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Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 6:14 PM

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

ICYMI: Friday, May 1

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.



TRENDING:

Wild believe they can break through at United Center
The Minnesota Wild must win at United Center to finally get past the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their first chance comes Friday.

Lightning still feel 'sting' of 2014 playoff loss
Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning still have lingering memories of last year's playoff loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Red Wings coach Babcock not rushing into decision
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Friday he'll talk about his future with the team in the next 10 days.

Mrazek, Howard to battle for No. 1 job
Petr Mrazek will be in competition with Jimmy Howard for the Detroit Red Wings' No. 1 goalie job next season, general manager Ken Holland said Friday.

Ovechkin dominant for Capitals in Game 1
There are times more often than not when Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is performing like a player possessed.



NEWS:

Flames to start Ramo in goal for Game 2 at Ducks
Karri Ramo will start in goal for the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks.

Flyers sign defenseman Marti to entry-level contract
Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Christian Marti to an entry-level contract.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from Red Wings-Lightning game played on Thursday, April 30.

FEATURES:

Farrish: Rangers will get more aggressive in Game 2
For additional insight into the Eastern Conference Second Round series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series.

Rangers want to clean up mistakes in Game 2
The devastation the New York Rangers felt after losing on a last-second goal in regulation Thursday night gave way to a work day Friday that was about learning from their mistakes and trying as best they can to move on from a brutal loss.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Bishop vs. Price
Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalie matchup for Game 1 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Second Round between Ben Bishop and Carey Price.

Chabot: Ducks stuck with script in Game 1 vs. Flames
For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Seguin back in Prague hoping to lead Canada to gold
Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin is playing in the 2015 IIHF World Championship for Canada and back in the arena where he scored his first NHL goal for the Boston Bruins.

Leipsic's arrival in Toronto 'catalyst' for AHL success
Left wing Brendan Leipsic has adjusted following a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and is helping the Marlies try to advance in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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

Local boy Darling took long road to Blackhawks
The story of Scott Darling started about 25 miles from United Center, but his journey from childhood Chicago Blackhawks fan to a place in their Stanley Cup Playoff lore is as remarkable and improbable as any player's path to the NHL.

Flames' Hiller off to shaky start against former team
Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller's shaky performance in Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks raises the question of whether coach Bob Hartley will turn to Karri Ramo.

Ward, Capitals rewarded with buzzer-beating goal
Joel Ward
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 5
SOG: 21 | +/-: 0
Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward knew just enough Russian to score the winning goal with 1.3 seconds remaining in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the New York Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Rangers seek better shots, more traffic against Holtby
The New York Rangers will strive to get better looks and more traffic against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series on Saturday.

Lightning's Bishop gets his chance at Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will likely go back to being "the other guy" in the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens, with the opposing goaltender Hart and Vezina Trophy finalist Carey Price.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Trotz has Capitals playing on an even keel
The Washington Capitals have proven to be a pretty resilient bunch during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Blackhawks preach patience against suffocating Wild
The Chicago Blackhawks know they have to stay patient against the Minnesota Wild, but actually doing it might be tougher than it sounds.

Rangers defenseman Boyle OK after hit in Game 1
Dan Boyle
Defense - NYR
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 2
SOG: 11 | +/-: -2
Dan Boyle practiced Friday after leaving the ice following Game 1 against the Washington Capitals with what appeared to be an injury.

Canadiens cook up new power-play units for Game 1
The Montreal Canadiens have changed their power-play units for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning

Hendricks scores twice, United States handles Finland
Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks scored two goals and the United States defeated Finland 5-1 in its opening game at the 2015 World Championship.

Spezza keys Canada to opening win against Latvia
Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza scored two goals and had an assist as Canada defeated Latvia 6-1 in its first game at the 2015 World Championship.

Friday Four: Wild must believe to defeat Blackhawks
The Minnesota Wild have the tools to upset the Chicago Blackhawks. NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes says they have to believe they can win.

Flames forwards Hudler, Ferland each day-to-day
Calgary Flames forwards Jiri Hudler and Micheal Ferland are day-to-day after each sustained an undisclosed injury in Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 12:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Hendricks scores twice, United States handles Finland

Forward Matt Hendricks (Edmonton Oilers) scored two goals and the United States defeated Finland 5-1 in its opening game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Winnipeg Jets goalie prospect Connor Hellebuyck had 29 saves for the United States

"Connor made a lot of key saves for us to keep the game where it was and later we capitalized on our chances," Hendricks told the IIHF website.

"It was a really fun game and I thought the whole team played well," Hellebuyck said. "[Finland] had a lot of good power plays. They really move the puck well so I had to be ready for that. They're a good team."

Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 12:36 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Spezza keys Canada to opening win against Latvia

Forward Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) scored two goals and had an assist as Canada defeated Latvia 6-1 in its opening game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship at O2 Arena in Prague.

Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) scored to give Canada a 1-0 lead at 9:57 of the first period; Spezza assisted on the play.

Spezza scored his first of the game at 13:04 of the first period. Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) gave Canada a 3-0 lead at 14:11 of the first period.

Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 10:26 PM

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

Ducks goalie Gibson misses Game 1 with flu

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson did not dress for Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Thursday at Honda Center because of the flu.

Jason LaBarbera again dressed as the backup for starter Frederik Andersen, who played all four first-round games. LaBarbera had not practiced with the Ducks during the week.

Gibson participated in practices during the week, including the morning skate Thursday.

Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 9:47 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

U.S. names Oilers' Matt Hendricks captain for Worlds

Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks was named Thursday as captain of the United States for the IIHF World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

USA Hockey said Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk and Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis will serve as alternate captains.

Hendricks, 33, had eight goals, 16 points and 76 penalty minutes in 71 games for the Oilers.

Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 6:00 PM

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

ICYMI: Thursday, April 30

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.



TRENDING:

Goaltender matchup: Inside Lundqvist vs. Holtby
Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalie matchup for Game 1 of the 2015 Western Conference Second Round between Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby.

Dubnyk's arrival changed Wild's outlook, season
Devan Dubnyk's arrival with the Minnesota Wild changed their outlook and sparked a run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

First round of playoffs revealed these 16 things 
The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs enter the second round Thursday, but before the eight teams begin their battle for the final four spots, let's take a look back at a first round that featured two series that went the distance and one that ended in four games.



NEWS:

Blackhawks, Gustafsson agree to terms
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Erik Gustafsson on a two-year contract.

Canucks sign forward Labate to contract
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forward Joseph LaBate.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge update
Hockey fans submitted more than 800,000 brackets in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung, up 71% from last year.

Stanley Cup to guest star on CBS drama 'Elementary'
The Stanley Cup will serve as a special guest star on the CBS show "Elementary" on Thursday.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from Red Wings-Lightning game played on Wednesday, April 29.

FEATURES:

Canadiens X-factor Markov important to power play
Andrei Markov's contributions are important for the Montreal Canadiens to get their power play up and running against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Crosby seeks Triple Gold as Canada captain at Worlds
Sidney Crosby is captain as Canada tries to win its first IIHF World Championship since 2007.

Blackhawks' Keith excels even as ice time climbs
Duncan Keith
Defense - CHI
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 7
SOG: 19 | +/-: 3
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith keeps his level of play high no matter how high his ice time goes.

Hart finalist Tavares still reeling from Islanders loss
The pain of losing Game 7 against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round on Monday will haunt New York Islanders captain John Tavares throughout the offseason, but he will at least be rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas in June.

Lightning X-factor Boyle key on faceoffs, penalty kill
Brian Boyle's value to the Tampa Bay Lightning has been emphasized in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as he win faceoffs, kills penalties and provides the odd goal.

Five reasons Red Wings were eliminated from playoffs
An inability to slow Tyler Johnson and missed opportunities to close the series are two reasons the Detroit Red Wings lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Coburn's knuckler lifts Lightning into second round
It was defenseman Braydon Coburn stepping up in Game 7 to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning into the Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Five reasons Lightning advanced to second round
Resiliency and strong performances by goalie Ben Bishop and "The Triplets" line helped the Tampa Bay Lightning advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Noel: Experience paid off for Lightning in Game 7
Claude Noel says the experience the Tampa Bay Lightning have gained in the Stanley Cup Playoffs helped them get past the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7.

Boudreau, Ducks hope to learn from playoff failures
The Anaheim Ducks and Bruce Boudreau hope lessons learned from prior postseason failures translates into their second-round matchup against the Calgary Flames.

Swift Current prospect DeBrusk creating own niche
Jake DeBrusk doesn't spend as much time in the penalty box as his father, Louie DeBrusk, but he's been the go-to player for the Swift Current Broncos.

Red Wings disappointed after early playoff exit
For the third time in four years, the Detroit Red Wings are going home after a first-round loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They lost 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 on Wednesday.

Lightning take on Canadiens, with Bishop this time
The Tampa Bay Lightning would like nothing more than to carry their regular-season domination of the Montreal Canadiens through the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Canucks' aim: Get better while getting younger
The Vancouver Canucks' management team is committed to making the team younger during its second offseason in charge, but only if it makes the club better as well.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Flames forward Shore expected to play Game 1
Flames forward Drew Shore will likely play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Thursday at Honda Center, coach Bob Hartley said.

Ducks get center Thompson back for series opener
Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames on Thursday at Honda Center.

Blackhawks brace for challenge from Dubnyk-led Wild
Devan Dubnyk
Goalie - MIN
RECORD: 4-2
GAA: 2.32 | SVP: .913
The Chicago Blackhawks are bracing for their toughest challenge yet from the Minnesota Wild, who now have Vezina Trophy finalist Devan Dubnyk in goal.

Lightning put little stock in regular-season sweep
The Tampa Bay Lightning will not hang their hat on a 5-0-0 regular-season record against the Montreal Canadiens as they start their playoff series.

Blackhawks forward Versteeg questionable for Game 1
Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg missed practice Thursday and is questionable for Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild.

Capitals want to continue physical game vs. Rangers
The Washington Capitals would like nothing more than to continue their hit parade against the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Thursday.

Capitals focused on containing Rangers' speed
There's no secret what the Washington Capitals need to do from the outset in Game 1 against the New York Rangers.

Penguins' Crosby named captain for Canada at Worlds
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named captain for Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Forsberg, Ekholm, Hertl to compete at Worlds
Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm of the Nashville Predators will play for Sweden. Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will skate for the Czech Republic.

Rangers' Klein returning to lineup for Game 1
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein will return to the lineup for Game 1 against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Rosen's mailbag - April 30, 2015
NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen answers fans questions in his weekly mailbag.

Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 1:55 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Penguins' Crosby named captain for Canada at Worlds

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named captain for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, Hockey Canada announced Thursday.

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza were named alternate captains.

Crosby also was captain for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Posted On Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 1:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Championship blog

Forsberg, Ekholm, Hertl to compete at Worlds

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm will play for Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, the IIHF announced Thursday via Twitter.

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will also compete for the host Czech Republic in the tournament, to be held May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague.

Forsberg scored 26 goals and 63 points in 82 games of his rookie season, and added a hat trick in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Predators lost the best-of-7 series in six games.

Posted On Wednesday, 04.29.2015 / 5:25 PM

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

ICYMI: Wednesday, April 29

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.



TRENDING:

Zidlicky out for Red Wings in Game 7 vs. Lightning
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Marek Zidlicky will not play Wednesday in Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Red Wings' Kronwall confident he'll play next round
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, suspended for Game 7, is confident he'll have another chance to play in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Senators' Murray plans on returning to GM job
Bryan Murray, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer, said he will continue as general manager of the Ottawa Senators.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Hiller vs. Andersen
Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalie matchup between the Calgary Flames' Jonas Hiller and Anaheim Ducks' Frederik Andersen for the 2015 Western Conference Second Round series.



NEWS:

Canadiens' Beaulieu out at least next four games
Nathan Beaulieu of the Montreal Canadiens will miss the first four games of the second round because of an upper-body injury

Islanders' Hamonic, de Haan disclose injuries
After weeks of speculation, Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic disclosed his injury at clean-out day. Calvin de Haan revealed what ailed him as well.

FEATURES:

Flames preparing for size mismatch against Ducks
The Calgary Flames are preparing for the Anaheim Ducks, who have a big size advantage. But Flames coach Bob Hartley has a simple solution for his defense to survive this: Skate around them.

Blackhawks know penalty kill must be better vs. Wild
The Chicago Blackhawks know they must be better on the penalty kill in their Western Conference Second Round series against the Minnesota Wild.

Assertiveness makes Johansson Capitals' X-factor
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson was advised to shoot the puck more. It resulted in career highs in goals and points.

Matchups make Vanek Wild's X-factor vs. Blackhawks 
Thomas Vanek
Left Wing - MIN
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 2
SOG: 10 | +/-: -2
Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek could be the X-factor in their Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blues players, management bracing for change
It's a question the St. Louis Blues were hoping to avoid after past Stanley Cup Playoff failures but one that became unavoidable following another defeat in the Western Conference First Round. What's next?

Leddy, Boychuk, Halak find stability with Islanders
Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk and Jaroslav Halak are all integral pieces of the New York Islanders' future and discussed what's to come for the team.

Islanders' Lee looking ahead, not back at ending
New York Islanders forward Anders Lee is looking ahead to next season, not how this one ended

BLOG COVERAGE:

Rangers practice containing Ovechkin on power play
Alex Ovechkin
Left Wing - WSH
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 5
SOG: 28 | +/-: -3
The New York Rangers practiced their penalty killing, and look to limit Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin's chances in their series.

Capitals better prepared, equipped to face Rangers
For some players, it's fun to play an opponent they know so well. At this point, seeing the Rangers in the playoffs is routine for the Capitals.

Capitals forward Fehr to miss Game 1 vs. Rangers
Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr will miss Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round because of an upper-body injury

Rangers' Yandle practices, expects to play Game 1
New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out Monday and Tuesday.

Lightning's Boyle, Stralman bring Game 7 experience
The Tampa Bay Lightning's Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman hope to extend their Game 7 winning streaks Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Red Wings, Lightning
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes offers his pluses and minuses for Game 7 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.28.2015 / 7:06 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Lightning-Red Wings series blog

Kindl, Marchenko can replace Kronwall for Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl, who has been a healthy scratch in each of the six games in the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, likely will make his 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 7 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, SUN).

Kindl, who had 13 points in 35 games during the regular season, would be inserted in place of Niklas Kronwall, who was suspended for one game on Tuesday for a hit on Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Kindl has one goal and five points in 18 NHL playoff games with the Red Wings.

Rookie defensemen Alexei Marchenko is the other option for Detroit. He was scratched in Game 6 but played in Games 1 and 2.

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