Player Notes

  • Nick Bonino and the Pens fall in overtime
    Nick Bonino put forth a fine performance in Thursday night's Game 1 loss to the Capitals, scoring once and adding an assist.

    Advice: Bonino was a force in the high-stakes first post-season meeting between the Capitals and Penguins in seven years. His terrific maneuver through the Capitals defense allowed Ben Lovejoy to open the scoring in the first period, then he tied the game with a goal of his own midway through the third. After the 4-3 overtime loss, the Penguins must regroup for Game 2 on Saturday. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • T.J. Oshie's hat trick to lift Caps over Pens
    T.J. Oshie came through in a gigantic way for the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, scoring the overtime winner in Game 1 against Pittsburgh, his third goal of the game.

    Advice: In 36 career playoff games, Oshie's team had never won when he's scored in the post-season. Oshie halted the streak in tremendous fashion in his seventh post-season game for the Capitals, lighting the lamp at three crucial moments during a tense Game 1. The Penguins and Capitals tangle again for Game 2 on Saturday night. Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Barkov to represent Finland win WHC
    Aleksander Barkov will once again represent don Team Finland's colors, this time in this May's World Hockey Championship in Russia.

    Advice: Barkov won Bronze with Finland in the Sochi Olympics, and also posted seven points in eight games during last summer's WHC. Barkov also posted career highs across the board for the Panthers this season, with 28 goals and 59 points to his credit. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Tyler Seguin doesn't practice Thursday
    Tyler Seguin (Achilles) didn't join the Stars for Thursday's practice.

    Advice: That's not terribly surprising, but it does further demonstrate that Seguin's return date is very much still up in the air. At the least he's expected to miss the first two games of the second round. Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • Spezza misses practice for family reasons
    Jason Spezza skipped Thursday's practice due to a family matter.

    Advice: Spezza still skated afterwards, so this is really just an FYI in case you heard that he missed the team's practice and was wondering what happened. He's coming off a big series where he scored four goals and nine points in six contests. Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • S. Stamkos waits to get off blood thinners
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) thinks he'll be able to play within 12-24 hours after being taken off blood thinners.

    Advice: Stamkos doesn't know when he'll be taken off blood thinners though. "Could be weeks, could be months," he said. In other words, while things might happen quickly once he's off the medication, that doesn't mean he's close to being able to play. In the meantime, Stamkos has been skating without taking contact. Yesterday, 10:21 am
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  • John Tavares records goal, assist Wednesday
    John Tavares had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win against Tampa Bay in Game 1 Wednesday night.

    Advice: Tavares now has six goals and 11 points in seven contests during the 2016 playoffs. He's building a reputation for himself as a big game player, especially after his pivotal role in the Islanders' series-clinching 2-1 double OT win against Florida on Sunday. Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Brock Nelson collects two assists in Game 1
    Brock Nelson had two assists in a 5-3 win over the Lightning in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nelson has a goal and five points in seven postseason contests in 2015-16. He had 26 goals and 40 points in 81 games during the regular season. Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Strome draws back into lineup, gets 2 points
    Ryan Strome recorded two assists in the Islanders' 5-3 win against Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Strome drew back into the lineup after being scratched for New York's final two first round games. He now has a goal and four points in five playoff games this year. Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • Alan Quine is on a three-game point streak
    Alan Quine had an assist in the Islanders' 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Quine is on a three-game point streak. That brings him up to a goal and four points in seven playoff contests. Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Jokinen, Barkov will play for Finland a WHC
    Jussi Jokinen and Aleksander Barkov will play for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

    Advice: They will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia this weekend to join the team. The tournament starts on May 6. Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Paul Gaustad records GWG in Game 7
    Paul Gaustad played great in Game 6 and he scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 against Anaheim to get Nashville into the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: He had plenty of chances to score in Game 6 when he parked himself in front of the Ducks net and he tipped in a Shea Weber shot in the first period of Game 7 to give the Predators a 2-0 lead at the time. Yesterday, 5:44 am
  • Marchessault makes 2016 playoff debut
    Jonathan Marchessault made his 2016 playoff debut on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He was a healthy scratch for five straight games in Round 1 against Detroit. Marchessault logged just 4:34 of ice time versus the Islanders in Game 1. Yesterday, 5:21 am
  • Valtteri Filppula scores in G1 loss to Isles
    Valtteri Filppula netted his first goal of the playoffs on Wednesday night in Game 1 against the New York Islanders.

    Advice: He made it a one-goal game with 2:32 left in regulation, but the Islanders sealed the first game of the series with an empty-netter to make it 5-3. Filppula didn't have a point in five games versus Detroit in Round 1 of the postseason. Yesterday, 5:13 am
  • Collin Wilson scores in Predators Game 7 win
    Collin Wilson scored his second of the playoffs in the Predators 2-1 series clinching win over Anaheim on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wilson gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 6:19 into the first period when his backhand shot off a broken play went off the crossbar and over the shoulder of goaltender Frederik Andersen. It was Wilson's second goal and fifth point of the series. He leads all Predators in playoff points heading into the second round. Paul Gaustad scored the winning goal on a deflection and that was all the Predators needed with the way Pekka Rinne was playing. Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • E.Staal looks for bigger role going forward
    While Eric Staal thinks highly of the New York Rangers, he's looking to play a bigger role than he got with the team.

    Advice: The Rangers acquired him to bolster their chances in the 2016 playoffs and obviously that didn't work out. That said, Staal logged just 16:15 minutes per game in the regular season with the Rangers and averaged 16:05 minutes in the playoffs. Staal accepted that role because he didn't want to "ruffle feathers," but he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and expects to play a bigger role with whichever team signs him. Staal might still re-sign with the Rangers, but given that he didn't work out as a rental, it seems unlikely that the two sides will be able to see eye-to-eye on a long-term contract. Wednesday, 7:30 am
    Player Note
    Eric Staal NYR - C,LW
  • Derick Brassard will play in 2016 Worlds
    Derick Brassard will serve Team Canada in the 2016 World Championships.

    Advice: It will give Brassard a chance to enter the summer on a more positive note after the Rangers got eliminated in the first round. This will be the first time that Brassard has played for Team Canada since the 2005 Under-18 tournament. Wednesday, 7:20 am
  • Radek Faksa gives the Stars added depth
    Radek Faksa played well for the Stars down the stretch and that has continued to be the case in the playoffs.

    Advice: "He was big," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We'd been trying to get him all the experience we could get him this past couple of months, and he's really played well for us. We tried to keep everything as normal as possible and I just wanted to continue to play him and use him as I had been. He's been playing a big role for us in Tyler (Seguin)'s absence." Faksa contributed a goal and an assist in Round 1 against Minnesota. The Stars credit their depth with getting them this far and Faksa has meshed well with Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky. Wednesday, 6:13 am
  • Gustav Nyquist knows he has to be better
    Gustav Nyquist had a frustrating 2015-16 season.

    Advice: He racked up 54 points and 27 goals in 2014-15 and was expected to take on a larger role with Detroit, but his production slipped to 43 points and 17 goals this past season. "I have to do better," Nyquist said. "I didn't score as much as I wanted to. That's on me, and I just have to find a way to be better." His name could surface in trade rumors over the summer, but if he stays then he will have to step up his play next year. Wednesday, 4:53 am
    Player Note
    Gustav Nyquist Det - C,LW,RW
  • D. Larkin unhappy with rookie year as a whole
    Dylan Larkin had an impressive rookie season, but he knows he can do better.

    Advice: "Yeah, I had a good start. But I'm not happy with the way the season went, as a whole," he said. Larkin's scoring pace went down as the season progressed, but he still contributed a team-leading 23 goals and he recorded 45 points in 80 games. The 19-year-old should prove to be a solid building block for the Red Wings moving forward. Wednesday, 4:40 am
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