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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 6:25 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Young defenseman Reinhart an option for Islanders

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders defenseman Griffin Reinhart spent the majority of the season with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, but he may soon get his first taste of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Reinhart, who was recalled prior to the start of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals, practiced with the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday and remains an option for coach Jack Capuano, who is trying to fill the void left by injured defenseman Travis Hamonic.

The fourth player selected at the 2012 NHL Draft, Reinhart helped the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League win the Memorial Cup last spring when he had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 21 playoff games. In his first professional season, Reinhart (6-foot-4, 217 pounds) had seven goals and 15 assists in 59 AHL games. He had one assist in eight games for the Islanders at the start of this season.

Reinhart, asked if he feels ready to step in and contribute, said, "I think so. I think I've done a good job of it this year. Playoffs is always the time of year where I think I play my best hockey. I've done well in the playoffs my previous three years in junior. It's clearly a big step up in the NHL, but it'd be something I'm up for the task though."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 5:39 PM

By Brian Compton -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Goalie Holtby expects to start Game 3 for Capitals

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby practiced Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, said he felt fine on the ice, and didn't see a reason he wouldn't start Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Islanders on Sunday (12 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN).

"I don't think there will be any questions," said Holtby, who did not play Game 2 on Friday because he was ill.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 5:04 PM

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

Senators need to stop second-period struggles

OTTAWA -- If the Ottawa Senators are going to avoid going down 3-0 in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens, they are going to have to play better in the second period.

The Senators trail the Canadiens 2-0 going into Game 3 on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports) in large part because their second periods in the first two games of the series have been disasters.

The Senators led 1-0 after the first period in both games but have been outscored 6-2 by the Canadiens in the two second periods.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 4:39 PM

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

Flames forward Bennett likely to play in Game 3

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett said Saturday he feels good enough to be in the lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Bennett left in the second period of a 4-1 loss to the Canucks in Game 2 on Friday after a collision with Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler.

"It was just a bump, maybe knocked the wind out of me a bit," said Bennett, who returned in the third period but was limited to three shifts. "I'm fine now, 100 percent fine. That won't be a problem. Definitely there are times to finish your checks and times to pick your spots. I think ultimately you've got to finish your checks if you want to play, and that's what I'm going to keep trying to do."

The Flames said Bennett was evaluated following the collision and was cleared to return; he played 1:59 in three third-period shifts.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 4:31 PM

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

Senators' Cameron unsure of goaltender for Game 3

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron said Saturday he hasn't decided who will start in goal for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre (7 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports).

The Senators trail the Canadiens 2-0 in the best-of-7 series.

Andrew Hammond, the hero of the Senators history-making run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs allowed seven goals on 81 shots (.914 save percentage) in starting the first two games.

Hammond took the starter's job in February when veteran Craig Anderson and backup Robin Lehner sustained injuries.

Anderson, who starred in the Senators' win against the Canadiens in the 2013 playoffs, is Cameron's other option for Game 3.

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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.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 4:03 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets' Perreault possible for Game 2 vs. Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault said he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME).

Perreault said he is progressing from a lower-body injury sustained at the end of the regular season. He took part in Winnipeg's morning skate but sounded questionable.

"Today felt the best I felt in past days, for sure," Perreault said. "A week ago it was pretty bad. Now it's starting to feel better. We can just be hopeful that within the next couple of games I'll be back.

"It's getting better every day and today was better than yesterday. I don't know if I'll be able to play or not. But if I don't, I’m sure tomorrow will be even better and we'll go from there."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 3:18 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks know they must match Jets' intensity in Game 2

ANAHEIM -- The lineup for the Anaheim Ducks likely won't change and neither will their approach for Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME).

The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

The Jets will seek a split going back to Winnipeg, where a frenzied fan base awaits them.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said they know how much urgency the Jets will have and they must counter it.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 2:58 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Blues-Wild series blog

Wild's Cooke, Schroeder added to Game 2 lineup

ST. LOUIS -- The Minnesota Wild played without fourth-line forwards Sean Bergenheim and Justin Fontaine on Saturday in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round against the St. Louis Blues.

They were replaced in the lineup by Matt Cooke and Jordan Schroeder.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 2:10 PM

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

Rangers focused on net presence at both ends of ice

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has been talking about net presence since late Thursday night, shortly after his team took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He's had two reasons to make net presence his central point of emphasis:

Vigneault thinks the Penguins had too much of it in Game 1, and he wants the Rangers to generate more of it in Game 2 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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I mean, any of those 14 teams (in the lottery) it would have been an absolute honor. If I am selected by Edmonton it will be amazing, a dream come true. They have a lot of amazing young players there.

— Likely No. 1 pick Connor McDavid after the Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday