Player Notes

  • Mats Zuccarello leaves Game Five early
    Mats Zuccarello was forced to leave Game Five early when he appeared to take a puck to the face late in the first period.

    Advice: He skated off slowly while holding his face and will not return to the game. During his 4:56 of ice time, including 48 seconds on the power play, Zuccarello contributed three shots, a hit and a block. We'll keep posted on his injury status.
    Today, 5:12 pm
  • Matt Cooke to skate on fourth line in Game 5
    Matt Cooke will skate to the left of Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine on the fourth line of Friday's Game Five against St. Louis.

    Advice: Cooke didn't factor into his one game of action in the series, and owns just 35 poitns in 104 career playoff games. In fact, Cooke hasn't scored a goal in 33 playoff games, a span that dates back to 2010 with Pittsburgh.
    Today, 3:35 pm
  • No lineup change for Montreal in Game Five
    There will not be any line up changes for the Canadiens as they look to eliminate the Senators on Friday night in Game Five.

    Advice: PA Parenteau will be joined by fellow forward Manny Malhotra, as defenders Mike Weaver and Sergei Gonchar watch from the press box. Unfortunately, there isn't a player in the bunch worth recommending should they crack the line up later on in the playoffs. Parenteau has had his worst career season, primarily derailed by injury. And Gonchar's age seems to have finally caught up with the veteran defender who debuted with Washington in 1995.
    Today, 3:16 pm
  • Chiasson tags back in for Neil in Game Five
    Down 3-1 in their series with Montreal, Alex Chiasson will tag back in for Chris Neil in Game Five on Friday night. Chiasson will skate to the right of Milan Michalek and Zack Smith on the fourth line.

    Advice: Unfortunately, neither tough forward has been much of a factor in Ottawa's ability to win a game. Chiasson averaged 14 shits worth 7:09 with two shots and no points in his first two games, which is not materially different than Neil's contributions.
    Today, 3:12 pm
  • Craig Adams scratched for Game Five vs. NYR
    There will be no line up changes for Pittsburgh as they try to stave off elimination from the New York Rangers in Game Five on Friday.

    Advice: Should the Penguins fail to win tonight's game, he will have been sat for all five games despite appearing in 70 games for the Penguins during the regular season.
    Today, 3:06 pm
  • Chris Wagner (UBI) skates on Friday
    Chris Wagner (upper body) skated on his own Friday.

    Advice: It's not clear how close he is to returning, but this is obviously an encouraging step in the right direction. The Ducks eliminated Winnipeg in four games, so he still has a decent amount of time to recover before he's in danger of missing another contest.
    Today, 2:34 pm
  • Jaromir Jagr will play for the Czech Republic
    Jaromir Jagr has agreed to represent the Czech Republic in the 2015 World Championships.

    Advice: Jagr had previously planned to retire from international hockey. He's a veteran of 70 World Championship games and has 29 goals and 66 points over that span. The 43-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers for the 2015-16 campaign.
    Today, 2:22 pm
  • Ryan Reaves' goal ignites Blues in Game 4
    St. Louis got a lift in Game 4 when Ryan Reaves scored his first goal since Mar. 1.

    Advice: He opened the scoring in the Blues' 6-1 victory over Minnesota. "That goal was huge," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Everyone is so excited when 'Reavo' scores, and when that line has success everybody's excited for them." Reaves had six goals and 116 penalty minutes in 81 games during the regular season.
    Today, 8:44 am
  • Radim Vrbata chips in vs. Calgary on Thursday
    Radim Vrbata assisted on Nick Bonino's goal in Vancouver's 2-1 win over Calgary Thursday night.

    Advice: Vrbata has recorded a point in three of his last four contests. Having previously played with the Arizona Coyotes, this is Vrbata's first postseason run since 2012.
    Today, 8:38 am
  • Filip Forsberg disappointed by Calder snub
    Filip Forsberg was disappointed to not be nominated for the Calder Trophy.

    Advice: "It's tough (not to be a finalist)," Forsberg said. "All the players are good ... but you want to be up there, you want to be one of the top three. I'm not going to lie." Aaron Ekblad, Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Stone were named the finalists for the rookie of the year award. Forsberg registered 26 goals and 63 points in 82 games for Nashville during the regular season. He responded to the snub with a hat trick in Game 5 against the Blackhawks to send the series back to Chicago for Game 6.
    Today, 8:32 am
  • Thomas Vanek, Coyle say they'll be better
    Thomas Vanek is still looking for his first goal of the playoffs with Game 5 against St. Louis set for Friday night.

    Advice: Charlie Coyle hasn't produced a goal yet in the postseason either and his other linemate, Nino Niederreiter, only has an empty netter. "Overall, I think we're building," Vanek said. "[In Game 4], we didn't build at all, but we haven't had the bounces that we want to. The three of us, we talk a lot. We know we can be better, and we'll be better [Friday]."
    Today, 8:12 am
  • Patrick Kane earns assist in Game 5 defeat
    Patrick Kane picked up an assist in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Nashville.

    Advice: The Predators were physical with Kane in Game 5, but he appeared to emerge unscathed from the hits. He has one goal and four assists since returning from a broken clavicle.
    Today, 7:53 am
  • William Nylander has been growing in the AHL
    William Nylander's production in the AHL has progressed each month.

    Advice: He registered seven points in February, 10 in March and 13 in April to help the Marlies get into the playoffs. Nylander picked up 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with Toronto's AHL affiliate, including eight points in the last five matches of the regular season. He was chosen with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft.
    Today, 7:42 am
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  • David Jones scores Flames' only tally in loss
    David Jones scored the Flames' only tally in Thursday's 2-1 Game Five loss.

    Advice: It was a sweet goal too, as Jones ripped it past Ryan Miller under the crossbar off a Matt Stajan feed. It was his second goal of the series, and he now has three points in 15 career playoff games.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • James Neal scores goal, assist in big 5-2 win
    James Neal scored a goal and collected an assist in Thursday's big Game Five 5-2 over Chicago.

    Advice: Neal scored a snazzy wrap-around goal to help kick start a three goal train by Nashville over a 2:37 span to begin the third period. He now has two goals and three points through five games this series.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Versteeg scores off Kane spin-o-rama pass
    Kris Versteeg was the beneficiary of Patrick Kane's spin-o-rama pass to make it 4-2 Nashville late in the third period on Thursday night.

    Advice: However it wasn't enough as the Predators would take Game Five 5-2. Regardless, it was a gorgeous individual effort by Kane and you really should find a highlight. The goal was Versteeg's first point of the postseason, and the 16th goal and 41st point of his playoff career over 77 games.
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Evgeni Malkin dealing with undisclosed injury
    Evgeni Malkin has been dealing with an undisclosed injury during Pittsburgh's first-round series against the New York Rangers.

    Advice: "That's part of the playoffs," teammate Sidney Crosby said. "That's what you see around the league, and this time of year it's not easy. Everyone's battling through stuff, especially him. He gets a lot of attention out there. So, for him to have to battle through that, it's important. But we're all in it together. We're all trying our best to create things. He's the same." Malkin hasn't been on the scoresheet in four playoff games and has posted three points (all assists) in his past 14 games.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Dustin Byfuglien got on the board in Game 4
    Dustin Byfuglien got his first point of the series in Game 4 versus Anaheim.

    Advice: He earned an assist on Bryan Little's power-play goal that opened the scoring in a 5-2 loss. The defeat knocked the Jets out of the playoffs. Byfuglien had 12 shots, 17 hits and a minus-4 rating in the series.
    Yesterday, 7:36 am
  • Corey Perry stays hot in Game 4 vs. Jets
    Corey Perry had two assists in Anaheim's 5-2 victory over Winnipeg on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Anaheim Ducks have swept the Winnipeg Jets in four games and Perry was a big reason for that. He had three goals and seven points in the first round series. That puts him in a tie for first place with the Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk for first place in the playoff scoring race.
    Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Ryan Kesler comes up big to clinch sweep
    Ryan Kesler scored twice to bury Winnipeg in a series clinching 5-2 win on Wednesday.

    Advice: The draft day trade by the Ducks to acquire Kesler has paid off in spades as the 30 year-old was outstanding in this series. Kesler was a plus-3 and had five shots in 19:05 of ice-time and was named the first star of Game 4. Kesler totaled three goals and five points in a series where he was all over the big goals scored at big moments. Emerson Etem, Sami Vatanen and Andrew Cogliano contributed the other goals. If he can stay healthy, he is one of the biggest difference makers in all of hockey.
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
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