Player Notes

  • Ducks score six on Cam Talbot, Oilers
    Cam Talbot allowed six goals on 28 shots in a disappointing Game 3 performance on Sunday evening.

    Advice: Having stolen the first two games on the road with stellar play, the Ducks got to Talbot early and often to pick up a 6-3 win. Talbot allowed five goals in Game 3 vs. San Jose last series and responded with four straight wins, and Oiler fans are hoping for a similar response. Talbot is 6-3 with a .915 save percentage and 2.48 goals against average. Today, 9:27 pm
  • John Gibson, Ducks crush Oilers 6-3
    John Gibson and the Ducks ground out a much-needed win on Sunday night in Game 3 against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: Gibson made 24 stops on 27 shots to guide Anaheim back into the series, but it wasn't easy. The Ducks squandered a 3-0 first period lead, but were able to create another three goal lead to finish off the Oilers 6-3. Gibson is 4-2 in the playoffs with a 2.80 goals against average and .911 save percentage. Today, 9:10 pm
  • Jakob Silfverberg, Ducks romp Oilers 6-3
    Jakob Silfverberg scored a pair of goals and added an assist to help the Ducks quack back into their second round series with the Oilers on Sunday evening.

    Advice: After losing the first two games of the series at home, Silfverberg and the Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game 3 on Sunday. The Oilers came all the way back, but a goal and an assist from Silfverberg in the third period sealed a 6-3 Anaheim victory. Silfverberg now has six goals and eight points through seven games during the post-season and will look to continue his strong production in Game 4 on Wednesday. Today, 7:16 pm
  • Nick Ritchie (illness) will play in Game 3
    Nick Ritchie (illness) will be back in the lineup Sunday night.

    Advice: He missed Game 2 against Edmonton because of flu-like symptoms. Jared Boll will be scratched to make room for him. Today, 4:09 pm
  • Sami Vatanen returns to action Sunday night
    Sami Vatanen will return to the lineup on Sunday night in Game 3 against Edmonton.

    Advice: Korbinian Holzer will be scratched to make room for him on the back end. This will be Vatanen's first appearance since Game 1 of the opening round against Calgary. Today, 4:04 pm
  • Rinne, Preds take a 2-1 series lead vs. STL
    Pekka Rinne turned aside 22 shots in a 3-1 win against St. Louis in Game 3 on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: He bounced back nicely after losing his first game in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday night. Rinne has a 6-1 record in the postseason and Nashville has a 2-1 series lead in Round 2 versus St. Louis. Today, 3:27 pm
  • Alexander Steen scores in loss to Predators
    Alexander Steen scored the lone goal for the Blues in a 3-1 loss to Nashville on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: He deflected a point shot by Alex Pietrangelo in the second period to cut Nashville's lead to 2-1, but that was as close as St. Louis would get. Vladimir Sobotka had the other assist on Steen's third goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Predators now hold a 2-1 lead in the second-round series. Today, 3:08 pm
  • Conor Sheary may move back up depth chart
    Conor Sheary moved back to the top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel on Saturday night.

    Advice: The change was made after Patric Hornqvist was injured. If Hornqvist can't play in Game 3 then Sheary could get his top-six forward spot back. He logged just 8:50 of ice time on Saturday night after he played 12:21 in Game 1 versus Washington. Sheary has contributed just two assists in seven playoff contests this year. Today, 3:03 pm
  • Backes would like to see more line tinkering
    David Backes recorded 38 points in 2016-17, which is his lowest point total in a full season since 2007-08.

    Advice: Backes hopes to get more responsibility next season and possibly return to playing center. "Do I think all the other options were explored? I don't," he said. "(Bruce Cassidy's) time was short, and what worked he went with, and what didn’t work he tried to change. ... Me at center with different guys or different combinations? I think there's always room for tinkering with it, just so we can have depth and roll three good lines or four good lines. That'll be up to next year, especially when you have a preseason you can try out some of those things. Maybe that'll be an opportunity to explore other options that we have." He spent most of his time under Cassidy on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Today, 2:49 pm
  • Kevin Fiala will need 4-6 months of recovery
    Kevin Fiala has a timetable of four-to-six months for his recovery from a fractured femur.

    Advice: He traveled back to Nashville with the team Friday and was encouraged to start walking by doctors. It wouldn't be surprising if this injury kept Fiala on the shelf for the start of the 2017-18 season. Today, 2:25 pm
  • Ron Hainsey sustained a possible head injury
    Ron Hainsey suffered a potential head injury during Game 2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Hainsey left the game after being struck in the head by an Alex Ovechkin shot in the third period. The Penguins didn't update his status on Sunday, so his available for Game 3 on Monday remains unknown. He has a goal and three points in seven playoff games. Today, 1:30 pm
  • Clarke MacArthur (UBI) should skate on Monday
    Clarke MacArthur (upper body) is expected to skate on Monday.

    Advice: MacArthur was hurt in Game 1 and then aggravated the injury while playing in Game 2. His injury isn't a concussion and he's regarded as day-to-day. Today, 1:00 pm
  • P. A. Parenteau likely to be scratched Sunday
    P. A. Parenteau is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 3 on Sunday.

    Advice: Parenteau played in Game 1 of the second round series, but was moved to the press box for Game 2. He has no points in two postseason contests this year. Today, 12:00 pm
  • Dmitrij Jaskin isn't likely to play in Game 3
    Dmitrij Jaskin is projected to spend Game 3 in the press box.

    Advice: That's not surprising given that the Blues haven't used Jaskin yet in the 2017 playoffs. He had a goal and 11 points in 51 regular season contests. Today, 11:58 am
  • Crosby has 52 multiple-point playoff games
    With his two assists Saturday night, Sidney Crosby now has registered multiple points in 52 playoff games during his career.

    Advice: That passes Mario Lemiuex who had 51 such games. No offense to Connor McDavid, but Sid the Kid is still the best hockey player on the planet. Today, 8:53 am
  • Guentzel in pretty elite company
    Jake Guentzel is only the third player since the 1943-44 season to score at least seven goals in the first seven games of the playoffs.

    Advice: The other two? Maurice Richard scored 10 and Dino Ciccarelli scored seven. Guentzel is a pretty impressive rookie. Today, 8:46 am
  • Buchnevich benched in third period Saturday
    Pavel Buchnevich did not play in either of the overtime periods Saturday afternoon in Game 2 against the Senators.

    Advice: Ranger coach Alain Vigneault shortened his bench late in the third period and as a result, Buchnevich did not see the ice in the extra frames. He was not alone. Jimmy Vesey and Oscar Lindberg saw limited ice time in the overtime periods as Vigneault chose to play some of his hotter hands more exclusively. Today, 7:10 am
  • Skjei's improved play in Game 2 good news
    Brady Skjei's performance in Game 2 has the Rangers smiling.

    Advice: The talented rookie rearguard was having a strong playoff until two games ago when his performance slipped. However, Saturday Skjei regained his form scoring two goals. "There’s been some real good communication with his teammates and we’ve had some real good video sessions," said Ranger coach Alain Vigneault regarding Skjei. "Obviously this is a bigger stage. Every shift he goes out there he gets more experience and I’m very confident that he’ll be able to handle it better. There’s a lot of upside there, not just skill-wise but mentally he’s a real bright kid. He’s learning every time he steps on the ice." Skjei has been one of the nice surprises for the Rangers this season. Today, 7:03 am
  • Kerdiles recalled from AHL Sunday
    The Ducks have recalled Nicolas Kerdiles from the San Diego Gulls of the AHL.

    Advice: The Gulls don't play another playoff game until Tuesday so the Ducks recalled both Kerdiles and Ondrej Kase for insurance. It is doubtful Kerdiles will get into Sunday's game. Today, 6:50 am
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  • Kase recalled from AHL
    The Ducks have recalled Ondrej Kase fomr San Diego of the AHL.

    Advice: Kase plays left wing and he's up as insurance in case Nick Ritchie can't play. Given that Jared Boll subbed in for Ritchie Friday night, it is doubtful Kase will get into Sunday's contest. Today, 6:45 am
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