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Posted On Friday, 04.24.2015 / 1:58 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Senators' Chiasson in, Hoffman to get more ice time

MONTREAL -- Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron is changing a winning lineup.

Coming off the first win of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Senators will have a different look in Game 5 on Friday at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).

Alex Chiasson will return to the lineup after sitting out the past two games and Mike Hoffman will stay on the second line with Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan.

Hoffman started Game 4 on the fourth line with Zack Smith and Chris Neil but was moved to the Zibanejad line early and scored the only goal of the game.

Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 3:31 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks better equipped to handle crazy atmosphere

WINNIPEG -- The Anaheim Ducks arrived here knowing the atmosphere for Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Winnipeg Jets would be crazy.

They just didn't know how crazy. Now they do.

Heading into Game 4 on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W), that knowledge of how difficult the 15,016 fans at MTS Centre will try to make it on them could be seen as an advantage the Ducks did not have prior to Game 3.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 8:03 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets' Byfuglien has little to say heading into Game 4

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien didn't feel like saying much to the media Tuesday.

Byfuglien, a minus-3 in Winnipeg's overtime Game 3 loss, did speak to reporters a day before the Jets play Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday looking to avoid being swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W).

Byfuglien answered every question with a version of, "As long as we stick together as a team we'll be all right."

Posted On Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 5:18 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks could get forward Thompson back for Game 4

WINNIPEG – Center Nate Thompson could return to the Anaheim Ducks lineup as soon Wednesday when they play Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre (9:30 pm ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W).

Thompson took part in an optional practice Tuesday, his second straight day on the ice, and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said a final determination on his status for Game 4 would be made Wednesday.

"He looked good [Monday], but we'll see how it is [Wednesday]," Boudreau said. "Every day it's getting better. It's always day-to-day."

Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 5:00 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets center Perreault motivated to defeat former team

WINNIPEG – If there is one player in the Winnipeg Jets dressing room who knows their Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks is far from over despite being down 2-0, it would be center Mathieu Perreault.

There also probably isn't another player as motivated as Perreault to win Game 3 on Monday (9 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, NBCSN [JIP], SN, TVA Sports, PRIME).

"Despite the fact we're down 2-0 in the series, it doesn't change a thing for us," Perreault said in French on Monday. "Last year, for example, I was in Anaheim and we won the first two games in Anaheim, we went to Dallas and lost both games there and came back to Anaheim tied 2-2. So we have to do the same thing the Stars did.

"We're a good team at home, and we have to win this game."

Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 3:36 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks embracing challenge of playing in Winnipeg

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

Having a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series certainly helps the Ducks appreciate the moment a little bit, but Game 3 on Monday (9 p.m. ET: NHLN-US, NBCSN [JIP], SN, TVA Sports, PRIME) will not be taken for granted, especially stepping into what will be an extremely hostile MTS Centre.

Still, the return of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to this city after a 19-year absence is special and the Ducks are looking forward to it.

"It's going to be awesome," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "This is what playoffs is all about when you get all the fans against you, all the fans chanting. It's a good time."

Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 4:18 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Canadiens' Parenteau practices, unsure for Game 3

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau took part in an optional skate Saturday but remains questionable to play in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports), coach Michel Therrien said.

Parenteau did not play in Montreal's 3-2 overtime win in Game 2 on Friday because of an upper body injury, and his status has not changed in spite of his presence on the ice Saturday.

"He's day-to-day," Therrien said.

Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 1:59 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Senators' Stone a game-time decision vs. Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone's status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series Friday against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports) will be determined at game time, coach Dave Cameron said.

"I know he's going to want to play," Cameron said. "If he's cleared and there's no … I mean, there's always risk of further injury. But if he's not in jeopardy and real fragile, I think you'll see him in the game."

Stone participated in Ottawa's optional morning skate Friday. He worked on his stickhandling and shot some pucks before taking part in a light shooting drill. He left the ice after about six minutes.

Stone was favoring his injured right wrist that the Senators announced Thursday had sustained a microfracture and some ligament damage.

Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 1:58 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Senators look to maintain balance as playoffs begin

MONTREAL -- Typical NHL teams will often try to ramp up their games when they enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Ottawa Senators are not a typical team.

When the Senators face the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Bell Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, CBC, TVA Sports), it will officially be their first playoff game of the season.

But in reality, the Senators have been playing playoff hockey for the better part of two months and their challenge is not to raise their game, but simply to maintain the nearly unprecedented high level they were already on.

"We put a tremendous amount of effort into making it here," Senators rookie forward Mark Stone said. "We know there's still a long road ahead of us. I think [coach Dave Cameron] is stressing to continue to play the same way, continue to do the same things. At the end of the day we're playing one of the top teams in the conference, but we're just trying to stick to our game."

Posted On Saturday, 02.14.2015 / 1:30 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Maple Leafs' Santorelli prized rental near deadline

MONTREAL -- Mike Santorelli will play the 314th regular-season game of his NHL career Saturday, but he is still waiting to play his first game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Santorelli will probably get that chance this spring, and it is all but assured that it won’t be with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Santorelli, Daniel Winnik, Cody Franson and perhaps a few others are likely playing their final games of the season for the Maple Leafs. They are three of the most prized rental players available leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2.

Though it was awkward to discuss the likelihood of playing for another team while standing in the Maple Leafs dressing room at Bell Centre on Saturday, the possibility of making the playoffs for the first time clearly has Santorelli excited as he heads toward unrestricted free agency this summer.

“Absolutely,” Santorelli said. “Everyone wants playoff performers. So if I can get my game up to that level and be in that situation and do well, I think that’s what every player would want to do.”

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