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Peter DeBoer will be the next head coach of the San Jose Sharks, according to reports.

DeBoer was fired 36 games into the 2014-15 campaign after a 12-17-7 start to the season. The Devils missed the playoffs two straight years after losing in the Stanley Cup Final against Los Angeles. The Sharks and ex-coach Todd McLellan parted ways after the 2014-15 season after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
May 27 - 1:41 PM

Emerson Etem was back on the fourth line during Wednesday's morning skate.

He should be expected to draw back into the lineup in Game 6 after he watched Monday's game from the press box as a healthy scratch. Tomas Fleischmann appears as though he will be the odd-man out to make room for Etem's return.
May 27 - 1:33 PM

Updating an earlier item, now it looks like Kimmo Timonen will be scratched for Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

He was on the ice twice as long as his teammates during the morning session. David Rundblad appears to be taking Timonen's place in the lineup. Timonen hasn't received much ice time in the playoffs and he was a minus-2 with 8:06 of playing time in Game 5 versus Anaheim.
May 27 - 1:29 PM

David Rundblad is slated to play in Game 6 against Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't confirm the move, but the Blackhawks bench boss apparently told Rundblad to "come ready" to the rink for the match. Kimmo Timonen stayed on the ice late, sp Rundblad appears to be drawing for the him. Rundblad hasn't played since Game 1 of the Western Conference Final and it was a rough outing defensively for him.
May 27 - 1:23 PM

Washington GM Brian MacLellan admitted that re-signing Mike Green is "probably going to be a little complicated."

Green was Washington's highest-paid defenseman last season at just over $6 million, but he had a diminished role after Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik were added to the equation. He slipped to fifth among the team's blueliners in average ice time per game (19:06) but he remained the Capitals' top option for power-play situations. Green recorded 10 goals and 45 points in 72 games last year, but he may have to take a significant pay cut to stay in Washington. We would expect him to test the market because he could probably land a much better contract elsewhere, but a return to the Caps shouldn't be completely ruled out.
May 27 - 12:32 PM

Kimmo Timonen is taking part in practice drills alongside Brent Seabrook.

That indicates that the veteran defenseman will probably stay in the lineup for Game 6 against Anaheim on Wednesday night. Trevor van Riemsdyk worked with Viktor Svedberg during the session, which suggests he will be scratched. Timonen has averaged just 9:25 of ice time in 15 playoff games with the Blackhawks, but TVR hasn't dressed in an NHL game since Nov. 16.
May 27 - 11:49 AM

Henrik Lundqvist has been remarkable for the Rangers during the team's impressive 15-3 record in elimination games since the start of the 2012 playoffs.

He has posted a 1.47 goals-against average, a .954 save percentage and two shutouts over that span. The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to recapture some of the success they had against King Henrik earlier in the Eastern Conference Final, but it won't be easy if his history in these type of games is any indication.
May 27 - 11:14 AM

Ryan Callahan tallied his first goal of the 2015 playoffs on Tuesday night.

He scored a power-play goal late in the first period after he was sprung on a breakaway by defenseman Anton Stralman. The former Rangers will try to send Tampa Bay into the Stanley Cup Final on Friday when they play in Game 7. Callahan's goal snapped a 24-game playoff drought that dates back to his days with the Blueshirts. He has four points in 18 postseason contests this year.
May 27 - 10:59 AM

Tyler Johnson picked up two assists in Tampa Bay's 7-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He had the primary helper on both of Nikita Kucherov's third-period markers. Kucherov got his first goal of the match after the Rangers had built a 5-1 lead and his second came after Rick Nash made the score 6-2. Johnson currently leads the playoffs in scoring with 20 points in 19 games and the Lightning will need more of that to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay will play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 on Friday night.
May 27 - 10:52 AM

The New York Rangers have been lights out in elimination games, as they prepare for Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Rangers have won 10 consecutive elimination games at Madison Square Garden and are 7-0 in their history in Game 7s there. On top of that, the Blueshirts have won six consecutive Game 7s. New York will host the Lightning on Friday night and the winner will play for the Stanley Cup.
May 27 - 10:40 AM

James Sheppard was credited the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead early in the third period with assists going to Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass. The goal was his first of the 2015 playoffs and it was his first point since Game 6 against Washington in Round 2. Sheppard also logged a team-low 8:35 of ice time on Tuesday night.
May 27 - 10:35 AM

Keith Yandle notched a goal and an assist in New York's 7-3 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead when he scored late in the first period and he added an assist in the third on New York's lone power-play goal of the contest. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, Yandle earned no goals and four assists but in the Eastern Conference Final he has generated two markers and five helpers in his last four outings.
May 27 - 10:29 AM

J.T. Miller produced a goal and three assists in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

His first career NHL playoff goal opened the floodgates in the third period when the Rangers scored five goals to force Game 7 with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Miller also picked up an assist on two of Derick Brassard's three goals in the contest and on Rick Nash's power-play marker in the third. He doubled his point output on the night and now has a total of eight in 18 postseason matches this year.
May 27 - 10:21 AM

Rick Nash scored a goal and added three assists in the Rangers' 7-3 demolition of the Lightning in Game 6 on Tuesday.

Nash was also a plus-4 on the night. After getting shut out in Game 5, the Rangers top players showed up big time in an elimination situation. Nash scored his goal on a power-play during New York's crazy five goal third period. The goal was his fifth of the playoffs and after struggling for most part, Nash has really caught fire at the right time. He has 7 points (3G,4A) in three games for a total of 18 points in the entire postseason.
May 27 - 1:30 AM

Ben Bishop struggled through a difficult outing Tuesday as he allowed five goals on 26 shots in just over two periods of work as the Lightning were handed a 7-3 defeat by the Rangers.

Bishop has mixed a couple of strong performances in amongst a few less-than-stellar ones so far in this series so it's anyone's guess which version of the netminder will show up for Friday's Game 7. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed one goal on seven shots in relief of Tampa Bay's starter.
May 26 - 11:13 PM



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