    Today, 8:01 am
  • Tarasenko's dramatic goal turns tide vs Hawks
    Vladimir Tarasenko scored with just 6.4 seconds left in regulation time to send Game 2 against Chicago to overtime.

    Advice: That led to St. Louis earning its second straight overtime victory against Chicago. Tarasenko is on a four-game goal scoring streak, dating back to the regular season.
    Today, 7:58 am
  • R.J. Umberger back in the Columbus lineup
    R.J. Umberger replaced Jared Boll in the Columbus lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Umberger had been out with an upper body injury as he missed Game 1. Umberger was minus-one with nary a point in 15:39 minutes of action on Saturday.
    Today, 7:23 am
  • Gabriel Landeskog nets game-winner Saturday
    Gabriel Landeskog had two goals, including the game-winner, in Colorado's 4-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

    Advice: While rookie Nathan MacKinnon has desirably attracted a lot of the attention in Colorado after recording seven points in two playoff games, Landeskog has also been very impressive with three goals in his first two career postseason contests. Landeskog had 26 goals and 65 points in 81 games this season.
    Today, 7:01 am
  • Stastny has seven points in two playoff games
    Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in Colorado's 4-2 win over Minnesota.

    Advice: Stastny now has three goals and four assists in just two playoff games. With that, he's already broken his career-high for postseason points in a single year.
    Today, 6:57 am
  • Steve Mason looking at Game 3
    Steve Mason will not play Sunday because of an upper body injury.

    Advice: Mason had a good practice on Saturday but tired near the end of it so Ray Emery will start Game 2 with Cal Heeter as his backup. Mason is close to 100 percent and hopes to be there on Tuesday when the Flyers play their first home game of the playoffs.
    Today, 6:27 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • Bruins' top line remains confident
    Detroit was very effective at shutting down Boston's top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Jarome Iginla in Game 1.

    Advice: "We believe in ourselves and each other. One game isn't going to change that," said Iginla. "We have to find ways to create more, and get more zone time. We have to find ways to battle through it a little more." The Bruins ended up suffering a 1-0 defeat in the playoff opener, but Detroit will have a very tough time pulling off a similar feat in Game 2 on Sunday.
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Dan Girardi and McDonagh holding the fort
    Daniel Girardi and Ryan McDonagh continue to excel against the Flyers top line.

    Advice: Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek combined for only one goal and three assists in four regular season games with Hartnell setting up Andrew MacDonald on the power play for the only Flyers goal in Game 1 of the playoffs. If the duo of Girardi and McDonagh continue their outstanding play, the Flyers are going to have a tough time advancing.
    Today, 5:28 am
  • Ray Emery to get the start on Sunday
    Ray Emery will be between the pipes on Sunday.

    Advice: Emery played in Game 1 as he allowed four goals on 36 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers. With starter Steve Mason still unable to go due to an upper body injury, Emery will try to square the series at one apiece. Teammate Wayne Simmonds thought that Emery was terrific in Game 1 as he made numerous great saves.
    Today, 5:23 am
  • Chris Butler finishes second in NHL in blocks
    Chris Butler finished with second in the NHL with 211 blocked shots.

    Advice: He trailed only Andrew MacDonald who had 241 in a season split between the Islanders and Philadelphia. Butler also finished 10 ahead of teammate Kris Russell. Butler had only two goals and 16 points with a terrible minus-23 rating but if you need blocked shots next season, he will help your fantasy team.
    Today, 3:38 am
  • Corey Perry breaks playoff scoring drought
    Corey Perry scored on Friday to break a 10 game goal scoring drought in the playoffs.

    Advice: It was a long stretch for the winger who potted 43 goals this season as his longest goalless drought this year was only seven games. He went through the entire seven game series against the Red Wings in 2013 with nary a goal as the Ducks dropped the series. "It feels good," Perry said. "Obviously last year didn't go as planned. But if you look at the positives, there were a lot of chances I had. It didn't go in the net. It could have gone either way. If one went in, we might not be talking about this. But my job is to produce. It didn't work last year. Hopefully this year, starting last night, it could be a different story."
    Today, 3:30 am
  • Semyon Varlamov steady for Avs with 30 saves
    Semyon Varlamov set aside 30 shots in Colorado's 4-2 Game 2 win over the Wild on Saturday night.

    Advice: Varlamov gave up the game's first goal 4:18 into the first, then didn't allow one until 1:19 left in the contest. Even though Colorado wound up with a win in Game 1, Varlamov was certainly not at his best. This one was a different story and that should give the 25-year-old confidence as the Avs hit the road. Even more promising for the Avalanche is that they posted the best road record in the league this season and Varlamov has been just as sharp away from his home building, posting a .927 save percentage.
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Steve Mason won't play in Game 2 Sunday
    Steve Mason (upper body) won't play Sunday.

    Advice: However, there were indications at Saturday's practice that he is getting closer. He'll try to get ready for Game 3 on Tuesday night back in Philadelphia. Cal Heeter will continue to serve as Ray Emery's backup while is Mason sidelined with an upper-body injury.
    Yesterday, 10:37 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • Steve Mason returns to practice Saturday
    Steve Mason (upper body) participated in Saturday's practice.

    Advice: He is aiming to return on Sunday, so this is a positive sign. Cal Heeter, who served as Ray Emery's backup in Game 1, didn't take part in the session.
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • Vladimir Tarasenko excels in his return
    Vladimir Tarasenko was excellent during his first game back in St. Louis' lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: He scored a goal and recorded seven shots in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime victory versus Chicago. Tarasenko was playing in his first game since Mar. 15 after being sidelined with a hand injury. He's quickly gaining a reputation across the league as a dangerous scoring threat. "He creates a lot with his speed and skill," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. "He does have a really hard shot and a quick release. He's definitely a guy who I'm aware of every time he gets on the ice. I know exactly where he is."
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Porter does his best to secure lineup spot
    Chris Porter recorded an assist and seven shots in Thursday's triple overtime win against Chicago.

    Advice: If T.J. Oshie or Patrik Berglund is able to return in Game 2 then there's a chance that Porter or Adam Cracknell could be taken out of the lineup after they both played very well in Game 1.
    Yesterday, 8:58 am
  • Rangers' Benoit Poulio peaking at right time
    Benoit Pouliot has a point in nine of his last 11 overall games.

    Advice: He played well in the Rangers' 4-1, opening-game victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs' first round and he's become a key member of the New York offense. He finished the regular season with 15 goals and 36 points in 80 games.
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Flyers G Steve Mason could be back Sunday
    The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.

    Advice: Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion. Mason took part in a goalie practice Friday at New York's Chelsea Piers and said afterward that he is feeling better than he did a few days earlier. He has set his sights on playing Sunday at Madison Square Garden. "I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple of days. It was a good step," the 25-year-old Mason said. "I felt great movement-wise. It was a pretty controlled setting and it felt good. "I'll know exactly when I am ready to go physically, but it is also a management and doctor's decision, as well." Ray Emery made 32 saves in Mason's absence Thursday.
    Yesterday, 8:13 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • R.J. Umberger back for Blue Jackets today
    The return of right wing R.J. Umberger likely means a healthy scratch for fourth-liner Corey Tropp.

    Advice: Umberger skated in practice Friday on the third line, with center Artem Anisimov and right wing Blake Comeau. That pushed Derek MacKenzie into Tropp's spot on the left side of the fourth line, with center Mark Letestu and right wing Jared Boll.
    Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • Avs looking to improve on power play
    Gabriel Landeskog wants to see the Avalanche perform better with the man advantage as their first round series progresses.

    Advice: Colorado was 0-for-4 on the power play in Game 1. "We had some chances and we didn't get anything, and they scored on one of their power plays," Landeskog said. "Special teams are so big in the playoffs, so that's one thing we've got to improve." Colorado ranked fifth with a 19.8% power-play success rate in the regular season.
    Friday, 2:47 pm
  • Steve Mason practices, might play Sunday
    Steve Mason (upper body) took part in Friday's practice.

    Advice: "It's my first time on the ice in a couple days, and it's a good step," Mason said."I felt good." He faced shots during the morning skate and might be ready to return on Sunday. He missed the Flyers' final regular season game and playoff opener.
    Friday, 10:19 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • Columbus will get R.J. Umberger back Saturday
    R.J. Umberger (upper body) will be available for Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Umberger missed the Blue Jackets' playoff opener due to the injury. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests in 2013-14.
    Friday, 9:13 am
  • Wayne Simmonds defends Ray Emery
    Wayne Simmonds defended teammate Ray Emery's play in Philadelphia's 4-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: Emery was playing between the pipes because Steve Mason was unavailable due to an upper-body injury. Emery ended up stopping 32 of 36 shots. "Ray played unbelievable," Simmonds said. "He make the saves when he needed to. He made big saves. They had a four-minute power play there where they kind of stretched us out. They got two goals. I don't think he really had a chance on those. They were crossing passes. He played awesome for us. He played unreal."
    Friday, 7:17 am
  • Varlamov and Avalanche win
    Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 of 33 shots in Colorado's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota Thursday night at Pepsi Center.

    Advice: Varlamov finished the regular season with 41 wins and he should be one of the candidates to win the Vezina trophy. His first playoff game with the Avalanche wasn't his best performance of the season, but he will be between the pipes again on Saturday.
    Friday, 12:37 am
  • Stastny lifts Avalanche to win vs. Wild
    Paul Stastny scored at 7:27 of overtime Thursday to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 come-from-behind win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series.

    Advice: The Avalanche sent the game to overtime when Stastny scored with 13.4 seconds to play in regulation during a 6-on-5 skating situation. Stastny also registered an assist in the win. Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly both had a goal and an assist, while Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon assisted on three goals, while defenseman Tyson Barrie added two helpers in the victory.
    Friday, 12:32 am
  • Ray Emery struggles in opening game loss
    Flyers goaltender Ray Emery struggled in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.

    Advice: Starting in place of number one netminder Steve Mason (upper body), Emery allowed four goals on 36 shots in the defeat, though he only deserves part of the blame as the Flyers were soundly outplayed on this night. With Mason's status for Game 2 still unclear, it's looking like Philly may have to use its backup again.
    Thursday, 6:48 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist cruises in Game 1 win
    Henrik Lundqvist had an easy time against the Flyers Thursday as the Rangers cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.

    Advice: A large amount of credit should go to the Rangers' defense, as King Henrik only faced 15 shots in the contest, stopping 14 of them. Despite the fact that he wasn't severely tested in this outing, Lundqvist looks to have carried his hot second half play into the postseason.
    Thursday, 6:42 pm
  • Steve Mason's status uncertain for Game 2
    Steve Mason (upper body) is feeling better, according to Flyers coach Craig Berube.

    Advice: He is projected to join the team in New York on Friday, which is a good sign. However, he won't be in the lineup Thursday for Game 1 against the Rangers and his status for Game 2 is still unclear.
    Thursday, 11:10 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • Blues get Vladimir Tarasenko back Thursday
    Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) will suit up for the Blues on Thursday night against Chicago in their playoff opener.

    Advice: He was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, here he skated with Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz. Tarasenko hasn't played since Mar. 15 because of a hand injury, which required surgery to repair.
    Thursday, 10:04 am
  • B's want to get Jarome Iginla his first Cup
    The Boston Bruins have some extra motivation to the win the Stanley Cup this season for 17-year veteran Jarome Iginla.

    Advice: Coach Claude Julien is fine with that, but he doesn't want his players to lose sight of the bigger picture. "Let's focus on what we need to do here to get the goal that we want because we'd like to get it for Iggy, but we'd like to get it for our fans as well, and the rest of the team," said Julien. "So it's a little bit more than that, but he's certainly one of those people that I think everybody's going to be cheering for."
    Thursday, 7:23 am
  • Berube doesn't think loss of Mason is a blow
    Flyers coach Craig Berube fought against the idea that losing Steve Mason to an upper-body injury sets the Flyers back.

    Advice: "I don't think our team feels like it's a blow at all," Berube said. "I totally disagree. Listen: There's injuries. Things happen, like I said. You're not always 100 percent. Good teams find a way to get it done." Emery will start in Game 1 of the first round as a result of Mason's injury. Emery doesn't have a ton of playoff experience, but he did lead Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. At the same time, he had a lukewarm 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage in 28 games in 2013-14.
    Thursday, 7:01 am
  • Ray Emery will start in Game 1 vs. Rangers
    Ray Emery will play in Game 1 of Philadelphia's series against the New York Rangers.

    Advice: Steve Mason is dealing with an upper-body injury, so the Flyers need Emery to step up in his absence. Emery is certainly capable of doing that, but he struggled in the regular season with a 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage in 28 games.
    Wednesday, 9:21 am
  • Steve Mason is out for Game 1 on Thursday
    Steve Mason (upper body) will not participate in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Mason was hurt on Saturday when teammate Andrew MacDonald was pushed into him. Mason had a 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage in 61 games this season.
    Wednesday, 9:18 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • R.J. Umberger might be available for Game 2
    R.J. Umberger (upper body) is a possibility for Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Umberger won't be on the ice when the Blue Jackets' series against Pittsburgh starts on Wednesday. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games this season.
    Wednesday, 6:31 am
  • Avalanche playing way above their pay grade
    The Colorado Avalanche won a division title this season and are set for a playoff run despite having the third lowest payroll in the NHL during 2013-14.

    Advice: Just two teams spent less on base player salaries this season according to Cap Geek, while those two teams (the Panthers and Islanders) finished way out of the playoff contention. The Avs are fuelled by a young core with players like Gabe Landeskog still on rookie contracts. Landeskog is earning under one million dollars this season, but signed a lucrative contract extension.
    Tuesday, 6:17 pm
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) might return soon
    The St. Louis Blues think Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) will be available before the end of the first round.

    Advice: Tarasenko had the cast on his injured hand taken off on Monday. He has been sidelined for about a month.
    Tuesday, 12:45 pm
  • Steve Mason's status for Game 1 is unclear
    Steve Mason (upper body) is questionable for Game 1.

    Advice: "I feel he will," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said of Mason's chances of being ready in time for the first round opener, "but you never know." Mason sustained the injury when Andrew MacDonald was pushed into him during Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.
    Tuesday, 7:40 am
    L, 6-5 vs Car
  • R.J. Umberger is day-to-day, out Game 1
    The Columbus Blue Jackets think R.J. Umberger (upper body) will return before the end of the first round.

    Advice: Umberger won't participate in Game 1 though. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests this season.
    Tuesday, 7:05 am