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Expect J.T. Miller to start on New York's top line on Sunday.

He skated with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash during the team's morning skate on Sunday. He isn't a great fantasy option, as he's scored just four assists this postseason, but his fantasy value definitely gets a boost if he continues playing with those two forwards.
May 24 - 1:31 PM

Leon Draisaitl admitted that it was the Edmonton Oilers who decided that he wouldn't be going to last winter's World Junior Hockey Championship.

This was suspected by many, but never confirmed until now. It proved to be a puzzling decision, as he was returned to his junior team shortly after the tournament. The Oilers took a bizarre approach with Draisaitl in his rookie season. He played 37 games with the club when it was clear he wasn't ready for the NHL. By doing this, the Oilers burned the first year of his entry level contract.
May 24 - 1:18 PM

Nick Bjugstad had a stellar sophomore season in 2014-15.

"The confidence was a lot better," Bjugstad said of his second season in the NHL. "I think as a team we just played a lot better together, so that helped me. I just loved my linemates and who I was playing with." The 22-year-old finished the season with 24 goals and 43 points during the season.
May 24 - 1:09 PM

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said that Mats Zuccarello (concussion) is still day-to-day but that he is feeling better.

Zuccarello hasn't played since the Rangers first round series against Pittsburgh but it's a positive sign that he is feeling better. It's unclear whether or not the 27-year-old will come back at some point this playoff season.
May 24 - 12:26 PM

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper believes that forward Ryan Callahan will score in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

''Tonight's probably the night he's going to score,'' said Cooper. It's no secret that Callahan hasn't been productive this postseason. The 30-year-old has no points in his last nine games and he has just three assists in 16 postseason games in 2015.
May 24 - 11:54 AM

All signs point to Vladimir Sobotka remaining in Russia for the 2015-16 season.

Sobotka signed a three-year deal with Omsk last year, but his contract contains an out clause that would allow him to come back to the NHL. Blues GM Doug Armstrong hasn't closed the door on a potential return to St. Louis for Sobotka, but he did say that the player and his agent will have to make a decision quickly. "I had a good talk with his agent," Armstrong said. "The agent told me that the money he made last year, they guaranteed him for next year. He’s got two weeks to decide what he’s going to do. I said ‘We’d love to have him back.’ I understand if the economics are so great in the KHL and he has to stay. I respect that. Then we’ll talk again a year from now."
May 24 - 11:49 AM

Matt Carle is taking part in the Lightning's morning skate on Sunday.

The 30-year-old missed most Game 3 and all of Game 4 because of an undisclosed injury, but this is a positive sign for his availability tonight.
May 24 - 11:38 AM

Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov have had incredible chemistry throughout the regular season and playoffs.

The trio developed such great chemistry this season, that they have taken a lot of the pressure off Steve Stamkos. "They are the same kind of player as me, so the more you play with them, the more you watch them and see where they are going,’’ Kucherov said. "So watching Johnny and Paly make a move, in my head I would do the same thing, so they probably think the same way as me.’’ The Triplets have combined for 25 of Tampa Bay's 48 goals this postseason.
May 24 - 11:31 AM

Chris Bigras was named to the all-OHL team for the 2014-15 season.

Bigras was selected by the Avalanche in the second round of the 2013 Entry Draft. Joining him on the first team were Connor McDavid, Max Domi, Anthony DeAngelo and Mitchell Marner and Lucas Perissini. The 20-year-old had 20 goals and 71 points in 62 games with Owen Sound in 2014-15.
Source: Denver Post
May 24 - 10:39 AM

New Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney said he has a great amount of respect for Claude Julien.

Julien's status for next season is still up in the air, but both coach and GM should be meeting soon. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Claude, and the job that he’s done here. I love the accountability and the structure that he brings to a hockey club. His demeanor on the bench is outstanding. I think his players respond to him," Sweeney told "I think our transition game needs to improve. It’s an area we need to address, and it’s going to start in our own end, in the neutral zone and at the blue line creating turnovers that will allow us for some odd-numbered opportunities." It will be interesting to see if the Bruins will give their Stanley Cup winning coach another shot to coach their team in 2015-16.
May 24 - 10:32 AM

Brent Seabrook scored a goal in Saturday's 5-4 double overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks.

The two teams combined for five goals in what was a crazy third period. Seabrook scored at the 7:38 mark of the third frame to extend the Hawks' lead to 3-1, but Anaheim responded quickly by scoring three goals in 37 seconds to take a 4-3 lead. The Hawks eventually tied the game on a goal by Patrick Kane, and Antoine Vermette scored the game-winner in the second period of overtime. The 30-year-old has four goals and seven points in 14 games.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 24 - 10:25 AM

Brandon Saad scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-4 double-overtime win over Anaheim in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

Saad opened the scoring late in the first period when he beat Frederik Andersen with a shorthanded goal. The 22-year-old also picked up an assist on each of Chicago's first two third period goals, which were scored by Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook. He finished the game with a plus-3 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in just over 24 minutes of ice time. Saad now has four goals and two assists this postseason.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 24 - 10:21 AM

Jonathan Toews said his team stayed calm after surrendering three goals in 37 seconds in the third period.

The Hawks were up 3-1 in the final frame when Anaheim opened up the machine and scored goals at the 8:42, 9:05 and 9:19 marks of the period. Chicago responded with a goal by Patrick Kane to tie the game at four and they eventually won in double overtime. "I guess when it rains, it pours in some moments, especially for us in that third," Toews said. "A lot of teams wouldn’t feel too good about themselves, but I think we did a good job of staying calm. … We had the character and the poise to relax and calm ourselves down and make a game of it and find a way to get into it." Toews scored a goal and an assist of his own in the game.
May 24 - 10:15 AM

Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville said he was very happy for Antoine Vermette after he scored the overtime winning goal on Saturday.

Quenneville made Vermette a healthy scratch in Game 3, but the coach said he was glad to see his player rebound from that. "I was very happy for him," Joel Quenneville said. "What a huge goal for him and for us. What makes our game so great is that players are so competitive, they want to play in the worst way and want more ice time, as well. You can understand where he was at, very disappointed. But he’s a great pro, stayed with it, and that line had a couple of looks in overtime and I’m glad he finished it because that was a huge, huge goal. Huge."
May 24 - 10:11 AM

Patrick Kane scored the game-tying goal in the third period of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against Anaheim.

The Hawks had a 3-1 lead in the third period but they allowed three goals in just under one minute and quickly trailed 4-3. Kane ended up tying the game on the power play at the 12:39 mark of the third frame to eventually force overtime. The goal proved to be even more significant when Antoine Vermette gave the Hawks the win in the second period of overtime. The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2. Kane has nine goals and 15 points in 14 postseason games this year.
May 24 - 10:04 AM

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