Player Notes

  • Henrik Lundqvist bounces back in Game 4 win
    Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 of 39 shots during Friday's 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: Lundqvist had given up 12 goals in Games 2 and 3 combined but he (and his teammates) were much better tonight. The Rangers goaltender made several key saves throughout the game, but the entire team was much better in front of him. The 33-year-old faced 19 shots and several quality scoring chances in the second period, but he was more than up to the task. Lundqvist is now 10-6 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has a 2.05 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this postseason. Lundqvist was named the game's first star. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Steve Stamkos scores but TB lose Game 4
    Steve Stamkos scored a goal in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: The Lightning were a dominant offensive side in the last two games of the series, but the Rangers came out with a complete team effort in Game 4. Stamkos' goal at 11:30 mark of the second period tied the game at 1-1, but it was all downhill from there, as they allowed four more goals in the game. Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula picked up the assists on the goal. The series is now tied at 2-2, and the two teams will now head back to New York for Game 5 on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Rick Nash comes to life in Game 4 win over TB
    Rick Nash scored two goals and an assist in New York's 5-1 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final over Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Nash came into tonight's game with just seven points in two and a half rounds of playoff action, but he really came through tonight. Nash scored the game's opening goal at the 17:18 mark of the first period. He also picked up an assist on Keith Yandle's second period goal, while adding his second of the game midway through the final frame. The three points are a new career-high in the playoffs for Nash. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal, three hits, one blocked shot and one takeaway. The Eastern Conference final is now tied at 2-2, with New York hosting Game 5 and a potential Game 7. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Sobotka chooses KHL over Blues, again
    Vladimir Sobotka will remain in the KHL with Avangard Omsk and not return to the St. Louis Blues in 2015-16.

    Advice: If Sobotka ever does return to the NHL, with the Blues or to whomever they trade his rights to, he'll still have a season at $2.275 to fulfill per his arbitration from last summer. In the meantime, Sobotka is entering his age-27 season and will be looking to improve upon his 10 goal and 38 point total from last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:12 pm
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  • Sabres GM Tim Murray wants to make a move
    Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray currently has two first round picks in June's NHL Entry Draft, and he's willing to trade one of them.

    Advice: It's unlikely they'll move off of Jack Eichel at second overall, but Murray seems to want to either move up in the draft or acquire another quality young player for his 21st overall pick in June. For what it's worth, the last three players selected at 21st overall were; Robert Fabbri (St. Louis, 2014), Frederik Gauthier (Toronto, 2013), and Mark Jankowski (Calgary, 2012). But Riley Sheahan (Detroit, 2010) is the last player to make an impact from that particular slot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:30 pm
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  • Jonathan Drouin leads scratches in Game 4
    Jonathan Drouin, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vladislav Namestnikov will be scratched from Friday's Game 4 against the New York Rangers.

    Advice: With the Lightning leading the series 2-1, and after having scored a dozen goals the past two games, Coach Cooper doesn't seem compelled to make any unnecessary changes to the lineup. Of note, the one change that he is making is defenseman Mark Barberio will play in place of the injured Matt Carle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • No lineup changes for Rangers in Game 4
    The New York Rangers will continue to roll out the same lineup on Friday night in Tampa Bay for Game 4.

    Advice: Down in the series 2-1 and having given up a dozen goals over the last two games, it wouldn't have been surprising to see Coach Vigneault make a lineup change. But it appears that Matt Hunwick, Chris Summers, and Ryan Bourque will continue to watch from the press box instead. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Benning is still evaluating Jacob Markstrom
    Canucks GM Jim Benning isn't sure where Jacob Markstrom fits in yet.

    Advice: Markstrom had a 1.88 GAA and .934 save percentage in 32 AHL regular season games and he's been just as effective in the playoffs. However, he's struggled in his NHL stints. Markstrom is set to become a restricted free agent this summer so Benning's evaluation could ultimately determine whether Vancouver re-signs him or attempts to deal his rights. If he decides that Markstrom is ready to be a full-time NHL goaltender, then he might even go as far as to try and trade Eddie Lack to create the necessary space. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
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  • Trevor van Riemsdyk is cleared to play
    Trevor van Riemsdyk, who had wrist surgery in April, is medically cleared to play.

    Advice: van Riemsdyk only resumed practicing on Friday though, so we have our doubts about him being inserted into the lineup. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't rule out the possibility of van Riemsdyk joining Chicago at some point during their playoff run, although he's doesn't think it will be on Saturday for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. If nothing else, this is an opportunity for van Riemsdyk to get an idea of what it's like to be a part of an NHL team in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Brandon Saad calls Game 4 a 'must win'
    Brandon Saad considers Game 4 on Saturday to be a "must win."

    Advice: "We let one slip away last night so we have a big one coming up," Saad added. Chicago suffered a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thuesday after squeaking ahead with a triple-overtime victory in Game 2. The Blackhawks will certainly have their work ahead of them if they drop Game 4, but they're talented enough and have done well enough in this series to make it hard to dismiss them even if Anaheim takes a 3-1 series lead. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Michael Keranen will stick with Minnesota
    Michael Keranen has inked a on-year extension with the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Keranen had 10 goals and 37 points in 70 AHL games in 2014-15. He had a great 2013-14 campaign in SM-liiga with 52 points in 52 contests, but we wouldn't count on him having fantasy value next season. Keep in mind that he's 25 years old, so his offensive upside is limited. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:03 am
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  • Oscar Dansk heads to Sweden
    Oscar Dansk will play in Sweden next season.

    Advice: Dansk made the decision after struggling in the AHL and ECHL in the 2014-15 campaign. It was his first professional season in North America after moving on from the OHL Erie Otters, so there was a chance he would have found his footing in 2015-16 had he stayed within the Blue Jackets' system. He was taken with the 31st overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:59 am
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  • Mark Barberio might play in Game 4
    Mark Barberio might end up playing in Game 4 on Friday.

    Advice: Matt Carle (undisclosed) is out and it remains to be seen if the Tampa Bay will still go with seven defensemen. If the Lightning do, then Barberio will be the one assuming the vacant roster spot. We probably won't know for sure until right before the start of the game though as the Lightning intend to include 21 players in their pregame warmups. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:23 am
  • Sean Couturier had a great showing at Worlds
    Sean Couturier finished the 2015 World Championships with three goals and seven points in 10 games.

    Advice: Couturier won a gold medal with Team Canada. "Being a part of that experience, I would've done whatever was asked of me," Couturier said. "I was lucky enough to play my natural position. The players are so good there, it's easy to adjust to anything. It was such a different atmosphere than when you're with a group of guys for six or seven months. Everyone left their egos on the side and chipped in the same." Couturier went on to describe the tournament as the best hockey experience of his young career. The fact that it went so well for him on both a team and individual level should be a nice confidence boost going into the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • NJD needs to make decision on Anthony Brodeur
    The Devils have until the end of May to sign Anthony Brodeur or he'll reenter the draft.

    Advice: Brodeur was taken with the 208th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. At the time it was a great story with his father, Martin Brodeur, being the one to announce the selection. Anthony Brodeur has struggled since then though and posted a 3.88 GAA and .882 save percentage in 16 QMJHL games. Devils GM Ray Shero said that he still needed more information regarding the situation and consequently couldn't say whether or not the Devils would sign Brodeur. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
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  • Matt Carle doesn't skate on Friday
    Matt Carle (undisclosed) didn't take part in Friday's morning skate.

    Advice: Carle wasn't able to finish Game 3 due to the ailment. If he's not available for Friday's contest, then Tampa Bay might have Nikita Nesterov serve on the third defensive pairing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:48 am
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  • Joakim Nordstrom plays on 4th line in return
    Joakim Nordstrom logged 7:06 minutes in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Nordstrom's first game in a little over a month. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made some lineup changes because Game 2 went to triple-overtime and he wanted to get some fresh legs in there as a result. Nordstrom played alongside Marcus Kruger and Andrew Desjardins. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • Versteeg needed time to adjust in Game 3
    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville suggested that part of the reason Kris Versteeg played on Thursday was so that he could get some fresh legs in there.

    Advice: That makes sense given Chicago's triple-overtime game on Tuesday. Versteeg ended up logging 13:31 minutes in Chicago's 2-1 loss to Anaheim. "The first two shifts it was like I was standing in the speedway," said Versteeg after the contest. "It was going pretty quick. Once the game progressed, I thought I settled in nicely. Obviously would have liked to tuck one away for the guys to help them out. All in all, I felt pretty good tonight." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Patrick Maroon nets a goal vs. Chicago
    Patrick Maroon found the back of the net in the Ducks' 2-1 victory on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Maroon's first goal of the Western Conference Final and fifth marker of the playoffs. He now has eight points in 12 postseason games. Maroon also registered four hits in 14:41 minutes of ice time Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:33 am
  • Simon Despres nets game-winner Thursday
    Simon Despres scored the game-winning goal in Anaheim's 2-1 victory over Chicago Thursday night.

    Advice: "I was surprised it went in actually," Despres said. "It just stayed on the ice. I just wanted to get it on net, quick release. I was definitely happy it went in." It was his first goal of the 2015 playoffs. He also has six assists in 12 games though, which is great given that he's more of a defensive defenseman. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:31 am
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