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Holtby out, Grubauer in goal for Capitals vs. Islanders

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 6:45 PM / Capitals vs Islanders - 2015 SCP First Round

Katie Brown - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will not start Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC).

Philipp Grubauer will start for Washington.

Holtby is listed as day-to-day with an illness. Washington coach Barry Trotz told reporters Friday morning that Holtby felt ill prior to Game 1 on Wednesday and would take warm-ups before his starting status was decided.

Grubauer will make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut. He was recalled from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Friday morning.

Devils' Schneider done playing but excited to watch

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 5:06 PM / NHL Insider

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The New Jersey Devils and goaltender Cory Schneider failed to qualify for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but that hasn't stopped Schneider from paying attention to what's going on across the NHL.

Schneider set a personal best and was fourth in the League with 69 games in 2014-15, but he's still excited to watch hockey.

"I find the first to be the most interesting round," Schneider said. "Everyone sort of has the optimism that they're going to go far and everyone comes out a million miles an hour. So some of the physicality and the pace of the game is pretty incredible, especially the early games, when you might catch a team off and win a game or two and then that changes the series.

Predators 'D' add new dimension to offensive attack

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 3:14 PM / Predators vs Blackhawks - 2015 SCP First Round

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

When Peter Laviolette was hired to be the new coach of the Nashville Predators, one of the things general manager David Poile charged him with was improving the offense.

The Predators had a distinct defensive identity under former coach Barry Trotz, and are still a team built from the net out. With goaltender Pekka Rinne and a defensive corps that features Shea Weber (who is out Games 3 and 4 with a lower-body injury), Roman Josi, Seth Jones and Ryan Ellis, Nashville has plenty of talent from the blue line down.

What Laviolette has done is taken those assets and re-appropriated them. The Predators defensemen combined to score 193 points this season, up from the 171 they scored last season. Laviolette has used the same ingredients but changed the recipe, and the results for the Predators have been nearly half a goal more averaged at even-strength per game (2.52, up from 2.25), the highest-scoring even-strength blue line in the League, and a team that no longer has to keep a game low-scoring for it to win.

Chabot: Sticking to game plan paid off for Ducks

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 2:06 PM / Ducks vs Jets - 2015 SCP First Round

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

For additional insight into the First Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets, has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.

Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Los Angeles Kings.

The Winnipeg Jets took the lead into the third period against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series Thursday, but the Ducks were able to regain their composure and score three times in the third period to win 4-2.

Lightning-Red Wings series familiar to AHL followers

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 1:28 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to

From behind the lens of the American Hockey League, the Eastern Conference First Round matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings is more than just two divisional rivals going head-to-head: it’s an opportunity to revisit some recent history.

When the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Syracuse Crunch to win the AHL's Calder Cup championship in 2013, it also marked a graduation for many players in the series to the NHL. Two years later, their parent clubs are doing battle with many of the same faces hitting the ice in pursuit of another Cup.

Of the players on Detroit's playoff roster, 10 have their names engraved on the Calder Cup as members of the 2013 Grand Rapids Griffins: forwards Joakim Andersson, Landon Ferraro, Luke Glendening, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Teemu Pulkkinen, and Riley Sheahan, defenseman Danny DeKeyser, and goalie Petr Mrazek.

Senators' Stone a game-time decision vs. Canadiens

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:44 PM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone's status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports) will be determined at game time, coach Dave Cameron said Friday.

"It's like every other player," Cameron said. "As long as it's not detrimental to his health that's the first thing you ask and you go from there."

Stone participated in Ottawa's optional morning skate Friday. He worked on his stickhandling and shot pucks before taking part in a light shooting drill and leaving for the dressing room about six minutes after he jumped on the ice.

2015 NHL Draft Lottery procedure

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

NHL Public Relations

A weighted system used to determine the order for the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery will take place on Saturday, April 18, in Toronto.


In coordination with the League, the results of the NHL Draft Lottery will be revealed in a live television broadcast on CBC and TVA in Canada and on NBC in the U.S. Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, leading up to the networks' broadcast of Game 2 of the First Round series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The team winning the draw will secure the right to the first overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. Each of the 14 Clubs is eligible to win the first overall pick. The remaining 13 teams will be slotted in reverse order based on their regular season point totals. The drawing determines the order for the first round only. For all subsequent rounds, the order reverts to the original order of regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs results.

2014-15 Fantasy Hockey award selections Fantasy Hockey Staff

With the 2014-15 regular season now in our rearview mirror, it's time for's fantasy hockey insiders to reflect on players that have defined the landscape -- for better or worse.

Matt Cubeta, Pete Jensen, Matt Sitkoff, Brian Metzer and Evan Sporer have cast their votes, outlining the best fantasy players at each position based on eligibility in Yahoo leagues.

The list of year-end awards is also complete with the biggest underachievers and most notable rookies, as well as sleeper and bounceback candidates to keep an eye on for next season.

So, as we officially say goodbye to another compelling season, here are the 2014-15 Fantasy Hockey awards.

NHL Draft Lottery to determine first shot at McDavid

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

There's a significant jackpot awaiting the winner of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The team winning the lottery will be able to choose between two players projected to be generational talents eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University freshman Jack Eichel. The NHL Draft will be held at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., June 26-27.

McDavid, who had 44 goals and 120 points in 47 regular-season games this season, is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 draft. Eichel, winner of the 2015 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's best player, is ranked No. 2.

Canadiens' Pacioretty question mark for Game 2

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 11:54 AM / Canadiens vs Senators - 2015 SCP First Round

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty remains a question mark for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Ottawa Senators on Friday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).

Pacioretty has not played since April 5 because of an upper-body injury.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after the Canadiens held an optional morning skate Friday that he had not spoken with the medical staff and could not give an update on Pacioretty's availability.

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