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  • Patrick Marleau finishes series with 3 goals
    If a 3-1 Game 6 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday was Patrick Marleau's last game with the San Jose Sharks, then he at least made a good final impression.

    Advice: While Marleau will rue a missed opportunity on a breakaway during the second period, he supplied San Jose with some hope via a late goal in the third period. He ended up scoring three goals in the series and he added an assist. It will be interesting to see what his plans are for the future and if he is in San Jose's design moving forward. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Leon Draisaitl scores first playoff goal in W
    Leon Draisaitl's first career postseason goal set the tone for the Edmonton Oilers' 3-1 win in Game 6 against San Jose.

    Advice: Draisaitl opened the scoring 54 seconds into the second period after he collected two assists in Game 5. He appears to be feeling better after struggling earlier in the series when he wasn't 100 percent healthy. Anton Slepyshev got the game winner and Connor McDavid scored into an empty net to help the Oilers advance to the second round of the playoffs. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Mats Zuccarello scores twice, Rangers advance
    Mats Zuccarello scored twice to lead the New York Rangers in a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 on Saturday.

    Advice: Zuccarello had been fairly quiet in the first round series prior to Saturday's contest as he had one goal and no assists in five games, but he came through when the Rangers needed him the most. Thanks in part to his efforts, the Rangers are heading to the second round to face the winner of the series between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. Derek Stepan scored an empty-net goal to seal the game for New York. Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller, Mika Zibanejad, Dan Girardi, and Ryan McDonagh each registered an assist. Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • No changes up front for EDM in Game 6 v SJ
    Coach Todd McLellan is expected to forego any changes to his group of forwards Saturday night against the Sharks for Game 6.

    Advice: Which means that Iiro Pakarinen, Jujhar Khaira and Matt Hendricks are expected to be scratched along with the rest of the Black Aces on board. Pakarinen hasn't played since Game 1 and he saw just 8:26 of playing time. Yesterday, 6:07 pm
  • No changes up front for NYR in Game 6 v MTL
    Coach Alain Vigneault decided against making any changes to his group of forwards for Game 6 against Montreal on Saturday.

    Advice: Which means that Tanner Glass has once again been joined by Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel and the rest of the Black Aces as healthy scratches. Glass does have a goal in three games this series, though. Yesterday, 5:46 pm
  • J. Zucker scores, but Wild eliminated by STL
    Jason Zucker scored a goal in Saturday’s 4-3 OT loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Zucker gave the Wild some hope, as he was able to tie the game with 5:01 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Unfortunately for the Wild, Blues forward Magnus Paajarvi scored the game-winning goal in overtime to eliminate the Wild in five games. It’s a disappointing ending for Minnesota. The Wild were a great team for most of the season, but they collapsed after the trade deadline. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of changes they make to their roster and/or front office during the off-season. Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu also scored in the loss. Yesterday, 5:22 pm
  • E. Staal taken to hospital after scary injury
    Eric Staal was taken to hospital after crashing into the boards awkwardly on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: It was a scary incident. Staal came into the Blues zone with speed before firing a puck on goal. As he was skating towards the Blues net, his skate caught Jake Allen's pad, which caused him to crash into the boards awkwardly. Staal was down for a while, and he needed help getting off the ice. It's nice to hear he's in stable condition. Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Timo Meier will be scratched in Game 6
    Timo Meier will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 against Edmonton on Saturday night.

    Advice: Joonas Donskoi will take Meier's spot in the lineup. Meier has no points and two penalty minutes through five games in the series. If the Sharks lose tonight, they'll be eliminated from the postseason. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Joonas Donskoi returns to lineup for Game 6
    Joonas Donskoi will suit up for the Sharks in Game 6 against Edmonton on Saturday night.

    Advice: Donskoi was a healthy scratch in Game 5, but the Sharks will give him another crack to prove his worth in an elimination game on Saturday night. "We went with our most experienced lineup here tonight [in an] elimination game," head coach Pete DeBoer said. "He’s been here before, he’s delivered for us before. He’s typically always bounced back after being sat down or demoted. I expect a big game out of him." Donskoi has one assist and a minus-3 rating in four games this postseason. Timo Meier will sit in Donskoi's place. Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Torrey Mitchell to be scratched in Game 6
    Torrey Mitchell will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 against the Rangers on Saturday night.

    Advice: Mitchell was the only Montreal Canadien to score a goal in Game 4, but that doesn't mean much to head coach Claude Julien now. Michael McCarron will take his spot on the fourth line. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Joel Eriksson Ek scratched in Game 5
    Joel Eriksson Ek will be a healthy scratch in Game 5 against St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Eriksson Ek has played in three of his team's four playoff games, but he hasn't registered a point during that span. Jordan Schroeder, Christian Folin and Darcy Kuemper will also watch from the press box. Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Barbashev, Sanford scratched in Game 5
    Ivan Barbashev and Zach Sanford will both be healthy scratches in Saturday's game against Minnesota.

    Advice: Paul Stastny will be making his return from a lower-body injury (he hasn't played since Mar. 23). Jori Lehtera, who has been a healthy scratch in each of the last three games, will also play. Dmitrij Jaskin and Luke Opilka will also watch from the press box. Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Patrick Kane not sure if he'll go to worlds
    Patrick Kane isn't sure if he's going to represent Team USA at the World Hockey Championships.

    Advice: Kane is eligible to go because the Blackhawks have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He's expected to make a final decision in the coming days. Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Max Jones signs ATO with AHL San Diego
    Max Jones signed an amateur tryout with the AHL's San Diego Gulls.

    Advice: Jones was Anaheim's first round pick, 24th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The ATO allows the Ducks to get him into their AHL lineup without burning years on an entry-level contract. Jones had 17 goals and 19 assists in 33 games with the OHL's London Knights this season. Yesterday, 10:23 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:46 am
  • Andrew Shaw (UBI) won't play in Game 6
    Andrew Shaw (upper body) won't play in Game 6 against the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: It's unclear when Shaw suffered the injury, but there was a moment in Game 5 where he was slammed into the boards by Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi. He didn't leave the game, but the contact was pretty severe. Brian Flynn will take Shaw's spot in the lineup. Yesterday, 9:19 am
  • Andrew Shaw (UBI) not taking part in practice
    Andrew Shaw (upper body) isn't taking part in Saturday's morning skate.

    Advice: It doesn't necessarily mean he won't play in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden tonight, but it definitely isn't good news. Brian Flynn took his spot on the third line between Alex Galchenyuk and Paul Byron. We'll provide an update on Shaw's status as soon as the Canadiens provide one. The Canadiens are facing elimination tonight. Yesterday, 8:51 am
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau scores in OTL loss to BOS
    Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a goal in Friday's 3-2 double overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

    Advice: Pageau's goal gave the Senators a 2-0 lead int he second period, but Ottawa couldn't close out the game. The Sens now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 taking place in Boston on Sunday afternoon. Pageau has one goal and four penalty minutes in five games this postseason. Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Auston Matthews scores in third straight game
    Auston Matthews has scored a goal in three straight games.

    Advice: Matthews had no points in his first two games of the playoffs, but he's taken off since then. The Leafs trail 3-2 in their best-of-seven series against the Capitals, and they'll need Matthews to continue producing if they want to make a comeback in this series. "I don’t think we’re hanging our heads on this," Matthews said after Friday's loss. "We played a pretty solid game and we’re going back home in a must-win. I think we take some positives from this game and move on to the next one." Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Charlie Coyle believes Wild can come back
    Charlie Coyle believes the Minnesota Wild can push the Blues in their best-of-seven series.

    Advice: Minnesota was able to cut their deficit to 3-1 in the series thanks to a big win in Game 4. Even though the odds aren't in their favor, Coyle believes his team can make a comeback. "I think it's huge," Coyle said of Minnesota's Game 4 win. "We get that win, and all of a sudden, they're second-guessing. They're still in the driver's seat, but they're second-guessing. The pressure's on, and now they're thinking, 'We're going back home, Game 6; if we lose this one, it's Game 7 back in their barn.' And they're starting to doubt themselves. It's such a mental thing here. That's what you learn as it goes along." Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • Vladimir Tarasenko has no playoff goals
    Vladimir Tarasenko will be looking for his first goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 on Saturday.

    Advice: The Blues have found a way to grab a 3-1 series lead despite the fact that they've only scored seven goals in the series. It's impressive to think how good they'd be if they actually got production from their top goal scorer. The Russian winger 16 shots on goal and two assists in four playoff games. "There’s no question, we need our best players to play their best," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "That’s not just in the playoffs, that’s any time. It’s certainly magnified right now. What we need from Vlady, from all our top players, is make sure we understand if we’re going to play well, if we’re going to beat these guys, then we have to be great defensively." Yesterday, 7:27 am
  • Andrew Shaw has no points in 2017 playoffs
    Andrew Shaw hasn't recorded a point in Montreal's first-round series against the Rangers.

    Advice: Shaw was acquired from Chicago at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft because of his grit and playoff experience, but that hasn't translated into offensive production this postseason. The Canadiens need to win Game 6 in New York on Saturday night if they want to keep the series going. Yesterday, 7:17 am
  • Max Pacioretty still has no goals in playoffs
    Max Pacioretty still hasn't found the back of the net in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Advice: He's managed to fire 24 shots on goal in five games, but he's been unable to beat Henrik Lundqvist. The Canadiens find themselves down 3-2 in the series, and the fact that Pacioretty still hasn't scored has become a bit of a problem. "In order to get through this, we’re going to need more from a lot of guys," said head coach Claude Julien. "It’s time for certain players to elevate their games and have that confidence and desire to be better. There’s no doubt when you lose games and you’re behind 3-2, you can’t be satisfied as a team and you know there are certain players who can give a little bit more." Pacioretty has one assist in five games. Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Draisaitl great in the faceoff dot
    Not only did Leon Draisaitl register two assists in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Sharks, he was also a monster in the faceoff dot.

    Advice: Draisaitl won 15 of 19 faceoffs against some pretty good San Jose centers. Needless to say, Draisaitl has turned into a NHL star this season. Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Time off good for Eaves
    The fact the Ducks eliminated the Flames in four games is a good thing for Patrick Eaves.

    Advice: Eaves played in the first round of the playoffs even though he finished the regular season with some type of undisclosed injury. The rest, will certainly do wonders for him going forward into the next round. Yesterday, 6:26 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. Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • Rust is Pens' Justin Williams
    Bryan Rust is fast becoming the Penguins' version of the Capitals' Justin Williams.

    Advice: Williams is well known for scoring clutch playoff goals in key games. Well Rust is putting together the same kind of resume. In 13 playoff contests so far in his career, Rust has scored eight goals. What's more impressive, is that seven of those goals have been scored in playoff elimination games. Yesterday, 5:59 am
  • Mark Stone scores in double OT loss to Bruins
    Mark Stone found the back of the net in Friday's 3-2 double OT loss to the Boston Bruins.

    Advice: Stone opened the scoring at the 11:19 mark of the first period, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau made it 2-0 early in the second frame. Not only did Ottawa blow a 2-0 lead, they also had an opportunity to eliminate Boston throughout overtime, but couldn't. Stone now has one goal and one assist in five postseason games. The Senators still hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 will take place in Boston on Sunday afternoon. Friday, 9:24 pm
  • Sean Kuraly scores twice in double OT win
    Sean Kuraly scored a pair of goals in Friday's 3-2 double OT win over the Senators.

    Advice: The Bruins found themselves down 2-0 in the second period, but they were able to tie the game thanks to goals by David Pastrnak and Kuraly. In the second overtime period, it was Kuraly that played the role of hero, as he was able to give the Bruins the win. Boston now trails 3-2 in the best-of-seven series with Game 6 being played in Beantown on Sunday afternoon. Friday, 9:20 pm
  • Auston Matthews scores in GM 5 loss to WSH
    Auston Matthews scored a goal in Friday's 2-1 OT loss to the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Matthews tied the game at one at the 6:00 mark of the second period. Unfortunately for the Leafs, Justin Williams scored the game-winning goal in the extra frame. Since going point-less in the first two games of the postseason, the rookie has picked up three goals and one assist in his last three contests. The Maple Leafs will now return home trailing 3-2 in the series. Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday night. Friday, 7:25 pm
  • Sean Kuraly will play in Game 5 on Friday
    Sean Kuraly will draw into the Bruins' lineup for Game 5 on Friday.

    Advice: Kuraly will be replacing Ryan Spooner, who was available, but is also less than 100% healthy. Kuraly has no points and a minus-one rating in two playoff games in 2017. Friday, 11:10 am
  • Bryan Rust pulls off impressive feat
    Bryan Rust now has enjoyed three multi-goal playoff games in series clinching contests.

    Advice: In fact, Rust in the first player to have his first three multi-goal playoff contests come in series-clinching wins since Jeremy Roenick did it in 1990-92. Rust had four goals in five games during the first round to help the Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets. Friday, 8:50 am
  • Patrick Marleau scores a goal in Sharks' loss
    Patrick Marleau scored a goal in San Jose's 4-3 overtime loss to Edmonton in Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: Marleau has found the back of the net for two straight games. With 67 career playoff goals, he now holds sole possession of 18th place on the NHL's all-time list. He's just one goal behind Gordie Howe and three shy of Steve Yzerman. Friday, 8:01 am
  • Bryan Rust nets two goals on Thursday
    Bryan Rust scored twice in Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory over Columbus in Game 5 Thursday night.

    Advice: Rust scored four goals in five games during the first round series. That's certainly a pleasant surprise for Pittsburgh after he recorded 15 goals and 28 points in 57 regular season contests. "He's one of those guys … high-stakes players, players that play their best when the games are most important," coach Mike Sullivan said of Rust. "Rusty has shown that ability in the short time he's been a Penguin. He did that last year all playoffs long for us, and he's continuing to do that again." Friday, 7:52 am
  • Vladimir Tarasenko seeks first goal of series
    Vladimir Tarasenko hasn't scored a goal yet in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Advice: He has contributed two assists and he has been credited with 16 shots on target in St. Louis' first-round series against Minnesota. The Blues lead the series 3-1, but the Wild still have some fight left in them and a big game from Tarasenko could put his team into Round 2. Friday, 7:41 am
  • Draisaitl gets his first two playoff points
    Leon Draisaitl registered two assists in the Oilers' 4-3 victory over San Jose in Game 5 Thursday night.

    Advice: Draisaitl had a hearing prior to the game for spearing San Jose’s Chris Tierney on Tuesday, but the NHL decided that a fine was sufficient, so Draisaitl was able to stay in the lineup. His two assists were the first playoff points of his NHL career. Friday, 7:31 am
  • Matthews highlights Calder Trophy finalists
    Auston Matthews has been named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, as the NHL's top rookie.

    Advice: He is considered by most to be the favorite after he played a significant role in leading Toronto to the playoffs. Matthews topped all first-year players with 69 points in 82 games and he tied for second among all skaters in the league with 40 goals. Winnipeg's Patrik Laine and Columbus' Zach Werenski are the other finalists for the award. Friday, 6:45 am
  • Mark Stone's goalless slump continues
    Mark Stone hasn't scored a goal since Feb. 19.

    Advice: That amounts to goalless drought of 15 regular-season games and four matches in the playoffs. Stone has contributed just one assist in the postseason, but Ottawa still has a 3-1 series lead over the Bruins. Friday, 6:17 am
  • Pakarinen, Khaira, Hendricks out Game 5 v SJ
    Iiro Pakarinen, Jujhar Khaira and Matt Hendricks are expected to be scratched against San Jose in Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: Of the three, only Pakarinen has seen any action this postseason. In one game he did not post any points in just 8:26 of ice time. Thursday, 3:51 pm
  • Joonas Donskoi scratched Game 5 vs Oilers
    Joonas Donskoi will be scratched for Game 5 against the Oilers on Thursday.

    Advice: The 24-year-old has picked up one assist with four shots on net and averaging just over 13 minutes a night through the first four games of the series. Mikkel Boedker will get back into the lineup in Donskoi's place. Thursday, 3:22 pm
  • 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
  • Charlie Coyle gets GWG against Blues
    Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over the Blues in Game 4.

    Advice: Both teams had a calculated approach to the game and both goalies were stingy. Coyle’s goal came unassisted at the 16:50 mark of the first. Martin Hanzal added an insurance goal almost a full period later. With the win, the Wild forced a Game 5 back home on Saturday. Wednesday, 9:42 pm
  • Auston Matthews scores in GM 4 loss to Caps
    Auston Matthews scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: The Leafs found themselves down 4-1 heading into the first intermission, but they made the game interesting thanks to James van Riemsdyk's second-period goal (4-2) and Matthews' tally eight minutes into the third frame. Unfortunately for Toronto, a defensive blunder at their own blue line led to Washington putting the game away just 59 seconds later. After going pointless in his first two playoff games, Matthews has scored two goals and one assist in his last two contests. The series is all tied at two. Game 5 will be played in Washington on Friday night. Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • NHL fined Leon Draisaitl for Game 4 incident
    Leon Draisaitl has been handed a $2,569.44 fine for spearing San Jose’s Chris Tierney in Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Draisaitl also served a five-minute major and game misconduct. Given that he wasn't suspended, he'll be back in the lineup for Game 5. Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • NHL schedules hearing with Leon Draisaitl
    Leon Draisaitl will have a hearing after spearing San Jose’s Chris Tierney in Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Draisaitl already received a five-minute major and game misconduct for the incident. We'll have to wait to see if he'll be available for Game 5. Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Patrick Marleau gets two points on Tuesday
    Patrick Marleau scored a goal and registered an assist in the Sharks' 7-0 win over Edmonton in Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Those were Marleau's first points of the 2017 playoffs. Over his career though, Marleau has 66 goals and 118 points in 175 games. He's tied with Denis Savard and Joe Nieuwendyk for 18th place on the all-time postseason goals list. Wednesday, 7:33 am
  • Max Pacioretty has 1A in four playoff games
    Max Pacioretty has contributed one assist in four playoff games against the New York Rangers.

    Advice: Pacioretty posted two shots on goal, two hits and was minus-1 in Game 4 on Tuesday night. Coach Claude Julien shifted him to a line with Phillip Danault and Andrew Shaw in the second period, while Alexander Radulov skated with Alex Galchenyuk and Artturi Lehkonen. Those combinations may not start Game 5 together, but the Canadiens need Pacioretty to get going in this series. Wednesday, 7:15 am
  • Torrey Mitchell scores in GM 4 loss to NYR
    Torrey Mitchell scored a goal in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

    Advice: Mitchell and teammate Shea Weber entered the offensive zone on an odd-man rush before Mitchell buried one-timer by Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game at one. The goal was his first of the postseason. The series now shifts back to Montreal tied at 2-2. Game 5 will be played at the Bell Center on Tuesday night. Tuesday, 7:20 pm
  • Draisaitl seeks first point of series vs. SJ
    Leon Draisaitl hasn't recorded a point in three playoff games versus San Jose.

    Advice: He was moved to the third-line center spot in Game 3 to give the Oilers some more depth down the middle following Joe Thornton's return. There has also been some speculation that he is playing banged up because he has been skipping skates. Tuesday, 3:41 pm
  • Tanner Glass scratched in Game 4 vs. Habs
    Tanner Glass is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 4 against the Canadiens on Tuesday.

    Advice: Glass scored the game-winning goal in Game 1, but that's not enough to keep him in the lineup. Pavel Buchnevich is expected to take his place in the lineup. Adam Clendening, Kevin Klein, Steven Kampfer and Matt Puempel will also watch the game from the press box. Tuesday, 3:39 pm
  • 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
  • Patrick Kane scores in loss to Preds
    Patrick Kane scored his first goal of the postseason in the Blackhawks' 3-2 OT loss to the Predators Monday night.

    Advice: Kane scored only one goal in seven games during the 2016 playoffs, but he also chipped in six assists during that series versus St. Louis. He will need to pick up the pace this year to have the same fantasy relevance. Time may be running out with the Hawks trailing 3-0 to Nashville. Monday, 10:22 pm
  • Matthews notches two points in Leafs' OT win
    Auston Matthews scored a goal and registered an assist in Toronto's 4-3 overtime win against Washington in Game 3 Monday night.

    Advice: Those are the 19-year-old rookie's first two career playoff points. Fellow rookie William Nylander also scored his first career postseason goal. Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist on Monday after being held off the scoresheet in the first two contests of this series. Tyler Bozak scored the overtime winner on the power play. Morgan Rielly assisted on two of Toronto's four markers. Monday, 7:39 pm
  • Leon Draisaitl moves off McDavid's line
    Leon Draisaitl was moved off the Connor McDavid line on Sunday.

    Advice: Coach Todd McLellan is trying to get some balanced scoring and it paid off as Draisaitl was on the ice for the lone goal of the game by linemate Zack Kassian. He also is playing with Drake Caggiula and the pair just saw their fantasy value rise with the addition of the German star. Monday, 6:54 am
  • Iiro Pakarinen projected scratch Game 3 v SJ
    Iiro Pakarinen is projected to be scratched for Game 3 against the Sharks on Sunday.

    Advice: Mark it two straight games on the pine should he sit after playing in Game 1. Pakarinen skated just 8:26 without a shot on net in that match. Apr 16, 6:19 pm
  • Mitchell tags in for Martinsen Game 3 vs NYR
    Torrey Mitchell will tag in for Andreas Martinsen for Game 3 against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Martinsen averaged just over 10 minutes per game through the first two postseason games, posting no points with three shots on net. Mitchell is slated to skate to the right of Dwight King and Steve Ott on the team's fourth line. He picked up 17 points in 78 games during the regular season. Apr 16, 3:27 pm
  • Charlie Coyle scores in losing effort
    Charlie Coyle netted Minnesota's only goal in a 3-1 loss to St. Louis in Game 3 on Sunday.

    Advice: It was Coyle's first point of the series. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter assisted on the goal. Apr 16, 3:25 pm
  • Blues make no lineup changes for Game 3
    The Blues will be making no lineup changes for Game 3 Sunday against Minnesota.

    Advice: Up 2-0 in the series against the Wild, we would have been surprised if coach Mike Yeo would have switched anything up. As a result, look for Ivan Barbashev to continue to center the team's top line between Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. This is a tremendous opportunity for Barbashev to shine even though he doesn't have a point so far. Apr 16, 9:42 am
  • Mats Zuccarello scores in Game 2 defeat
    Mats Zuccarello found the back of the net in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal.

    Advice: His first marker of the series gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead going into the third period and it looked like it would be the game winner until Tomas Plekanec tied the score at 3-3 with 17.3 seconds left in regulation. Zuccarello also played a feisty game on Friday with six penalty minutes and five hits. Apr 15, 5:52 am
  • Mitchell, McCarron, Flynn out Game 2 vs NYR
    Torrey Mitchell, Mike McCarron, and Brian Flynn are each expected to be scratched for Game 2 against the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: Mitchell posted eight goals and 17 points with 47 hits and 58 blocks in 78 games for Montreal during the regular season. McCarron picked up five points and 75 hits in 31 games. Flynn meanwhile accumulated 10 points in 51 games. Apr 14, 3:29 pm
  • Bryan Rust participates in Friday's skate
    Bryan Rust took part in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Rust took a maintenance day on Thursday. He should be available for Game 2 Friday night. Apr 14, 8:32 am
  • Mark Stone has a 16-game goalless drought
    Mark Stone hasn't scored a goal in 16 straight games, including Wednesday's playoff opener.

    Advice: Coach Guy Boucher believes that Stone has had trouble getting back on track since he was out with a lower-body injury for seven games from March 11 to March 23. "He's on his way there and he's building it up every day, but that's probably my best answer," said Ottawa's bench boss. "His mind hasn't changed, his playmaking hasn't, either. We've seen a lot of good plays from Mark. Right now, he's been working on the pace of his game, and we know that it's going to keep on growing." Apr 14, 7:01 am
  • Blackhawks blanked by Predators in Game 1
    Patrick Kane had six shots on goal in Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: Well that’s not the way the Blackhawks wanted to open the postseason. Kane’s six shots were a game-high, but like the rest of his teammates, he was unable to beat Preds goalie Pekka Rinne. The series is far from over, but the Hawks will be under pressure to make sure they don’t drop their first two home games. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will be held in Chicago on Saturday night. Apr 14, 5:09 am
  • Auston Matthews ready for playoff debut
    Auston Matthews appears to be cool, calm and collected going into his first NHL playoff game on Thursday night against the top-seeded Washington Capitals.

    Advice: "What's there to be afraid of?" he said. "It's just hockey. It's hockey. There's nothing to be afraid of. You go out there and play the way you play, play to have fun, play for the guy across from you. Hopefully we'll get the best result in the end." Matthews' size, his hockey sense and his two-way game should help him adjust quickly to playoff hockey. He also has a quiet confidence that has permeated throughout his rookie season. Matthews produced 40 goals and 69 points in 82 matches during the regular season. That includes one goal and two helpers in three appearances versus Washington. Apr 13, 7:11 am
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