Player Notes

  • Barkov not named a Selke Trophy finalist
    Aleksander Barkov was a notable omission among the three Selke Trophy finalists, which were announced on Wednesday.

    Advice: Boston's Patrice Bergeron, Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar were selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Barkov was thought to be a strong contender for the league's best defensive forward award during the regular season. His numbers also stack up well against the finalists, but Florida not making the playoffs may have played a factor in him not being nominated. Rotoworld.com 15 minutes ago
  • Gustav Nyquist looking for more next year
    Gustav Nyquist will be looking for more production in 2018-19.

    Advice: Nyquist netted 21 goals, which is his highest total since 2014-15 when he had 27 markers. He also had a career-high with 213 shots on net. However, he posted personal lows with 19 assists and 40 points this past season. Rotoworld.com 22 minutes ago
  • Melker Karlsson has a three-game point streak
    Melker Karlsson is on a three-game point streak.

    Advice: Karlsson kept that going by registering an assist in the Sharks' 2-1 victory over Anaheim in Game 4 Wednesday night. He traditionally hasn't been a significant offensive contributor, particularly in the playoffs, but he certainly helped out in the first round. The Sharks will now rest before their second round series against Vegas. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:36 am
  • Kris Letang nets a goal in Game 4
    Kris Letang found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 5-0 win over Philadelphia in Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: That gives Letang a goal and four points in four playoff games. He wasn't able to play at all in the 2017 playoffs, but he's been a big contributor already in 2018. In addition to his goal, Letang also logged 28:40 minutes of ice time Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:31 am
  • Zach Aston-Reese gets his 1st playoffs point
    Zach Aston-Reese chipped in an assist in the Penguins' 5-0 win over Philadelphia in Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was Aston-Reese's first career playoff point in his fourth game. The 23-year-old rookie had four goals and six points in 16 regular season contests. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:28 am
  • Rangers want next coach to develop youngsters
    The Rangers are looking for their next head coach to be someone who will be able to develop their young players.

    Advice: The Rangers have made some efforts to rebuild and it will be the next bench bosses job to make the most out of the young talent they have and will acquire through that process. "We’re looking for someone who can develop players and develop a team," executive chairman Jim Dolan said. "We want someone who is going to be able to work with young players — all of our players, really — so that they and we improve from one stage of the season to the next and we’re better at the end of the year than at the beginning." Dolan added that he felt former head coach Alain Vigneault was good for a developed team. It seems though that the Rangers want something different going forward and given the roster they're likely to dress, that makes sense. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:04 am
  • Taylor Hall collects an assist in Game 4
    Taylor Hall recorded an assist in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hall couldn't win this one for New Jersey, but he now has two goals and six points in four playoff games. This is the 26-year-old's first playoff series after enduring plenty of hardship with the Edmonton Oilers and then the Devils' 2016-17 rebuilding campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:55 am
  • Ben Lovejoy, Devils embrace underdog role
    Ben Lovejoy tried to find a positive side after the Devils fell to 3-1 in their first round series against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: The Lightning earned a 3-1 win over New Jersey Wednesday night to push them to the brink of advancing to the second round. Game 5 will be played in Tampa Bay on Saturday. "This is a spot we’re comfortable - we’re comfortable being the underdog," Lovejoy argued. "We need to go out and win one game in Tampa." The Devils certainly weren't highly regarded going into this season and they proved a lot of critics wrong by getting this far. Going into this series, they were once again expected to fall short. So an argument can be made that if anyone is feeling the pressure right now, it would be Tampa Bay, but that hasn't helped the Devils enough in this series to date. We'll see if the Devils can manage to push this series into Game 6. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:51 am
  • Francois Beauchemin played in his last game
    With the Ducks eliminated from the 2018 playoffs, Francois Beauchemin's playing career has ended.

    Advice: San Jose earned a 2-1 win over Anaheim Wednesday night to complete the four-game sweep of the first round series. It's certainly not the exit Beauchemin was hoping for. "Really disappointing obviously," Beauchemin said. "I don’t think anybody saw that coming. We played so well the last 15, 20 games of the regular season. It felt like we didn’t really have the push to give during that series." Regardless, Beauchemin had a great career that spanned 903 games between his stints with Anaheim, Colorado, Toronto, and Columbus. He also appeared in an additional 101 playoff contests and won the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007. He was a workhorse throughout his career and his average playing time in a regular season game was 23:35 minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:24 am
  • Marcus Sorensen scores in elimination win
    Marcus Sorensen scored a goal during Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Sorensen surprisingly played a huge role in San Jose's first-round sweep of the Ducks. The 26-year-old's goal gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead just 5:43 into the game. Sorensen ended up scoring in each of his team's last three games. He has three goals and one assist in four games this postseason. The Sharks will now take on the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Don't expect Sorensen to continue producing, but you never know. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Andrew Hammond stops 8 shots in relief
    Andrew Hammond turned aside all eight shots he faced during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: Hammond came into the game at the start of the third period after starter Jonathan Bernier was ruled out because of a lower-body injury. If Bernier can't go in Game 5 on Friday, the Avs would have to turn to Hammond, who played in just one NHL game during the regular season. Colorado is down 3-1 in this best-of-seven series, so one more loss would eliminate them from the playoffs. They might have to turn to Hammond in a do-or-die game, which is a scary thought. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Alexander Kerfoot scores in GM 4 loss to NSH
    Alexander Kerfoot scored a goal in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: The Avalanche were down 3-0 heading into the third period, but goals by Gabriel Landeskog and Kerfoot cut to the deficit to just one. Unfortunately for the Avs, that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. Kerfoot has now scored in two of his last three games. The 23-year-old has two points in four games during the series. The Avalanche are now down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 will be played in Nashville on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Colton Sissons scores in GM 4 win over COL
    Colton Sissons found the back of the net during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

    Advice: Sissons' goal at the 7:18 mark of the second period gave Nashville a 2-0 lead at the time. The Predators went into the third frame with a 3-0 advantage, but they allowed to Avalanche to pull to within a goal of tying the game. Sissons finished the night with a plus-1 rating, four penalty minutes and three shots on goal in 15:18 of ice time. The 24-year-old has scored a goal in three of the four games in this series. He's up to three goals and five points in four games this postseason. The Predators have a 3-1 lead in the series. Game 5 will be played in Nashville on Friday night. Filip Forsberg and Craig Smith also scored of the Preds in this one. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Ducks eliminated by Sharks in four straight
    John Gibson allowed two goals on 24 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: It was the first time all series that Gibson held the Sharks to under three goals, but it wasn't enough to force a fifth game. The Ducks will now have a long offseason to think about what went wrong against their first-round opponent. Gibson finished the playoffs with an 0-4 record, a 3.60 goals-against-average and a .889 save percentage. It was a solid year for him, overall, but that doesn't mean much now that his team was swept in the opening round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Martin Jones leads SJ to second-round berth
    Martin Jones turned aside 30 of 31 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: The win allowed Jones and the Sharks to put the Ducks to bed in four straight games. San Jose's netminder was terrific in every game of the series, as he continued to come up with big saves for his team. Jones has a 4-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against-average and an outrageous .970 save percentage this postseason. He'll now have the unenviable task of slowing down the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round. Those who drafted Jones in their playoff pools have to be ecstatic with the way he's played so far. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Sharks sweep Ducks, will play VGK in Round 2
    Tomas Hertl scored a goal in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: The victory means that the Sharks have swept the Ducks in four straight games. Moments after Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf turned the puck over in his own end, Hertl tipped a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot by John Gibson to give the Sharks a 2-1 advantage. Hertl has now found the back of the net in three consecutive games. The 24-year-old is up to three goals and four points in four games during the postseason. San Jose will now face the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Rinne, Preds push Avs to brink of elimination
    Pekka Rinne turned aside 31 of 33 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

    Advice: Rinne and the Predators went into the third period with a 3-0 lead, but they allowed the Avalanche to cut the gap to 3-2 with just under nine minutes remaining. The win improves Rinne's record to 3-1 this postseason. He'll head into Game 5 with a 3.52 goals-against-average and a .886 save percentage this season. The Preds now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game 5 will be played in Nashville on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Gabriel Landeskog scores in GM 4 loss to NSH
    Gabriel Landeskog found the back of the net in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: The Avalanche went into the third period trailing 3-0, but they managed to close the gap thanks to goals by Landeskog and Alexander Kerfoot. Colorado had a couple of chances to tie the game late, but they were never able to. Landeskog finished the night with a two penalty minutes, one shot on goal and seven hits in 23:37 of ice time. The 25-year-old now has three goals and three assists in four games this postseason. The Avalanche will now head back to Nashville trailing 3-1 in this best-of-seven series. One more loss would eliminate them from the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Filip Forsberg scores 1G, 1A in GM 4 win
    Filip Forsberg picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

    Advice: Forsberg opened the scoring in the first period when he went around Duncan Siemens before beating Jonathan Bernier. He then added the primary assist on Colton Sissons' tally in the second frame to make it 2-0 for Nashville. Forsberg finished the night with a plus-1 rating and three shots on goal in 15:24 of ice time. The 23-year-old has three goals and five points in four games this postseason. The Predators now have a 3-1 advantage in this best-of-seven series. Nashville will have a chance to eliminate Colorado on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Jonathan Bernier injured in GM 4 on Wednesday
    Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: Andrew Hammond was between the pipes to start the third period (Colorado was trailing 3-0 at the time). The Avs are down to their third string netminder now that Semyon Varlamov and Bernier are both out. Bernier turned aside 23 of 26 shots in the defeat. He now has a 1-3 record with a 3.87 goals-against-average and a .883 save percentage this postseason. The Avalanche now find themselves down 3-1 in this best-of-seven series. They'll look to save their season in Nashville on Friday night. The Avs will likely provide an update on Bernier's status in the next day or so. We'll consider him day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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