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Drake Caggiula exited Friday's game against Anaheim in the second period and did not return.

Caggiula entered the Ducks' zone with speed and created a solid scoring chance for his team, but after his shot was stopped by Anaheim's John Gibson, Caggiula lost his footing and crashed into the boards awkwardly. He was able to get up on his own, but he went straight to the locker room. Caggiula came back out and tried to skate prior to the start of the third period, but he went straight back to the room and never returned. We'll consider him day-to-day for now. It's unclear if he'll be able to play in Game 3 on Sunday.
Apr 29 - 1:55 AM

John Gibson allowed two goals on 23 shots in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

The Ducks found themselves 2-0 in the second period, and although a Jakob Silfverberg power play goal cut the lead in half, they just couldn't find a way to beat Cam Talbot a second time. Anaheim now has to go to Edmonton trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. A loss on Sunday would really turn the heat up on the Ducks. Gibson owns a 3-2 record with a 2.76 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage this postseason. He isn't the reason they're down by two games in the series, but it's clear that Gibson is being outplayed by Talbot.
Apr 29 - 1:46 AM

Cam Talbot was spectacular in Friday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Talbot was clearly the best Oiler on the ice tonight, as he turned aside 39 of 40 shots in the victory. The only goal he allowed came while his team was shorthanded (Jakob Silfverberg beat him with a perfect wrist shot). With the Ducks continuously buzzing in the third period, Talbot was able to come up with huge saves to keep his team ahead (he was also bailed out by the post on two occasions in the final period). Talbot owns a 6-2 record with a 2.02 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage. It's the fourth time in eight games that Talbot has given up one goal or less in an outing. The Oilers are now heading back home with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 takes place on Sunday night.
Apr 29 - 1:39 AM

Jakob Silfverberg scored a power play goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

With Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse in the box for high-sticking, Silverberg beat Cam Talbot with a perfect wrist shot to cut the deficit in half. The Ducks dominated, especially in the third period, but they couldn't find a way to beat Talbot (they even hit the post twice in the final frame). Silfverberg now has four goals and one assist in six games during the postseason. Anaheim is in a big hole, as they're heading to Edmonton trailing 2-0 in the series. Game 3 will be played on Sunday night.
Apr 29 - 1:35 AM

Patrick Maroon scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Not many people predicted the Oilers would take the first two games of the series in Anaheim, but that's exactly what they've done. With Edmonton on the power play in second period, Jordan Eberle's pass went off Maroon's skate before hitting Ducks goalie John Gibson and falling into the net. The power play goal gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead at the time, and they never looked back. Maroon finished the game with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and two hits in 17:16 of ice time. He's up to two goals and two assists in eight games during the postseason. The Oilers are now headed back home with a strong grip on the series.
Apr 29 - 1:30 AM

Jori Lehtera found the back of the net in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

The Blues found themselves down 2-1 in the third period, but Lehtera scored a huge goal at the 7:39 mark to tie the game. Less than nine minutes after Lehtera made it 2-2, teammate Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second of the game to give St. Louis the lead and they never looked back. Since being a healthy scratch in Games 2, 3 and 4 of St. Louis' first-round series against Minnesota, Lehtera has responded by picking up three points in his last three games. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 29 - 12:36 AM

Ryan Ellis scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Ellis helped set up James Neal's goal in the first period to give Nashville a 1-0 lead. The Preds defenseman scored one of his own early in the third period to make it 2-1 for his team. Unfortunately for the Preds, they were unable to close out the game, as they allowed goals to Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko in the third frame. Ellis is up to two goals and five assists in six games this postseason. Those are very impressive numbers. The best-of-seven series is now tied at one. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 29 - 12:31 AM

Vernon Fiddler was ejected from Game 2 against St. Louis, after delivering a knee-on-knee hit on Blues defenseman Colton Parayko.

The incident occurred late in the first period. Parayko was trying to make a play from deep in his own end when Fiddler came in and clipped him with his knee. Fiddler was given five minutes for kneeing and a game misconduct. To make matters worse for Fiddler, Vladimir Tarasenko scored on the ensuing power play to tie the game at one. You can watch the incident by clicking the link below.
Apr 28 - 11:43 PM

Pekka Rinne allowed three goals on 20 shots in Friday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The Predators scored first and also had a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but they couldn't hang on for the win. It's the first time this postseason that the Preds have dropped a game. Rinne now owns a 5-1 record with a 1.44 goals-against-average and a .949 save percentage. The best-of-seven series is all squared up at one with the series heading to Nashville for Game 3 on Sunday.
Apr 28 - 11:28 PM

Jake Allen stopped 22 of 24 shots in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

The best-of-seven series is now all tied up at one. The Blues found themselves down 1-0 and 2-1 in this one, but they managed to jump ahead in the third period when they got goals by Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko (his second of the game). Allen now owns a 5-2 record with a 1.89 goals-against-average and a .941 save percentage. It's the fifth time in seven games during the playoffs that he's allowed two goals or less in a game.
Apr 28 - 11:25 PM

James Neal scored a goal in Friday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The good news, is that Neal finally managed to score a goal in the 2017 playoffs. The bad news for Nashville, is that the series is now tied 1-1. Neal opened the scoring at the 7:49 mark of the first period before Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game with under 20 seconds remaining in the frame. The Preds then jumped back ahead 2-1 when Ryan Ellis scored in the second period, but again, the Blues responded with goals from Jori Lehtera and Tarasenko again. Neal has just two points in six postseason games. Game 3 will be played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 28 - 11:21 PM

Nick Ritchie is out Friday because of flu-like symptoms.

Consider him day-to-day for now. Jared Boll is taking his spot in the lineup.
Apr 28 - 11:18 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a pair of goals in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

Tarasenko talked about being "better" in the second round than he was in the first, and he delivered a big performance tonight. His first goal, which was scored on the power play, tied the game at one with 20 seconds remaining in the opening period. Then, with just under four minutes remaining, Tarasenko managed to net the game-winning goal. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating and six shots on goal in 22 minutes of ice time. Tarasenko now has three goals and two assists in seven playoff games. This best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 being played in Nashville on Sunday.
Apr 28 - 11:17 PM

Sami Vatanen will not be in the lineup for Game 2 against Edmonton on Friday night.

Vatanen took part in the pre-game warmup, but he wasn't part of any pairing during line rushes. He's closing in on a return, but he remains day-to-day for now.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 10:36 PM

Anton Lander is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 2 against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Lander was limited to 22 games during the regular season and he still hasn't suited up for the Oilers in the postseason. Mark Fayne, Griffin Reinhart, Iiro Pakarinen, Nick Ellis, Jordan Oesterle, Eric Gryba and Matt Hendricks will also watch from the press box. None of these players carry any fantasy value.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 10:26 PM


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