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P. A. Parenteau is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 3 on Sunday.

Parenteau played in Game 1 of the second round series, but was moved to the press box for Game 2. He has no points in two postseason contests this year.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 30 - 3:00 PM

Dmitrij Jaskin is projected to spend Game 3 in the press box.

That's not surprising given that the Blues haven't used Jaskin yet in the 2017 playoffs. He had a goal and 11 points in 51 regular season contests.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 30 - 2:58 PM

Magnus Paajarvi is expected to be a healthy scratch on Sunday.

It would be Paajarvi's second straight game in the press box after dressing in Game 1 of the second round series. He has a goal and three points in six playoff games.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 30 - 2:57 PM

Jake Allen should get the nod in Game 3 Sunday afternoon.

Allen led the Blues out for the pregame warmups, which all-but confirms that he's getting the start. Not that Allen's status for the game was ever in real doubt. After all, he has a 1.89 GAA and .941 save percentage in the 2017 playoffs.
Apr 30 - 2:55 PM

Pekka Rinne is expected to play between the pipes in Game 3 on Sunday.

Rinne is coming of a rough start where he stopped just 17 of 20 shots, but he's been superb overall in the 2017 playoffs. He's entering this game with a 1.44 GAA and .949 save percentage in the postseason.
Apr 30 - 2:54 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have reportedly interviewed Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito.

Buffalo is in the process of hiring a new general manager. Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Mike Futa was also recently interviewed for the job. Zito was promoted to the role of assistant general manager with Columbus in 2015 and has been a member of the Blue Jackets' organization since 2013. Before that he was a player agent with clients that included Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask, and Kimmo Timonen.
Apr 30 - 2:29 PM

The Las Vegas Golden Knights' first pick in franchise history will be the sixth overall selection, unless there's a trade.

The Golden Knights were given the same odds of winning the lottery as the Arizona Coyotes, which had the third worst record in 2016-17, so there was a decent chance that Vegas would end up in the top five. Instead, Vegas dropped as far as the lottery rules would allow. "You want to pick as high as you can," Vegas GM George McPhee said. "But we’re sixth, and we’ll find a good player at six. A lot of good players have come out of that spot." McPhee will entertain the possibility of moving up or down in the draft, so Vegas might not end up getting that pick.
Apr 30 - 1:46 PM

Joe Sakic was upbeat despite the Colorado Avalanche losing the draft lottery.

Colorado had the worst record in the NHL in 2016-17, but the lottery produced the worst case scenario for the Avalanche, so they were reduced to the fourth overall pick. "I don’t think it’s a setback," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "When you’re picking one to four, you’re going to get a good player. We had 18 percent, we knew there was just as good a chance of not being picked (in any of the three lotteries), and that’s how it turned out." The only real silver lining for the Avalanche is that it's believed this draft doesn't contain a player of the caliber of Connor McDavid or Austin Matthews, so the Avalanche didn't just lose out on a generational player if the projections prove to be accurate. Still, it has to be disappointing to lose the draft after such a difficult season.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 30 - 1:40 PM

Patric Hornqvist (leg) is questionable for Game 3 on Monday.

Hornqvist left Saturday's contest after blocking a shot from John Carlson in the first period. He has two goals and five points in seven playoff contests.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 30 - 12:51 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk is not having a good playoff.

The talented defenseman is a minus seven so far in eight games. Caps' coach Barry Trotz has certainly seen Shattenkirk's struggles. "I know he can play better", said Trotz of Shattenkirk. Well the Caps better hope so if they are going to climb out of the 2-0 series whole they are in.
Apr 30 - 12:22 PM

Washington coach Barry Trotz told reporters that Braden Holtby would start in Game 3 Monday.

Despite pulling Braden Holtby in Game 2 after the Vezina finalist allowed three goals on three odd-man rushes, Trotz will sink or swim with him. We think it's the right call. Said Trotz when asked if Holtby would start Monday night: "Absolutely, why would you think otherwise? No question he's our goaltender. Expect him to start tomorrow."
Apr 30 - 12:12 PM

With his two assists Saturday night, Sidney Crosby now has registered multiple points in 52 playoff games during his career.

That passes Mario Lemiuex who had 51 such games. No offense to Connor McDavid, but Sid the Kid is still the best hockey player on the planet.
Apr 30 - 11:53 AM

Jake Guentzel is only the third player since the 1943-44 season to score at least seven goals in the first seven games of the playoffs.

The other two? Maurice Richard scored 10 and Dino Ciccarelli scored seven. Guentzel is a pretty impressive rookie.
Apr 30 - 11:46 AM

Erik Karlsson led all players in ice time in the Senators' 6-5 double overtime win Saturday afternoon.

He played an amazing 37:32 and registered an assist in the victory. That's impressive considering he probably still isn't playing at 100 percent. It is clear to us that Karlsson is almost invincible.
Apr 30 - 11:17 AM

Look for Tom Pyatt to return to action Monday for Game 3 against the Rangers.

Pyatt missed Saturday afternoon's contest as a healthy scratch even though he had recovered from an upper-body injury. Pyatt should be in the lineup at Madison Square Garden Monday night.
Apr 30 - 11:10 AM



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