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  • Scores in Game 1 win
    Whitecloud scored a goal on two shots and blocked four shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Panthers in Game 1.

    Advice: Whitecloud's third-period tally stood as the game-winner for the Golden Knights. Five of his six points this postseason have come in the team's four series-opening contests. The defenseman isn't the most consistent scorer, but he's provided solid defense from the third pairing with a plus-12 rating, 34 hits and 31 blocked shots through 18 playoff appearances. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Fills empty cage
    Smith scored an empty-net goal on the power play and added three shots on goal in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Panthers in Game 1.

    Advice: Smith put the icing on the Golden Knights' series-opening win, snapping his six-game goal drought. He'd picked up three helpers over his last three contests. The winger continues to play a key middle-six role for Vegas, which has seen him earn 12 points with 41 shots on net, 25 hits and a plus-6 rating through 18 playoff outings. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Finds twine again
    Marchessault scored a power-play goal on three shots and added three hits in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Panthers in Game 1.

    Advice: Marchessault has scored all 10 of his playoff goals this spring in the last 11 contests. He tied the game at 1-1 late in the first period to give the Golden Knights some momentum after a sluggish start. The winger continues to be a leader on offense with 18 points in as many contests, and he's added 65 shots on net, 49 hits and a plus-14 rating while playing on the top line. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Pots goal Saturday
    Stone scored a goal on seven shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Panthers in Game 1.

    Advice: Stone picked off a pass and went the other way for the Golden Knights' fourth tally. He was held off the scoresheet in his previous four appearances, so it's a positive to see him get going early in the Stanley Cup Finals. The captain has racked up seven goals, 16 points, 40 shots on net and a plus-4 rating through 18 playoff outings. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Collects two points in win
    Theodore scored a goal on three shots, dished a power-play assist and added two PIM in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Panthers in Game 1.

    Advice: Theodore put the Golden Knights ahead 2-1 in the second period with his first goal of the postseason. The defenseman was limited to two assists over six contests in the Western Conference Finals. He's up to nine points, 34 shots, 28 blocked shots and a plus-5 rating through 17 playoff contests. If Saturday is the performance to get his offense going again, he could be a big difference maker in a top-four role for Vegas. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Comes up big in win
    Hill stopped 33 of 35 shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Panthers in Game 1.

    Advice: Hill had some massive saves over the first two periods when the game was close, and he stayed strong in the third as Vegas' offense took over. The 27-year-old has won seven of his last nine starts, and this was the fifth time in that span he's limited the opponent to two goals or fewer. Hill is locked in as the Golden Knights' starting goalie, so he can be penciled in to start Monday's Game 2. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Missing Game 1
    Luostarinen (lower body) is not on the ice for warmups ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Golden Knights, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Advice: Luostarinen was initially expected to be fine for the series opener after suffering an injury in Game 4 versus the Hurricanes and apparently aggravating it at practice Friday. That won't be the case, with Zac Dalpe instead projected to join the lineup in a bottom-six role. Luostarinen can be considered day-to-day ahead of Monday's Game 2. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Clear for 2023-24
    Nichushkin (personal) will not be investigated by the NHL and is eligible to play in 2023-24, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: An incident involving police occurred in Seattle during the Avalanche's first-round series, and it caused Nichushkin to be away from the team. The winger was not charged nor considered criminally liable during the situation. He should be a top-six option for the Avalanche next year, especially with Gabriel Landeskog (knee) expected to miss a second full campaign. Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Heading to Swiss League
    Dauphin, who finished the 2022-23 campaign with an upper-body injury, signed a one-year contract with Ambri-Piotta of Switzerland's National League on Thursday.

    Advice: Dauphin's contract also includes a club option to extend the deal for a second season. The 28-year-old forward had one point (a goal) in 21 contests with Arizona in 2022-23. Through 94 career NHL games, Dauphin has contributed eight goals and 17 points. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so the Coyotes no longer possess his NHL rights. Friday, 3:20 pm