Player Notes

  • Karri Ramo allows two; Flames down 2-0
    Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots in Sunday's 3-0 loss to Anaheim.

    Advice: It's pretty clear that through two games, the Flames have been overwhelmed by the Ducks. Calgary turned to Ramo on Sunday after being forced to pull former Duck Jonas Hiller in back-to-back starts. The Flames will be disappointed to go down 0-2 in the series, but they did show that they could keep up with the Ducks in the second half of the game. It will be interesting to see if Bob Hartley goes back to Hiller or if he will give Ramo another shot to prove himself. Calgary isn't in a good spot, but they aren't in trouble yet. The picture will look more bleak if they fail to collect a win on home ice in Game Three on Tuesday night.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Frederik Andersen makes 30 saves in win
    Frederik Andersen stopped all 30 shots he faced in Sunday's 3-0 win over Calgary.

    Advice: Andersen's perfect postseason continues. The Ducks goaltender is now a perfect 6-0 this postseason and what's even more impressive is the fact that he has just allowed one goal in this second round series so far. The 25-year-old has allowed more than two goals just once in the 2015 playoffs. Anaheim has looked like a solid team from top to bottom in the postseason, and it wouldn't surprise anyone if their journey doesn't end anytime soon. Andersen looks like the fantasy goalie to own in the playoffs.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Flames blanked by Ducks; Trail 2-0 in series
    The Calgary Flames dropped a 3-0 decision to the Anaheim Ducks in Game Two of their best-of-seven series.

    Advice: The young Flames squad overwhelmed Vancouver in the first round but they have been unable to get anything going against a much more complete Anaheim team. Calgary has been outscored 9-1 in the first two games of the series, and they will need to find the back of the net more frequently at home if they hope to extend the series. Sean Monahan finished the night with a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and one shot on goal.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Corey Perry picks up two points in ANA win
    Corey Perry picked up two assists in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames.

    Advice: The Ducks now have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series and they won both games in impressive fashion. Perry's great postseason run continues. The 29-year-old picked up a pair of primary assists on goals from Hampus Lindholm and Nate Thompson. Perry now has 13 points in the 2015 playoffs, which leads all skaters. The Ducks are a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs, as they swept through Winnipeg in the first round and are taking care of Calgary so far in the second.
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Corey Crawford makes 30 saves in win
    Corey Crawford stopped 30 of 31 shots in Chicago's 4-1 win in Game Two against Minnesota.

    Advice: Crawford was fairly good in this contest, but he will definitely want to have Matt Dumba's goal back. It's been an interesting postseason for Crawford, as he has already lost the starting job once but regained it at the end of the first round. The 30-year-old has gotten the job done for the most part since taking back his starting gig, but it will be interesting to see how far the Hawks can go with spotty goaltending. For now, Crawford will continue to be their guy unless he gives them reason to go back to Scott Darling.
    Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Drew Shore scratched in Sunday's game
    Drew Shore will be a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Micheal Ferland will also be scratched but he is dealing with an injury. Mason Raymond and David Wolf will take their place in Calgary's lineup. The Flames will look to shake things up after being blown out in Game One on Thursday.
    Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • James Wisniewski scratched on Sunday
    James Wisniewski and Korbinian Holzer are expected to be healthy scratches in Sunday's game against Calgary.

    Advice: Joining them in the press box will be black aces Ryan Faragher, Mark Fistric, Max Friberg, Josh Manson, Jaycob Megna, Stefan Noesen, Andrew O'Brien, Michael Sgarbossa, Shea Theodore and regulars Chris Wagner, Jiri Sekac and Tomas Fleischmann.
    Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • Carey Price allows six in Game Two loss
    Carey Price allowed six goals on 24 shots in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: On paper, it looks like Price struggled in this game but four of Tampa Bay's goals were scored on the man-advantage. The Canadiens have now lost the first two games of the series, but what's even more concerning is that the series will now shift to Tampa Bay. Price is the least of Montreal's worries, as they have now been held to two goals or less in six consecutive playoff games.
    Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Ben Bishop solid again; TB up 2-0 in series
    Ben Bishop stopped 27 of 29 shots in Sunday’s 6-2 win over Montreal.

    Advice: The Lightning have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series and they will return home to try and finish the Canadiens off. A big reason why Bishop and his teammates were able to blow out the Canadiens in Game Two is because they dominated the special teams battle. The Lightning killed off all three of Montreal’s power plays and they converted on four-of-eight of their own chances on the man-advantage. Bishop's postseason record now improves to 6-3.
    Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Jeff Petry scores first career playoff goal
    Jeff Petry scored a goal in Montreal’s 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

    Advice: Petry opened the scoring in the first period, as his wrist shot found its way behind Ben Bishop. The goal was Petry’s first career NHL playoff goal. The free agent to be has had a strong playoff in 2015 and he will definitely be able to break the bank if he hits free agency in July. The Canadiens have now dropped the first two games of the series (at home), and they will have their work cut out for them as the series heads back to Tampa Bay.
    Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • David Rundblad will sit again on Sunday
    David Rundblad, Kyle Cumiskey and Michael Paliotta will all be healthy scratches in Sunday's game two tilt on Sunday.

    Advice: The lineups will make no changes to their defense from Game One. The pairings during the pre-game warmup were: Keith-Rozsival, Oduya-Hjalmarsson, Seabrook-Timonen. The Hawks were very good in the first and third periods of Game One, but they allowed three goals in the middle frame. They will want to have a more complete effort on Sunday. Goaltender Antti Raanta is also a healthy scratch for Game Two.
    Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • David Desharnais (flu) won't play on Sunday
    David Desharnais (flu) will be a late scratch in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Brian Flynn will take Desharnais' spot in the lineup. The Canadiens dropped game one at home to Tampa Bay, and they will now be without one of their top three centers in game two.
    Yesterday, 2:38 pm
  • Nesterov, Drouin, Barberio expected to sit
    It looks like the Tampa Bay Lightning will go into game two of their series against Montreal with the same lineup they used in game one.

    Advice: That would mean that Nikita Nesterov, Mark Barberio and Jonathan Drouin will continue to sit for the Lightning. Tampa Bay is in a good spot right now as they defeated Montreal at the Bell Centre in game one, and they will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Jason LaBarbera will be backup on Sunday
    Jason LaBarbera will be Anaheim's backup goalie on Sunday night.

    Advice: The Ducks backup goalie John Gibson will miss the game because of the flu. Frederik Andersen will get the start for Anaheim. The Ducks lead the series 1-0.
    Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • John Gibson won't be dressed for game two
    John Gibson (flu) won't be dressed for Sunday's game against Calgary.

    Advice: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau would have keep Gibson away from his teammates. Gibson is expected to travel with the team when they head to Calgary for games three and four. Jason LaBarbera will dress as Frederik Andersen's backup tonight.
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Kris Versteeg not a Hawks morning skate
    Kris Versteeg (lower body) isn't participating in Chicago's morning skate on Sunday.

    Advice: The Hawks forward said he felt better and hoped to skate today, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Versteeg missed game one because of the injury, and it looks like it will cost him a second game in the series.
    Yesterday, 8:32 am
  • Niklas Kronwall says season was 'wasted'
    Niklas Kronwall believes that the 2014-15 season was "wasted" by the Red Wings.

    Advice: "It's another wasted year, almost," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Any way you look at it, you want to be standing there in June — especially going out like this. This year, I definitely thought that we had the pieces, and it felt like we were getting better and better, playing some good hockey, did a lot of good things. It's a lot tougher to take when you feel like you should be playing right now." The elimination must hurt even more for Kronwall because he was suspended for the final game of the Red Wings' season.
    Yesterday, 7:27 am
  • Daniel Girardi blocks five shots Saturday
    Daniel Girardi blocked five shots on Saturday.

    Advice: The blueliner was tied for sixth in the regular season with 182 blocks and is tied for second in the playoffs with 30, one behind the Flames Kris Russell. Girardi has three assists in seven games in the playoffs thus far.
    Yesterday, 6:07 am
  • Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller switch lines
    Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller switched lines on Saturday.

    Advice: Fast ended up with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider while Miller played alongside Carl Hagelin and Kevin Hayes. Coach Alain Vigneault could keep this up for Game 3 or he could switch things around once again.
    Yesterday, 5:44 am
  • Bollig provides laughs for uptight Flames
    Brandon Bollig provided a laugh for his teammates on Friday to ease the tension.

    Advice: The young Flames are into the second round of the playoffs and coach Bob Hartley thought the players needed a good laugh so he showed Bollig's movie debut to the team. "I came to the rink (Friday), and Bob asked if I would mind that he put it at the end of the video, and I said, ‘Absolutely not,’ " Bollig said after Saturday’s practice session in Anaheim. "I knew exactly how it would go. I knew guys would get a kick out of it. I knew it would lighten the mood. They've been calling me my character’s name since that, so I think they enjoyed it. They got a pretty good kick out of it. They didn’t stop talking about it all day, so I think it served its purpose." Bollig was only 12 at the time the movie was shot so it appears that an acting career after his NHL career is over may not be in the cards.
    Yesterday, 4:36 am
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