Player Notes

  • Jamie Benn nominated for Ted Lindsay Award
    Jamie Benn has been nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award by his fellow PA members.

    Advice: The award is given to "the most outstanding player in the NHL" as voted on by the players, and is the only award the players vote on. Benn had a second straight career best season, posting 41 goals and 89 points. This is his second straight season nominated for the award as well, and no Stars player has ever won it. Today, 3:58 pm
  • P. Eaves (foot) isn't likely to play Saturday
    Patrick Eaves (foot) probably won't be available for Game 5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Eaves hasn't been completely ruled out though. He's missed Dallas' last three playoff contests. Today, 2:53 pm
  • Mike Richards should be available Saturday
    Mike Richards (illness) is still expected to play on Saturday.

    Advice: Richards missed Friday's morning skate due to the disease though. He has no points in 10 postseason games. Today, 10:53 am
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov practices on the top line
    Evgeny Kuznetsov is practicing on a line with T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin on Friday.

    Advice: Nicklas Backstrom shifted to the second line as a result. Kuznetsov has struggled in the playoffs with a goal and three points in 10 games. Perhaps playing alongside Oshie and Ovechkin will spark him. The Capitals certainly have to hope so given that they're one loss away from elimination going into Game 5 on Saturday. Today, 8:18 am
  • Read wants to get in front of the net more
    Matt Read hopes to improve offensively in 2016-17 by getting in front of the net more often.

    Advice: "Not many guys can shoot from the top of the circles and score 50 every year," Read said. "You’ve got to learn how to score goals — it gets harder and harder every year obviously with video and how everyone’s concentrating on every little aspect of defensive hockey." Read is coming off a season where he had 11 goals and 26 points in 79 contests. He has two seasons left on his four-year, $14.5 million deal. Today, 7:36 am
  • GM Chayka to meet with Shane Doan
    New Coyotes GM John Chayka plans to meet with Shane Doan.

    Advice: Doan is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the 39-year-old hasn't decided what he wants to do going forward yet. "The sense is pretty positive overall, but certainly I want to talk to him and see where he’s at," Chayka said. "We’d be excited to have him back." Doan had 28 goals and 47 points in 72 contests in 2015-16. Today, 7:25 am
  • Jaden Schwartz posts assist on Thursday
    Jaden Schwartz registered an assist in Game 4's 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas.

    Advice: He sent Vladimir Tarasenko in all alone for a breakaway goal in the first period. Schwartz has two assists in his last two games to give him nine points in the postseason. Today, 5:35 am
  • Patrick Sharp gets Stars' PP on the board
    Patrick Sharp netted his fourth goal of the 2016 playoffs in Game 4's 3-2 overtime win against St. Louis.

    Advice: He also added an assist in the contest to give him six points in 10 games. Sharp gave the Stars a 2-1 lead when he scored the team's first power-play goal of the series and he picked up a helper on Cody Eakin's game winner. Today, 5:00 am
  • Wilson collects trio of points in Game 4 win
    Colin Wilson picked up a trio of points during Thursday's Game 4 triple overtime win over San Jose.

    Advice: Wilson opened the scoring just 41 seconds into the game. He would later assist on James Neal's late game-tying goal as well as Mike Fisher's overtime winner. Quite the night. He's now up to four goals and 11 points in 11 games this postseason. Yesterday, 11:32 pm
  • Neal picks up two points in Game 4 win
    James Neal picked up a pair of points during Thursday's Game 4 triple overtime win over San Jose.

    Advice: Neal registered an assist and also scored the game-tying goal late in the third period to send the game into several extra frames. Through 11 postseason games he has four goals and six points. Yesterday, 11:31 pm
  • Couture picks up pair of helpers in Game 4
    Logan Couture picked up a pair of helpers in Thursday's Game 4 loss to Nashville.

    Advice: Couture now owns eight assists and 12 points through nine postseason games. He sits just one point behind teammate Brent Burns for the league lead as well. Yesterday, 11:22 pm
  • Colton Sceviour scratched in Game 4 vs. STL
    Colton Sceviour is a healthy scratch in Thursday's Game 4 tilt against the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Sceviour has two goals and three points in nine playoff games in 2016, but it wasn't enough to keep him in the lineup tonight. Curtis McKenzie, Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak will also watch the game from the press box. Valeri Nichushkin and Brett Ritchie will be taking Sceviour and McKenzie's spots in the lineup. Yesterday, 5:16 pm
  • Brendan Ranford joins the Dallas Stars
    Brendan Ranford has been summoned by the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: Ranford had 19 goals and 59 points in 76 AHL contests in 2015-16. He isn't expected to play for Dallas during the 2016 playoffs. Yesterday, 10:11 am
  • Conor Sheary gets an assist in Game 4 vs Caps
    Conor Sheary registered an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against Washington Wednesday night.

    Advice: Sheary has two goals and five points in nine postseason contests. He had seven goals and 10 points in 44 games during the regular season. Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Filip Forsberg helps get Preds' PP working
    Filip Forsberg tallied a power-play goal for the Predators in Game 3's 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: The Predators went 2-for-5 with the man advantage in the match. Nashville entered the game with just two power-play markers on 31 opportunities. Forsberg has registered two of his four points in the playoffs on the power play. Yesterday, 6:16 am
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  • Frank Vatrano to play for U.S. at WHC
    Frank Vatrano was added on Tuesday to Team USA for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

    Advice: The tournament begins on Friday. Vatrano produced 36 goals and 19 assists in 36 games with AHL Providence this past season to be named he co-winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the league's top rookie. In 39 games with Boston, he posted eight goals and three assists. Yesterday, 4:34 am
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  • Alex Ovechkin Finalist for Messier Award
    Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares and Shea Weber were named finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award

    Advice: The 50-goal scorer hit that milestone for the seventh time in 2015-16 as the Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy with a franchise record 56 wins. The winner will be chosen at the NHL Awards on June 22 in Las Vegas. Wednesday, 4:43 pm
  • Kevin Fiala, others join Preds' Blacke Aces
    Kevin Fiala is up with the Predators as part of the Black Aces squad.

    Advice: Vladislav Kamenev, Frederick Gaudreau, Corey Potter and Stefan Elliott have also joined Nashville. Milwaukee was swept in three straight games by Grand Rapids in the Calder Cup Playoffs. It's unclear if Fiala will see time in the NHL playoffs, but he stands the best chance of this group. Wednesday, 8:03 am
  • Alex Steen scores twice in Game 3 vs. Dallas
    Alexander Steen tallied two goals in Game 3 against Dallas.

    Advice: The Blues cruised to a 6-1 victory after allowing the opening goal of the contest. Steen has three goals and six points in 10 playoff games. Wednesday, 7:27 am
  • Shane Prince picks up an assist on Tuesday
    Shane Prince had an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Advice: Though Prince had already scored three goals in the playoffs, this was his first career postseason assist. He recorded six goals and 17 points in 62 regular season contests. Wednesday, 6:13 am
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