Player Notes

  • Steve Stamkos scores but TB lose Game 4
    Steve Stamkos scored a goal in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: The Lightning were a dominant offensive side in the last two games of the series, but the Rangers came out with a complete team effort in Game 4. Stamkos' goal at 11:30 mark of the second period tied the game at 1-1, but it was all downhill from there, as they allowed four more goals in the game. Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula picked up the assists on the goal. The series is now tied at 2-2, and the two teams will now head back to New York for Game 5 on Sunday night.
    Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Sobotka chooses KHL over Blues, again
    Vladimir Sobotka will remain in the KHL with Avangard Omsk and not return to the St. Louis Blues in 2015-16.

    Advice: If Sobotka ever does return to the NHL, with the Blues or to whomever they trade his rights to, he'll still have a season at $2.275 to fulfill per his arbitration from last summer. In the meantime, Sobotka is entering his age-27 season and will be looking to improve upon his 10 goal and 38 point total from last season.
    Yesterday, 4:12 pm
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  • Sean Couturier had a great showing at Worlds
    Sean Couturier finished the 2015 World Championships with three goals and seven points in 10 games.

    Advice: Couturier won a gold medal with Team Canada. "Being a part of that experience, I would've done whatever was asked of me," Couturier said. "I was lucky enough to play my natural position. The players are so good there, it's easy to adjust to anything. It was such a different atmosphere than when you're with a group of guys for six or seven months. Everyone left their egos on the side and chipped in the same." Couturier went on to describe the tournament as the best hockey experience of his young career. The fact that it went so well for him on both a team and individual level should be a nice confidence boost going into the 2015-16 campaign.
    Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Ray Shero wants to keep Patrik Elias
    New Devils GM Ray Shero made it clear that he wants to keep Patrik Elias.

    Advice: That came after Elias expressed a willingness to be traded if Shero wanted to go in that direction. "I think he's going to be a big part of this team next year and we'll see where that's going to take us," Shero said of Elias. "When I sit down and talk to him, I'll find out further his thoughts and things like that, but we did have a really nice talk on the phone and he is an interesting guy to talk to. I'll find out more about him and where he's at and what he thinks about next year and all those things. So, I'm looking forward to sitting down and talking with him." It wouldn't make much sense to trade Elias at this time anyways. The 39-year-old is coming off of a rough season and probably wouldn't net New Jersey much of a return as a consequence. Elias has spent his entire NHL career with the Devils, so it would seem counterproductive to move him now unless there was significant market value for him.
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Joakim Nordstrom plays on 4th line in return
    Joakim Nordstrom logged 7:06 minutes in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Nordstrom's first game in a little over a month. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made some lineup changes because Game 2 went to triple-overtime and he wanted to get some fresh legs in there as a result. Nordstrom played alongside Marcus Kruger and Andrew Desjardins.
    Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • Ryan Getzlaf boosts Ducks in Game 3 win
    Ryan Getzlaf's pair of assists powered the Ducks by the Hawks on enemy territory in Thursday night's Game 3.

    Advice: Getzlaf now has a whopping 16 points in 12 playoff games, 14 of those have been assists. He was also out on the ice for most of the final minute to secure the narrow victory for Anaheim. Getzlaf has 92 points in 94 career playoff games.
    Thursday, 8:15 pm
  • Patrick Kane scores eighth of the playoffs
    Patrick Kane scored the Hawks' lone goal in their Game 3 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night.

    Advice: Kane's eighth of the post-season was assisted by Brad Richards and Niklas Hjalmarsson and came late in the first period to tie the score. The Ducks were stingy on defense though through the rest of the night, as Anaheim grilled out a 2-1 victory to take the lead in the series.
    Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Antoine Vermette scratched on Thursday
    Antoine Vermette will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Joining Vermette in the press box will be Teuvo Teravainen, David Rundblad, Daniel Carcillo, Michael Paliotta and Antti Raanta. Vermette was acquired from the Coyotes right around the trade deadline but he hasn't produced as much as Chicago would have hoped. It's still surprising to see him be a scratch at this point in the playoffs. The 32-year-old has one goal and one assist in 10 postseason games in 2015.
    Thursday, 5:02 pm
  • Bolts' Alex Killorn has been red hot
    Alex Killorn has been red hot for the Lightning during the postseason.

    Advice: He has notched four goals and six assists in his past eight games. Killorn has been held off the scoresheet in just two contests over that span. He has been clicking with Steve Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula, which has given Tampa Bay another potent scoring line after the "Triplets" (Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat). Killorn has six goals and 14 points in 11 playoff matches.
    Thursday, 3:27 pm
  • Andrew Shaw has worked well on the power play
    Andrew Shaw has been making the most of his power-play time.

    Advice: He has two goals and one assist in his last four games, with all of those points coming on the power play. During five-on-five situations, he skates on the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and Marcus Kruger. Shaw had a goal and seven shots in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night.
    Thursday, 3:19 pm
  • RFA Marcus Johansson enjoys his best season
    Marcus Johansson had the best season of his career in 2014-15.

    Advice: He hit the 20-goal mark for the first time and he recorded 47 points in 82 games. New coach Barry Trotz urged Johansson to shoot more and he was credited with a personal best total of 138. He skated mostly as a top-line right winger or on the second line as a left winger. His success comes at a good time, as he'll be a restricted free agent this summer.
    Thursday, 11:26 am
  • Tyler Johnson ties franchise playoff record
    Tyler Johnson tied a franchise record for a playoff goals in a year Wednesday night.

    Advice: He netted his 12th goal in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers, which leads the postseason. The marker also tied the club's high that Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards set in 2004.
    Thursday, 7:39 am
  • Brian Boyle welcomes new son into the world
    Brian Boyle's wife, Lauren, gave birth to the couple's first child on Tuesday night.

    Advice: The couple welcomed a baby boy into the world. Boyle sat out Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, but he has suited up in the past two games. He has one goal and one assist in 15 playoff appearances.
    Thursday, 7:06 am
  • Derek Stepan leads Rangers scoring thus far
    Derek Stepan increased his team lead in points to 12 when he picked up two more assists in Wednesday's Game 3 overtime 6-5 loss.

    Advice: Though he did pick up the two assists, it was a mixed game for Stepan who won just 35% of his faceoffs and didn't have a shot on goal in 18:51 of work. Despite the his ancillary totals, Stepan leads the team in assists with seven as well.
    Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Kevin Hayes picks up fifth point of playoffs
    Kevin Hayes picked up his fifth point of playoffs, and his third point in four games, during Wednesday's 6-5 overtime loss in Game 3.

    Advice: Hayes saw his ice time dip for the second straight game, now down to 13:21. But he actually played one more shift, indicating that Coach Vigneault has the rookie on a tight leash. Hayes' assist came on the power play early in the third when he set up Ryan McDonagh with a no-look cross-ice pass, tying the game at four. Hayes now has three assists and five points in 15 postseason games. He also has 19 goals and 50 points in 94 total games during his rookie campaign.
    Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Another quality game for Rangers' JT Miller
    JT Miller had another quality game for the Rangers, picking up an assist during their 6-5 overtime loss in Game 3.

    Advice: Miller had five hits, two shots, and won 67% of his draws during his 18:09 of work. His most ice time since Game 5 versus Pittsburgh. His assist, by the way, helped tie the game at five with just 1:56 to go in the third. Miller now has four points, all assists, in 15 games this postseason.
    Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Brassard increases team lead in goals to six
    Derick Brassard increased his team lead in goals to six with his power play goal just 62 seconds into Wednesday's Game 3 versus Tampa Bay.

    Advice: It was a mixed game for the usually reliable Brassard, who pitched in two shots, hits, and a block over his 18:18 of work. But he won just 39% of his faceoffs, and was in the box when Ondrej Palat tied the game at two during the second period. Unfortunately, the Rangers would go on to lose the game 6-5 early in overtime.
    Wednesday, 9:02 pm
  • Troy Brouwer remains optimistic about Caps
    Troy Brouwer believes that the Washington Capitals are capable of going deep into the playoffs in the near future.

    Advice: "It could be a little bit of a mental block for some guys, for sure," Brouwer said. "You have to get over that, 'We haven't done this before,' and 'This is new territory for us.' When we do, and I know we will in the next few years – hopefully next year – this team is going to make a deep run for the Stanley Cup in the future. Guys have got to embrace it and they've got to enjoy it and they have to know that it’s going to happen." Brouwer won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks back in 2010. Washington meanwhile hasn't gotten past the second round of the playoffs since 1998. Brouwer is getting ready for the final campaign of his three-year, $11 million contract.
    Wednesday, 9:25 am
  • Andrew Cogliano scores in 3OT loss
    Andrew Cogliano scored a goal in Anaheim's triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cogliano has recorded a point in three of his last four contests. Tuesday's defeat will obviously be particularly tough for Anaheim to swallow, but it needs to bounce right back in the Western Conference Final. If Cogliano continues to play like he has lately, there's a fair chance the Ducks will be able to accomplish that.
    Wednesday, 7:03 am
  • Marcus Kruger plays hero in triple OT win
    Marcus Kruger scored the triple overtime goal for the Blackhawks in their series tying 3-2 Game Two win against Anaheim.

    Advice: Kruger ended the game at the 16:12 in the third overtime period as he poked in a rebound off a Brent Seabrook point shot. The goal was Kruger's second goal of the playoffs. Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw scored the first two goals of the game on power play time but they came over 100 minutes before the Kruger winner in the first and second periods respectively. The series now shifts to the United Center.
    Tuesday, 11:39 pm
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