Player Notes

  • Mathieu Perreault back in lineup for Game 2
    Mathieu Perreault is in the lineup for the Jets on Saturday night in Game 2 against the Ducks.

    Advice: Perreault suffered a lower-body injury April 9 and hasn’t played since. The 27-year-old recorded 18 goals and 41 points in 62 games during the regular season. Perreault took line rushes with Adam Lowry and Lee Stempniak.
    42 minutes ago
  • Sens will be better Sunday, Kyle Turris says
    Center Kyle Turris says he and the Senators will perform better Sunday, when their first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens shifts to Ottawa.

    Advice: The Sens are down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. But Turris said Saturday: "We're confident. We played them (the Canadiens) well during the season. There's a couple of things we need to work on the past couple of games. We talked about it and we'll be better [Sunday]." Montreal has lost eight of its past 10 games in Ottawa, including both road games in a five-game series loss to the Senators in an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    Today, 3:03 pm
  • Isles' Mikhail Grabovski close to returning
    Mikhail Grabovski is close to returning to the New York Islanders' lineup, according to a report.

    Advice: The veteran center has been out of action since February 19 because of concussion symptoms. He had nine goals and 19 points in 51 games before his injury. says Grabovski is close to returning. The Isles play their third game of their opening-round playoff series against Washington Sunday. The teams are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series.
    Today, 2:59 pm
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  • Tyler Johnson leads charge in Lightning win
    Tyler Johnson scored two big goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning tied their series against the Detroit Red Wings thanks to a 5-1 win.

    Advice: The Lightning were rewarded in Game 2 after losing in Game 1 despite a lopsided shot differential. Johnson wasn't the only player to have a strong game, as Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist while both Steve Stamkos and Nikita Nesterov enjoyed two-helper afternoons.
    Today, 2:44 pm
  • Oshie to be reunited with Backes for Game 2
    The Blues will dress the same players they did for Game 1 but will shuffle their forward lines.

    Advice: T.J. Oshie, who skated alongside Paul Stastny and Jaden Schwartz in Game 1, will move to a line with David Backes and Dmitrij Jaskin. Patrik Berglund, will move off of Backes' line to skate with Schwartz and Stastny. "The way we finished is the way we started [Friday]," coach Ken Hitchcock said after practice. "[Oshie] had moved up and played the last few shifts with David. We're familiar with that group. We'll keep trying to help the guys and see if we can get a little bit better chemistry for everybody here." The Jori Lehtera, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen line will stay intact. Adjust your roster accordingly.
    Today, 9:50 am
  • Mike Fisher out Friday and possibly Sunday
    Mike Fisher did not play Friday night in Game 2 and may also miss Game 3 due to a lower-body injury.

    Advice: There are no further updates out of Nashville regarding Fisher's condition, so we have to assume he is questionable for Sunday's Game 3. Adjust your roster accordingly.
    Today, 9:43 am
  • Wild go with same lineup v Blues in Game 2
    The Wild will go with the same lineup that defeated St. Louis in Game 1 Thursday.

    Advice: That means that Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder and Ryan Carter will be healthy scratches in Saturday afternoon's Game 2 action against Blues.
    Today, 8:54 am
  • Vermette could draw back in for Game 3
    Don't be surprised if Antoine Vermette draws back into the Chicago lineup for Game 3 against the Predators Sunday.

    Advice: He has been a healthy scratch for the first two games of the series but may get a chance to suit up as the Hawks need a spark for Game 3 after falling flat in a 6-2 loss to Nashville Friday night.
    Today, 8:32 am
  • Curtis Lazar leads Sens' hitting crew
    Curtis Lazar was a wrecking ball Friday night against Montreal.

    Advice: The Sens' rookie registered eight hits Friday night and was very physical against the Habs. In fact, the entire Ottawa team has been hitting the Canadiens at every turn. J.P. Pageau and Mark Borowiecki had six hits each in the contest. Montreal is up 2-0 in the series but both games were one-goal contests that could have gone either way.
    Today, 7:51 am
  • Plekanec line most dangerous unit Friday
    The line of Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk was Montreal's best unit Friday night against Ottawa.

    Advice: The line produced 16 of the Habs' 42 shots on net and was buzzing around the Senators' net all night long. It also was responsible for the overtime winning marker. With Max Pacioretty back in the lineup alongside David Desharnais, the Canadiens are a dangerous team.
    Today, 7:07 am
  • Sabres ready to welcome Eichel or McDavid
    The Sabres and their fans finally will get to know if the team will get Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in this June's draft.

    Advice: The draft order will be determined Saturday night in Toronto and both McDavid and Eichel will be on hand. The Sabres have the highest odds of selecting first at 20 percent based on their last-place in the NHL finish. If they win the lottery they will certainly choose McDavid, but even if they don't, the worst they can do is choose second and Eichel. Draft lottery night is always fun. Keep an eye on it.
    Today, 6:01 am
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  • Carl Soderberg wants to stay in Boston
    Carl Soderberg, one of Boston's five unrestricted free agents, has stated that staying in Boston is his first preference.

    Advice: Soderberg had a nice season as the Bruins' third-line center (tied for 3rd in team scoring with 44 points) and will likely cost the team more than they are willing to spend ($3-4 million per season). There may also not be a spot for Soderberg given the emergence of Ryan Spooner and with both Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci ahead of him on the center depth chart. Our best guess is that despite Soderberg's desire to remain in Beantown, he signs with another team for two years and $6 million.
    Today, 5:48 am
  • Nate Thompson does not practice Friday
    Nate Thompson (upper body) did not practice once again on Friday.

    Advice: Thompson was injured a week ago in the third period of the season finale. Consider him day-to-day for now and doubtful for Game 2 Saturday.
    Today, 3:14 am
  • Colin Wilson leads the Predators in scoring
    Don't look now, Colin Wilson too the Predators' lead in scoring with three tallies when he put home the night's opening score on the power play.

    Advice: The Predators would go on to win the game 6-2, tying their series with Chicago at one. Wilson led the team with six shots, and added two blocks and a hit across his 14:52 of work.
    Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Mike Ribeiro picks up two assists in big win
    Mike Ribeiro picked up two assists, including one on the power play, in Friday's 6-2 win over Chicago to tie the series at one.

    Advice: Ribeiro also dished out three hits during his 19:10 of ice time, which included 2:49 on the power play. He now has 23 assists and 29 points in 51 career playoff games with Montreal, Dallas, Washington, and now Nashville.
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Craig Smith records trio of points in 6-2 win
    Craig Smith had a great game, scoring two goals and recording a power play assist during Friday's 6-2 win over Chicago to tie the series at one.

    Advice: Smith now has two goals and four points in four career playoff games. Smith was simply brilliant all night long, adding two more shots, two hits, and a takeaway over 18:34 of work. He has just one other career game with over two points, a two goal and four point effort over Minnesota in April of 2013.
    Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Forsberg scores first career playoff points
    Filip Forsberg recorded his first career playoff goal and assist during Friday's 6-2 victory over Chicago to tie the series at one.

    Advice: Forsberg was a force to be reckoned with all night long. This was exemplified well by how he followed up his own rebound to score in the third period, and one shift later dove to send Craig Smith on a goal-scoring breakaway. Forsberg finished with three total shots, two takeaways, and a block across 18:24 of work to go along with his third period points.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Patrick Kane scores with too many men on ice
    Patrick Kane scored his first goal of the playoffs with too many men on ice that was not called. Unfortunately, the Blackhawks would fall to the Predators in Game Two on Friday night, 6-2.

    Advice: Kane does what Kane does when given the whole offensive zone to work with, shoots and ties the game at two. He also led the team with six shots and two takeaways over 17:06 of ice time. His clavicle seems healed.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Patrick Sharp scores off ridiculous effort
    Patrick Sharp scored for the second straight game during Friday's Game Two loss to Nashville by the score of 6-2.

    Advice: Sharp started the play by man-handling a trio of Predators by Pekka Rinne's net, dug out the puck from behind the net and gave a backhand pass to Niklas Hjalmarsson. Sharp then snuck out from behind Rinne's right, the blind side, took the pass, did a 360 and popped the water bottle to tie it at one. It was amazing. Sharp now leads the team with two goals.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine possession
    Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine.

    Advice: is reporting that the Las Vegas police department confirmed the arrest to the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. Stoll is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and this will certainly put a damper on his attempt to sign back with the Kings or with a new NHL team. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
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