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Nikita Nesterov will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh.

This isn't exactly breaking news, as he's been a healthy scratch in all but one of the games in this series. The 23-year-old has no goals and one assist in nine postseason games in 2016. Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Condra are also expected to watch the game from the press box.
May 24 - 7:42 PM

Beau Bennett is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Bennett made his return to the Penguins' lineup in Game 5 after being out since April 5 with an undisclosed injury. The Bennett experiment didn't end up lasting very long. Derrick Pouliot and Oskar Sundqvist are also expected to watch from the press box tonight. The Penguins are one loss away from being eliminated from the 2016 playoffs. If the Pens pulls off a win in Game 6, the two teams would play Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
May 24 - 7:19 PM

Anton Lindholm has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Lindholm had four assists in 30 games with the Swedish League's Skelleftea AIK in 2015-16. Colorado selected the blueliner with the 144th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 24 - 6:34 PM

The Stanley Cup Final will start on May 30.

From there the games will be held on June 1, June 4, and June 6. If necessary games 5-7 will take place on June 9, June 12, and June 15. All contests will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. What we of course still don't know is who will be featured in the final series. Tampa Bay holds a 3-2 series lead over Pittsburgh going into Tuesday night's contest. On Wednesday, San Jose will try to eliminate St. Louis in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.
May 24 - 5:59 PM

Ben Bishop (lower body) felt Tuesday's skate is the best he's had so far.

"It's been a big improvement the last three days as far as how it feels," Bishop said. "It's still not quite there, I'm still favoring it a little bit. It's a process, you can't just jump right in. It's encouraging at least the last three days you're really seeing the improvement, moving a little bit better." Bishop isn't available for Game 6 on Tuesday, but he hopes to be available for the Stanley Cup Final should the Lightning advance. Tampa Bay can clinch its spot with a win Tuesday night.
May 24 - 5:56 PM

Brian Elliott will play between the pipes in Game 6 on Wednesday.

The Blues started Jake Allen in the last two games, but they're switching things up again after Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots Monday night. Elliott has a 2.34 GAA and .925 save percentage in 17 starts in the 2016 playoffs.
May 24 - 5:18 PM

Minnesota has until June 1st to sign prospect Reid Duke.

The Wild might end up trading Duke rather than inking him as there reportedly is some interest from other teams. Duke had 33 goals and 62 points in 68 WHL regular season games. He's added another eight goals and 24 points in 21 playoff contests. Minnesota took him with the 169th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 24 - 4:49 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will play between the pipes for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Ben Bishop is making progress, but he's not healthy enough to play yet, so the Lightning will stick with Vasilevskiy. That's worked out fine for the Lightning so far as Vasilevskiy has a 2.65 GAA and .928 save percentage in six playoff games.
May 24 - 3:54 PM

Seth Griffith has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins.

Griffith will come with a $625K annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He spent the vast majority of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors, but he did have 24 goals and 77 points in 57 AHL contests.
May 24 - 3:14 PM

Kevan Miller has agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract extension with the Boston Bruins.

That represents a big raise over Miller's previous contract, which paid him $1.6 million over two years. Miller had five goals, 13 assists, and 53 penalty minutes in 71 games last season. The 28-year-old blueliner has 159 NHL games under his belt.
May 24 - 3:11 PM

With their win on Monday, the Sharks have set a franchise high for their most playoff victories.

In other words, this is the first time San Jose has pulled within a win of the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks have previously enjoyed a lot of success in the regular season, but they often fell short of expectations in the playoffs. By contrast, the 2015-16 Sharks were good during the regular season, but not dominate. In the Western Conference, they had the sixth best record.
May 24 - 3:01 PM

Chase Lang has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Lang had two goals and three points in 11 AHL games in 2015-16. Prior to that he scored 27 goals and 63 points in 69 contests with the WHL's Vancouver Giants and Calgary Hitmen in 2015-16.
May 24 - 2:04 PM

It looks like Conor Sheary will draw back into the Penguins' lineup for Game 6.

What's more, Sheary is projected to resume his duties on a line with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist. That's at the expense of Beau Bennett, who had taken over for Sheary in Game 5.
May 24 - 1:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will start Matt Murray in Game 6 on Tuesday.

Marc-Andre Fleury got his first start of the playoffs on Sunday, but he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss. Although Murray similarly struggled in Game 4, he's the goaltender that's gotten Pittsburgh this far in the playoffs, so it's not surprising to see the Penguins go back to him when facing elimination.
May 24 - 12:58 PM

Steven Stamkos (blood clot) took part in Tuesday's practice, but he isn't ready to return.

Stamkos stayed on after the practice to do bag skating with the other scratches. He confirmed afterwards that his status remains unchanged.
May 24 - 12:10 PM



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