Player Notes

  • Pacioretty gets additional time to recover
    Max Pacioretty is getting better each day from the concussion he had at the end of the regular season.

    Advice: "I felt better and better as the series went on," said Pacioretty, who missed the final two games of the year and the first game of the playoffs. "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't tough to come back from an injury. You say you can jump right back in, but it's really, really hard." The Canadiens closed out their series with Ottawa on Sunday and will wait for the winner of the Tampa Bay-Detroit series, which will be decided in Game 7 on Wednesday. That has given Pacioretty some additional time to recover. He had two goals, including one into an empty net, on 18 shots in five games versus the Senators.
    23 minutes ago
  • Kucherov gets leveled in Game 6, earns 3A
    Nikita Kucherov contributed three assists in Monday's 5-2 win over Detroit to help the Lightning force Game 7.

    Advice: He was also the victim of a questionable hit from Detroit's Niklas Kronwall, which will probably be looked at by the NHL Department of Player Safety. Kucherov stayed in the game after taking an apparent leaping forearm to the chin and he didn't complain about the hit after the match. "It's a hit. He made a hit. I'm not going to cry now," he said. "It's part of the game. That's why we play here."
    51 minutes ago
  • Babcock not concerned with Zetterberg's slump
    Henrik Zetterberg had a minus-3 rating in Game 6 and he still doesn't have a goal in the series, but coach Mike Babcock isn't concerned.

    Advice: "He's been very good, very determined, played hard and hasn't scored," said Babcock. "But the good thing about him, he does a lot of other things we don't have to worry about." Zetterberg has three assists in six games.
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Extensions may await Ladd, Byfuglien in July
    Andrew Ladd has one more year left on his contract and he's open to start talking about an extension this summer.

    Advice: "Obviously, I'd have to talk to my family about it, but we enjoy it here," he said. "Hockey-wise, we see the excitement around the team and what's gone on here and now more than ever you want be a part of it." Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff called Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien "a big part of our team, big part of our leadership group" and he said that he hopes to "continue to have them as part of our team for many years to come."
    Today, 5:18 am
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov lifts Capitals to series win
    Evgeny Kuznetsov scored with 7:18 remaining in the third period Monday night to give the Washington Capitals a dramatic 2-1 triumph over the visiting New York Islanders in the seventh and deciding game of the teams' Eastern Conference First Round playoff series.

    Advice: Kuznetsov broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal and fourth point of the postseason. The speedy center made a terrific move to skate around Islanders center Frans Nielsen before roofing a wrist shot over goalie Jaroslav Halak from the slot. The Caps, who were 3-9 in Game 7 playoff matches, advance to face the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The start of that series is to be determined. The Caps dominated the Isles in the shot department Monday night. They fired 26 shots on Halak. The Isles managed only 11 shots at Washington goalie Braden Holtby. Joel Ward opened the scoring for Washington with his first goal in the playoffs. The assists went to Brooks Orpik and Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin, who now has three assists in the playoffs. The Isles tied it on a Nielsen goal at 3:13 of the third period before Kuznetsov notched the game and series winner.
    Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Tomas Tatar scores both Detroit goals in loss
    Detroit forward Tomas Tatar netted both of the Red Wings' goals in their 5-2 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the teams' Eastern Conference First Round playoff series Monday night.

    Advice: Tatar, who was unable to score in five postseason games in 2013-14, has three entering Wednesday's seventh and deciding game of what has been an exciting series between Detroit and Tampa Bay. After allowing three goals to the Lightning Monday, Tatar brought his team back to 3-2 with about 19 minutes left in the third period. He scored his first goal of the game on a power play in the second period and he knocked in his second goal after a setup from Pavel Datsyuk at 1:39 of the third period. It was Datsyuk's second assist of the postseason.
    Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Kennedy and Grabner scratched for Game 6
    Tyler Kennedy and Michael Grabner are once again healthy scratches for Game 7 Monday night in Washington.

    Advice: The Islanders elected to keep the same lineup from Saturday’s Game 6 win over the Caps, which means Kennedy and Grabner are both in the press box again. Kennedy played in Games 3, 4, and 5 but was unable to produce any points and Grabner only played in Games 1 and 2, where he was able to tally an assist. Eric Boulton will also be a healthy scratch for Game 7.
    Yesterday, 5:12 pm
  • Anders Lee is a healthy scratch again Monday
    Anders Lee is once again a healthy scratch for Game 7 Monday night in Washington.

    Advice: Monday will be the second straight game Lee will sit out with the Islanders season on the line. The rookie has to be shocked by his benching the last two games but it doesn’t come unwarranted as he’s only registered one assists with a minus two rating and seven penalty minutes in five games played during the series. If the Isles move on to round two, then look for Lee to rejoin the lineup with a fresh start.
    Yesterday, 5:09 pm
  • Jonathan Drouin scratched again for Game 6
    Jonathan Drouin is once again a healthy scratch for Monday’s Game 6 contest with the Red Wings.

    Advice: The 20-year-old rookie was able to get one playoff game under his belt when he logged 8:42 in Game 4’s 3-2 overtime win but will now be scratched for a second straight game Monday. It’s a bit surprising that he has been scratched for five of the six games playoff games so far given the fact he played in 70 of Tampa Bay’s games during the regular season. As he becomes more of a complete player going forward, look for him to be in the middle of Tampa Bay’s success; just maybe not this postseason.
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Kris Versteeg may start Round 2 as a scratch
    Kris Versteeg may be a healthy scratch when the second round begins.

    Advice: He skated on the fifth line with Joakim Nordstrom and Daniel Carcillo during Monday's practice. Bryan Bickell took Versteeg's spot on the second line and Teuvo Teravainen moved into the fold on the third unit. Versteeg had one goal and 15 shots in six games versus Nashville in the first round of the postseason.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Mats Zuccarello (UBI) is out indefinitely
    Mats Zuccarello is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.

    Advice: He may have suffered a concussion when was struck in the head by Ryan McDonagh's slap shot last Friday. Martin St. Louis is slated to take Zuccarello's spot on the top line.
    Yesterday, 10:48 am
  • Niederreiter scores into an empty net again
    Nino Niederreiter tallied his third goal of the playoffs on Sunday in a 4-1 win over St. Louis.

    Advice: For the second time during this postseason, he scored into an empty net. Niederreiter picked up four points in six games to help the Wild get into the second round with six-game series victory over the Blues.
    Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Milan Lucic lost his father last week
    Milan Lucic's father passed away unexpectedly last Wednesday in Vancouver.

    Advice: "My family and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support from the hockey community, friends, and fans from around the world," said Lucic in a statement. "We kindly ask everyone to respect our privacy during this difficult and sad time." We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Milan and his family for their loss.
    Yesterday, 7:21 am
  • Taylor Hall excited after Oilers' changes
    Taylor Hall is upbeat about the Edmonton Oilers' recent changes.

    Advice: "The past couple summers it's taken me to July or August to really get the optimism going. After a couple tough seasons, that's usually what it takes," said Hall. "But I feel that now. I'm excited. And it's such a nice feeling." Between the Oilers winning the draft lottery and with it first dibs at Connor McDavid, Bob Nicholson being named the team's CEO, and Peter Chiarelli taking over as the president and general manager, there are plenty of reasons for the Oilers to be upbeat. It's still far too early to say if they're likely to end their playoff drought next season, but there's certainly been a lot of positive moves for them lately.
    Yesterday, 3:47 am
  • Pavel Datsyuk scores PPG in game five
    Pavel Datsyuk scored a power play goal in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Datsyuk's third period goal gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead in the game. The 36-year-old rebounded nicely after being on the ice for all three of Tampa Bay's goals in game four. Datsyuk now has three goals and one assist in five playoff games so far in 2015. If Detroit wants to complete the upset of Tampa Bay, they will need Datsyuk to continue producing at an elite level.
    Sunday, 7:35 am
  • Wings able to tighten up defensively in gm 5
    Unlike in game four, the Detroit Red Wings were able to shut things down defensively in game five.

    Advice: The Wings blew a 2-0 lead in game four, but they shut Tampa Bay down when they went ahead on Saturday. "We have veteran leadership, and we just tightened it up," forward Drew Miller said. "The last game, something happened we weren't very proud of, but it's not something we were like, oh no, here we go again, 2-0 with five minutes left. We know we're capable of playing a certain way, and we just went out and played that way."
    Sunday, 7:22 am
  • Steve Ott wants to solve Devan Dubnyk
    Steve Ott said he wants he and his teammates to solve Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

    Advice: Now would be a good time for the Blues to do so because they are facing elimination going into game six. "Absolutely, I put it on ourselves more than what they are doing," said Ott. "Obviously they've got a good team over there and their goaltender played very well, made some key, key saves. We have to find a way to solve him. We knew it was going to be a heck of a series and now we have to go there and win a game.
    Sunday, 7:07 am
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  • Hoffman not disappointed about calder snub
    Mike Hoffman isn't disappointed that he wasn't nominated for the Calder Trophy (top rookie).

    Advice: "I wouldn’t say disappointed, those guys had excellent years and should definitely be proud of themselves and deserve to be there," Hoffman said. "What do you do? It’s not up to me. I played as hard as I could every game, so at the end of the day it doesn’t lie in my hands." Teammate Mark Stone, Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad and Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau were the three nominees. Hoffman finished the regular season with 27 goals and 48 points in 79 games.
    Sunday, 6:20 am
  • Jason Chimera gets into it with fan Saturday
    Jason Chimera had a brief incident with a New York Islanders fan after the game on Saturday.

    Advice: The incident occurred near the tunnel from the ice to the Washington dressing room. "A fan was giving him a hard time and [Chimera] wanted a piece of him," said a Nassau Coliseum security guard who was stationed at the tunnel. "I told [Chimera] to get to the locker room." The Capitals forward had no comment when asked about it after the game. It remains to be seen if the NHL will say or do anything before Game 7.
    Sunday, 6:09 am
  • Alex Burrows flies back with the Canucks
    Alex Burrows (ribs) returned to Vancouver with the Canucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Burrows was forced to stay in Calgary after Game 4 as he suffered a broken rib on Tuesday during practice. He will have until September to recover since the Canucks were eliminated on Saturday in six games.
    Sunday, 5:35 am
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