Player Notes

  • Caps G Braden Holtby takes loss in Pittsburgh
    Washington goalie Braden Holtby wasn't his usual stellar self Monday night, stopping only 20 shots in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: The Caps are now down 2-1 in the best-of-seven, second-round series. They hope to tie it Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. But they'll need a bit more from their usually brilliant goalie, who has saved 95 of the 103 shots that the Pens have fired at him in the series. Holtby's postseason statistics remain impressive. He has a goals-against average of 1.44 and a save percentage of .949. Yet his playoff record this year isn't all that wonderful, at 5-4. Today, 9:04 pm
  • Mike Weber scratched in Game 3 vs. PIT
    Mike Weber will be a healthy scratch in Game 3 against the Penguins on Monday night.

    Advice: With Brooks Orpik on the sidelines because of a suspension, the Caps prefered to give Dmitry Orlov a spot in their top-six over Weber. Stanislav Galiev and Michael Latta will also watch Game 3 from the press box. Today, 5:01 pm
  • Derrick Pouliot will play in Game 3 on Monday
    Derrick Pouliot will make his 2016 postseason debut in Game 3 against Washington on Monday.

    Advice: Pouliot is being inserted into the lineup because Olli Maatta (upper body) isn't available to play. Pouliot hasn't played in a game since the Penguins' regular season finale on April 9. The 22-year-old had no goals and seven assists in 22 games this season. Today, 4:56 pm
  • Josh Bailey (UBI) practices fully on Monday
    Josh Bailey (upper body) participated fully in Monday's practice.

    Advice: "I felt good the last few days, been progressing where I need to be," said Bailey. "See how it is tomorrow but as long as I keep feeling the same way, should be good." He could be back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing the last two playoff games with an upper-body injury. Today, 3:41 pm
  • Steven Stamkos doesn't travel with Lightning
    Steven Stamkos is still on blood thinners and he didn't travel with the team.

    Advice: The Lightning will be on the road for Games 3 and 4 against the New York Islanders on Tuesday and Friday night, respectively. It's unclear when Stamkos won't need to be on blood thinners anymore, but it won't be long before he is able to return once he is off of them. Today, 3:33 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Stars coach doesn't name Game 3 starter
    Dallas coach Lindy Ruff predictably won't say who is starting goaltender will be for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Ruff was asked who would start on Monday and he responded: "Umm-hmm. I'll let you guys know [who it is] about five minutes after warmup tomorrow." Kari Lehtonen was pulled on Sunday and Antti Niemi stopped 19 of 20 shots in relief. If we had to guess then Niemi would probably be our pick to start on Tuesday. Today, 1:54 pm
  • Andersen would love to stay with Ducks
    Frederik Andersen can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

    Advice: It's unclear if the Ducks will keep Andersen in the fold with John Gibson ready to be a full-time starter. "Tough to say right now," Andersen said. "I think when the time comes some decisions will be made. I like playing here and all the guys love having me in the net. I like it here, so obviously, I would love to play here." Andersen's previous contract had an annual average value of just $1.15 million. Today, 12:51 pm
  • J.T. Brown skates Monday with no stick
    J.T. Brown (upper body) skated prior to practice on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't use a stick during his session, which suggests that he could be dealing with a wrist or hand injury. Brown is out indefinitely and it's unclear if he will play at all in Round 2 of the playoffs. Today, 11:53 am
  • Karl Alzner skips Monday's skate
    Karl Alzner didn't skate Monday morning, but he's still probable to play in Game 3 versus Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He missed the session for maintenance on an undisclosed upper-body injury, but he was able to play in Game 2 on Saturday after he missed that skate. Today, 11:33 am
  • Brooks Orpik accepts suspension
    Brooks Orpik didn't have a problem with his three-game suspension.

    Advice: "I think it was fair," Orpik said. "It was a bad hit. I intended for it to be a hard hit, but definitely not at his head. I don't think there's anything that you can argue that it was definitely late. I think that was pretty black and white, and I said that during my hearing yesterday. I was just disappointed. It's a split-second decision you make, and you’ve just got to live with it." Coach Barry Trotz had a much different outlook on the situation and indicated that the length of the ban had a lot to do with who the Capitals were playing against. Today, 11:29 am
  • Olli Maatta (UBI) won't play in Game 3
    Olli Maatta (upper body) won't play in Game 3 on Monday night against Washington.

    Advice: Coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed that Maatta will sit after he sustained an upper-body injury on Saturday from a high hit from Brooks Orpik. It would've been surprising if he was able to play. Consider him day-to-day for now. Today, 8:42 am
  • Willie Mitchell could retire this off-season
    Willie Mitchell's playing career with the Panthers is likely over, but he could be back with the team as an assistant coach or penalty killing adviser next season.

    Advice: he hasn't officially announced his retirement yet, but the 39-year-old veteran has dealt with concussions in the past two seasons. Mitchell has been warned by doctors that additional head injuries could be damaging to his future well-being. Today, 8:33 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Justin Abdelkader had finger and knee issues
    In addition to a dislocated ring finger, Justin Abdelkader was dealing with a knee injury during the playoffs.

    Advice: He suffered the finger injury at Minnesota on April 1 and it's expected to need 6-8 weeks for it to heal. Abdelkader also tweaked his knee against Boston on April 7, but he doesn't think it will require surgery. He believes he will be fine with some rest and rehab. It sounds like he will be OK for training camp. Today, 8:19 am
  • Kevin Shattenkirk earns 2 helpers Sunday
    Kevin Shattenkirk had a pair of assists in Game 2's 4-3 overtime win versus Dallas.

    Advice: Both of his helpers came on power-play goals, including the game winner by David Backes. Shattenkirk had two goals and seven points in nine playoff games. He has posted 0.66 postseason point-per-game average in the playoffs, which is currently third among active defensemen. Today, 7:48 am
  • Alex Goligoski extends point streak in Game 2
    Alex Goligoski tallied his third goal of the postseason on Sunday in Game 2 versus St. Louis.

    Advice: He opened the scoring in the match to give him a four-game point streak. Goligoski has five points in eight playoff matches thanks to his scoring surge. Today, 7:05 am
  • Antoine Roussel posts costly PIMs in Game 2
    Antoine Roussel scored a big goal for the Stars in Game 1 against St. Louis, but he hurt his team with costly penalties in the second game of the series.

    Advice: He amassed six minutes in the sin bin on Sunday and the Blues scored on two of those opportunities, which included the game winner in overtime. Roussel's other infraction erased a third-period power play for Dallas. The Stars have benefited from his feisty play in the past, but he will have to stay more disciplined. Today, 6:59 am
  • Colin Wilson leads NSH in playoff points
    Colin Wilson leads the Predators in playoff scoring with seven points in nine games.

    Advice: He earned an assist in Game 2 versus San Jose to give him a three-game point streak. Wilson has produced two goals and five helpers in the playoffs after struggling to score during the regular season. Today, 6:46 am
  • Roman Josi picks up two assists in Game 2
    Roman Josi contributed two assists in Game 2 during a 3-2 loss to San Jose.

    Advice: He logged a game-high 28:31 of ice time in the match and finished with three shots on goal. He has collected six helpers in nine outings during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Josi has 23 shots in the postseason, but he is still looking for his first goal. He has recorded one marker in 25 career playoff contests. Today, 6:42 am
  • Capitals embarrassed by sluggish start in G2
    Justin Williams had a blunt way of describing the Capitals' showing in the first 40 minutes of Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Washington was outshot by Pittsburgh 28-8 by the second intermission. "We talked between the second and third, knowing we were getting embarrassed out there," Williams said. Washington did bounce back in the third frame, but it wasn't enough to stop the Penguins' 2-1 victory. Pittsburgh are an incredibly tough team to make up ground against. Pittsburgh was 39-0-0 when leading through two periods in the 2015-16 campaign and 4-0-0 in the playoffs. Today, 1:53 am
  • Matthew Nieto picks up an assist vs. Preds
    Matthew Nieto recorded an assist in the Sharks' 3-2 win against Nashville in Game 2 on Sunday.

    Advice: Nieto has a goal and two points in seven playoff games. During the regular season he had eight goals and 17 points in 67 contests. Today, 1:45 am
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