Player Notes

  • Granlund records two helpers in big win
    Mikael Granlund recorded two assists in Monday's Game Three 3-0 victory over St. Louis.

    Advice: Don't look now, but Granlund now has two assists and three points through three games this post season. He also recorded a takeaway, two blocks, and four hits during his 17:26 of ice time.
    Today, 8:38 pm
  • Steve Ott picks up 12 more PIMs in key loss
    Steve Ott picked up 12 more PIMs in Monday's 3-0 Game Three loss to Minnesota.

    Advice: Ott skated just 11:36, including 54 seconds on the penalty kill, and contributed three hits in Game Three. He picked up a roughing minor and a 10 minute game misconduct with 58 seconds to go in the game. This is the second misconduct penalty he's received during the series, and the second time he's seen more time in the sin bin than on the ice.
    Today, 8:15 pm
  • Scott Wilson in lineup for Game 3 Monday
    Scott Wilson will be in the Penguins lineup for Game 3 versus the Rangers Monday night.

    Advice: Wilson will take Beau Bennett's place, who is out with an undisclosed injury. It will be Wilson's playoff debut and also just the second game of his career at the NHL level. He last saw game action back on December 2, 2014 where played in just 4:21 minutes. He will line up on the wing alongside Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie to form the Pens third line.
    Today, 3:59 pm
  • Carter, Haula, and Prosser scratched Monday
    Ryan Carter, Erik Haula, and Nate Prosser will be watching from the press box Monday night against the Blues in Game 3.

    Advice: This trio has yet to crack the Wild lineup for their previous two playoff games and we don’t expect them to get back out there anytime soon. Matt Cooke, and Jordan Schroeder, and Christian Folin are also healthy scratches Monday night while Sean Bergenheim and Justin Fontaine tag in for Game 3.
    Today, 3:28 pm
  • Jokinen, Porter, and Rattie scratched Mon.
    Blues forwards, Olli Jokinen, Chris Porter, and Ty Rattie, will all be healthy scratches Monday night for Game 3 against the Wild.

    Advice: Jokinen is the biggest omission of the trio but has not seen much game action since being acquired by the Blues. He’s recorded just one goal and two assists in eight games with the Blues during the regular season and was a healthy scratch in Games 1 and 2 versus the Wild. He does, however, have a chance to get in the lineup if an injury occurs, so his situation is worth monitoring. Porter and Rattie will most likely watch from the press box for the remainder of the Blues playoff games.
    Today, 3:19 pm
  • Andre Burakovsky expected to draw in Tuesday
    Andre Burakovsky will likely be in the lineup in Game 4.

    Advice: A chance to make his NHL playoff debut became probable after Eric Fehr sustained an upper-body injury on Sunday. "It's what everyone wants," said Burakovsky about playing in the postseason. "I've been working my whole life to be here and I'm really excited. I've been around almost the whole year. I kind of know how we should play. I won't change my game for tomorrow."
    Today, 2:59 pm
  • Mike Fisher's status remains cloudy for Tues.
    Mike Fisher (lower body) joined his teammates on the ice about 20 minutes after Monday's practice started.

    Advice: He was on the ice for about 40 minutes and stayed out late, so he appears to be making some progress. However, his status for Game 4 against Chicago remains uncertain. Fisher has sat out the past two games with a lower-body injury.
    Today, 2:47 pm
  • Adam Henrique undergoes wrist surgery
    Adam Henrique has undergone surgery on his wrist.

    Advice: He is currently sporting a cast and is expected to begin rehab in four-to-six weeks. Henrique had apparently been dealing with two torn ligaments in his wrist since around Christmas/New Year's.
    Today, 2:38 pm
  • Chris Wagner (UBI) sidelined Monday night
    Chris Wagner (upper body) will be on the sidelines for Monday’s Game 3 contest with the Jets.

    Advice: Wagner suffered an upper body injury during Game 2 Saturday night and was unable to return. Consider the bottom-six forward day-to-day. It appears Tomas Fleischmann will take his spot in the lineup Monday night.
    Today, 2:18 pm
  • Marcus Johansson questionable for Tuesday
    Marcus Johansson appears to be questionable for Game 4 after he was cut by a skate blade on Sunday.

    Advice: He was hurt during the first period, but ended up logging 15:48 of ice time. Johansson left Monday's practice before line rushes and he's expected to take part in warmups prior to Game 4.
    Today, 12:07 pm
  • Trotz expects Eric Fehr to miss next 2 games
    Eric Fehr (shoulder) is expected to miss at least the next two games, according to coach Barry Trotz.

    Advice: He sustained what is believed to be a shoulder injury after a hard hit from Islanders' forward Kyle Okposo in Game 3 on Sunday. Fehr doesn't have a point in three games for the Capitals thus far in the series.
    Today, 11:44 am
  • Jori Lehtera has been superb on faceoffs
    Jori Lehtera has been quick on the draw in his first two playoff games.

    Advice: He has won 20 of the 26 faceoffs he has taken for a 77 percent success rate. That ranks him first in the NHL playoffs. Lehtera also has an assist and two shots.
    Today, 10:39 am
  • Andrew Desjardins scores in return to lineup
    Andrew Desjardins had four shots and a goal in Game 3 versus Nashville.

    Advice: After being a healthy scratch for Chicago's first two games of the series, Desjardins got to play on Sunday and he made an impact during his 11:47 of ice time. He had no goals and two assists in 13 games during the regular season for the Blackhawks. Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen were replaced by Desjardins and Antoine Vermette in Game 3.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Stephen Weiss could be scratched Tuesday
    Stephen Weiss may be a healthy scratch Tuesday for the Red Wings.

    Advice: He played the fewest minutes (8:22) of any Detroit player in Game 1 and he had a minus-1 rating in the second match of the series in 12:34 of playing time. Joakim Andersson and Tomas Jurco are also candidates to sit in Game 3 when Detroit is hoping to welcome back Justin Abdelkader to the lineup.
    Today, 7:43 am
  • Chris VandeVelde hopes to stick with Flyers
    Chris VandeVelde won Philadelphia's Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy, which goes to the team's most improved player.

    Advice: The winner of the award is determined by a player vote. VandeVelde, 28, had been bouncing between the AHL and NHL for years going into the 2014-15 campaign, but he ended up playing in 72 contests with the Flyers this season. "It was pretty cool, especially that my teammates voted on it," VandeVelde said in reference to winning the trophy. "I think I came a long way from last year. I started the year down in Allentown and worked my way up. I had a pretty good season. It was a fun year and I enjoyed it." VandeVelde is set to be a free agent this summer, but he hopes to re-sign with Philadelphia. It will be interesting to see if he can secure a one-way contract after showing what he can do as a regular bottom-six forward this season.
    Today, 6:59 am
  • Jarret Stoll gets out of jail on a bond
    Jarret Stoll has been released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

    Advice: Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas for a felony drug charge. More specifically, he's being accused of having possessed cocaine. He's expected to appear in court in a matter of weeks, although the exact date isn't known yet. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
    Today, 6:38 am
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins eager to welcome McDavid
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is looking forward to welcoming Connor McDavid into the Oilers' franchise.

    Advice: Nugent-Hopkins pointed out that Edmonton has plenty of players that have been through what McDavid is going through now in terms of the expectations that come with being drafted first overall. In that respect, the Oilers are uniquely qualified to help McDavid with his transition, albeit for the wrong reasons. "We're still a young group of forwards and defensemen and everybody is going to be happy to have him for sure," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I hope he's excited. I hope he's really looking forward to joining our team. I know we're really excited to have him come to us."
    Today, 6:33 am
  • S. Bennett gets his first career playoff goal
    Sam Bennett found the back of the net in a 4-2 victory against Vancouver in Game 3 of the first round series.

    Advice: Bennett, 18, just had one game worth of NHL experience going into this series, but he's nevertheless done a great job. He now has two points in three games despite being limited to an average of 13:10 minutes per contest.
    Today, 6:19 am
  • Sean Monahan nets first career playoff goal
    Sean Monahan scored a goal in Calgary's 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

    Advice: It was the sophomore's first career playoff marker. He also registered four shots on goal in 18:50 minutes of ice time. With that victory, Calgary has a 2-1 series lead over the Canucks.
    Today, 6:17 am
  • Shawn Matthias scores goal in loss to Calgary
    Shawn Matthias scored a goal in Vancouver’s 4-2 loss to Calgary on Sunday.

    Advice: Matthias’ goal at the 9:09 mark of the first period tied the game one. Unfortunately for the Canucks, the Flames answered with three unanswered goals. Radim Vrbata and Nick Bonino picked up the assists on the Matthias goal. The Canucks now find themselves down two games to one. Jannik Hansen also scored a goal for Vancouver. This series has been extremely physical and it was much of the same on Sunday night. There’s no reason to believe that these two teams will tone down the physicality throughout the series.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
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