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  • Ryan Getzlaf (face) expected to play Friday
    Ryan Getzlaf (face) is expected to play in Game 2 on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered a deep facial laceration after he was struck in the face by a shot from Dallas' Tyler Seguin with just 16.4 seconds left in the third period. Fortunately, his X-rays came back negative.
    33 minutes ago
  • Vladimir Sobotka will play Thursday night
    Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) will be in the lineup for Game 1 on Thursday night.

    Advice: He'll center St. Louis' second line against Chicago with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz as his wingers. Sobotka sat out two games to end the regular season with a lower-body injury.
    38 minutes ago
  • Patrik Berglund out for playoff opener
    As expected, Patrik Berglund (upper body) has been ruled out for Thursday's playoff opener against Chicago.

    Advice: He didn't play in the Blues' last game of the regular season and he isn't ready to return.
    Today, 9:55 am
  • T.J. Oshie (upper body) won't play in Game 1
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) won't play in Game 1 against Chicago on Thursday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season after receiving an illegal check to the head from Minnesota's Michael Rupp. Oshie has been skating with the Blues, but he hasn't been cleared for contact yet.
    Today, 9:50 am
  • Mikael Granlund ready for playoff debut
    Mikael Granlund will make his NHL playoff debut Thursday night versus Colorado.

    Advice: He missed the last six games of the regular season with a head injury, but he's ready to return for Game 1 of the postseason. Granlund had eight goals and 41 points in 63 games this year.
    Today, 9:39 am
  • Nichushkin earns helper in playoff debut
    Valeri Nichushkin earned an assist in his first NHL playoff game Wednesday night.

    Advice: He helped set up Tyler Seguin's goal in the third period and finished with four shots in 15:49 of ice time. Nichushkin had 14 goals and 34 points in 79 games during the regular season.
    Today, 9:12 am
  • Hawks confident with Corey Crawford in goal
    The Blackhawks are very confident with goaltender Corey Crawford despite his doubters outside of Chicago.

    Advice: "I don't know why, that's a good question," Bryan Bickell said. "He's our backbone. He's our goalie, and that's one of the reasons we're going to keep him here long term because he is one of the elite goalies in this league." Crawford was solid during the regular season and he was great when Chicago won the Stanley Cup last year.
    Today, 8:50 am
  • Lightning mum on Ondrej Palat's injury
    Ondrej Palat was forced to leave Tampa Bay's playoff opener in the third period with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: He was seen walking around the locker room after the team's overtime loss and there wasn't an update on his status. Palat had an upper-body injury at the end of the regular season after a hard hit made contact with his head and there may have been a re-injury there. It was also speculated during the game telecast that he might have been hurt when he banged knees with Montreal's P.K. Subban. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Nikita Kucherov scores in postseason debut
    Nikita Kucherov found the back of the net in his playoff debut Wednesday night.

    Advice: He opened the scoring in Game 1 in Tampa Bay's 5-4 overtime defeat. Kucherov also scored in his regular season debut with the Lightning back in November, but that marker ended up being a game winner.
    Today, 8:11 am
  • Lars Eller scores his 1st career playoff goal
    Lars Eller picked up a goal and a helper in Wednesday's overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: He picked up an assist on Brian Gionta's shorthanded tally and then scored his first career playoff goal early in the third period.
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Matt Niskanen helps lead Penguins past CBJ
    Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory over Columbus in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: Niskanen had the best season of his career with 10 goals and 46 points in 81 games. With two points, he's already just one shy of his career-high in a single playoff run.
    Today, 7:23 am
  • Beau Bennett fine with in-game demotion
    Beau Bennett shrugged off Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's decision to demote him to the third line during Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: "It's not tough," Bennett said. "Honestly, in the playoffs, you leave your ego at the door. Whatever happens, you're trying to get 16 wins. That's the end goal." Bylsma liked how the switch worked out, so Bennett might end up staying on the third line for now. Bennett ended up with a power-play goal and got the primary assist on the game-winner with his new linemate, Brandon Sutter.
    Today, 7:11 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.
    Today, 7:01 am
  • Mark Scheifele, Maurice join Team Canada
    Mark Scheifele will play for Canada at the World Championships next month.

    Advice: He hasn't played since March 4 because of a knee injury, but he's healthy now and eager to get back on the ice. Scheifele will be joined by Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice, who will serve on Canada's staff.
    Today, 6:51 am
  • Gaborik has adjusted to playing with Kings
    Marian Gaborik feels comfortable with the Kings.

    Advice: "On the ice, it's been a bit of an adjustment to get used to the system and stuff," Gaborik said. "But I think I got that pretty quickly. It was a bit of a process, but it was just a matter of understanding and being on the same page with four other guys on the ice out there and just know what we're doing defensively." Gaborik had five goals and 16 points in 19 games after being dealt to Los Angeles. The Kings are counting on him to be one of their scoring leaders in the playoffs.
    Today, 6:46 am
  • Beauchemin picks up two assists Wednesday
    Francois Beauchemin had two assists in Anaheim's 4-3 win over Dallas in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: Beauchemin is on a three-game point streak that dates back to the regular season. He had four goals and 17 points in 70 games in 2013-14.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Teemu Selanne records a point in playoffs
    Teemu Selanne had an assist in Game 1 of Anaheim's first round series against Dallas.

    Advice: Selanne logged just 13:03 minutes, so it looks like Anaheim is still limiting his playing time now that we're in the playoffs. That assist was Selanne's 83rd playoff point in 119 career games.
    Today, 6:14 am
  • Matt Beleskey contributes 2 points in Game 1
    Matt Beleskey had a goal and an assist in Anaheim's 4-3 victory over Dallas in Game 1 of their first round series.

    Advice: Beleskey had three goals and four points in his final four regular season contests, so it looks like he was able to successfully take that momentum into the playoffs. Overall, he had nine goals and 24 points in 55 games in 2013-14.
    Today, 6:12 am
  • Ryan Getzlaf gets hit by puck, exits game
    Ryan Getzlaf left Wednesday's game late in the third period after being struck in the face by the puck.

    Advice: "I just know he's (Getzlaf) getting stitched up right now," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "That's the only thing I've heard. I think he's going to be OK." Before getting hurt, Getzlaf scored a goal and an assist to lead Anaheim to a 4-3 victory over Dallas.
    Today, 6:08 am
  • Lehtonen and Stars lose
    Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 35 shots in Dallas' 4-3 loss to Anaheim Wednesday evening at Honda Center.

    Advice: It wasn't a good start for Lehtonen as he allowed three goals in the first period. After the first period he played much better, but it was too late. Despite his shaky performance he should be the starting goalie on Friday, when the Stars and the Ducks will face again.
    Today, 12:26 am
  • Sceviour scores in loss
    Colton Sceviour scored a goal and added an assist for the Stars in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Anaheim in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

    Advice: It was a nice way to start the playoffs for Sceviour, but the Stars failed to win. He finished the regular season with 12 points in 28 games so two points in his first playoff game ever was a great start for him. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars.
    Today, 12:21 am
  • Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars
    Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and registered an assist in Anaheim's 4-3 win over Dallas Wednesday night to take a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Getzlaf, who finished with 87 points in 77 regular season games, continued his great season with two points. There was also bad news for Getzlaf when he took a Tyler Seguin slap shot to the face with 16 seconds left and went to the dressing room. The Ducks and the Stars will play again on Friday night and it is uncertain if Getzlaf can play then. Matt Beleskey also had a strong night with a goal and an assist, while Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault also scored for the Ducks. Francois Beauchemin added two helpers in the victory.
    Today, 12:09 am
  • Beau Bennett shines in win over Jackets
    Beau Bennett scored a goal and added an assist for Pittsburgh in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets to take a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Bennett missed the better part of the season due to injury, but he's gotten healthy at the right time and seems ready to contribute to Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup quest. Brandon Sutter, Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen also tallied for the Penguins in the victory while Evgeni Malkin and Paul Martin each registered a pair of helpers.
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • T.J. Oshie not cleared for contact yet
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) hasn't been cleared for contact yet.

    Advice: Oshie hasn't been ruled out for Game 1 on Thursday, but it would still be a bit surprising if he ends up returning that soon. That being said, the Blues think he'll be back before the end of the first round.
    Yesterday, 9:28 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.
    Yesterday, 9:21 am
  • Mikael Granlund slated to play on 2nd line
    Mikael Granlund (head) said he "felt really good" after Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: He's expected to be available to play in Thursday's postseason opener in Colorado. Granlund will reclaim his second-line spot between Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville, which will bump Erik Haula to the fourth unit.
    Yesterday, 6:51 am
  • TBL should get Ondrej Palat back on Wednesday
    Ondrej Palat (upper body) is ready to play in the Lightning's postseason opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Palat had 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games this season. Look for him to play on Tampa Bay's top line with Steve Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
  • Oshie skates, questionable Thursday
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) skated on Tuesday.

    Advice: "It felt good to get around, sweat a little bit," Oshie said. "It feels like I haven't been doing anything in a long time." He didn't rule out the possibility of him playing in Game 1. Oshie had 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games this season.
    Tuesday, 12:47 pm
  • Habs aim to improve power play against Bolts
    The Montreal Canadiens failed to score a power-play goal in their final eight regular-season games, going 0-for-23.

    Advice: The Habs want that to change when they begin their playoffs Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I'm not too worried about it," Montreal center Lars Eller said. "Most of the game is played 5-on-5 and we've been getting more goals at even strength lately. We've had a good power play and we're going to score on the power play and the floodgates are going to open." Eller is right about the Canadiens' production at even strength. During the eight-game power-play drought, Montreal scored 24 goals at even strength and that helped the team finish the season on an 11-3-1 run. But one of the blemishes on that record was a 3-1 loss in Tampa on April 1. The Canadiens gave the Bolts nine power-play chances and they scored on two of them. Montreal went 0-for-4.
    Tuesday, 8:04 am
  • Wild expects Mikael Granlund for playoffs
    Mikael Granlund (head) is likely to be back in Minnesota's lineup when the Wild open their playoff series against Colorado on Thursday.

    Advice: It would be the playoff debut for Granlund, a key Minnesota player who has been out since early April with a head injury. Granlund would center veteran Matt Moulson, who had 13 points in 20 games since being acquired from Buffalo on March 5, and another ex-Sabre, Jason Pominville, who led the Wild in points this season with 30 goals and 30 assists.
    Tuesday, 7:58 am
  • G Kari Lehtonen looking to carry Dallas Stars
    Goalie Kari Lehtonen is determined to push the Dallas Stars forward in the playoffs and is comfortable he can do so his way.

    Advice: "I'm excited for this opportunity," Lehtonen 30, said of starting the playoffs Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks. "We've been working for this, and now we want to get in there and see what we can do. It's a great time." Lehtonen added: "I have worked all year for this moment, and I think I'm ready." Lehtonen overcame a concussion and a groin strain to play in a league-high 65 games this season. He last was in the postseason in 2007 as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. Just 23 at the time, he had helped the Thrashers make the playoffs for the first time by forging a 34-24-9 record.
    Tuesday, 7:21 am
  • Patrik Berglund unlikely to play Thurs. night
    Patrik Berglund (upper body) isn't expected to play in Game 1 against Chicago on Thursday night.

    Advice: He sat out Sunday's game with an upper-body injury after he was hurt on Friday. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Monday, 3:21 pm
  • Vladimir Sobotka should be available for Gm 1
    Vladimir Sobotka is slated to be available for Game 1 of the Blues' first-round series versus Chicago.

    Advice: He missed the final two games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. We should know more about his status when the Blues get back to practicing.
    Monday, 3:16 pm
  • T.J. Oshie should be back for playoff opener
    T.J. Oshie (upper body) is expected to be available for Game 1 against Chicago on Thursday night.

    Advice: The Blues didn't practice on Monday, but he could be back after missing the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. We should know more after the team resumes skating.
    Monday, 3:11 pm
  • Lars Eller is ready to return from the flu
    Lars Eller is ready to return after missing three games with the flu.

    Advice: He sat out the end of the regular season due to the illness, but he's fit to play in the postseason. Eller got back onto the ice with his teammates for practice on Monday.
    Monday, 12:18 pm
  • Tampa's Ondrej Palat sits Sunday with UBI
    Ondrej Palat (upper body) didn't play Sunday.

    Advice: He appeared to take a blow to the head on a hit by Columbus blueliner Jack Johnson on Friday and it forced him to leave the contest. The rookie forward's status for Game 1 of the postseason is unclear at this time. He is listed as day-to-day.
    Monday, 8:54 am
  • Mark Scheifele's knee is all healed up
    Mark Scheifele (knee) has been cleared to play again.

    Advice: Unfortunately, for him and the Jets he'll have to until next season. He has been sidelined since Mar. 4 with a sprained MCL. Scheifele registered 13 goals and 34 points in 63 games this campaign.
    Monday, 6:48 am
  • Teemu Selanne named team captain Sunday
    Teemu Selanne was the Anaheim Ducks team captain on Sunday.

    Advice: It was likely Selanne's last regular season game of his career as he has stated this would be his last season and it was quite the honor for the Finn. There were tributes throughout the night for Selanne as the Ducks crowd feted him. He failed to get a point and ended the season with nine goals and 27 points in 64 games. It was the 1451st game of his career and he ended the regular season with 684 goals and 1457 points which rank 11th and 15th respectively in the NHL all-time record books.
    Monday, 3:42 am
  • Colton Sceviour nets Stars' only goal in loss
    Colton Sceviour scored early in the first period to give Dallas a 1-0 lead in Phoenix Sunday night but it turned out to be the Stars' only goal in a 2-1 victory for the Coyotes.

    Advice: The goal was Sceviour's eighth of the season. While Phoenix did not qualify for the playoffs, the Stars did. They will open their first round in Anaheim Wednesday.
    Sunday, 8:52 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen, Trevor Daley also rest Sunday
    Along with Jamie Benn, Kari Lehtonen and Trevor Daley also get Sunday off for the Dallas Stars against the Phoenix Coyotes.

    Advice: The Stars probably hope that Tim Thomas won't make too many more appearances, as that would mean that Lehtonen either struggles or gets hurt. Thomas could be an excellent day-of pickup, even against what could very well be a bitter Coyotes team.
    Sunday, 1:50 pm
  • Ray Emery to get the start on Sunday
    Ray Emery will be between the pipes for the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

    Advice: Emery came into the game Saturday at the start of the third period as Steve Mason was injured. While Mason is expected to be ready for the start of the playoffs which begin on Wednesday, Emery will take his 9-12-2 mark with a 2.96 GAA and a .903 save percentage into the finale against the Hurricanes.
    Sunday, 5:26 am
  • Ray Emery earns win in relief Saturday
    Ray Emery picked up a 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

    Advice: He came into the game in relief after Steve Mason exited due to injury. Emery stopped 12 of 14 shots in the match. Mason is expected to be OK for the playoffs.
    Saturday, 4:00 pm
  • Mikael Granlund (head) practices Saturday
    Mikael Granlund (head) returned to practice Saturday.

    Advice: "This was a good first step," coach Mike Yeo said. "The next step will be a matter of him getting into some contact drills and the battle part of our practices." That could happen as early as next week.
    Saturday, 3:23 pm
  • Berglund out with shoulder injury
    Patrick Berglund left Friday night's 3-0 loss to the Stars in the third period with an apparent shoulder injury.

    Advice: Not good news for an already injury-plagued roster. Judging by Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock's reaction, Berglund will not play Sunday against Detroit and may in fact not be ready for the playoffs. Stay tuned for further updates.
    Saturday, 10:46 am
  • Granlund looks good in workouts
    Mikael Granlund is progressing from an upper-body injury and will accelerate his workouts with a view of being ready for the start of the playoffs.

    Advice: He really impressed coach Mike Yeo and seems to be closing in on a return. Of course, he will not play Sunday against Nashville and although he is looking much healthier, Yeo did indicate they will "be smart" about Granlund's return.
    Saturday, 10:28 am
  • Palat leaves Friday's game after big hit
    Ondrej Palat left Friday's game against the Blue Jackets in the third period after being on the receiving end of a big hit administered by Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson.

    Advice: It was a clean hit but did plenty of damage to Palat who was not able to return to the contest. Consider Palat day-to-day for now.
    Saturday, 9:11 am
  • Eller will not play Saturday v Rangers
    Lars Eller will miss Saturday night's season finale against the Rangers.

    Advice: He is still battling the flu that kept him off the ice Friday. Eller should be good to go when the Habs face the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, however.
    Saturday, 7:57 am