Player Notes

  • Brian Dumoulin going to AHL for playoffs
    The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned Brian Dumoulin to the AHL.

    Advice: Dumoulin played relatively well when called upon with the big club. He will now head to Wilkes Barre for their AHL playoff run. The 23-year-old had one point in eight regular season games, and no points in the post-season for Pittsburgh.
    55 minutes ago
  • Pens assign Taylor Chorney to the minors
    The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned Taylor Chorney to the minors.

    Advice: Chorney was inserted into the Penguins playoff lineup because of the many injuries they had on defense. The 27-year-old had no points in five playoff games for Pittsburgh. He will help the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins in their first round series against the Syracuse Crunch.
    58 minutes ago
  • Derrick Pouliot going back to minors
    Derrick Pouliot said he will go back to the minors now that the Penguins have been eliminated.

    Advice: Pouliot didn't suit up in the playoffs because he was dealing with an upper body injury. When he's ready to return to action, he will help Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins in their AHL playoff run.
    Today, 8:11 am
  • Wild try to learn from home ice struggles
    The Minnesota Wild know that they need to be better on home ice if they want to put the St. Louis Blues away in game six.

    Advice: The Wild were blown out on home ice, 6-1, in game four and they know that that type of effort won't cut it in game six. "We got our butts handed to us in Game 4 here at home," Jordan Leopold said. "Fortunately it was early in the series. It wasn’t a clinching game. It was a good time to have that lesson. For that sake, we’re going to be ready to go."
    Today, 7:57 am
  • Stralman disappointed with team performance
    Anton Stralman was very disappointed with his team's performance in game five loss to Detroit.

    Advice: "I'm very disappointed in the way we played," defenseman Anton Stralman said. "Home ice, Game 5, it is not acceptable to have that sort of game. We played well for the first five to eight minutes. In the third we played well. That's 25 minutes out of 60 minutes. That's not going to cut it against a good team in the playoffs. That's the bottom line." The Lightning will need a win in Detroit on Monday night to keep their season alive.
    Today, 7:49 am
  • Jason Garrison plays 20 minutes in game five
    Jason Garrison played just over 20 minutes in Tampa's game five loss to Detroit.

    Advice: This was Garrison's second game back from an upper body injury that cost him nine total games. The 30-year-old played just over 14 minutes in game four, but he got a nice spike in playing time on Saturday. If he's able to remain healthy, he could contribute from the back end for the Lightning. Right now, Tampa Bay needs all the help they can get as they will travel to Detroit for game six, while facing elimination.
    Today, 7:40 am
  • Alex Pietrangelo just wants to win next game
    When asked about what St. Louis has to do to get back into their first round series against Minnesota, Alex Pietrangelo said "win the next game".

    Advice: The Blues find themselves facing elimination going into Sunday's game six action in Minnesota. "We've still got two hockey games to play," said Pietrangelo. "We're not going to hang our heads here, we know we've got to play better. We'll take a hard look at ourselves and get ready for game six."
    Today, 7:03 am
  • Duncan Keith says team has to play better
    Duncan Keith admitted that his team needs to play better in front of their goaltenders going forward.

    Advice: The Hawks eliminated the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, but they still believe there is room for improvement. "It’s not fair to the goalie, the way we played in front of him," Duncan Keith said, "Corey in the first [game], and then Darls tonight. We know we’ve got great goaltending. It’s not that. It’s more how we play in front of them. And I think we kind of pulled it together and realized, hey, that’s not acceptable." The Blackhawks have been forced to swap goaltenders a few times in the playoffs already.
    Today, 6:33 am
  • John Carlson scores on the power play
    John Carlson scored the lone Capitals goal on Saturday.

    Advice: Carlson's power play effort was his first of the post-season. The 3-1 loss to the Islanders forces a Game 7 on Monday in Washington. "We know what we’re getting ourselves into," Carlson said. "We know they’re a team that forechecks hard. We know they skate and can move the puck and they’ve done that. We’ve got to do a better job slowing them down out of their zone and through the neutral zone. And we’ve got to bury our chances. I feel like we had a ton of them."
    Today, 6:05 am
  • Seth Jones says playoffs ended too early
    Seth Jones knows that his team gave it all they had, but he still believes that Nashville's playoff run ended too early.

    Advice: "I think everyone left it out there every game this season, regular season and playoffs," Predators defenseman Seth Jones said. "We played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort. And that's all we can ask of each other. … Unfortunately, it ended a little bit too early." Nashville was one of the better teams in the NHL during the regular season, but they failed to translate that into playoff success.
    Today, 6:02 am
  • Canadiens struggling on the power play
    The Montreal Canadiens have struggled to gain momentum on their power play attempts in their first round series against Ottawa.

    Advice: Instead of helping the Habs, the power play has continuously zapped their momentum. Montreal is now 1-for-19 on the man advantage, and they will need to change that if they want to put their opponent away. Ottawa went 2-for-4 on the power play in Friday's game five win in Montreal. The Senators have done a good job taking away P.K. Subban's one-timer from the point, and the Canadiens have failed to find another successful strategy.
    Today, 5:50 am
  • Paul Martin eligible to become UFA
    Paul Martin is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

    Advice: Martin does want to return to the Penguins but there is no word on whether the Pens want him back. The 34-year-old defenseman had three goals and 20 points in 74 regular season games this year.
    Today, 5:17 am
  • Nick Leddy has two assists Saturday
    Nick Leddy set up two of the three Islanders goals on Saturday.

    Advice: The defenseman is now on a four game points streak as he has five assists in six games for New York. The Islanders made a great pickup when they dealt for the 24-year-old rearguard prior to the start of the season. He had 10 goals and 37 points with a plus-18 rating during the regular season.
    Today, 4:28 am
  • Shea Theodore recalled from minors
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Shea Theodore from the minors.

    Advice: The Ducks first round pick and 26th overall in the 2013 Draft is a high scoring defenseman who may need some more minor league seasoning. He played a bit in Norfolk at the end of the season but had 13 goals and 48 points in 43 games for Seattle of the WHL. He shouldn't see any playoff action but with the Admirals eliminated from play in the AHL, the chance to be with the Ducks during the Stanley Cup run, can only help him in the future.
    Today, 3:47 am
  • Ducks recall Andrew O'Brien from Norfolk
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Andrew O'Brien from the minors.

    Advice: The fourth round pick in the 2012 Draft has spent the last two seasons in the minors. He had four goals, 14 points and 118 penalty minutes in 62 games with Norfolk of the AHL this season.
    Today, 3:37 am
  • Ducks recall Mark Fistric from Norfolk
    The Anaheim Ducks have recalled Mark Fistric from Norfolk.

    Advice: The Ducks sent Fistric to the minors after he went unclaimed on waiver on January 21. He last played for Anaheim on December 22 and had no points in nine NHL games this season. He had a goal, seven points and 84 penalty minutes in 34 minor league games this season.
    Today, 3:24 am
  • Clayton Stoner misses Saturday practice
    Clayton Stoner sat out practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Stoner was given the day off as a maintenance day. The Ducks want Stoner to be healthy for the second round of the playoffs and it's expected that he will return to practice Monday as Sunday is a day off for the Ducks.
    Today, 3:12 am
  • Simon Despres misses practice Saturday
    Simon Despres took Saturday off practice as a maintenance day.

    Advice: The defenseman is expected to practice on Monday as the Ducks will not practice Sunday. Despres has been a nice surprise since Anaheim dealt for him at the deadline. He is worth looking at in deep drafts next season as a 5-6 defenseman. The Ducks will take on the Calgary Flames in one Western Conference semi-final matchup.
    Today, 3:10 am
  • Kevin Klein taking longer than expected
    Kevin Klein (broken arm) is taking longer than expected to return to the lineup.

    Advice: It was originally thought that Klein would be out for three-four weeks but it has now been six weeks since the injury. He had nine goals and 26 points this season and was a force on the Rangers blueline. Consider him day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 5:01 am
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  • Marco Scandella lasers one to tie Game Five
    Marc Scandella scored his second goal of the playoffs when he sent a laser too hot for Jake Allen's glove to handle on Friday night.

    Advice: The goal, which went in after Allen failed to properly catch Scandella's shot, came 3:02 after Vladimir Tarasenko had opened the scoring. Over 20:33 of work, which included 2:26 on the kill, including another shot and three blocks. Scandella now has five goals and seven points through 23 career playoff games.
    Friday, 10:07 pm
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