Player Notes

  • G Ben Bishop stops 26 shots; Lightning loses
    Goalie Ben Bishop turned away 26 Detroit shots but the Lightning couldn't give him any offensive support Saturday night.

    Advice: The result was a 4-0 victory for the Red Wings. Tampa Bay now trails the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 back in Detroit Monday night. Bishop did all right Saturday but was outshone by Detroit goalie Petr Mzarek, who wouldn't let anything past him. Bishop's goals-against average in the post-season is 2.32 and his save percentage is .916. His record, of course, is 2-3.
    Today, 6:21 pm
  • G Petr Mrazek magnificent in Red Wings' win
    Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 28 saves en route to a 4-0 shutout of the Lightning in playoff action in Tampa Bay Saturday.

    Advice: It was Mrazek's second shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He held the Lightning goalless on three power plays, too. The win gave Detroit a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series. The Wings will have a chance to advance to the second round of the post-season with a win in Game 6 of the series Monday night. Mrazek has been the Wings' best player in this opening-round series. He is 3-2 against the Lightning in the post-season, with a goals-against average of 1.91. His save percentage is .937. The Lightning was favored to win the series but, if the Wings take it, it'll be largely because of Mrazek's magnificence.
    Today, 6:16 pm
  • Jonas Hiller starts Game Six vs. Canucks
    Jonas Hiller will get the start on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks in Game Six.

    Advice: Hiller has allowed just nine goals through the first five games, which helps explain why he's accumulated four Quality Starts already. In short, the Canucks have yet to figure out a way to beat Hiller consistently through 156 shots thus far and there's no sign of that changing any time soon.
    Today, 3:37 pm
  • Braden Holtby falls just short of victory
    The Washington Capitals cannot blame Braden Holtby for a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 6.

    Advice: Holtby was sharp in defeat, stopping 35 out of 37 shots. The game-winner was probably a defensive lapse more than anything, but the series goes to a decisive Game 7 regardless.
    Today, 3:27 pm
  • Jaroslav Halak earns Game 7 for Isles
    The New York Islanders forced a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals with a 3-1 win on Saturday in large part due to Jaroslav Halak's efforts.

    Advice: Halak stopped 38 out of 39 shots as he beguiles the Capitals in elimination situations all these years later. He's faced 30+ shots in four of the last five games, and while he hasn't won every time, Halak is giving the Islanders the kind of goaltending they've been lacking for many years.
    Today, 3:17 pm
  • Blues will likely sink or swim with Allen
    Despite his poor performance in Friday night's 4-1 loss, Jake Allen will likely get the call Sunday in Game 6.

    Advice: Up until Friday night's clunker, Allen has been solid in the playoffs and it would be unlikely for Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock to turn to a cold Brian Elliott in an elimination game.
    Today, 11:07 am
  • John Gibson practices with Ducks Saturday
    After skipping Friday's skate, John Gibson practiced with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

    Advice: The Ducks' long gap between playoff series could be a boon for Gibson, who is recovering from a hand injury suffered late in the season. The starting job is currently Frederik Andersen's to lose, but you never know what a few tough games might bring.
    Today, 10:48 am
  • Rinne to try and keep Preds alive Saturday
    Pekka Rinne will be in goal Saturday night as the Predators face elimination at the hands of the Blackhawks.

    Advice: The pressure will be on Rinne to deal with both the Hawks and their fans in this potential close-out game. If Rinne could somehow steal this one, the Preds would be in good shape going home for a Game 7. It should be an interesting contest.
    Today, 10:32 am
  • Dubnyk has a really really good day
    Devan Dubnyk will likely regard April 24th as one of his favorite days going forward.

    Advice: He was selected as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy earlier on Friday the 24th and then he stole a playoff game from the Blues stopping 36 shots. In an understatement Wild coach Mike Yeo said the following about Dubnyk's good fortune on the 24th; "Pretty good day for him. As far as good days go, that would be up there." Look for Dubnyk and his Wild teammates to try and close out the Blues Sunday in Game 6.
    Today, 10:14 am
  • Darling indeed to start Saturday v Preds
    Updating an earlier item, Scott Darling will indeed start in goal against the Predators Saturday night in a crucial Game 6 contest.

    Advice: Darling had been on a roll until Thursday's Game 5 during which he stopped only 24 shots in a 5-2 loss to Nashville. We expect the Hawks and Darling to rebound in front of the home town crowd in Game 6 Saturday.
    Today, 9:28 am
  • Craig Anderson to start Sunday v Habs
    Craig Anderson will be in goal Sunday against Montreal for Game 6 of the Senators' best of seven series.

    Advice: And why not? He's stopped 73 of 74 Montreal shots over the last two games. Anderson has always been a Habs' killer and Montreal is going to have to find a way to create traffic in front of him to get him off his game if they are to have any better luck for the balance of the series.
    Today, 8:47 am
  • Expect to see Ryan Miller in net for Game 6
    Vancouver fans should expect to see Ryan Miller between the pipes for Game 6 Saturday.

    Advice: Miller was in goal Thursday in the Canucks 2-1 win over the Flames to extend the series to a sixth game. It looks like Miller will be the Canucks goalie the rest of the series. Miller was the number one netminder until he was hurt on February 22. Eddie Lack took over and was great until coach Willie Desjardins pulled him during Game 4 and put a now healthy Miller in net. Miller has stopped 35 of 36 Calgary shots in the playoffs.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Marc-Andre Fleury and Pens eliminated on FRI
    Marc-Andre Fleury was outstanding in Friday's tilt against the New York, but the Penguins still fell 2-1 to the Rangers in overtime.

    Advice: The Penguins have now officially been eliminated from the playoffs. Despite going down in five games, Fleury was still very good for most of the series. The same held true in game five, as the Penguins would have never even made it to overtime had it not been for their goaltender. The 30-year-old stopped 34 of 36 shots on Friday, but he will probably want to have Carl Hagelin's overtime winner back. Fleury was heavily criticized coming into the season, but he responded by having a solid year in 2014-15. He finishes the playoffs with a 1-4 record with a 2.12 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage. The most impressive thing about Fleury's numbers is that he posted them without his top three defensemen playing in the series (Letang, Ehrhoff, Maatta). It should be an interesting off-season in Pittsburgh.
    Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist makes 37 saves; NYR move on
    Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 of 38 shots in Friday's 2-1 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Advice: This was a solid goaltending duel between Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury in game five, but ultimately the Rangers' netminder came out on top. Lundqvist closes out the first round with a 4-1 record with a 1.53 goals-against-average and a .939 save percentage. The Rangers will now take on the winner of the Islanders-Capitals series in round two. The Rangers may not score many goals, but they are solid defensively and they have an all-world goaltender. They are the odds-on favorites to make it to the Stanley Cup final from the Eastern Conference.
    Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Carey Price gives up five in game five loss
    Carey Price allowed five goals on 25 shots in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: Price didn't look as bad as the numbers would indicate, as Ottawa was able to get a lot of traffic in front of him tonight. The Senators were able to score the opening goal for the fifth time in this series, and this time they didn't look back. Price allowed two goals on 13 shots in the first period, and two goals on seven shots in the third. The Vezina Trophy finalist will need to give his team a boost if they hope to close out the Sens on Sunday night. The Habs offense has gone ice cold in the last few games, which means that Price's margin for error is almost non-existent.
    Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Capitals still have three goaltenders
    Philipp Grubauer served as Braden Holby's understudy for Games 3 and 4 after he played in Game 2.

    Advice: Coach Barry Trotz decided to go with Grubauer instead of Justin Peters when Holtby was ill and all three of them will stick with the Capitals for the rest of the series. "Grubauer deserves to finish the series. Gave us a win," said Trotz. "At this point in time, we made that decision in Game 2 and we're three games left in the series, we want to leave our options to be in a situation where we’ve got the access to Grubi and Petey if we need. But that's the whole thought process, really."
    Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Ondrej Pavelec struggles in series finale
    Ondrej Pavelec allowed four goals on 34 shots in the Jets season ending 5-2 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: The third goal to Ryan Kesler was the biggest back-breaker for the Jets in this contest. Pavelec did not have a good series, allowing 15 goals over the four games. He was outplayed in every single game by his counterpart Frederik Andersen. His career playoff record is 0-4 with a shoddy 3.71 GAA and .891 save percentage.
    Wednesday, 11:29 pm
  • Frederik Andersen's 25 saves enough to clinch
    Frederik Andersen turned aside 25-of-27 shots in the Ducks 5-2 series clinching win over Winnipeg on Wednesday.

    Advice: Andersen made a lot of key saves at key moments and outplayed his counterpart Ondrej Pavelec in every game of the series. Andersen is 6-2 with a 2.82 GAA and .907 in eight career playoff games. Andersen is currently working on a five game personal winning streak. The whispers of John Gibson are all but gone. The Ducks will get the winner between Calgary and Vancouver in round two.
    Wednesday, 10:52 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper perfect in relief
    Darcy Kuemper stopped all eight shots he faced in relief of starter Devan Dubnyk for the Wild in a 6-1 blowout loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: He definitely won't be called into action to start Game 5 unless Devan Dubnyk is injured and can't go. He will serve as the backup again in Game 5. He does have good playoff numbers should he be called into start. Kuemper is 3-1-1 with a 2.06 GAA and .906 save percentage.
    Wednesday, 10:13 pm
  • Eddie Lack gets the hook after one period
    Eddie Lack allowed three goals on seven shots and got the hook after one period in Game Four of Canucks series with Calgary on Tuesday.

    Advice: He wasn't at fault for the first two power-play goals he let in but the third goal was one he would have liked back off the stick of T.J. Brodie. The move to Miller was most likely a move to give the Canucks some kind of boost going in the third period. Ryan Miller makes his first appearance in the playoffs.
    Tuesday, 8:19 pm
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