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After leaving with an injury to his right hand earlier in the period, Cedric Paquette has returned Tampa Bay's bench.

Paquette missed only about 10 game minutes during his absence. He's played a total of 1:44 with 22 seconds of penalty kill time and the blocked shot thus far.
May 24 - 8:41 PM

In case you were wondering if Trevor van Riemsdyk might see some action in Game 5 on Monday, he's not even traveling with Chicago to Anaheim.

van Riemsdyk only just returned to practice, and is likely still not in game-shape. Still, the Coach Quenneville played his third defensive unit of Kimmo Timonen and Kyle Cumiskey for a total of 23:42 during Saturday's Game 4's 85 minute overtime victory.
May 24 - 8:36 PM

Cedric Paquette went to the dressing room after blocking a shot early in the first period of Sunday's Game 5 versus New York.

Paquette played just 1:44 with the one block to his credit, while on the penalty kill for all of 22 seconds no less. He was seen holding his right hand as he went down the hallway. The Lightning will be down to just 10 forwards while Paquette is out.
May 24 - 8:29 PM

Ben Bishop will get the start in Game 5 on Sunday night against the New York Rangers.

The Lightning and Rangers come in tied at two, but Bishop hasn't been good. He's allowed 14 goals on 119 combined shots through the first four games, including 10 goals on 52 shots over the past two games. Bishop has also allowed a pair of power play goals in each of his past three games. Regardless, Bishop is Tampa Bay's man in net. He's 10-7 overall with .918 save percentage and a 2.21 GAA thus far this postseason.
May 24 - 8:01 PM

Anaheim Ducks' Coach Boudreau is "sleeping" on potentially shaking up his lines in Game 5 on Monday night.

The Ducks and Blackhawks sit tied at two in their bid to represent the west in the Stanley Cup Final in June. Winger Tomas Fleischmann and defenseman James Wisniewski are the possible injections of fresh legs. Fleischmann hasn't played since Game 2 versus Calgary, and has just a point in four total postseason games. Wisniewski meanwhile has yet to dress in the playoffs.
May 24 - 7:56 PM

It shouldn't be any surprise that Tyler Johnson leads Tampa Bay in scoring in games played in New York during their series.

Johnson collected a hat trick in Game 2's victory, plus a picked up an assist in Tampa Bay's only goal in Game 1's loss for a total of four points. Nikita Kucherov leads the team with a trio of assists in games played at Madison Square Garden thus far.
May 24 - 7:19 PM

Derek Stepan leads the Rangers in goals at home against the Lightning thus far.

Granted, it's only a two-game sample and the Rangers scored just four goals. Stepan opened the scoring in the series in Game 1, and would tally in Game 2 as well as the Rangers and Lighting split the games. Teammates Chris Kreider, Martin St. Louis, and Dan Boyle share the lead in points a pair for the Rangers at home in the series. Though Kreider is the only one with a goal.
May 24 - 7:14 PM

Joffrey Lupul appears to be as excited as Toronto's fans are that Mike Babcock has been hired to coach the Maple Leafs.

Lupul and Babcock have a history together that started in 2003-04 with the Anaheim then-Mighty Ducks. Lupul was a rookie winger, who'd go on to score 13 goals and 34 points over his 74-game rookie campaign. And Babcock was in his second season as head coach. The Mighty Ducks failed to make the playoffs a season after losing to the New Jersey Devils in 2002's Stanley Cup Final in seven games. "The one thing that’s stuck with me is how he was the first guy there every day and the last guy to leave," Lupul said of Babcock. "And it was like that every day. He took a certain pride that nobody was ever going to outwork him or us."
May 24 - 6:36 PM

Mark Barberio is expected to head back to the press box in Game 5 as Matt Carle tags back in on Sunday night against the New York Rangers.

Barberio played just 13 shifts totaling 8:44 with little to show for his efforts in Game 4 as Carle's fill-in. Joining him after his first game of the postseason will be forwards Jonathan Drouin, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vladislav Namestnikov.

Matt Carle is expected to play in Game 5 on Sunday night in Game 5 against the New York Rangers.

All signs point towards Carle playing. "I think he is going to be available," Coach Cooper said after the morning skate. Even Carle himself has given the nod of approval, "I feel good." The veteran defenseman Carle was knocked out of Game 3 after a first period accidental blind-side collision with Rangers forward Derek Stepan, and missed Game 4 as well with an undisclosed injury. Carle has just two points in 16 games this postseason while averaging 16:35 of ice time per game.
May 24 - 6:07 PM

The New York Rangers will continue to roll out the same lineup on Sunday night in Game 5 versus Tampa Bay.

Perhaps if Keith Yandle or Dan Boyle hadn't accumulated a goal and five points each over the last trio of games, a change would have been made to the blue line. And perhaps if one of Tanner Glass, James Sheppard, or Jesper Fast hadn't stepped up their respective games, a change would have come to the forward corps. But as it is, there will be no lineup changes as the Rangers look to take a 3-2 series lead over Tampa Bay. Meaning Matt Hunwick, Chris Summers, and Ryan Bourque will continue to watch from the press box instead.
May 24 - 5:41 PM

Former Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson believes that Mike Babcock's arrival in Toronto will help the team land more free-agents.

"I definitely think it makes [Toronto] more interesting," Franson told TSN 1050 Radio. "... Definitely, with Mr. Babcock going there, it's an exciting time for people in that organization and I think it makes it more intriguing to free agents for sure." Franson was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Predators this winter, and the free-agent to be has already said that he would consider going back to Toronto if they were interested in his services.
Source: NHL.com
May 24 - 3:56 PM

Brenden Morrow is making sure that Tampa Bay's young players don't take their long playoff run for granted.

Morrow explained to his teammates how he went to the Stanley Cup final with Dallas in his rookie year, but he hasn't returned since. "I just laid out how my career went, starting with a trip to the Stanley Cup final in my rookie year and how I’ve never been back since," said Morrow. "Don’t just take it for granted. Have no regrets, play hard, enjoy the opportunity because you never know, especially in a salary-cap world, how often a team like this can be put together." The Lightning have a good chore of young players, but Morrow does have a point. It's extremely difficult to compete year-in and year-out in a salary cap world.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 2:24 PM

Expect J.T. Miller to start on New York's top line on Sunday.

He skated with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash during the team's morning skate on Sunday. He isn't a great fantasy option, as he's scored just four assists this postseason, but his fantasy value definitely gets a boost if he continues playing with those two forwards.
May 24 - 1:31 PM

Leon Draisaitl admitted that it was the Edmonton Oilers who decided that he wouldn't be going to last winter's World Junior Hockey Championship.

This was suspected by many, but never confirmed until now. It proved to be a puzzling decision, as he was returned to his junior team shortly after the tournament. The Oilers took a bizarre approach with Draisaitl in his rookie season. He played 37 games with the club when it was clear he wasn't ready for the NHL. By doing this, the Oilers burned the first year of his entry level contract.
May 24 - 1:18 PM



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