Player Notes

  • Blues focus on re-signing Vladimir Tarasenko
    The St. Louis Blues are concentrating on re-signing Vladimir Tarasenko.

    Advice: "We are not going to be active in signing other players until we get him taken care of," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "If it means allowing players to go to free agency, if it means making players sweat it out on what their deal's going to be, he's the priority for us." Tarasenko had 37 goals and 73 points in 77 games in 2014-15, so he's in line for a big payday. That being said, he's a restricted free agent coming off of his entry-level contract, so Armstrong is in a fairly strong negotiating position. He's already stated that he'll match any offer sheet if it comes to that.
    Today, 2:42 pm
  • Eric Fehr (UBI) out again Monday for Game 3
    Eric Fehr (upper body) will not be available for Game 3 versus the Rangers Monday night.

    Advice: Fehr will not be able to return to the Caps lineup Monday despite the fact that he was able to skate in the team’s optional morning skate Monday. Head coach Barry Trotz did mention that he could return to game action in the second round at some point. He hasn’t played in a game since April 19th but look for him to return in the near future and consider him day-to-day for now.
    Today, 2:18 pm
  • Tyler Johnson records two assists Sunday
    Tyler Johnson had two assists in Tampa Bay's 6-2 victory over Montreal on Sunday.

    Advice: Johnson has been superb in the playoffs with seven goals and 10 points in nine contests. He's one of the reasons Tampa Bay has a 2-0 series lead in the second round, but he's far from the only one as the Lightning have no shortage of offensive weapons.
    Today, 7:42 am
  • Mats Zuccarello doesn't travel to Washington
    Mats Zuccarello (upper body) didn't travel with the Rangers to Washington.

    Advice: The Rangers will play Game 3 of their second round series on Monday. Zuccarello is out indefinitely with a suspected concussion and a recent report from the New York Post suggested that he won't return before the end of New York's current series. Zuccarello has two assists in five playoff contests.
    Today, 7:09 am
  • Patrick Kane now has over 100 playoff points
    Patrick Kane became the 91st player to record 100 career playoff points.

    Advice: Kane is actually at 101 points in 101 games after scoring two goals in Chicago's 4-1 win on Sunday. He's just 26 years old, but throughout his career he's been an offensive force for Chicago in the postseason. If Chicago is able to eliminate Minnesota after taking a 2-0 series lead, then it will be the fifth time that the Blackhawks have advanced to at least the Western Conference Final in the last seven years.
    Today, 6:39 am
  • Ryan Kesler gets an assist vs. Flames Sunday
    Ryan Kesler had an assist in a 3-0 win against Calgary on Sunday.

    Advice: Kesler has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five contests. He has three goals and six points in six playoff contests in 2015.
    Today, 6:13 am
  • Corey Perry picks up two points in ANA win
    Corey Perry picked up two assists in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames.

    Advice: The Ducks now have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series and they won both games in impressive fashion. Perry's great postseason run continues. The 29-year-old picked up a pair of primary assists on goals from Hampus Lindholm and Nate Thompson. Perry now has 13 points in the 2015 playoffs, which leads all skaters. The Ducks are a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs, as they swept through Winnipeg in the first round and are taking care of Calgary so far in the second.
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Tomas Fleischmann scratched again for gm 2
    Tomas Fleischmann, Chris Wagner, Jiri Sekac are expected to be healthy scratches in Sunday's game against Calgary.

    Advice: Not many teams are deep enough to sit players like Fleischmann and Sekac, but the Ducks are. Anaheim's forward lines should look something like this: Maroon-Getzlaf-Perry, Beleskey-Kesler-Silfverberg, Cogliano-Rakell-Palmieri, Etem-Thompson-Jackman.
    Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Steve Stamkos busts out of slump in Game Two
    Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists in Tampa’s 6-2 win over Montreal.

    Advice: Stamkos’ second period goal gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead in the game. The Lightning sniper also helped set up both of Nikita Kucherov’s power play goals later on in the game. It took Stamkos nine playoff games to get on the board, but tonight’s effort was definitely encouraging for his playoff fantasy owners. It will be interesting to see if Stamkos can string together a few productive games in a row because he is clearly dealing with a left hand injury. Tampa Bay now leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.
    Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • Jiri Hudler takes part in morning skate
    Jiri Hudler (undisclosed) took part in Calgary's morning skate on Sunday.

    Advice: Hudler skated on a line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau during the morning session. Flames fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as it looks like he will be able to play in game two after all.
    Yesterday, 12:03 pm
    Player Note
    Jiri Hudler Cgy - LW,RW
  • Jonathan Drouin will play but not on Sunday
    Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said that Jonathan Drouin will play during their second round series against Montreal, but it won't be in game two.

    Advice: "We have a pretty tight knit team in there, and Jo is a pretty big part of our team this year. But to tell him to sit out ... it’s tough for everybody (to hear)," said Cooper. "He’s an extreme talent and he’s getting better and better. This is a learning lesson for him, just as it was for (Nikita Kucherov) last year or any of (those) guys. But we put in the 20 players we feel give us the best chance to play, and probably moving forward here he’s probably going to be in that 20 all the time. Just right now, he’s on the sidelines."
    Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • Chris Wagner is ready to return from injury
    Chris Wagner has fully recovered from the upper body injury he was dealing with.

    Advice: Bruce Boudreau confirmed the news after Sunday's morning skate. Even though he's healthy, it's unclear when Wagner will be re-inserted into the Ducks' lineup.
    Yesterday, 11:03 am
  • Kris Versteeg not a Hawks morning skate
    Kris Versteeg (lower body) isn't participating in Chicago's morning skate on Sunday.

    Advice: The Hawks forward said he felt better and hoped to skate today, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Versteeg missed game one because of the injury, and it looks like it will cost him a second game in the series.
    Yesterday, 8:32 am
  • Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller switch lines
    Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller switched lines on Saturday.

    Advice: Fast ended up with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider while Miller played alongside Carl Hagelin and Kevin Hayes. Coach Alain Vigneault could keep this up for Game 3 or he could switch things around once again.
    Yesterday, 5:44 am
  • Palmieri & Beleskey get 1st points of playoff
    Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey each picked up their first points of the playoffs on Friday.

    Advice: The duo were held off the scoresheet in the opening round of the playoffs but got off the schneid against the Flames when Palmieri set up Beleskey. It makes yourself feel a little better," Palmieri said. "Obviously sweeping Winnipeg was awesome from a team aspect. But Matty and I both knew we had a little more to give offensively in getting to the net. We struggled with it a little bit in the Winnipeg series. We had a couple of chances. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t. But especially this time of the year, it feels nice to bear down and get on the scoresheet."
    Yesterday, 4:12 am
  • Alex Ovechkin nearly carries Caps to win
    Alex Ovechkin gave the New York Rangers all they could handle in Game 2, yet the Washington Capitals ultimately fell 3-2, leaving the series tied at 1-1.

    Advice: Ovechkin scored a sensational goal to give Washington a chance to tie the game. Overall, he had four SOG and nine hits during a very busy 19:49 TOI. He has been involved in three of the Capitals' four goals so far in this series.
    Saturday, 12:33 pm
  • Abdelkader played with fractured finger
    Justin Abdelkader played the last few games of the regular season and the playoffs with a fractured right middle finger.

    Advice: He sustained the injury by blocking a shot in an April 4th contest against Minnesota but didn't miss any game action despite being in some pain. Gotta love hockey players!
    Saturday, 6:56 am
  • Alex Burrows to spend time on top line
    Expect to see Alex Burrows get a lot more time on the top line with the Sedin twins next season.

    Advice: Coach Willie Desjardins liked the rugged winger playing alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin. "I think the way Daniel and Henrik handle the puck, they need a guy who will go to the net," Desjardins explained. "If they have a guy there, they’ll get the puck there. I think they need a guy who is maybe a little bit hard on the forecheck and will get in there and be a little bit of a physical presence. I think they need a guy who is a pretty good skater on the line to come back (defensively)." This could have an effect on Radim Vrbata who spent most of the season on the top line. While Burrows value could go up next season in fantasy pools, Vrbata's value could take a small hit.
    Saturday, 5:56 am
  • Craig Adams not returning to Pittsburgh
    Craig Adams will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins next season.

    Advice: The UFA-to-be will either look for a new team or retire. "Craig is considering all of his options," his agent Neil Sheehy said. "Those decisions will be made over the course of the summer. He was just told this week that he wasn't being brought back. That's pro sports. What direction he goes will be determined over the course of the next few months." Adams played in 70 regular season games with one goal and seven points but was a healthy scratch in all five playoff games against the Rangers.
    Saturday, 5:51 am
  • Thomas Vanek picks up two more assists
    Thomas Vanek picked up two more assists Friday's 4-3 Game One loss to Chicago.

    Advice: Vanek's assists were pretty to watch as he displayed a mixture of veteran offensive awareness and a flash of his old silky mitts. With three shots and hits, along with a block and a takeaway over 16:19 of work, we may be seeing a turnaround in Vanek's overall play this postseason. He now has four assists, but no goals, in seven games thus far.
    Friday, 10:14 pm
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