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Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 11:30 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Penguins hope reuniting line gets Malkin going

PITTSBURGH -- As part of Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston's line juggling throughout Game 3 on Monday, he went back to a combination that worked well during the regular season with the hopes of igniting center Evgeni Malkin's stagnant offensive game.

There were signs that it could have worked if they had more time.

Johnston put Blake Comeau with Malkin and David Perron to start the third period, and that line was on the ice for nine of Pittsburgh's 30 shot attempts, including three shots on goal. More than the shot production, they played in the offensive zone on almost every shift in the third, and Malkin looked quicker than he has all series.


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Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 6:38 PM

By Chris Stevenson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Senators attend memorial service for assistant Reeds

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators attended a private memorial service for assistant coach Mark Reeds at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

Reeds died last Tuesday from cancer. He was 55.

"He always had a smile on his face. He was always doing a little extra work to help us improve as players and as a team," Senators forward Mark Stone said. "We miss him a great amount. It's one of those things we're trying to move forward from, but it's going to take a real long time to finally get over it."


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Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 6:03 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Predators-Blackhawks series blog

Blackhawks' Carcillo could get cleared for Game 4

CHICAGO -- Injured Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo might get cleared medically to play in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series at United Center on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 3, FS-TN, CSN-CH).

Carcillo has been out with an upper-body injury. He missed the final nine games of the regular season and the first three games of the best-of-7 series against the Nashville Predators.

After skating Sunday and Monday, Carcillo said he's close to being ready to return.

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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

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:

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.


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Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 5:45 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canucks-Flames series blog

Canucks expect more discipline in Game 4

CALGARY -- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa is expecting a more disciplined approach Tuesday in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames will yield better results.

"I'm not worried about it. I think we're a pretty disciplined team," said Bieksa, who was assessed seven minutes in penalties Sunday in the 4-2 loss against the Flames in Game 3. "Obviously in the third period we were on the wrong end of some penalties and they capitalized and scored that extra goal to kind of put the game out of reach for us. It's playoff hockey. We've got to be smart. We've got to be on the right end of those calls."

The Canucks were assessed seven minor penalties, two fighting majors and a 10-minute misconduct in the loss. In all, 35 minutes in penalties were assessed to Vancouver in the third period.

But despite a physical end to the previous two meetings, Bieksa expects a calmer Game 4 on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 5:15 PM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Capitals rookie Burakovsky likely to take Fehr's place

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Washington Capitals rookie forward Andre Burakovsky likely will make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 4 against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday.

Burakovsky, 20, played in 53 games during the regular season (nine goals, 13 assists) but has been a healthy scratch in all three games in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series, which the Islanders lead 2-1.

Capitals forward Eric Fehr sustained an upper-body injury in Game 3 on Sunday and will not play Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN360, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC, MSG+), creating the need for another forward, likely Burakovsky.

"He's taking it all in," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "By seeing the atmosphere in the building, I think he will be stoked if he gets in. He has been ready for a while."


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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."

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Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 4:59 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canucks-Flames series blog

Bennett, Ferland among rookies to spark Flames

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames' inexperience was the biggest question about them heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But with a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference First Round against the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary's most inexperienced players have provided its biggest sparks.

"I knew it was going to take some time for everybody to kind of grow into the playoffs," Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller said. "But at the same time, I think a lot of young guys had already taken over lots of leadership in this group during the regular season, especially with having guys out, hurt, so the young guys had to step up. At this point, that definitely helps because they already have been in the situation where they have more responsibilities.

"Now, they can prove it again."

Game 4 is Tuesday in Calgary (10 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVA Sports).


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Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 4:30 PM

By Robby Stanley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Predators-Blackhawks series blog

Predators' Fisher skates, Game 4 availability uncertain

CHICAGO – Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher did not participate in a full practice but did join his teammates approximately 20 minutes after it began Monday.

Fisher missed Games 2 and 3 because of a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. He stayed on the ice for approximately 40 minutes, putting in work after most of the Predators had left the ice.

It is unclear whether Fisher will be available Tuesday for Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 3, FS-TN, CSN-CH). Predators forward Matt Cullen has filled in on the second line in Fisher's absence.

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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."

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Quote of the Day

Hockey means everything to people here [Winnipeg]. They take their team's success to heart. We've had an incredible year and they've given us incredible support.

— Jets center Mathieu Perreault after losing to the Ducks in Game 3 of their playoff series on Monday