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  • Joe Pavelski might end up on third line
    The San Jose Sharks are considering using Joe Pavelski as the team's third-line center.

    Advice: That's an unusual spot for a guy that scored 41 goals, but moving Pavelski might give the Sharks three strong scoring lines. In that scenario Tomas Hertl would probably be reunited with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns on the top line.
    Today, 8:00 am
  • S. Doan struggled after return from illness
    Shane Doan admitted that he struggled to get his season back on track after returning from Rocky Mountain fever.

    Advice: "It's such a freak thing, and you'd never expect to go through something like that," Doan said. "Once you're back and playing, you're back and playing. You're wanting to contribute and help out more than I did, especially early on. When I came back, I wasn't very good. I think I'm getting better every day." Doan had 23 goals and 47 points in 69 games in 2013-14. He'll have plenty of time to rest up and return in peak condition for the 2014-15 campaign.
    Today, 7:09 am
  • Brad Richards tries not to think about future
    Brad Richards is trying not to think about the possibility that this might be his last playoff run with the New York Rangers.

    Advice: Richards might be the subject of an amnesty buyout over the summer. "It's been in the back of my mind to a certain extent, it would be a lie if I said it wasn't there," Richards said. "But it's not affecting me or weighing on me, or having any impact on my preparation or my game." Richards will turn 34 in May and his contract comes with an annual $6,666,667 cap hit through 2019-20. This is the last summer that the Rangers will have the option of using an amnesty buyout, which is different from a normal buyout in the sense that it completely removes the player's cap hit from the team's books, to get out of the ugly final seasons of that deal.
    Today, 6:58 am
  • Dany Heatley could be scratched Thursday
    Dany Heatley appears as though he will be a healthy scratch on Thursday when the playoffs begin.

    Advice: He didn't have a spot among Minnesota's top-four lines at practice on Tuesday. Heatley leads all Wild players in playoff scoring with 57 points in 66 games. He sat a few times down the stretch as well.
    Today, 6:55 am
  • R.J. Umberger might be available for Game 2
    R.J. Umberger (upper body) is a possibility for Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Umberger won't be on the ice when the Blue Jackets' series against Pittsburgh starts on Wednesday. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games this season.
    Today, 6:31 am
  • Nick Foligno (knee) might play in Game 2
    Nick Foligno (knee) might be able to play in Game 2 of the first round.

    Advice: Foligno was already ruled out for the Blue Jackets' playoff opener on Wednesday. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 contests in 2013-14.
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Antoine Roussel intends to stay in check
    Antoine Roussel understands that he can't go too wild in the NHL playoffs.

    Advice: "I played for Chicago in the AHL, and I took two penalties right off the bat and then I was scratched the rest of the way," he said of his brief postseason experience. You can't do that in the playoffs." Roussel finished third in the league with 209 penalty minutes during the regular season. He'll make his NHL playoff debut on Wednesday against Anaheim.
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Jeremy Morin likely to be scratched Thursday
    Jeremy Morin was an odd man out at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He skated with probable scratches Peter Regin and Joakim Nordstrom. "Obviously you want to be in the lineup, but I can say honestly I'm really excited just be a part of it," Morin said. "I've never experienced playoffs before in pro hockey. Anything I can do, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to be here." Morin was red hot at the end of the regular season, with four goals and two assists in six games, but he'll get bumped from the lineup with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews set to return.
    Today, 5:49 am
  • Avalanche playing way above their pay grade
    The Colorado Avalanche won a division title this season and are set for a playoff run despite having the third lowest payroll in the NHL during 2013-14.

    Advice: Just two teams spent less on base player salaries this season according to Cap Geek, while those two teams (the Panthers and Islanders) finished way out of the playoff contention. The Avs are fuelled by a young core with players like Gabe Landeskog still on rookie contracts. Landeskog is earning under one million dollars this season, but signed a lucrative contract extension.
    Yesterday, 6:17 pm
  • Patrick Sharp practices on new line Tuesday
    Patrick Sharp practiced on a line with Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa on Tuesday in preparation for the Blackhawks playoff opener on Thursday in St. Louis.

    Advice: It was the first practice in nearly a month where the Hawks iced a completely healthy lineup. Head Coach Joel Quenneville chose to split up his three highest producing forwards in Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane onto separate lines. Coach Q appears to be favoring a balanced attack in the playoffs, but Sharp has proven that he could excel with anyone on his line this season. Though Sharp played with Toews the majority of the year, the talented forward managed three goals and two assists without the dynamic centerman in the final seven games of the regular season.
    Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Matt Duchene (knee) out at least 2 more games
    Matt Duchene (knee) will miss the Avalanche's first two playoff games at a minimum.

    Advice: Duchene had 23 goals and 70 points in 71 games this season. He didn't take part in Tuesday's practice and it wouldn't be shocking if he doesn't return before the end of the first round.
    Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • Valtteri Filppula (LBI) is ready to return
    Valtteri Filppula (lower body) took part in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: The stage is set for Filppula to participate in Game 1 on Wednesday. He's projected to center the second line.
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Brenden Morrow might be back on Thursday
    Brenden Morrow (foot) didn't want to rule himself out for Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Morrow was on the ice Tuesday. "I got a couple of days to get a little better," Morrow said. "So I've got to knock the rust off." He had 25 points and 76 penalty minutes in 71 games in 2013-14.
    Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Travis Moen (concussion) skates Tuesday
    Travis Moen (concussion) skated with the Canadiens on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moen was wearing a no-contact jersey though, so we would be surprised if he played in Game 1 on Wednesday. He had 12 points and 49 penalty minutes in 65 games this season.
    Yesterday, 11:04 am
  • Brandon Prust is questionable for Game 1
    Brandon Prust (upper body) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.

    Advice: Prust skated alongside Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher during Tuesday's practice. He hasn't played since March 18.
    Yesterday, 11:03 am
  • Buffalo will almost certainly buy out Leino
    There's a "very good possibility" that Ville Leino will get bought out, according to Sabres GM Tim Murray.

    Advice: It would be shocking if Murray actually decided to keep Leino after making a statement like that. Leino inked a six-year, $27 million contract that runs through 2016-17. He had a disastrous campaign where he recorded just 15 points in 58 contests.
    Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Henrik Zetterberg aims for Round 2 return
    Henrik Zetterberg (back) hopes to return for the second round, if the Red Wings make it that far.

    Advice: It would certainly be challenging for Detroit, given that Boston is its first round opponent. That being said, Zetterberg hasn't been completely ruled out for the first round, so there's always a chance that he'll be able to help out if the series goes deep.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
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  • Steve Downie (upper body) misses practice
    Steve Downie is dealing with an upper-body injury.

    Advice: It's not clear if it's the same problem that he attempted to return from on April 8. The Flyers are calling him day-to-day, but he wasn't able to participate in Tuesday's practice.
    Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Canadiens' Brandon Prust doubtful for Game 1
    Forward Brandon Prust was back at practice for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday but coach Michel Therrien said he doubted the left winger would be able to play Wednesday in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: Prust has missed the Canadiens' last 12 games with an upper body injury.
    Yesterday, 8:48 am
  • Penguins demote Harry Zolnierczyk
    The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent Harry Zolnierczyk to the AHL.

    Advice: Zolnierczyk was called up to participate in the Penguins' last two regular season games. He had two goals in 13 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14.
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
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  • Red Wings like Pavel Datsyuk's recent efforts
    The Red Wings are encouraged by the way Pavel Datsyuk played in his final games of the regular season.

    Advice: The Wings think Datsyuk looks more like his dangerous self six games after a long injury layoff. He wired a puck straight to linemate Justin Abdelkader in the Wings' final regular-season game on Sunday, the kind of tape-to-tape pass few in the league can match, and they think the future Hall of Famer can be productive in their first-round playoff series against the Bruins. "I think Pav is finding his stride," Abdelkader said. "He's starting to get his endurance back. That's very positive for us. Even just having him in the lineup, he's so good with and without the puck, teams key on him and he's a huge part of the team."
    Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • R.J. Umberger is day-to-day, out Game 1
    The Columbus Blue Jackets think R.J. Umberger (upper body) will return before the end of the first round.

    Advice: Umberger won't participate in Game 1 though. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests this season.
    Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • Nick Foligno (knee) is out for Game 1
    Nick Foligno's lower-body injury is related to his knee.

    Advice: Foligno won't participate in Game 1 of the Blue Jackets' first round series. However, he should be able to return before the round is over. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 games this season.
    Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Henrik Zetterberg set to practice Tuesday
    Henrik Zetterberg (back) is expected to skate with his teammates for the first part of practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: GM Ken Holland has already ruled out Zetterberg for the first two games of Detroit's first-round series against Boston. "He appears to be right on track for the original time frame," Holland said Monday. "He's skated a little bit on his own, and now he wants to see how he feels going up and down the ice with the guys, maybe do some light shooting." If he doesn't suffer any setbacks then he probably won't be ready to return unless the Red Wings advance into Round 2 of the postseason.
    Monday, 2:06 pm
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  • Valtteri Filppula is day-to-day with LBI
    Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: His availability for Game 1 of the playoffs against Montreal is uncertain at this time. He has missed two games after getting hurt on Thursday. The series begins on Wednesday night.
    Monday, 8:51 am
  • Shane Doan scores; Coyotes win season finale
    The Phoenix Coyotes managed to complete their dismal regular season on a winning note, defeating the visiting Dallas Stars 2-1 Sunday night.

    Advice: Captain Shane Doan scored one of the Phoenix goals. It was his 23rd of the season. David Moss, with his eighth of the season, scored the Coyotes' game winner with 2:31 remaining in the third period. With the win, the avoided going into a disappointingly early offseason with memories of an eight-game winless streak. "Nobody ever wants to be in this situation," Doan said before the game. "We've got to find a way to end this stupid streak we're on." They did.
    Sunday, 8:49 pm
  • Valtteri Filppula will miss Sunday's game
    Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is out Sunday.

    Advice: It will be Filppula's second straight game on the sidelines. He will get a few days to rest before the first round of the playoffs start.
    Sunday, 10:58 am
  • R.J. Umberger out indefinitely with UBI
    R.J. Umberger is now out indefinitely with an upper body injury.

    Advice: Umberger was projected to miss at least a couple of weeks when the injury occurred a week ago but his status has now changed as the playoffs are set to begin. He had been a healthy scratch of late and will end the season with 34 points, including eight power play goals.
    Sunday, 3:48 am
  • Shane Doan scores but Coyotes lose again
    Phoenix captain Shane Doan scored his 22nd goal of the season in the Coyotes' 3-2 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks Saturday night.

    Advice: The Coyotes are 0-4-3 in the past seven games and will miss the postseason for a second straight year after reaching the Western Conference final in 2012. The Coyotes have scored nine goals in the seven games, scoring more than two goals once in that span. Mike Ribeiro also scored a goal for the Coyotes Saturday, his 16th of the season. The Coyotes finish out their season at home Sunday against the Dallas Stars.
    Saturday, 10:09 pm
  • Joe Pavelski scores two in San Jose's triumph
    Forward Joe Pavelski scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes in Phoenix Saturday night.

    Advice: Both of Pavelski's goals were netted in the first period. Pavelski has had a first-rate season and has notched at least a point in seven of his team's final eight regular-season games. Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, his 23rd of the season. The Sharks entered the game locked into a first-round playoff series against the Kings, starting in the coming week, so the game against the Coyotes Saturday was merely a tuneup.
    Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Morrow injury could sideline him for a while
    Though most injured Blues' players should be ready to start the playoffs, Brenden Morrow may not be one of them.

    Advice: His foot injury is probably the most serious of the team's injuries at the moment. Keep that in mind when drafting in your playoff pools.
    Saturday, 10:52 am
  • Penguins summon Harry Zolnierczyk
    Pittsburgh recalled Harry Zolnierczyk on Friday.

    Advice: He has two goals in 11 games with the big club this season. Zolnierczyk has 18 goals and 18 assists in 56 contests with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
    Saturday, 9:55 am
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  • Filppula day-to-day with LBI
    Valterri Filppula is listed a questionable for Sunday's season finale against Washington.

    Advice: Flippula sustained a lower-body injury during Thursday's win over Philadelphia, missed Friday's game against Columbus and will likely sit out Sunday afternoon's contest. The Lightning are hoping that Flippula will be good to go for the playoffs which start next week.
    Saturday, 8:58 am
  • Nick Foligno may not be ready for Game 1
    Nick Foligno (lower body) may not be ready for the start of the playoffs.

    Advice: He has been sidelined since Apr. 3 with a lower-body injury. In 70 games this season, Foligno has 18 goals and 39 points, along with 96 penalty minutes and 210 hits. His physical style would certainly benefit the team come postseason time.
    Saturday, 7:56 am
  • Brenden Morrow isn't available Friday
    Brenden Morrow (foot) won't play on Friday.

    Advice: Morrow suffered the ailment during Thursday's morning skate. He was able to take part in the Blues' pregame warmup on Thursday, but was still held out of that contest. It wouldn't be surprising if the Blues were erring heavily on the side of caution with the playoffs just around the corner.
    Friday, 10:13 am
  • Brenden Morrow suffers foot injury Thursday
    Brenden Morrow suffered a foot injury during Thursday's morning skate.

    Advice: He appeared to be OK afterward and took part in the pregame warmup, but felt some discomfort and ended up sitting out Thursday's loss to Minnesota. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Friday, 7:17 am
  • Henrik Zetterberg (back) resumes skating
    Henrik Zetterberg (back) resumed skating on his own this week.

    Advice: It's still hard to say when he'll available to play again, though. "Until he is practicing with the Red Wings, we really don't know," GM Ken Holland said. His initial timetable was set at eight weeks and that is still two weeks away from happening. Zetterberg could return late in the first round of the playoffs or in the second round depending on how deep the Red Wings make it. He hasn't played for Detroit since Feb. 8 after he got hurt in the Olympics while suiting up for Sweden.
    Friday, 6:32 am
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