Player Notes

  • Kevin Bieksa (LBI) is out Friday night
    Kevin Bieksa (lower body) won't play in Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: Bieksa was already regarded as doubtful after being hurt in the series opener, so this doesn't come as a surprise. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle thinks Bieksa might be able to return before the end of the second round. Rotoworld.com 47 minutes ago
    Day-to-Day
  • Chandler Stephenson returns to the minors
    Chandler Stephenson has been sent to AHL Hershey.

    Advice: Stephenson had 10 goals and 38 points in 72 AHL games in 2016-17. He also appeared in four regular season games with the Capitals, but didn't register a point. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:58 pm
  • Carl Hagelin will be a game-time decision
    Carl Hagelin (lower body) was able to fully participate in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Hagelin had joined the Penguins for previous practices, but he had been getting no or limited contact until now. Now that he's progressed to full contact, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is calling Hagelin a game-time decision for Saturday's contest. It remains to be seen who would be scratched to make room for Hagelin if he does play. "Regardless of what we line we put him on, he brings that element of speed, his ability to stretch the ice, his pursuit game, forces turnovers all the time and we can create a lot of offense off of it," Sullivan said. "He’s a good penalty killer; he’s a solid two-way player. So we can use him in a number of different capacities, but I think his speed certainly helps us play the type of game that we want to play and we’re a more competitive team when he’s in the lineup." Rotoworld.com Today, 12:24 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Tom Pyatt healthy, but might not return yet
    Tom Pyatt (upper body) is healthy enough to play in Game 2, but he might still be scratched.

    Advice: Pyatt was hurt in Game 4 of Ottawa's first round series and has consequently missed three straight games. Senators coach Guy Boucher is leaning towards maintaining the lineup that won him the last two contests, which is why Pyatt might have to wait longer before playing again. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:52 am
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    Tom Pyatt Ott - C,LW,RW
  • Magnus Paajarvi will be a healthy scratch
    Magnus Paajarvi will spend Game 2 on Friday in the press box.

    Advice: Paajarvi dressed for Game 1 of the Blues' second round series against Nashville. He logged 12:49 minutes and registered an assist in the contest. Ivan Barbashev will draw into the lineup. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:25 am
  • Ivan Barbashev will dress in Game 2
    Ivan Barbashev will draw into the Blues' lineup for Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: Barbashev was a healthy scratch in Game 1. He's projected to play alongside Vladimir Sobotka and Jori Lehtera. With Barbashev in, Magnus Paajarvi will be a healthy scratch. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:23 am
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov nets goal in Capitals loss
    Evgeny Kuznetsov found the back of the net in Washington's 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Kuznetsov's third period marker tied the game at 2-2, but Nick Bonino regained the lead for Pittsburgh a little over four minutes later. Kuznetsov has two goals and four points in seven postseason games. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:21 am
  • T.J. Oshie leads Capitals in playoff points
    T.J. Oshie recorded an assist in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Oshie came up by for the Capitals against Toronto in the first round, scoring three goals and seven points in six contests. Thanks to that, Oshie is leading the Capitals in playoff points over the likes of Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:20 am
  • Lars Eller records an assist in Game 1
    Lars Eller registered an assist in Washington's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 Thursday night.

    Advice: After a quiet start offensively to the playoffs, Eller has heated up by recording a point in three of his last four games. He had 12 goals and 25 points in 81 regular season contests. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:17 am
  • Patric Hornqvist picks up two points Thursday
    Patric Hornqvist registered two assists in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over Washington in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Hornqvist's first multi-point game of the 2017 playoffs. He's up to two goals and five points in six postseason contests. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:49 am
  • Jake Guentzel has 7 points in 6 playoff games
    Jake Guentzel registered an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 win over Washington in Game 1 Thursday night.

    Advice: Guentzel is having a great playoff run so far with five goals and seven points in six games. Of course the 22-year-old rookie had a strong showing in the regular season too with 16 goals and 33 points in 40 contests. You have to wonder what he would have done in a full 82-game campaign and if it would have been enough to be a Calder Trophy finalist. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:47 am
  • Nick Bonino scores game winner over Caps
    Nick Bonino scored the game-winning goal in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over Washington in Game 1 of the second round series.

    Advice: Bonino has scored 14 career playoff goals and six of them have been game winners. "I just think Bones is a guy that's a high-stakes player," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He brings his best game when the games are most important." He had 18 goals and 37 points in 80 regular season contests. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:44 am
  • Calle Jarnkrok uncertain for Friday night
    Calle Jarnkrok missed Wednesday's game due to a lower-body injury.

    Advice: He was dealing with a lower-body issue going into the playoffs, but he managed to play in all four games versus Chicago in Round 1. Jarnkrok's status hasn't been determined yet for Game 2 against the Blues. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:06 am
    Day-to-Day
  • Pontus Aberg unclear for Game 2 Friday
    Pontus Aberg wasn't available for Game 1 against St. Louis because of an undisclosed ailment.

    Advice: He had one assist in four games versus Chicago in Round 1 of the playoffs. It's unclear if he will be ready to play on Friday night at this time. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:03 am
  • Frank Vatrano dealt with a foot injury
    Frank Vatrano had a foot injury in the postseason.

    Advice: He had one goal in six playoff matches versus the Senators in Round 1. Vatrano was limited to just 8:34 in Boston's last postseason match. It's unclear if he needs surgery at this time. In 44 games during the regular season, Vatrano registered 10 goals and 18 points. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:22 am
  • Kevan Miller has a shoulder/biceps issue
    Kevan Miller finished the playoffs with a shoulder/biceps issue.

    Advice: A determination still has to be made if he needs surgery. He skated in all six postseason games against Ottawa in Round 1 of the playoffs. Miller contributed 13 points in 58 appearances during the regular season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:19 am
  • Anton Khudobin in the mix for backup job
    Anton Khudobin's job as Boston's backup goalie isn't secure going into next season.

    Advice: "Anton is firmly in the mix. You look at what he did down the stretch and how can he not be. But that's the goalie we need," said GM Don Sweeney. "I can't have any doubts or reservations, so we're going to meet as a group to make sure we’re making the right decision. If someone passes Anton, whether it be Zane [McIntyre] or Malcolm [Subban], then we move in that direction. But we've been patient for the development standpoint to try and look internally. But it's a position we've sort of been chasing our tail on a little bit for a couple of years now. I'm very aware of it, do not run from it and I'd like it to be resolved." Boston may look outside of the organization for help in the crease as well to try to lighten the load for Tuukka Rask in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:15 am
  • Marc Methot records an assist Thursday
    Marc Methot recorded his first point of the playoffs in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: He had an assist on Erik Karlsson's game winner late in the third period. "We're playing the New York Rangers here, there's no way we're going to let ourselves get too high here, it's only Game 1," said Methot. "We still have a long way to go. You're put yourself in a good position when you win that first game, so we'll take it." He has six points in 26 career postseason appearances. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:07 am
  • Burrows picks up a helper in Game 1 vs. NYR
    Alex Burrows earned an assist in Thursday's 2-1 win against the Rangers.

    Advice: He had one helper in six matches versus Boston in Round 1 of the playoffs. Burrows has been credited with 11 shots, but he is still looking for his first goal of this postseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:59 am
  • Ryan Dzingel scores first playoff goal Thurs.
    Ryan Dzingel posted his first playoff goal on Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

    Advice: He produced the game-tying goal with 1:21 remaining in the second period during a power-play situation for the Senators. "It's one of the greatest feelings of my hockey career," said Dzingel. "And especially in a win, it's a lot sweeter. It's hard to explain how exciting it was." He has two points in his last two playoff games. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:53 am
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