Player Notes

  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Tom Gilbert scores in game five loss to OTT
    Tom Gilbert scored a goal in Montreal's 5-1, game five loss to Ottawa on Friday night.

    Advice: The Canadiens once had a commanding three games to nothing lead in this series, but they have been unable to figure out Craig Anderson. Gilbert's goal at the 1:44 mark of the third period was Montreal's first goal since overtime in game three. The Canadiens fired 46 shots on goal in game five, but they didn't generate nearly enough scoring chances. Greg Pateryn and Lars Eller picked up the assists on Gilbert's goal. Montreal leads the series 3-2 with game six going Sunday night in Ottawa.
    Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • Cowen, Greening, Legwand out in Game Five
    Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, and David Legwand will be scratched for Game Five on Friday night against on Friday night.

    Advice: Unfortunately, there isn't much talent here to recommend should Ottawa live to fight another day. Legwand, the 34 year old veteran, had easily his worst career offensive season despite playing 80 regular season games and three playoff games. Greening played just 26 games. And Cowen saw just 54 games during his worst of three NHL seasons.
    Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Shea Weber out for rest of the first round
    Shea Weber has been ruled out for the remainder of the first round due to a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Nashville wouldn't specify what Weber's injury is, which is typical during the playoffs, but the team did specify that he doesn't have an ACL issue. Either way, Weber is obviously a huge part of the Predators and his absence has been felt. Also keep in mind that him being ruled out for the remainder of the first round doesn't necessarily imply that he will be back at some point during the Predators' playoff run should they advanced far enough. He might be able to return, but given the secrecy surrounding this and most other injuries at this time of year, there's no way to know for certain.
    Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Kevin Klein (arm) won't be back Friday
    Kevin Klein (broken arm) will not return on Friday.

    Advice: Klein last played on March 11. The odds of him returning on Friday were pegged as 50-50. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault fought against the notion that Klein has suffered a setback in his recovery, but he did say that the bone is taking longer to heal than initially anticipated.
    Yesterday, 9:44 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Jacob Trouba played with a broken hand
    Jacob Trouba suffered a broken hand in Game 2 of the Jets' first round series.

    Advice: Trouba stayed in the lineup, which is impressive considering he could only hold his stick with two fingers. Now that the Jets have been eliminated, he'll undergo surgery and take six-to-eight weeks to recover. In other words, he should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
    Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • Hamhuis gets his first point of 2015 playoffs
    Dan Hamhuis recorded an assist in the Canucks' 2-1 win over Calgary in Game 5 of the first round series.

    Advice: That was Hamhuis' first point of the 2015 playoffs. He also took a minor delay of game penalty for hitting the puck over the glass, but Vancouver successfully killed that shorthanded situation.
    Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Nick Leddy collects an assist Thursday night
    Nick Leddy had an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

    Advice: Leddy is now on a three-game point streak. He also was on the ice for 23:45 minutes Thursday night, which was second only to Johnny Boychuk on the Islanders.
    Yesterday, 8:09 am
  • Ryan Pulock might make his debut Saturday
    Ryan Pulock might make his NHL debut in Game 6 of the Islanders' series against Washington on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not an ideal time to put Pulock in his first game, but Calvin De Haan is now injured in addition to Lubomir Visnovsky. With the Islanders' defense depleted, they need all the help they can get. Pulock was taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He had 17 goals and 29 points in 54 contests with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2014-15.
    Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Calvin De Haan sustains undisclosed injury
    Calvin De Haan suffered an undisclosed injury during Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: De Haan sustained the ailment on a shoulder-to-shoulder hit, which is troubling given his history of shoulder problems. We don't know how serious the injury is, but it would be a blow to the Islanders if he's not available on Saturday when New York fights to stay alive in their first round series. If he can't play, Ryan Pulock might be inserted into the lineup.
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Mark Barberio sits again Thursday night
    Mark Barberio was a healthy scratch for a fourth straight playoff game on Thursday.

    Advice: The Lightning got Jason Garrison back from an upper-body injury in Game 4 and the team dressed seven defensemen. Nikita Nesterov saw the least ice time of the group at 13:40.
    Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Aaron Ekblad finished close to NHL record
    Aaron Ekblad set three Florida records for scoring by a rookie defenseman.

    Advice: His 12 goals, 27 assists and 39 points were all franchise bests for a first-year blueliner. Ekblad also finished just two points shy of the NHL record for an 18-year-old defenseman, which was established by his agent Bobby Orr back in 1966-67. Ekblad was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy on Thursday evening and he's considered by many to be the favorite for the award.
    Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Wings send Joe Hicketts to Grand Rapids
    Joe Hicketts has been assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

    Advice: The undrafted defenseman was signed by the Red Wings back in September. Hicketts registered 64 points in 62 games with Victoria in the WHL this campaign. He will suit for the Griffins in the AHL playoffs now.
    Yesterday, 6:09 am
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  • Stanton, Vey scratched for Game 5 vs CAL
    Ryan Stanton and Linden Vey will be scratched for Game Five against Calgary on Thursday night.

    Advice: Stanton hasn't seen any playoff action through the first five games, and if Vancouver loses again, he won't see any playoff action at all as Vancouver will be eliminated. Vey meanwhile played just 9:59 while sending two shots on net during his one game of work, Tuesday's 3-1 Game Four loss.
    Thursday, 5:48 pm
  • Reinhart expected, not Pulock in Game 5
    Griffin Reinhart is expected to play in the place of Lubomir Visnovsky on Thursday night for Game Five versus Washington.

    Advice: Reinhart, still just 21 years old, has recorded just a point over eight NHL games. But he recorded seven goals and 22 points for AHL Bridgeport over 59 games. He'll pair with Thomas Hickey to form New York's third defensive unit. Ryan Pulock was on the ice with the Islanders' other scratches at the end of practice.
    Thursday, 3:15 pm
  • Greg Pateryn projected to play again in Gm 5
    Greg Pateryn saw just 7:48 of playing time in his playoff debut Wednesday night.

    Advice: Despite his limited minutes, Pateryn finished second on the team with five hits. He also suffered a cut over his left eye after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Ottawa's Erik Condra. Pateryn is expected to suit up in Game 5 on Friday night.
    Thursday, 1:37 pm
  • Jonathan Ericsson had two assists in Game 3
    Jonathan Ericsson contributed a pair of assists in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: That marks his first multi-point outing of the year. Ericsson, who had three goals and 12 assists in 82 games during the regular season, downplayed the performance by saying: "It wasn't any backdoor open-net passes. Sometimes they come and sometimes they don't. Most of the times, they don't."
    Thursday, 8:07 am
  • Dustin Byfuglien got on the board in Game 4
    Dustin Byfuglien got his first point of the series in Game 4 versus Anaheim.

    Advice: He earned an assist on Bryan Little's power-play goal that opened the scoring in a 5-2 loss. The defeat knocked the Jets out of the playoffs. Byfuglien had 12 shots, 17 hits and a minus-4 rating in the series.
    Thursday, 7:36 am
  • L. Visnovsky out with possible concussion
    Lubomir Visnovsky is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.

    Advice: Although it hasn't been confirmed, the fear is that Visnovsky has a concussion after absorbing a big hit from Washington's Tom Wilson. Given Visnovsky's concussion history, that would potentially be a very serious setback for the 38=year-old defenseman. It might even unfortunately mark the end of his playing career given his age, but it's way too early to know if that will be the case. It's still possible that Visnovsky will be back before the end of the Islanders' playoff run.
    Thursday, 7:24 am
  • Girardi has 20 blocks in 4 playoff games
    Daniel Girardi stopped five shots in the Rangers' 2-1 overtime win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

    Advice: Girardi has an impressive 20 blocks over just four playoff contests. That's good for second place in the league behind Nashville's Roman Josi. Girardi finished tied for sixth in the league during the regular season with 184 blocks in 82 games.
    Thursday, 7:19 am
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