Saturday, April 29, 2017
Clarke MacArthur took an open ice hit from Ryan McDonagh late in the first period. Had two shifts in the second before going to the room.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 29, 2017
MacArthur returned to action on April 4 after spending two seasons mostly out of the lineup (out since October 14 of 2015) due to post-concussion symptons. He has been an emotional leader for the Senators down the stretch and scored the series-clinching overtime winner in Game 6 against the Bruins in the first round. The team has not updated on MacArthur's status yet. UPDATE: The injury is apparently not related to MacArthur's past concussion history, which is good news.
Clarke MacArthur missed the final 14:23 of the second period. No word on his status.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 29, 2017
Guy Boucher says Clarke MacArthur's injury is not related to past concussions. Undisclosed upper body.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
"We like to give players a chance to respond and a chance to get back in there when they come out of the lineup. We saw what that did for (Lehtera). This is in no way anything against Magnus. We're very grateful and appreciative of what he's done and very confident in what he can do for us. But Barbie's been a good player for us for a long time too. Having him out of the lineup, he'll be energized, he brings a physical element but there's more to his game than just that. He has the ability to make plays, he plays with a conscience as far as how he plays without the puck. But when he gets the puck in the offensive zone, he has a chance to create something. And so we'll see what he can do here tonight."According to Rutherford, Barbashev is likely to skate on the wing on a line with Lehtera and Vladimir Sobotka.
"I've stunk since the playoffs started," he told Dan Rosen of NHL.com. Where did he learn that type of talk from, John Tortorella? At least he's honest, and there is plenty of hockey left to play for the Rangers and Stepan. After last night's 2-1 loss to the Senators at Canadian Tire Center, the Rangers trail their best-of-7 series with Ottawa, 1-0. Game 2 is Saturday. Stepan has 45 points in 92 career playoff games. He was the Rangers third-leading scorer in the regular season with 55 points.
Derek Stepan harshly and honestly self-evaluating his play: "I've stunk since the playoffs started. I've been not very good with the puck."— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) April 28, 2017
35-year-old Bieksa has four assists in five playoff games for the Ducks this season. He has 82 playoff games to his name. Vatanen has been out since the first game of the playoffs with an upper body injury. He's been progressing and is thought to be close to a return. If he can't go, Korbinian Holzer will suit up as the sixth defenseman for Anaheim, which trails Edmonton 1-0 in the series.
INJURY UPDATE: Carlyle confirmed Bieksa (lower body) will miss tonight's game. Said he could be available later in the series.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 28, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
"He underwent successful surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and is resting comfortably. He is extremely disappointed that he will not be able to help his teammates in their quest for the Stanley Cup, but is looking forward to starting his rehabilitation upon his return to Nashville. The Predators organization would like to thank the St. Louis Blues Medical Team, especially Head Trainer Ray Barile, Drs. Rick Wright and William Ricci, as well as the nurses and personnel at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital for their outstanding care."Fiala had 16 points in 54 games in his rookie season with Nashville. He had two goals in the playoffs, including the OT winner in Game 3 of Nashville's four-game sweep over the Blackhawks.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
“He’s playoff ready, but he needs time (off),” head coach Mike Babcock said of Zaitsev. “Because we’ve been given the opportunity (to influence him), he won’t play at the worlds, he needs to get 100% healthy. You go through our whole group, we have some banged-up guys. He played in the world championships, in the World Cup and all year for us - more hockey than he’s ever played. He needs to get freshened up. He has a big year (coming).”As good as Matthews was this season, Babcock says that Matthews needs to be better next year and he knows it. "One thing about Auston is that he wants to be the best player," he said. "Guys that want to be the best player usually don't have too much trouble bearing down and getting to work -- he's a good worker anyway." Babcock and GM lou Lamoriello kept hammering home two things in today's locker cleanout at Air Canada Centre. First, they are proud of the way the team improved this year and showed up in the playoffs. Second, they need to get better. "I think obviously it was a huge deal for us and it was great that we were able to play a good team like Washington who gave you no space and no room and you had to really dig in and I thought that was really positive as well," Babcock said. "In saying all that the guys need to enjoy a couple of weeks off and they have to get to work. When you look at our roster we have a bunch of guys that need to put meat on their bones -- they're young guys -- and we have some guys that need to get quicker, lighter and we have other guys that just need to develop their bodies more. So we have a lot of work to do this off-season."
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The Wild are facing elimination today at Xcel Energy Center. They trail the Blues 3-1 in their best of seven series and are behind 3-2 with about eight minutes left in the third period.
Eric Staal is alert and stable and has been taken to Regions Hospital for further observation. #mnwild— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) April 22, 2017
He had a disappointing regular season as well, putting up just 17 points in 61 games, but DeBoer hopes that his experience will help the Sharks as they try to stave off elimination. “We know (Donskoi),” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “We went with our most experienced lineup here, elimination game. He’s been here before. He’s delivered for us before.”
Donskoi in for Meier tonight. PDB says the difference was that Donskoi played in a lot of big playoff games with #SJSharks last year— Paul Gackle (@GackleReport) April 22, 2017
Milbury defending a low-bridge, borderline clipping on Ovechkin might be the single most predictable moment of the playoffs.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 22, 2017
How is this not "on" the knee? I think Kadri will get a fine or suspension for this. Especially if Ovechkin is out long term. https://t.co/zWorTB72OF— James Mirtle (@mirtle) April 22, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Draisaitl, who was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct on the play, has never been fined or suspended before. The NHL has always been more lenient on first-time offenders. The 21-year-old German was the Oilers second-leading scorer in the regular season with 77 points but he has struggles in the playoffs. He has zero points in four games with just one shot on goal for the Oilers thus far. On Sunday he was taken off of Connor McDavid's line and moved down to center Zack Kassian and Drake Caggiula. Nobody seems to be sure what is ailing Draisaitl, but many took notice that he skipped practice on Monday and Tuesday despite still playing on Game 4 on Tuesday evening in San Jose. He hasn't been effective at all for Edmonton in this series, but he'll get a chance to redeem himself on Thursday.
Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl fined $2,569.44, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for spearing San Jose’s Chris Tierney.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Even though he has been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs, Zach Werenski has become a bit of a cult hero thanks to his courageous attempt to come back and play in Game 3 on Sunday despite suffering a bloodied face that would eventually become so swollen that Werenski could no longer see. After the game it was revealed that Werenski had suffered a fractured facial bone, which made it even easier for fans of true hockey grit to worship at Werenski's altar. After Game 3 Blue Jackets head coach would claim that Werenski had "balls as big as the building," and if Torts says it, it has to be true, right? The rest, as they say, is history. But the Blue Jackets -- at least for now -- aren't history. Werenski will be there in spirit as Columbus tries to stay alive in their best of seven series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. This fired-up fan has made sure of that.
this is...something pic.twitter.com/FgtvVX19ne— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) April 18, 2017
He has been replaced by Nate Schmidt, who paired with John Carlson in Game 3. Schmidt was a minus-4 Corsi and a plus-1 in Washington's 4-3 loss on Monday. He logged 16:29 of ice time.
Alzner will miss Game 4, Trotz confirms— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 18, 2017
3. Kevin Fiala Sticks a Dagger in the Hawks Hard to say what is up with the Blackhawks, but man have the Predators ever come to life. Fiala was actually robbed by Corey Crawford a few moments earlier, so credit to 20-year-old Swiss, who had six shots on goal for the night, for sticking to it. And this was a sick move by Fiala. Predators lead the Blackhawks 3-0. The Nashville win was not without drama, either. Viktor Arvidsson may or may not have interfered with Corey Crawford on Filip Forsberg's tying goal late in the third period. Yahoo's Puck Daddy breaks that play down here. 4. Corey Perry with a Seeing-Eye OT Winner Another day, another bad bounce for the Calgary Flames. That said, Brian Elliot probably could have done a better job of handling this seemingly innocuous shot by Perry, given what was camped out in front of him on the play. And it's hard to have sympathy for the Flames due to the fact that they had a 4-1 lead with a minute left in the second period. Playing with fire is not a good idea, even if you are the Flames.
You don't often hear Pierre McGuire get this fired up, but he's not wrong pic.twitter.com/f1UjENtvhM— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
The 19-year-old defenseman was one of the biggest stories of the 2016-17 NHL season. He finished the season with 11 goals and 47 points and was a plus-17. After being injured by an Alexander Ovechkin body check on April 2nd, Werenski missed the remainder of the regular season but made his return for Game 1 of the Penguins series. In three games he scored a goal and was a minus-2 for Columbus, who now trails the Penguins three games to none in their best-of-seven series. "He's out," said head coach John Tortorella. "He's done for the year. Cracked cheekbone. I don't have the exact science of it."
Playoff hockey... pic.twitter.com/4GNoLYVECu— Zach Werenski (@ZachWerenski) April 17, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
The Penguins currently lead 4-3 in the third on the strength of Jake Guentzel's second goal of the game at 11:48 of the third period. UPDATE: Columbus tied it on a Brandon Dubinsky goal at 15:11 of the third. You guys might want to switch this game on if you haven't already.
Werenski is back in the game after taking a puck to the face. The brutal aftermath: pic.twitter.com/pAU1YMAQg0— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 17, 2017
Here's a clip of Thornton's skate -- hard to determine if he's ready or not from this.
Joe Thornton. https://t.co/wNkR85c6Db— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 16, 2017
Skating...see you soon Toronto! pic.twitter.com/uBWFfosBg3— Nikita Zaitsev (@Zaitsev22) April 16, 2017
Nesterov was in Julien's doghouse during game two, and he only received 13:05 of ice time, which forced Julien to lean hard on Shea Weber, Andrei Markov and Jeff Petry. Here's what Julien had to say about his defense pairings after the morning skate in Manhattan, per Cowan:
Brandon Davidson confirms he is in tonight for #Habs.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) April 16, 2017
“First of all, I don’t know that we’re going with hard pairings. We haven’t done that now for the last few games here. We’ve kind of mixed and matched, which we probably will continue to do. But having (Davidson) in the lineup I think he’s a hungry young player that has played well for us. The fact that I have some options, I’m certainly going to use them.”Davidson will be making his NHL Playoff debut. Mitchell is a veteran of 72 playoff games, including 12 with Montreal in 2014-15.
Blackhawks' coach Joel Queneville didn't hide his frustration after Game 2. "That was frustration to a different level," he said. "That wasn't fun to watch. We dug ourselves a tremendous hole across the board--not too many positives came out of tonight's game." According to NHL.com's Brian Hedger, the struggles for Chicago start at the top. Here's an excerpt from his recap of last night's game for the NHL's website:
Last 2 goalies to record consecutive shutouts to open a playoff series:— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) April 16, 2017
Both coached by Peter Laviolette.
Toews and Kane have one goal between them in Chicago's past nine playoff games. Toews hasn't scored in 11 straight postseason games, dating to the second period of Game 4 in the 2015 Stanley Cup"We're going to need our best players, our experienced guys, to show what it takes and what's necessary to find a way to not just win a game but to find momentum and compete," Queneville said. Game 3 of the series is at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Monday night.