Player Notes

  • Look for Braden Holtby to start in Game 2
    Braden Holtby will get the nod in Game 2 Saturday night.

    Advice: Holtby led the Capitals out for the pregame warmups. Not that there was ever any doubt that he would start. Holtby has a 2.46 GAA and .919 save percentage in seven playoff starts. Today, 4:52 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist can't contain Sens in Game 2
    Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 28 of 34 shots in a 6-5 double overtime loss to Ottawa in Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rangers were up 3-1, 4-2, and 5-3, but the Senators closed the gap in the final minutes of the third period. Lundqvist surrendered three goals on eight shots in the third frame. This contest also ended his streak of four straight contests where he allowed two or fewer goals. Today, 4:34 pm
  • Brady Skjei nets 2 goals, but NYR drops Gm 2
    Brady Skjei scored twice in the Rangers' 6-5 double overtime loss to Ottawa in Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Skjei is up to four goals in eight playoff games. Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Michael Grabner each found the back of the net for the Rangers. Mika Zibanejad and Ryan McDonagh both assisted on two of New York's five goals. For Zibanejad, that gives him six points in eight postseason contests. Today, 4:31 pm
  • Anderson holds on as Sens pull off comeback
    Craig Anderson stopped 43 of 48 shots in Ottawa's 6-5 double overtime victory over the New York Rangers in Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Anderson ran into the most trouble in the second period when the Rangers fired a staggering 19 shots on goal and three of them beat the Senators goaltender. The Rangers had a 4-2 lead at that point, but Anderson held on after that to allow the Senators to pull of their comeback. Ottawa has taken the first two games, but the series will now head to New York. Today, 4:16 pm
  • Drake Caggiula might be ready for Game 3
    Head Coach Todd McLellan believes Drake Caggiula might be healthy enough to play in Game 3 against Anaheim tomorrow.

    Advice: Caggiula left Friday's game after he crashed into the boards and did not return. He picked up 18 points in 60 games this season with the Oilers. He has played all over the lineup and his main asset is the versatility he brings to the lineup. We will have an update on his status ahead of Game 3 tomorrow. Today, 1:01 pm
  • Kevin Bieksa might miss rest of round 2
    It appears that Kevin Bieksa might miss the rest of the second round with the lower-body injury he is currently nursing.

    Advice: Bieksa was injured during the second period of Game 1 after he got tangled up with Edmonton's Anton Slepyshev. The Ducks went down 2-0 in the series last night and losing Bieksa for the rest of the series won't make it any easier for them to come back. With Vatanen also a question mark for Game 3, the Ducks will be missing some key pieces at the back in Edmonton. Today, 11:28 am
  • Rangers make no lineup changes ahead of G2
    The New York Rangers are not expected to be making any changes to their lineup ahead of Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators this afternoon.

    Advice: Meaning that Tanner Glass, Adam Clendening, Kevin Klein, Matt Puempel, Steven Kampfer, and Brandon Pirri will all watch the game from the press box. The Rangers are currently down 1-0 in the series but were a few bounces away from taking Game 1. Coach Alain Vigneault is confident in the lineup that got him out of the first round against the Canadiens. Today, 10:50 am
  • Preds recall Gaudreau from minors
    The Nashville Predators have recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from Milwaukee of the AHL.

    Advice: Gaudreau played in nine games for the Preds this season, picking up one assist. It's unclear if he will be inserted into the lineup tomorrow for Game 3. Today, 10:33 am
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  • Vlasic agrees to play for Canada at WHC
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic will play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championships.

    Advice: Vlasic was part of Canada's gold-medal winning team at the World Cup in Toronto and he won gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The 30-year-old blueliner posted 28 points in 75 games with the Sharks in 2016-17. He also added three helpers in six playoff matches. Today, 8:09 am
  • Jordan Eberle ends six-game point skid
    Jordan Eberle has registered two assists in eight playoff games.

    Advice: He got his first point Friday night in a 2-1 win over Anaheim since Game 1 of the opening round against San Jose. Eberle has had a quiet postseason in his first taste of NHL playoff action, but his struggles have not slowed down the Oilers at all. Today, 8:01 am
  • C. Johnson jumps at chance to play for Canada
    Chad Johnson had no issue accepting Team Canada's offer to play in the 2017 IIHF World Championships even though he is a pending unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: "Some players don't do these types of things because they don't have a contract, because they don't want to risk injury," Johnson said. "I thought about that, but for me, these opportunities don't come very often. I love being a part of Canada, I love being Canadian, I love being part of Hockey Canada. So, for myself, to put on a Canadian jersey to play for Team Canada, it was a no-brainer for me ... I didn't think about it being something I have to do because of my contract situation. I think my body of work over the past two years speaks for itself." He would like to stay with Calgary, but he isn't sure what their plans for the crease are moving forward. Today, 7:37 am
  • Ryan Kesler has been productive in Round 2
    Ryan Kesler has produced three assists in two games versus Edmonton in Round 2 of the postseason.

    Advice: He had two helpers in Game 1 and one assist in Game 2. Despite his production, Kesler and the Ducks are behind 2-0 in the series. He has no goals and four helpers in six outings during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Today, 7:26 am
  • Cam Fowler has two points in two games
    Cam Fowler has earned an assist in two straight games since returning to the lineup from a knee injury.

    Advice: He had a power-play helper on a goal by Jakob Silfverberg in Game 2 against Edmonton. Fowler also hit the post in the contest on what could have been the game-tying goal, so Anaheim trails the Oilers 2-0 in the series. Today, 7:21 am
  • Blues 'believe' Jori Lehtera can help them
    Jori Lehtera may have been a healthy scratch in three of his team's first five playoff games, but he came through in a big way on Friday night.

    Advice: The Blues were trailing 2-1 in the third period when Lehtera scored the game-tying goal. Teammate Vladimir Tarasenko eventually scored the winning goal to tie the series at one. "What it came down to basically was that we know what (Lehtera) is capable of and that we believe in him," head coach Mike Yeo said. "We didn’t feel it was quite there to that level. And we were happy to give him a chance to respond. Very happy for him. It shows up on the score sheet, but his competitive level right now is very high." Since being scratched in Games 2, 3 and 4 of the Blues' first-round series against Minnesota, Lehtera has picked up three points in three games. Today, 7:17 am
  • Tarasenko up to 22 career playoff goals
    After scoring two goals in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators, Vladimir Tarasenko finds himself with 22 career postseason markers.

    Advice: He passed former Blues Red Berensen and Brian Sutter to move into third in franchise history in that category. He got off to a slow start this postseason, but if last night's game is any indication, he's probably already turned the corner. "He’s really got his stick going now," teammate Jake Allen said. "He was a little frustrated with himself in the first series. He is a premier goal scorer. Not being able to score in the first few games was tough on him. He took it to heart. He’s been practicing really had the last couple of days, shooting pucks in practice, and it’s paying off." Expect Tarasenko to start scoring with a little more regularity between now and the end of the series. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday afternoon, with the series tied 1-1. Today, 7:13 am
  • Chris Kunitz adds physical presence in return
    Chris Kunitz posted three shots and four hits in his return to the lineup on Thursday night versus Washington.

    Advice: He logged nearly 13 minutes of action in his first game back since March 31 because of an undisclosed lower-body injury. Kunitz skated with Matt Cullen and Tom Kuhnhackl on the fourth line. Today, 7:04 am
  • Kreider still trying to get going offensively
    Chris Kreider has accounted for just one assist in seven playoff contests.

    Advice: He was in front of the net screening Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson when the Rangers scored their lone goal on Thursday in a 2-1 loss in Game 1 versus the Senators. If he keeps going to the net and parking himself there then he should be rewarded for it eventually. He also had four shots on goal in the contest. Kreider recorded only one assist in six matches in Round 1 versus Montreal. Today, 6:46 am
  • Jakob Silfverberg scores in GM 2 loss to EDM
    Jakob Silfverberg scored a power play goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: With Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse in the box for high-sticking, Silverberg beat Cam Talbot with a perfect wrist shot to cut the deficit in half. The Ducks dominated, especially in the third period, but they couldn't find a way to beat Talbot (they even hit the post twice in the final frame). Silfverberg now has four goals and one assist in six games during the postseason. Anaheim is in a big hole, as they're heading to Edmonton trailing 2-0 in the series. Game 3 will be played on Sunday night. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Patrick Maroon scores GWG in GM 2 win vs ANA
    Patrick Maroon scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Not many people predicted the Oilers would take the first two games of the series in Anaheim, but that's exactly what they've done. With Edmonton on the power play in second period, Jordan Eberle's pass went off Maroon's skate before hitting Ducks goalie John Gibson and falling into the net. The power play goal gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead at the time, and they never looked back. Maroon finished the game with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and two hits in 17:16 of ice time. He's up to two goals and two assists in eight games during the postseason. The Oilers are now headed back home with a strong grip on the series. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Ryan Ellis picks up 1G, 1A in GM 2 loss
    Ryan Ellis scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Ellis helped set up James Neal's goal in the first period to give Nashville a 1-0 lead. The Preds defenseman scored one of his own early in the third period to make it 2-1 for his team. Unfortunately for the Preds, they were unable to close out the game, as they allowed goals to Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko in the third frame. Ellis is up to two goals and five assists in six games this postseason. Those are very impressive numbers. The best-of-seven series is now tied at one. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
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