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Maple Leafs have best odds in Draft Lottery

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2016 NHL Draft Lottery set for Saturday

The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft for the 14 clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams), takes place Saturday.

The results of the Draft Lottery will be revealed live at 8 p.m. ET on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada and on NBC in the U.S. immediately preceding the start of Game 2 between the Capitals and Penguins. In Canada, Sportsnet coverage begins at 7 p.m.

For the first time, the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery will assign the top three slots in the first round of the NHL Draft - a change from prior years, when the Draft Lottery was used to determine the winner of the first overall selection exclusively.

Based on regular-season finish, the allocation of odds for the first drawing of the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery is as follows:

Team                                    Odds of Winning 1st Drawing
1. Toronto Maple Leafs                               20.0%
2. Edmonton Oilers                                    13.5%
3. Vancouver Canucks                               11.5%
4. Columbus Blue Jackets                           9.5%
5. Calgary Flames                                        8.5%
6. Winnipeg Jets                                          7.5%
7. Arizona Coyotes                                       6.5%
8. Buffalo Sabres                                         6.0%
9. Montreal Canadiens                                 5.0%
10. Colorado Avalanche                               3.5%
11. New Jersey Devils                                   3.0%
12. Ottawa Senators                                     2.5%
13. Carolina Hurricanes                               2.0%
14. Boston Bruins                                        1.0%
Comeback carries Sharks past Predators in Game 1

The San Jose Sharks scored five times in the third period, including two goals by captain Logan Couture , to ignite a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Friday in Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series at SAP Center.

Video: NSH@SJS, Gm1: Couture's perfect deflection nets PPG 

* The Sharks matched a franchise Stanley Cup Playoff record for goals in one period, achieving the feat for the first time on home ice. The only other time was in Game 3 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals at the Los Angeles Kings, when San Jose erased a four-goal deficit with five goals in the second period of an eventual 6-5 overtime win.

* Sharks right wing Joel Ward , who played three seasons with Nashville from 2008-11, scored his first career goal against the Predators in 10 games (regular season and playoffs) against them. Ward had 98 points (40 goals, 58 assists) in 230 career regular-season games with the Nashville, and nine goals with eight assists in 18 playoff games.

* Couture posted his third career multi-goal game in the playoffs and first since Game 3 of the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals against the Vancouver Canucks, when he had two goals and two assists.

* Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (0-2-2), who earlier Friday was announced as a finalist for the Norris Trophy, registered his third consecutive multi-point game; he has a goal and an assist in Game 4 against the Kings, and three assists in Game 5 against Los Angeles, totaling a goal and six assists in his past three playoff games.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Burns became the first defenseman in franchise history to record three straight multi-point games in the playoffs. He also equaled the longest such run by any Sharks player in the postseason, matching feats achieved twice by Patrick Marleau (2006 and 2014) and once by Joe Pavelski (2010).
Stars hold off Blues to capture Game 1

Radek Faksa scored the winning goal with 4:44 remaining in regulation, and the Dallas Stars defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Friday to win Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series at American Airlines Center.

Video: STL@DAL, Gm1: Faksa jams home rebound for the lead

* Faksa also scored the game-winning goal for the Stars in the opening game of their First Round series against the Wild. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first player from any team to score the winning goal in Game 1 of consecutive playoff series since 2010, when Chris Higgins did it for the Vancouver Canucks.

* Also according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Faksa is the third Stars/North Stars player to have each of his first two career playoff goals stand as game-winners in a single postseason. The others: Dennis Hextall (1973) and Roman Lyashenko (2000).

* Dallas has won nine of its past 10 home contests since March 17, the exception an overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of the First Round.

* Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves to improve to 4-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in five appearances this postseason. He is 14-6-3 in 25 career appearances against the Blues (regular-season and playoffs).

Burns, Doughty, Karlsson voted Norris Trophy finalists

The NHL announced Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators are the three finalists for the 2015-16 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position."

The NHL will reveal the three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy prior to today's games.

Stanley Cup Playoff Schedule

Saturday, April 30

N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports (NYI leads 1-0)
Pittsburgh at Washington, 8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports (WSH leads 1-0)

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