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  • Silfverberg nets winner late; Ducks up 2-0
    Jakob Silfverberg netted the game-winning goal for the Ducks in their 2-1 triumph against the Jets on Saturday night in Game 2 of their first-round series.

    Advice: Silfverberg scored with 21 seconds remaining in the game, with a little help to a holding-the-stick that held up Andrew Ladd but went uncalled. Silfverberg had 13 goals and 39 points during the regular season. Patrick Maroon potted the other goal at 10:43 of the third period on the power play to begin the third-period rally. The Ducks head to Winnipeg with a 2-0 series advantage.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Frederik Andersen stops 28 in Game 2 win
    Frederik Andersen made 28 saves as the Ducks defeated the Jets 2-1 in Game 2 of their first-round Series Saturday night.

    Advice: The lone blemish on the Game 2 ledger came via an Adam Pardy goal late in the second period. Andersen has stopped 53 of 56 shots in the playoffs. He posted a 2.38 goals-against average and .914 save percentage during the regular season.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Adam Pardy scores 1st goal in over four years
    Adam Pardy scored the lone goal for the Jets in their 2-1 loss to the Ducks in Game 2 of their first-round series Saturday night.

    Advice: Pardy had not played since the regular-season finale, his return in Game 2 making Ben Chiarot a scratch. Pardy last scored Jan. 26, 2011, when he was with the Flames. He looked like a natural goal scorer on this one, shimmying to get the first shot on net, then wrapping it around to beat Frederik Andersen. Pardy had nine assists in 55 games this season. Adam Lowry and Mathieu Perreault got the assists on his goal.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Pavelec, Jets again blow third-period lead
    Ondrej Pavelec stopped 37 shots as the Jets fell to the Ducks 2-1 in Game 2 of their first-round series Saturday night.

    Advice: Two games, two third-period comebacks for the Ducks. In Game 1, the Jets held a 2-1 lead in the third, and here they led 1-0. Pavelec was brilliant in this game, even if he didn’t get the win. Anaheim scored the goals on 17 third-period shots, and he kept them in the game in the first, when he also faced 17. Pavelec had a 2.28 goals-against average and .920 save percentage during the regular season. The series shifts to Winnipeg with the Jets down 2-0.
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Brassard scores goal; NYR goes 1-7 on PP
    Derick Brassard potted a goal in the Rangers’ 4-3 loss against the Penguins in Game 2 of their first-round series Saturday night.

    Advice: Brassard was one of the Rangers’ better forwards, which actually doesn’t say much considering they really didn’t sustain much offense until the third period. Brassard’s goal came on the power play early in that frame, the only time in seven tries the Rangers converted with the man advantage. Derek Stepan, who also had an assist, and Martin St. Louis picked up the other markers.
    Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Lundqvist gives up four on 22 shots in loss
    Henrik Lundqvist blocked 18 of 22 shots in the Rangers’ 4-3 loss in Game 2 of their first-round series with the Penguins on Saturday night.

    Advice: The final line makes it look like it was all on Lundqvist. It was not. The Rangers did not do a very good job at limiting the high-scoring-area opportunities in this game. Lundqvist sported a 2.25 goals-against average and .922 save percentage during the regular season. The series is tied at one heading to Pittsburgh.
    Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Ondrej Pavelec in net for the Jets in Game 2
    Ondrej Pavelec is starting between the pipes for the Jets on Saturday against the Ducks.

    Advice: Not surprising as Pavelec played well down the stretch for Winnipeg. He gave up four goals on 33 shots in Game 1, however. In 50 games during the regular season, Pavelec had a 2.28 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Justin Abdelkader likely to return for Game 3
    Justin Abdelkader (hand) is likely to return to the Red Wings lineup for Game 3, according to coach Mike Babcock.

    Advice: Abdelkader has not played since April 4. The 28-year-old had 23 goals and 44 points during the regular season. Pay close attention to the Red Wings' practices leading up to Tuesday's game.
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
    W, 2-0 @ Car
  • Ducks G Frederik Andersen to start Saturday
    Frederik Andersen almost certainly will start for the Ducks when they entertain the Winnipeg Jets in Anaheim Saturday night for Game 2 of their opening-round playoff series.

    Advice: Andersen was the winning goalie in the opener of this series, when he stopped 25 Winnipeg shots. He enters Saturday night with a 4-2 record in eight career postseason contests.
    Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Devan Dubnyk suffers first playoff loss
    Devan Dubnyk lost for the first time in his postseason career as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 in Game 2.

    Advice: Dubnyk gave up three goals on 26 shots, as one of the Blues' tallies was an empty-netter. The young netminder had some rough moments, but he's carried Minnesota so far that it's tough to imagine his starting job being in much danger.
    Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Rangers will go again with G Henrik Lundqvist
    Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers' veteran goalie, will be back in net Saturday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit New York for Game 2 of this first-round playoff series.

    Advice: Lundqvist gave up only goal on 25 shots Thursday night, when the Rangers opened the series with a 2-1 victory. Lundqvist has won six of his past seven regular-season and playoff games. He has a 1.85 goals-against average and a.937 save percentage over that span. About his win Thursday, Lundqvist said: "You start with one and you try to feel good about yourself and your performance and when you win you definitely feel a lot better. But it's just one game."
    Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Blackhawks name Scott Darling Game 3 starter
    The Chicago Blackhawks will start Scott Darling instead of Corey Crawford for Game 3 against the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: Many believe that it was a mistake for Joel Quenneville to go with Crawford over Darling in Game 2's 6-2 loss, especially after Darling's perfect relief appearance. Every playoff game probably qualifies for the biggest of the young goalie's career at this point.
    Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • No lineup changes for Red Wings in Game 2
    The Detroit Red Wings won't alter their lineup heading into Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

    Advice: That means that Justin Abdelkader will indeed be out once again. The Red Wings managed a 1-0 series lead despite a huge SOG disparity in Tampa Bay's favor, but coaches often decide not to rock the boat after a win.
    Yesterday, 10:18 am
    W, 2-0 @ Car
  • Pavelec to start in Game 2 Saturday v Ducks
    Look for Ondrej Pavelec to get the start in Game 2 against the Ducks Saturday night.

    Advice: Not a big surprise as Pavelec was one of the major reasons the Jets made it into the playoffs in the first place. He is coming off a 29-save 4-2 loss in Game 1, though, and will have to be better against a very strong Anaheim squad especially in the third period when he allowed three goals on just 10 shots.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
  • Mike Fisher out Friday and possibly Sunday
    Mike Fisher did not play Friday night in Game 2 and may also miss Game 3 due to a lower-body injury.

    Advice: There are no further updates out of Nashville regarding Fisher's condition, so we have to assume he is questionable for Sunday's Game 3. Adjust your roster accordingly.
    Yesterday, 9:43 am
    L, 4-1 @ Dal
  • Dubnyk to start Saturday v Blues
    Devan Dubnyk will be between the pipes when the Wild face off against the Blues Saturday afternoon in a Game 2 showdown.

    Advice: Dubnyk stopped 19 shots in Minnesota's 4-2 win over St. Louis Thursday night in Game 1. He will face a big test Saturday against a strong Blues' team that has vowed to be better.
    Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • Darling could get the start in Game 3 Sunday
    Don't be surprised if Scott Darling got the start in goal for the Blackhawks Sunday in Game 3 of the team's best-of-seven series against Nashville.

    Advice: Corey Crawford has been just awful over four-plus periods allowing nine goals, while Darling was brilliant in relief in Game 1 stopping 42 shots to give the Hawks the comeback win in overtime. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville has not officially made up his mind as to who his starter will be. But he will take an awful lot of heat if he starts Crawford and the Hawks don't win Game 3.
    Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Abdelkader won't play in Game 2 Saturday
    It does not appear as if Justin Abdelkader will be able to suit up for Game 2 of the Red Wings' best of seven series against the Lightning.

    Advice: He is still dealing with a hand injury and is not ready to suit up.
    Yesterday, 6:14 am
    W, 2-0 @ Car
  • Rangers look to protect Henrik Lundqvist
    The New York Rangers will need to protect netminder Henrik Lundqvist once again in Game 2.

    Advice: The Penguins will be crashing the net once again and Chris Kunitz actually took a goaltender interference penalty for hitting the Rangers netminder. Lundqvist gave up only one goal on 25 shots Thursday in the 2-1 win over Pittsburgh and will be back between the pipes for New York in Game 2.
    Yesterday, 4:46 am
  • Ducks power play explodes in Game 1
    The Anaheim Ducks scored more than one power play goal on Thursday for the first time since January 11.

    Advice: And what a better time to get it going than Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Ducks were 1-of-23 on the power play before Thursday's game when they managed to score twice in the third period to come back from a 2-1 deficit to win 4-2 over the Winnipeg Jets. We take a lot of pride in it," Cam Fowler said of the power play. "Especially come playoff time, special teams can win or lose you games. It’s something that we've worked really hard at."
    Yesterday, 3:06 am
  • Higgins breaks four year point drought
    Chris Higgins broke his four year playoff point drought when he tallied a power play goal early on in the first period.

    Advice: The Canucks would go on to win the game 4-1, tying the series at one. It had been 15 games since he'd recorded a point in the playoffs, and another five since he'd scored a goal. For his career, Higgins now has 11 goals and 20 points in 58 career playoff games.
    Yesterday, 12:39 am
  • Ronalds Kenins scores first playoff tally
    Ronalds Kenins scored his first career playoff goal during Friday's 4-1 win over Calgary. The win tied the series at one.

    Advice: Kenins also added three more shots, two hits, plus a takeaway in 11:15 of work. Suffice it to say, the kid looked good. He may be beginning to blossom in front of our very eyes.
    Yesterday, 12:34 am
  • Colin Wilson leads the Predators in scoring
    Don't look now, Colin Wilson too the Predators' lead in scoring with three tallies when he put home the night's opening score on the power play.

    Advice: The Predators would go on to win the game 6-2, tying their series with Chicago at one. Wilson led the team with six shots, and added two blocks and a hit across his 14:52 of work.
    Friday, 11:02 pm
    L, 4-1 @ Dal
  • Mike Ribeiro picks up two assists in big win
    Mike Ribeiro picked up two assists, including one on the power play, in Friday's 6-2 win over Chicago to tie the series at one.

    Advice: Ribeiro also dished out three hits during his 19:10 of ice time, which included 2:49 on the power play. He now has 23 assists and 29 points in 51 career playoff games with Montreal, Dallas, Washington, and now Nashville.
    Friday, 10:48 pm
  • Mike Fisher (LBI) doesn't practice Friday
    Mike Fisher (lower body) didn't take part in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Fisher was hurt in Game 1 of the Predators' first round series on Wednesday. It would be surprising to see him play in Friday's contest, but he should be regarded as day-to-day beyond that.
    Friday, 3:02 pm
    L, 4-1 @ Dal
  • Scott Darling will back up Crawford in Game 2
    Backup goalie Scott Darling will return to the bench for the start of Friday's Game 2.

    Advice: He was excellent in relief of Corey Crawford to help the Blackhawks win Game 1 in double overtime, but Crawford will get the start on Friday night against Nashville. "Commend him on playing a great game and doing everything he could to get us the win," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's a great situation knowing that you have a goaltender like that ready to come in and help and play. It says a little bit about both guys, that we have a lot of trust in them ... but Corey is going." Darling stopped 42 shots after he entered the game in the second period and he set a Stanley Cup playoffs record for most time without allowing a goal in a relief appearance, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
    Friday, 7:39 am
  • Frederik Andersen helps take Game One vs Jets
    Frederik Andersen helped take Game One over Winnipeg by making 25 saves.

    Advice: Andersen wasn't quite on top of his game, but he was certainly good enough to support Anaheim's outstanding offense. He was only beaten by two expertly placed pucks, and sometimes there's nothing one can do about those. Andersen's career playoff record improves to 4-2 in eight starts with 21 goals against.
    Thursday, 11:09 pm
  • Ondrej Pavelec no match for Ducks' attack
    Ondrej Pavelec was only able to make 29 saves during Thursday's 4-2 Game One loss to Anaheim.

    Advice: While one could say that Pavelec didn't receive enough help at either end of the ice, he simply did not look comfortable in net. He was beaten three times on 10 shots in the third period, including two power play tallies. It was Pavelec's first career playoff game, so perhaps cut him a bit of slack heading into Game Two.
    Thursday, 10:59 pm
  • Devan Dubnyk leads Wild to Game One win
    Devan Dubnyk made 19 saves in Minnesota's Game One 4-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday night.

    Advice: Dubnyk was up to his usual excellence, which included stopping all three shots he saw while on the kill and turning away nine of 10 shots in the third period. The win was his first career win in the playoffs. Dubnyk's record with the Wild now stands at a remarkable 28-9-2 since he joined the Wild from Arizona in January.
    Thursday, 9:44 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist helps NYR beat Pens 2-1
    Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and allowed just one goal in the Rangers' Game 1 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

    Advice: King Henrik finished the regular season with five wins in his final six games, and is coming into these playoffs well-rested and hot after sitting out with an injury between Feb. 2 and March 28. Ryan McDonagh scored the winner for the Rangers in the first period and Lundqvist improves to 4-0-1 against Pittsburgh this season.
    Thursday, 8:01 pm
  • Frederik Andersen will get start in game 1
    Frederik Andersen will get the start in game one of Anaheim's first round playoff series against Winnipeg.

    Advice: The 25-year-old played in seven playoff games last year but he didn't do so well. He had a 3-2 record in seven games and he allowed 19 goals during that span. Many expect the Ducks to make a long playoff run this season, but they will need their goaltender to play better than he did at this time last year. Andersen finished the regular season with a 35-12-5 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage.
    Thursday, 3:36 pm
  • Ondrej Pavelec will start game 1 for WPG
    Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in game one of Winnipeg's first round series against Anaheim on Thursday.

    Advice: The 27-year-old has had an up and down NHL career, but he really took off at the end of the regular season. Pavelec has never played in an NHL playoff game but he does have some post-season experience in the minors. He posted a 16-8 record with a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL playoffs in 2007-08. It will be interesting to see if he can translate his regular season success to playoff success.
    Thursday, 3:11 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist will start in Game 1 vs. PIT
    Henrik Lundqvist will be between the pipes for Game 1 of the Rangers' series against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Backup Cam Talbot played extremely well when Lundqvist was out because of an injury, but there was never any doubt as to who would start if both were healthy. Lundqvist has a career playoff record of 43-48 with a 2.24 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage.
    Thursday, 2:49 pm
  • Abdelkader out Thurs., should return soon
    Justin Abdelkader (hand) will not be available on Thursday for Game 1 versus Tampa Bay.

    Advice: However, he has been skating regularly and should be ready to return soon. Abdelkader is dealing with some inflammation in his right hand after he was hurt on Apr. 4.
    Thursday, 1:42 pm
    W, 2-0 @ Car
  • Mike Fisher leaves Game 1 with LBI
    Mike Fisher exited Wednesday's playoff opener early in the second period with a lower-body injury.

    Advice: He logged just 5:32 of ice time in Game 1 against Chicago after missing the last two games of the regular season with a lower-body ailment. Consider him day-to-day.
    Thursday, 10:46 am
    L, 4-1 @ Dal
  • Devan Dubnyk ready for playoff debut
    Minnesota will open their first-round series in St. Louis on Thursday night and it will be Devan Dubnyk's first career playoff start.

    Advice: Dubnyk posted a 15-2-1 record on the road and a mark of 27-9-2 since he joined the Wild from Arizona. If Minnesota pulls off the upset and knocks out the Blues then Dubnyk is expected to play a key role in the outcome.
    Thursday, 10:11 am
  • Colin Wilson scores twice in opening loss
    Colin Wilson scored twice in Nashville's 4-3 double overtime series opening loss to Chicago on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Predators started off like a house on fire, scoring the first three goals of the game. Wilson opened the scoring six minutes into the game and then gave the Preds a 3-0 lead at the time with a beautiful tip-in goal on the power-play. Viktor Stalberg scored the other goal in a losing cause.
    Thursday, 12:14 am
    L, 4-1 @ Dal
  • Scott Darling plays hero in relief win
    Scott Darling stopped all 42 shots and earned the win for the Blackhawks in the series opener in relief of Corey Crawford who was pulled in the first intermission.

    Advice: It was a pretty heroic performance for the Hawks backup who shut the door for three plus periods after the Blackhawks fell behind 3-0 after the first period. It was a momentum changing move for the Blackhawks that changed the tide in the game. It was the 26 year-old rookies' first playoff experience to boot. Corey Crawford has a lot of history of winning with the club and has been the Hawks best player the last two months of the season so it is unlikely they will turn to Darling for the start in the next game but he will obviously be an option should stumble at all.
    Thursday, 12:04 am
  • Justin Abdelkader questionable for Game 1
    Justin Abdelkader (hand) didn't take part in line rushes on Wednesday.

    Advice: His status will be determined after Thursday morning's skate. Abdelkader also didn't take part in contact drills.
    Wednesday, 12:49 pm
    W, 2-0 @ Car
  • Mike Fisher (LBI) will dress in Game 1
    Mike Fisher (lower body) will get back into the lineup Wednesday for Game 1 versus Chicago.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. In 59 games, Fisher generated 19 goals and 39 points. He is slated to play between Colin Wilson and James Neal.
    Wednesday, 9:34 am
    L, 4-1 @ Dal
  • Andersen feels better prepared for postseason
    Frederik Andersen feels better prepared going into the 2015 playoffs compared to last year's postseason.

    Advice: Andersen posted a 3.10 GAA and .899 save percentage in seven playoff games as a rookie in 2014. "Experience-wise it's different. I played a lot more this season," Andersen noted. "I kind of feel more comfortable handling playing every second day. It's a lot different than playing once a week, like I did last year, basically, then all of a sudden had to play every second night. It's a little bit of an adjustment, how to get up for every game and be your best every night." The Ducks better hope that's the case. He certainly did fine in the regular season with his 2.38 GAA and .914 save percentage and Anaheim needs him to be at least solid in the playoffs if they have any hope of enjoying a lengthy playoff run.
    Wednesday, 6:18 am
  • Lundqvist feels refreshed ahead of playoffs
    Henrik Lundqvist says that he "feels refreshed physically and mentally", which is good news for the New York Rangers as they intend to finish the playoffs with a win this time.

    Advice: Lundqvist had started an average of 66 games during his last seven seasons in the league. However this season, due to his vascular injury, he saw just 46 games. Which makes his 30-13-3 record with five shutouts, a .922 save percentage and a 2.25 GAA across 28 Quality Starts all the more impressive. "You just know when he gets into those zones and he's stopping pucks," teammate Marc Staal said. "He kind of gets up on top of his crease, on his toes and he makes like four or five in a row where he is just hunting the puck all over the place and you can see he's fired up." Lunqvist owns a career 43-48 playoff record across 79 starts and 92 games with nine shutouts, a .922 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA.
    Tuesday, 2:48 pm
  • Mike Fisher skates Monday, still day-to-day
    Mike Fisher (lower body) skated for part of Monday's practice.

    Advice: "It was good to see him," coach Peter Laviolette said. "We were just getting him back on the ice and working him in a little bit." Fisher is listed as day-to-day after he missed the last two games of the season with a lower-body injury.
    Tuesday, 8:09 am
    L, 4-1 @ Dal
  • Justin Abdelkader hopes to be ready for Gm 1
    Justin Abdelkader (hand) took part in Monday's practice.

    Advice: He didn't participate in battle drills and skated as the fourth member of the Stephen Weiss, Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist combination. Abdelkader is hoping to play during the first round of the playoffs and he has until Thursday to try to get himself ready for Game 1 against Tampa Bay.
    Monday, 9:11 am
    W, 2-0 @ Car
  • Wild GM says Devan Dubnyk sparked his team
    Wild General Manager Cliff Fletcher said that Devan Dubnyk sparked his team's turnaround.

    Advice: "We just weren’t winning," Fletcher said. "Our game fell apart defensively. We weren’t getting enough saves. But Devan was the spark that turned our season around. He came in and was a very steadying and calming influence in net and made a lot of saves and our players responded by starting to play better hockey in front of him." There's no doubt that getting Dubnyk from Arizona was the turning point in Minnesota's season. It will be interesting to see if he can keep his numbers up in the playoffs.
    Apr 12, 9:46 am
  • Frederik Andersen likely Game 1 goalie
    Look for Frederik Anderson to play in goal when the Anaheim Ducks open their playoff series with Winnipeg.

    Advice: Andersen has won four of his last five outings and with John Gibson sidelined after being injured in practice Friday, it looks like it will be Andersen. Andersen finished the season with a 35-12-5 record to go with a 2.38 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
    Apr 12, 2:57 am
  • Frederik Andersen wins fourth in five games
    Frederik Andersen made 23 saves in the Ducks’ 2-1 win against the Coyotes on Saturday night.

    Advice: Andersen has won four of his past five outings, giving up more than two goals just once. There might not be a playoff goalie controversy anymore if John Gibson’s upper-body injury proves to be more serious than the team has let on. On the year, Andersen sported a 2.38 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
    Apr 11, 9:17 pm
  • Scott Darling allows three goals on 24 shots
    Scott Darling gave up three goals on 24 shots in Chicago’s 3-2 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

    Advice: Darling was giving number-one starter Corey Crawford a breather with the playoffs looming. It’s just 14 games, but Darling has proven he’s deserving of more starts, though that’s unlikely to happen in Chicago anytime soon. He had a 1.94 goals-against average and .936 save percentage this season.
    Apr 11, 9:06 pm
  • Frederik Andersen to go in season finale
    Frederik Andersen will get the start against Arizona in Saturday's regular season finale.

    Advice: Andersen will cap off a strong sophomore season, his first as the primary starter, with a 34-12-5 record, a .914 save percentage, and a 2.40 GAA over 53 games. He's also posted 32 Quality Start and nine Really Bad Starts this season. Andersen comes in 3-2-0 over his last five starts with 12 goals against.
    Apr 11, 5:52 pm
  • Devan Dubnyk loses, gets some rest
    The Minnesota Wild only trotted Devan Dubnyk out for the first two periods of a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues, but he took the L.

    Advice: It's quietly been a bumpy April for Dubnyk, who is 1-3-1 in his past five games. His performances have been solid enough, though, so it's probably not that much of a concern.
    Apr 11, 3:19 pm
  • Scott Darling gets season finale vs Avalanche
    Scott Darling will get the season finale on Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche.

    Advice: Darling has posted a 9-3-0 record with just 24 goals against in 13 games since taking over for Antti Raanta as Corey Crawford's backup. Perhaps what's most impressive however, is that Darling has posted 10 Quality Starts over that span. This will be his first career game versus Colorado.
    Apr 11, 2:12 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist finishes with 30 wins
    Considering his lengthy injury absence, it's impressive that Henrik Lundqvist grabbed his 30th win this season.

    Advice: He did so after the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Saturday. Aside from the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Lundqvist has at least 30 wins in every season of his career.
    Apr 11, 12:15 pm
  • Mike Fisher out Saturday v Dallas
    Mike Fisher will not play Saturday night against Dallas.

    Advice: He is still dealing with a lower-body injury that kept him out of Thursday's contest. There is no need to play Fisher as the game means nothing to the Preds who need to gear up for the playoffs.
    Apr 11, 9:27 am
    L, 4-1 @ Dal
  • Dubnyk will get the start v Blues Saturday
    Devan Dubnyk will get the start Saturday afternoon against St. Louis.

    Advice: He had his streak of 39 consecutive starts broken on Thursday, but will be back in goal against the Blues as the Wild try and leapfrog over the Hawks in the standings to qualify for the post-season as a non-wildcard team. We have run out of superlatives for Dubnyk. Just make sure he is active early as the game starts at 3:00 pm EDT.
    Apr 11, 9:04 am
  • Chris Higgins has 36 points in 77 games
    Chris Higgins had an assist in Vancouver's 5-0 win against Arizona on Thursday.

    Advice: Higgins has 12 goals and 36 points in 77 games in 2014-15. That's similar to what he did in 2013-14, which is what we were hoping for from him. At this point, what you see is what you get from the 31-year-old forward.
    Apr 10, 8:49 am
  • Henrik Lundqvist will start in season finale
    Henrik Lundqvist will play between the pipes on Saturday.

    Advice: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault isn't interested in resting Lundqvist before the playoffs. Then again, because of his earlier neck injury, Lundqvist has only played in 45 games this season, compared to his usual 60-plus contests. He has a 2.26 GAA and .923 save percentage in 2014-15.
    Apr 10, 7:54 am
  • Pavelec makes 21 saves in 1-0 OTL vs. Avs
    Ondrej Pavelec was perfect through overtime, making 21 saves. However he was anything but in the shootout as the Avalanche took the game 1-0 on Thursday night.

    Advice: Pavelec was sharp, stopping all 17 even strength shots and all four special teams shots sent his way. Unfortunately, he couldn't make a save in the shootout. The loss drops Pavelec's record to 22-16-8 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.28 GAA.
    Apr 9, 8:58 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist stops 24 in loss to Senators
    Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves on 26 shots in the Rangers' 3-0 loss to the Senators on Thursday night, bringing an end to his four-game winning streak.

    Advice: This was King Henrik's second loss in six games since returning from a neck injury, thus it seems he's in fine form as the Rangers get set for the playoffs despite the loss to the league's hottest team. Lundqvist is 29-13-3 this season with a .923 save percentage and 2.23 goals against average.
    Apr 9, 7:21 pm
  • Mike Fisher isn't on ice for pre-game warmup
    Mike Fisher (lower body) isn't on the ice for pre-game warmups on Thursday.

    Advice: The Predators are hosting the Wild and it doesn't look like Fisher will play in the contest. Expect Mike Santorelli to take his spot on the roster.
    Apr 9, 4:33 pm
    L, 4-1 @ Dal
  • Ondrej Pavelec starts vs. COL on Thursday
    Ondrej Pavelec will get the start in Thursday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

    Advice: Pavelec is playing the best hockey of his career as he's posted back-to-back shutouts against Minnesota and St. Louis coming into tonight's action. The Jets control their own destiny but they have yet to clinch a playoff spot just yet (a win tonight would do the trick). The 27-year-old has a 22-16-7 record with a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage in 49 games.
    Apr 9, 3:16 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist to start vs. Senators on THU
    Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in Thursday's game against Ottawa.

    Advice: The 33-year-old has a 29-12-3 with a 2.26 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage in 44 games this season. The Rangers have locked up the President's Trophy but they surely want to get Lundqvist some playing time considering he missed a good chunk of the season with a throat injury. Lundqvist has a 13-15-3 record against the Senators in his career.
    Apr 9, 2:47 pm
  • Devan Dubnyk game streak will end at 39
    Devan Dubnyk's run of 39 straight starts will end on Thursday.

    Advice: Dubnyk will be a healthy scratch as the Wild have clinched a playoff berth. He's the single biggest reason they're going to the postseason as his acquisition from Arizona marked a turning point for the Wild. He has a 1.73 GAA and .938 save percentage in 38 games with Minnesota in 2014-15. Darcy Kuemper will start in his place.
    Apr 9, 10:49 am
  • Abdelkader uncertain for remaining games
    Justin Abdelkader (hand) skated on Wednesday and his status for Thursday and Saturday hasn't been decided yet.

    Advice: "Any time you get a bruise or something like that, you need to get the inflammation out as quick as possible," Abdelkader said. "So I'm doing therapy, rehab, trying to work that way." He has missed the last two games with a hand injury.
    Apr 9, 6:10 am
    W, 2-0 @ Car
  • Frederik Andersen's 28 saves not near enough
    Frederik Andersen made 28 saves in a 4-0 loss to Dallas on Wednesday.

    Advice: He wasn't the problem-but wasn't part of the solution in the Ducks debacle on Wednesday where the team was booed of their home ice. It is still unknown as who will get that first start in net in the Ducks opening round series. Andersen had won three straight before getting shelled in this effort. If we were to venture a guess, he is still the number one guy for the Ducks. Andersen has a strong 34-12-5 record to go with a 2.40 GAA and .914 save percentage in 53 games this season.
    Apr 8, 11:44 pm
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