Player Notes

  • Devan Dubnyk suffers tough loss vs. Hawks
    Devan Dubnyk managed to block 21 of 22 Chicago shots Tuesday, but suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks in Game 3 of their second round playoff series.

    Advice: Despite a strong effort from the former Coyote, Dubnyk's Cinderella run may be nearing its conclusion this year as the Wild find themselves trailing the Hawks by a seemingly insurmountable margin of 3-0. No matter the outcome of the series, the Minnesota netminder's run of hot play will go down among the greatest streaks in NHL history.
    Today, 7:54 pm
  • Hawks near sweep as Crawford blanks Wild
    Corey Crawford was excellent on Tuesday night as he stopped all 30 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over the Wild to give the Blackhawks a commanding 3-0 series lead.

    Advice: Crawford has managed to shake off a challenge from Scott Darling in round 1 of the playoffs and has excelled in the second round, allowing just four goals on 94 shots in three outings vs. Minnesota. The Stanley Cup winner has clearly returned to his top form and the Blackhawks are playing as well as they have in some time.
    Today, 7:47 pm
  • Frederik Andersen starts Game 3 vs Calgary
    Frederik Andersen will get the start in Game Three against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. Anaheim leads the second round series 2-0.

    Advice: Andersen has been a brick wall for the Ducks this postseason, winning all six of his games while allowing just 10 goals on 172 shots in the process. This includes turning away all but one of the 54 shots Calgary has sent his way through the first two games thus far.
    Today, 4:21 pm
  • Carey Price is a Ted Lindsay Award nominee
    Carey Price is a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award.

    Advice: Price is also among the nominees for the Vezina and Hart Trophies. The last time a goaltender was voted as the players' choice for the MVP title was back in 1998 when Dominik Hasek took the prize. The only other goalie to ever win the Ted Lindsay Award/Lester B. Pearson Award was Mike Liut. Price had a dominant campaign with a 1.96 GAA and .933 save percentage 66 regular season contests.
    Today, 4:10 pm
  • Karri Ramo should start on Tuesday
    Karri Ramo is expected to get the nod on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramo turned aside 31 of 33 shots in Sunday's 3-0 loss, so it's not surprising to see him get another start. It looks like Jonas Hiller's playoff run might be over unless Ramo has a bad game.
    Today, 11:01 am
  • Lundqvist plays in his 100th postseason game
    Henrik Lundqvist is the first Rangers player in franchise history to participate in 100 postseason contests.

    Advice: Lundqvist reached that mark in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. He has a 2.19 GAA and .923 save percentage in his 100 career playoff games. He's also just the 10th goaltender to ever reach the 100-contest mark with a single franchise.
    Today, 7:51 am
  • John Gibson (flu) resumes practicing
    John Gibson (flu) took part in Monday's practice.

    Advice: Gibson was unavailable for Games 1 and 2 due to the illness. Before that he was being held off the 20-man lineup due to a hand injury. Of course, whether or not he dresses for games, Frederik Andersen is the one that will get the start. Andersen has a 1.64 GAA and .942 save percentage in six playoff games this year.
    Today, 6:34 am
  • Capitals goalie Braden Holtby blanks Rangers
    Washington goalie Braden Holtby made 30 saves in the Capitals' 1-0 shutout over the visiting New York Rangers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Monday night.

    Advice: Holtby made Jay Beagle's second-period goal stand up with his first shutout of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the second of his NHL playoff career. Holtby has been outstanding this postseason, with a very impressive goals-against average of 1.54 and an equally impressive save percentage of .949. Against the Rangers, Holtby has allowed a mere four goals in this series, turning aside 63 of 67 shots for a .940 save percentage. Holtby has established himself this season as a reliable workhorse. He's now started 82 regular-season and postseason games in 2014-15.
    Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Senators, Hammond begin contract talks
    The Ottawa Senators and the Andrew Hammond have begun negotiating a contract extension.

    Advice: It will be interesting to see if the two sides can find a middle ground. Hammond had a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage in 24 contests, but before that the 27-year-old wasn't even looking particularly imrpessive at the AHL level. So how much weight do you put into his incredible finish? If he deserves a one-way deal, what will Ottawa do with Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, who are also under contract for the 2015-16 campaign? With that in mind, it wouldn't be surprising if Hammond ends up testing the free agent market.
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Johan Gustafsson signs with Swedish club
    Johan Gustafsson has signed with Frolunda of the Swedish league.

    Advice: Gustafsson attempted to break into the NHL, but he ended up spending the last two seasons primarily with the AHL Iowa Wild. He had a 3.48 GAA and .893 save percentage in 35 contests with Iowa in 2014-15.
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
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  • Ben Bishop solid again; TB up 2-0 in series
    Ben Bishop stopped 27 of 29 shots in Sunday’s 6-2 win over Montreal.

    Advice: The Lightning have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series and they will return home to try and finish the Canadiens off. A big reason why Bishop and his teammates were able to blow out the Canadiens in Game Two is because they dominated the special teams battle. The Lightning killed off all three of Montreal’s power plays and they converted on four-of-eight of their own chances on the man-advantage. Bishop's postseason record now improves to 6-3.
    Sunday, 5:54 pm
  • Jason LaBarbera will be backup on Sunday
    Jason LaBarbera will be Anaheim's backup goalie on Sunday night.

    Advice: The Ducks backup goalie John Gibson will miss the game because of the flu. Frederik Andersen will get the start for Anaheim. The Ducks lead the series 1-0.
    Sunday, 11:19 am
  • Reto Berra out-lasts Austria with 22 saves
    Reto Berra was able to hang in there for Team Switzerland while making 22 saves to help secure an overtime victory over Team Austria on Saturday.

    Advice: Berra saw just eight shots through the first two periods, but was unable to consistently maintain his trio of one-goal leads. This included a last-minute goal by Austria. Regardless, Berra and the Swiss will take on Team France on Sunday afternoon.
    Saturday, 5:41 pm
  • Connor Hellebuyck makes 22 saves for USA win
    Connor Hellebuyck made 22 saves in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Team Norway for Team USA during the preliminary round.

    Advice: Through two starts, Hellebuyck, who's making his first career tour of international duty at any level, has turned away 51 of 53 shots sent his way for his first two career wins wearing USA's crest.
    Saturday, 4:38 pm
  • Grubauer joins unique set with Calder Cup win
    By making 19 saves on 21 shots, Philipp Grubauer became the fifth ever goalie to earn a win in both the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Calder Cup playoffs in the same season.

    Advice: Grubauer made 18 saves in a 4-3 win during an emergency start to spell the then-sick Braden Holtby in Game Two of Washington's series with the NY Islanders. And tonight, he came in relief of Pheonix Copley to begin the second period and help steer Hershey towards a 10-4 victory and entry to the second round.
    Friday, 6:57 pm
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  • Jimmy Howard won't be asking for a trade
    Jimmy Howard doesn't want the Detroit Red Wings to trade him over the summer.

    Advice: Howard lost the starting job to Petr Mrazek for Detroit's playoff run, but he's willing to stick with the Red Wings. His plan is to compete for the starting gig during training camp. We wouldn't be surprised if Howard and Mrazek end up splitting the goaltending duties fairly evenly in 2015-16.
    Friday, 2:16 pm
  • Jonas Hiller pulled in Flames' blowout loss
    Jonas Hiller got the yank just over two minutes into the second period during Calgary's 6-1 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night.

    Advice: Hiller allowed three goals on 14 shots, but his replacement Kari Ramo didn't fare much better as the Flames were stomped by the Ducks in Game 1. The loss puts Hiller's record at 3-3 so far in the playoffs.
    Thursday, 9:59 pm
  • Petr Mrazek stakes claim for starting job
    Petr Mrazek earned plenty of praise for his performance against Tampa Bay in Detroit's first-round playoff exit.

    Advice: "Outstanding, he gave us a chance to win every night," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "He did the same thing tonight. He made some key, key saves. He didn't get a lot of chances but when you get them, they're dangerous and he was good." Coach Mike Babcock said that Mrazek was great and that he'll continue to get better. He has a chance to challenge Jimmy Howard for starts as soon as next season.
    Thursday, 8:03 am
  • Brian Elliott didn't like how '14-15 finished
    Brian Elliott admitted it was tough for him to finish the season on the bench.

    Advice: "It's not easy when you play all year and then you're just sitting on the bench and you don't really feel like you can make a difference," he said. "It's always tough for anybody when you're on the outside looking in." He added that the situation was out of his control, so it's not worth dwelling on and he'll be ready next season when he gets his chance to play. Elliott is projected to compete with Jake Allen for starts in 2015-16.
    Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Robin Lehner still has concussion symptoms
    Robin Lehner is still experiencing symptoms after suffering a concussion on Feb. 16.

    Advice: He was hurt when teammate Clarke MacArthur collided with him and hasn't made much progress. Lehner can't ride a stationary bike with experiencing headaches, so he's been told to shut it down for now.
    Wednesday, 8:25 am
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