Player Notes

  • Craig Anderson helps Sens win series in OT
    Craig Anderson saved 28 of 30 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against Boston in Game 6 Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Anderson surrendered the game-tying goal early in the third period, but he also made 11 saves in that frame to give Ottawa a chance to win it in overtime. With that, the Senators have advanced to the second round where they will face the New York Rangers. That will be another tough series for Anderson as he'll be playing opposite of Henrik Lundqvist. Today, 3:37 pm
  • Tuukka Rask, Bruins lose to Ottawa in OT
    Tuukka Rask kicked out 26 of 29 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa in Game 6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Rask faced two power-play shots in this contest and both of them got past him. The second of those power-play goals was also the overtime winner. With that, the Boston Bruins have been eliminated from the 2017 playoffs in the first round. Rask Today, 3:35 pm
  • Braden Holtby in net Game 6 vs Toronto on Sun
    Braden Holtby will be in net on Sunday for Game 6 against Toronto.

    Advice: One more win and it's on to the next round for Holtby and the Capitals. He's allowed 15 goals and sports a .915 save percentage this series, but will merely have to hold serve to finish the upstart Leafs. Today, 3:07 pm
  • Frederik Andersen in net Game 6 vs Capitals
    Frederik Andersen will be in net for Game 6 on Sunday against the Capitals.

    Advice: Andersen and the Maple Leafs come into the match facing elimination. He's allowed 16 goals against through the first five games with a mere .909 save percentage as well. Suffice it to say, there isn't much room left for error. Today, 3:04 pm
  • Matt Murray still unable to skate for Pens
    Matt Murray has not been on the ice since he suffered a lower body injury prior to Game 1 of the first round on April 12.

    Advice: That does not bode well for Murray and it looks as if Marc-Andre Fleury will be between the pipes for Game 1 of the second round later this week. There is no timetable at this time for the return of Murray to the Penguins lineup. Today, 7:30 am
  • Montreal can re-sign Price this summer
    The Montreal Canadiens can sign Carey Price to an extension this summer.

    Advice: Price has one season left on his six-year, $39 million contract. He'll likely get a significant raise after winning the Vezina Trophy in 2015 and being a finalist for the award again this season. After Montreal's first round exit at the hands of the New York Rangers there might be some significant changes this summer, but re-signing Price will still likely be a key item on Montreal's agenda. Price did all he could to keep the Canadiens alive in the first round as he posted a 1.86 GAA and .933 save percentage in six playoff starts. Today, 7:13 am
  • Scott Darling is looking for starting gig
    Scott Darling wants to get his shot as a starting goaltender.

    Advice: "Yeah, I feel like I've paid my dues as a backup," Darling said. "And when I've had a chance to play in consecutive games I feel like I've shown that I can do it." He posted a 2.38 GAA and .924 save percentage in 32 games this season. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and it's unlikely that he'll re-sign with Chicago given that the Blackhawks remain committed to starting goaltender Corey Crawford. Today, 7:02 am
  • Chad Johnson wants to return to the Flames
    Chad Johnson, who becomes a UFA on July 1, wants to return to the Calgary Flames.

    Advice: The Flames need goaltending as both Johnson and Brian Elliott are potential UFA's. Johnson was slated to be the Flames backup this season but carried them early on as Elliott really struggled. Johnson was 18-15-1 this season with a 2.59 GAA and a .910 save percentage so he certainly played a lot. "I want to be a 1A goalie," Johnson said. "I think I’ve proven I can be a 1B when I was given the opportunity I took that role and had that roll and did well. My goal is to be part of a winning team and to play and to contribute. I think I can do that here." Stay tuned. Today, 4:40 am
  • Breakaway goals haunt Sharks, Martin Jones
    Martin Jones permitted two goals on 20 shots, as the Sharks were eliminated in six games by Edmonton on Saturday night.

    Advice: Jones allowed two breakaway goals in about a minute during the second period of Game 6. He made some key stops down the stretch, but it wasn't enough as the Sharks could only get one puck behind Cam Talbot. Jones recorded a 1.75 GAA and a .935 save percentage in the postseason. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Cam Talbot carries Oilers to second round
    Cam Talbot was the standout as the Edmonton Oilers eliminated the San Jose Sharks with a 3-1 win in Game 6 on Saturday night.

    Advice: Talbot stopped 27 out of 28 shots in Game 6, holding strong in the second period in particular when he stopped all 12 shots he faced. He helped Edmonton win their first series since 2006 by posting a 2.03 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist leads Rangers past Habs
    Henrik Lundqvist saved 27 of 28 shots in the Rangers' 3-1 win over Montreal in Game 6 Saturday night.

    Advice: Lundqvist surrendered the opening goal just 6:19 minutes into the contest, but that was all Montreal could get by him. This is the fourth time in the first round that Lundqvist has allowed two or fewer goals and the Rangers have claimed all of those games. With that they're going to the second round for the fifth time in the span of six years. Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • Wild eliminated by Blues after GM 5 OT loss
    Devan Dubnyk allowed four goals on 27 shots in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: The loss officially puts an end to Minnesota’s season, as they lost the series in five games. The Wild overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits in regulation only to lose on a Magnus Paajarvi goal in overtime. It’s a disappointing way for the Wild’s season to end. They led the Central Division for most of the regular season, but they collapsed over the final few weeks. Dubnyk ends the postseason with a 1-4 record, a 1.86 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Jake Allen makes 34 stops, STL eliminate MIN
    Jake Allen turned aside 34 of 37 shots in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: The Blues built up 2-0 and 3-1 leads in this one, but they allowed the Wild to claw back to force overtime. Thankfully for the Blues, they got the job done in overtime thanks to a goal by forward Magnus Paajarvi. Allen finishes the first round with a 4-1 record, a sparkling 1.47 goals-against-average and a .956 save percentage. The Blues will take on the Nashville Predators in the second round. The goalie matchup should be intriguing to say the least, as both Allen and Pekka Rinne were outstanding in their opening-round victories. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Elliott wants to return to Calgary
    Pending unrestricted free agent goalie Brian Elliott wants to return to Calgary next season.

    Advice: The question is, however, whether the Flames want him back. Elliott started the season terribly (3-9-1 over the first six weeks of the campaign) but was tremendous later in the season, ultimately posting a 26-18-3 record with a 2.55 goals against average and .910 save percentage. However, Elliott did not play particularly well against the Ducks in Anaheim's first-round, four-game sweep of the Flames. It will be interesting to see how Calgary GM Brad Treliving plays it with Elliott and backup Chad Johnson, who can also become an unrestricted free agent and wants to return to Calgary. Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • Fleury passes Barrasso in playoff wins
    With his victory Thursday, Marc-Andre Fleury passed Tom Barrasso for most career playoff wins by a Penguins' goalie.

    Advice: Fleury now has 57 wins as a Penguin, one more than Barrasso, who won five additional playoff games tending goal for Ottawa and Buffalo. Fleury was terrific in the Pens' opening round win over the Blue Jackets and he should be Pittsburgh's starter for the second round regardless of Matt Murray's health status. Yesterday, 5:55 am
  • Bob's playoff record wanting
    As great as Sergei Bobrovsky is during the regular season, the Blue Jackes' goalie has not proven to be a reliable playoff performer.

    Advice: Bob has a 3-10 career record in the postseason with an .887 save percentage and 3.63 goals-against average. That is well off his 2.47 GAA and .919 career regular-season marks. In fact, among the 34 active NHL goalies who have started at least 10 playoff games, Bob ranks a dismal 33rd in save percentage. That's just not going to cut it. Yesterday, 4:23 am
  • Darcy Kuemper (illness) resumes practicing
    Darcy Kuemper (illness) took part in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Kuemper was scratched in Game 4 because he was battling the disease. Given that he's resumed practicing, he's probably fine to serve as the Wild's backup goaltender in Game 5. Friday, 11:45 am
  • Pekka Rinne makes 30 saves, NSH eliminate CHI
    Pekka Rinne stopped 30 of 31 shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Advice: Rinne and the Preds have picked up the most shocking result of the first round, as they've eliminated the Hawks in four games. The Predators goalie surrendered just three goals in four games in the first round. He finished the opening round with an incredible 0.70 goals-against-average and a .976 save percentage. If he can continue playing this way, the Preds could make a long run. Thursday, 8:22 pm
  • Tyler Parsons joins Heat on ATO
    Tyler Parsons has joined AHL Stockton on an amateur tryout.

    Advice: Parsons excelled in the OHL in 2016-17 with a 23-6-3 record. He also registered a 2.37 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage for the London Knights. The 19-year-old netminder also backstopped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championships. Thursday, 12:07 pm
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  • John Gibson completes series sweep
    John Gibson had a save percentage of .973 after giving up just one goal in a 2-1 victory by the Ducks over the Flames.

    Advice: The Flames did not make it easy. They riffled 37 shots at Gibson compared to 25 on the other end of the ice. Gibson faced double-digit shots in each period. The goals were almost perfect distributed with 12 in the first and third periods. Notably, it was during the 13-shot second period that Gibson allowed the single goal. Wednesday, 9:53 pm
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