Player Notes

  • Ovechkin named finalist for Ted Lindsay Award
    For the sixth time in his career, Alex Ovechkin has been named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award. The award, which commemorates Ted Lindsay in honor of him setting up the original Players' Association, is award to the "Most Outstanding Player" as voted on by the players.

    Advice: For all the derision Ovechkin has received over his career, he was still voted by his peers "Most Outstanding Player" three consecutive seasons from 2007-10, and as a finalist in 2005-06 and 2012-13. As you probably already know, Ovechkin won his fifth Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy this season with 53 goals and became the sixth NHL player to record six career 50-goal seasons. He also led the league in power play goals with 25, game-winners with 11, and ranked fourth in points with 81 over 81 games played this season. All of which helped him earn his fifth Hart Memorial Trophy for league MVP finalist nomination to boot. It's beginning to look like Ovechkin will have the last laugh regardless of how his career finishes.
    Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • Players nominate Jamie Benn for Ted Lindsay
    Jamie Benn is one of the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award.

    Advice: Like the Hart Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award goes to the league's MVP. The difference is that the Hart is handled by PHWA while the players themselves vote on the Ted Lindsay Award. The writers and players both agreed on Alex Ovechkin and Carey Price this season, but they differ on Benn. The writers' third nominee was John Tavares instead. Benn won the scoring title with 87 points in 82 contests. Tavares only finished one point behind though and had 38 goals to Benn's 35. Tavares' Islanders also made the playoffs, which many Hart Trophy voters likely took into consideration.
    Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • No lineup changes for Chicago in Game Three
    There will not be any lineup changes for Chicago for Game Three on Tuesday night against Minnesota.

    Advice: Kris Versteeg is still day-to-day with a lower body injury, which leaves him to join Joakim Nordstrom, Daniel Carcillo, David Rundblad, Kyle Cumiskey, Michael Paliotta and Antti Raanta in the press box.
    Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Ryan Carter to make playoff debut in Game 3
    Ryan Carter will make his playoff debut on Tuesday night, skating on the fourth line in Game Three against Chicago.

    Advice: Carter will skate to the right of Matt Cooke and Kyle Brodziak. Through 53 regular season games this season, Carter put up just 13 points, which is just one more point than his career playoff total through 48 games.
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Prust fined $5K for 'baseless' comments'
    Brandon Prust has been fined $5K for his "derogatory public comments directed toward Referee Brad Watson" during last Sunday's post-game interviews.

    Advice: Per HL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell, "Brandon Prust's post-game comments were both baseless and demeaning of a referee whose 20-year career in the League has been marked by professionalism, integrity and a high degree of respect from players, coaches and management." And with that, Prust's bank account lightens up a bit.
    Yesterday, 3:28 pm

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Injury Reports

Chris Stewart (Min - RW)Upper-body injuryDTDMay 5, 2015
Micheal Ferland (Cgy - LW)Upper-body injuryDTDMay 3, 2015
David Desharnais (Mon - C)FluDTDMay 3, 2015
Justin Fontaine (Min - RW)LegDTDMay 2, 2015
Kris Versteeg (Chi - LW,RW)Lower-body injuryDTDMay 1, 2015
Mats Zuccarello (NYR - LW,RW)Upper-body injuryDTDApr 25, 2015
Nathan Beaulieu (Mon - D)Upper-body injuryDTDApr 21, 2015
Eric Fehr (Was - C,RW)Upper-body injuryDTDApr 20, 2015
John Gibson (Anh - G)HandDTDApr 11, 2015
Lance Bouma (Cgy - C,LW)Upper body injuryDTDApr 8, 2015
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