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  • Frank Vatrano dealt with a foot injury
    Frank Vatrano had a foot injury in the postseason.

    Advice: He had one goal in six playoff matches versus the Senators in Round 1. Vatrano was limited to just 8:34 in Boston's last postseason match. It's unclear if he needs surgery at this time. In 44 games during the regular season, Vatrano registered 10 goals and 18 points. 50 minutes ago
  • Kevan Miller has a shoulder/biceps issue
    Kevan Miller finished the playoffs with a shoulder/biceps issue.

    Advice: A determination still has to be made if he needs surgery. He skated in all six postseason games against Ottawa in Round 1 of the playoffs. Miller contributed 13 points in 58 appearances during the regular season. 53 minutes ago
  • Anton Khudobin in the mix for backup job
    Anton Khudobin's job as Boston's backup goalie isn't secure going into next season.

    Advice: "Anton is firmly in the mix. You look at what he did down the stretch and how can he not be. But that's the goalie we need," said GM Don Sweeney. "I can't have any doubts or reservations, so we're going to meet as a group to make sure we’re making the right decision. If someone passes Anton, whether it be Zane [McIntyre] or Malcolm [Subban], then we move in that direction. But we've been patient for the development standpoint to try and look internally. But it's a position we've sort of been chasing our tail on a little bit for a couple of years now. I'm very aware of it, do not run from it and I'd like it to be resolved." Boston may look outside of the organization for help in the crease as well to try to lighten the load for Tuukka Rask in 2017-18. 57 minutes ago
  • Marc Methot records an assist Thursday
    Marc Methot recorded his first point of the playoffs in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: He had an assist on Erik Karlsson's game winner late in the third period. "We're playing the New York Rangers here, there's no way we're going to let ourselves get too high here, it's only Game 1," said Methot. "We still have a long way to go. You're put yourself in a good position when you win that first game, so we'll take it." He has six points in 26 career postseason appearances. Today, 6:07 am
  • Burrows picks up a helper in Game 1 vs. NYR
    Alex Burrows earned an assist in Thursday's 2-1 win against the Rangers.

    Advice: He had one helper in six matches versus Boston in Round 1 of the playoffs. Burrows has been credited with 11 shots, but he is still looking for his first goal of this postseason. Today, 5:59 am
  • Ryan Dzingel scores first playoff goal Thurs.
    Ryan Dzingel posted his first playoff goal on Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

    Advice: He produced the game-tying goal with 1:21 remaining in the second period during a power-play situation for the Senators. "It's one of the greatest feelings of my hockey career," said Dzingel. "And especially in a win, it's a lot sweeter. It's hard to explain how exciting it was." He has two points in his last two playoff games. Today, 5:53 am
  • Alex Ovechkin scores in GM 1 loss to Pens
    Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Advice: Ovechkin cut Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1 with his goal at the 18:17 mark of the second period. Teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game at two in the third period, but Pens center Nick Bonino eventually gave his team the lead again. Ovechkin now has four goals and no assists in seven games during the 2017 playoffs. He finished tonight's tilt with two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and six hits in 19:11 of ice time. The Capitals will look to even up the series at home on Saturday. Yesterday, 7:53 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. Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Mark Giordano nominated for Messier Award
    Mark Giordano has been nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

    Advice: The award is given to "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season." Giordano was named the NHL Foundation Player Award winner last season. Since 2014, "Team Giordano" has raised $300,000 to high-needs schools to promote improved physical activity and academics. Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • Mikkel Boedker disappoints with San Jose
    Mikkel Boedker's first season with San Jose proved to be a disappointment.

    Advice: The Sharks signed Boedker to a four-year, $16 million contract and that deal is looking very bad at the moment. Boedker went from recording 51 points between Arizona and Colorado in 2015-16 to just 10 goals and 26 points in 81 contests with San Jose this season. To make matters worse, Boedker was a healthy scratch three times in the first round. "He has the things we’re looking for: his career scoring average, his speed, [penalty killing] ability," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "Did he meet the expectations that he had for himself [or] that we had for him? No. Can we get that out of him? Pete [DeBoer] believes we can." We'll see if he can bounce back next season. Given his contract, San Jose has little choice but to hope that he does. Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Colton Parayko has 3 points in last 4 games
    Colton Parayko found the back of the net in Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Nashville.

    Advice: He got the Blues on the board in the second period after the Predators took a 2-0 lead. Parayko posted five shots, two penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in a 4-3 loss to Nashville in the contest. He has accounted for three points in his last four postseason matches. Yesterday, 7:51 am
  • Jaden Schwartz scores in loss to Predators
    Jaden Schwartz netted his third goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He scored in the third as part of the Blues' comeback attempt, but they ended up dropping a 4-3 decision to the Predators in Game 1. Schwartz has six points in six postseason matches this year. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Cam Fowler gets an assist in his return
    Cam Fowler registered an assist in his return to the Ducks' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Fowler couldn't play in the first round due to his knee injury. He logged 26:33 minutes in his return, so clearly he's not being eased back in. Yesterday, 7:37 am
  • Bobby Ryan rewarded for going to the net
    Bobby Ryan has had success going to the "dirty areas" around the net in the playoffs.

    Advice: He knows that will be tougher in the second round against the Rangers. "Yeah, we'll have a little more issue getting to the net," Ryan said. "I think we found a lot of time and space in turning up against the Bruins. I don't know if that will be the case against the Rangers in that regard. Things will be tighter. That's a given, as you get to this time of year for one, and the team shifts a little bit. It's going to be another grinding, one goal game series." The 30-year-old winger has four goals and three assists in six playoff games so far. Yesterday, 6:11 am
  • Drew Stafford would like to be back with B's
    Drew Stafford would like to return to Boston next season.

    Advice: "Absolutely. If there's any kind of a chance [to return to Boston], I would definitely be into it. I know my wife wasn't able to make it out here, but we had talked about it a little bit as a possibility," said Stafford. "If they feel like it could be a good fit then we'll cross that bridge moving forward. The business side of it kind of works itself out, but personally I loved my experience here and it would be great. We'll see what happens." He had eight points in 18 games after he was acquired from Winnipeg and he posted two goals in six playoff matches. If he doesn't re-sign with the Bruins then Stafford is eligible for unrestricted free agency. Yesterday, 5:46 am
  • Ducks poised to get reinforcements on 'D'
    It sounds like Cam Fowler will be back in the lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Fowler, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen are "available" for Game 1 against Edmonton. The Ducks will make final lineup decisions after the pregame warmups. Cam Fowler was paired with Brandon Montour during Tuesday's practice. Wednesday, 3:29 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." Wednesday, 8:41 am
  • Ovechkin runs into skate issue in practice
    Alex Ovechkin missed the second half of the Capitals' practice on Tuesday, but Capitals coach Barry Trotz said it wasn't for any health reason.

    Advice: "I don't know what happened," Trotz said. "It was a skate. He came over and there was something hanging off his skate there. I think when he went in the corner, [it] got sliced. He's fine, as you see. You saw him walking around. He's fine." Ovechkin said largely the same thing, noting that his skate broke. With that in mind, this is primarily an FYI in case you heard that Ovechkin didn't complete the team's practice and were wondering why. Wednesday, 7:38 am
  • Cam Fowler (knee) nears return to lineup
    Cam Fowler (knee) isn't feeling any restrictions, as he draws closer to a return to the lineup.

    Advice: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Fowler is "very close" to playing for the first time since Apr. 4. It's possible he could be back as soon as Wednesday night in Game 1 of the second round against Edmonton. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Cam Fowler (knee) practices on Monday
    Cam Fowler (knee) was a full participant in Monday's practice.

    Advice: It still remains to be seen if Fowler will be available for Game 1 of the second round, but it's looking promising at this point. He last played on April 4. Tuesday, 7:15 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. Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Cam Fowler (knee) takes part in practice
    Cam Fowler (knee) participated in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Fowler said afterwards that he feels good. He's questionable for Game 1 of the second round after missing the Ducks' opening series. Sunday, 2:59 pm
  • Alex Ovechkin is feeling fine after Kadri hit
    Alex Ovechkin isn't feeling any lingering effects from Nazem Kadri's low hit.

    Advice: Ovechkin briefly left Game 5 with what looked like a knee or leg injury, but he was able to complete the contest. He has three goals and no assists in the first round series. Sunday, 9:15 am
  • Schwartz has 5 points in 5 playoff games
    Jaden Schwartz recorded two assists in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Schwartz was a major contributor in St. Louis' first round series with two goals and five points in five games. He now has eight goals and 26 points in 43 career playoff contests. The Blues will naturally be looking for Schwartz to have another big series in the second round against Nashville. Sunday, 7:40 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. Sunday, 7:33 am
  • Mikkel Boedker stays in for Game 6
    Mikkel Boedker is expected to stay in the lineup on Saturday for Game 6 against the Oilers.

    Advice: He was a healthy scratch for Game 4, but came back and registered two points on Thursday night in his return. Saturday, 6:03 pm
  • Alex Ovechkin is 'good to go' for Game 6
    Alex Ovechkin will suit up in Game 6 against Toronto on Sunday, according to head coach Barry Trotz.

    Advice: Ovechkin briefly exited Game 5 after taking a hip-check from Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, but he managed to return to the game. The Russian sniper was reevaluated by team doctors after the game, but he seems to have avoided serious injury. Saturday, 9:46 am
  • Alex Ovechkin fine after Kadri hit
    It seems that despite how bad it looked, the hit on Alex Ovechkin by Nazem Kadri Friday night will not be an issue for Ovie going forward.

    Advice: Kadri administered a hip check to Ovechkin that had him tumbling head over heels. Initially, Ovie was laid out on the ice in pain seemingly favoring his knee. After a brief break in the dressing room, Ovechkin was able to return with no lingering effects. "It doesn’t hurt," Ovie said, after the game. "Nothing." Well that's good news for Washigton fans. Saturday, 6:21 am
  • Ryan Dzingel glad to be along for the ride
    Ryan Dzingel wants to contribute more, but he is enjoying his first taste of NHL playoff hockey.

    Advice: "It's not about me. It's about the team, and I truly believe that," he said. "I've found a love of the game in the last few weeks. It's a whole new atmosphere, a whole new ball game. Sometimes (during the regular season), you're playing for contracts or this and that." Dzingel went into the postseason with six points in 33 games, so it's not surprising that he was scratched for Game 1. However, he has played in the last three games versus the Boston Bruins. Friday, 6:32 am
  • Frank Vatrano dealing with LBI
    Frank Vatrano was seen wearing a walking boot after Game 4, but interim coach Bruce Cassidy said he was "OK" on Thursday.

    Advice: He was limited to just 9:59 of playing time in Game 4 against Ottawa. "He'll be off the ice today," Cassidy said Thursday. "He may test it. But he'll get a decision [Friday] morning and go from there." If he can't play Friday then Matt Beleskey or Sean Kuraly may get the nod. Friday, 5:34 am
  • Mikkel Boedker returns, scores in Game 5 loss
    Mikkel Boedker scored and picked up a helper in the Sharks' 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5.

    Advice: Boedker's return to the lineup was a successful one personally as he picked up his first points of the series in 13 minutes of ice-time. Patrick Marleau and David Schlemko scored the other goals for the Sharks who blew a 3-1 lead. Game 6 is Saturday in San Jose. Friday, 12:00 am
  • Cam Fowler may be ready for Round 2
    Cam Fowler (knee) might be available at some point during Round 2 of the playoffs.

    Advice: However, it isn't clear yet if he will be ready to play as early as the first game of that series. The Ducks completed a four-game sweep against Calgary on Wednesday night. Fowler hasn't played since Apr. 4. Thursday, 2:58 pm
  • Mikkel Boedker set to return Thursday
    Mikkel Boedker appears to be back in the lineup for Thursday's Game 5 matchup against Edmonton.

    Advice: Boedker has been scratched for the last two games, but Joonas Donskoi looks like the odd-man out instead. Look for him to start on the second line with Logan Couture and Jannik Hansen Thursday, 11:22 am
  • Alex Ovechkin on a 3-game goal scoring streak
    Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in Washington's 5-4 win against Toronto in Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ovechkin has now found the back of the net in three straight games. He has 44 goals and 85 points in 88 career postseason contests. Thursday, 7:09 am
  • Bobby Ryan scores in GM 4 win over Boston
    Bobby Ryan scored the only goal in Ottawa's 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins.

    Advice: Ryan buried a beautiful slap-pass from teammate Erik Karlsson at the 5:49 mark of the third period. After scoring just 13 goals and 12 assists in 62 games during the regular season, Ryan has already potted three goals and two assists in four playoff games. The Senators will now head back to Ottawa with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, which means one more win would eliminate the Bruins. Game 5 will be played on Friday night. Wednesday, 7:36 pm
  • Erik Karlsson earns two helpers Monday
    Erik Karlsson collected two helpers in a 4-3 overtime win against Boston in Game 3 on Monday night.

    Advice: From his own red line, he launched the puck right on the tap of Mike Hoffman at the attacking blue line on a Hail Mary pass. You owe it to yourself to watch the replay if you haven't seen it yet. Karlsson has registered four assists in three games versus the Bruins during the postseason. Tuesday, 8:08 am
  • Bobby Ryan pots OT winner in Game 3
    Bobby Ryan netted the game-winning goal in Monday's 4-3 overtime victory against Boston in Game 3.

    Advice: Bruins forward Riley Nash was serving a roughing penalty at the time after he got mixed up with Ryan. Ryan also added an assist in the contest. He has two goals and four points in the series. Ryan struggled during the regular season, but he has emerged as one of the team's best players so far in the playoffs. Tuesday, 7:54 am
  • Alex Ovechkin nets a goal in loss to Toronto
    Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net in Washington's 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto in Game 3 on Monday.

    Advice: Ovechkin has scored in each of Washington's last two games, but the Capitals lost both contests. He has 43 goals and 84 points in 87 career playoff games. Tuesday, 6:56 am
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