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Posted On Monday, 04.27.2015 / 7:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Ducks-Flames series blog

Flames' Gaudreau looks ahead to 'difficult series'

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau joined NHL Live to discuss advancing to the Western Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and what to expect against the Flames' next opponent, the Anaheim Ducks.

True to their regular-season form, the Flames erased a 3-0 first-period deficit with four third-period goals in Game 6 of the first round to win 7-4 and eliminate the Vancouver Canucks. Calgary also won Game 1 with a third-period rally topped by Kris Russell's goal with 30 seconds left in regulation.

"That first game was huge for us," Gaudreau said. "It felt like we had a little bit control of the series. We got to come back to Calgary knowing we just need to win the games in Calgary and we're going to the next round.

Posted On Monday, 04.27.2015 / 5:39 PM

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

ICYMI: Monday, April 27

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TRENDING:

Islanders eager to take next step by winning Game 7
The New York Islanders can take a huge step forward with a win against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round.

Flames' next challenge comes from top-seeded Ducks
The Calgary Flames' struggles in Anaheim could give the Ducks an advantage in their Western Conference Second Round series.

Wild get another crack at knocking off Blackhawks
Ousted from the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two seasons by the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild hope the third time is the charm when they face Chicago in the Western Conference Second Round.

Hockey Hall of Fame member Pronovost dies
Eight-time Stanley Cup winner Marcel Pronovost died Sunday. He was 84 years old. 



NEWS:

Predators' Weber has medical procedure on knee
Defenseman Shea Weber sustained a subluxed knee cap during Game 2 of the Nashville Predators Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Predators announced on Monday.

Blackhawks' Crawford to start in goal vs. Wild
Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Minnesota Wild

Flames goalie Hiller to start Game 1 against Ducks
Goalie Jonas Hiller will start for the Calgary Flames in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks, coach Bob Hartley announced Monday.

Rangers' Zuccarello out indefinitely, Klein set to return
New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is out indefinitely after sustaining an upper-body injury in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins

Blackhawks' Versteeg could be scratched for Game 1
It appears Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg will be the odd man out at the start of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Minnesota Wild.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from games played on Sunday, April 26.

FEATURES:

Rangers' Hagelin again raising play in postseason
New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin again is raising his game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Five reasons Senators were eliminated from playoffs  
Among the five reasons the Ottawa Senators were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs were their inability to play a full game and lack of offensive depth up front.

Five reasons Canadiens advanced to second round
Among the five reasons the Montreal Canadiens advanced to the second round were Carey Price's elite goaltending and their tenacity against the Ottawa Senators.

Five reasons Blues were eliminated from playoffs
A lack of goal scoring and no contributions from some top players were two of the reasons the St. Louis Blues were eliminated from the playoffs

Five reasons Wild advanced to second round
Devan Dubnyk
Goalie - MIN
RECORD: 4-2
GAA: 2.32 | SVP: .913
Goaltender Devan Dubnyk and a solid power play were two of the reasons the Minnesota Wild advanced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Parise's two goals spark Wild to first-round victory
Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise's two goals in Game 6 sparked his team's series-clinching victory against the St. Louis Blues

Cameron responsible for Senators' turnaround
After taking over as Ottawa coach after Paul MacLean was dismissed, Dave Cameron helped lead the Senators on a fairy tale run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Senators season ends with excruciating Game 6 loss 
The Senators put themselves in a great position to win early in the series but were unable to get the crucial goals or solve Canadiens goalie Carey Price.

Canadiens advance, will face Red Wings or Lightning
The Montreal Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round by eliminating the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 on Sunday.

Hitchcock, Blues exit playoffs early again 
The St. Louis Blues have been near the top of the League standings for the regular season in each of the past four seasons, but exited the Stanley Cup Playoffs prematurely again.

Wild advance, set for rematch against Blackhawks
The Minnesota Wild will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a 4-1 win against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Red Wings not interested in return trip to Tampa
The Detroit Red Wings have no interest in another trip to Tampa so they're focused on closing their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6.

Lightning focused on creating more offense in Game 6
The Tampa Bay Lightning are focused on doing whatever it takes to create more offense against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6.

Forward Glencross back in Capitals lineup for Game 7
Capitals forward Curtis Glencross will play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Islanders on Monday at Verizon Center.

Melrose: Another chance for Capitals to get it right
NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose checks in on Game 7 of Washington-New York and Game 6 of Detroit-Tampa Bay set for Monday.

McDavid dazzles again with shorthanded goal
Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, expected to be the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, dazzled again with a shorthanded goal Sunday.

Posted On Monday, 04.27.2015 / 12:48 PM

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

McDavid dazzles again with shorthanded goal

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid added another highlight to a season already packed with them.

NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater for the 2015 NHL Draft and the projected No. 1 pick, scored two goals, including the game-winner, Sunday as Erie beat the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 Ontario Hockey League Western Conference Final.

While McDavid's second goal was the winner, it was his first of the game that showcased his jaw-dropping skill.

Posted On Friday, 04.24.2015 / 5:43 PM

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

ICYMI: Friday, April 24

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TRENDING:

Oilers hire Chiarelli as president, general manager
The Edmonton Oilers on Friday named Peter Chiarelli general manager and president of hockey operations.

Predators captain Weber to miss rest of first round
Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the first round because of a lower-body injury.

Kuznetsov proves to be worth wait for Capitals
If Thursday was a glimpse of what Evgeny Kuznetsov can still become, he will have been worth the wait for the Washington Capitals.

No Bull Moments: Ducks' Etem, Wings' Glendening
Vote for the AMP No Bull Moment of the playoffs, a best of the best battle of No. 1 plays every week.



NEWS:

Blackhawks to start Darling in Game 6 vs. Predators 
Scott Darling will be the Chicago Blackhawks starting goaltender in Game 6 against the Nashville Predators as they try to advance to the Western Conference Second Round.

Time set for potential Canadiens-Senators Game 6 
The starting time of the potential Game 6 of the series between the Canadiens and Senators, if necessary, is 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 26.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from games played on Thursday, April 23.

FEATURES:

Jets know there's work ahead to get deep in playoffs
The Winnipeg Jets made significant progress in the 2014-15 regular season, but the Stanley Cup Playoffs provided a blunt reminder of how far they still have to go.

Lightning's Cooper a fan of Red Wings' Abdelkader
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper goes way back with Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader, a power forward having a career season.

Johnson goals critical as Lightning pull even in series
Tyler Johnson
Center - TBL
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 5
SOG: 14 | +/-: 3
Tyler Johnson set up the tying goal and scored his second of the game in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series.

Noel: Lightning capitalized on Glendening injury
Former NHL coach Claude Noel noted the Tampa Bay Lightning took full advantage in Game 4 when Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening left with an injury.

Blackhawks miss chance to eliminate Predators
The Chicago Blackhawks weathered the early storm they expected from the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. But another one, early in the third period, was too powerful to overcome in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Improved defense big reason Capitals lead series
The Washington Capitals have allowed four goals in the past three games of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Islanders.

Wild doing best to move forward for Game 5 vs. Blues
The Minnesota Wild are focused on moving forward for Game 5 after their 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 4.

Tie series, pivotal Game 5 what Lightning expected
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper didn't expect the Eastern Conference First Round series vs. the Detroit Red Wings to end quickly -- he was right.

Red Wings forward Glendening will play in Game 5
Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening will play in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Blues' Lehtera possible for Game 5 vs. Wild
Jori Lehtera
Center - STL
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 2
SOG: 2 | +/-: -1
St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera missed the morning skate Friday but could play in Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild.

Islanders' Pulock could debut with de Haan injured
The New York Islanders may be forced to use another defenseman in their series against the Washington Capitals because of an injury to Calvin de Haan.

Senators' Stone honored by Calder nomination
Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone is honored to be a finalist for the Calder Trophy but said the Stanley Cup Playoffs are his only focus now.

Islanders ready for potential last game at Coliseum
When the New York Islanders host the Washington Capitals in Game 6 at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, it could be their final game in their only home.

Senators' Chiasson in, Hoffman to get more ice time
The Ottawa Senators will add Alex Chiasson to the Game 5 lineup against the Montreal Canadiens and give forward Mike Hoffman more ice time.

Penguins again missing Pouliot, Bennett for Game 5
The Pittsburgh Penguins again will be missing defenseman Derrick Pouliot and forward Beau Bennett when they play the New York Rangers in Game 5.

Rangers want to eliminate Penguins on first try
The New York Rangers came back from 3-1 down to the Pittsburgh Penguins last year in the playoffs; now they look to close with a 3-1 series lead.

Canadiens stress execution as they try to close series
Execution is the Montreal Canadiens mantra heading into Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

Friday Four: Malkin struggling; Anaheim advances 
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes talks about Evgeni Malkin's struggles, the Anaheim Ducks advancing and more in his Friday Four.

Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 12:30 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Predators-Blackhawks series blog

Predators expect boost from home crowd in Game 5

The Nashville Predators didn't practice Wednesday after arriving back in Tennessee, but they must win Thursday at Bridgestone Arena to extend their Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Predators lost 3-2 in triple overtime in Game 4 on Tuesday in Chicago, giving the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

"You really just need to focus on one game, but it's really the only game that matters," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette told the Predators website. "There's no Game 7 that can be played and no Game 6 that can be played [yet]."

Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 5:54 PM

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

ICYMI: Wednesday, April 22

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TRENDING:

Senators' Anderson to start in goal in Game 4
The Ottawa Senators will have Craig Anderson back in goal to start Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Settled at home, Capitals' Holtby thriving in net 
For Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, life is good at home and at work.

Jets confident they still can win series vs. Ducks
The Winnipeg Jets trail the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 in their Western Conference First Round series but the Jets remain confident they can win the series.



NEWS:

Start time set for Game 5 between Rangers, Penguins
The National Hockey League today announced the start time and national television information for Game 5 of 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sabres sign BU forward Rodrigues to contract
The Buffalo Sabres have signed free-agent forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract. He was one of top prospect Jack Eichel's linemates at Boston University and received consideration for the Hobey Baker Award.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from games played on Tuesday, April 21.

FEATURES:

Stamkos focused on producing, rallying Lightning
With the Tampa Bay Lightning down 2-1 to the Detroit Red Wings in the Eastern Conference First Round, all eyes are on Steven Stamkos, who has been limited to two assists.

Noel: Lightning must have depth on their forecheck
Former NHL coach Claude Noel liked what he saw from the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 and says the Tampa Bay Lightning need more offensive zone time.

Islanders reviewing options if Visnovsky can't play
The New York Islanders are reviewing their options on defense if veteran Lubomir Visnovsky can't play in Game 5 against the Washington Capitals.

Blackhawks center Vermette comes up big in Game 4
Antoine Vermette struggled after joining the Chicago Blackhawks via trade, but contributed a goal in their key Game 4 win vs. the Nashville Predators.

Inside the numbers on longest game of 2015 playoffs
NHL.com examines the numbers from Game 4 between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, the longest game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Disappointed Predators turn focus to Game 5
The Nashville Predators are on the brink of elimination after losing 3-2 in triple overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Backstrom, Ovechkin step up for Capitals
Nicklas Backstrom
Center - WSH
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 6
SOG: 12 | +/-: 0
Nicklas Backstrom said the Capitals' top players, himself included, needed to produce offensively for the Capitals to come back vs. Islanders.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Red Wings get boost from Sheahan, Glendening
Young centers Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening each scored a goal for the Detroit Red Wings in their Game 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Capitals' Burakovsky pleased with his playoff debut
Washington Capitals rookie forward Andre Burakovsky had one shot on goal and one hit in 11:06 in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on Tuesday.

Flames understand fourth win will be toughest
The fourth win is the toughest to get and the Flames know it entering Game 5 of their first-round series against the Canucks ahead 3-1.

Canucks' Burrows ruled out for remainder of series
Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows has been ruled out for the remainder of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames.

Rosen's mailbag - April 22, 2015
NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen answers fan questions in his weekly mailbag.

Ducks better equipped to handle crazy atmosphere
The Anaheim Ducks know how crazy the atmosphere is at MTS Centre. They'll be prepared for it when they look to sweep the Jets in four games.

Jets 2014 first-round pick Ehlers recalled from junior
The Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday recalled Nikolaj Ehlers, the ninth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft

Blues reunite familiar lines in attempt to even series
The St. Louis Blues are going back to lines that were highly successful before injuries derailed their success earlier in the regular season.

Jets confident they still can win series vs. Ducks
The Winnipeg Jets trail the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 in their Western Conference First Round series but the Jets remain confident they can win the series

McDavid to face Oilers pick Nurse in OHL playoffs
Erie's Connor McDavid set to face possible future NHL teammate and Sault Ste. Marie's Darnell Nurse in OHL playoffs

Canadiens want better start in Game 4 vs. Senators
The Montreal Canadiens believe a better start will lead to a winning result in Game 4 Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators

Wild look to maintain edge, take 3-1 lead on Blues
The Minnesota Wild must prove they don't need adversity to succeed and keep their edge with a 2-1 series lead on the St. Louis Blues

Senators must play 'three first periods' vs. Canadiens
The Ottawa Senators have started well and struggled in the second period, so playing "three first periods" is key for them in Game 4 on Wednesday

Rangers excited about chance to take 3-1 series lead
The Rangers will try to do something that they haven't been all that good at in recent years, take a 3-1 lead in a Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Islanders forward Grabovski says he's ready to return
New York Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski deemed himself ready when the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals resumes.

Penguins after better, faster start in Game 4
Trailing the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series 2-1 to the Rangers, the Penguins want to get off to a faster start in Game 4.

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Penguins, Rangers
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes offers his pluses and minuses for the Game 4 first-round matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.

Islanders likely to make lineup changes for Game 5
New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano said to expect lineup changes for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 2:22 PM

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

Gretzky calls McDavid best prospect 'in 30 years'

Wayne Gretzky said he believes Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid would not only be the perfect fit for the Edmonton Oilers, but the best player to enter the NHL in three decades.

Gretzky told Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal that McDavid, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26, is clearly a franchise player.

"He's as good as I've seen in the last 30 years, the best player to come into the League in the last 30 years, the best to come along since [Mario] Lemieux and [Sidney] Crosby," Gretzky said. "He can definitely change a franchise's fortunes.

"I think it'll be a perfect fit for Connor in Edmonton."

Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 6:00 PM

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

ICYMI: Monday, April 20

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TRENDING:

Sharks, McLellan agree to part ways
Coach Todd McLellan and the San Jose Sharks have "mutually agreed to part ways," according to a release from the team Wednesday.

NHL.com mock drafts
Staff writers Mike Morreale and Adam Kimelman project the top 14 picks of June's NHL Draft.

Winnipeg fans ready for whiteout
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are returning to Winnipeg for the first time in 19 years, and there's a whiteout in the air as the Jets host the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 on Monday.



NEWS:

Starting times set for Thursday
NHL today announced updated start time and national television information for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round games scheduled for Thursday, April 23.

No suspension for Vancouver's Burrows
Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows will not be suspended for Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames.

Nicholson named CEO of Oilers group
Bob Nicholson appointed Chief Executive Officer of Oilers Entertainment Group.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from games played on Sunday, April 19.

FEATURES:

Canadiens using two-day break to their advantage
The Montreal Canadiens are resting, relaxing and reloading to deliver what they hope will be a final knockout blow against the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Wednesday.

Crawford lends support to Blackhawks rookie Darling
While Scott Darling will start for the Blackhawks in Game 4 against the Predators, displaced starter Corey Crawford is lending support and encouragement to the rookie goalie.

Red Wings searching for more shots in Game 3
The Tampa Bay Lightning have outshot the Detroit Red Wings by a combined 76-38 margin in the first two games, and the Red Wings want to reverse that trend.

Weise's heroics spark Canadiens to Game 3 victory
Dale Weise
Right Wing - MTL
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 2
SOG: 7 | +/-: 2
Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise is developing a reputation for delivering in the big moments of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Winnipeg fans ready to bring back the whiteout
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are returning to Winnipeg for the first time in 19 years, and there's a whiteout in the air as the Jets host the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 on Monday.

Senators, down 0-3 to Canadiens, staying optimistic
The Ottawa Senators dug themselves out of a big hole with a spectacular stretch run to make the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but this time, the challenge may be even more daunting.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Blackhawks' Carcillo could get cleared for Game 4
Injured Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo might get cleared medically to play in Game 4 of their first-round series on Tuesday.

Canucks expect more discipline in Game 4
The Canucks expect a more disciplined game when they play the Flames in Game 4.

Capitals rookie Burakovsky likely to take Fehr's place
Washington Capitals rookie forward Andre Burakovsky likely will make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 4 against the New York Islanders.

Jets center Perreault motivated to defeat former team
If there is one player in the Jets dressing room who knows their first-round series against the Ducks is far from over, it's Mathieu Perreault.

Bennett, Ferland among rookies to spark Flames
Sam Bennett and Michael Ferland are among six rookies who have helped the Flames to a 2-1 lead in their first-round series against the Canucks.

Predators' Fisher skates, Game 4 availability uncertain
It is unclear whether or not Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher will be available for Game 4 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ducks embracing challenge of playing in Winnipeg
The Ducks are playing the villain's role Monday, but they are just as excited to be part of a special moment in Winnipeg's history as the Jets are.

Capitals lose forward Fehr for at least two games
Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr will not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round series Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

Jets return home looking to get back in series
The stakes for the Winnipeg Jets are very clear when they play Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Abdelkader, Smith returning to Red Wings lineup
The Detroit Red Wings will have two lineup changes for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Blues want to keep it simple in Game 3 at Wild
The Blues will look to keep it simple in Game 3 against the Wild before a boisterous crowd at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild revert to Game 1 lineup for Game 3
The Minnesota Wild will go with the lineup that won them Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round.

Rangers' Yandle likely to play Game 3 vs. Penguins
Keith Yandle
Defense - NYR
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 1
SOG: 4 | +/-: 0
Despite missing the morning skate Monday because he was sick, Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle is likely to play Game 3 against the Penguins.

Lightning like recent road play, ready for Red Wings 
The Lightning played better on the road at the end of the season and they can use those experiences Tuesday against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

Melrose: Ducks impressive, but Jets still dangerous
Although the Anaheim Ducks have been impressive, the Winnipeg Jets are still in what's been a very tough series, writes Barry Melrose.

Darling earns Game 4 start for Blackhawks
Backup goaltender Scott Darling will start Game 4 of Western Conference First Round series against Nashville Predators, according to Joel Quenneville.

Islanders backup goalie Neuvirth knows Capitals well
Michal Neuvirth hasn’t played for the Islanders yet, but he's had a big part in the team's preparation against his former club, the Capitals.

Penguins likely to ice same lineup in Game 3
The Penguins' lineup will most likely remain the same when they face the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series.


Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 12:42 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Predators-Blackhawks series blog

Darling earns Game 4 start for Blackhawks

Goaltender Scott Darling will start for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators at United Center on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA3, FS-TN, CSN-CH), according to coach Joel Quenneville.

Darling replaced starter Corey Crawford in Game 1, stopping all 42 shots he faced to help the Blackhawks rally from a three-goal deficit to win 4-3 in double overtime. After Crawford allowed all the goals in a 6-2 defeat in Game 2, Quenneville went with Darling for Game 3.

Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 6:47 PM

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

Eichel added to U.S. team for World Championship

Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel, projected to be one of the first players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft, was added to the United States team for the 2015 IIHF World Championship, USA Hockey announced Saturday.

Eichel, who won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey, had 26 goals and 45 assists in 40 games. He led all college hockey players in assists, points (71), power-play points (23) and plus/minus rating (plus-51). His 1.77 point-per-game average is the best by a college freshman since Paul Kariya of the University of Maine in 1992-93 averaged 2.56 points per game (100 points in 39 games).

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