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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 12:50 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Lightning-Red Wings series blog

Lightning's Coburn to play against Red Wings

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn will return to the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, FS-F).

Coburn, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade March 2, missed the final 14 games of the regular season after sustaining a foot injury March 10. He began skating without a red jersey last week and was a full participant in practices leading to the start of this best-of-7 series.

"I'm excited and it's a great opportunity for me," Coburn said. "I want to keep it simple early on. I want to play to my strengths … move the puck and get my legs."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 11:46 AM

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

Rangers' Nash feels better, ready to go in Game 1

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash will be in the lineup Thursday after missing practice Wednesday because of the flu.

The Rangers open the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 1 of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, ROOT).

"I am better," Nash said after taking part in New York's full morning skate. "It was a rough couple of hours. I feel good. I felt pretty strong out there, better than I thought [I would]."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 9:53 PM

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OTT @ MTL - 14:53 of the Third Period

At 14:53 of the third period in the Ottawa Senators/Montreal Canadiens game, video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Devante Smith-Pelly's shot hit the left post before being covered by Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond. No goal Montreal.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 8:47 PM

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OTT @ MTL - 10:36 of the Second Period

At 10:36 of the second period in the Ottawa Senators/Montreal Canadiens game, video review confirmed that Kyle Turris' shot hit the back bar in the Montreal net after completely crossing the goal line. Good goal Ottawa.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 8:42 PM

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NYI @ WSH - 10:36 of the Second Period

At 10:36 of the second period in the New York Islanders/Washington Capitals game, video review confirmed that Josh Bailey's shot completely crossed the Washington goal line. Good goal Islanders.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 8:13 PM

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

Maurice plays up Jets' underdog status against Ducks

ANAHEIM -- The Winnipeg Jets arrived here with considerable excitement after clinching their first Stanley Cup Playoff berth since the franchise moved to Winnipeg in 2011

They also arrived as underdogs in their Western Conference First Round series against the Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks, and Jets coach Paul Maurice knows that.

"The standings are a fact. We have confidence in our team. They finished first; we finished eighth," he said. "The puck is gonna drop, when that time comes, nobody's got a media guide with them; where you finished doesn't matter. The facts are what they are; we are the underdog, but we have confidence in our game, and they have confidence in theirs."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 7:37 PM

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

Jets forward Perreault to be game-time decision

ANAHEIM -- Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME), Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.

Perreault, who missed the regular-season finale because of a lower-body injury, came onto the ice at the end of Winnipeg's practice Wednesday to work on his own. He played for Anaheim last season before signing with Winnipeg as a free agent July 1.

Anaheim center Nate Thompson and goalie John Gibson each did not practice for the third straight day because of an upper-body injury.


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Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 6:21 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Ducks' Fowler expecting physical series against Jets

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler joined NHL Live to look ahead to the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Winnipeg Jets.

Game 1 is Thursday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA, SN, PRIME). "The last few days we've really been working hard," Fowler said. "We've had some good practices and it's allowed us time work on some things that we'd like to clear up heading into the playoffs. Now we feel like we're all prepared and we just have to go out there and execute."

The Ducks (51-24-7) earned 109 points to clinch the best record in the Western Conference and capture the Pacific Division title for the third straight year, and are eager to improve their recent postseason track record. Anaheim lost in seven games to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round in 2013. Last season, the Ducks advanced to the second round, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in seven.

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 5:44 PM

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

Monahan, young Flames excited to start playoffs

VANCOUVER -- Calgary Flames No. 1 center Sean Monahan is excited to compete in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, but after missing the regular season finale Saturday and a practice Monday to rest, the 20-year-old expects a good test in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; CBC, USA, TVA).

"I think I feel ready and well rested so I think I am fresh," Monahan, who also left practice early Tuesday, said after the morning skate Wednesday. "I felt great and right now the focus is on Game 1."

Vancouver's focus will be on Monahan, who combined with rookie Johnny Gaudreau and veteran Jiri Hudler, form one of the hottest lines in the NHL since early February. Calgary's top line has 41 goals and 92 points in 31 games, and led the League in scoring in March.

"It's the playoffs, you don't want to make it easy on them," Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa said. "Any chance you get to be hard on a guy, be physical, you have to do it but I don't think you have to take out individuals. You have to be hard on everyone."

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Posted On Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 5:40 PM

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ICYMI: Wednesday, April 15

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:

Capitals' Ovechkin embraces big moments
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has no issue with embracing the biggest moments his sport has to offer, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Price vs. Hammond
NHL.com breaks down the Stanley Cup Playoff battle between Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators.

Canadiens' Subban thrives in villain role
Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban doesn't know why he gets booed in every NHL stadium he plays in, but he instead thrives on playing in that type of atmosphere and embraces the role of being the villain.



Chiarelli fired as Bruins GM after nine seasons
The Boston Bruins on Wednesday fired general manager Peter Chiarelli after nine seasons.

Blackhawks welcome Kane back to lineup in Game 1
The Chicago Blackhawks will get a big boost to their lineup as forward Patrick Kane will return to play against the Nashville Predators in Game 1.

NEWS:

Berube's future as Flyers coach remains undecided
The future of coach Craig Berube with the Philadelphia Flyers has yet to be decided, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Sharks coach McLellan needs time to ponder future
The San Jose Sharks cleared out their lockers Wednesday, but coach Todd McLellan's future with the organization remained unclear.

Lack to start Game 1 for Canucks against Flames
Eddie Lack
Goalie - VAN
RECORD: 18-13-4
GAA: 2.45 | SVP: .921
Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack will start Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, coach Willie Desjardins announced.

Flames sign Providence goalie Gillies to contract
Calgary Flames sign Providence goalie and Frozen Four hero Jon Gillies to contract.

Blues to start goalie Allen in Game 1 against Wild
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen will start Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Rangers' Nash misses practice because of flu
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash missed practice Wednesday because of the flu, a team spokesperson said.

Canadiens' Pacioretty won't play Game 1 vs. Senators
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday at Bell Centre.

FEATURES:

Rangers face pressure of being top seed in playoffs
The New York Rangers know they're the hunted in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after winning their first Presidents' Trophy since 1993-94.

Wild's Dubnyk set for first Stanley Cup Playoff game
Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk has accomplished a lot this season, but he's set to play in his first Stanley Cup Playoff game Thursday against the St. Louis Blues.

Canucks back dealing with playoff goalie questions
First-year Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins still faces a potential goalie even after naming Eddie Lack the starter for Game 1 on Wednesday.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs picks
NHL.com, NHL Network predict the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with first-round picks, conference winners, Cup champion and MVP selections.

Sense of humor helps Senators coach Cameron
Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron has used a dry sense of humor and built a personal connection with his players off the ice, helping key a run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

First playoff trip for most of Flames roster
Johnny Gaudreau
Left Wing - CGY
GOALS: 24 | ASST: 40 | PTS: 64
SOG: 167 | +/-: 11
The Calgary Flames, in the playoffs for the first time since 2009, have little experience on their side heading into Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Coburn, Sustr likely to play for Lightning in Game 1
Tampa Bay Lightning Defenseman Braydon Coburn and Andrej Sustr are expected to play in Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Yeo mulling left wing decision on Wild fourth line
Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo must make a decision regarding his fourth line heading into Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Senators look to maintain balance as playoffs begin
Typical NHL teams will often try to ramp up their games when they enter the playoffs, but the Ottawa Senators just want to maintain their high level.

Defenseman de Haan likely in lineup for Islanders
New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan will make his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in Game 1 on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.

Penguins won't have Ehrhoff, Pouliot for opener
Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Derrick Pouliot will not be available against the New York Rangers in the series opener Thursday.

McDavid sets Erie record for points in playoff series
Erie Otters center Connor McDavid has set a record for most points in a playoff series.

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Senators, Canadiens
Kevin Weeks breaks down pluses and minuses for the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens entering their Eastern Conference First Round matchup.

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Quote of the Day

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