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  • Bouwmeester fine after missing second OT
    Jay Bouwmeester is fine despite missing the second overtime period of the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime win.

    Advice: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Bouwmeester missed the period due to dehydration. Bouwmeester logged 29:16 minutes in the contest.
    54 minutes ago
  • Leopold dresses as Blues 6th d-man
    Even though he played in only three of the Blues' last 25 games of the regular season, Jordan Leopold dressed as St. Louis' sixth defenseman in Game 1 against the Blackhawks Thursday night.

    Advice: Leopold was injured for much of the season but appears fine right now and will play ahead of both Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian Cole for the time being.
    Today, 10:44 am
  • Josi to play for Switzerland at IIHF tourney
    Roman Josi is one of four Predators to be selected thus far to participate in the IIHF Championships in Belarus.

    Advice: Josi will play for Switzerland, while Ryan Ellis will play for Canada. Seth Jones and Craig Smith will don the Red, White and Blue of the U.S. Several teams including Sweden and Finland have yet to make any roster announcements.
    Today, 10:24 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.
    Today, 9:56 am
  • Barrie registers two assists in 5-4 OT win
    Tyson Barrie continues to impress with his play as he registrered two assists in Colorado's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Barrie was in Av coach Patrick Roy's doghouse to start the season and was sent to the AHL to find his game. Barrie returned to the NHL with confidence and registered 38 points in 64 games and anchored the Colorado power play. That production translates to a 47-point full season and makes Barrie a top-20 rearguard for the 2014-15 campaign.
    Today, 9:46 am
  • E. Johnson saves game for Avs Thursday night
    If it wasn't for an unbelievable insipirational play by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson the Avalanche would be down one game to the Wild.

    Advice: With time winding down in Thursday's opening game of the playoffs between the Avs and the Wild and with Minnesota leading 4-3 and the Colorado net empty for an extra attacker, Johnson raced back and swatted the puck out of the crease and then crashed into the goalpost saving a sure empty-net goal. The play rallied his teammates, and specifically Paul Stastny, who scored the tying and then the winning goal in overtime.
    Today, 9:40 am
  • Keith playsamazing 40:59 in triple OT game
    Duncan Keith was on the ice for an unbelievable 40:59 Thursday night.

    Advice: That's understandable if you are the best defenseman on a team that has just participated in a triple overtime. If this series produces many more close games that go into extra time like Game 1, players like Keith and Alex Pietrangelo will be all worn out by the end of the first round.
    Today, 9:16 am
  • Brent Burns gets two points vs. LAK
    Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 6-3 victory on Thursday.

    Advice: Burns' efforts helped San Jose claim a 1-0 lead on Los Angeles in the first round series. He had 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games this season.
    Today, 7:29 am
  • Ericsson likely out until second round
    it is unlikely that Jonathan Ericsson will be able to play in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: He is still recovering from a broken finger and is aiming for the second round. The fact that the Red Wings are playing the President Trophy winning Bruins makes Ericsson's chances of playing in the post-season remote.
    Today, 7:24 am
  • Ryan McDonagh works through rust in Game 1
    Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) admitted to feeling rusty early in the Rangers' playoff opener.

    Advice: McDonagh missed the Rangers' last five regular season games due to the ailment. "I just didn't quite feel myself," said McDonagh. "I wasn't feeling the puck or my legs as much. As we went into the second, I just calmed myself down and really just tried to keep it simple and took what was given and felt like myself the rest of the game." He ended up leading the team with 22:42 minutes of playing time.
    Today, 6:58 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.
    Today, 6:52 am
  • Myers to play for Canada in World tourney
    Tyler Myers is one of four Buffalo Sabres who will participate in the World Hockey Championships scheduled to start on May 9th in Belarus.

    Advice: Myers, along with Cody Hodgson will play for Canada, while Jake McCabe will play for the U.S. Jhonas Enroth is hoping to be healthy enough to play for Sweden. A fifth Sabre, goalie Michal Neuvirth, could suit up for the Czech Republic if he recovers from a hip injury in sufficient time.
    Today, 6:32 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.
    Today, 6:04 am
  • Bartkowski has flu may not play Friday
    Matt Bartkowski is listed as questionable for Friday's opening game of the playoffs against the Red Wings.

    Advice: He is battling the flu and did not practice this week. If Bartkowski can't go, Andrej Meszaros will dress in his place.
    Today, 6:01 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.
    Today, 1:03 am
  • Suter scores in loss
    Ryan Suter scored a goal in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

    Advice: Wild defenseman Suter broke a 1-1 tie at 11:05 of the second period on a power-play when he moved in from the blue line and put a screen shot past Semyon Varlamov. Suter logged 31:11 of ice time in the match, which was a game-high total. Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Wild, while Zach Parise added two helpers in the loss.
    Today, 12:44 am
  • Brent Seabrok plays well despite loss
    Brent Seabrook registered a goal and an assist for Chicago, but ended up on the losing end as the Blackhawks dropped a 4-3 decision in triple-overtime to St. Louis Thursday.

    Advice: Seabrook's performance was quite something, but it wasn't enough to allow Chicago to avoid dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series in heartbreaking fashion. Johnny Oduya and Patrick Kane also found the back of the net for the Blackhawks in the loss.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Andrew MacDonald scores lone goal in loss
    Andrew MacDonald scored the only Flyers goal in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: The blueliner who recently signed a lucrative contract extension with Philadelphia is best known for his shot-blocking ability, but he was the only member of the Flyers to beat Henrik Lundqvist on this night. Scott Hartnell drew the lone assist on MacDonald's tally.
    Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Jonathan Ericsson set to skate Thursday
    Jonathan Ericsson (finger) is slated to skate for the first time on Thursday.

    Advice: However, it's unlikely that he'll be able to return during the first round of the playoffs. "It's too early to tell," said Ericsson, who will have three pins removed from his finger next week. "The round could go on for about two weeks. It's not going to be the beginning of the round, I know that."
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Olli Maatta collects assist in playoff debut
    Olli Maatta recorded an assist in his playoff debut on Wednesday.

    Advice: Maatta assisted on Jussi Jokinen's first period goal. Maatta logged 17:11 minutes in Game 1 of the first round, including 1:22 minutes with his team shorthanded. He had nine goals and 29 points in 78 regular season games.
    Yesterday, 7:26 am
  • Matt Niskanen helps lead Penguins past CBJ
    Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory over Columbus in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: Niskanen had the best season of his career with 10 goals and 46 points in 81 games. With two points, he's already just one shy of his career-high in a single playoff run.
    Yesterday, 7:23 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
  • Ryan McDonagh is over shoulder problems
    Ryan McDonagh said he's no longer dealing with shoulder issues.

    Advice: "Yeah, I think it's great, no issues, no restrictions or anything so at this point there's really no need how to ask how it's doing anymore," McDonagh said. He missed the last five games of the regular season, but is expected to be in the Rangers' lineup for their playoff opener. He has 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games this season.
    Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Dillon (lower body) is a game-time decision
    Brenden Dillon (lower body) is being called a game-time decision for Wednesday's contest.

    Advice: Dillon missed Tuesday's practice, so it would be a bit surprising if he did end up playing. He had 17 points and 86 penalty minutes in 80 games this season.
    Tuesday, 2:46 pm
  • Brenden Dillon is questionable Wednesday
    Brenden Dillon (lower body) missed Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Dillon didn't participate in Sunday's game, but the original plan was to have him skate on Tuesday in preparation for him playing in Game 1 on Wednesday. At this point, we wouldn't be surprised if he misses the Stars' playoff opener against Anaheim.
    Tuesday, 1:45 pm
  • Andrew MacDonald signs six-year extension
    Andrew MacDonald has signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Advice: MacDonald was acquired from the New York Islanders on March 4 in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and 2014 third-round selection. He chips in offensively, but he's more of a defensive defenseman with a league-leading 242 blocked shots. Philadelphia now has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts in 2014-15 worth at least $3.5 million annually from a cap perspective. That doesn't include Erik Gustafsson, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. With that in mind, it's hard to see them re-signing Kimmo Timonen.
    Tuesday, 7:34 am
  • Tyler Myers suffered two broken ribs
    Tyler Myers suffered two broken ribs back on Mar. 25 when he slid hard into a goalpost in a game against Montreal.

    Advice: He sat out the last 10 games of the season due to the ailment. The 24-year-old defender feels he needs to step up after another disappointing season for himself and for the Sabres. "Guys around my age in the room definitely have to step up and be the core of this team," Myers said. "It's a young team and we can definitely take steps this summer and become leaders."
    Monday, 12:15 pm
  • Jay Bouwmeester appears in all 82 games again
    Jay Bouwmeester suited up in all 82 games for the ninth time in his career this season.

    Advice: He has an ironman streak of 717 consecutive games played. This will be Bouwmeester's second trip to the playoffs after he made his playoff debut last year with the Blues.
    Monday, 11:08 am
  • Brenden Dillon should play in playoff opener
    Brenden Dillon (lower body) didn't play Sunday, but he's expected to be available for Game 1 against Anaheim on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's projected to return to practice on Tuesday. Dillon has 17 points and 86 penalty minutes in 80 games this season. His physical style should come in handy against the Ducks in the playoffs.
    Monday, 10:05 am
  • Tyson Barrie should be ready for Game 1
    Tyson Barrie (upper body) is projected to be fine to play in Game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday night.

    Advice: He was held out of Sunday's contest mainly as a precaution, according to coach Patrick Roy. Barrie enjoyed an excellent 2013-14 campaign with 13 goals and 38 points from the blueline in 64 games.
    Monday, 9:41 am
  • Ryan McDonagh sits out on Saturday
    Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) sat out Saturday's game.

    Advice: It was thought that McDonagh was healthy enough to play but with the game meaning nothing in the standings, the wise move was to sit McDonagh and have him not risk re-injuring his shoulder before the start of the playoffs. McDonagh ends the season with 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games this season and should be drafted in playoff pools, especially if you think the Rangers will win the first round.
    Sunday, 5:02 am