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William Carrier piled up 25 hits in Vegas' first-round sweep of the Los Angeles Kings.

Carrier and Dustin Brown, who is now eliminated, have the most body checks in the playoffs entering Thursday night's action. Carrier amassed 10 hits back in Game 1. Coach Gerard Gallant wanted to take advantage of Carrier's speed, so he got to play instead of Ryan Reaves.
Apr 19 - 10:47 AM

Ryan Hartman will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for an illegal check to the head on Colorado's Carl Soderberg.

The incident occurred in the third period of Wednesday's contest and it landed Hartman in the penalty box for two minutes on a charging call. Hartman piled up six minutes in the sin bin in Game 4.
Apr 19 - 10:35 AM

Sami Niku was returned to the minors Wednesday, but there's a chance he could make his NHL playoff debut on Friday in Game 5 against Minnesota.

Niku may get the opportunity to play if Toby Enstrom and Tyler Myers remain on the sidelines due to injuries. The Jets also won't have Josh Morrissey for Game 5 due to a suspension. Niku was recently named the AHL defenseman of the year after he amassed 16 goals and 54 points in 76 games for the Manitoba Moose.
Apr 19 - 10:29 AM

Mattias Ekholm recorded a pair of assists in Game 4 on Wednesday night against Colorado.

Ekholm had the secondary helper on goals by Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons in a 3-2 win over the Avalanche. He has generated four assists in four postseason matches.
Apr 19 - 10:15 AM

Craig Smith got his second goal of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night in Game 4 against Colorado.

Smith gave the Predators a 3-0 lead after he stepped out of the penalty box, where he was serving a penalty for teammate Ryan Hartman. His marker held up as the game winner after the Avalanche's comeback attempt fell a bit short.
Apr 19 - 10:12 AM

Nino Niederreiter is looking for his first point of Minnesota's first-round series versus Winnipeg.

Niederreiter has six shots and nine hits in four games during the series. He registered 18 goals and 32 points in 63 contests during the regular season. Minnesota needs him to start producing, as they are one loss away from being eliminated in the opening round.
Apr 19 - 10:06 AM

Charlie Coyle has not generated a point in Minnesota's first-round series against Winnipeg.

Coyle has been credited with five hits and seven shots through four 2018 postseason games. He had 11 goals and 37 points in 66 appearances during the regular season. The Wild need more from him if they are going to extend their series against the Jets to a sixth game.
Apr 19 - 10:02 AM

Tyson Jost produced the first NHL postseason point of his career on Wednesday night.

Jost had the primary helper on a power-play goal by Gabriel Landeskog in a 3-2 loss to Nashville. The 20-year-old rookie didn't have a point in the first three games of the series. Jost notched 12 goals and 22 points in 65 matches during the regular season.
Apr 19 - 9:54 AM

Matt Nieto has posted three assists in four game playoff games versus the Nashville Predators.

Nieto has been held off the scoresheet for just one match in the series. He had a helper on a goal by Alexander Kerfoot in Game 4 Wednesday night.
Apr 19 - 9:51 AM

Coach Jared Bednar did not have an update on the status of Jonathan Bernier (lower body) after Wednesday's game.

"I haven't talked to the trainers yet," Bednar said. Andrew Hammond started the third period in relief and may be pressed into further action if Bernier can't play in Game 5 on Friday night.
Apr 19 - 9:47 AM

Steven Stamkos earned an assist on Wednesday night in Game 4.

Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov set up a goal by J.T. Miller in Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory, which gave the Lightning a 3-1 series lead over New Jersey. He has reached the scoresheet in four straight playoff games, with one goal and four helpers.
Apr 19 - 9:38 AM

Braydon Coburn contributed one assist in Wednesday's 3-1 win over New Jersey.

Coburn got his first point of Tampa Bay's first-round series in Game 4 on Nikita Kucherov's game-winning goal. He also had three shots and five hits in 12:55 of ice time.
Apr 19 - 9:28 AM

Aleksander Barkov was a notable omission among the three Selke Trophy finalists, which were announced on Wednesday.

Boston's Patrice Bergeron, Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar were selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Barkov was thought to be a strong contender for the league's best defensive forward award during the regular season. His numbers also stack up well against the finalists, but Florida not making the playoffs may have played a factor in him not being nominated.
Apr 19 - 9:14 AM

Gustav Nyquist will be looking for more production in 2018-19.

Nyquist netted 21 goals, which is his highest total since 2014-15 when he had 27 markers. He also had a career-high with 213 shots on net. However, he posted personal lows with 19 assists and 40 points this past season.
Apr 19 - 9:07 AM

Melker Karlsson is on a three-game point streak.

Karlsson kept that going by registering an assist in the Sharks' 2-1 victory over Anaheim in Game 4 Wednesday night. He traditionally hasn't been a significant offensive contributor, particularly in the playoffs, but he certainly helped out in the first round. The Sharks will now rest before their second round series against Vegas.
Apr 19 - 5:36 AM



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