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Rask opts out of Stanley Cup Playoffs with Bruins

Goalie cites desire to be with family, leaves hub city in Toronto

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Tuukka Rask has opted out and will not play for the Boston Bruins for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Blues may start Allen over Binnington in goal against Canucks in Game 3

Defending champs considering change after two losses in Western First Round

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The St. Louis Blues haven't won a game yet in Edmonton, and they might be changing goalies because of it.

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Projected lineups, starting goalies for today

Latest line combinations, defense pairs, injury news from NHL.com writers

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Below are projected lineups compiled by NHL.com staff writers and independent correspondents. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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Muller adds fire as fill-in coach to Canadiens' Game 2 win against Flyers

Irks Philadelphia with power play, Montreal evens first-round series with Julien out

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

In the span of less than two days, Kirk Muller learned that Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien had been hospitalized for emergency heart surgery and left Toronto, returning home to recover, was thrust into the team's coaching post with virtually no notice, engineered an impressive 5-0 Stanley Cup Playoff victory -- his first win in the NHL postseason -- and got under the skin of Alain Vigneault, his Philadelphia Flyers counterpart.

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Capitals face uphill climb heading into Game 3 against Islanders

Ovechkin says they 'know how to fight' after losing first two in Eastern First Round

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin tried to focus on the positive while assessing the Washington Capitals' predicament against the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference First Round.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round schedule

Best-of-7 series to be played in Toronto, Edmonton

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Here is the schedule for today and the series-by-series schedule for the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Cup Playoffs. All Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto; Western Conference games will be held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

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Inside the Bubble

Inside the Bubble Blog: All CLEAR at one-month mark in Edmonton, Toronto

NHL execs Mayer and Matsuzaki on video screens, health screening in hub cities

by Steve Mayer and Dean Matsuzaki / Special to NHL.com

NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer and League executive vice president of events Dean Matsuzaki -- aka the Mayer of Hub City and Dean of the Secure Zone -- are embedded in the NHL hub cities for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and the duration of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

They each will be writing a blog for NHL.com from Edmonton and Toronto to give fans the latest happenings from inside the bubbles. 

Here are their entries for Friday:   

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McDavid says Oilers defense 'not where it needs to be' after Qualifiers

Edmonton allowed 16 goals in four-game series loss to Blackhawks

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Connor McDavid said the Edmonton Oilers need to improve their defensive game if they want to become a Stanley Cup contender.

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Julien heads home after stent procedure, Muller to coach Canadiens

Hospitalized following loss to Flyers in Game 1 of Eastern First Round, unlikely to return during series

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Claude Julien is expected to make a full recovery after the Montreal Canadiens coach had a stent placed in a coronary artery Thursday.

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Hurricanes' emergency goalie Ayres keeping eye on them during Playoffs

Gets thrill watching former teammates' Game 2 victory against Bruins in Eastern First Round

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Carolina Hurricanes will always have a place in David Ayres' heart.

And his living room.

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Hamilton answering bell for Hurricanes in Eastern First Round

Defenseman scored game-winning goal in Game 2 against Bruins following long rehab

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

For nearly seven months, Dougie Hamilton had pictured a moment like this, scoring a game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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RVH goalie technique under microscope during Playoffs

Short-side goals allowed in early stages of postseason lead to scrutiny about save selection

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Criticism of the RVH save selection has been prevalent during the Stanley Cup Playoffs as goalies across the NHL have been victimized when deploying it through the early stages of the postseason.

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NHL 50/50+ Sweepstakes set for Saturday

Minimum of $100,000 will go to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs in U.S., Canada

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced a one-day NHL 50/50+ Sweepstakes presented by Honda, Official Automotive Partner of the NHL, taking place Saturday, Aug. 15 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. 

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3 Keys: Avalanche vs. Coyotes, Game 3 of Western First Round

Colorado mulling starting goalie; Schmaltz uncertain for Arizona

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

No. 2 Avalanche vs. No. 7 Coyotes 

3 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN360, TVAS, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, ALT

Colorado leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

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NHL DFS picks, projections for Stanley Cup Playoffs

Palat due for goal on Lightning's top line with Kucherov, Point; latest podcast

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com identifies daily fantasy hockey picks, lineup notes, projections and strategies for FanDuel DFS contests in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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Predators GM says 'some players are not going to be brought back'

Poile vows roster changes following loss to Coyotes in Qualifiers

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Nashville Predators will be making changes to their roster after failing to advance past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season and "some players are not going to be brought back," general manager David Poile said Thursday.

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Price's technique, future of Lundqvist discussed on NHL @TheRink podcast

Montreal goalie's play, Rangers' plans, Penguins' big decision among topics

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The five-overtime game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs, questions about the past two Stanley Cup champions, an inside look at goaltending and a breakdown of teams that had disappointing finishes were among the topics discussed on this week's episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast.

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Pacioretty unfit to play Game 2 of Western First Round for Golden Knights

Forward had four shots in 18:08 in Game 1 win against Blackhawks; replacement Nosek injured

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Max Pacioretty was unfit to play for the Vegas Golden Knights against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Thursday. 

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Short Shifts

Subban kicks off new 'Ugly Duckling' podcast with Bettman, Bruckheimer

Devils defenseman interviewed NHL commissioner, Kraken co-owner in first two episodes

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

P.K. Subban is hitting the airwaves with a new podcast, and got up close and personal with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Seattle Kraken co-owner Jerry Bruckheimer in the first two episodes.

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Hamhuis retires after 16 NHL seasons

37-year-old defenseman played 1,148 games with Predators, Canucks, Stars

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Dan Hamhuis retired Thursday after 16 NHL seasons.

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NHL Draft

Mock 2020 NHL Draft: Lafreniere to Rangers, Wild get No. 9 pick

New York owns No. 1 choice after Second Phase of Lottery; Minnesota could take goalie

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Following the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday, NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage make their predictions for how the first 15 selections of the 2020 NHL Draft could turn out.

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Fantasy goalie rankings for Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com lists best options at position for postseason pools; podcast analysis

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com ranks the top goalies for fantasy hockey pools in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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This Date in NHL History

Aug. 15: Neilson named 25th Rangers coach

Plus: MacTavish born; Vigneault joins Canucks organization

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Aug. 15

1989: Roger Neilson becomes the 25th coach in the history of the New York Rangers. He's hired by new general manager Neil Smith, who says Neilson was picked because "he's one of the greatest teachers in this League and he's perfect for the New York Rangers at this time." It's Nielson's fifth NHL coaching job.

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