NHL Player News

  • Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Back in goal for Game 2

    Lundqvist will cover the cage on the road Saturday for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal match with the Senators, as Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports that the Rangers will not have any lineup changes from the series opener.

    The King will field shots from a Senators team that has converted four of 12 power-play chances on the road in these playoffs, ranking second among the 16 teams involved. Suffice to say, the impetus will be on the back line to seal up shooting lanes in front of Lundqvist after the veteran backstop saw 43 shots and suffered a Game 1 loss.

  • Senators' Craig Anderson: In goal for Saturday's Game 2

    Anderson will start between the pipes in Saturday's Game 2 against the Rangers.

    Anderson was razor-sharp in Game 1, turning aside 34 of the 35 shots he faced en route to a 2-1 victory. The veteran netminder has been stellar this postseason, compiling a 5-2-0 record while registering an impressive 1.81 GAA and .930 save percentage over seven appearances. He'll look to stay dialed in and help his team secure a two-game advantage over the Rangers on Saturday.

  • Senators' Mark Borowiecki: Sitting out again Saturday

    Borowiecki (lower body) will sit out Game 2 against the Rangers on Saturday based on Senators coach Guy Boucher confirming that there will be no lineup changes from the series opener.

    The Senators had seven fewer hits than the Rangers in Game 1, but still managed to win. Borowiecki undoubtedly would level the playing field as far as physicality is concerned, though there just haven't been enough signs of rehab progress from the defenseman.

  • Brett Connolly RW | WAS

    Capitals' Brett Connolly: Riding pine in Game 2

    Connolly will be a healthy scratch for Game 2 against the Penguins on Saturday, sitting in favor of Paul Carey.

    Connolly has seen his ice time drop precipitously in these playoffs. As opined by JJ Regan of CSN Mid-Atlantic, Carey has earned the start based on his skating skills being superior to that of Connolly. Either way, this concerns the fourth line, a spot in which mining for fantasy value is generally a fruitless exercise.

  • Paul Carey C | WAS

    Capitals' Paul Carey: Will be in lineup Saturday

    Carey will make an appearance in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday, CSN's JJ Regan reports.

    The 28-year-old pivot has only played in three games since the calendar flipped to 2017, and he'll be tagging into a playoff match for the first time since he was a member of the Avalanche in 2013-14. Washington is hoping that his speed and versatility jump-starts a fourth line that has been lackluster since the playoffs began. Brett Connolly reportedly takes a seat in this one.

  • Karl Alzner D | WAS

    Capitals' Karl Alzner: Still day-to-day

    Alzner (upper body) remains day-to-day ahead of Game 2 against the Penguins on Saturday, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "He's getting close," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

    This effectively rules out the shutdown defenseman for the next contest. Alzner's played through a litany of injuries throughout his career, but he's also proven human as a lineup absentee since Game 2 of the conference quarterfinals.

  • Oilers' Drake Caggiula: OK after fall in Game 2

    Caggiula was injured after an awkward spill in Game 2 against the Ducks on Friday. He was limited to 4:35 of ice time, but Oilers coach Todd McLellan said after the 2-1 win that the winger is "fine."

    The hard-nosed energy cog has yet to record a point in these playoffs, but he remains an option on the power play for an Oilers team that has a 2-0 series advantage.

  • Hurricanes' Scott Darling: Contract talks to begin next week

    Following the goalie's trade from the Blackhawks on Friday, Darling's agent will have preliminary contract discussions with Hurricanes GM Ron Francis next week, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "Obviously we'd like to get something done sooner rather than later," Francis said.

    With the Hurricanes missing the playoffs for the eighth straight year, Francis indicated that his focus this offseason will be improving the goaltending, and evidently it starts with reeling in Darling. The 28-year-old spent his first three seasons in Chicago, steadily increasing his workload over that time. He posted a 39-17-9 record, 2.37 GAA, .923 save percentage, and four shutouts as the understudy to Corey Crawford. Netminder Cam Ward has been with the Hurricanes for 12 years, but he's banking an unsustainable $6.3 million per season and could finally be on his way out as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018. Of course, Carolina also has Eddie Lack as an option between the pipes, but his contract will expire at the same time as Ward's, and the former Canuck has done very little to inspire confidence in team brass -- all of this bodes well for Darling and his fantasy prospects.

  • Ilya Kovalchuk: Bypassing Worlds, will have knee surgery

    Kovalchuk, who's been contemplating a return to the NHL, backed out of the IIHF World Championships in order to undergo surgery on his knee, Szymon Szemberg, managing director of the Euro Hockey Challenge, reports.

    Kovalchuk, 34, is an outstanding talent who may be best known for his signing a 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils in July of 2010, only for the huge deal to be nullified by a league arbitrator and ultimately "settling" with the NHLPA on a still-unprecedented 15-year, $100 million signing a few months later. Kovalchuk would break free from the NHL in July in 2013, spending the past four seasons with St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL, fashioning 78 points (32 goals, 46 assists) in 60 games during the regular season of 2016-17. It remains to be seen if his surgery will have any kind of impact on his mulling over a return to North American hockey.

  • Ryan Getzlaf C | ANA

    Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf: Pointless despite 11 shot attempts

    Getzlaf continued his strong play with five shots in Game 2 on Friday, but it wasn't enough as the Ducks fell 2-1 to the Oilers.

    The Ducks' captain was obviously involved, as he also posted five hits to lead the team in 26:47 of ice time, but he failed to score a point in the one-goal defeat. Getzlaf has four goals and seven points in six playoff games this spring, so he's been one of Anaheim's best players, but the Ducks still need more to climb back into the series.