Player Notes

  • Sidney Crosby scores twice in GM 1 win vs WSH
    Sidney Crosby scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Crosby opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second period, and he made it 2-0 just 52 seconds later. The Capitals were able to tie the game thanks to two goals by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. But Crosby's teammate, Nick Bonino, restored Pittsburgh's lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the game. Crosby finished tonight's contest with a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal in 17:25 of ice time. Pittsburgh now holds a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 2 will be held in Washington on Saturday. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Ryan Getzlaf nominated for Mark Messier Award
    Ryan Getzlaf has been nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

    Advice: The award is given to "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season." The Ducks captain plays a big role in the "Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play" program. Getzlaf and his wife have raised $1.65 million through their annual golf tournament. Columbus' Nick Foligno and Calgary's Mark Giordano are the other two nominees. Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • Tom Pyatt (UBI) isn't available for Game 1
    Tom Pyatt (upper body) didn't join the Senators for the pregame warmups.

    Advice: Barring a last minute surprise, Pyatt won't play in Game 1 Thursday night. That's not surprising given that Pyatt wasn't skating on the Senators' top four lines during practice. Yesterday, 3:44 pm
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    Tom Pyatt Ott - C,LW,RW
  • Nathan Noel agrees to entry-level contract
    Nathan Noel has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Advice: Noel had 24 goals and 50 points in 52 QMJHL games this season. Chicago took him with the 113rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Yesterday, 3:26 pm
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  • Steven Stamkos projected to be okay for 17-18
    Steven Stamkos should be fine for the 2017-18 campaign, per Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

    Advice: Stamkos played in just 17 games in 2016-17 due to a knee injury. There was speculation towards the end of the 2016-17 that he might return before its conclusion, but in the end Stamkos said that they "got ahead of ourselves" when it came to their hopes. He'll continue to rehab over the summer. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
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  • Stars re-sign Mattias Janmark
    Mattias Janmark has signed a one-year, $700,000 contract extension.

    Advice: Janmark was set to become an RFA this season. He's taking a small cut from his previous $800,000 cap hit after missing the 2016-17 campaign due to a bone fracture suffered in September. His recovery has been slowed by a congenital condition called osteochondritis dissecans. "Mattias is a player that we missed as much as anyone last season with the unfortunate injury he suffered," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "We look forward to him returning to our group and getting him back for training camp." Yesterday, 10:22 am
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  • Connor McDavid has a three-game point streak
    Connor McDavid is on a three-game point streak.

    Advice: McDavid registered an assist in Edmonton's 5-3 win against Anaheim in Game 1 on Wednesday. He has two goals and five assists in seven playoff games, which is good, but not quite at the level we'd expect from him. At the same time, the Oilers have shown throughout the early portion of the playoffs that they are capable of winning games even on nights where McDavid doesn't put up big numbers. Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Mark Letestu has a two-goal game vs Anaheim
    Mark Letestu scored twice in Edmonton's 5-3 win over Anaheim in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Letestu is up to three goals and five points in seven playoff games. That's in stark contrast to his postseason contributions prior to 2017 as he entered this playoff run with four points in 17 career postseason games. Yesterday, 7:52 am
  • Jaden Schwartz scores in loss to Predators
    Jaden Schwartz netted his third goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He scored in the third as part of the Blues' comeback attempt, but they ended up dropping a 4-3 decision to the Predators in Game 1. Schwartz has six points in six postseason matches this year. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Martin Hanzal may go to free agency
    Martin Hanzal enjoyed his time with the Minnesota Wild, but he isn't sure if he will be back with the team next year.

    Advice: "I was really happy here so if there's a chance for me to stay here, I would love to," said Hanzal. "But that would have to be both sides agreeing on that. I enjoyed it. I loved it here. ... I've never been a free agent. It’s going to be a new experience. I have no idea right now to be honest which teams or whatever. I have to wait for the offers and see what happens." He would like a long-term deal, but the Wild have to sign RFAs Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter, while giving players like Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin looks at NHL spots. It may not be the right fit for the team to bring back Hanzal, but that determination has not been made yet. Yesterday, 7:34 am
  • Kyle Turris confident that goals will come
    Kyle Turris ended a nine-game goalless slump in Game 6 against Boston.

    Advice: He notched just one goal and one assist in six playoff outings in Round 1, but insists that he is confident going into Ottawa's next series versus the New York Rangers. Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:53 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. Wednesday, 9:43 pm
  • Vladimir Sobotka scores in GM 1 loss to Preds
    Vladimir Sobotka scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: Game 1 of the series didn't go according to plan for St. Louis. They were trailing 1-0 early in the second period when Predators forward Kevin Fiala had to be stretchered off the ice. The injury caused a lengthy delay, and once the game resumed, it took Nashville just a few seconds to add to their lead. The Blues trailed 3-1 heading into the third frame, but thanks to goals by Jaden Schwartz and Sobotka, they were able to tie it up at three. Unfortunately for St. Louis, Preds forward Vernon Fiddler scored the game-winning goal late in the third. Sobotka now has two goals and two assists in six postseason games for the Blues. They'll look to even up the series at home on Friday night. Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 4:53 pm
  • Calle Jarnkrok won't play in GM 1 vs. STL
    Calle Jarnkork won't play in Game 1 of Nashville's second-round series against St. Louis.

    Advice: Jarnkrok missed the final game of the regular season with a lower-body injury, but he managed to play in all four games against Chicago, which makes it a little surprising that he's not suiting up tonight. It's unclear if he suffered another injury somewhere along the way. We'll keep you updated on his status. Wednesday, 4:49 pm
  • Mitch Marner will represent Canada at WHC
    Mitch Marner will play for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

    Advice: The talented rookie accounted for four points in six playoff games after he racked up 61 points in 77 matches during the regular season. Wednesday, 2:42 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. Wednesday, 11:05 am
  • Seguin (shoulder) should be ready for camp
    Tyler Seguin is projected to need about four months of recovery time after having shoulder surgery.

    Advice: "He'll be in a sling for two to four weeks and then he'll be able to start his workouts," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "There should be plenty of time to recover." Seguin has battle some injury concerns lately, but he still managed to skate in all 82 games in 2016-17. He is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall. Wednesday, 8:48 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. Wednesday, 6:59 am
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