Player Notes

  • Predators recall Marek Mazanec from AHL
    The Nashville Predators have recalled Marek Mazanec from the AHL.

    Advice: The 24-year-old was recalled a couple of times this season, but he never got into a game. Both Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton appear to be healthy and ready to dress for Game 2 which means Mazanec is likely being recalled for insurance purposes. 45 minutes ago
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  • Orpik will have hearing for hit on Maatta
    Brooks Oprik will have a hearing for his hit on Olli Maatta in Game 2.

    Advice: Orpik nailed Maatta with a high-hit that was also very late. Orpik's shoulder hit Maatta right in the head. Maatta was slow to get up and took his time leaving the ice. Orpik was given a two-minute penalty for interference on the play. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Department of Player Safety suspend Orpik for a game or two. The Capitals and Penguins are tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Monday night. 50 minutes ago
  • Sens don't want to be in the lottery anymore
    The Ottawa Senators were part of the draft lottery on Saturday night, and GM Pierre Dorion said he doesn't want to be there again.

    Advice: The Senators had a slim 2.5 percent chance to land the top pick. They didn't win the lottery and will instead stay in the 12 spot. "It was a good day," Dorion said. "You have to be realistic: With a 2.5% chance of winning, we went in there, we didn’t drop down, which is a really good thing and we didn’t want to pick at unlucky No. 13. "Unfortunately, it’s a result of us not having a good season, I wanted to tell (CBC host) George Stroumboulopoulos, I’m coming here and it’s a one-and-done for me. Hopefully we don’t have to go through this next year. I don’t foresee us going through this next year." Today, 7:30 am
  • Kari Lehtonen expected to start Game 2
    Look for Kari Lehtonen to be between the pipes against St. Louis in Game 2.

    Advice: Lehtonen was solid in Dallas' Game 1 win over the Blues on Friday night and he'll surely get the nod again. The 32-year-old has a 4-1 record with a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. Puck-drop is at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. Today, 7:19 am
  • Ales Hemsky playing well for Dallas
    Ales Hemsky seems to have found his game in the playoffs.

    Advice: The 32-year-old has one goal and four points in seven games, but he's also playing a better overall game for the Stars. "We had hard conversations about how I felt the game needed to be played, where I felt his game needed to go," coach Lindy Ruff said. "Did it always go his way? No. But from his defensive responsibilities to really buying into shooting the puck a little bit more, I think he's been a real good asset for us this year." Today, 7:16 am
  • Things are going well for Jonathan Drouin
    Jonathan Drouin has been a key part of Tampa Bay's success in the playoffs.

    Advice: What a turn of events. It was just a few months ago that Drouin and his agent asked for a trade out of Tampa. He was then shipped to the minors for a bit before he left the team to return home. Now that he's back, he's producing like a top-flight player. "I’m past that, so I’m not even thinking about it," Drouin said. "Definitely not thinking of where I was going to be when I was sitting at home. I’m definitely happy with the outcome. ... I definitely had a little chip on my shoulder going in, but I’m just playing hockey and trying to help this team win. It’s definitely going well." The 21-year-old has one goal and seven points in seven playoff games in 2016. Today, 7:12 am
  • Ryan Pulock hopes to play in Game 3
    Ryan Pulock (upper body) is hoping to return to action for Game 3 Tuesday.

    Advice: Pulock has been out since Game 4 of the first round and the Islanders really miss his presence, especially on the power play because of his dynamite shot from the point. Stay tuned. Today, 7:11 am
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  • Bolts hurt opponents with their speed
    The Tampa Bay Lightning know that when they use their speed, they're tough to beat.

    Advice: The Bolts did just that in Saturday's Game 2 win over the New York Islanders. They were led by center Tyler Johnson, who had two goals and an assist in the game. "We might not be the biggest team, we might not hit all the time, but when we use our speed and we're relentless, that's annoying to play against," said Johnson. "I hate when teams are that way as well. When we're moving our feet, when we're working together, reading off each other and creating no time and space for the other team, that's huge." The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1. Today, 7:03 am
  • Kris Letang plays 35:22 Saturday
    Kris Letang played an amazing 35:22 Saturday.

    Advice: It was amazing as the game ended in regulation. Letang was forced to play so many minutes after Olli Maatta suffered an injury after playing only 31 seconds, forcing the Penguins to play with only five defensemen. Letang did not have a point but was on the ice for both Penguin goals to go plus-two on the evening. Today, 6:51 am
  • Nick Bonino having a great playoff
    Nick Bonino picked up his eighth point in the playoffs Saturday.

    Advice: Bonino notched his seventh assist of the post-season as he drew the lone helper on Carl Hagelin's second period goal. You likely didn't pick Bonino early in your playoff pool so kudos on the nice selection. Today, 6:46 am
  • Carl Hagelin opens the scoring in Pens win
    Carl Hagelin scored his second goal of the playoffs Saturday.

    Advice: Hagelin's goal opened the scoring and helped the Penguins to a 2-1 win to even the divisional final at a game apiece. Hagelin now has four points in seven playoff games this season. Today, 6:44 am
  • Chris Tierney moves up to third line center
    Chris Tierney moved up to the third line center spot at the start of the third period Friday.

    Advice: Coach Peter DeBoer switched Tierney and Matt Nieto as Tierney found himself between Patrick Marleau and Melker Karlsson while Nieto moved to the fourth line with Tommy Wingels and Nick Spaling. DeBoer thought that all four lines started to play better at that point and it resulted in the Sharks scoring five times in the final period for the win. Look for Tierney to start Game 2 on the third unit. Today, 5:50 am
  • Sidney Crosby weak on the draw
    Sidney Crosby won only one of 14 faceoffs against Nicklas Backstrom Saturday.

    Advice: Crosby had his way in Game 1 as he won 19 of 28 on the night, but it was the opposite in Game 2 for The Kid. Crosby was held scoreless but the Pens won 2-1 in Washington. Crosby will need to be better if the Penguins hope to advance to the Conference Final. Today, 5:36 am
  • Nicklas Backstrom turns the tables on Crosby
    Nicklas Backstrom had a huge reversal in his efficiency at the faceoff dot Saturday.

    Advice: Backstrom was dominated in Game 1 as he won only seven of 27 draws but was exceptional in Game 2, winning 18 of 20. The weird thing is that the Capitals won Game 1 and lost in Game 2. Game 3 is in Pittsburgh Monday. Today, 5:32 am
  • Dylan Strome has great chance to crack Yotes
    Dylan Strome will have an outstanding chance to crack the Arizona lineup next season.

    Advice: Strome was selected third overall in the 2015 Draft but the Coyotes wisely returned him to the OHL where he starred once again with the Erie Otters, scoring 37 and garnering 74 assists in only 56 games. He had 10 goals and 21 points in 13 playoff games as well and was named The Hockey News number one prospect in March. Be prepared to draft him early in dynasty drafts but you may be able to get him late in a yearly draft as he may have a learning curve in the NHL. Today, 3:58 am
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  • Maatta suffers upper-body injury Saturday
    Olli Maatta (upper body) left Saturday's game after absorbing a hit from Brooks Orpik.

    Advice: After the contest Penguins coach Mike Sullivan described Orpik's hit as being late and targeting the head. The Penguins expect to know more about Maatta's condition on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Alzner expected to play in Game 2 vs Penguins
    Karl Alzner is expected to play in Game 2 against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

    Advice: Alzer hasn't missed a game since 2010, so we would only be surprised if that streak failed to continue. He has two points with 10 hits and 14 blocks through seven games thus far this postseason. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
  • Andersen's head injury source revealed
    Frederik Andersen suffered a head injury in late March, and the source was revealed on Saturday.

    Advice: Andersen said he was struck in the head prior to March 30th's match with Calgary, in which he was pulled just 11:32 into the game after allowed three goals on five shots. He wouldn't play again until April 10th, but would go on to backstop Anaheim's final five postseason games. Yesterday, 2:09 pm
  • Vermin makes NHL playoff debut Game 2 vs NYI
    Joel Vermin will make his NHL debut in Saturday's Game 2 against the Islanders.

    Advice: Vermin has just one point in six career NHL regular season games. The 24-year-old will skate to the left of Valdislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Marchessault on the fourth line. Yesterday, 11:58 am
  • Rinne to start Sunday night v San Jose
    Pekka Rinne will be back in goal Sunday night for Game 2 against the Sharks.

    Advice: Up until Friday night's third period, Rinne had been on a three-plus game roll during which his save percentage was .969. Look for Rinne and the Preds to put on a better show against the Sharks now that they have had a chance to rest. Yesterday, 8:52 am
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