Player Notes

  • Zidlicky leads scratches vs Tampa in Game 4
    Marek Zidlicky will lead the Islanders' scratches in Game 4 against the Lightning on Friday night.

    Advice: Zidlicky will be joined by Alan Quine, Eric Boulton, James Wright, Brian Strait, and Christopher Gibson as they watch their mates try to knot the series at two. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:50 pm
  • Taormina, Vermin, Nesterov out Game 4 vs NYI
    Matt Taormina, Joel Vermin, and Nikita Nesterov will be scratched in Game 4 on Friday against the Islanders.

    Advice: Unfortunately there isn't much fantasy value to be found here as neither player has managed to impact the stat sheet this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:36 pm
  • Brown probably won't play in 2nd round
    J.T. Brown (upper body) isn't expected to return before the end of the second round.

    Advice: "I'd be shocked (if he came back) in this series," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. Brown has no points in two playoff contests this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:16 pm
  • Tyler Seguin is skating, not ready to return
    Tyler Seguin (lower body) has been skating recently.

    Advice: The bad news is that Seguin isn't ready to rejoin the Stars' lineup yet. It's not clear when he'll be able to return, but obviously Dallas has its hands full in the meantime as its tied 2-2 in its series against the St. Louis Blues. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:49 pm
    Out
  • Olli Maatta practices, doubtful Saturday
    Olli Maatta (upper body) probably won't return for Game 5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Maatta did participate in Friday's practice, but he was wearing a no contact jersey. "I feel good," he said. "This is the first step towards playing for sure, practicing with the team. I'm happy with the progression." So in other words, he appears to be making progress, but his return likely isn't imminent. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:43 pm
    Day-to-Day
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov practices on the top line
    Evgeny Kuznetsov is practicing on a line with T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin on Friday.

    Advice: Nicklas Backstrom shifted to the second line as a result. Kuznetsov has struggled in the playoffs with a goal and three points in 10 games. Perhaps playing alongside Oshie and Ovechkin will spark him. The Capitals certainly have to hope so given that they're one loss away from elimination going into Game 5 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:18 am
  • Justin Williams moves down to third line
    Justin Williams was moved down to the third line for Friday's practice.

    Advice: The Capitals appear to be shaking on their lines, which isn't surprising given that they're on the brink of elimination heading into Game 5 against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Williams has been disappointing so far in the playoffs with a goal and four points in 10 contests, but on the plus side he has recorded two points in his last two games. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:15 am
  • Joonas Donskoi stays hot with a goal Thursday
    Joonas Donskoi found the back of the net in San Jose's 4-3 triple-overtime loss to Nashville on Thursday.

    Advice: Donskoi has three goals and five points in nine postseason contests. Four of those points were recorded in his past five games. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:05 am
  • Steven Oleksy returns to the minors
    The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent Steven Oleksy to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

    Advice: Oleksy was with the Penguins to provide the team with extra insurance while Kris Letang served his one-game suspension. Oleksy didn't end up playing with Pittsburgh during this brief NHL stint. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:49 am
  • Read wants to get in front of the net more
    Matt Read hopes to improve offensively in 2016-17 by getting in front of the net more often.

    Advice: "Not many guys can shoot from the top of the circles and score 50 every year," Read said. "You’ve got to learn how to score goals — it gets harder and harder every year obviously with video and how everyone’s concentrating on every little aspect of defensive hockey." Read is coming off a season where he had 11 goals and 26 points in 79 contests. He has two seasons left on his four-year, $14.5 million deal. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:36 am
  • Erik Condra (UBI) could be back in Game 4
    Erik Condra (upper body) took part in a full practice on Thursday and could be ready to return to the lineup on Friday in Game 4 versus the New York Islanders.

    Advice: He skated on the fourth line with Michael Blunden and Vladislav Namestnikov. Condra said he would be available to play if he's needed. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:15 am
    Day-to-Day
  • Jaden Schwartz posts assist on Thursday
    Jaden Schwartz registered an assist in Game 4's 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas.

    Advice: He sent Vladimir Tarasenko in all alone for a breakaway goal in the first period. Schwartz has two assists in his last two games to give him nine points in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:35 am
  • Carl Gunnarsson earns helper in Game 4
    Carl Gunnarsson had an assist in Game 4 against Dallas.

    Advice: He created a loose puck for Jaden Schwartz, who sent Vladimir Tarasenko on a breakaway to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. The play was unique because the Stars illegally had six men on the ice, but it went undetected by the officials so it wasn't blown dead. Gunnarsson has posted an assist in each of his last games. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:28 am
  • Jason Spezza contributes assist on Thursday
    Jason Spezza earned an assist on Thursday in a 3-2 overtime win over St. Louis.

    Advice: His seventh helper of the postseason came on a power-play goal by Patrick Sharp. The veteran center has collected 11 points in 10 postseason outings Rotoworld.com Today, 5:13 am
  • Patrick Sharp gets Stars' PP on the board
    Patrick Sharp netted his fourth goal of the 2016 playoffs in Game 4's 3-2 overtime win against St. Louis.

    Advice: He also added an assist in the contest to give him six points in 10 games. Sharp gave the Stars a 2-1 lead when he scored the team's first power-play goal of the series and he picked up a helper on Cody Eakin's game winner. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:00 am
  • Radek Faksa scores in Game 4 victory
    Radek Faksa recorded his third goal of the postseason on Thursday during a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 versus St. Louis.

    Advice: He got Dallas on the board in the second period and tied the game at 1-1 after he converted a turnover by Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson. Faksa has collected five points in 10 playoff games after recording 12 points over 45 contests during the regular season. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:54 am
  • Brett Ritchie makes his NHL playoff debut
    Brett Ritchie made his NHL playoff debut on Thursday night in a 3-2 overtime win over St. Louis.

    Advice: He had a minus-1 rating in just 6:36 of ice time. Ritchie appeared in eight games with the Stars during the regular season. Coach Lindy Ruff scratched Curtis McKenzie and Colton Sceviour to make room for Ritchie and Valeri Nichushkin. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:45 am
  • Ekholm sets up Fisher's GWG in 3OT over SJ
    Mattias Ekholm set up Mike Fisher's triple overtime winner during Thursday's Game 4 over San Jose.

    Advice: After rushing back onto the ice in an effort to keep a matchup, Ekholm immediately jumped back into the play. He fired a shot on net that took Martin Jones out of position, which Fisher was able to slam home for the win. It was Ekholm's second assist of the game, giving him four this postseason and seven points. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:36 pm
  • Ellis collects pair of helpers in Game 4 win
    Ryan Ellis registered a pair of helpers during Thursday's Game 4 triple overtime win over San Jose.

    Advice: Ellis, who is still without a goal this postseason, now has five assists in 11 games. Not exactly what was hoped for from the defender, but his points-per-game isn't anything to thumb a nose at either. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Martin picks up pair of helpers in Game 4
    Paul Martin contributed a pair of helpers in Thursday's Game 4 loss to Nashville.

    Advice: Martin now has a grand total of three points this postseason, but that's not why he's on the team. The effective 41:44 he played tonight while blocking seven shots is. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:23 pm
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