• Vasilevskiy allows three goals in OTL to Islanders
    Andrei Vasilevskiy blocked 25 shots in a 3-2 OT loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: The Lightning had a 2-0 lead at the 12:36 mark of the second period, but the Islanders managed to earn a comeback win to force a series-deciding Game 7 matchup on Friday. Vasilevskiy allowed a goal on the first shot he faced in overtime to take the loss. He has been superb following losses in the past and will look for another effort like that on Friday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov makes 22 stops in OT win Wednesday
    Semyon Varlamov stopped 22 of 24 shots in a 3-2 OT win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Varlamov and the Islanders fell behind 2-0 just past the midway mark of the contest, but managed to come from behind to earn the win to force Game 7 on Friday. He didn't have to face a shot in overtime because the extra period only lasted for 1:08 before Anthony Beauvillier supplied the game winner. Varlamov has a 7-6 record this postseason with a 2.68 GAA and .919 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Nikita Kucherov exits Game 6 due to injury
    Nikita Kucherov left Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury and he didn't return. 

    Advice: Kucherov exited the contest early after logging just 46 seconds of ice time. Coach Jon Cooper did not provide an update on Kucherov's status following the contest, so it is unclear at this time if he will be available to play in Game 7 versus the Islanders on Friday. Kucherov received a crosscheck in the back from New York defender Scott Mayfield and headed for the locker room shortly later after he attempted to hit Mathew Barzal. He leads the NHL in scoring in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 27 points (five goals, 22 assists) in 17 games. Kucherov would be a huge loss for the Lightning if he cannot play on Friday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Scott Mayfield has a busy night in Game 6 vs. TBL
    Scott Mayfield scored his second goal of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday in a 3-2 OT win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals.

    Advice: Mayfield got the game-tying goal at the 11:16 mark of the third period. He had three shots, one hit and one block over 22:46 of ice time. Mayfield also made an impact with some physical play that didn't show up on the stat sheet. He hurt Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov with a crosscheck in he first period and he bloodied Steven Stamkos at the end of the second period.  Mayfield has chipped in six points in 18 matches this postseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Mathew Barzal earns two assists in Game 6 victory
    Mathew Barzal earned a pair of assists in a 3-2 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Barzal had the primary helper on goals by Jordan Eberle and Scott Mayfield to help the Islanders rally from a 2-0 deficit. Anthony Beauvillier scored the game winner just 1:08 into overtime to complete the comeback and force Game 7 on Friday at Tampa Bay. Barzal and the Islanders were fortunate that he was only fined $5,000 and that he was not suspended following his high crosscheck to Lightning defender Jan Rutta on Monday. He played an integral role in getting New York the win in Game 6. Barzal has six goals and 14 points through 18 games this postseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Anthony Beauvillier scores OT winner to force GM 7
    Anthony Beauvillier scored the game winner in overtime to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals.

    Advice: Beauvillier scored just 1:08 into the extra period. The Islanders battled back from a 2-0 deficit on Wednesday to stay alive in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and force a series-deciding Game 7 matchup versus the Lightning on Friday. Beauvillier had not scored a goal in 10 consecutive contests, while posting just three assists over that stretch, going into Wednesday's match. He has five goals and 13 points in 18 games this postseason.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Anthony Cirelli notches two points on Wednesday
    Anthony Cirelli provided one goal and one assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Cirelli gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead at the 12:36 mark of the second period with his fourth goal of the postseason after slipping behind the defense of the Islanders. He also had the lone helper on Brayden Point's 14th marker this postseason in the first frame. Cirelli has nine points in 17 matches during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Brayden Point extends goal spree to nine games
    Brayden Point notched one goal and one assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Point opened the scoring at the 16:02 mark of the first period with his league-leading 14th goal of the postseason. He has lit the lamp in nine straight games, while adding four assists during that span. Point is one goal away from matching the NHL record for longest goal streak in a single playoff year, which was established by Reggie Leach in 1976. He assist on Wednesday came on a goal by Anthony Cirelli in the second stanza to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead. However, the Islanders battled back and won the game in overtime to set up a Game 7 confrontation on Friday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Patrice Bergeron wins Messier Leadership Award
    Patrice Bergeron has won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. 

    Advice: The award goes annually "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey." Messier selects the winner from a list of candidates presented to him from team and NHL personnel. Bergeron was named the 20th captain of the Boston Bruins before the start of the 2020-21 campaign. Off the ice, he has been involved in the community throughout his NHL career through charitable donations and his participation in those programs.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:47 pm
  • Oliver Wahlstrom, Hickey won't play on Wednesday
    Oliver Wahlstrom will be scratched on Wednesday in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Wahlstrom and Thomas Hickey were on the ice for the pregame warmups, but neither one of them participated in line rushes. Wahlstrom had been dealing with a lower-body injury, but he has been healthy enough to play this round. However, coach Barry Trotz has elected not to make lineup changes, which will put Wahlstrom in the press box as a healthy scratch.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov starts Game 6 against Tampa Bay
    Semyon Varlamov will be between the pipes on Wednesday in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Varlamov will look to bounce back after he was pulled from Game 5 on Monday after he surrendered three goals on 16 shots in 15:27 of playing time. He has a 6-6 record this postseason with a 2.74 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. The Islanders need a win on Wednesday to avoid elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the nod in Game 6 vs. NYI
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in goal for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy is coming off a 21-save shutout on Monday in Game 5. He has posted a record of 11-5 this postseason with a 2.05 goals-against average, a .936 save percentage and three shutouts. Tampa Bay can advance to the Stanley Cup Final for a second straight year with a win.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Erik Cernak (upper body) won't play in Game 6
    Erik Cernak (upper body) won't play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Wednesday against the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Cernak was a late scratch for Game 5 on Monday because of an upper-body injury. Coach Jon Cooper expects to have the same lineup on Wednesday, so Jan Rutta will be available to play and Luke Schenn will replace Cernak on the back end of the Lightning. Cernak was on the ice briefly on Wednesday during the team's morning skate.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Jan Rutta in, Erik Cernak out for Game 6 vs. NYI
    Jan Rutta will be available to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Coach Jon Cooper expects to have the same lineup as Game 5 on Monday, so Rutta will play and Erik Cernak (upper body) will sit. Rutta didn't play in the third period of Game 5 on Monday after taking a high cross-check from Mathew Barzal, who was fined for the incident. The Lightning defender has one goal, 14 shots, 10 blocks and 18 hits in 16 games this postseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • DeBoer not saying who will start Thursday
    Coach Peter DeBoer has decided who will start in goal on Thursday in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals, but he declined to reveal his choice. 

    Advice: DeBoer expressed confidence in both Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury on Wednesday. Vegas is down 3-2 in their best-of-seven series against Montreal and face elimination from the playoffs on Thursday. Fleury has lost his last three starts, while Lehner played well in last Sunday's 2-1 overtime win over the Canadiens in Game 4. It doesn't matter who starts in goal for the Golden Knights if the team continues to struggle to score goals. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Chandler Stephenson expected to be better in GM 6
    Coach Peter DeBoer doesn't believe that Chandler Stephenson is 100-percent healthy yet. 

    Advice: Stephenson logged 19:01 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Tuesday after missing three games with an upper-body injury. "I don’t think he’s a hundred percent. I think it’s tough sitting for a week and then jumping back in," said DeBoer on Wednesday. "But even at less than a hundred percent, he helps us, and I think he’ll be better tomorrow than we was last night." Vegas will look to bounce from Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Montreal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. The Golden Knights have to win on Thursday to force a series-deciding Game 7.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:16 pm
  • Josh Manson, Ducks hope to work out extension
    There is believed to be mutual interest for a contract extension between Josh Manson and the Anaheim Ducks. 

    Advice: Manson and the Ducks may try to get something done as early as this offseason. Pierre LeBrun thinks that Anaheim will be comfortable keeping Manson until next season's trade deadline before potentially making a trade if the defenseman remains unsigned. He has one more season left on a four-year, $16.4 million contract.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:14 pm
  • Jan Rutta absent from morning skate on Wednesday
    Jan Rutta (undisclosed) didn't take part in Wednesday's morning skate ahead of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals.

    Advice: That does not bode well for his availability for Wednesday night's contest versus the New York Islanders. Rutta was injured in Game 5 on Monday after he took a high cross-check from Mathew Barzal. Coach Jon Cooper is scheduled to speak with the media later today and he may provide a better update on the defenseman's status.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Erik Cernak at morning practice Wednesday
    Erik Cernak (upper body) participated in the Lightning's morning practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Cernak was a late scratch in Game 5 after playing hurt in Games 3 and 4. Coach Jon Cooper will update his status after practice as well as Jan Rutta, who was unable to finish in Game 5, getting hurt courtesy of a Mathew Barzal cross-check,  and did not practice Thursday. Stay tuned. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:00 am
  • Oliver Wahlstrom likely to be scratched for Game 6
    Oliver Wahlstrom was practicing with the extras before and after practice Wednesday.

    Advice: Wahlstrom is likely to be scratched barring a late injury of change of mind from coach Barry Trotz as the extras do not usually suit up for games. Wahlstrom has been healthy of late but has been out of action for a month after he was injured in Game 5 in the opening round against the Penguins, suffering a lower-body injury. He has a goal and three points in the playoffs this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Semyon Varlamov first goalie off ice at practice
    Semyon Varlamov was the first Islander goaltender off the ice at practice Wednesday.

    Advice: That usually means that Varlamov will be the starting goalie. The Islanders have their backs against the wall after losing Game 5, 8-0 to the Lightning, a contest that saw Varlamov give up three goals on 19 shots before he was pulled at the 15:27 mark of the first period. There were plenty of bad breaks for Varlamov on the goals and the Islanders need him to play to form as they trail the Lightning 3-2 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Semifinals. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • Chandler Stephenson (UBI) draws back in Tuesday
    Chandler Stephenson (upper body) will make his return Tuesday night.

    Advice: Stephenson last played on June 14. Based on the pregame warmups, he's projected to center the first line with Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone. Stephenson has six assists in 14 playoff games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 5:47 pm
  • NHL hands Mathew Barzal $5K fine for crosschecking
    Mathew Barzal has been fined $5,000 for crosschecking Jan Rutta during Monday's 8-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Barzal is in the second season of a three-year, $21 million contract. The incident, which came at the end of the second period, also resulted in Barzal getting a five-minute major and game misconduct. With this decision rendered, Barzal will be eligible to play in Game 6 on Wednesday. The Lightning didn't have an update on Rutta's condition on Tuesday, so it remains to be seen if he'll be healthy enough to play. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • No update on Jan Rutta on Tuesday
    Lightning coach Jon Cooper didn't provide an update on Jan Rutta's (undisclosed) status on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rutta was injured when Mathew Barzal crosschecked him during Monday's contest. Cooper did add that there would be an update on Rutta Wednesday following the morning skate. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:30 am
  • Erik Cernak's status will be updated on Wednesday
    Erik Cernak's (upper body) status will be updated after Wednesday's morning skate, according to Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

    Advice: Cernak took part in the pregame warmups for Game 5, but didn't end up participating in the contest. He has eight assists in 15 playoff games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:28 am
  • Mathew Barzal delivers a bad crosscheck Monday
    Mathew Barzal delivered a bad crosscheck to Jan Rutta at the end of the second period of Monday's 8-0 loss to the Lightning.

    Advice: Barzal got a five-minute major and a game misconduct at 20:00 of the second period for the play. Islanders coach Barry Trotz wasn't happy with his actions. "Disappointed because it wasn’t going well and he just dug it a little deeper for the guys," Trotz said. "I am disappointed in his decision." The Islanders gave up a goal on the ensuing penalty, though realistically the game was already lost at that point. They were down 6-0 when Barzal crosschecked Jan Rutta. If Barzal's actions result in him getting suspended then he'll have hurt his team's chances of bouncing back in Game 6 by taking himself out of the contest. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:28 am
  • Jan Rutta exits game after cross-check to the face
    Jan Rutta was injured in Monday's Game 5 matchup against the New York Islanders at the end of the second period and did not return.

    Advice: Mathew Barzal was assessed five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct on the play. Rutta didn't play in the third period of the match. Coach Jon Cooper didn't have an update on Rutta's status following the contest. Consider the Lightning defender day-to-day for now.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:18 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov gives up three goals on 16 shots
    Semyon Varlamov gave up three goals on 16 shots in 15:27 before he was pulled in favor of Ilya Sorokin.

    Advice: Varlamov could not be blamed for any of the goals in the first period as bad bounces plagued him early and often. Ilya Sorokin finished up and gave up five goals on 25 shots. Varlamov took the loss, his sixth of the playoffs as he saw his record go to 6-6. Look for the Islanders to go back to Varlamov Wednesday for Game 6. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Nikita Kucherov has three assist night Monday
    Nikita Kucherov had three assists Monday to extend his points streak to eight games.

    Advice: Kucherov leads the NHL playoff scoring race with 27 points including 22 helpers. The Lightning star missed the entire regular season after undergoing off-season hip surgery. He is truly a marvel. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:13 pm
  • Brayden Point scores in eighth straight game
    Brayden Point scored in his eighth straight game Monday.

    Advice: Point's power play goal at the 1:59 mark of the third period gave Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead. Point has 13 goals in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs after scoring 14 last season. Only Reggie Leach, who had a 10-game goal-scoring streak in the 1976 playoffs, has a longer scoring streak than Point who also added an assist to give him 18 points in the playoffs. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy shuts out the Islanders 8-0
    Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside all 21 shots in the Lightning's 8-0 win over the New York Islanders.

    Advice: There was not a lot for Vasilevskiy to do as the Lightning dominated from start to finish. The win gives Vasilevskiy an 11-5 record with a 2.05 GAA and a .936 save percentage. Vasilevskiy is 12-0 in the last two playoff seasons when the Lightning are coming off a loss as well as going 5-0 this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:02 pm
  • Erik Cernak (upper body) sits out Game 5 vs NYI
    Erik Cernak (upper body) won't play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Monday against the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Cernak was on the ice for the pregame warmups and it appeared as though he was fine to play, but that won't be the case and Luke Schenn will replace him on Tampa Bay's defense corps. Coach Jon Cooper thought that Cernak would be available to play earlier today despite being banged up in Games 3 and 4. However, he was ruled out after warmups. Consider him day-to-day for now with what the team is calling an upper-body injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 5:03 pm
  • Oliver Wahlstrom will sit again on Monday
    Oliver Wahlstrom will be scratched for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Wahlstrom took part in the pregame warmups, but he wasn't involved in line rushes. He hasn't played since May 24 of the first round against Pittsburgh. Wahlstrom was initially sidelined with a lower-body injury, but he has been a healthy scratch for this series.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:45 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the nod in Game 5 vs. NYI
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in goal for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Islanders on Saturday in his last outing. He has been excellent following a loss in the playoffs and will look to bounce back again on Monday. Vasilevskiy has a 10-5 record this postseason with a 2.19 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:39 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov will start Monday in GM 5 vs. TBL
    Semyon Varlamov will be between the pipes for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Varlamov is coming off a 3-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday when he stopped 28 shots. He will make a 10th straight start for the Islanders. He has a 6-5 record this postseason with a 2.53 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:36 pm
  • DeBoer: Stephenson's return is 'on the horizon'
    Chandler Stephenson's return from an upper-body injury is "on the horizon," according to coach Peter DeBoer. 

    Advice: That is an encouraging development for the Golden Knights. The team has missed Stephenson's presence on the top line, as Vegas doesn't have much depth down the middle and several different players have been utilized over the past three games as replacements. It has been reported that Stephenson has been dealing with concussion-related symptoms, but Vegas has only revealed that he is day-to-day with an upper-body ailment. It is unclear at this time if Stephenson will be available to play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Montreal on Tuesday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:51 am
  • Semyon Varlamov first goalie off ice at practice
    Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice at practice Monday.

    Advice: That should mean that Varlamov will get the start in goal for the Islanders Monday as they try and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Semifinals. Varlamov is 6-5 with a 2.53 GAA and  a .923 save percentage in the playoffs after winning Saturday 3-2 over Tampa Bay. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:47 am
  • Erik Cernak likely to play on Monday night
    Coach Jon Cooper said that Erik Cernak should be 'good to go' Monday night.

    Advice: Cernak was on the ice Monday morning for an optional practice. He was hurt once again in Game 4 Saturday but this is the Stanley Cup playoffs, so look for Cernak to be in the Tampa Bay lineup for Game 5 when they take on the New York Islanders.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:41 am
  • Brayden Point has 26 playoff goals in last 2 years
    Brayden Point has 26 playoff goals in the last two years.

    Advice: Point led the NHL with 14 goals in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs and already has 12 this season. He is currently on a seven-game goal scoring streak, last done by Claude Lemieux in the 1997 playoffs and is three away from tying Reggie Leach's mark of 10 straight games, done in 1976 when he had 19 goals in only 16 games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 5:02 am
  • Robin Lehner stars for Golden Knights win Sunday
    Robin Lehner turned aside 27-of-28 shots in the Golden Knights 2-1 overtime win Sunday.

    Advice: Lehner was the surprise starter after Marc-Andre Fleury allowed a terrible tying goal Friday. It was his first start in three weeks and the win evened his playoff record this season at 1-1. Lehner gave up seven goals on 37 shots in his only other action in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs but was outstanding on Sunday, especially in the third when he stopped Cole Caufield on a breakaway with Vegas down 1-0. Look for coach Peter DeBoer to go with the hot hand and start Lehner on Tuesday as the series goes back to Vegas for Game 5. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:06 pm
  • Chandler Stephenson (upper body) won't play Sunday
    Chandler Stephenson (upper body) won't play on Sunday in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Montreal. 

    Advice: This will be Stephenson's third straight game on the sidelines with an upper-body injury. It is unclear when he will be available to return. Vegas coach Peter DeBoer has said that Stephenson is day-to-day, but he hasn't offered any additional details beyond that.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 4:55 pm
  • Vegas turns to Robin Lehner in Game 4 vs. Montreal
    Robin Lehner will get the nod in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Montreal on Sunday. 

    Advice: This will be Lehner's first start since May 30 in Game 1 of the second round against Colorado. He gave up seven goals on 37 shots in a 7-1 loss in that contest. Marc-Andre Fleury has started most of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Golden Knights, but he has lost the last two games and made a costly turnover in Game 3 versus the Canadiens on Friday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 4:36 pm
  • Chandler Stephenson absent from morning skate
    Chandler Stephenson (upper body) didn't take part in Vegas' morning skate ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Stephenson has missed the last two games because of an upper-body injury. It has been reported that he currently isn't with the team on the road and that he is dealing with concussion-related symptoms, but those are unconfirmed. All the team has said is that Stephenson is listed as day-to-day.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 10:28 am
  • Robin Lehner first goalie off the ice for Vegas
    Robin Lehner was the first goalie off the ice in practice Sunday.

    Advice: That is extra evidence that Lehner could indeed get the start in goal for Vegas as he was in the starter's crease as well. Marc-Andre Fleury gave up a horrible goal Friday that allowed Montreal to tie it up with less than two minutes to go in the third, in a contest Montreal would win in overtime. Lehner has played only once in the playoffs, giving up seven goals on 37 shots against the Avalanche on May 30. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:37 am
  • Robin Lehner in starter's net at practice
    Robin Lehner is in the starter's net at practice Sunday.

    Advice: This is somewhat of a shock as it was assumed that Marc-Andre Fleury would get the start for Vegas on Sunday. While Lehner is in the starter's net, there is no guarantee that he will get the start at this time. Lehner has played only once in the playoffs, giving up seven goals on 37 shots to Colorado in Game 1 of the West Division Finals. Stay tuned. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:27 am
  • Nikita Kucherov extends points streak to seven
    Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist Saturday to increase his points streak to seven games.

    Advice: Kucherov, who did not play at all in the regular season as he was recovering from off-season hip surgery, has five goals and 24 points in 15 games to lead the playoffs in scoring. Kucherov is a star and should be selected high in the first round in re-draft leagues next season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 5:24 am
  • Semyon Varlamov makes 28 saves, Islanders take G4
    Semyon Varlamov saved 28 of 30 shots in a 3-2 win against the Lightning in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Varlamov surrendered both goals in the third period after the Islanders established a 3-0 lead. That made the ending more dramatic, but he managed to hang on. He improved to 6-5 with a 2.53 GAA and .923 save percentage in 11 playoff games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Mathew Barzal nets a goal versus Tampa Bay
    Mathew Barzal scored a goal in a 3-2 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 4.

    Advice: Barzal struggled early in the Islanders' playoff run, but he's scored three goals already in the semifinals. He's up to six goals and 12 points in 16 postseason contests this year. With this win, the Islanders have tied the series at 2-2. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:12 pm
  • B. Point extends goal scoring streak to 7 games
    Brayden Point netted a goal in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Point found the back of the net at 3:45 of the third period to extend his goal scoring streak to seven contests. Tyler Johnson accounted for the Lightning's other goal. Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, Ryan McDonagh, and Erik Cernak each registered an assist. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Vasilevskiy allows three goals as TBL fall to NYI
    Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy ended his run of four straight starts where he allowed two or fewer goals. All of the damage in this contest came in the second period where he allowed three goals on a staggering 17 shots. This defeat tied the series at 2-2. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • Jan Rutta is good to play on Saturday
    Jan Rutta will remain in the lineup for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: That's not surprising, but the reason why it's being mentioned is because he suffered a stinger during Thursday's game. He's projected to play alongside Victor Hedman Saturday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:47 pm
  • Erik Cernak is set to play Saturday night
    Erik Cernak will be in the lineup for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Cernak suffered a stinger during the third period of Thursday's contest, but he was still projected to play Saturday night. Based on the pregame warmups, he should be paired with Ryan McDonagh. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:45 pm
  • Vasilevskiy will be in net for Game 4 Saturday
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the nod in Game 4 Saturday night.

    Advice: No real surprise there given how important Vasilevskiy has been to the Lightning's success. He has a 2.13 GAA and .935 save percentage in 14 playoff starts this year. He played a big role in Game 3 too, stopping 27 of 28 shots in the Lightning's 2-1 victory over the Islanders. New York will once again counter with Semyon Varlamov. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:42 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in Game 4
    Semyon Varlamov will play between the pipes in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Varlamov led the Islanders out for the pregame warmups. He's 5-5 with a 2.58 GAA and .923 save percentage in 10 postseason games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 4:41 pm
  • Erik Cernak and Jan Rutta good to go in Game 4
    Both Erik Cernak and Jan Rutta are on the ice at practice Saturday and good to go for Saturday night's Game 4.

    Advice: The defensemen each suffered stingers in the third period Thursday and missed the final few minutes of Game 3.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:49 am
  • Sources: Stephenson not with Vegas on the road
    Chandler Stephenson (upper body) is reportedly not with the team on the road, according to multiple sources. 

    Advice: Stephenson is suffering from concussion-related symptoms, per SinBinVegas. It is believed that he was injured on a hit by Montreal's Ben Chiarot in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Monday during the second period. Stephenson didn't play in Game 2 due to what the team called an upper-body injury. He was also not in the lineup for the third match of the series on Friday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 5:28 pm
  • Chandler Stephenson (upper body) won't play Friday
    Chandler Stephenson (upper body) won't play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Montreal on Friday. 

    Advice: Stephenson sat out Game 2 on Wednesday because of an upper-body injury and he is listed as day-to-day. It's unclear if he accompanied the team to Montreal, but he wasn't on the ice for the morning skate and he wasn't on the ice for the pregame warmups either.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 4:37 pm
  • Chandler Stephenson absent from morning skate
    Chandler Stephenson (upper body) was not on the ice for Vegas' morning skate on Friday. 

    Advice: This does not bode well for Stephenson's availability for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. It remains unclear if the Vegas forward even accompanied the team to Montreal because coach Peter DeBoer declined to provide any information other than the fact that Stephenson is listed as day-to-day. It seems doubtful that Stephenson will be available to play on Friday against the Canadiens.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:30 am
  • Oliver Wahlstrom being considered for Game 4
    Coach Barry Trotz said Friday that the team is considering lineup changes for Game 4 and Oliver Wahlstrom is an option to play. 

    Advice: Trotz added that no decisions have been made yet, but he has "a lot of faith" in Wahlstrom if the Islanders forward does return to the lineup. He hasn't played since May 24 in the team's first round series against Pittsburgh. Wahlstrom had been out with a lower-body injury, but he has been healthy enough to play for the past few contests.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:11 am
  • Trotz looking for more from Beauvillier, 2nd line
    Coach Barry Trotz is looking for more from the team's second line and feels that Anthony Beauvillier has much more to give.

    Advice: “I would say that Beau has another level in his game. Give credit to Tampa Bay and their team, they’ve done a really good job against Nelly’s line as a whole," said Trotz on Friday. "Anthony hasn’t had quite the start I’d like, but knowing Anthony and knowing that line, they’ll get it rolling." Beauvillier hasn't earned a point in the last four games and he hasn't scored a goal in his past eight outings. He has been held off the scoresheet in six of seven contests going into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Tampa Bay on Saturday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:02 am
  • Cernak records an assist versus Islanders Thursday
    Erik Cernak contributed an assist in a 2-1 win against the Islanders in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Cernak is up to seven assists in 14 postseason games this year. That's a big step up from the 2020 playoffs where he finished with four helpers in 25 contests. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:06 am
  • Nikita Kucherov is on a six-game point streak
    Nikita Kucherov registered an assist in the Lightning's 2-1 victory over the Islanders in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: That extended Kucherov's point streak to six games. He's up to five goals and 23 points in 14 playoff contests this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:03 am
  • Semyon Varlamov turns aside 23 in Isles loss
    Semyon Varlamov stopped 23-of-25 shots in the Islanders' 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Varlamov was strong once again in the Islanders net as he was not to blame for either goal. Varlamov is 5-5 with a 2.58 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Look for the Islanders to go back to Varlamov in Game 4 Saturday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • Brayden Point gets the winner in 2-1 Lightning win
    Brayden Point's 11th goal of the playoffs with 17.4 seconds left in the second period was the game-winner as the Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 2-1.

    Advice: Point now has a goal in six straight games as he is moving to the top of the leaderboard as far as Conn Smythe Trophy consideration is concerned. Point's goal was scored as he was falling onto his stomach as it somehow found its way between the legs of defenseman Andy Greene and past Semyon Varlamov and into the net. Point has 15 points in the post-season and has scored three game-winners as well as six goals on the power play. He is a star. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Vasilevskiy stops 27 as Bolts take 2-1 series lead
    Andrei Vasilevskiy was outstanding, stopping 27-of-28 shots to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Islanders.

    Advice: The win gives the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and Vasilevskiy was spectacular as usual, outdueling Semyon Varlamov who was almost as good. Vasilevskiy is 10-4 and leads all netminders in wins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He has a 2.13 GAA and a .935 save percentage. He was named the NHL's top goaltender by the NHLPA on Thursday and was full value for the honor in Game 3. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:43 pm
  • Oliver Wahlstrom will be scratched on Thursday
    Oliver Wahlstrom will be scratched for Thursday's Game 3 matchup against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Wahlstrom has recovered from a lower-body injury and he is available to play when the Islanders need him, but for now the team is sticking with the same lineup. He hasn't played since May 24 in the team's first round series against Pittsburgh. Wahlstrom has one goal and two assists in five outings this postseason.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:58 pm
  • Anthony Cirelli set to play on Thursday
    Anthony Cirelli will be in the lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Thursday against the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Cirelli skated between Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn during the pregame warmups. He appeared to be hurt in a post-Game 2 scrum on Tuesday, but he was expected to be available to play on Thursday and that will be the case.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:48 pm
  • Semyon Varlamov starts Game 3 against Tampa Bay
    Semyon Varlamov will be between the pipes in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Thursday against Tampa Bay. 

    Advice: Varlamov surrendered four goals on 27 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning. The loss snapped his four-game win streak. Varlamov has a 5-4 record this postseason with a 2.64 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:41 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Game 3 vs. Islanders
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the nod in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Vasilevskiy stopped 24 shots in a 4-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday. He has a record of 9-4 this postseason with a 2.21 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:37 pm
  • No update on Chandler Stephenson
    Coach Peter DeBoer reiterated on Thursday that Chandler Stephenson (upper body) is day-to-day. 

    Advice: DeBoer was asked if Stephenson made the trip to Montreal ahead of Game 3 and if the forward was expected to play on Friday. However, he only responded by saying that Stephenson was day-to-day. He didn't play on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals because of an upper-body injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy NHL's top goalie in player poll
    The NHLPA has voted Andrei Vasilevskiy as the league's top netminder.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy picked up 54.12 percent of the vote while Marc-Andre Fleury finished second at 8.88. Carey Price was just behind Fleury at 8.25 percent while Connor Hellebuyck was fourth and Tuukka Rask fifth. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Chandler Stephenson (upper body) is day-to-day
    Chandler Stephenson is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, per coach Peter DeBoer. 

    Advice: Stephenson was a late scratch for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Wednesday against Montreal. He wasn't on the ice for the pregame warmups and Nicolas Roy and Keegan Kolesar logged time on the top line between Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone due to Stephenson's absence. Vegas provided the update on his injury status after the team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens. It's unclear at this time if Stephenson will be able to play in Game 3 on Friday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Wahlstrom available, may still not play Thursday
    Oliver Wahlstrom is a available to play, but coach Barry Trotz doesn't know if the forward is a candidate to play Thursday In Game 3 versus Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Wahlstrom had been sidelined with a lower-body injury, but he was healthy enough to play Tuesday. However, he was scratched in the team's Game 2 loss to the Lightning. Trotz said the Islanders will be healthy going into Thursday's match, so there will probably be no lineup changes.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Anthony Cirelli should be fine for Game 3 vs. NYI
    Anthony Cirelli should be fine to play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders, per coach Jon Cooper. 

    Advice: Cirelli was involved in a post-Game 2 scrum, but he is expected to be OK to play on Thursday night. Cirelli hasn't earned a point in the past three games, but he has three goals and three assists in 13 playoff matches this year.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:53 am
  • Brayden Point scores in fifth straight game
    Brayden Point has a five-game goal scoring streak.

    Advice: Point opened the scoring Tuesday , getting the puck over Semyon Varlamov in a 4-2 win over the Islanders. Point leads all NHLers with 10 playoff goals and has chipped in with four assists as well, in 13 games. Point is  tied for fourth overall with 14 points in playoff scoring with teammate Steven Stamkos, trailing Nikita Kucherov who has 22. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:05 am
  • Jan Rutta scores first of the post-season
    Jan Rutta's first ever playoff goal was the game-winner in the Lightning's 4-2 win over the New York Islanders Tuesday.

    Advice: Rutta's goal was his first point in 13 Stanley Cup playoff games this season as well as his first goal of the season as he had eight assists in 35 regular season games. Rutta had three shots on goal in 11:36 of action Tuesday. Don't expect much more the rest of the way offensively from Rutta. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:00 am
  • Vasilevskiy, Lightning top Islanders in Game 2
    Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 24 of 26 shots in a 4-2 win against the Islanders in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: One of the two goals Vasilevskiy allowed was scored during an Islanders' power play. He improved to 9-4 with a 2.21 GAA and .933 save percentage in 13 postseason games this year. With this victory, the semifinals series has been evened at 1-1. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Kucherov leads Lightning past Islanders with 3A
    Nikita Kucherov registered three assists in a 4-2 victory over the Islanders in Game 2 Tuesday night.

    Advice: Kucherov extended his point streak to five contests. He's up to five goals and 22 points in 13 playoff games this year. He's running away with the postseason scoring race, especially given that Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Boston's David Pastrnak have been eliminated from the playoffs. Thanks in part to Kucherov's efforts on Tuesday, the series has been evened. Game 3 will be played Thursday night. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Mathew Barzal scores again, but the Islanders lose
    Mathew Barzal found the back of the net in a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Advice: Barzal is up to five goals and 11 points in 14 playoff contests this year. The Islanders' other goal was netted by Brock Nelson. Jordan Eberle and Nick Leddy each registered an assist for New York. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Oliver Wahlstrom is a healthy scratch in Game 2
    Oliver Wahlstrom is expected to be a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

    Advice: Islanders coach Barry Trotz did note that Wahlstrom was an option for Tuesday's contest, but it seems he won't be in the lineup. Wahlstrom had been out with a lower-body injury. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:36 pm
  • Oliver Wahlstrom (LBI) is an option for Game 2
    Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body) is an option for Game 2 on Tuesday, per coach Barry Trotz.

    Advice: That doesn't necessarily mean that Wahlstrom will be in the lineup on Tuesday, but at this point it's the coach's decision. Wahlstrom has a goal and three points in five playoff games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:57 am
  • Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body) 'could go if needed'
    Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body) "could go if needed and necessary," according to coach Barry Trotz. 

    Advice: Wahlstrom was on the ice for the pregame warmups on Sunday ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals, but he didn't return to the lineup. He has been sidelined since May 24 because of a lower-body injury. Trotz said that he likes the way the lineup has been playing, so it seems as though Wahlstrom may have to wait for an opportunity to be reinserted into the lineup. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Islanders had the same skaters in Game 2 versus Tampa Bay on Tuesday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 12:17 pm
  • Nikita Kucherov stretches point spree to 4 games
    Nikita Kucherov earned an assist in a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Kucherov posted a helper on Brayden Point's power-play goal in the final minute of the third period. He has two goals and five helpers over a four-game point streak. Kucherov currently ranks first in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 14 assists and 19 points in 12 appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 4:21 pm
  • Mathew Barzal opens scoring in Game 1 win vs. TBL
    Mathew Barzal found the back of the net in a 2-1 win against Tampa Bay on Sunday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Barzal opened the scoring at the 12:32 mark of the second period after he was sprung for a partial breakaway by Josh Bailey. He has scored all four of his goals this postseason in the past five games. Barzal has been held off the scoresheet once in the last six games, while adding three assists during that span along with the goals. He posted three shots and one hit across 15:02 of ice time in Game 1 against the Lightning.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 2:55 pm
  • Brayden Point scores late in Game 1 loss to NYI
    Brayden Point scored a goal in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Point's league-leading ninth goal of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs came in the final minute of the third period during a Tampa Bay power play. However, it was too little too late for the Lightning, as the Islanders took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov earned assists on Tampa Bay's lone goal of the match. Point has four markers and two assists during a four-game point streak. The Lightning will look to bounce back in Game 2 at home on Tuesday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 2:41 pm
  • Oliver Wahlstrom takes warmups, not in line rushes
    Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body) is on the ice for the pregame warmups ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals, but it doesn't look like he will play against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Wahlstorm is not taking part in line rushes, which suggests he won't return to the lineup. He hasn't played since May 24 because of a lower-body injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 11:47 am
  • Scott Mayfield leads all in playoff plus/minus
    Scott Mayfield is a plus-12 after two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    Advice: That number leads all NHLers as he is one up on teammate Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Mayfield has also chipped in offensively with a goal and five points in 12 games and has been a force on the Islanders blueline. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 13, 6:35 am
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