Player Notes

  • Dale Weise should play on Sunday night
    Dale Weise didn't participate in the Canadiens morning skate on Sunday.

    Advice: Head coach Michel Therrien said that Weise "should" be a available to play. He will probably be a game-time decision for game six in Ottawa, tonight.
    22 minutes ago
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau will play in game six
    Jean-Gabriel Pageau will play in game six against Montreal on Sunday.

    Advice: Pageau got some treatment after blocking a P.K. Subban shot in game five, and it appears as though he will be ready to go for Sunday's tilt.
    37 minutes ago
  • Wild try to learn from home ice struggles
    The Minnesota Wild know that they need to be better on home ice if they want to put the St. Louis Blues away in game six.

    Advice: The Wild were blown out on home ice, 6-1, in game four and they know that that type of effort won't cut it in game six. "We got our butts handed to us in Game 4 here at home," Jordan Leopold said. "Fortunately it was early in the series. It wasn’t a clinching game. It was a good time to have that lesson. For that sake, we’re going to be ready to go."
    53 minutes ago
  • Lightning PP going through slump recently
    The Tampa Bay Lightning power play has gone 0-for-13 in games three, four and five of their first round series against Detroit.

    Advice: The Lightning have several different scoring options but their power play has really let them down of late. "The frustrating part is just losing the game," Lightning center Tyler Johnson said. "You don’t want this (scoring drought) to happen in the playoffs. We’re getting chances. The rebounds are there. We’re just not putting them away. It has to come at some point." Tampa Bay has to get their special teams situation sorted out quickly because they will be facing elimination on Monday night.
    Today, 7:47 am
  • Jason Garrison plays 20 minutes in game five
    Jason Garrison played just over 20 minutes in Tampa's game five loss to Detroit.

    Advice: This was Garrison's second game back from an upper body injury that cost him nine total games. The 30-year-old played just over 14 minutes in game four, but he got a nice spike in playing time on Saturday. If he's able to remain healthy, he could contribute from the back end for the Lightning. Right now, Tampa Bay needs all the help they can get as they will travel to Detroit for game six, while facing elimination.
    Today, 7:40 am
  • Petr Mrazek feels calm in goal for Detroit
    Petr Mrazek said he feels calm and confident between the pipes for Detroit.

    Advice: The Wings now hold a three games to two advantage in their best-of-seven series against Tampa Bay. The young goaltender's performance is a big reason why Detroit has a lead in the series. "I do (feel calm) but it's a new game Monday and this is over and now I just think about Monday," Mrazek said. "We knew they'd come out hard in the first 10 minutes. We started to play better and we had more shots after that." The Wings will try to eliminate the Lightning at the Joe Louis arena on Monday night. Coach Mike Babcock also sang Mrazek's praises. "He's an elite competitor and has good savvy about him," Babcock said. "He thinks he's going to win, he's a confident guy, and he has great athleticism."
    Today, 7:31 am
  • Steve Ott wants to solve Devan Dubnyk
    Steve Ott said he wants he and his teammates to solve Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

    Advice: Now would be a good time for the Blues to do so because they are facing elimination going into game six. "Absolutely, I put it on ourselves more than what they are doing," said Ott. "Obviously they've got a good team over there and their goaltender played very well, made some key, key saves. We have to find a way to solve him. We knew it was going to be a heck of a series and now we have to go there and win a game.
    Today, 7:07 am
  • Alex Pietrangelo just wants to win next game
    When asked about what St. Louis has to do to get back into their first round series against Minnesota, Alex Pietrangelo said "win the next game".

    Advice: The Blues find themselves facing elimination going into Sunday's game six action in Minnesota. "We've still got two hockey games to play," said Pietrangelo. "We're not going to hang our heads here, we know we've got to play better. We'll take a hard look at ourselves and get ready for game six."
    Today, 7:03 am
  • John Carlson scores on the power play
    John Carlson scored the lone Capitals goal on Saturday.

    Advice: Carlson's power play effort was his first of the post-season. The 3-1 loss to the Islanders forces a Game 7 on Monday in Washington. "We know what we’re getting ourselves into," Carlson said. "We know they’re a team that forechecks hard. We know they skate and can move the puck and they’ve done that. We’ve got to do a better job slowing them down out of their zone and through the neutral zone. And we’ve got to bury our chances. I feel like we had a ton of them."
    Today, 6:05 am
  • Seth Jones says playoffs ended too early
    Seth Jones knows that his team gave it all they had, but he still believes that Nashville's playoff run ended too early.

    Advice: "I think everyone left it out there every game this season, regular season and playoffs," Predators defenseman Seth Jones said. "We played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort. And that's all we can ask of each other. … Unfortunately, it ended a little bit too early." Nashville was one of the better teams in the NHL during the regular season, but they failed to translate that into playoff success.
    Today, 6:02 am
  • Tomas Plekanec says Habs need first goal
    Tomas Plekanec believes that scoring the first goal in a game will be key for Montreal.

    Advice: The Canadiens lead the best-of-seven series three games to two, but they have conceded the first goal in each game. "We have to make it tougher on [Craig Anderson] and we have to score that first goal," said Plekanec. "When they scored the first, they were able to fall back on their defence."
    Today, 5:56 am
  • Canadiens struggling on the power play
    The Montreal Canadiens have struggled to gain momentum on their power play attempts in their first round series against Ottawa.

    Advice: Instead of helping the Habs, the power play has continuously zapped their momentum. Montreal is now 1-for-19 on the man advantage, and they will need to change that if they want to put their opponent away. Ottawa went 2-for-4 on the power play in Friday's game five win in Montreal. The Senators have done a good job taking away P.K. Subban's one-timer from the point, and the Canadiens have failed to find another successful strategy.
    Today, 5:50 am
  • Bo Horvat ties for team lead in points
    Bo Horvat was tied for first among Vancouver Canuck players in playoff points.

    Advice: The talented 20-year-old had a goal and four points which tied him along with the Sedin twins, Radim Vrbata and Jannik Hansen for the team lead. He was also outstanding at the faceoff dot Saturday, winning 11 of 14. He is ready to explode offensively and is worth selecting next season in most pools, especially keeper pools as he can be a force in the years to come.
    Today, 5:30 am
  • Paul Martin eligible to become UFA
    Paul Martin is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

    Advice: Martin does want to return to the Penguins but there is no word on whether the Pens want him back. The 34-year-old defenseman had three goals and 20 points in 74 regular season games this year.
    Today, 5:17 am
  • No update on Mats Zuccarello again
    It looks like it will be Monday at the earliest for an update on Mats Zuccarello's upper body injury.

    Advice: Zuccarello took a puck to the face early in the first period Friday and did not return. It could be more serious than first thought as you would think the Rangers would give some good news already if it was considered minor. Stay tuned.
    Today, 4:31 am
  • Shea Theodore recalled from minors
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Shea Theodore from the minors.

    Advice: The Ducks first round pick and 26th overall in the 2013 Draft is a high scoring defenseman who may need some more minor league seasoning. He played a bit in Norfolk at the end of the season but had 13 goals and 48 points in 43 games for Seattle of the WHL. He shouldn't see any playoff action but with the Admirals eliminated from play in the AHL, the chance to be with the Ducks during the Stanley Cup run, can only help him in the future.
    Today, 3:47 am
  • Anaheim recalls Michael Sgarbossa
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Michael Sgarbossa from the minors.

    Advice: Sgarbossa saw some NHL action this season with Colorado before he was dealt to the Ducks at the trade deadline for Mat Clark. He played three NHL games for the Avs and picked up his first point in The Show. He played in 20 AHL games for Norfolk after the trade and had six goals and 15 points.
    Today, 3:43 am
  • Ducks recall Max Friberg from the minors
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Max Friberg from the minors.

    Advice: The winger made his NHL debut this season for the Ducks when Corey Perry was out of action for a game. Friberg had 15 goals and 40 points in 58 games this season with Norfolk and the 22-year-old is regarded as a fringe prospect at this time.
    Today, 3:27 am
  • Chris Wagner skating and shooting
    Chris Wagner (upper body) is skating and shooting but still is still unable to practice with the Ducks.

    Advice: Wagner missed the last two games of the four game sweep over Winnipeg and is likely to miss the start of the Calgary Flames series. The fourth line center played well against the Jets when he was in the lineup and is a nice depth player for the Ducks.
    Today, 3:15 am
  • Forgettable night for Canucks G Ryan Miller
    Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller had a night to forget, allowing five goals on 31 shots in the Canucks' playoff-eliminating, 7-4 loss to the Flames in Calgary Saturday night.

    Advice: Miller and the Canucks were enjoying a 3-0 lead in the first period before the Canucks tied things up. They also had a 4-3 lead in the second period. But the Flames found the net four times in the third period, although Miller was pulled for an extra attacker for two of those goals. Miller, acquired as a free agent after a long impressive career with the Buffalo Sabres, finished the series with a 1-1 record in three appearances, a goals-against average of 2.31 and a save percentage of .910.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
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