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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 6:16 PM

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TRENDING:

Ducks advance to second round
Among the reasons the Anaheim Ducks advanced past the Winnipeg Jets were the play of Ryan Kesler and Frederik Andersen and their comeback ability.

Islanders' Grabovski returning to lineup for Game 5
The New York Islanders on Thursday activated forward Mikhail Grabovski from injured reserve, and will play in Game 5 against the Capitals

Canucks to start Miller in Game 5 against Flames
With the Canucks facing elimination, coach Willie Desjardins announced that goalie Ryan Miller will start Game 5 against the Flames on Thursday.

Blues' Tarasenko not fazed by individual success
St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko doesn't get impressed by his individual efforts. His only goal is helping his team win.



NEWS:

Gill retires after long career
Defenseman Hal Gill has announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons with six teams.

Start times, TV info set for potential Saturday games
The National Hockey League today announced updated start time and national television information for two potential 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round games scheduled for Saturday, April 25.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from games played on Wednesday, April 22.

FEATURES:

Rangers' Brassard growing as a leader
New York Rangers center Derick Brassard is becoming a leader on and off the ice

Farrish: Penguins must stick to strategy in Game 5
Former NHL assistant coach Dave Farrish thinks it would be a mistake if the Penguins change their game plan or panic heading into a must-win Game 5 against the New York Rangers.

Five reasons Jets were eliminated from playoffs
Discipline and the lack of experience are among the reasons why the Winnipeg Jets were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Chabot: Jets' playoff push hurt them vs. Ducks
NHL coach Frederic Chabot believes the Winnipeg Jets' late push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs hurt them once they got there

Anderson, penalty kill helped extend Senators' season
Craig Anderson
Goalie - OTT
RECORD: 1-1
GAA: 0.93 | SVP: .974
Instead of packing to go home for the summer, the Ottawa Senators were packing for another trip to Montreal on Thursday.

Oilers' Ference talks McDavid, locker room leadership
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference is excited about the future of the team, which has the No. 1 pick heading into the 2015 NHL Draft.

Chlapik making mark in QMJHL with skill, hockey IQ
Charlottetown Islanders center Filip Chlapik was on the radar of QMJHL scouts this season, showing off strong skating ability with good vision and puck skills.

Winnipeg fans salute Jets despite playoff sweep
Winnipeg Jets head into summer after a special season and their return trip to Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ducks in 2nd round; had success vs. Flames, Canucks
The Anaheim Ducks completed a four-game sweep of the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, earning a few days off before facing either the Vancouver Canucks or Calgary Flames in the Western Conference Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Blues have offensive outburst in win vs. Wild
The St. Louis Blues scored three times in the first period and cruised to a 6-1 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.

After loss, Price says Canadiens can stick to plan
Despite a loss in Game 4, Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price believes Montreal will be in good shape if it sticks to the same game plan moving forward.

Penguins, Rangers reverse Game 4 roles, not result
There was a role reversal between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Young Flames not looking past Canucks
Goaltender Jonas Hiller is very aware what awaits his Calgary Flames if they can finish off the Vancouver Canucks in Game 5 on Thursday.

Wild shake off blowout, prepare for pivotal Game 5
The Minnesota Wild are putting a blowout loss to the St. Louis Blues behind them and preparing for a pivotal Game 5 in the first-round series.

Canucks forward Baertschi to get crack at old team
Vancouver Canucks forward Sven Baertschi said he would have been excited about his Stanley Cup Playoff debut regardless of the situation.

Top draft prospects focused on Memorial Cup
Some of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft are in the hunt to win the 2015 Memorial Cup.

Blackhawks expect up-tempo game from Predators
The Chicago Blackhawks don't expect the Nashville Predators to slow the pace in Game 5 despite a triple-overtime loss in the previous game.

Rangers' Klein '50/50' for Game 5 vs. Penguins
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein has a '50/50' chance of playing in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday

Lightning defenseman Garrison possible for Game 4 
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said there's a chance defenseman Jason Garrison could return for Game 4 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Predators attempt to stave off elimination in Game 5
The Nashville Predators will try to avoid elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Penguins forward Malkin struggling while playing hurt
Evgeni Malkin
Center - PIT
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 0
SOG: 5 | +/-: -1
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has struggled to score while battling an undisclosed injury.

Babcock not buying idea Red Wings have momentum
Detroit Red Wings coach doesn't believe in momentum and thinks his team will have to be even better in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Preparation, commitment boosts Capitals penalty kill
The Capitals are 10-for-10 on the penalty kill, a big reason why they're back home for Game 5 against the Islanders with the series tied 2-2.

Capitals' Fehr out, Grubauer to back up in Game 5
Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr won't play Game 5 against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Predators expect boost from home crowd in Game 5
The Nashville Predators expect a boost from their home crowd in a must-win Game 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Hayes steps up for Rangers in Game 4 win
New York Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes comes up big in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.



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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 6:13 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canucks-Flames series blog

Canucks to start Miller in Game 5 against Flames

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks are turning back to veteran goaltender Ryan Miller with their season on the line.

Coach Willie Desjardins announced that Miller will start Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Calgary Flames on Thursday at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Miller, who has started one game since spraining his right knee Feb. 22, replaced Eddie Lack after the first period of a 3-1 loss in Game 4 that left the Canucks trailing the Flames 3-1 in the best-of-7 series.

"Performance is No.1," Desjardins said of his decision to start Miller. "I think he's been in big games before, but the biggest thing is how he played in Calgary. I thought he looked real sharp in Calgary."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 5:41 PM

By Kevin Woodley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canucks-Flames series blog

Young Flames not looking past Canucks

VANCOUVER – Goaltender Jonas Hiller is very aware what awaits his Calgary Flames if they can finish off the Vancouver Canucks in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round on Thursday.

Calgary would advance to face the Anaheim Ducks, who swept the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. For Hiller it would be a chance to go up against the team that benched him twice in last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs before he walked away after seven seasons.

Hiller, who signed a two-year, $9 million contract in Calgary as a free agent, isn’t thinking about a shot at revenge – yet.

“Yeah, I barely noticed last night,” Hiller said with a laugh after being asked if he knew the Ducks were waiting in the second round. “If we don't (keep our focus), we’re not going to play them. We have to do our share to move on, and then I think we can worry after that. We definitely want to finish this series as soon as possible.”

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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 4:54 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Blues-Wild series blog

Wild shake off blowout, prepare for pivotal Game 5

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Wild will look to rebound against the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series at Scottrade Center on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports, FS-N).

St. Louis dominated nearly every facet of Game 4, winning 6-1 at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday. It was the most goals Minnesota has ever allowed in a Stanley Cup Playoff game as well as its most lopsided loss.

The best-of-7 series is tied at 2-2.

The Wild did not skate Thursday but had a media gathering at the airport before departing the Twin Cities.

How Minnesota rebounds from the lopsided loss will likely play a big part in who advances to the second round. For their part, Wild players and coach Mike Yeo said the margin of defeat isn't that big a deal.

"Obviously it's frustrating, but I don't know that it would be any more frustrating or disappointing if we had lost in triple OT," Yeo said.
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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:38 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Top draft prospects focused on Memorial Cup

While most of the hockey world is focused on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a number of top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft are pushing to advance to the Memorial Cup.

The champions from the top three Canadian junior leagues, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League, will join the host Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL for the 2015 Memorial Cup tournament, which will be held May 21-31.

The final push starts Thursday in the Ontario Hockey League when the Erie Otters host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Game 1 of the OHL Western Conference Final.

Leading Erie is center Connor McDavid, who leads all OHL players in goals (11) and points (23). The top-ranked player in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, McDavid has at least one point in all nine of Erie's playoff games.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:34 PM

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

Blackhawks expect up-tempo game from Predators

NASHVILLE -- The Chicago Blackhawks have played their Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators at a torrid pace, and they don't expect it to get any slower in Game 5 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, CSN-CH, FS-TN).

Despite playing more than three full overtime periods in the first four games, winning Game 1 in double overtime and Game 4 in triple overtime, Chicago expects Nashville to push the pedal to the floor again with the Blackhawks leading the best-of-7 series 3-1.

"This team, in their home building, this might be the best starting team in the League," forward Kris Versteeg said after the Blackhawks optional morning skate Thursday. "They always find a way to come out blazing and somehow scoring a goal here or there and create energy. We're going to have to find ways to take the crowd out of it, especially early on, and weather a storm that's going to come."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:34 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Rangers' Klein '50/50' for Game 5 vs. Penguins

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein, who has been out of the lineup while recovering from a broken left arm sustained last month, skated prior to practice Thursday and remains questionable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, ROOT, MSG).

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Klein, defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Mats Zuccarello took maintenance days Thursday. He said he expects Yandle and Zuccarello to be in the lineup Friday; Klein he wasn't as sure about.

"Klein was still a little sore from practice [Wednesday] so we'll see how he reacts and responds at the morning skate [Friday]," Vigneault said.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:08 PM

By Paul Harris -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Lightning-Red Wings series blog

Lightning defenseman Garrison possible for Game 4

DETROIT -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said there's a chance defenseman Jason Garrison could return for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena (7 p.m., ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, FS-F, FS-D).

Garrison has missed the first three games of the series with an upper-body injury.

"He could play, but the longer this goes the more chance he has of playing," Cooper said after the Lightning skated Thursday morning. "He's becoming closer and closer to a game-time decision."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 1:58 PM

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

Predators attempt to stave off elimination in Game 5

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators will try to avoid elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, CSN-CH, FS-TN).

Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and has a chance to close out the series on the road Thursday. Nashville will try to win Game 5 and push the series back to United Center in Chicago on Saturday.

"You've got to win four games to win a series," Predators forward James Neal said. "I've played in a lot of series. I've been up 3-1 in a series and lost, so momentum changes really quickly.

"Chicago coming in our rink knows how hard it's going to be to close out a series. We've got lots of fight left in us. We'll just take it one period at a time, one game at a time and get back to Chicago."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 1:49 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Penguins forward Malkin struggling while playing hurt

PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby is familiar with Evgeni Malkin's position.

A year ago, Crosby was criticized throughout the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs for his lack of production, partially resulting in the Pittsburgh Penguins' Eastern Conference Second Round series loss after leading the New York Rangers 3-1. After being held scoreless for a third consecutive game in Pittsburgh's 2-1 Game 7 loss, it was announced Crosby had been playing with a wrist injury.

Jump ahead to the Penguins' best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series against the Rangers, which it trails 3-1, and it is Malkin who has struggled to score while battling an undisclosed injury.

Game 5 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, ROOT, MSG).

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Quote of the Day

I don’t know if it was more relief for me that [Stamkos] scored or the power play scored. It was a whole compilation of Alka Seltzer.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Steven Stamkos broke a long scoring drought and Tampa Bay's struggling power play scored four times in Game 2 at Montreal