Player Notes

  • Paul Carey to make playoff debut tonight
    It appears Paul Carey will make his NHL playoff debut in game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.

    Advice: "What we’re trying to do, he’ll be a real good fit," Trotz said of Carey. "He’s a hard worker. I just think he’ll get an opportunity. He hasn’t had that opportunity. When he’s gone in he’s done a great job. Just looking for a little bit of a fit." Carey has 32 career games under his belt, split with the Colorado Avalanche and the Washington Capitals. He will take Brett Connolly's spot in the lineup and play alongside Jay Beagle and Daniel Winnik. 59 minutes ago
  • 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
  • Jimmy Vesey looks for first playoff goal
    Jimmy Vesey has contributed two assists in seven playoff games.

    Advice: The 23-year-old rookie had 16 goals and 27 points in 80 games during the 2016-17 campaign. "We want more quality shots and get that second and third whack and get more bodies to the net. Once we get the first goal, we've got to find a way to get a second. We've got a find a way to get a little hungrier," said Vesey. ". . . The last series [against Montreal] was more up and down. This series might have to be more possess the puck in their end and generate chances from there." He has been credited with 10 shots so far in the postseason. Today, 6:42 am
  • Drake Caggiula exits Game 2 with injury
    Drake Caggiula exited Friday's game against Anaheim in the second period and did not return.

    Advice: Caggiula entered the Ducks' zone with speed and created a solid scoring chance for his team, but after his shot was stopped by Anaheim's John Gibson, Caggiula lost his footing and crashed into the boards awkwardly. He was able to get up on his own, but he went straight to the locker room. Caggiula came back out and tried to skate prior to the start of the third period, but he went straight back to the room and never returned. We'll consider him day-to-day for now. It's unclear if he'll be able to play in Game 3 on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:55 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
  • Vernon Fiddler ejected for knee-on-knee hit
    Vernon Fiddler was ejected from Game 2 against St. Louis, after delivering a knee-on-knee hit on Blues defenseman Colton Parayko.

    Advice: The incident occurred late in the first period. Parayko was trying to make a play from deep in his own end when Fiddler came in and clipped him with his knee. Fiddler was given five minutes for kneeing and a game misconduct. To make matters worse for Fiddler, Vladimir Tarasenko scored on the ensuing power play to tie the game at one. You can watch the incident by clicking the link below. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Nick Ritchie out due to illness Friday
    Nick Ritchie is out Friday because of flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Consider him day-to-day for now. Jared Boll is taking his spot in the lineup. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Zach Sanford expected to be scratched in GM 2
    Zach Sanford is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 2 against Nashville on Friday night.

    Advice: The Blues are making just one lineup change after losing Game 1, and that's Magnus Paajarvi coming out for Ivan Barbashev. Sanford has suited up in three games this postseason and he's failed to register a point. Dmitrij Jaskin and Jordan Schmaltz will join Paajarvi and Sanford in the press box. Yesterday, 4:25 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." Yesterday, 12:24 pm
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  • 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. Yesterday, 11:52 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 9:23 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. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Pavel Buchnevich gets his first playoff point
    Pavel Buchnevich recorded his first career playoff point on Thursday.

    Advice: Buchnevich assisted on Ryan McDonagh's goal in the Rangers' 2-1 loss to Ottawa in Game 1 of the second round series. Buchnevich was playing in his fourth career postseason contest. He had eight goals and 20 points in 41 games in the regular season. Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Colin Wilson moves up after Fiala injury
    Colin Wilson skated alongside Mike Fisher and James Neal on Wednesday night after Kevin Fiala was injured.

    Advice: "I kind of had to take it. I don't want to see a guy getting injured, but it's certainly a role that I've played before in my career," Wilson said. "I've played a lot of my seasons with [Fisher and Neal] so if that continues to be the line, I'll certainly jump at the opportunity." Wilson has led the Predators in scoring in each of the past two postseasons and he scored in his return to the lineup in Game 1 against St. Louis. Yesterday, 7:01 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. Yesterday, 6:22 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 5:53 am
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