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Posted On Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 1:05 AM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks unsure about Oduya for Game 4

CHICAGO -- After playing 11 shifts and 7:37 in the first period, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya played five shifts in the second and seven in the third in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center on Monday.

Oduya left the game after his final shift of the second with 7:44 left in the period and didn't return until the third. He played a total of 16:47.

Asked about Oduya's status after the loss, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made it sound as though there might be an injury.

"We'll see [Tuesday] how he presents," Quenneville said.

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Posted On Monday, 06.08.2015 / 7:51 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Lightning's Bishop on starting Game 3: 'We'll see'

CHICAGO -- Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop took part in the morning skate Monday ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), but neither coach Jon Cooper nor Bishop himself would confirm he was starting against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bishop was the first goalie off the ice and was in the road team's net for the skate while Andrei Vasilevskiy was in the home net, which are usually indications Bishop would start.

Bishop held a news conference to discuss his status for Game 3 and said nothing about whether he will play.

"We'll see," Bishop said when asked if he felt well enough to play Monday.

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Posted On Monday, 06.08.2015 / 6:15 PM

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

ICYMI: Monday, June 8

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:

Bishop skates; Cooper waits to name Lightning starter
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was on the ice for the morning skate Monday.



Blackhawks likely to add Bickell, van Riemsdyk
The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to split up Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for Game 3 and get Bryan Bickell and Trevor van Riemsdyk back.

Red Wings to name Blashill coach on Tuesday: report
Jeff Blashill will be named coach of the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, according to MLive.com. The Red Wings have scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference.

NEWS:

Sheldon Keefe named coach of Toronto Marlies
The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Sheldon Keefe coach of the Toronto Marlies. Keefe, 34, has spent the last three seasons as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Bruins sign NCAA champion Acciari
The Boston Bruins have signed forward Noel Acciari to an entry-level contract. Acciari won a national title with Providence College last season.

Oilers agree to terms with Hunt, Miller
The Oilers have agreed to terms with Brad Hunt and Andrew Miller on one-year contracts.

FEATURES:

Three keys for Lightning, Blackhawks to win Game 3

The 2015 Stanley Cup Final series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks is tied 1-1. Here are three keys for each team to win Game 3.

Lightning's Vasilevskiy prepared for Cup spotlight
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has already traveled a long road to make his impact on the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk has brother to offer advice
James van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs will have advice for brother Trevor van Riemsdyk, who is expected to see his first action in the Stanley Cup Final for the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Strome, Marner continue a longstanding competition
Mitchell Marner and Dylan Strome, top prospects in the 2015 NHL Draft, were among a group of six prospects who got to meet players from the Chiacgo Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.


BLOG COVERAGE:

Melrose Minute: Blackhawks stars need to step up
The Blackhawks' top players need to find a way to play like they did in the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, writes Barry Melrose.



Blackwood among top goalies invited to Canada camp
Mackenzie Blackwood of the Barrie Colts was one of nine goaltenders invited to Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence goaltending camp.

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Posted On Monday, 06.08.2015 / 4:32 PM

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

Blackwood among top goalies invited to Canada camp

Mackenzie Blackwood of the Barrie Colts, NHL Central Scouting's top-ranked North American goaltender for the 2015 NHL Draft, was one of nine goaltenders invited to Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence goaltending camp.

The camp, which will be held June 12-14 at Canlan Ice Sports in Etobicoke, Ontario, is the first step toward picking the goaltenders who will play for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Blackwood, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, went 33-14-2 with a 3.09 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and two shutouts in 51 regular-season games. He also had a 2.88 GAA and .922 save percentage in nine OHL playoff games.

"Mackenzie's overall net coverage is excellent," Central Scouting's Al Jensen said. "His size and explosive leg power pushes is a great asset in his lateral ability. He is able to get across laterally with ease and very quickly, always being in control. Another advantage is when he drops in the butterfly he covers the lower corners post-to-post with his excellent leg extension while sealing the ice. While he's in the butterfly he also keeps his upper body in an upright position with his glove in the proper position as well to cover the upper half of the net. There are not many holes for the shooters to shoot at."

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Posted On Monday, 06.08.2015 / 1:54 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks likely to add Bickell, van Riemsdyk

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have some lineup changes coming for Game 3 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at United Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

If things stay as they were during line rushes at the morning skate:

* Captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane will be split onto the top two lines, with Toews staying at center on the top line and Kane going back to his more familiar spot on the right wing of the second line.

* Power forward Bryan Bickell, who missed the first two games because of vertigo, will return to action at left wing on the second line.

* Rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will play an NHL game for the first time since he was sidelined Nov. 16 by a fractured left patella, making his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut as either the fifth or sixth defenseman.

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Posted On Monday, 06.08.2015 / 12:44 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose Minute: Blackhawks stars need to step up

After two games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning have laid the groundwork for what has the look of a long, exciting, evenly-matched series. As the series shifts to the Windy City on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), here are some things I've noticed and that I'll be looking for with the best-of-7 series tied 1-1.

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Posted On Sunday, 06.07.2015 / 3:01 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks could play van Riemsdyk, Bickell

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday that he is at least contemplating changes to his lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Quenneville said defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and forward Bryan Bickell could play for the first time in the best-of-7 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is tied 1-1. He did not elaborate any further or speculate on who would come out of the lineup if they did play.

Bickell was a surprise scratch in Game 1 on Wednesday after practicing the day before and taking part in the morning skate. Quenneville said after the game that Bickell was dealing with an upper-body injury and he is day-to-day. He was also scratched in Game 2 on Saturday.

"I think he's healthy," Quenneville said.

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Posted On Sunday, 06.07.2015 / 1:14 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Lightning rookie Drouin impresses in Final debut

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin played 7:52 in his Stanley Cup Final debut, a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

It was the rookie's first game since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on May 7.

"I thought [Jonathan] was great," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He did everything we wanted him to. He took some short shifts, which cut his ice time down a little bit. But he came into that game, and he's been prepared to play during our run here."

The 20-year-old provided some energy in seven first-period shifts that totaled 3:43, then played seven shifts during the final two periods.

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Posted On Sunday, 06.07.2015 / 12:26 AM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Secondary scoring lifts Lightning to Game 2 win

TAMPA -- Most of the Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff scoring has been handled by "The Triplets" line of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov, or the line of Steven Stamkos, Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn.

But in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena on Saturday, the Lightning generated more offensive chances with their third and fourth lines and defenseman Jason Garrison.

The result was a 4-3 win that tied the best-of-7 series 1-1. Game 3 will be played at United Center on Monday (8 p.m., ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 6:32 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Buffalo native enjoys Combine in hometown

BUFFALO -- Buffalo native Dennis Gilbert had the experience of a lifetime this week at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine. 

Gilbert, a defenseman for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, was somewhat of an ambassador during the week.

He often found himself escorting fellow prospects to First Niagara Center for the interviewing phase with NHL teams earlier in the week, and to HarborCenter for the fitness testing on Friday and Saturday.

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