Player Notes

  • 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
  • Holtby makes 33 saves, but Caps fall short
    Braden Holtby stopped 33 of 35 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Penguins Saturday night.

    Advice: Holtby allowed a goal in each of the second and third frames. He has a 1.24 GAA and .957 save percentage in eight starts in the playoffs. Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Johansson nets goal in Capitals' loss
    Marcus Johansson scored a goal in Washington's 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 2.

    Advice: It was Johansson's second goal of the 2016 playoffs. John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each registered an assist on Johansson's marker. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Orlov leads Game 2 scratches vs Pittsburgh
    Dmitry Orlov leads Washington's scratches in Game 2 against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

    Advice: Orlov, who had one point in the seven games prior, will be joined by Mike Weber, Stanislav Galiev, and Michael Latta. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Johnson leads Bolts past Isles in Game 2
    Tyler Johnson led the Lightning past the Islanders 4-1 in Saturday's Game 2.

    Advice: Johnson scored the game's opening tally, and the game's final for his two goals. He also added an assist in between. Johnson now has four goals and 10 points through seven games thus far. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Hedman pops pair of points in Game 2 win
    Victor Hedman popped in a pair of points during Saturday's 4-1 Game 2 win over the Islanders.

    Advice: The goal Hedman scored was his first of the postseason, his assist was his third, giving him four points through seven games thus far in the playoffs. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Bishop solid in Game 2 win over Islanders
    Ben Bishop backstopped his Lightning to a Game 2 win over the Islanders on Saturday.

    Advice: Bishop turned away 19 of 20 shots during the game, including four of five on the kill. Suffice it to say, Bishop's teammates made it a very easy afternoon for him as the series now stands knotted at one thanks to the 4-1 win. Yesterday, 3:31 pm
  • Kulemin scores first goal of postseason
    Nikolay Kulemin scored his first goal of the postseason during Saturday's Game 2 against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Kulemin's tally gave the Islanders a brief breath of life, cutting their deficit to 2-1 late in the first period. Unfortunately, it'd be the only offense of the game as New York fell 4-1. He now has two points during the playoffs. Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Three pucks beat Greiss as Isles drop Game 2
    Thomas Greiss and the Islanders fell 4-1 on Saturday to Tampa Bay in Game 2.

    Advice: Greiss turned away 27 of 30 shots, including three of four on special teams. Greiss will surely want this game back, but at least he'll take the solace in knowing the series is merely knotted at one. Yesterday, 3:27 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
  • Brett Ritchie recalled by Dallas on Saturday
    Brett Ritchie was recalled up to Dallas on Saturday.

    Advice: In 39 career games up in the bigs, Ritchie has just 10 points. He has yet to play in the NHL playoffs, but has 13 points in 16 AHL playoff games for Texas. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
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  • Condra leads scratches vs NYI in Game 2
    Erik Condra will lead Tampa Bay's scratches in Saturday's Game 2 against the Islanders.

    Advice: Joining him will be, of note, Matt Carle, Anton Stralman, Steven Stamkos, Kristers Gudlevskis, Mike Blunden, Joel Vermin, JT Brown, and Luke Witkowski. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
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  • Elliott will start Sunday in Game 2
    Brian Elliott will likely get the start in Game 2 Sunday afternoon against the Stars.

    Advice: Well why shouldn't he? He was the best St. Louis player on the ice in Friday's 2-1 loss to Dallas in Game 1 of the series, stopping 40 shots, many of the sensational variety. Yesterday, 9:00 am
  • Preds miss Craig Smith
    It may be just a coincidence but the Predators are 0-4 in playoff games that Craig Smith has missed.

    Advice: Smith is dealing with a lower-body injury and his status for Game 2 Sunday against the Sharks is not known at this time. Of course, many believe that the Preds' lack of success without Smith in the lineup is no coincidence at all and that the tenacious forward is far more important to the team than the casual fan might think. Stay tuned for further updates on Smith's health. Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • Stralman return is remote in the near term
    It doesn't look like Anton Stralman will be able to play for another week or so at the least.

    Advice: Although he is staking on his own, he obviously needs more time to recover from a fractured fibula. Don't expect to see Stralman in the lineup until the latter part of the Lightning's series against the Islanders at the earliest. Yesterday, 7:56 am
  • Backstrom dominated by Crosby on the draw
    Nicklas Backstrom was dominated by Sidney Crosby at the faceoff dot Thursday.

    Advice: Backstrom won only seven of 27 faceoffs while Sid the Kid won 19 of 28 on the night. Fortunately for the Capitals, Backstrom was strong in every other phase of the game as he was a plus-two on the night while Crosby was a minus-three. Don't be surprised if Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan tries to get Crosby away from the Capitals top unit. Yesterday, 5:57 am
  • Rickard Rakell: Boudreau not only to blame
    Rickard Rakell said that coach Bruce Boudreau was not the only one to blame for the Ducks losing their fourth straight Game 7.

    Advice: The problem with being a coach is that it's easier to fire one coach than get rid of 23 players. "Bruce is a passionate coach and you can’t blame only him for what happened," Rakell told Swedish daily Expressen Friday. "But maybe it’s time to bring in some new energy and an new voice when you have such a good team and lost so many important games in the playoffs." Rakell had a breakthrough season under Boudreau with 20 goals and 43 points in 72 games as he missed the last seven games after undergoing surgery for an appendectomy. Look for Rakell to improve on those numbers next season so draft him accordingly. Yesterday, 4:14 am
  • Ward dangles his way to dagger goal in Game 1
    Joel Ward dangled his way to a dagger of a goal in Friday's 5-2 Game 1 win over Nashville.

    Advice: While in full stride, Ward received Joonas Donskoi's saucer pass on the backhand, dipped his shoulder and walked around the frozen Pekka Rinne for the slamdunk goal. The tally made it 2-1 Sharks with 8:11 to play, and a lead they'd never look back from. Ward also picked up an assist, giving him a goal and five points in six postseason games thus far. Friday, 10:55 pm
  • Jones continues strong play in Game 1 victory
    Martin Jones continued his strong play during Friday's Game 1 victory over Nashville.

    Advice: Jones turned away 29 of 31 shots, including three of four on the kill. It's worth noting that the second goal was initially deflected off course by Brent Burns before it hit the unsuspecting Ryan Johansen, and going in. No matter, Jones and the Sharks came away with the 5-2 win. Friday, 10:47 pm
  • Jackman picks up 14 PIMS in Game 1 vs SJ
    Barrett Jackman picked up 14 PIMs in Friday's 5-2 Game 1 loss to San Jose.

    Advice: All 14 minutes came after the game ended, which saw a small scrum ensue before each team departed the ice. Jackman was assessed a misconduct plus two separate minors for roughing. His PIMs total outpaced his playing time on the ice (11:22), which ought to give a nice example of his effectiveness during the game. Friday, 10:44 pm
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