Player Notes

  • Varlamov may miss WHC due to injury?
    Semyon Varlamov isn't listed on Russia's roster for the upcoming World Championship tournament.

    Advice: He was expected to be on the team, but Russian media reports Wednesday mentioned that Varlamov would be forced to sit out because of an injury. Confirmation on the matter should come soon, as rosters are due to be submitted Thursday night. Today, 5:30 am
  • G Braden Holtby makes 30 saves but takes loss
    Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made 30 saves Wednesday night but wound up on the losing side of a 3-2, overtime decision in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Holtby didn't play badly but couldn't steal the game against the Penguins, who now are ahead in the best-of-seven, second-round series 3-1. The Caps face elimination Saturday night in Game 5. After an outstanding regular season, Holtby is 5-5 in the playoffs. His goals-against average is 1.59 and his save percentage is .945. Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Rookie G Matt Murray continues to flourish
    Penguins goalie Matt Murray starred again Wednesday night, recording 34 saves in regulation and overtime to help Pittsburgh edge the visiting Washington Capitals 3-2 and take a 3-1 lead in the teams' second-round playoff series.

    Advice: Murray has become the story of the NHL's postseason. Initially pressed into the spotlight after veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury suffered a concussion, the rookie has shone with a record of 6-1. He has yielded three or fewer goals in five of his seven playoff starts. His goals-against average in the postseason is 1.81 and his save percentage is .944. Needless to say, look for the Pens to stay with the hot hand and go with Murray again in Game 5 of this series Saturday night. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Kari Lehtonen probable for Thursday
    Kari Lehtonen will probably get the call in Game 4 on Thursday night.

    Advice: He was the first goalie off the ice at practice on Wednesday, while Antti Niemi and Jack Campbell worked late on the ice with goalie coach Jeff Reese. Lehtonen was pulled in Game 2 against St. Louis and Niemi was yanked in Game 3. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Brian Elliott makes 25 saves to win Game 3
    Brian Elliott turned aside 25-of-26 shots in the Blues 6-1 Game 3 blowout win over Dallas on Tuesday.

    Advice: Elliott's outstanding postseason continued on Tuesday as the Blues took a 2-1 series lead on the strength of a goal explosion and having the better goaltending. Elliott has allowed two goals or less in three of the last five games. The 31-year-old has a 6-4 record and a 2.25 GAA to go with a .933 save percentage. Yesterday, 12:29 am
  • Antti Niemi lit up and pulled in Game 3
    Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots and was pulled in the Stars' 6-1 blowout loss to St. Louis in Game 3.

    Advice: Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots before being pulled at 2:34 of the second period. Kari Lehtonen, who started Games 1 and 2, made 23 saves on 26 shots in relief. Dallas is going to need much better goaltending from both of their netminders if they hope to advance past St. Louis. It wouldn't be surprising if the Stars went back to Lehtonen in Game 4. Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • Martin Jones allows four goals in Game 3 loss
    Martin Jones was human in a Game 3 loss, allowing four goals on 25 shots in the Sharks first road defeat of the postseason.

    Advice: The Predators scored twice on the power play to get to the San Jose netminder. We had to know a road loss was going to come at some point for the Sharks. Jones has been terrific in the playoffs and has a 6-2 record to go with his 2.36 GAA and .914 save percentage despite this poor outing. Tuesday, 10:40 pm
  • Pekka Rinne makes 26 saves in Game 3 win
    Pekka Rinne made 26 saves in Nashville's 4-1 Game 3 victory over San Jose on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rinne stepped up his game in a must win for the Predators. It didn't look like it at first, after allowing the first goal of the game in a play where he came out of his crease to play the puck but got out-raced to it by Patrick Marleau but he shut the door after that. Rinne evened his record to 5-5 to go with a strong 2.33 GAA and .920 save percentage this postseason. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Thomas Greiss gives up five in OTL in GM 3
    Thomas Greiss allowed five goals on 41 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 OT loss to the Lightning in Game 3.

    Advice: The Isles won't be happy about dropping this game, especially because they held 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 leads. New York was 38 seconds away from closing out Game 3 when Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov tied the game. Greiss has given up three goals or more in three straight games. He'll enter Game 4 with a 5-4 record, a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this postseason. The Islanders are now down 2-1 in the series. Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • Ben Bishop gives up 4, Lightning win Game 3
    Ben Bishop gave up four goals on 39 shots, but the Lightning still managed to beat the Islanders 5-4 in overtime in Game 3.

    Advice: The Bolts found themselves down on three different occasions in this one, but they managed to tie the game with less than 40 seconds remaining in the third period. Brian Boyle scored the game-winner in overtime less than three minutes into the extra frame. Bishop has won four of his last five games dating back to Game 4 against Detroit, but he's given up four goals in two of his last three outings. He has a 6-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage this postseason. Tuesday, 7:41 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury OK with backup role
    Marc-Andre Fleury understands why he sat on the bench Monday as Matt Murray's backup.

    Advice: "That's fine. I haven't played in a month now," Fleury said Tuesday after an optional skate. "What's important is us winning. Matty's giving us a chance to win every night he's been in there. I'll stay ready. I'll encourage him. It's not a personal game. It's a team game." He hasn't played since March 31 after he sustained his second concussion of the season. Fleury is expected to continue to work hard in practice to get his timing back, while Murray continues to tend to the crease for the Penguins. Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Antti Raanta might get more starts in 2016-17
    After signing a two-year extension with the New York Rangers, Antti Raanta might play a bit of a bigger role in 2016-17.

    Advice: Raanta appeared in 25 games in 2015-16, starting 18 of them, but starter Henrik Lundqvist might be used a bit less frequently going forward. Nothing is set in stone, but Lundqvist is 34 years old now and is playing for a franchise that has aspirations of going far next season despite their 2016 first round exit. With that in mind, Lundqvist might get a bit more rest during the 2016-17 regular season than he typically has in the past. Tuesday, 5:59 am
  • Jaroslav Halak (groin) hopes to be back soon
    Jaroslav Halak (groin) feels close to being ready to return.

    Advice: He has been skating for a few weeks now, but there won't be any rush to get him back into the lineup. Thomas Greiss has been great in the postseason and the Islanders don't plan to use Halak as a backup yet because he hasn't played since Mar. 8. "It's always hard just to watch the guys from the press box or from home and not able to help," Halak said. "But I think they've done a good job and obviously now I'm just trying to get back. We'll see. Just take it day by day right now. That's all I can do. Hopefully I'll be back soon." Monday, 3:39 pm
  • Andersen would love to stay with Ducks
    Frederik Andersen can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

    Advice: It's unclear if the Ducks will keep Andersen in the fold with John Gibson ready to be a full-time starter. "Tough to say right now," Andersen said. "I think when the time comes some decisions will be made. I like playing here and all the guys love having me in the net. I like it here, so obviously, I would love to play here." Andersen's previous contract had an annual average value of just $1.15 million. Monday, 12:51 pm
  • Al Montoya may be brought back by Panthers
    Al Montoya is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

    Advice: He played very well as Florida's second-string goalie in 2015-16 with a 12-7-3 record and a career-best 2.18 goals-against average. The Panthers may bring him back for another season while they wait for prospect Samuel Montembeault to develop. Monday, 8:36 am
  • Jack Campell recalled from AHL by Stars
    The Dallas Stars have recalled Jack Campbell from the AHL.

    Advice: The 24-year-old has played in one NHL game since being drafted by the Stars in 2010. He'll serve as the team's third goalie behind Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi. Sunday, 9:10 am
  • Predators recall Marek Mazanec from AHL
    The Nashville Predators have recalled Marek Mazanec from the AHL.

    Advice: The 24-year-old was recalled a couple of times this season, but he never got into a game. Both Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton appear to be healthy and ready to dress for Game 2 which means Mazanec is likely being recalled for insurance purposes. Sunday, 7:55 am
  • Howard or Mrazek could be traded
    Don't be surprised if either Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek is traded this off-season.

    Advice: In a post-season media press conference Detroit General Manager Ken Holland indicated that although it is a good problem to have two NHL caliber netminders, it might make more sense for the Wings and both Howard and Mrazek if one of them were traded. Interesting that Holland would allude to such a thing at this point in the off-season. Stay tuned. Saturday, 6:37 am
  • Hutton plays final 50 seconds in Game 1 vs SJ
    Carter Hutton played the final 50 seconds of Game 1 versus San Jose on Friday night.

    Advice: After the Sharks made it 5-2 in the final minute of play, starter Pekka Rinne did not come out to finish the game. Rather Hutton was given the honors, though he did not face any shots. Rinne does not appear to be injured, so we wouldn't expect to see much more of Hutton. Friday, 10:39 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper might be traded
    GM Chuck Fletcher is open to trading Darcy Kuemper.

    Advice: "I think it would behoove us to look around and see what value we could find in him," said Fletcher. "If there's a deal that makes sense for us and allows him to get a better opportunity, I think that would be good for both of us. But I also have no problem bringing him back." With Devan Dubnyk locked up for the next four years, it makes sense that the Wild would explore their options with Kuemper. Friday, 6:19 am
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