Player Notes

  • Troy Brouwer has eight goals in 19 games
    Troy Brouwer netted a goal in the Blues' 6-3 loss to San Jose Monday night.

    Advice: Brouwer has eight goals and and 13 points in 19 postseason contests. Three of those eight goals have come in his last two games. Today, 7:17 am
  • Joel Ward nets two goals vs. Blues
    Joel Ward scored twice in San Jose's 6-3 win over St. Louis on Monday.

    Advice: Ward now has four goals and nine points in 17 playoff contests. In his postseason career he's up to 18 goals and 44 points in 70 games. Today, 7:09 am
  • J. Jagr not expected to play in World Cup
    Jaromir Jagr isn't expected to play in the 2016 World Cup.

    Advice: Jagr apparently feels he wouldn't have enough time to get ready for the tournament. The turned 44 years old in February, but he'll extend his NHL career for at least one more season. He had 27 goals and 66 points in 79 contests in 2015-16. Today, 5:49 am
  • Three points for Joe Pavelski; Sharks win 6-3
    Joe Pavelski scored two goals and added an assist as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Blues 6-3 in St. Louis Monday night.

    Advice: The victory gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Final. The Sharks can win the best-of-seven series and earn a berth to the Stanley Cup Final if they beat the Blues in Game 6 in San Jose Wednesday night. Pavelski, who now has 13 goals and nine assists in the playoffs, wasn't the only three-point producer for the Sharks Monday. Joe Thornton also had three points, all assists. He now has 14 assists in the postseason. Thornton and Pavelski both assisted on the game-opening goal by defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic at 3:51 of the opening period. Vlasic's goal was his first of the postseason. The Sharks tied the game at 2-2 on a goal by Joel Ward (third of the playoffs) at 4:37 of the second period. Vlasic assisted on the Ward goal, which came on a power play. Pavelski tied the game again at 3-3 on another San Jose power play goal at 18:33 of the second. It was all Sharks in the third period. They got goals from Pavelski, Chris Tierney and Ward again to make it a 6-3 final. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Blues confirm Scottie Upshall is sidelined
    Forward Scottie Upshall, as he said earlier Monday, isn't in the Blues' lineup for Game 5 of their Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: Upshall is out with an upper-body injury. Yesterday, 5:07 pm
  • St. Louis star David Backes is indeed playing
    St. Louis star David Backes, who was questionable for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final Monday night because of an upper-body ailment, is indeed in the Blues' lineup against the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: Ditto for Blues forward Robby Fabbri, who was dealing with a lower-body injury. Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Nikita Kucherov scores clutch goals for Bolts
    Nikita Kucherov has produced plenty of clutch goals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Advice: Kucherov has potted an NHL-leading 11 playoff goals and seven of them are tying or go-ahead markers and five of those seven have come in the third period. "When you're a rising star in this league, as he is, every team has one of those guys at some point," coach Jon Cooper said. "It just seems the bigger the moment, the bigger they rise to the occasion. (Kucherov has) proven that last year isn't a fluke. He's just a gifted, skilled and determined player. He's really a pleasure to coach." The 22-year-old winger has 19 points and league-leading plus-17 rating in 15 postseason games. Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Tarasenko isn't on the board yet in WCF
    Vladimir Tarasenko is still looking for his first point of the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: The Blues have been blanked two times by the San Jose Sharks in the series, but Tarasenko hasn't hit the scoresheet in the games St. Louis has won either. "Sometimes you score, sometimes you don't," Tarasenko said. "You can't score every game. So, at the same time, you need to help your team. You can be a factor. That's what I try to do. I believe it's coming if you just don't think about it." He has generated seven goals and 13 points in 18 postseason games. Tarasenko will try to end his scoring drought in Game 5 on Monday night. Yesterday, 11:06 am
  • Evgeni Malkin confident Pens will bounce back
    Evgeni Malkin remains confident after the Lightning took a 3-2 series lead on Sunday night in the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: "I believe in my team, I believe in myself," Malkin said. "We're coming back to Pittsburgh for sure. ... We have a great team. If you want to win the Stanley Cup, it's not easy. Yeah, it's 3-2 but we still have a chance to come back and win." He is expecting the stars on the team to step up and that of course includes himself. Yesterday, 10:55 am
  • Corey Perry joins the 'Triple Gold Club'
    Corey Perry joined the "Triple Gold Club" over the weekend.

    Advice: He captained Canada to a gold medal at the 2016 World Championship, while contributing four goals and nine points in 10 games. The club, which now has 27 members, have won a World Championship title, an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup. Yesterday, 9:52 am
  • Shane Doan, Coyotes working on new deal
    Coyotes GM John Chayka feels it's "just a matter of time" before Shane Doan has a new contract with the team.

    Advice: "It's just a matter of going through that process to reach a deal because Shane wants to be back," said Chayka. "We want him to be back, and we're going to get something done." Doan doesn't want to end his career yet after finishing a four-year, $21.2 million contract. The 39-year-old veteran produced 28 goals and 47 points in 72 games last season. Yesterday, 9:36 am
    Player Note
    Shane Doan Ari - LW,RW
  • Ryan O'Reilly gets another gold medal at WHC
    Ryan O'Reilly has helped Canada win back-to-back gold medals at the World Championship.

    Advice: He had 11 points in 10 games at the tournament last year and eight points in 10 matches during the 2016 Worlds. O'Reilly is considered to be a bubble player for Canada's World Cup team. Yesterday, 7:04 am
    Player Note
    Ryan O'Reilly Buf - C,LW,RW
  • Bryan Rust registers assist Sunday in OT loss
    Bryan Rust collected an assist in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: He helped set up Brian Dumoulin's opening goal of the match in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. Rust has two goals and five points in 15 postseason appearances. He skated with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz for most of Sunday's game. Yesterday, 5:36 am
  • Patric Hornqvist scores in Game 5 defeat
    Patric Hornqvist netted his seventh goal of the postseason in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: He gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but the resilient Lightning came back. Hornqvist snapped a three-game scoring skid and now has 10 points in 16 playoff contests. Yesterday, 5:32 am
  • Beau Bennett skates with Crosby in warmup
    Beau Bennett was skating on Sidney Crosby's wing during the pregame warmup.

    Advice: Bennett has been out with an undisclosed injury and has yet to play in the postseason. The 24-year-old hasn't played since April 5. It looks like the Penguins will throw him right back into the fire with captain Sidney Crosby. Bennett had six goals and 12 points in 33 games in 2015-16. Sunday, 4:53 pm
  • Russian coach slams Nail Yakupov
    Team Russia head coach Oleg Znarok had some harsh things to say about Nail Yakupov.

    Advice: After Russia won the bronze medal at the World Hockey Championship on Sunday, Znarok said that not having Yakupov on the team was "addition by subtraction" for the Russians. Since entering the NHL, Yakupov's numbers have been disappointing and many have questioned his attutide along the way. The former first overall pick scored 17 goals in 48 games in his rookie season, but he hasn't surpassed 14 since then. It's safe to say that Yakupov won't be on Russia's roster for the World Cup of Hockey in September. Sunday, 11:49 am
  • Melker Karlsson scores his third in playoffs
    Melker Karlsson scored his third goal of the playoffs Saturday.

    Advice: Unfortunately it was too little, too late, as the Sharks fell 6-3 to the Blues. Karlsson scored the final goal of the game with 3:32 to go to make it a bit more interesting but the game was not in doubt. He had 10 goals and 19 points in the regular season so his fantasy value is limited. Sunday, 6:21 am
  • Phil Kessel on six game scoring streak
    Phil Kessel has a six game scoring streak heading into Game 5 Sunday.

    Advice: The former Bruin and Maple Leaf has five goals and nine points during the streak and that has boosted his totals to 17 points in 15 playoff games this season. The talented Kessel certainly deserves some Conn Smythe consideration at this time. Sunday, 6:04 am
  • Report: Rangers open to trading Rick Nash
    The Rangers are "willing" to trade Rick Nash "under the right circumstances," according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

    Advice: Well, that’s one way to get the offseason hot stove ignited. Friedman says that "there seems to be a little smoke to this one" and that he thinks the Rangers have been asked about trading Nash, who has a $7.8 million cap hit for the next two seasons. He has a list of 12 teams he'd OK a trade to. Nash had 15 goals and 36 points in 60 games, but he played hurt and New York believes it affected his production. It will be an interesting offseason for the Rangers, and this is just one story line to watch. Saturday, 6:50 pm
    Player Note
    Rick Nash NYR - LW,RW
  • Joel Vermin agrees to one-year deal
    Joel Vermin has inked a on-year extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: Vermin had an assist in six games with the Lightning in 2015-16. At the AHL level he had nine goals and 21 points in 37 contests. Saturday, 3:28 pm
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