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  • Erik Cernak slated to play in Game 6 of Cup Final
    Erik Cernak is expected to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday. 

    Advice: Cernak was available to play on Friday in Game 5 after he left Wednesday's contest following a shot block. He logged 19:27 of ice time in Friday's 3-2 win over Colorado, while posting a four hits, two blocks, one shot and a minus-1 rating. Coach Jon Cooper expects to have the same lineup for Sunday's must-win contest. Today, 10:57 am
  • Zdeno Chara not ready yet to decide on NHL future
    Zdeno Chara is not ready yet to make any decisions on his NHL future and he plans to wait until September, according to agent Matt Keator. 

    Advice: "He's going to take the summer with his family and assess where he's at physically, where his family's at, and make a decision in September," Keator told the Boston Globe. "No rush." The 45-year-old defenseman is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 13. In 72 games with the New York Islanders in 2021-22, he posted two goals, 14 points, 85 penalty minutes, 81 shots, 90 blocks and 125 hits. Today, 9:13 am
  • Schmiemann signs AHL contract with Abbotsford
    Quinn Schmiemann signed a two-year AHL contract with the Abbotsford Canucks.

    Advice: Abbotsford is the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. Schmiemann was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 182nd overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, but they never signed him. Schmiemann had 14 goals, 54 points, and 65 penalty minutes in 58 WHL contests in 2021-22. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Devon Toews draws his 10th assist of playoffs
    Devon Toews drew an assist Friday in the Avs 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Toews had the primary assist on Cale Makar's game-tying goal in the third period. Toews has five goals and 15 points in 19 playoff games to date. Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Victor Hedman has three-game points streak
    Victor Hedman has a three-game points streak after picking up an assist in the Lightning's 3-2 win Friday.

    Advice: Hedman set up Ondrej Palat for his third period game-winner as the Lightning forced a Game 6 back in Tampa. Hedman has three goals and 16 assists with 74 shots on goal in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs and is a top-three selection next season on the blueline in most re-draft leagues. Yesterday, 6:08 am
  • Mikhail Sergachev contributes two assists Friday
    Mikhail Sergachev collected a pair of assists in a 3-2 win over Colorado in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday. 

    Advice: Sergachev had the secondary helper on goals by Jan Rutta and Ondrej Palat. Palat supplied the game winner with just 6:22 remaining in regulation time. Sergachev has two goals and 10 points in 22 games this postseason. Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Jan Rutta gets his first goal of the playoffs
    Jan Rutta scored a goal in a 3-2 win for Tampa Bay on Friday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against Colorado. 

    Advice: Rutta opened the scoring at the 15:23 mark of the first period. He had four assists in 15 games this postseason going into Friday's contest. Rutta had two goals and one helper over 23 matches during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Cale Makar shines in Game 5 defeat to Lightning
    Cale Makar recorded one goal and one assist in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday. 

    Advice: Makar's eighth goal of the postseason tied the game at 2-2 only 2:31 into the third period. He also set up a goal by Valeri Nichushkin in the second stanza. Makar has three goals and four assists during a four-game point streak. He also posted five shots, six hits and one block in 28:09 of ice time on Friday night. Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Cooper confident that Erik Cernak will play Friday
    Coach Jon Cooper believes that Erik Cernak will be available to play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night. 

    Advice: "Cerny's feeling better," said Cooper. "I'm pretty confident he's going to play tonight." Cernak was on the ice for Tampa Bay's morning skate and he looked much better than he did when he tested a suspected lower-body injury in Game 4. Cernak ended up leaving Wednesday's game against Colorado following a shot block. Expect him to play on Friday night in a must-win game for the Lightning. Friday, 9:41 am
  • Cale Makar has a three-game point streak
    Cale Makar extended his point streak to three games on Wednesday night with an assist. 

    Advice: Makar supplied his 20th helper of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs during a second-period power play for the Avalanche on a goal by Nathan MacKinnon. He has two goals and three assists during his three-game point spree. Makar has amassed 27 points, 65 shots, 41 blocks and 21 hits in 18 matches this postseason. Thursday, 1:26 pm
  • Talks between Stars, John Klingberg are ongoing
    Dallas GM Jim Nill said that contract talks with pending UFA John Klingberg are ongoing. 

    Advice: Nill said on Wednesday that he is still talking with Klingberg's agent. The soon-to-be 30-year-old blueliner had six goals, 47 points, 139 shots, 77 blocks and 57 hits in 74 games during the 2021-22 season. Thursday, 11:57 am
  • No injury updates Thursday from Tampa Bay coach
    Coach Jon Cooper was unable to provide an injury update Thursday on the status of Erik Cernak. 

    Advice: Cernak was injured in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final after he blocked a shot by Nathan MacKinnon 4:25 into the second period. Cernak left the game due to a lower-body injury and he didn't return. It's unclear at this time if he will be available to play on Friday in Game 5 versus Colorado. Thursday, 10:09 am
  • Erik Cernak injured in Game 4 against Colorado
    Erik Cernak suffered a lower-body injury in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. 

    Advice: Cernak left the game in the second period after blocking a shot with his left leg. He attempted to return, but it was deemed that he wasn't able to continue. Cernak sat on the bench during the third period, but he didn't receive a single shift. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Victor Hedman ends his goal drought in GM 4 of SCF
    Victor Hedman lit the lamp in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado. 

    Advice: Hedman gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead at the 10:42 mark of the second period. His third marker of this postseason ended a 15-game goalless drought for the 31-year-old defender. Hedman had 10 assists and 41 shots during that 15-game span. He finished Wednesday's game with seven shots, one hit and one block. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Victor Hedman has 17 points in 20 playoff games
    Victor Hedman recorded two assists on Monday to give him 17 points in 20 matches this postseason. 

    Advice: Hedman has three helpers through three games versus Colorado during the Stanley Cup Final. He has two goals, 15 assists, 62 shots, 38 blocks and 32 hits in 20 games during this playoffs. Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • Roman Josi named a first team All-Star
    Roman Josi landed a spot on the 2021-22 NHL First All-Star Team.

    Advice: Josi was also the runner-up for the Norris Trophy, which went to Colorado's Cale Makar in a close  vote. He garnered 1,606 votes to Makar's 1,631. Additionally, Josi was a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, which went to Toronto's Auston Matthews. The Predators blueliner racked up 23 goals and 96 points in 80 games during the 2021-22 campaign. Wednesday, 1:16 pm
  • Daniil Miromanov inks two-year deal with Vegas
    Daniil Miromanov has signed a two-year contract extension with the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Advice: Miromanov would have become a restricted free agent this summer. His new deal will come with a $762,500 cap hit. He had an assist in 11 games with Vegas this season. Wednesday, 4:59 am
  • Cale Makar narrowly beats Josi for Norris Trophy
    Cale Makar has claimed the Norris Trophy.

    Advice: Makar finished second in Norris Trophy voting in 2021 and this year he managed to close that gap. That said, he won by a razor thin margin. 1,631 points in the voting while Roman Josi finished second with 1,606 votes. Victor Hedman ended up in third place with 940 votes. Makar scored 28 goals and 86 points in 77 contests while averaging 25:40 minutes. Tuesday, 4:53 pm
  • The 2022 Calder Trophy goes to Moritz Seider
    Moritz Seider has won the Calder Trophy.

    Advice: Seider had seven goals and 50 points in 82 contests this season. Since the start of the salary cap era, he's just the third defenseman to reach the 50-point milestone in his rookie season after Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar. Seider also had 151 hits and 161 blocks while averaging 23:03 minutes. Seider had 1853 points in the voting. Trevor Zegras finished in second place with 1,191 points while Michael Bunting rounded out the top three with 877 points. Tuesday, 4:30 pm
  • Jack Johnson graduates from University of Michigan
    Jack Johnson earned a degree in general studies from the University of Michigan this spring.

    Advice: Johnson spent two years in the University of Michigan while playing in the NCAA, but obviously since turning pro he's had other things on his plate. Nevertheless, he had promised his old coach in Michigan, Red Berenson, along with himself that he would eventually graduate and he's fulfilled that promise. “Let’s see, that (degree) takes me 18 years?” Johnson joked. “Most people are at least a doctor at that point.” Meanwhile, Johnson is working towards another major achievement: a Stanley Cup championship. His Colorado Avalanche lost Game 3 of the finals, but are still up 2-1. Tuesday, 1:36 am
  • Ethan Bear has permission to talk to other teams
    Ethan Bear has been granted permission from the Carolina Hurricanes to talk to other teams. 

    Advice: According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Hurricanes still want to sign Bear, but the two sides are not close on an agreement. The 24-year-old defender is eligible to become a restricted free agent and he will have arbitration rights. Bear didn't play at all for the Hurricanes during the Stanley Cup Playoffs after he suited up in 58 matches for the team during the regular season. Monday, 11:03 pm
  • Moritz Seider the favorite for Calder Trophy
    Moritz Seider is the favorite for the Calder Trophy.

    Advice: The winner will be announced on Tuesday and Seider is a finalist along with Trevor Zegras of Anaheim and Toronto's Michael Bunting. Seider was outstanding as a rookie, leading all first year players in ice time at 23:09 per game, power play points with 21 and assists with 43. “I think Mo earned a ton of respect around the league, not only from his teammates but from opponents,” Sam Gagner said. “Just the way he played, the way he carried himself. You look back to the first game of the year against Tampa and he was already kind of commanding that respect, not afraid of the moment. He just continued to grow. It’s a long year when you haven’t played in the NHL before. There’s a lot of ups and downs. Specifically with our season, with the struggles we went through in the second half, it makes it feel even longer, and Mo just kept playing, kept improving. He really did it all for us. From an off-ice perspective, he’s already become a leader for us. He understands the leadership aspect and isn’t afraid to be himself. I think the sky’s the limit for him.” Monday, 6:16 am
  • Makar second d-man to score shorthanded & on pp
    Cale Makar became the second defenseman in Stanley Cup Final history to score shorthanded as well on the power play in the same game.

    Advice: The first to do so was Glen Wesley for the Bruins in 1988 who did it as a rookie against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4. The amazing thing about that game was that it was suspended tied at 3 due to a power failure and was replayed in its entirety two nights later. Makar has seven goals and 24 points in just 16 games to lead the Avs and is tied for third in NHL playoff scoring at this time. Sunday, 7:06 am
  • Devon Toews has assist in 20:53 of action
    Devon Toews picked up his ninth assist of the playoffs Saturday.

    Advice: The Avalanche's most underrated player, Toews has five goals and 14 points in 16 games. The defenseman is often overlooked with Cale Makar the star of the blueline, but make no mistake, Toews is a huge fantasy asset as well, while being drafted well after Makar. Sunday, 6:28 am
  • Josh Manson picks up his third goal of playoffs
    Josh Manson scored his third goal of the post-season Saturday.

    Advice: Manson's first period goal gave Colorado a 2-0 lead in a game they would eventually win 7-0. Manson has seven points in the playoffs as he is looking for his first Stanley Cup ring. Sunday, 5:19 am
  • Makar salts wounds of Lightning w/ two late goals
    Cale Makar scored two goals in Saturday's 7-0 Game 2 Stanley Cup Final win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: The Avalanche already led 5-0 when Makar swooped in for a short-handed goal against Andrei Vasilevskiy early in the third period. He would strike again -- this time on power-play -- with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation. This was Makar's first two-goal effort in 16 games this postseason. All told, the young defenseman has tallied seven goals and 24 points in the playoffs. The Avalanche are now just a couple of games away from winning their first Stanley Cup in over 20 years. Saturday, 8:15 pm
  • Victor Hedman picks up an assist in Game 1 of SCF
    Victor Hedman registered an assist in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. 

    Advice: Hedman set up Nick Paul's first-period goal to give him five assists in his past six outings. He also was credited with two shots, two hits and two blocks in Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado in the contest. Hedman has compiled two goals, 15 points, 56 shots, 33 blocks and 26 hits in 18 games this postseason. Thursday, 9:16 am