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ICYMI: Friday, May 15

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

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:

Closer Look: Ducks must use size at Blackhawks net
Whether the Anaheim Ducks' top line can assert itself in front of the Chicago Blackhawks net will go a long way to determining the winner of the Western Conference Final.

Rangers' St. Louis all business with Lightning on tap
New York Rangers wing Martin St. Louis, once the face of the Tampa Bay Lightning, now faces them with a berth in the Stanley Cup Final at stake.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Lundqvist vs. Bishop
NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley breaks down the goalies in the Eastern Conference Final, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Babcock to make decision within week: report

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, whose contract expires at the end of June, said Friday in an interview with Darren Dreger of TSN that he expects make a decision about his next job within the next week.

Therrien, coaching staff will return for Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien and the rest of his staff will return for the 2015-16 season, general manager Marc Bergevin said Friday.



NEWS:

Blue Jackets will name captain next week: report
The Columbus Blue Jackets have decided on a captain and will name him before next season, president of hockey operations John Davidson said late last month.

Avalanche sign Martinsen to one-year contract
The Norwegian forward represented his country at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

FEATURES:

Blackhawks' Crawford bounces back from benching
Corey Crawford's start to the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs was so turbulent that it probably would've crushed the confidence of many goalies. Lucky for the Chicago Blackhawks, Crawford is resilient.

Rangers' Fast making smart plays to be X-factor
New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast has been making smart plays on the ice and is an x-factor in the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Strangis: For Hawks' Richards, past defines present
Ralph Strangis: Chicago Blackhawks forward Brad Richards' present is defined by his past.

Former Rangers on Lightning look forward to series
Brian Boyle
Center - TBL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 2
SOG: 24 | +/-: -2
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle, right wing Ryan Callahan and defenseman Anton Stralman each played an important role with their former team, the New York Rangers, who they will play in the Eastern Conference Final.

Ovechkin to help Russia challenge U.S. in semifinals
Alex Ovechkin has joined Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship and got in some skating Friday ahead of their semifinal Saturday against the United States.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Top scorer Corey Perry returns to practice for Ducks
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry, the leading scorer through two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, returned to practice Friday.

Lightning's Bishop making name known in playoffs
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has made a name for himself in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1.81 goals-against average through 13 games.

Lightning power play on roll entering East Final
The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers with plenty of confidence on the power play.

Lightning's Callahan practices, could play in Game 1
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan would like nothing more than to return to the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Rangers' Dan Boyle practices, 'all good' for Game 1
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle practiced Friday and is "all good" for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, coach Alain Vigneault said.

First round of 2015 NHL Draft coming into form
With the start of the conference finals, the full order of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft is coming into form.

Friday Four: Canadiens have work to do
NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes looks at four teams that made the second round of the playoffs, two of which advanced and two that didn't.

U.S., Canada look to advance to championship game
The United States and Canada on Saturday will look to advance to the championship game at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.


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