Player Notes

  • 'Ceiling is limitless' for Vasilevskiy
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will force the Lightning to make changes to their crease eventually, but for now the team is satisfied to have him play with Ben Bishop.

    Advice: "Is (Vasilevskiy) going to be a No. 1 starting goaltender in this league? I don't have a doubt in my mind," coach Jon Cooper said. "The ceiling is limitless." The Lightning could decide to trade Bishop with a potential expansion draft next year, but GM Steve Yzerman doesn't have a problem starting the season with Vasilevskiy and Bishop. Today, 10:53 am
  • Swedes place Robin Lehner on World Cup team
    Robin Lehner will be a member of Team Sweden at the World Cup.

    Advice: He was limited to just 21 games last season because of ankle injuries, but he played well as Buffalo's starter. Lehner finished with a .924 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against average despite posting five wins. His first year with the Sabres ended prematurely in March after he had surgery on his ankle. Today, 9:06 am
  • Marc-Andre Fleury struggling as backup goalie
    Marc-Andre Fleury may be struggling as the backup goalie in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Fleury has started only one game in the playoffs (Game 5 in the third round against Tampa Bay) after suffering a concussion on April 2. He started backing up Matt Murray on May 2 and has mostly kept that position ever since. The Pittsburgh's Tribune-Review Rob Rossi interviewed former Penguin Maxime Talbot and Talbot said that he speaks to Fleury between games. "I could only guess how hard the games are for him," Talbot said. "But ‘Flower' is the best guy. You see him on the bench, smiling, talking to Murray during breaks. I know he's happy for the guys in the room. I know he's trying to do whatever he can to help them win. It's different." Today, 6:49 am
  • Carey Price one of 5 Habs to play in World Cup
    Carey Price is one of five Montreal Canadien players who has been selected to play in the World Cup of Hockey this September.

    Advice: It remains to be seen if he will play for Team Canada given he is coming off a serious knee injury which sidelined him for much of the 2015-16 NHL season. Other participants in the tourney are: Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin (Russia), Max Pacioretty (USA), Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic). The snubbing of P.K. Subban by the Canadians, however, was the bigger news in Montreal regarding the World Cup. Today, 6:35 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Ben Bishop had strained ankle/shin area
    Ben Bishop strained ligaments around his ankle/shin area in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: He was still experiencing some problems when he went into down into the butterfly, but felt he was getting close. Bishop said he might have been ready for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final had the Lightning advanced. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Pekka Rinne optimistic after up and down year
    Pekka Rinne is encouraged by his finish to the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: In his last 20 starts of the year, he posted a 14-3-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. "It was a lot of ups and downs," Rinne said. "Personally, I wanted to be better during the regular season. I always have high expectations for myself. I thought that it was hard to get consistency going on throughout the season. I feel like I had a lot of good games, but then (an average game would follow) or something like that." He was also happy with his performance in the playoffs, but there were some rough games there as well. Rinne will try to get off to a good start at the World Cup of Hockey to warm up for the 2016-17 regular season. Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Matt Murray backstops Pens into Stanley Cup
    Rookie sensation Matt Murray has propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals after they posted a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 7 of Round 3 on Thursday night.

    Advice: Murray made 16 saves on 17 shots against Tampa Bay, including two from their captain Stevan Stamkos, who returned to the Bolts' lineup. That didn't faze the 22-year-old rookie though, who improves to 11-4-1 in the playoffs with a 2.21 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • SL G Brian Elliott loses series-deciding game
    Brian Elliott returned to the St. Louis net Wednesday night, but it didn't turn out to be as pleasant a comeback as he hoped it would be.

    Advice: Elliott was chosen to start Game 6 of the Western Conference Final after being replaced by Jake Allen in the series' previous two games. He allowed four of the 26 shots he faced to get past him, however, as the Sharks took a 4-0 lead in San Jose and coasted to a 5-2 win a berth into the Stanley Cup Championship Series. Elliott wound up with a postseason record of 9-9, a goals-against average of 2.44 and a save percentage of .921. Wednesday, 9:23 pm
  • Sharks' G Martin Jones wins Game 6 with ease
    Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 24 saves as he and his San Jose teammates coasted to a 5-2 triumph over the visiting St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final Wednesday night.

    Advice: The win gives the Sharks their first berth into the Stanley Cup Championship Series. They have been in the National Hockey League since 1991-92. They will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final goes on Monday night. Jones has been steady, if not flashy, for the Sharks throughout the postseason. His record is 12-6 in the playoffs. He takes a goals-against average of 2.12 into the Stanley Cup Final. He is sporting a .919 save percentage. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Blues G Jake Allen takes loss in Game 5
    St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen played well in his first start of the postseason Saturday night but he wasn't especially sharp in a 6-3 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks Monday night.

    Advice: Allen made 31 saves in a 6-3 victory over the Sharks in Game 5. Monday, in Game 6, he made only 21 saves on 25 shots. The Sharks are now ahead 3-2 in the Western Conference Final and can win the series Wednesday night in San Jose. There's no guarantee Allen will start that game. The Blues may choose to go back to Brian Elliott, who played mostly outstanding hockey in his starts for St. Louis this postseason. With the loss Monday, Allen fell to 1-1 in the postseason. His goals-against average is 2.49 and his save percentage is .897. Monday, 8:49 pm
  • Francis to speak with Ward again in June
    GM Ron Francis intends to meet with Cam Ward in early June.

    Advice: They have spoken already and he wants to "see where we're at" in negotiations. Ward can become an unrestricted free agent in July. Monday, 2:08 pm
  • Reimer gives up one goal on seven in relief
    James Reimer gave up one goal on seven shots in relief of Martin Jones on Saturday night.

    Advice: Reimer came in midway through the game after Jones allowed four goals on 19 shots. The Sharks steadied a bit defensively from that point forward. Reimer had not played since April 5. We wouldn’t expect coach Peter DeBoer to turn away from Jones at this point. The series is 2-2 heading to St. Louis. Saturday, 7:17 pm
  • Cam Talbot has played well at WHC
    Cam Talbot has done well at the World Championship in Russia.

    Advice: In five appearances during the preliminary round, he posted four wins along with a 1.40 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. Still, it's unclear if he will start in Canada's quarterfinal round match-up versus Sweden, but he should get the nod. Talbot is getting some great experience in a very good tournament. Wednesday, 3:12 pm
  • Preds will talk to UFA Carter Hutton
    Predators GM David Poile intends to talk to potential unrestricted free agent Carter Hutton.

    Advice: "We're going to see if we can work something out there," he said. Hutton posted a 7-5-4 record in 2015-16 to go with a 2.33 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and two shutouts. If he leaves then the Predators will have to find a new understudy for Pekka Rinne. Wednesday, 8:47 am
  • Report: Halak needs sports hernia surgery
    Jaroslav Halak reportedly needs sports hernia surgery.

    Advice: It's unclear if he has had the procedure already, but once he does it will take him approximately six-to-eight weeks to recover. Halak missed the last 17 games of the regular season and the playoffs because of a groin injury. Wednesday, 7:10 am
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