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The Vancouver Canucks will have the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Canucks were booted by both Winnipeg and Columbus from the top three ring despite finishing 27th overall in the League during 2015-16. There isn't much consensus for who should go at their spot, which will only add to the intrigue and anxiousness to their selection.
Apr 30 - 8:44 PM

Despite finishing 24th overall in the League during 2015-16, the Winnipeg Jets won the second overall slot in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Assuming that Toronto goes with consensus top-pick Auston Matthews first overall, that'll leave Winnipeg to choose between stand-out Finns Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi. What a great position to be in.
Apr 30 - 8:41 PM

The Edmonton Oilers dropped out of the top-3 at the NHL Draft Lottery and own the 4th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Edmonton was bumped to fourth by the lottery victories of Columbus and Winnipeg despite finishing 29th in the overall standings. The consensus fourth-best prospect is Matthew Tkachuk, son of Hall of Famer Keith Tkachuk.
Apr 30 - 8:38 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will draft third overall in the NHL Entry Draft.

Columbus finished 26th overall in 2015-16, but were lucky enough to win a spot in the top three portion of the lottery and jumping Edmonton in the process. If they forego moving off their spot, they'll be left with likely one of Patrick Laine or Jesse Puljujärvi.
Apr 30 - 8:36 PM

It was tanksational, as the Toronto Maple Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night.

The Leafs finished in last place overall in 2015-16, which gave them the best odds at winning the coveted first overall slot at 20%. The odds were with them, and now will have the pleasure of deciding between Auston Matthews and the rest of the field.
Apr 30 - 8:25 PM

Chris Kunitz will indeed play in Saturday's Game 2 against Washington.

Kunitz has just one assist during six games played this postseason with 24 hits. We'd say he's "due", but he may be averaging just over 12 minutes a night for a reason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 30 - 8:03 PM

Dmitry Orlov leads Washington's scratches in Game 2 against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Orlov, who had one point in the seven games prior, will be joined by Mike Weber, Stanislav Galiev, and Michael Latta.
Source: Katie Brown
Apr 30 - 6:42 PM

Justin Schultz headlines Pittsburgh's scratches in Game 2 against Washington on Saturday.

Schultz will be joined by Oskar Sundqvist, Beau Bennett, and Derrick Pouliot. So long as Pittsburgh stays hot, we wouldn't expect to see any lineup changes.
Source: Katie Brown
Apr 30 - 6:40 PM

Tyler Johnson led the Lightning past the Islanders 4-1 in Saturday's Game 2.

Johnson scored the game's opening tally, and the game's final for his two goals. He also added an assist in between. Johnson now has four goals and 10 points through seven games thus far.
Apr 30 - 6:37 PM

Jonathan Drouin cannot help himself from getting on to the score sheet.

Drouin picked up his first goal of the postseason plus his sixth assist, giving him seven points through seven postseason games thus far. Pretty remarkable twist in the story, to say the least.
Apr 30 - 6:35 PM

Victor Hedman popped in a pair of points during Saturday's 4-1 Game 2 win over the Islanders.

The goal Hedman scored was his first of the postseason, his assist was his third, giving him four points through seven games thus far in the playoffs.
Apr 30 - 6:33 PM

Ben Bishop backstopped his Lightning to a Game 2 win over the Islanders on Saturday.

Bishop turned away 19 of 20 shots during the game, including four of five on the kill. Suffice it to say, Bishop's teammates made it a very easy afternoon for him as the series now stands knotted at one thanks to the 4-1 win.
Apr 30 - 6:31 PM

Nikolay Kulemin scored his first goal of the postseason during Saturday's Game 2 against Tampa Bay.

Kulemin's tally gave the Islanders a brief breath of life, cutting their deficit to 2-1 late in the first period. Unfortunately, it'd be the only offense of the game as New York fell 4-1. He now has two points during the playoffs.
Apr 30 - 6:28 PM

Thomas Greiss and the Islanders fell 4-1 on Saturday to Tampa Bay in Game 2.

Greiss turned away 27 of 30 shots, including three of four on special teams. Greiss will surely want this game back, but at least he'll take the solace in knowing the series is merely knotted at one.
Apr 30 - 6:27 PM

Karl Alzner is expected to play in Game 2 against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Alzer hasn't missed a game since 2010, so we would only be surprised if that streak failed to continue. He has two points with 10 hits and 14 blocks through seven games thus far this postseason.
Source: Katie Brown
Apr 30 - 5:37 PM


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