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  • Two points for Brendan Gallagher in Habs' win
    Brendan Gallagher notched two points in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL playoff action Sunday night.

    Advice: Gallagher scored his second goal of the postseason and also picked up an assist on Tomas Plekanec's game-winning goal early in the third period to help the Habs win the game and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the first-round, best-of-seven playoff series. Gallagher now has four points in the postseason. P.K. Subban also had a good night for Montreal, producing two assists, his third and fourth of the postseason. The Habs' other goal was scored only 11 seconds into the game, when Rene Bourque collected his third of the postseason on the night's first shot.
    Today, 7:58 pm
  • Gustav Nyquist unable to keep magic going
    So far, it seems like the bounces haven't been going Gustav Nyquist's way lately in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

    Advice: Nyquist has failed to score in the Detroit Red Wings' first two playoff games and has a four-game scoring drought overall. To his credit, the effort has been there; he generated four SOG as the Red Wings lost 4-1 to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 on Sunday.
    Today, 3:17 pm
  • Jarome Iginla collects two assist in BOS win
    Jarome Iginla helped the Boston Bruins cruise to a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 on Sunday, tying their first-round series 1-1.

    Advice: Iginla collected two assists, two SOG and three hits in a nice all-around effort in 17:12 TOI on Sunday. He's been a great fit for Boston this season and could very well be back with the B's next season (if they can afford him).
    Today, 3:02 pm
  • Emerson Etem recalled from the AHL
    The Anaheim Ducks recalled young forward Emerson Etem from the minors on Sunday.

    Advice: It's difficult to imagine this making a major impact in fantasy terms, so JFYI.
    Today, 2:26 pm
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  • Jakub Voracek helps Flyers even series
    Philadelphia enjoyed scoring by committee on Sunday as multiple players contributed to the Flyers' 4-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game 2, tying the series at 1-1.

    Advice: Jakub Voracek was one of those people who found the net, scoring a goal on a nice power move. There seems to be little reason to hesitate investing premium fantasy picks/assets in a player who's clearly Claude Giroux's running mate.
    Today, 12:14 pm
  • Tarasenko's dramatic goal turns tide vs Hawks
    Vladimir Tarasenko scored with just 6.4 seconds left in regulation time to send Game 2 against Chicago to overtime.

    Advice: That led to St. Louis earning its second straight overtime victory against Chicago. Tarasenko is on a four-game goal scoring streak, dating back to the regular season.
    Today, 7:58 am
  • Martin Havlat unlikely to play on Sunday
    Do not expect to see Martin Havlat in the San Jose lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Havlat was a healthy scratch in Game 1 along with Tyler Kennedy, Matt Irwin, Bracken Kearns and Matt Tennyson and it appears based on practice lines Saturday that coach Todd McLellan will not make any changes.
    Today, 7:54 am
  • Mike Brown impressive in Game 1 for Sharks
    Mike Brown picked up an assist in 8:57 minutes in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: The fourth liner is playing in only his second playoff as he played 13 games for Anaheim in the 2008-09 season, picking up two assists and 25 penalty minutes. Coach Todd McLellan was pleased with Brown's play as well as his fourth unit linemates. "He and that line played to their strengths -- straight forward, straight lines with a forecheck mentality," McLellan said. "They were responsible defensively, so after 60 minutes we liked their game and his game in particular."
    Today, 7:51 am
  • Canadiens can't afford to get overconfident
    Montreal captain Brian Gionta knows that the team can't get too comfortable with its 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: The Canadiens won both games against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. "It's huge," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. "But at the end of the day we fell into that trap against Boston a few years back. We won two games in (the Bruins') building and we came back and let off the gas a bit. So we need to make sure that (Sunday) night is our focus. And we've got to do the things that have made us successful in the first two games and make sure we stick with that." Winning on Sunday would force Tampa Bay to try and pull off the nearly impossible task of overcoming a 3-0 series deficit. As it is, the Lightning in a very bad spot going forward.
    Today, 7:46 am
  • Jayson Megna a healthy scratch Saturday
    Jayson Megna was one of four healthy scratches for the Penguins on Saturday.

    Advice: The Penguins went with the same lineup as in Game 1 so Deryk Engelland, Robert Bortuzzo and Taylor Pyatt all sat out for the second game in a row.
    Today, 7:20 am
  • Nathan MacKinnon's tied for scoring lead
    Nathan MacKinnon is tied for the scoring lead in the playoffs.

    Advice: MacKinnon has seven points in two games, which matches teammate Paul Stastny's efforts. Of course, what makes what MacKinnon's done special is the fact that he's just 18 years old. The rookie is likely to win the Calder Trophy and is already starting to build a reputation for being able to step up his game in the playoffs.
    Today, 6:53 am
  • Brandon Saad records two assists Saturday
    Brandon Saad had two assists in Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday.

    Advice: Saad is now on a three-game point streak, dating back to the regular season. He has three assists in Chicago's first two playoff contests.
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Steve Downie to miss Game 2 with UBI
    Steve Downie will not play in Game 2 Sunday due to an upper body injury.

    Advice: Downie also missed Game 1 and has been out of the Flyers lineup since March 23. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Today, 6:34 am
  • Bruins' top line remains confident
    Detroit was very effective at shutting down Boston's top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Jarome Iginla in Game 1.

    Advice: "We believe in ourselves and each other. One game isn't going to change that," said Iginla. "We have to find ways to create more, and get more zone time. We have to find ways to battle through it a little more." The Bruins ended up suffering a 1-0 defeat in the playoff opener, but Detroit will have a very tough time pulling off a similar feat in Game 2 on Sunday.
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Rick Nash still playing well defensively
    Rick Nash is continuing his fine defensive play as he is playing against the Flyers top line in the playoffs.

    Advice: Nash, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis are facing the Flyers top unit of Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek for the most part and the line is shutting them down. Nash got a great taste of defensive play in the Olympics where he was a bottom six forward for Canada and his play is continuing into the playoffs. He had an assist in Game 1 and a team-leading seven shots on goal.
    Today, 5:34 am
  • Ryan Johansen gets first 2 points in playoffs
    Ryan Johansen picked up his first two points in his playoff career on Saturday.

    Advice: Johansen had a goal and an assist as he continued his outstanding play that started during the regular season. The 21-year-old ended the regular season with 33 goals and 63 points. The Penguins are going to have to find a way to shut him down or the Blue Jackets will continue to give them fits in the first round of the playoffs. The series is tied at one apiece with the teams headed to Columbus for Games 3 and 4.
    Today, 4:25 am
  • Jeff Skinner attains veteran status
    Despite being only 21 years of age, Jeff Skinner is expected to be a veteran presence next season.

    Advice: Skinner has already played four seasons in the NHL and notched his second 30-plus goal season in 2013-14 as he found the back of the net 33 times to lead the Hurricanes. "I don't think it will be new or outside of my nature," Skinner said. "Everybody deals with that kind of thing in their own sort of way. I was a leader in junior (hockey) and I feel more comfortable every year I'm here. It's not something that you can set out and say you're going to do this. It's a little more abstract than that. For me, personally, it's something you grow into and something you earn as you go."
    Today, 3:44 am
  • Corey Perry breaks playoff scoring drought
    Corey Perry scored on Friday to break a 10 game goal scoring drought in the playoffs.

    Advice: It was a long stretch for the winger who potted 43 goals this season as his longest goalless drought this year was only seven games. He went through the entire seven game series against the Red Wings in 2013 with nary a goal as the Ducks dropped the series. "It feels good," Perry said. "Obviously last year didn't go as planned. But if you look at the positives, there were a lot of chances I had. It didn't go in the net. It could have gone either way. If one went in, we might not be talking about this. But my job is to produce. It didn't work last year. Hopefully this year, starting last night, it could be a different story."
    Today, 3:30 am
  • MacKinnon dazzles with 4 points in Game 2 win
    Nathan MacKinnon tallied points on all of the Avalanche's goals in their 4-2 win over the Wild in Game 2 on Saturday night.

    Advice: As if MacKinnon's rookie season in which he scored 24 times and had 63 points wasn't good enough, the 18-year-old is simply putting on a show at the early stages of the playoffs. MacKinnon scored the team's first goal off a slick move and wrist shot and assisted on the rest, to give him seven points in the playoffs. He played 17:05 and had four shots on goal. Captain Gabriel Landeskog scored two times, playing 18:03 and recording five shots on goal. Paul Stastny scored the other goal, via the empty net, while chipping in with three assists, too. The Avs lead the series 2-0.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Charlie Coyle nets goal in Game 2 loss to Avs
    Charlie Coyle netted a goal for Minnesota, which fell 4-2 in Game 2 of the first-round series with the Avalanche.

    Advice: Coyle beat Semyon Varlmov with a tip-in early in the first period via assists from Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter. Coyle is likely not going to be a playoff-pool asset unless the Wild advance further in the postseason. He had just 12 goals and 30 points in 70 games this year. Marco Scandella notched the other goal; the defenseman had just 17 points during the regular season, so he's probably not going to be a help for fantasy leaguers right now. Koivu and Zach Parise picked up assists on the late third-period marker.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • David Backes not out for start of OT
    David Backes didn't start overtime with his regular wingers.

    Advice: It's unclear if he'll be able to return to Saturday's contest after he was rocked on a hit by Chicago's Brent Seabrook. The incident occurred at the 15:09 mark of the third period. Steve Ott opened the extra session between T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen. We can only speculate at this time, but consider him day-to-day with an "upper-body injury."
    Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Jared Boll will be scratched Saturday
    Jared Boll will be a healthy scratch Saturday night in Game 2 against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: It was originally speculated that Corey Tropp would be the odd man out with R.J. Umberger ready to return, but it will be Boll instead.
    Yesterday, 12:03 pm
  • Vladimir Tarasenko excels in his return
    Vladimir Tarasenko was excellent during his first game back in St. Louis' lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: He scored a goal and recorded seven shots in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime victory versus Chicago. Tarasenko was playing in his first game since Mar. 15 after being sidelined with a hand injury. He's quickly gaining a reputation across the league as a dangerous scoring threat. "He creates a lot with his speed and skill," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. "He does have a really hard shot and a quick release. He's definitely a guy who I'm aware of every time he gets on the ice. I know exactly where he is."
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Devils might wish to bring back Brian Gionta
    If Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.

    Advice: Lamoriello said despite the organization's reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta's younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear.
    Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • Nathan MacKinnon collects 3 assists in Game 1
    Nathan MacKinnon contributed three assists and a plus-3 rating in his NHL playoff debut Thursday night.

    Advice: The 18-year-old rookie made a great first impression for the Avalanche in their comeback overtime win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1. MacKinnon will look to keep that momentum in the second game of the series on Saturday night. Minnesota coach Mike Yeo wants his players to ratchet up the physical play when MacKinnon has the puck to try to slow him down.
    Yesterday, 7:56 am
  • Brendan Gallagher scores in Game 2 win
    Brendan Gallagher scored his first goal of the postseason in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.

    Advice: He also picked up an assist in Game 1 to give him two points in two playoff games. Gallagher had two markers in five postseason contests with the Canadiens last year.
    Yesterday, 7:24 am
  • David Backes will dress in Game 1 Thursday
    David Backes (foot) will play Thursday in St. Louis' playoff opener.

    Advice: He participated in Wednesday's practice after not skating on Tuesday. Backes missed three games to close out the regular season with a foot injury. He'll start out Thursday's contest between Steve Ott and Alexander Steen.
    Thursday, 10:43 am
  • Blues get Vladimir Tarasenko back Thursday
    Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) will suit up for the Blues on Thursday night against Chicago in their playoff opener.

    Advice: He was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, here he skated with Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz. Tarasenko hasn't played since Mar. 15 because of a hand injury, which required surgery to repair.
    Thursday, 10:04 am
  • Brian Gionta records SHG, assist in Game 1
    Brian Gionta notched a goal and an assist in Wednesday's overtime win against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: He scored a shorthanded marker in the second and added an assist in the third of Game 1's sea-saw battle. Gionta concluded the match with four shots and a plus-1 rating.
    Thursday, 7:43 am
  • B's want to get Jarome Iginla his first Cup
    The Boston Bruins have some extra motivation to the win the Stanley Cup this season for 17-year veteran Jarome Iginla.

    Advice: Coach Claude Julien is fine with that, but he doesn't want his players to lose sight of the bigger picture. "Let's focus on what we need to do here to get the goal that we want because we'd like to get it for Iggy, but we'd like to get it for our fans as well, and the rest of the team," said Julien. "So it's a little bit more than that, but he's certainly one of those people that I think everybody's going to be cheering for."
    Thursday, 7:23 am
  • Nash enters series with chip on his shoulder
    Rick Nash has a chip on his shoulder after recording just one goal and five points in 12 games during the Rangers 2013 postseason run.

    Advice: "Yeah, for sure," Nash said. "I think everyone should have a chip on their shoulders to perform and in order to get the job done. Last year finished off not the way we wanted it to so I think it's important to go into the playoffs with that chip on our shoulder." Nash added that winning the gold medal with Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Games has made him as hungry as ever to win the Cup. The Rangers aren't a favorite to win it all this season, but they certainly have the talent to pull it off. They will start their series against Philadelphia on Thursday.
    Wednesday, 2:50 pm
  • Trio of Blues miss practice, including Backes
    David Backes (foot) didn't skate Tuesday.

    Advice: Patrik Berglund (upper body) and Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) were also absent from the session. St. Louis hosts Chicago in Game 1 of their opening-round series on Thursday, so the wounded Blues still have some time to get healthy.
    Wednesday, 7:18 am
  • Nathan MacKinnon likes Colorado's depth
    Nathan MacKinnon is slated to play between Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau in Game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday night.

    Advice: He led all rookies in scoring in 2013-14 with 63 points in 82 games. "Obviously, with [Matt Duchene] out, it puts a lot more pressure on everybody else," MacKinnon said. "But we have tons of good forwards. It's not just going to be me that they're going to be paying attention to. I think it's good that, if they key on one guy, we'll have other guys step up. They're going to have to kind of choose who they want to pick their battles with." The Avalanche will feature Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny on their other scoring line.
    Wednesday, 6:10 am
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) might return soon
    The St. Louis Blues think Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) will be available before the end of the first round.

    Advice: Tarasenko had the cast on his injured hand taken off on Monday. He has been sidelined for about a month.
    Tuesday, 12:45 pm
  • Steve Downie (upper body) misses practice
    Steve Downie is dealing with an upper-body injury.

    Advice: It's not clear if it's the same problem that he attempted to return from on April 8. The Flyers are calling him day-to-day, but he wasn't able to participate in Tuesday's practice.
    Tuesday, 9:55 am