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    • Marc-Andre Fleury LV G
      Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Seen banged up in locker room
      10m ago

      Fleury was spotted in the locker room with a noticeable limp following a 2-1 Game 5 victory over Winnipeg on Sunday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.

      Once again, Fleury was a deciding factor in Winnipeg's elimination, as he stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal which was his fourth straight game with a save percentage of .940 or higher. The flower is also sporting an impressive 1.72 GAA for the 14 playoff games he's started, and has remained one of the big reason Vegas was able to secure a Stanley Cup birth in its inaugural season. However, Fleury has now played in 56 of the last 67 games and fatigue might be starting to factor into his play, but it certainly hasn't been noticeable as of yet. The 33-year-old also said that he'll be fine before the Stanley Cup Final kicks off, but his situation is still worth monitoring in case of a negative setback going forward.

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    • Adam Larsson EDM D
      Oilers' Adam Larsson: Scores 10 points or more for fourth straight season
      30m ago

      Larsson played in 63 games during 2017-18, scoring four goals and pitching in nine assists while averaging 21:56 of ice time.

      During his second season in Edmonton, Larsson saw his ice time grow from 20:09 to 21:56, but it didn't correspond with much of an increase in his points-per-game pace -- in fact it actually dropped from .24 to .21 -- and he still doesn't have a presence on the power-play. The Swede still boasts a solid 50.6 Corsi and went plus-10 on the season showcasing his on-ice value, but we're still waiting to see the offensive flashes that saw him put up 24 points in 64 games as a 22-year-old in 2014-15. Larsson will return to Edmonton for the 2018-19 season, and figures to hold down a spot on the first pairing once again.

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    • Henrik Borgstrom FLA C
      Panthers' Henrik Borgstrom: Scores first career NHL goal in 2017-18
      1h ago

      Borgstrom played in four games during the 2017-18 season, and lit the lamp once while firing six shots on goal.

      After finishing his sophomore year at Denver University, Borgstrom decided to make the jump from the collegiate level to the NHL, and was able to play in four of Florida's last seven games. The goal he scored even had playoff implications, as it came during the last game of the season and helped spoil Boston's shot at first seed in the Eastern Conference. The Finn was fantastic in college as well, securing 2018 Player of the Year honors and potting 85 points (45 goals, 50 assists) during 77 games in his two years in Denver, but there are questions about his strength as he ways in at 195 pounds. Borgstrom seems to have the skill to make the 2018-19 roster, but if he doesn't have a concrete role it wouldn't be surprising to see him start in the minors and be a candidate for an early call-up.

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    • Malcolm Subban LV G
      Golden Knights' Malcolm Subban: Not dressing for Game 5
      4h ago

      Subban (undisclosed) will back up Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 5, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

      Max Lagace will still be on the bench behind Fleury. This shouldn't affect too much, as Fleury has been lights out for most of the postseason, starting every game for Vegas to this point.

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    • William Carrier LV LW
      Golden Knights' William Carrier: Out again for Game 5
      4h ago

      Carrier (undisclosed) will not suit up Sunday for Game 5 in Winnipeg, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

      Carrier hasn't played since Game 5 of last series against the Sharks and has failed to record a point in nine playoff games this season. The Golden Knights haven't felt his absence too much, as they are just one win away from a Stanley Cup Finals appearance.

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    • Connor Hellebuyck WPG G
      Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Starting Sunday
      4h ago

      Hellebuyck will man the crease Sunday during Game 5 against Vegas, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

      Hellebuyck and his Jets are backed up against the wall down 3-1 to Vegas. After a great showing against Nashville with a 2.44 GAA and .929 save percentage, the Michigan native is struggling in the Western Conference finals, with those numbers worsening to 2.81 and .897, respectively. The 25-year-old netminder will need to catch fire immediately if Winnipeg has a chance at coming back from the 3-1 hole.

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    • Henrik Borgstrom FLA C
      Panthers' Henrik Borgstrom: Scores first career NHL goal in 2017-18
      1h ago

      Borgstrom played in four games during the 2017-18 season, and lit the lamp once while firing six shots on goal.

      After finishing his sophomore year at Denver University, Borgstrom decided to make the jump from the collegiate level to the NHL, and was able to play in four of Florida's last seven games. The goal he scored even had playoff implications, as it came during the last game of the season and helped spoil Boston's shot at first seed in the Eastern Conference. The Finn was fantastic in college as well, securing 2018 Player of the Year honors and potting 85 points (45 goals, 50 assists) during 77 games in his two years in Denver, but there are questions about his strength as he ways in at 195 pounds. Borgstrom seems to have the skill to make the 2018-19 roster, but if he doesn't have a concrete role it wouldn't be surprising to see him start in the minors and be a candidate for an early call-up.

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    • Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS C
      Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Has 13 points on eight-game streak
      19h ago

      Kuznetsov extended his point streak to eight games and 13 points with his 11th goal of the postseason in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning.

      Kuznetsov has six goals in his last seven games and 22 points in 17 games overall in these playoffs. He has ascended to the top of the Caps hierarchy, but will need to show he can lift his team on his shoulders to get a shot at a Game 7.

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    • Dominic Toninato COL C
      Avalanche's Dominic Toninato: Nabs two assists in debut season
      19h ago

      Toninato had two assists in 37 games for 2017-18, while also putting 25 shots on goal.

      Although the Duluth native just averaged 7:54 of ice time, he wasn't able to generate much offense and is still searching for his first NHL goal, plus he only posted 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 31 games during his stretch for AHL San Antonio. Toninato was well disciplined though, only taking six minor penalties throughout the season. He was also defensively sound with an even rating. Despite playing in 29 of 34 games after being recalled Jan. 18, Toninato was sent to the press box for the last five games of the season and didn't play in Colorado's opening round matchup with Nashville, putting in question how big of a role he'll receive next season.

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    • Austin Czarnik BOS C
      Bruins' Austin Czarnik: Collects four assists in 2017-18
      20h ago

      Czarnik tallied four assists through 10 games in 2017-18, while averaging 10:55 of ice time.

      In his second professional season, Czarnik saw his playing time drop from 13:01 to 10:55, and his games played plummeted from 49 a season ago to 10 in 2017-18. However, one thing that stayed the same was the Michigan native's production in the minors -- he impressively put up over a point per game with AHL Providence, throwing up 69 points (25 goals, 44 assists) in 64 games and showing that he has little left to prove at the lower level. Since Czarnik is set to become a free agent, he could very well find another home and look to secure a spot on a bottom-six forward group somewhere in the NHL.

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    • Jean-Sebastien Dea PIT C
      Penguins' Jean-Sebastien Dea: Appears for five games in second season
      21h ago

      Dea scored one goal in five games during 2017-18, while logging nine hits and one blocked shot.

      Although Dea was able to make the lineup while injuries were striking Pittsburgh in January, he was handed just 5:29 of ice time and only launched one shot on goal -- which went in, giving him a 100 shooting percentage for the year. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old had a fantastic year in the minors, posting 50 points (18 goals, 32 assists) in 70 games and flashing the offensive potential that was on display in his last two juniors seasons, when he tallied 160 points in 133 games for QMJHL Rouyn-Noranda. Given Pittsburgh's forward depth, it will be hard for Dea to crack the roster, but he will need a new contract regardless as he's due to become a restricted free agent.

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    • Jordan Schroeder CLB C
      Blue Jackets' Jordan Schroeder: Scores just two points in 21 games
      21h ago

      Schroeder scored one goal and had one assist through 21 games in 2017-18, but he averaged just 7:29 of ice time.

      Although Schroeder's never played in more than 37 NHL games in his career and usually bumps between the big league and AHL, the two points were a career low, and his minus-four rating was his second-worst. Schroeder also wasn't handed much playing time in his first season in Columbus, as he averaged just 7:29 of ice time and didn't play in a game after Jan. 25. Although the 27-year-old is due back for 2018-19, it seems unlikely that he'll play a larger role with the team in his second season.

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    • William Carrier LV LW
      Golden Knights' William Carrier: Out again for Game 5
      4h ago

      Carrier (undisclosed) will not suit up Sunday for Game 5 in Winnipeg, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

      Carrier hasn't played since Game 5 of last series against the Sharks and has failed to record a point in nine playoff games this season. The Golden Knights haven't felt his absence too much, as they are just one win away from a Stanley Cup Finals appearance.

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    • Matt Nieto COL LW
      Avalanche's Matt Nieto: One point shy of matching career high
      19h ago

      Nieto scored 15 goals and logged 11 assists during the 2017-18 campaign, while putting 84 shots on net.

      In Nieto's second season in Colorado, he came just one point away from matching his career best, although his 26 points were largely helped by a 17.9 shooting percentage -- well above the typical average of 10. Regardless, the high points total is impressive considering he had a defensive start rate of 68 percent, and he also posted a strong plus-six rating as well. Nieto figures to slot into the second or third line for Colorado in 2018-19, but is a restricted free agent so he'll need to come to terms with management for a new deal.

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    • Alex Ovechkin WAS LW
      Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Big goal just not enough
      19h ago

      Ovechkin scored his 11th goal of the postseason in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 5.

      Ovechkin rang the crossbar before finding twine late in the third, but that goal wasn't enough to lift his team to a Game 5 win. The Caps are down 3-2 in the series and Ovie will need a big effort in Game 6 to extend the series.

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    • Nikita Kucherov TB RW
      Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Producing but at slow pace
      20h ago

      Kucherov picked up an assist Saturday in a 3-2 win over Washington in Game 5.

      Kuckerov has 17 points in 15 games this postseason, but his game has left pundits wanting more. Since the first series against the Devils, Kucherov has just seven points (two goals, five assists) in 10 games. The Bolts will need more from him if they move on to the Stanley Cup Final.

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    • Ryan Callahan TB RW
      Lightning's Ryan Callahan: Rare offense delivers win
      20h ago

      Callahan scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Saturday night.

      His last playoff GWG came in 2008-09. Callahan's leadership contributes more to wins than his scoring, but he had a nice night Saturday.

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    • Ondrej Palat TB LW
      Lightning's Ondrej Palat: Three-game point streak
      20h ago

      Palat scored his sixth goal of the postseason in Saturday's 3-2 win over Washington.

      He has a point in each of his last three games and four in five against the Caps. Palat's best postseason performance came in 2014-15, when he tallied 16 points in 26 games. He could improve on that total significantly if the Bolts move on to the Final. Tampa is up 3-2 over Washington right now and just a win away from vying for Lord Stanley.

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    • Adam Larsson EDM D
      Oilers' Adam Larsson: Scores 10 points or more for fourth straight season
      30m ago

      Larsson played in 63 games during 2017-18, scoring four goals and pitching in nine assists while averaging 21:56 of ice time.

      During his second season in Edmonton, Larsson saw his ice time grow from 20:09 to 21:56, but it didn't correspond with much of an increase in his points-per-game pace -- in fact it actually dropped from .24 to .21 -- and he still doesn't have a presence on the power-play. The Swede still boasts a solid 50.6 Corsi and went plus-10 on the season showcasing his on-ice value, but we're still waiting to see the offensive flashes that saw him put up 24 points in 64 games as a 22-year-old in 2014-15. Larsson will return to Edmonton for the 2018-19 season, and figures to hold down a spot on the first pairing once again.

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    • Nate Schmidt LV D
      Golden Knights' Nate Schmidt: Seeing increased ice time
      5h ago

      Schmidt is averaging just under 25 minutes of ice time per game, including 2:40 on the power play, during his team's historic playoff run.

      The Golden Knight are just one game away from making a Stanley Cup appearance in their first ever NHL season, and Nate Schmidt is a huge reason why. His 24:56 of ice time during the playoffs is up from his 22:14 average during the regular season, and he's seeing nearly a full minute more per game during the man advantage. The 26-year-old blueliner has a pair of goals and six points during the playoffs and he should maintain his spot on the top defensive pair from here on out.

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    • Paul Postma BOS D
      Bruins' Paul Postma: Laces up for just 14 games
      18h ago

      Postma had an assist in 14 games during 2017-18, averaging 10:13 of ice time while putting 14 shots on goal.

      After playing 65 games for Winnipeg in 2016-17, Postma has to be disappointed with his decreased usage, and he just appeared in two games after the New Year. The 29-year-old seemed to be stuck on the fringe between the NHL and minors, as he posted a strong nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 13 games for AHL Providence while putting up a plus-three rating, but just couldn't crack the roster for a consistent spot on the third pairing. Since Postma is set to be an unrestricted free agent, perhaps he'll test the open market and try to find a concrete role on a different defensive corps.

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    • Brady Skjei NYR D
      Rangers' Brady Skjei: Sees increased minutes on Broadway
      19h ago

      Skjei scored four goals and tallied 21 assists through 82 games in 2017-18, while also logging 127 hits and 119 blocked shots.

      This was Skjei's second full season in the NHL and he was handed increased responsibility by the coaching staff, as he saw his minutes increase from 17:28 in 2016-17 to 21:02 this season. Although the Minnesota native wasn't able to better his 39-point effort from last season, the Rangers as a whole struggled to collect points and fell to the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, so perhaps the team's struggle offensively limited his numbers. Skjei was also able to block 119 shots, which ranked second on the team, and he fired off 153 shots on goal -- although he fell victim to a poor 2.6 shooting percentage. He figures to slot back into the top four of the Rangers' defensive corps, but Skjei will need to put pen to the paper as he's currently a restricted free agent.

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    • Trevor van Riemsdyk CAR D
      Hurricanes' Trevor van Riemsdyk: Collects 16 points in third full season
      23h ago

      Van Riemsdyk had 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) while playing 79 games in 2017-18. He also blocked 113 shots.

      Van Riemsdyk ended up posting the exact same point total as 2016-17, but unfortunately it took him 19 more games to record the 16 points, although his time on ice did dip from 18:25 to 17:03 in his first year in Carolina, which certainly didn't help his cause. The 26-year-old was also in an enormous slump from late December to mid-February, during which he had just one assist and no goals in 25 games -- a big anchor for his points-per-game pace. Regardless, van Riemsdyk held his own defensively, posting a plus-9 rating and an excellent 55.3 Corsi percentage, plus his 113 blocked shots were second-most on the team. Van Riemsdyk is set to become a restricted free agent, so he'll have to agree to a new contract before returning to Carolina.

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    • Alexei Emelin NSH D
      Predators' Alexei Emelin: Discarded by Preds, will test free agency
      1d ago

      Emelin will not return to the Predators next season, The Tennessean reports.

      Knowing Ryan Ellis would miss the first half of last season with a knee injury, the Preds acquired Emelin from the Golden Knights last July to help fill the gap. However, once Ellis returned in January, Emelin went from skating 19-20 minutes per game alongside P.K. Subban to playing 14-15 minutes in a third-pairing role. Furthermore, he was mostly ineffective during the postseason and was a healthy scratch for three of the Preds' final four games against the Jets. Now a pending unrestricted free agent, the 31-year-old blueliner will look to catch on with a new team this summer.

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    • Marc-Andre Fleury LV G
      Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Seen banged up in locker room
      10m ago

      Fleury was spotted in the locker room with a noticeable limp following a 2-1 Game 5 victory over Winnipeg on Sunday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.

      Once again, Fleury was a deciding factor in Winnipeg's elimination, as he stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal which was his fourth straight game with a save percentage of .940 or higher. The flower is also sporting an impressive 1.72 GAA for the 14 playoff games he's started, and has remained one of the big reason Vegas was able to secure a Stanley Cup birth in its inaugural season. However, Fleury has now played in 56 of the last 67 games and fatigue might be starting to factor into his play, but it certainly hasn't been noticeable as of yet. The 33-year-old also said that he'll be fine before the Stanley Cup Final kicks off, but his situation is still worth monitoring in case of a negative setback going forward.

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    • Malcolm Subban LV G
      Golden Knights' Malcolm Subban: Not dressing for Game 5
      4h ago

      Subban (undisclosed) will back up Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 5, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

      Max Lagace will still be on the bench behind Fleury. This shouldn't affect too much, as Fleury has been lights out for most of the postseason, starting every game for Vegas to this point.

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    • Connor Hellebuyck WPG G
      Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Starting Sunday
      4h ago

      Hellebuyck will man the crease Sunday during Game 5 against Vegas, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

      Hellebuyck and his Jets are backed up against the wall down 3-1 to Vegas. After a great showing against Nashville with a 2.44 GAA and .929 save percentage, the Michigan native is struggling in the Western Conference finals, with those numbers worsening to 2.81 and .897, respectively. The 25-year-old netminder will need to catch fire immediately if Winnipeg has a chance at coming back from the 3-1 hole.

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    • Marc-Andre Fleury LV G
      Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: In goal for Game 5
      5h ago

      Fleury will get the starting nod for Sunday's Game 5 showdown in Winnipeg, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

      No surprise here as Fleury has been dominant all postseason long. He has started all 14 playoff contests for Vegas thus far, accumulating an 11-3-0 record with a spectacular .945 save percentage and 1.72 GAA. On top of that, he also has four shutouts. He'll look to close things out and send his Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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    • Braden Holtby WAS G
      Capitals' Braden Holtby: Stumbles on big stage
      19h ago

      Holtby made 19 saves in Saturday's 3-2, Game 5 loss to Tampa Bay.

      Holtby came out of the gates uptight and ready to pop, and pop he did. He allowed a goal just 19 seconds into the game and the Capitals were down 2-0 about nine minutes into the game. And when he had a chance to start the second period differently, Holtby once again came out overhyped and allowed a goal 33 seconds in. The Caps just couldn't recover after that. Holtby needs to elevate his game to the Andrei Vasilevskiy level if the Caps want to extend the series.

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    • Andrei Vasilevskiy TB G
      Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Dominates Caps in win
      21h ago

      Vasilevskiy made 28 saves in Saturday's 3-2, Game 5 win over Washington.

      He was especially busy in the second and third periods, a span in which he made 24 saves. Vasilevskiy has been dominant in the last three games and is clearly cementing himself among the absolute elite in the game. One more win and he get his first taste of the Stanley Cup Final.

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