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  • Patric Hornqvist (leg) is questionable Monday
    Patric Hornqvist (leg) is questionable for Game 3 on Monday.

    Advice: Hornqvist left Saturday's contest after blocking a shot from John Carlson in the first period. He has two goals and five points in seven playoff contests. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:51 am
  • Coach Barry Trotz backs Holtby
    Washington coach Barry Trotz told reporters that Braden Holtby would start in Game 3 Monday.

    Advice: Despite pulling Braden Holtby in Game 2 after the Vezina finalist allowed three goals on three odd-man rushes, Trotz will sink or swim with him. We think it's the right call. Said Trotz when asked if Holtby would start Monday night: "Absolutely, why would you think otherwise? No question he's our goaltender. Expect him to start tomorrow." Rotoworld.com Today, 9:12 am
  • Crosby has 52 multiple-point playoff games
    With his two assists Saturday night, Sidney Crosby now has registered multiple points in 52 playoff games during his career.

    Advice: That passes Mario Lemiuex who had 51 such games. No offense to Connor McDavid, but Sid the Kid is still the best hockey player on the planet. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:53 am
  • Guentzel in pretty elite company
    Jake Guentzel is only the third player since the 1943-44 season to score at least seven goals in the first seven games of the playoffs.

    Advice: The other two? Maurice Richard scored 10 and Dino Ciccarelli scored seven. Guentzel is a pretty impressive rookie. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:46 am
  • Erik Karlsson continues to amaze
    Erik Karlsson led all players in ice time in the Senators' 6-5 double overtime win Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: He played an amazing 37:32 and registered an assist in the victory. That's impressive considering he probably still isn't playing at 100 percent. It is clear to us that Karlsson is almost invincible. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:17 am
  • Buchnevich benched in third period Saturday
    Pavel Buchnevich did not play in either of the overtime periods Saturday afternoon in Game 2 against the Senators.

    Advice: Ranger coach Alain Vigneault shortened his bench late in the third period and as a result, Buchnevich did not see the ice in the extra frames. He was not alone. Jimmy Vesey and Oscar Lindberg saw limited ice time in the overtime periods as Vigneault chose to play some of his hotter hands more exclusively. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:10 am
  • Kerdiles recalled from AHL Sunday
    The Ducks have recalled Nicolas Kerdiles from the San Diego Gulls of the AHL.

    Advice: The Gulls don't play another playoff game until Tuesday so the Ducks recalled both Kerdiles and Ondrej Kase for insurance. It is doubtful Kerdiles will get into Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:50 am
  • Kase recalled from AHL
    The Ducks have recalled Ondrej Kase fomr San Diego of the AHL.

    Advice: Kase plays left wing and he's up as insurance in case Nick Ritchie can't play. Given that Jared Boll subbed in for Ritchie Friday night, it is doubtful Kase will get into Sunday's contest. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:45 am
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  • Ritchie probable Sunday night
    Nick Ritchie is likely to play Sunday night.

    Advice: He missed Friday night's contest with the flu but practised on Saturday. If Ritchie can't go, Jared Boll will once again replace him on the Ducks' fourth line. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:35 am
  • Vatanen inching closer to a return
    Sami Vatanen is inching closer to a return to action.

    Advice: Vatanen, who hasn't played since Game 1 against Calgary due to an upper-body injury, appears close to rejoining the lineup. It is unclear if he will be ready to play Sunday night, though. If Vatanen is not able to suit up, look for Korbinian Holzer to replace him again. Check back with us closer to 7:00 pm EST puck drop for updates. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:32 am
  • Talbot likely starter Sunday v Ducks
    It would be a shock if Cam Talbot were not in goal Sunday night for Game 3 against the Ducks.

    Advice: Only an injury will keep Talbot from the cage Sunday night. The Oilers' goalie has been stellar in the post season thus far posting a 2.02 GAA and a .934 SP. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:21 am
  • Drake Caggiula still listed as questionable
    As of Sunday morning, Drake Caggiula is atill listed as questionable for Game 3 Sunday night.

    Advice: He went crashing into the boards in Friday's game and apparently injured his leg. Caggiula did not return. Stay tuned for further updates. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:16 am
  • Rinne likely starter in Game 3 Sunday
    It will likely be Pekka Rinne in goal to face the Blues Sunday afternoon in Game 3.

    Advice: Although nothing is official, it would be a major news story if Rinne was not between the pipes. Coming into Sunday's contest, Rinne has posted a 1.44 GAA and a .949 SP--outstanding numbers. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:54 am
  • Preds hope to stop Tarasenko with line change
    The Predators believe they may have a better chance of neutralizing Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored two goals in Game 2, now that they are home in Bridgestone Arena.

    Advice: The Preds get last line change at home and hope to get the Mike Fisher line against the Blues' top unit of Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny. We wouldn't bet against Fisher and the Preds as they were able to shutdown Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov in their opening series. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:52 am
  • Allen likely starter Sunday in Game 3
    Although nothing is official, we would be shocked if Jake Allen wasn't in goal Sunday afternoon to face the Predators in Game 3.

    Advice: These playoffs have been sort of a coming out party for Allen, who has been stellar. Allen boasts a 5-2 record with a 1.89 GAA and .941 SP in the post season thus far and is an early candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:32 am
  • Penguins chase Braden Holtby from Game 2
    Braden Holtby stopped just 11 of 14 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: After surrendering three goals over 40 minutes, Holtby was on the bench for the third frame. Philipp Grubauer took over, but only turned aside seven of nine shots. The Capitals just haven't been able to contain the Penguins so far and as a consequent they're now down 2-0 with the series heading to Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Look for Braden Holtby to start in Game 2
    Braden Holtby will get the nod in Game 2 Saturday night.

    Advice: Holtby led the Capitals out for the pregame warmups. Not that there was ever any doubt that he would start. Holtby has a 2.46 GAA and .919 save percentage in seven playoff starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Drake Caggiula might be ready for Game 3
    Head Coach Todd McLellan believes Drake Caggiula might be healthy enough to play in Game 3 against Anaheim tomorrow.

    Advice: Caggiula left Friday's game after he crashed into the boards and did not return. He picked up 18 points in 60 games this season with the Oilers. He has played all over the lineup and his main asset is the versatility he brings to the lineup. We will have an update on his status ahead of Game 3 tomorrow. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Patric Hornqvist best ever Mr. Irrelevant?
    A list put together by BarDown has Patric Hornqvist amongst some of the best players ever to be selected last overall, in any sport.

    Advice: He is alongside some notable names like Ryan Succop (256th overall in 2009 NFL Draft) and Isaiah Thomas (60th overall in 2011 NBA Draft). Hornqvist has amassed 362 points in 579 regular season games, and most notably helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup during the 2015-16 season. He is one of two players on the list to win the Championship of their respective sport. The other being Jonathan Ericsson who won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. The full list can be seen at the link below. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Sami Vatanen's remains uncertain
    It's still unclear if Sami Vatanen will be available for Game 3 in Edmonton.

    Advice: Vatanen hasn't made a postseason appearance since Game 1 against the Calgary Flames due to his upper-body injury. After being close to returning in Game 2 last night, there is apparently some doubt today that he will be ready in time for puck drop when the series resumes in Edmonton Sunday night. Staring down a 2-0 hole, the Ducks will need as many healthy bodies as possible if they wish to get back into the series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:34 am
  • Sens PP better on the road than at home
    The Ottawa Senators' power play has been better on the road than it's been at home this postseason.

    Advice: Through four playoff games at the Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa has managed to score just two goals on the man-advantage. That puts their home PP percentage at 13.3, which is 13th among 16 playoff teams. On the road though, they've managed to score four power play goals on 12 attempts, which ranks them second among 16 teams. Maybe all the empty seats in Ottawa are a bit distracting? Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Drake Caggiula exits Game 2 with injury
    Drake Caggiula exited Friday's game against Anaheim in the second period and did not return.

    Advice: Caggiula entered the Ducks' zone with speed and created a solid scoring chance for his team, but after his shot was stopped by Anaheim's John Gibson, Caggiula lost his footing and crashed into the boards awkwardly. He was able to get up on his own, but he went straight to the locker room. Caggiula came back out and tried to skate prior to the start of the third period, but he went straight back to the room and never returned. We'll consider him day-to-day for now. It's unclear if he'll be able to play in Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:55 pm
  • Cam Talbot fantastic in Game 2 win over Ducks
    Cam Talbot was spectacular in Friday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Talbot was clearly the best Oiler on the ice tonight, as he turned aside 39 of 40 shots in the victory. The only goal he allowed came while his team was shorthanded (Jakob Silfverberg beat him with a perfect wrist shot). With the Ducks continuously buzzing in the third period, Talbot was able to come up with huge saves to keep his team ahead (he was also bailed out by the post on two occasions in the final period). Talbot owns a 6-2 record with a 2.02 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage. It's the fourth time in eight games that Talbot has given up one goal or less in an outing. The Oilers are now heading back home with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 takes place on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:39 pm
  • Pekka Rinne allows 3 goals in GM 2 loss
    Pekka Rinne allowed three goals on 20 shots in Friday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: The Predators scored first and also had a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but they couldn't hang on for the win. It's the first time this postseason that the Preds have dropped a game. Rinne now owns a 5-1 record with a 1.44 goals-against-average and a .949 save percentage. The best-of-seven series is all squared up at one with the series heading to Nashville for Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Jake Allen stops 22 shots, STL ties up series
    Jake Allen stopped 22 of 24 shots in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: The best-of-seven series is now all tied up at one. The Blues found themselves down 1-0 and 2-1 in this one, but they managed to jump ahead in the third period when they got goals by Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko (his second of the game). Allen now owns a 5-2 record with a 1.89 goals-against-average and a .941 save percentage. It's the fifth time in seven games during the playoffs that he's allowed two goals or less in a game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:25 pm
  • Nick Ritchie out due to illness Friday
    Nick Ritchie is out Friday because of flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Consider him day-to-day for now. Jared Boll is taking his spot in the lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:18 pm
  • Nick Ritchie scratched in GM 2 vs. Oilers
    Nick Ritchie will be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: This is a bit of a surprising move, as Ritchie missed one playoff game in the first round because of a suspension, but he suited up for the other contests. Ritchie has one goal in four postseason games. Jared Boll is taking his spot in the lineup. Clayton Stoner will also watch from the press box. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Sami Vatanen not dressed for Game 2 vs EDM
    Sami Vatanen will not be in the lineup for Game 2 against Edmonton on Friday night.

    Advice: Vatanen took part in the pre-game warmup, but he wasn't part of any pairing during line rushes. He's closing in on a return, but he remains day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:36 pm
  • Cam Talbot will face Ducks in Game 2 on FRI
    Cam Talbot will get the start in Game 2 against the Ducks on Friday night.

    Advice: The Oilers came up with a big win in Anaheim in Game 1, and they'll look to extend their series lead to 2-0 after tonight. Talbot has a 5-2 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:13 pm
  • Pekka Rinne to start Game 2 vs St. Louis
    Pekka Rinne will get the start in Friday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Rinne and Predators came away with a 4-3 win in Game 1. If they're able to win both games on the road, they'll be in an excellent spot. Rinne has a 5-0 record with a 1.14 goals-against-average and a .962 save percentage this postseason. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:10 pm
  • Jake Allen starts Game 2 vs Predators
    Jake Allen will be between the pipes for Game 2 against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

    Advice: Allen allowed four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss in Game 1. He has a 4-2 record with a 1.87 goals-against-average and a .944 save percentage this postseason. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:05 pm
  • Sami Vatanen (UBI) is probable for Game 2
    There's a good chance that Sami Vatanen (upper body) will play in Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: It's still up in the air, but Vatanen was upbeat about his chances of being available. If he does make his return, he'll likely be paired up with Shea Theodore. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:03 pm
  • Patric Hornqvist picks up two points Thursday
    Patric Hornqvist registered two assists in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over Washington in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Hornqvist's first multi-point game of the 2017 playoffs. He's up to two goals and five points in six postseason contests. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:49 am
  • Jake Guentzel has 7 points in 6 playoff games
    Jake Guentzel registered an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 win over Washington in Game 1 Thursday night.

    Advice: Guentzel is having a great playoff run so far with five goals and seven points in six games. Of course the 22-year-old rookie had a strong showing in the regular season too with 16 goals and 33 points in 40 contests. You have to wonder what he would have done in a full 82-game campaign and if it would have been enough to be a Calder Trophy finalist. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:47 am
  • Pavel Buchnevich gets his first playoff point
    Pavel Buchnevich recorded his first career playoff point on Thursday.

    Advice: Buchnevich assisted on Ryan McDonagh's goal in the Rangers' 2-1 loss to Ottawa in Game 1 of the second round series. Buchnevich was playing in his fourth career postseason contest. He had eight goals and 20 points in 41 games in the regular season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:40 am
  • Braden Holtby allows 3 goals in GM 1 loss
    Braden Holtby allowed three goals on 21 shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Advice: Holtby kept the Penguins off the board in the first period, but Sidney Crosby got the better of him twice in the first 1:04 of the second period. The Capitals managed to tie the game thanks to goals by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, but Nick Bonino's third-period goal allowed the Pens to regain the lead. Holtby now owns a 4-3 record with a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage this postseason. The Capitals will look to even up the series at home on Saturday night. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Sidney Crosby scores twice in GM 1 win vs WSH
    Sidney Crosby scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Crosby opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second period, and he made it 2-0 just 52 seconds later. The Capitals were able to tie the game thanks to two goals by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. But Crosby's teammate, Nick Bonino, restored Pittsburgh's lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the game. Crosby finished tonight's contest with a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal in 17:25 of ice time. Pittsburgh now holds a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 2 will be held in Washington on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • Erik Karlsson scores GWG in Game 1 vs NYR
    Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

    Advice: Karlsson gave the Sens the lead with just over four minutes remaining in the third period, when he banked a shot off Henrik Lundqvist's mask and in from the corner. Karlsson finished the game with five shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 28:54 ice time. The Sens defenseman now has one goal and six assists in seven games this postseason. The Senators lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be played in Ottawa on Saturday. Ryan Dzingel also scored for the Sens. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:55 pm
  • Braden Holtby is likely to start in Game 1
    Braden Holtby should play between the pipes in Game 1 Thursday night.

    Advice: Holtby was bombarded with an average of 35.5 shots per game in the first round series against Toronto, but he posted a 2.36 GAA and .925 save percentage in six playoff games. His next opponent is the Pittsburgh Penguins and holding them back tends to be a huge task. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:01 pm
  • Cam Talbot makes 33 saves in GM 1 win vs. ANA
    Cam Talbot stopped 33 of 36 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Edmonton is now up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. The Oilers appeared to take the game over in the third period, as they got back-to-back goals in less than two minutes from Mark Letestu and Adam Larsson to give Edmonton a 3-1 lead. But that's when the Ducks woke up. Anaheim got two quick goals of their own from Patrick Eaves and Jakob Silfverberg to tie it up at three. Thankfully for Edmonton, Larsson scored his second of the game to with less than five minutes remaining in regulation before Leon Draisaitl added an empty-netter. Talbot owns a 5-2 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. Game 2 will be played in Anaheim on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Jake Allen allows 4 goals in GM 1 loss to NSH
    Jake Allen allowed four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: In fairness to Allen, two of Nashville's four goals were scored on the power play. But he'll probably want Vernon Fiddler's game-winning goal back, as he made an awkward dive at the puck before Fiddler just poked it under Allen and into the net. Allen now owns a 4-2 record with a 1.87 goals-against-average and a .944 save percentage. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will be played in St. Louis on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:23 pm
  • Pekka Rinne makes 27 stops in GM 1 win vs STL
    Pekka Rinne turned aside 27 of 30 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 win over St. Louis.

    Advice: Rinne came up with a few huge saves throughout this game, but none was bigger than the one he made from in-close on Blues forward Ryan Reaves in the second period. The Predators went into the third period leading 3-1, but they allowed St. Louis to tie the game thanks to two goals in less than three minutes. Luckily for the Predators, Vernon Fiddler managed to score the game-winning goal late in the third period. It's the first time this postseason that Rinne has allowed more than two goals in a game during the 2017 playoffs. He has a 5-0 record with a 1.14 goals-against-average and a .962 save percentage this postseason. Game 2 will take place in St. Louis on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Sami Vatanen (UBI) officially out for Game 1
    Sami Vatanen (upper body) will not suit up in Game 1 against Edmonton on Wednesday night.

    Advice: We had a pretty good idea that he wasn't going to be available tonight, but it's since been confirmed. He's still considered day-to-day at this point. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Cam Talbot starts against ANA in Game 1
    Cam Talbot will get the start in Game 1 against Anaheim on Wednesday.

    Advice: He finished the first round with a 4-2 record, a 2.03 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage. The Oilers will need him to continue being great if they're going to advance to round three. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:39 pm
  • Sami Vatanen may not be ready for Game 1
    Sami Vatanen (upper body) may not be ready to play Wednesday night based on the morning skate.

    Advice: He stayed on the ice for extra work along with expected scratches Clayton Stoner and Korbinian Holzer. Vatanen missed the final three games of Anaheim's first-round series versus Calgary because of an upper-body injury. Coach Randy Carlyle said all the team's defensemen were available for Game 1 against Edmonton, but the lineup won't be finalized until after the pregame warmup. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:43 pm
  • Jake Allen to face Predators in Round 2
    Jake Allen is expected to be in the crease for Game 1 versus Nashville on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Allen had the second-best numbers among all goalies in Round 1 behind just Predators starter Pekka Rinne. He posted a 1.47 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage in Round 1 versus Minnesota. If that continues then this series should feature quite the goaltender battle. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:51 pm
  • Pekka Rinne set for Round 2 of the playoffs
    Pekka Rinne is expected to be in the crease for Game 1 against St. Louis on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Predators netminder was excellent in Round 1 with a 0.70 goals-against average and a .976 save percentage against Chicago. Rinne won all four contests in the series and he surrendered just three goals on 126 shots. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:44 pm
  • Erik Karlsson thinks foot issue is behind him
    Erik Karlsson said that his foot is virtually back to normal, which is why he didn't have a problem talking about his injury on Sunday.

    Advice: He revealed that he played the entire first round with two hairline fractures to his foot. "It's probably something that's not going to affect me anymore moving forward," said Karlsson. "It's something that's done with. I just felt like getting it out of the way instead of having it keep lingering on. I'm not much for secrets." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:41 am
  • Sami Vatanen (UBI) 'very close' to return
    Sami Vatanen (upper body) is "very close" to being available to return, according to coach Randy Carlyle.

    Advice: It will be a player's decision whether or not he plays in Game 1 against Edmonton when Round 2 of the playoffs begins. Vatanen has been sidelined since Anaheim's playoff opener against Calgary. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Vatanen partially participates in practice
    Sami Vatanen (upper body) was involved in part of Monday's practice.

    Advice: Vatanen wasn't skating with the regular defensemen and didn't take part in power-play drills. Still, Vatanen feels he's making progress and the plan is for him to practice again on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:13 am
  • Heel fractures haven't stopped Erik Karlsson
    Erik Karlsson has revealed that he has been playing for nearly a month with two hairline fractures in his left heel.

    Advice: Karlsson told ESPN that he played with the two fractures through all six games of the Senators' first-round series against the Boston Bruins. The Sens won the series in Boston Sunday. "This guy's a machine. That's what it is," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said of the team's captain. "To be able to play that many minutes and be that good defensively and offensively, that's where he's at right now. He's at such a high level." Karlsson, who a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, reportedly sustained one of the injuries March 28 and the second in early April. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Patric Hornqvist has extreme intensity
    The intensity level for Patric Hornqvist is extreme.

    Advice: The first time Tom Kuhnhackl was in the Pittsburgh dressing room, he heard a scream in Swedish and was actually scared. It came from Hornqvist who was revving himself up for the game. Hornqvist loves to yell at opposing players and officials on the bench and coach Mike Sullivan has to tell him to calm down five or six times per game. "I don’t ever want him to change," Sullivan said of Hornqvist. "That’s what makes him what he is. That’s what makes him the personality that helps this team become a more competitive team. I think that energy is contagious. I think his teammates get a kick out of it. I know his coaches do." He has two goals and an assist in five games thus far and is playing alongside Sidney Crosby at this time. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 7:14 am
  • Braden Holtby, Caps progress to Round 2
    Braden Holtby led the Capitals into the second round of the playoffs by stopping 37 of 38 shots in a tight Game 6 win over the Maple Leafs on Sunday night.

    Advice: Holtby’s only blemish came following an odd bounce off the backboards onto Auston Matthews' stick three feet away from the net, which the prized rookie roofed into the net. Otherwise, Holtby regained his mojo in the final two games of the series by stopping 61 of the last 63 shots he faced. The 27-year-old is 4-2 in the postseason with a 2.36 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 8:37 pm
  • Braden Holtby in net Game 6 vs Toronto on Sun
    Braden Holtby will be in net on Sunday for Game 6 against Toronto.

    Advice: One more win and it's on to the next round for Holtby and the Capitals. He's allowed 15 goals and sports a .915 save percentage this series, but will merely have to hold serve to finish the upstart Leafs. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 3:07 pm
  • Pens dominate playoff PPG in salary cap era
    When it comes to playoff points-per-game, the Pittsburgh Penguins feature the top players of the salary cap era.

    Advice: Among players that have participated in a minimum of 30 playoff games from 2006 onward, Sidney Crosby leads the pack with an average of 1.12 playoff PPG in the salary cap era. Teammate Evgeni Malkin is right behind him in second place with 1.09 PPG. To make things even more impressive, Phil Kessel is tied for third place with 1.00 PPG in the postseason. Those forwards will be a lot for the winner of the Capitals-Maple Leafs series to deal with. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:38 am
  • E. Karlsson bothered by cramps in 2OT Friday
    Erik Karlsson was limited to four shifts in the second overtime period of Ottawa's 3-2 loss to Boston on Friday.

    Advice: "I was having some bad cramp issues in the second overtime there," said Karlsson. "That’s probably why I didn’t play as much as I could at the end there, but first time that has happened, so no harm, no foul today." Karlsson logged a game-high 41:51 minutes of ice time. The Senators will be leaning on him heavily again on Sunday as they'll try again to eliminate Boston in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 7:33 am
  • Cam Talbot carries Oilers to second round
    Cam Talbot was the standout as the Edmonton Oilers eliminated the San Jose Sharks with a 3-1 win in Game 6 on Saturday night.

    Advice: Talbot stopped 27 out of 28 shots in Game 6, holding strong in the second period in particular when he stopped all 12 shots he faced. He helped Edmonton win their first series since 2006 by posting a 2.03 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 10:43 pm
  • Jake Allen makes 34 stops, STL eliminate MIN
    Jake Allen turned aside 34 of 37 shots in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: The Blues built up 2-0 and 3-1 leads in this one, but they allowed the Wild to claw back to force overtime. Thankfully for the Blues, they got the job done in overtime thanks to a goal by forward Magnus Paajarvi. Allen finishes the first round with a 4-1 record, a sparkling 1.47 goals-against-average and a .956 save percentage. The Blues will take on the Nashville Predators in the second round. The goalie matchup should be intriguing to say the least, as both Allen and Pekka Rinne were outstanding in their opening-round victories. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 5:23 pm
  • Jake Allen to start against Wild in Game 5
    Jake Allen will get the start in Saturday afternoon's game against Minnesota.

    Advice: A win in Game 5 would eliminate the Wild from the postseason. Allen has a 3-1 record with a 1.17 goals-against-average and a .966 save percentage this postseason. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 11:50 am
  • Cam Talbot probable to start in Game 6
    It should come as no surprise that Cam Talbot will probably start in Game 6 Saturday against San Jose.

    Advice: This will be a big test for the Oilers as they will be going into the Shark Tank in San Jose with the Sharks on the ropes and desperate for a win to keep their season alive. If Edmonton is to close out the Sharks, Talbot will have to be at his very best. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 7:08 am
  • Buchnevich earning playing time
    Pavel Buchnevich has been playing very well alongside Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad.

    Advice: Buchnevich rejoined the Ranger lineup for Game 4, replacing the physical Tanner Glass, and has meshed well with Kreider and Zibanejad, who he had had some success with during the regular season. Ranger coach Alain Vigneault seems happy with this line's work the past two games. "Putting Pavel in the last couple games has permitted us to continue to be physical, but maybe have just a little more skill on the ice," Vigneault said. "It’s worked out for us so far." We expect that this line will remain intact for Saturday's contest. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 4:56 am
  • Caps win GM 5, take 3-2 series lead on Leafs
    Braden Holtby stopped 24 of 25 shots in Friday's 2-1 OT win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Justin Williams scored the game-winner just over a minute into overtime. It's the first time in four games that Holtby has given up less than four goals in a game. The Capitals now have a 3-2 lead in the series. Game 6 will be played in Toronto on Sunday. Holtby has a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this postseason. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 7:33 pm
  • Braden Holtby should get the nod in Game 5
    Braden Holtby is expected to play between the pipes in Game 5 against Toronto on Friday.

    Advice: Of course that comes as no surprise. With a 3.01 GAA and .907 save percentage in the first round, Holtby hasn't been stunning against the Maple Leafs, but he's still the Capitals' top goaltender. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 9:44 am
  • Sidney Crosby extends point streak to 4 games
    Sidney Crosby is on a four-game point streak.

    Advice: Crosby has two goals and seven points in five playoff games. Over his career he's up to 51 goals and 144 points in 129 postseason contests. He's tied with Chris Chelios and Larry Robinson for 32nd place on the all-time playoff points list. Mike Modano is 31st on the list with 146 points. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 7:57 am
  • Cam Talbot makes 27 saves in OT win
    Cam Talbot made 27 saves on 30 shots to help the Oilers win Game 5 over the Sharks 4-3 in overtime on Thursday.

    Advice: The Oilers fell behind 3-1 midway through the second period but Talbot and his team both got stronger as the game went on. It's a solid bounce back Talbot had to have after allowing five goals in the blowout Game 4 loss. He has a strong 2.22 goals-against-average and .925 save percentage as Edmonton is on the brink of eliminating the Sharks. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 11:31 pm
  • Pekka Rinne makes 30 saves, NSH eliminate CHI
    Pekka Rinne stopped 30 of 31 shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Advice: Rinne and the Preds have picked up the most shocking result of the first round, as they've eliminated the Hawks in four games. The Predators goalie surrendered just three goals in four games in the first round. He finished the opening round with an incredible 0.70 goals-against-average and a .976 save percentage. If he can continue playing this way, the Preds could make a long run. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 8:22 pm
  • Cam Talbot expected in net Game 5 vs Sharks
    Cam Talbot is expected to be in net for Game 5 against the Sharks on Thursday.

    Advice: Talbot comes in rocking a .925 save percentage, two shutouts, with just eight goals against through the first four games of the series. However, he will be looking to bounce back after he was pulled in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 3:48 pm
  • Pekka Rinne seeks sweep over Chicago
    Pekka Rinne and his Nashville Predators will seek to complete the sweep over Chicago with a win in Game 4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The veteran netminder has allowed just two goals in three playoff games, which is also the same number of shutouts he's posted in the series. Chicago will have to find a way to make Rinne crack if they are going to force a fifth game. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 3:34 pm
  • Sami Vatanen unclear for Game 1 of Round 2
    Coach Randy Carlyle isn't sure if Sami Vatanen (upper body) will be ready when Round 2 of the playoffs begins.

    Advice: The Ducks bench boss is hopeful that Vatanen will play at some point in the team's next series. He missed three straight postseason matches against Calgary after playing in the opener. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 3:01 pm
  • Anaheim assigns Ondrej Kase to AHL
    Ondrej Kase has been assigned to AHL San Diego.

    Advice: The Gulls kick off the Calder Cup Playoffs against Ontario on Friday. Kase has been a healthy scratch in Anaheim's last three postseason contests. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 1:13 pm
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  • Drake Caggiula skates with McDavid, Draisaitl
    Drake Caggiula is projected to skate with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in Game 5 on Thursday night.

    Advice: He moved up to the top line during the morning skate. Caggiula hasn't registered a point in Edmonton's first-round series against San Jose. Patrick Maroon was bumped to a combination with Mark Letestu and Zack Kassian. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 9:48 am
  • Jake Allen falls to desperate Wild
    Jake Allen let in two goals in a 2-0 loss to Minnesota Wednesday night as the Wild faced a must-win situation.

    Advice: Allen was scored on twice Wednesday night by a desperate Wild who were down 3-0 in the series. In the past three contests, Allen only allowed one goal in each, resulting in three wins and a save percentage of .929. The goaltender faced 28 shots which was the second least of the series. Allen was pulled for the Blues to go empty net with just under two minutes to go but to no avail. Rotoworld.com Apr 19, 9:45 pm
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