Player Notes

  • Frans Nielsen scores Isles' only goal in loss
    Frans Nielsen scored his first goal of the playoffs in the New York Islanders' series-losing, 2-1 loss to the Capitals in Washington Monday night.

    Advice: The Isles disappointed themselves with only 11 shots on goal in this one. The anemic offense paved the way for the Caps to prevail and take the Eastern Conference First Round Series in the maximum seven games. Despite the dearth of offense in the game that mattered most, Nielsen gave the Isles a chance after he took a pass from Thomas Hickey and let go a soft wrist shot that found its way between Washington goalie Braden Holtby's skates to make it 1-1 in the third period. The Caps would win this game, though, on a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov with 7:18 remaining in regulation time.
    52 minutes ago
  • Tomas Tatar scores both Detroit goals in loss
    Detroit forward Tomas Tatar netted both of the Red Wings' goals in their 5-2 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the teams' Eastern Conference First Round playoff series Monday night.

    Advice: Tatar, who was unable to score in five postseason games in 2013-14, has three entering Wednesday's seventh and deciding game of what has been an exciting series between Detroit and Tampa Bay. After allowing three goals to the Lightning Monday, Tatar brought his team back to 3-2 with about 19 minutes left in the third period. He scored his first goal of the game on a power play in the second period and he knocked in his second goal after a setup from Pavel Datsyuk at 1:39 of the third period. It was Datsyuk's second assist of the postseason.
    Today, 7:33 pm
  • P.K. Subban is a finalist for the Norris
    P.K. Subban is a finalist for the Norris Trophy.

    Advice: He registered 60 points for the first time in his career in 2014-15. Subban also set personal bests with 15 goals, 45 assists and a plus-21 rating. He won the award in 2012-13.
    Today, 3:44 pm
  • Mike Fisher confident he'll be back in NSH
    Mike Fisher is confident that he will be back in Nashville next season.

    Advice: He can become an unrestricted free agent in July. Fisher has been with the Predators since the 2010-11 campaign. He collected 19 goals and 39 points in 59 games this year after missing the first 21 matches with an Achilles injury.
    Today, 2:45 pm
  • Michael Latta to be scratched Monday
    Michael Latta will be a healthy scratch for Monday’s Game 7 matchup with the New York Islanders.

    Advice: Head coach Barry Trotz will elect to go with the veteran Curtis Glencsross for Game 7, which means Latta will move back to the press box. Latta, just 23-years-old, skated in four games during the best of seven series with the Islanders and has not picked up a point or shot on goal yet while seeing limited ice-time.
    Today, 2:12 pm
  • Eric Fehr (UBI) ruled out for Game 7 Mon.
    As expected, Eric Fehr (shoulder) has been ruled out for Game 7 Monday night against the Islanders.

    Advice: Fehr has missed the last three games in the series and has yet to score a point while picking up just two shots and two penalty minutes. He was only originally supposed to have missed just two games but the shoulder is still not game-ready. However, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz stated that if the Capitals were to advance to the second round of the 2015 playoffs that Fehr would be ready to play.
    Today, 2:07 pm
  • Shea Weber suffered a subluxed kneecap
    Shea Weber sustained a subluxed kneecap during Game 2 of Nashville's first-round series against Chicago.

    Advice: He sat out the Predators' final four playoff matches and underwent a medical procedure to repair the damage. Weber is expected to require four to six weeks of recovery time.
    Today, 1:52 pm
  • Andrew Hammond can become a UFA
    Andrew Hammond can become an unrestricted free agent in July.

    Advice: The 27-year-old rookie compiled a 20-1-2 record along with a 1.79 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage to help the Senators qualify for the playoffs. He incredible run as the team's starter could earn him an extension, but the team already has Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner under contract. There is speculation that Ottawa may look to trade a goaltender.
    Today, 1:07 pm
  • Corey Crawford will face Wild in Game 1
    Corey Crawford will be between the pipes for Game 1 against Minnesota when the second round of the NHL playoffs begins.

    Advice: "It's his net," Joel Quenneville said. "Let's go." Crawford started just two games for the Blackhawks and appeared in three during the team's first-round series victory over Nashville. He was relegated to backup duty because of Scott Darling, but got a chance to get back in for Game 6 after Darling struggled in his past two outings.
    Today, 12:43 pm
  • Steve Stamkos says he isn't playing hurt
    Steve Stamkos insisted Monday that he isn't playing hurt.

    Advice: "Obviously cause I'm not scoring, people think you're injured," Stamkos said. "That's not the case. I feel great. Obviously everyone is going through some bumps and bruises at this time (of year). But if I had a couple goals, nobody would ask me if i was injured." He hasn't scored a goal in the playoffs yet after finishing second on the league with a total of 43 during the regular season.
    Today, 12:05 pm
  • Kevin Klein says he's ready to return
    Kevin Klein (arm) has declared himself ready to go for Round 2.

    Advice: He said he feels "100 percent" after missing all of New York's opening-round series win over Pittsburgh. Klein hasn't played since Mar. 11 because of a broken arm.
    Today, 11:19 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Niederreiter scores into an empty net again
    Nino Niederreiter tallied his third goal of the playoffs on Sunday in a 4-1 win over St. Louis.

    Advice: For the second time during this postseason, he scored into an empty net. Niederreiter picked up four points in six games to help the Wild get into the second round with six-game series victory over the Blues.
    Today, 9:38 am
  • Justin Fontaine pots GWG in Game 6
    Justin Fontaine scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 to help the Wild advance into the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: His second-period marker chased St. Louis goalie Jake Allen, who allowed two goals on 13 shots, from the crease and gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead. Fontaine has two points in five playoff games this spring.
    Today, 9:30 am
  • Max Pacioretty scores empty-net goal
    Max Pacioretty scored his second goal of the postseason in Game 6 against Ottawa.

    Advice: He deposited the puck into an empty net with less than a second remaining in the third period, as the Canadiens eliminated the Senators. It was Pacioretty's first goal since Game 2 and just his second point in the first round of the playoffs. He just returned from a possible concussion after sitting out the first game of the series, so he might need some additional time before he becomes comfortable again.
    Today, 7:44 am
  • Milan Lucic lost his father last week
    Milan Lucic's father passed away unexpectedly last Wednesday in Vancouver.

    Advice: "My family and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support from the hockey community, friends, and fans from around the world," said Lucic in a statement. "We kindly ask everyone to respect our privacy during this difficult and sad time." We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Milan and his family for their loss.
    Today, 7:21 am
  • Pens won't trade Evgeni Malkin this summer
    The Pittsburgh Penguins don't have any intention of trading Evgeni Malkin.

    Advice: That might seem obvious, but it has been brought up since Pittsburgh's first round exit. The idea of trading Malkin does have some merit. After all, Pittsburgh's cap is very top-heavy and moving Malkin would be one way to free up space so the Penguins can become a more well-rounded squad. Malkin might also start to decline in value quicker than anticipated given the soon-to-be 29-year-old's lengthy injury history. That being said, it's not at all surprising that the Penguins intend to keep the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner.
    Today, 4:20 am
  • Mark Giordano (torn biceps) starts to skate
    Mark Giordano (torn biceps) has started to skate.

    Advice: Giordano probably isn't close to returning, but at the same time it wouldn't be shocking to see him rejoin the Flames at some point during the second round. That would be a big boost for Calgary as Giordano was looking like a Norris Trophy candidate before his season was cut short.
    Today, 3:51 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Taylor Hall excited after Oilers' changes
    Taylor Hall is upbeat about the Edmonton Oilers' recent changes.

    Advice: "The past couple summers it's taken me to July or August to really get the optimism going. After a couple tough seasons, that's usually what it takes," said Hall. "But I feel that now. I'm excited. And it's such a nice feeling." Between the Oilers winning the draft lottery and with it first dibs at Connor McDavid, Bob Nicholson being named the team's CEO, and Peter Chiarelli taking over as the president and general manager, there are plenty of reasons for the Oilers to be upbeat. It's still far too early to say if they're likely to end their playoff drought next season, but there's certainly been a lot of positive moves for them lately.
    Today, 3:47 am
  • CGY likely to burn 1st year of Bennett's deal
    It's looking like this will count as the first season of Sam Bennett's entry-level deal.

    Advice: This will only count as the first campaign in Bennett's deal if he plays in at least 10 NHL games between the regular season and playoffs. Usually if a young player's opening year on their entry-level contract is burned it's because they stuck with the team past their season-opening nine-game trial. Bennett's case is unusual because it's looking like it will be playoff games that push him over the edge. He's up to seven games against his deal.
    Today, 3:37 am
  • James Wisniewski didn't play in first round
    James Wisniewski didn't play at all in the first round.

    Advice: Anaheim acquired Wisniewski from Columbus on March 2 and it's surprising to see the talented defenseman kept out of the lineup. At the same time, the Ducks swept the Jets, so there wasn't any incentive for Anaheim to make adjustments. It's likely just a matter of time before Wisniewski gets his chance.
    Today, 3:25 am
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