Player Notes

  • Mats Zuccarello still out with concussion
    Mats Zuccarello is still out of action with a concussion.

    Advice: The Rangers winger suffered the injury a month ago today and while he skated with the team on Thursday, he did not do so Friday. Don't count on him the remainder of the series and likely the Cup Final as well, if the Rangers make it that far.
    Today, 5:38 am
  • Pascal Dupuis update within a couple of weeks
    There should be more known about the status of Pascal Dupuis (blood clots) within a couple of weeks.

    Advice: That's the timetable that GM Jim Rutherford has given for an update on Dupuis' status. He was diagnosed with the blood clots on November 19 and managed to play another five games before the Penguins shut him down for the remainder of the season.
    Today, 5:05 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Emersno Etem opens the scoring for the Ducks
    Emerson Etem's third goal of the playoffs tied Game 4 at one apiece.

    Advice: The Long Beach, California native has played well in 11 post-season games as a bottom-six forward. He has yet to garner an assist in the playoffs and it was his first goal in the third round.
    Today, 4:21 am
  • Ducks score three goals in 37 seconds
    The Anaheim Ducks scored three goals in 37 seconds, becoming the second-fastest team to score three in the playoffs.

    Advice: The 1979 Toronto Maple Leafs still hold the record as they scored three times in 23 seconds against the Atlanta Flames, in which Chicago coach Joel Quenneville picked up an assist on the third Leaf goal. Matt Beleskey scored the middle goal for the Ducks and now has six in the playoffs after scoring all five in the second round against the Calgary Flames.
    Today, 4:06 am
  • Vermette scores 2OT winner; Hawks tie series
    Antoine Vermette scored the game-winning goal in the Blackhawks’ 5-4 double-overtime triumph against the Ducks on Saturday night.

    Advice: A healthy scratch in Game 3, Vermette is the reason the Western Conference final is shifting to Anaheim tied up at two. His gaffe, along with Kimmo Timonen’s, also led to a Ducks goal in the third period, but he atoned for that mistake big time. Brandon Saad (goal, two assists), Jonathan Toews (goal, assist), Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane notched the other goals for Chicago. At one point in the third period, Chicago had a 3-1 lead … however, that ended up being short-lived and it went down 4-3 after giving up three goals in 37 seconds, before tying the game on Kane's power-play goal.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Anaheim sticks with same lines in Game 4
    Not a huge surprise, but note that the Anaheim Ducks are sticking with their same lines as they face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: You can stick with lines that work (or avoid ones that don't work) in daily fantasy and other formats.
    Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • Joakim Nordstrom will be a healthy scratch
    After playing in Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks, forward Joakim Nordstrom will go back to being a healthy scratch for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4.

    Advice: After missing more than a month of action, Nordstrom only received 7:06 TOI, so it was obvious that his "fresh legs" didn't really make a difference for the Blackhawks, who went down 2-1 in their series against the Ducks.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
  • Kris Versteeg goes back to the press box
    With the Chicago Blackhawks returning to their Game 2 lineup for Game 4, Kris Versteeg goes back to his perch in the press box after skating against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3.

    Advice: Versteeg, 29, managed one SOG in 19 shifts (13:31 TOI) in a Game 3 loss, his first appearance since April 25. It's been an up-and-down ride for him ever since he returned to Chicago (and in general, really).
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Jamie Benn doing well post hip surgeries
    Jamie Benn is progressing well from surgery earlier this month to both of his hips.

    Advice: Benn is doing rehab as per schedule and should be ready to participate in training camp without restrictions. That's good news for those of you who own the Stars' captain after his breakout season in which he led the NHL in scoring. Ales Hemsky and Trevor Daley, who also both had hip surgeries, are also progressing in schedule.
    Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • Teravainen draws back in for Game 4
    Teuvo Teravainen will be draw back into the Chicago lineup for Game 4 against Anaheim Saturday night.

    Advice: He was a healthy scratch for Game 3 but will skate on the wing opposite Patrick Sharp and beside Antoine Vermette on the Blackhawks' third unit.
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Blysma top contender for Sabres' coaching gig
    Dan Bylsma is allegedly a frontrunner to fill the Sabres' vacant head coaching position.

    Advice: Word on the street is that the Penguins were asked for, and granted, permission to the Sabres to talk to Bylsma about being Buffalo's bench boss next season. Permission was needed as Bylsma, who was fired last summer by the Penguins, is still under contract with Pittsburgh. Stay tuned.
    Yesterday, 5:52 am
    Injured Reserve
  • Chris Kreider gets the winner Friday
    Chris Kreider picked up the winner on Friday in a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay.

    Advice: The winger scored his seventh of the post-season and now is on a four game points streak. Kreider has nine points in the playoffs and will try to improve on that when the Rangers host the Lightning for Game 5 Sunday.
    Yesterday, 4:25 am
  • Rick Nash comes to life in Game 4 win over TB
    Rick Nash scored two goals and an assist in New York's 5-1 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final over Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Nash came into tonight's game with just seven points in two and a half rounds of playoff action, but he really came through tonight. Nash scored the game's opening goal at the 17:18 mark of the first period. He also picked up an assist on Keith Yandle's second period goal, while adding his second of the game midway through the final frame. The three points are a new career-high in the playoffs for Nash. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal, three hits, one blocked shot and one takeaway. The Eastern Conference final is now tied at 2-2, with New York hosting Game 5 and a potential Game 7.
    Friday, 7:52 pm
    Player Note
    Rick Nash NYR - LW,RW
  • Jonathan Drouin leads scratches in Game 4
    Jonathan Drouin, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vladislav Namestnikov will be scratched from Friday's Game 4 against the New York Rangers.

    Advice: With the Lightning leading the series 2-1, and after having scored a dozen goals the past two games, Coach Cooper doesn't seem compelled to make any unnecessary changes to the lineup. Of note, the one change that he is making is defenseman Mark Barberio will play in place of the injured Matt Carle.
    Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Brandon Saad calls Game 4 a 'must win'
    Brandon Saad considers Game 4 on Saturday to be a "must win."

    Advice: "We let one slip away last night so we have a big one coming up," Saad added. Chicago suffered a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thuesday after squeaking ahead with a triple-overtime victory in Game 2. The Blackhawks will certainly have their work ahead of them if they drop Game 4, but they're talented enough and have done well enough in this series to make it hard to dismiss them even if Anaheim takes a 3-1 series lead.
    Friday, 12:02 pm
  • Michael Keranen will stick with Minnesota
    Michael Keranen has inked a on-year extension with the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Keranen had 10 goals and 37 points in 70 AHL games in 2014-15. He had a great 2013-14 campaign in SM-liiga with 52 points in 52 contests, but we wouldn't count on him having fantasy value next season. Keep in mind that he's 25 years old, so his offensive upside is limited.
    Friday, 11:03 am
    Not Active
  • Ray Shero wants to keep Patrik Elias
    New Devils GM Ray Shero made it clear that he wants to keep Patrik Elias.

    Advice: That came after Elias expressed a willingness to be traded if Shero wanted to go in that direction. "I think he's going to be a big part of this team next year and we'll see where that's going to take us," Shero said of Elias. "When I sit down and talk to him, I'll find out further his thoughts and things like that, but we did have a really nice talk on the phone and he is an interesting guy to talk to. I'll find out more about him and where he's at and what he thinks about next year and all those things. So, I'm looking forward to sitting down and talking with him." It wouldn't make much sense to trade Elias at this time anyways. The 39-year-old is coming off of a rough season and probably wouldn't net New Jersey much of a return as a consequence. Elias has spent his entire NHL career with the Devils, so it would seem counterproductive to move him now unless there was significant market value for him.
    Friday, 7:53 am
  • Patrick Maroon nets a goal vs. Chicago
    Patrick Maroon found the back of the net in the Ducks' 2-1 victory on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Maroon's first goal of the Western Conference Final and fifth marker of the playoffs. He now has eight points in 12 postseason games. Maroon also registered four hits in 14:41 minutes of ice time Thursday night.
    Friday, 6:33 am
  • Nick Foligno honored to be captain of Jackets
    As expected, Nick Foligno is honored to be the new captain of the Blue Jackets.

    Advice: "Any time you're named captain of an NHL team, it's something you dream about," Foligno said. "To have this be a reality with a team I care so much about, it's a huge honor. You can't become a leader unless you have respect in the room. It's come naturally and I really enjoy the group we have." His father, Mike, was captain of the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons. Nick feels ready for the responsibility, but he said wearing the "C" won't change him as a player.
    Thursday, 12:12 pm
  • RFA Marcus Johansson enjoys his best season
    Marcus Johansson had the best season of his career in 2014-15.

    Advice: He hit the 20-goal mark for the first time and he recorded 47 points in 82 games. New coach Barry Trotz urged Johansson to shoot more and he was credited with a personal best total of 138. He skated mostly as a top-line right winger or on the second line as a left winger. His success comes at a good time, as he'll be a restricted free agent this summer.
    Thursday, 11:26 am
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