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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 5:48 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Friday, May 29

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Three keys for Rangers, Lightning to winning Game 7
Examining three keys to victory in for the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Weekes: Two Game 7s are better than one
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes is ready for a pair of Game 7s that will decide who advances to the Stanley Cup Final.
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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 3:36 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Blackhawks series blog

Ducks coach Boudreau eyes line changes for Game 7

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau could be trying out some new wrinkles in his bottom-six forward group for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Right wing Kyle Palmieri was moved from the third line and replaced by right wing Jiri Sekac in line rushes Friday. The fourth line was Palmieri, left wing Tomas Fleischmann and center Rickard Rakell.

"I wanted to see it in practice today," Boudreau said. "We tried that a little bit. I wanted to make sure that if that's the route we're going to go, then I wanted to see if they at least had sort of some good chemistry together. We talked about it and we'll talk about it again [Saturday] morning. By no means are those set in stone, those lines today."

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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 1:10 PM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Rangers know better effort at home will be necessary

NEW YORK -- Much has been made of the New York Rangers' record in Game 7s, especially at Madison Square Garden, where they are 7-0, including a 4-0 record in the past four seasons.

But with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final on the line Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), the Rangers are going to need to play better than they have at home during the series, where they've lost two of three games and have scored a total of four goals.

Following a 2-1 win in Game 1, the Rangers lost Game 2 and Game 5 at MSG by a combined score of 8-2.

"It doesn't matter what happened in the first games here," Rangers forward Carl Hagelin said Friday. "We know we didn't play the way we wanted and we know we have another level. So the plan is to reach that higher level tonight and do everything we can to win."

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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 1:06 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning excited for Game 7 opportunity vs. Rangers

NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from the Stanley Cup Final. They know what's at stake: Win and move on, or lose and go home.

The New York Rangers are treating Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) as just another game. After all, they've won 15 of 18 elimination games since the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But the Lightning have a different opinion.

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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 12:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Flames feel depth of 2015 draft works in their favor

The Calgary Flames relied on some of their younger players during their run to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and heading into the 2015 NHL Draft they expect to find another quality player to add to the organization.

Although most of the headlines surrounding this year's draft class has been centered on Erie center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel, Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button said he likes the depth of the talent pool and expects to find a quality player when the Flames' turn in the first round comes at No. 15.

Who that player could be, however, Button isn't sure about. He and his scouts have assembled a list of players who could be available when their spot comes up. Button did say the Flames would not use their first pick on a goaltender.

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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 10:56 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Sabres' Bylsma likes what he sees in Jack Eichel

Dan Bylsma was in high demand across many media platforms after being named coach of the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

The questions came fast and furious about his coaching philosophy, expectations and, most notably, his thoughts about Boston University freshman Jack Eichel.

Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, is expected to be chosen by the Sabres with the No. 2 pick in the first round on June 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Bylsma saw plenty of Eichel this season, so everyone was interested in his opinion.

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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Two Game 7s are better than one

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Two Game 7s to determine the Stanley Cup Final matchup. Are you kidding me, hockey gods? Are you kidding me? This is amazing. This is so amazing.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, at Madison Square Garden, must-watch TV on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final, at Honda Center, must-watch TV on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The winners line up against each other for the right to lift the big trophy.

Like I said, amazing.

Here is a take on each of the four teams as we head into Game 7 heaven:


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Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 10:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Quebec wins, advances to Memorial Cup semifinal

Jerome Verrier scored two goals to help the host Quebec Remparts beat the Rimouski Oceanic 5-2 in the tiebreaker game on Thursday at the 2015 Memorial Cup at Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec.

Adam Erne (Tampa Bay Lightning) had a goal and an assist, and Anthony Duclair (Arizona Coyotes) and Marc-Olivier Roy (Edmonton Oilers) also had goals. Goaltender Zachary Fucale (Montreal Canadiens) made 30 saves.

The Remparts play the Western Hockey League champion Kelowna Rockets in the semifinals Friday. The winner of that game will play the Oshawa Generals, champions of the Ontario Hockey League, in the championship game Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US). The Remparts are trying to become the first host team to win the Memorial Cup since the Shawinigan Cataractes in 2012.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 10:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Rangers-Lightning series blog

Lightning's Boyle not fazed by Garden mystique

Brian Boyle won two Game 7s with the New York Rangers, one at Madison Square Garden, last year.

They were part of New York's 6-0 Game 7 record since 2012, 4-0 at MSG.

He'll play another one there Friday, this time with the Tampa Bay Lightning to decide the Eastern Conference Final (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Boyle said Thursday he wouldn't have made the trip north if he believed the Lightning bought into the idea they have no chance to conquer the Madison Square Garden mystique.

"Do you think I buy it? What am I doing here if I buy it?" Boyle said. "Why would I fly up from Florida if I bought it? They've obviously had success in Game 7. It's a new year. Obviously, we're expecting their best and they've been good. It's a fun place to play."

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Posted On Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 6:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Thursday, May 28

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



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Bylsma hired as coach of Sabres
Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will take over behind Buffalo Sabres bench.

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Quote of the Day

I'm here to develop a winning culture and a winning team. There is a bright future ahead of this team.  A lot of young, great hockey players here and on the way … a fan base that's passionate about the game of hockey.

— Dan Bylsma after being introduced as new coach of the Buffalo Sabres