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Ben Bishop will be back between the pipes Saturday afternoon for Game 5 against Detroit.

Despite the fact he let in a bad goal in Tamap's 3-2 overtime win against Detroit Thursday night, Bishop is a solid play Saturday in the Game 5 home contest. He has posted a 2.01 GAA and a .902 SP in the playoffs thus far.
Apr 25 - 11:58 AM

Craig Anderson will be in goal Sunday against Montreal for Game 6 of the Senators' best of seven series.

And why not? He's stopped 73 of 74 Montreal shots over the last two games. Anderson has always been a Habs' killer and Montreal is going to have to find a way to create traffic in front of him to get him off his game if they are to have any better luck for the balance of the series.
Apr 25 - 11:47 AM

Clarke MacArthur is listed as probable for Game 6 Sunday evening against the Canadiens.

He sustained a lower-body injury in Game 5 Friday night but Ottawa coach Dave Cameron indicated he believed MacArthur would be able to answer the bell for Sunday's contest.
Apr 25 - 11:41 AM

Ottawa coach Dave Cameron is expecting Jean-Gabriel Pageau to play in Game 6 Sunday evening.

He blocked a P.K. Subban slapshot during a Montreal powerplay and hobbled off the ice Friday night but there is a very good chance he will lace them up against the Habs for Sunday's crucial match.
Apr 25 - 11:40 AM

There are some in the Montreal media who suggest that Max Pacioretty is playing tentatively as he is still very concerned about the concussion he sustained at the end of the regular season.

Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette, suggests that MaxPac has become a perimiter player and that he seems hesitant to crash the net. He also believes that Pacioretty has not displayed his usual explosiveness since his return to action from the concussion. If that is the case, Montreal is going to need contributions from others who have been rather invisible in the series so far such as David Desharnais and Alex Galchenyuk. Game 6 is Sunday at 6 pm. It should be a dandy.
Apr 25 - 11:34 AM

History is on the Canadiens' side when they face off against the Senators in Game 6 Sunday.

Despite their ugly 5-1 loss in Game 5 to the Sens, the Habs have won 28 out of 31 playoff series in thier storied history when they've led by a margin of 3-2 in games. That said, they are going to have to create some traffic in front of Craig Anderson if they are to score more regularly. And a power-play goal now and then might be a good idea too.
Apr 25 - 11:13 AM

The Red Wings will make no lineup changes for Saturday night's Game 5 in Tampa despite losing Game 4 in dramatic fashion.

That means that forwards Stephen Weiss, Dan Cleary, and blueliners Jakub Kindl and Alexey Marchenko will see the press box once again.
Apr 25 - 10:50 AM

Gustav Nyquist broke a 12-game playoff scoring drought with his marker in Game 4 against the Lightning Thursday night.

It was quite the drought stemming back to last season for the talented winger. If Detroit is going to connitnue its playoff run, Nyquist is going to have to be an offensive factor.
Apr 25 - 10:20 AM

Pavel Datsyuk will be looking to rebound defensively from a poor third period in Game 4 when the Red Wings face off against the Lightning in Game 5 Saturday night in Tampa.

He was on the ice for all three goals in the final 7:51 and will have to do a better job of shadowing Tyler Johsnon, who spearheaded the Lightning comeback. Luke Glendening, who will play Saturday despite sustaining a hand injury late in Thursday's contest, likely won't get the chance to continue his checking mastery over Johnson as the Bolts have the last line change at home and Tampa coach Jon Cooper will likely look for a Datsyuk-Johnson matchup that worked so well for him Thursday night.
Apr 25 - 10:08 AM

It should come as no surprise that Petr Mrazek will get the start in Game 5 Saturday evening against the Lightning in Tampa.

Mrazek has arguably been the best Red Wing in the series. He boasts a 2-2 record with a 2.43 goals against average and a .922 save percentage and was strong even in Game 4 when the Bolts scored three goals in the final 7:51 of the third period to steal the win.
Apr 25 - 9:54 AM

Oddsmakers have pegged former NHLer, and current Binghamton Senators' coach Luke Richardson as the favorite to snag Buffalo's vacant coaching position.

Richardson is listed as a 3/2 favorite to get the job by online oddsmaker Bovada, while former Penguins' coach Dan Bylsma sits second tied with current Detroit bench boss Mike Babcock at 11/4. Others on the board are Todd McLellan at 3/1, John Tortorella at 15/2 and Peter Horacek at 17/2. The Sabres hope to make an announcement sometime before the NHL draft in June.
Apr 25 - 9:37 AM

Chris Tanev is a plus-four through the first five games of the playoffs.

Tanev is a rock-solid blueliner for the Canucks and that has extended into the post-season. The undervalued rearguard is an important part of the Canucks defensive corps. He has two assists in five games.
Apr 25 - 9:20 AM

Vancouver fans should expect to see Ryan Miller between the pipes for Game 6 Saturday.

Miller was in goal Thursday in the Canucks 2-1 win over the Flames to extend the series to a sixth game. It looks like Miller will be the Canucks goalie the rest of the series. Miller was the number one netminder until he was hurt on February 22. Eddie Lack took over and was great until coach Willie Desjardins pulled him during Game 4 and put a now healthy Miller in net. Miller has stopped 35 of 36 Calgary shots in the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 9:16 AM

The Bruins could get a second-round draft pick in one of the next three years as compensation from the Oilers for the signing of Boston's former general manager, Peter Chiarelli.

Even though the Bruins' fired Chiarelli, compensation is usually granted when a GM has a number of years left on a long-term deal. Chiarelli had three more years outstanding in his contract with Boston at the time of his termination. By the way, assistant GM Don Sweeney seems to be the frontrunner to replace Chiarelli.
Apr 25 - 9:14 AM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) was unable to play in the playoffs.

Pouliot was hoping to be ready for the start of the playoffs after suffering the injury in the last week of the regular season. But the rookie was unable to go. He should be a fixture on the Penguins blueline for years to come and should hit the 40 point mark in a couple of seasons.
Apr 25 - 9:07 AM


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