NHL Player News

  • Ian Cole D | PIT

    Penguins' Ian Cole: Putting up numbers

    Cole tallied an assist, three hits and a game-high eight blocked shots in Thursday's win over Washington.

    His nifty stretch pass to Scott Wilson led to Nick Bonino's game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Despite skating only 17:01, the lowest amount of any Pittsburgh defender, he made the most of his limited time. Cole collected three assists in Round 1 and figures to continue chipping in without Kris Letang available in the postseason.

  • Nick Bonino C | PIT

    Penguins' Nick Bonino: Comes up big Thursday

    Bonino collected a third-period, game-winning goal Thursday against the Capitals.

    Bonino continues to raise his game in the postseason. Dating back to 2012-13 with Anaheim, the center has netted six playoff game-winners (including three in overtime) in 56 contests. The centerman has two goals in six playoff games after totaling 18 points in 24 postseason contests last spring.

  • Conor Sheary LW | PIT

    Penguins' Conor Sheary: Struggling to produce

    Sheary went pointless with a minus-1 rating Thursday against the Capitals.

    He finished with fewer shifts (16) than any other Pittsburgh forward, skating just over 12 minutes (12:21) as part of a third unit with Nick Bonino and Scott Wilson. Sheary led the NHL with 3.01 points/60 during 5-on-5 play in the regular season, but those numbers have suffered since he moved off Sidney Crosby's line.

  • Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Snags first postseason point

    Nugent-Hopkins had an assist, two shots and a hit in Edmonton's Game 1 win over Anaheim on Wednesday.

    That assist is Nugent-Hopkins' first point of the postseason. Though he hasn't shown up on the scoresheet often, he's seeing plenty of ice time and is skating on the team's second power-play unit. He's played well but has largely been deployed in a defensive role. He's been better than the stats show, but his upside is limited by his usage.

  • Jordan Eberle RW | EDM

    Oilers' Jordan Eberle: Continues to struggle in postseason

    Eberle had no points, no shots and a minus-1 rating in Wednesday's Game 1 win over Anaheim.

    Eberle has been a bad bet this postseason. He hasn't put up a point since the opening game and has only played more than 15 minutes once and that was an opening round overtime match.

  • Oilers' Matt Benning: Leads team in hits

    Benning, who has played six of Edmonton's seven playoff games, had a team-leading six hits in Wednesday's win over Anaheim.

    Unfortunately, those six hits were all he managed in the 14:30 of ice time he saw. That was the lowest mark among team defensemen. With just two assists and four shots in six games, there are many defensemen around the league seeing more opportunities to help your team.

  • Oilers' Drake Caggiula: Returns to third line

    Caggiula returned to the third line for Game 1 of Edmonton's second-round series against Anaheim. He had one shot and two penalty minutes in Wednesday's win.

    Caggiula has yet to produce a point this postseason. Moving back to the third line from Connor McDavid's top-line unit is a big downgrade for the rookie. He hasn't produced anything to help his value, but dropping to a line with Zack Kassian and Mark Letestu hurts his value as well.

  • Oilers' Oscar Klefbom: Makes big impact in Game 1

    Klefbom finished Wednesday's Game 1 win over Anaheim with an assist, three shots, a plus-2 rating and 21:45 of ice time.

    Klefbom is putting himself in a position to succeed. He's getting time on the team's top power-play unit and was on the ice for all five of Edmonton's goals in the win. He may be a blue-line option that provides surprising value in the second round of the playoffs.

  • Oilers' Connor McDavid: Contributing in unseen ways

    McDavid tallied an assist and two shots in Game 1 against the Ducks on Wednesday.

    Despite tallying just one point, McDavid was on the ice for four of Edmonton's five goals in the win. He's making a difference. If he continues to play like he did in Game 1, he's going to start producing more points.

  • Alex Ovechkin LW | WAS

    Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Scores in losing effort

    Ovechkin potted his fourth goal of the playoffs in Thursday's 3-2 Game 1 loss to the Penguins.

    Ovechkin ended Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid with 1:43 to play in the second period after Sidney Crosby had also reached the four-goal mark by potting two earlier in the frame. The pair finds itself among a group of seven players tied for second in goals behind Jake Guentzel's five. Ovie had been held off the scoresheet in each of his last two appearances, and is still looking for his first assist of the postseason.