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There is still much doubt surrounding Sami Vatanen's availability for Game 3 in Edmonton.

Vatanen hasn't made a post-season appearance since Game 1 against the Calgary Flames due to his upper-body injury. After being close to returning in Game 2 last night, there is apparently some doubt today that he will be ready in time for puck drop when the series resumes in Edmonton tomorrow night. Staring down a 2-0 hole, the Ducks will need as many healthy bodies as possible if they wish to get back into the series.
Apr 29 - 2:34 PM

It appears that Kevin Bieksa might miss the rest of the second round with the lower-body injury he is currently nursing.

Bieksa was injured during the second period of Game 1 after he got tangled up with Edmonton's Anton Slepyshev. The Ducks went down 2-0 in the series last night and losing Bieksa for the rest of the series won't make it any easier for them to come back. With Vatanen also a question mark for Game 3, the Ducks will be missing some key pieces at the back in Edmonton.
Apr 29 - 2:28 PM

Carl Hagelin was absent from the morning skate, leaving his status up in the air ahead of Game 2.

"It doesn’t mean anything," Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan said of Hagelin not participating. "This morning was an optional skate. So everybody will be game-time decisions." Hagelin hasn't played since March 10 due to a lower-body injury. We will keep you updated on his status ahead of tonight's Game 2 matchup with the Capitals.
Apr 29 - 2:07 PM

The New York Rangers are not expected to be making any changes to their lineup ahead of Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators this afternoon.

Meaning that Tanner Glass, Adam Clendening, Kevin Klein, Matt Puempel, Steven Kampfer, and Brandon Pirri will all watch the game from the press box. The Rangers are currently down 1-0 in the series but were a few bounces away from taking Game 1. Coach Alain Vigneault is confident in the lineup that got him out of the first round against the Canadiens.
Apr 29 - 1:50 PM

The New York Rangers are not making any lineup changes ahead of Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators.

Henrik Lundqvist will once again be in goal for the Rangers. After an average regular season in goal, King Henrik has been outstanding during the post-season. He has won four of his seven starts, allowing just 13 goals. The Rangers will need more of his big saves if they wish to head back to New York with the series tied at one game apiece.
Apr 29 - 1:45 PM

The Nashville Predators have recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from Milwaukee of the AHL.

Gaudreau played in nine games for the Preds this season, picking up one assist. It's unclear if he will be inserted into the lineup tomorrow for Game 3.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 29 - 1:33 PM

Speaking in Q&A with Yahoo Sports, Mark Scheifele was quick to point to his off-season training with Adam Oates and Gary Roberts as the main reason for his success this season.

"I’m a guy that likes to continue to work on my game no matter how it goes. I always want to get better. I always want to be one of the best in the world." said Scheifele. Obviously it was a lot of work with Gary Roberts and Adam Oates. Those guys I saw a lot in the summer and helped me with my game. That’s something I’m going to continue to do because in this league you can’t be complacent, you can’t be satisfied with just being where you’re at, you have to push for more." Scheifele finished the season 7th in the league in scoring with 82 points in 79 games this season. He also mentioned that he and his Jets teammates need to be more consistent next season if they wish to make the post-season. A link to the Q&A can be found below.
Apr 29 - 1:16 PM

It appears Paul Carey will make his NHL playoff debut in game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.

"What we’re trying to do, he’ll be a real good fit," Trotz said of Carey. "He’s a hard worker. I just think he’ll get an opportunity. He hasn’t had that opportunity. When he’s gone in he’s done a great job. Just looking for a little bit of a fit." Carey has 32 career games under his belt, split with the Colorado Avalanche and the Washington Capitals. He will take Brett Connolly's spot in the lineup and play alongside Jay Beagle and Daniel Winnik.
Apr 29 - 12:27 PM

Guy Boucher announced no lineup changes ahead of game 2 against the New York Rangers, indicating that Craig Anderson will once again get the start in goal for the Senators.

Anderson has won five of seven post-season contests, allowing just 14 goals. He turned aside 34 of 35 shots in Game 1. The Senators will be in a great spot to take game 2 if Anderson continues his great play.
Apr 29 - 12:23 PM

Guy Boucher has announced to the media that he will not make any changes to his lineup ahead of Game 2 against the New York Rangers.

Not much of a surprise after the Senators took Game 1 from New York by a score of 2-1 on Thursday. That leaves Tom Pyatt, Chris Kelly, Chris Wideman, Chris Neil, Colin White, Jyrki Jokipakka, and Chris DiDomenico as the scratches for the Sens this afternoon.
Apr 29 - 12:13 PM

With a little bit of luck tonight, the Philadelphia Flyers might find themselves picking at the top of the board during the June NHL Entry Draft.

The Flyers currently hold a 2.2% chance of jumping from 13th to 1st in the upcoming draft. Many experts project Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings as being the first name called at the podium. Patrick and Flyers rookie Ivan Provorov spent time together playing in Brandon during Provorov's final two junior hockey seasons. If the Flyers don't move into one of the top three selections, GM Rox Hextall believes this draft is loaded with offensive talent. If they stand pat at 13, it would be the first time in their franchise history that the Flyers held the 13th pick in the NHL draft. The results of tonight's NHL Draft Lottery will be revealed shortly after 8 p.m. ET.
Apr 29 - 12:06 PM

Vancouver has a a 24 percent chance of picking first or second following Saturday night's NHL draft lottery.

Unfortunately, there is also a 65 percent chance of falling to fourth or fifth. "You've got no control over it," said Canucks president Trevor Linden. "With the new lottery rules it's not where you finish, it's how the balls bounce. I think we're all going to learn that finishing two or four or six doesn't really matter. It's such an unknown." Vancouver has a 12.1 percent of winning the first overall selection, which gives them the second-best odds after the team finished 29th in the league standings.
Apr 29 - 11:21 AM

Marc-Edouard Vlasic will play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championships.

Vlasic was part of Canada's gold-medal winning team at the World Cup in Toronto and he won gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The 30-year-old blueliner posted 28 points in 75 games with the Sharks in 2016-17. He also added three helpers in six playoff matches.
Apr 29 - 11:09 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has produced two assists in his last two games.

He didn't have a point in six games in Round 1 of the playoffs against San Jose, but he has two points in two outings versus Anaheim in Edmonton's second-round series. This is the first time that Nugent-Hopkins has been in the NHL playoffs and he appears to be getting more comfortable.
Apr 29 - 11:05 AM

Jordan Eberle has registered two assists in eight playoff games.

He got his first point Friday night in a 2-1 win over Anaheim since Game 1 of the opening round against San Jose. Eberle has had a quiet postseason in his first taste of NHL playoff action, but his struggles have not slowed down the Oilers at all.
Apr 29 - 11:01 AM



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