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  • Torey Krug records 2 assists in Game 2
    Torey Krug registered a pair of helpers in Sunday's Game 2 win against Detroit.

    Advice: His two-point effort featured a power-play helper on a goal by Zdeno Chara in the third period. Krug received 18:27 of ice time in the contest, including 2:07 on the power play.
    35 minutes ago
  • B's Kevan Miller returns for playoff debut
    Kevan Miller (flu) got back in the lineup for Game 2 on Sunday.

    Advice: He missed the playoff opener with the flu bug. Miller recorded two penalty minutes, four hits and two blocks during his 19:52 of ice time. It was his first career NHL playoff game. Miller replaced Corey Potter in the lineup.
    50 minutes ago
  • Zdeno Chara nearly fights and scores in Gm 2
    Zdeno Chara was more engaged in Game 2 against Detroit.

    Advice: He nearly participated in fisticuffs with Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith at the end of the first period and scored a power-play goal in the third. Chara was also credited with four hits and two blocks. He ended up logging 26:04 of ice time in Boston's 4-1 win.
    Today, 6:47 am
  • Andrew Alberts has a couple of good days
    Andrew Alberts (concussion) has been headache-free for a couple of days.

    Advice: This is good news as Alberts suffered his concussion on December 29th and has not played since. He has tried skating a couple of times but has had a recurrence of the symptoms and has been forced to shut it down again. "Health is No. 1 right now. I'm not 22 trying to get back into a game. I'm 33 years old," Alberts said. "I'd like to play again. Absolutely, I'd like to. But No. 1, I'd just like to get healthy. Dealing with headaches every day is not something you want to live with." Alberts suffered a concussion early in his career and said he came back too soon so he is taking no chances at this time. Stay tuned.
    Today, 6:47 am
  • Brad Stuart finds himself healthy in playoffs
    Brad Stuart is finding himself rather healthy in the playoffs thus far.

    Advice: Stuart was injured just before the Olympic break and sat out six weeks, returning on March 24. The long layoff seemed to heal all his injuries and he and the Sharks are now benefiting from the rest as he has been stellar defensively on the blueline for San Jose through the first two games of the playoffs. He has yet to get a point but is plus-four in the early going.
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Justin Braun gets the winner on Sunday
    Justin Braun scored the winner and was plus-three on Sunday.

    Advice: Braun's goal put the Sharks up 3-2 and gave them a lead that they never relinquished. The Sharks have outscored the Kings 13-5 in the first two games of the series but are expecting a much different Los Angeles team for Game 3. "We've had a couple of great nights offensively, but more games like this . . . uhh, no," Braun said. "We obviously can't be disappointed with the goals we've scored, but they're a good team and the games aren't all going to be like this." Game 3 goes on Tuesday at the Staples Center.
    Today, 6:27 am
  • Keith Yandle needs to work on defensive play
    While Keith Yandle has been a standout offensively, he really needs to work on the defensive side of his game.

    Advice: Yandle led the Coyotes in points this season with 53 and was tied for the NHL lead amongst blueliners with 31 power play points as the Coyotes had the fourth most goals (tied) and the fourth best efficiency rating in the NHL on the pp. But defensively it was a different story as Yandle was a minus-23 this season. here's always that risk-reward factor in it," coach Dave Tippett said. "With Yands, his power-play play this year went to another level, went to a level we hadn't seen before. He took a responsibility for improving our power play and a leadership role and did a very good job. That being said, his defensive play is still - it's inconsistent."
    Today, 5:39 am
  • Luke Schenn scores game winner for the Flyers
    Luke Schenn's second period goal was the winner as the Flyers beat the Rangers 4-2 Sunday.

    Advice: It was only his second postseason appearance as Schenn spent the first four seasons of his career playing for Toronto and was dealt to the Flyers in the 2012 off-season. This season was the first time his team had played in the playoffs and he picked up his first goal in only his second playoff game. "It's nice," Schenn said. "Obviously, it's nice to contribute offensively. I try to take care of the D zone first, but it was nice to contribute. In playoffs, it doesn't matter who does it. Everyone's got to chip in."
    Today, 5:22 am
  • Matt Greene a minus-four on Sunday
    Matt Greene was a minus-four on Sunday.

    Advice: The Kings decided to put Greene in the lineup on Sunday as they went with seven defensemen and only 11 forwards but the move may have backfired as Greene did not have a good game. Stay tuned as it is likely he will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday as the Kings should go back to the traditional 12 forwards and six defensemen.
    Today, 4:25 am
  • Slava Voynov has five game point streak end
    Slava Voynov had his five game playoff point streak end on Sunday.

    Advice: The streak started last season and continued through Game 1 on Thursday when the defenseman scored in the third period. He had two goals and six points during the streak. Game 3 will take place in Los Angeles on Tuesday with the Kings trailing two games to none.
    Today, 4:13 am
  • Fedor Tyutin unlikely to play in Game 3
    Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) is unlikely to play in Game 3 Monday.

    Advice: Tyutin was injured during the first period on Saturday and never returned. Look for either Nick Schultz or Dalton Prout to take his place in the lineup.
    Today, 4:01 am
  • Justin Faulk needed to take on bigger role
    Look for Justin Faulk to take on a bigger role for the Carolina Hurricanes next season.

    Advice: Faulk just turned 22 and was a valued member of the American Olympic squad this past season, so he should be expected to provide leadership in 2014-15 for the Hurricanes. "I think I've been put into a position where I need to step up and be more of a leader, whether it's more vocal or coming to the rink ready to work hard every day and show it that way," Faulk said. He had the best offensive season of his young career with five goals and 32 points in 76 games and look for that to increase next season if he remains healthy.
    Today, 3:42 am
  • Ducks ink Kenton Helgesen to ELC
    The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Kenton Helgesen to a three-year entry level contract.

    Advice: Helgesen was selected in the seventh round of the 2012 Entry Draft and has played for the last three seasons on the blueline for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. This season he had 10 goals and 51 points in 71 games and chipped in with a goal and an assist in six playoff matches. He will spend at least a few years honing his skills in the minors.
    Today, 3:33 am
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  • Jake Muzzin scores one of Kings' two goals
    Jake Muzzin gave the Los Angeles Kings a 1-0 lead in the first period of their playoff game Sunday night before they crumbled and were trounced 7-2 by the Sharks in San Jose.

    Advice: The loss put the Kings at a 2-0 disadvantage in their opening-round, best-of-seven series with the Sharks. Trevor Lewis had the other Los Angeles goal, also in the first period. The Sharks then proceeded to wipe out the Kings' 2-0 lead by scoring seven consecutive goals in the second and third periods.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Barret Jackman gets game-winner Saturday
    Barret Jackman was the unlikely hero in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Chicago on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackman scored 5:50 minutes into the overtime period, to give St. Louis a 2-0 series lead. He's a solid defensive defenseman, but this was just his second playoff goal in 29 career contests. As it happens, both of his markers proved to be game winners.
    Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Del Zotto disappointed with 2013-14 campaign
    Determining fair value for soon-to-be restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto might be tough.

    Advice: Del Zotto was pretty effective in 2011-12 and 2013, but he took a big step back in 2013-14 with 16 points and a minus-nine rating in 67 games. "Obviously I'm not too happy with how this year has gone for me," Del Zotto said. He didn't get much power-play ice time with Nashville and we consequently don't have high hopes for him in 2014-15 from a fantasy perspective.
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic gains confidence
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic gained a lot of confidence when he played for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games.

    Advice: Vlasic was a Steady Eddie for Team Canada as they won the Gold Medal. "Being there with those players, playing with the best and playing against the best players helped," Vlasic said. "Playing in the semifinal and final game, where it's one game and if you lose you have to wait four more years. Just having that experience, being able to bring it here into the playoffs, that's huge. I feel since the Olympics my game has grown, and I have to keep that going here." Vlasic had a goal and an assist in Game 1 and was tied for the team lead with five shots on goal.
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Marco Scandella scores goal in losing effort
    Marco Scandella scored a goal in a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday.

    Advice: Scandella has two points in two playoff games. That matches his total from the 2013 postseason, when Minnesota was eliminated in the first round by Chicago in five contests.
    Yesterday, 7:27 am
  • Brenden Dillon might resume skating Sunday
    Brenden Dillon (lower body) might skate with the Stars on Sunday.

    Advice: Even if Dillon does, he still might end up missing Game 3 on Monday. Dillon has missed three straight contests dating back to the regular season.
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Dan Girardi and McDonagh holding the fort
    Daniel Girardi and Ryan McDonagh continue to excel against the Flyers top line.

    Advice: Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek combined for only one goal and three assists in four regular season games with Hartnell setting up Andrew MacDonald on the power play for the only Flyers goal in Game 1 of the playoffs. If the duo of Girardi and McDonagh continue their outstanding play, the Flyers are going to have a tough time advancing.
    Yesterday, 5:28 am
  • Todd Richards offers no update on Tyutin
    Coach Todd Richards gave no update on Fedor Tyutin's status after Columbus' 4-3 double-overtime win against the Penguins on Saturday night.

    Advice: Tyutin played 6:55, getting two shots on goal and taking a penalty. Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch believes it's an upper-body injury after he took a few big hits in the first period.
    Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Fedor Tyutin suffers undisclosed injury
    Fedor Tyutin has not played since the first period Saturday due to an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear how Tyutin was hurt. The Columbus reargard played 6:55 in the first period, blocking a shot and taking a penalty against the Penguins. He had 26 points in the regular season.
    Saturday, 6:33 pm
  • Flu bug shakes up Bruins' back end
    Kevan Miller didn't play in Game 1 Friday night because of the flu.

    Advice: The Bruins were also missing blueliner Matt Bartkowski due to the flu bug. As a result of absences, Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter suited up for Boston against Detroit.
    Saturday, 6:32 am
  • Dillon won't play Friday
    Brenden Dillon will not play Friday in Game 2 against Anaheim.

    Advice: He is still not skating due to a lower-body injury sustained a week ago. Consider Dillon day-to-day for now.
    Friday, 9:56 am
  • Jake Muzzin nets his first postseason goal
    Jake Muzzin netted a goal in the Kings' 6-3 defeat to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Muzzin's first career playoff goal in 18 games. He had five goals and 24 points in 76 contests this season.
    Friday, 6:52 am
  • Kevan Miller good to go Friday
    Kevan Miller should be able to suit up for Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs on Friday against Detroit.

    Advice: He missed two games of practice this week due to the flu but was able to participate in the team's workouts on Thursday and looks good to go. Although the Bruins are epxected to go deep into the playoffs, we do not anticipate Miller being a key offensive contributor.
    Friday, 6:04 am
  • Voynov scores in loss
    Slava Voynov scored a goal in Los Angeles' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.

    Advice: Voynov cut the lead to 5-2 at 6:55 when he knocked down a clearing attempt by Antti Niemi and shrugged off a check from James Sheppard before snapping in a shot from the right circle. Voynov is now on a five-game point streak with two goals and four assists over that span. Defenseman Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings.
    Friday, 1:03 am
  • Brenden Dillon (lower body) is out Wednesday
    Brenden Dillon (lower body) isn't ready to return to the Stars' lineup.

    Advice: "He's just not able to skate," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's not comfortable enough to skate." Dillon will miss Game 1 of Dallas' series against Anaheim on Wednesday and is day-to-day beyond that.
    Wednesday, 2:06 pm