Player Notes

  • Leon Draisaitl nets 1G, 3A in Game 1 win
    Leon Draisaitl picked up a goal and three assists in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: What an incredible night for the Oilers forward. Draisaitl helped set up Mark Letestu's power play goal in the first period (1-1) before picking up primary assists on third-period goals by Letestu (2-1) and Adam Larsson (3-1). Draisaitl finally put the game away in the third frame, as he was able to score an empty-netter with just over a minute left in regulation. Draisaitl had no points in his first four games of the 2017 playoffs, but he's now recorded seven points in his last three contests. Game 2 will be held in Anaheim on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • John Gibson allows 4 goals in GM 1 loss
    John Gibson allowed four goals on 31 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: Anaheim is now down 1-0 in their best-of-seven series. The Ducks opened the scoring 37 seconds into the second period, when Ryan Getzlaf scored a gorgeous power play goal. Unfortunately for the Ducks, they allowed Edmonton to score the next three goals. Anaheim still managed to tie the game at three in the third frame, but Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson gave the Oilers a 4-3 lead with less than five minutes remaining, and they never looked back. Gibson now owns a 3-1 record with a 2.92 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage during the postseason. Game 2 will be held in Anaheim on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Cam Talbot makes 33 saves in GM 1 win vs. ANA
    Cam Talbot stopped 33 of 36 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Edmonton is now up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. The Oilers appeared to take the game over in the third period, as they got back-to-back goals in less than two minutes from Mark Letestu and Adam Larsson to give Edmonton a 3-1 lead. But that's when the Ducks woke up. Anaheim got two quick goals of their own from Patrick Eaves and Jakob Silfverberg to tie it up at three. Thankfully for Edmonton, Larsson scored his second of the game to with less than five minutes remaining in regulation before Leon Draisaitl added an empty-netter. Talbot owns a 5-2 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. Game 2 will be played in Anaheim on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Kevin Bieksa doesn't finish GM 1 vs. Oilers
    Kevin Bieksa left Wednesday's game against Edmonton because of a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Bieksa exited the game in the second period after he got tangled up with Edmonton's Anton Slepyshev in the second period. The Ducks defenseman never returned to the game (he played just 7:03 tonight). It's a tough blow for Anaheim, as they're already without Sami Vatanen, but the good news is that Vatanen is closing in on a return. Bieksa is considered day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 pm
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  • Ryan Getzlaf picks up 2 pts in GM 1 loss
    Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: Getzlaf opened the scoring with a beautiful wrist shot just 37 seconds into the second period to give his team a 1-0 lead. Getzlaf was the victim of some poor luck a few minutes later, as his stick broke while the Ducks were trying to kill off a 5-on-3 Oilers power play. Moments after Getzlaf's stick shattered, Mark Letestu found the back of the net to tie the game. The Ducks captain was able to cut Edmonton's third-period lead to 3-2 by picking up the primary assist on Patrick Eaves' goal. Getzlaf now has four goals and three assists in five games this postseason. Anaheim will look to even up the series at home on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Leon Draisaitl nets 1G, 3A in Game 1 win
    Leon Draisaitl picked up a goal and three assists in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: What an incredible night for the Oilers forward. Draisaitl helped set up Mark Letestu's power play goal in the first period (1-1) before picking up primary assists on third-period goals by Letestu (2-1) and Adam Larsson (3-1). Draisaitl finally put the game away in the third frame, as he was able to score an empty-netter with just over a minute left in regulation. Draisaitl had no points in his first four games of the 2017 playoffs, but he's now recorded seven points in his last three contests. Game 2 will be held in Anaheim on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Vernon Fiddler gets the winner for the Preds
    Vernon Fiddler scored the winner as the Nashville Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in Game 1 Wednesday.

    Advice: Fiddler had only two goals and four points this season and missed the first round of the playoffs with an upper body injury but he was back in the lineup Wednesday for Game 1 and it paid off for the Predators. Don't expect much in the way of scoring from Fiddler who was acquired from the New Jersey Devils in February. The trade has paid off in spades just from the results of Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Jake Allen allows 4 goals in GM 1 loss to NSH
    Jake Allen allowed four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

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

    Advice: Rinne came up with a few huge saves throughout this game, but none was bigger than the one he made from in-close on Blues forward Ryan Reaves in the second period. The Predators went into the third period leading 3-1, but they allowed St. Louis to tie the game thanks to two goals in less than three minutes. Luckily for the Predators, Vernon Fiddler managed to score the game-winning goal late in the third period. It's the first time this postseason that Rinne has allowed more than two goals in a game during the 2017 playoffs. He has a 5-0 record with a 1.14 goals-against-average and a .962 save percentage this postseason. Game 2 will take place in St. Louis on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • P.K. Subban has huge night in GM 1 win vs STL
    P.K. Subban scored a goal and two assists in Nashville's 4-3 win over St. Louis on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Subban was a man on a mission tonight, as he really took control of this game in the first two periods. He picked up the primary assists on Colin Wilson's first-period goal before scoring one of his own (Subban's first playoff goal as a Predator) early in the second frame. He also helped set up Filip Forsberg's power play tally later on in the period. Subban finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and five shots on goal in 23:16 of ice time. He now has five points in five games this postseason. Vernon Fiddler scored the game-winning goal for Nashville. The Predators lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be held in St. Louis on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:07 pm
  • Kevin Fiala stretchered off after ugly injury
    Kevin Fiala was stretchered off the ice during Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Fiala lost an edge right as Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo delivered a solid hit on him. The collision caused Fiala to crash into the boards awkwardly, and it looks like his left leg absorbed the worst of the blow. Don't expect him to return to tonight's game. Fiala could be out for a while, but the Predators will likely make an official announcement on his status after the game. Fiala has been taken to a nearby hospital. You can watch the replay of the incident by clicking the link below. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:18 pm
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  • Ivan Barbashev scratched in GM 1 vs. NSH
    Ivan Barbashev will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 of St. Louis' second-round series against Nashville.

    Advice: He didn't take part in the pre-game line rushes during the warmup. Barbashev had five goals and seven assists in 30 games during the regular season, and no points in four games against the Wild in the first round. Nail Yakupov, Luke Opilka, Zach Sanford, Dmitrij Jaskin and Petteri Lindbohm will also watch Game 1 from the press box. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:53 pm
  • Nikita Kucherov sounds off to Russian paper
    Nikita Kucherov had some choice words for some of his Tampa Bay teammates when he spoke to Sovietsky Sport.

    Advice: "Some guys overstayed in team," said Kucherov, per translation. "They've got their money and stopped working. They knew there's no competition for their positions and the organization is not going to take someone else. They played not really well this year. You can see it in their stats and way of play. When we played together and I made a pass, they even were not expecting this. That's why this season was hard for me despite good stats." Kucherov also didn't like how often changes were made to lines after Steven Stamkos was injured. He had a great year in 2016-17 with 40 goals and 85 points in 74 games, but the Lightning failed to make the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Sean Kuraly heads to the AHL for playoffs
    Sean Kuraly has been sent to Providence for the AHL playoffs.

    Advice: Kuraly had two goals in two postseason games for Boston. He had 14 goals and 26 points for Providence in 54 games during the regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:03 pm
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  • Craig Smith not expected to play in Game 1
    Craig Smith isn't expected to play Wednesday night because of a lower-body injury.

    Advice: If that is the case then P. A. Parenteau will fill in again in his place. Smith has been sidelined since Apr. 17 after he was hurt in Game 3 against Chicago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:37 pm
  • Colin Wilson likely to play Wednesday night
    Colin Wilson (lower body) remains likely to return to the lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He didn't play in the first round because of a lower-body injury, but he is poised to play in Game 1 against St. Louis. Wilson, who has 20 points in 33 career playoff contests, is slated to play with Colton Sissons and P.A. Parenteau. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:19 pm
  • Alexander Steen skips skate, will play Wed.
    Alexander Steen didn't skate Wednesday morning, but he will play in Game 1 versus Nashville.

    Advice: Steen had two goals and two assists in five games against Minnesota in Round 1 of the postseason. He had one goal in four meetings with the Predators during the regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:05 am
  • Erik Karlsson thinks foot issue is behind him
    Erik Karlsson said that his foot is virtually back to normal, which is why he didn't have a problem talking about his injury on Sunday.

    Advice: He revealed that he played the entire first round with two hairline fractures to his foot. "It's probably something that's not going to affect me anymore moving forward," said Karlsson. "It's something that's done with. I just felt like getting it out of the way instead of having it keep lingering on. I'm not much for secrets." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:41 am
  • Nathan Beaulieu expects to stay with Montreal
    Nathan Beaulieu would like to stay with the Canadiens and believes that will be the case, but at this point it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't back with the team next year.

    Advice: "I still believe in myself and know I can be a big part of this team. It's tough to put a fingerprint on it right now, but I know I feel like I'm still a big part of this team on the back end," he said. "I feel like the organization still thinks that from talking to them. This is another big summer for me and get ready to come back to work again." Beaulieu's roster spot may be in jeopardy because of prospect Mikhail Sergachev, so a trade or a position in the expansion draft are possibilities. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Patrice Bergeron may need surgery
    Patrice Bergeron's sports hernia occurred in Boston's last practice before the season began.

    Advice: He sat out the first three games then played the next 79 and then suited up in all six playoff contests against Ottawa. "I've been dealing with a sports hernia all (through the season), so with the schedule it was definitely something that was nagging and it was there for most of the year," Bergeron said Tuesday. "But having the breaks in the second half definitely helped a lot to make it feel a little better." He may need surgery to repair the problem, but that determination hasn't been made yet. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:59 am
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