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  • Jesper Fast CAR RW
    Hurricanes' Jesper Fast: Still in neck brace
    5h ago

    Fast (neck) was still wearing a neck brace Saturday while he continues to undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury, Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

    Fast was unavailable during the playoffs after suffering the injury in Carolina's regular-season finale April 16. The 32-year-old winger tallied six goals and 19 points in 73 regular-season games in a bottom-six role. Once the severity of his injury is diagnosed, Fast will focus on getting back to full health ahead of the 2024-25 season.

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  • Filip Hronek VAN D
    Canucks' Filip Hronek: Offers helper Saturday
    17h ago

    Hronek notched an assist, three hits and a minus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Hronek has been a non-factor on offense this postseason, posting one helper, a minus-4 rating and 11 shots on net through 12 appearances. He's added 23 hits and 15 blocked shots while maintaining a top-pairing role.

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  • Elias Pettersson VAN C
    Canucks' Elias Pettersson: Notches assist in loss
    17h ago

    Pettersson recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Pettersson has earned two helpers in the last two games but still hasn't been living up to expectations offensively during the playoffs. He's at six points, 20 shots, 23 hits, 11 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating over 12 appearances. However, he's looked slightly better since moving to the wing alongside Elias Lindholm.

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  • Nils Hoglander VAN LW
    Canucks' Nils Hoglander: Nets lone goal in loss
    17h ago

    Hoglander scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Hoglander offered a quick response to Dylan Holloway's opening tally in the first period, but the Canucks' offense stalled out after that. The goal was Hoglander's first this postseason, and he's added just one assist with eight shots on net, 13 hits and a minus-2 rating over 10 appearances. The winger has been listed on the second line recently, but he's played a limited role with no power-play time, so there's little reason to think he'll soon turn a corner on offense.

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  • Arturs Silovs VAN G
    Canucks' Arturs Silovs: Falters in Game 6
    17h ago

    Silovs allowed five goals on 27 shots in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Silovs had his worst outing of the playoffs, squandering the Canucks' first chance to book a spot in the Western Conference Finals. The team in front of him was flat as well, registering a meager 15 shots on net, which is low even by its unimpressive shot volume for the postseason (21.1 shots per game). Silovs is 5-4 with a 2.89 GAA and an .898 save percentage through nine playoff outings. He's alternated wins and losses in the second round, but it's unclear if he'll get the nod at home for Game 7 on Monday or if head coach Rick Tocchet will turn to Casey DeSmith.

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  • Leon Draisaitl EDM C
    Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Keeps rolling with two helpers
    17h ago

    Draisaitl produced two assists, two hits, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.

    Draisaitl set up the Oilers' first and last goals, scored by Dylan Holloway and Evander Kane, respectively. The pair of helpers extended Draisaitl's playoff point streak to 11 contests, during which he has eight goals and 15 assists. He's added 42 shots on net, 10 PIM and a plus-2 rating this postseason. Draisaitl also became the third-fastest player in NHL history to 100 playoff points, doing so in just 60 appearances. Only Wayne Gretzky (46 games) and Mario Lemieux (50 games) did it faster.

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  • Elias Pettersson VAN C
    Canucks' Elias Pettersson: Notches assist in loss
    17h ago

    Pettersson recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Pettersson has earned two helpers in the last two games but still hasn't been living up to expectations offensively during the playoffs. He's at six points, 20 shots, 23 hits, 11 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating over 12 appearances. However, he's looked slightly better since moving to the wing alongside Elias Lindholm.

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  • Leon Draisaitl EDM C
    Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Keeps rolling with two helpers
    17h ago

    Draisaitl produced two assists, two hits, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.

    Draisaitl set up the Oilers' first and last goals, scored by Dylan Holloway and Evander Kane, respectively. The pair of helpers extended Draisaitl's playoff point streak to 11 contests, during which he has eight goals and 15 assists. He's added 42 shots on net, 10 PIM and a plus-2 rating this postseason. Draisaitl also became the third-fastest player in NHL history to 100 playoff points, doing so in just 60 appearances. Only Wayne Gretzky (46 games) and Mario Lemieux (50 games) did it faster.

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  • Connor McDavid EDM C
    Oilers' Connor McDavid: Trio of helpers in win
    17h ago

    McDavid notched three assists, two shots on goal, two PIM, two hits and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.

    McDavid responded to his second scoreless outing of the playoffs with a showcase of playmaking. He set up goals by Zach Hyman, Evan Bouchard and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as the Oilers took control Saturday and forced a Game 7 on Monday. McDavid is up to 21 points (two goals, 19 assists) with 31 shots on net, 25 hits and a plus-5 rating over 11 playoff appearances. He hasn't gone multiple games in a row without a point since a three-game slump from Nov. 6-11.

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  • Dylan Holloway EDM C
    Oilers' Dylan Holloway: Opens scoring in Game 6 win
    17h ago

    Holloway scored a goal on three shots, added two hits, blocked two shots and went plus-2 in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.

    Holloway snapped an eight-game point drought with the first-period tally. The 22-year-old has three goals, 12 shots on net, 31 hits, 10 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating over 11 postseason appearances. Holloway has logged over 11 minutes of ice time in five of six second-round contests -- while it's not a huge increase from his average of 9:23 over the five outings in the first round, it still shows he's gained some trust from head coach Kris Knoblauch.

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  • Zach Hyman EDM C
    Oilers' Zach Hyman: Scores 10th goal of postseason
    17h ago

    Hyman scored a goal on four shots and went plus-2 in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.

    Hyman snapped a three-game slump with his second-period tally, which ended up being the game-winner. It was perhaps a short-term regression for the winger, who scored nine times over the first six contests this postseason before the skid. He's at 10 goals, two assists, 45 shots on net, 29 hits and a plus-5 rating through 11 appearances in the playoffs.

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  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM C
    Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Collects three points in Game 6
    17h ago

    Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal, dished two assists, added two hits and went plus-2 in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.

    Nugent-Hopkins earned his first multi-point effort in five outings. He assisted on goals by Zach Hyman and Evan Bouchard in the second period before scoring one of his own in the third. Through 11 playoff contests, Nugent-Hopkins has three goals, 11 assists, 14 shots on net, 20 hits and a plus-3 rating. He's played the last two games alongside Connor McDavid, which gives Nugent-Hopkins some significant DFS upside if he stays in that spot for Game 7 on Monday.

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  • Jesper Fast CAR RW
    Hurricanes' Jesper Fast: Still in neck brace
    5h ago

    Fast (neck) was still wearing a neck brace Saturday while he continues to undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury, Walt Ruff of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

    Fast was unavailable during the playoffs after suffering the injury in Carolina's regular-season finale April 16. The 32-year-old winger tallied six goals and 19 points in 73 regular-season games in a bottom-six role. Once the severity of his injury is diagnosed, Fast will focus on getting back to full health ahead of the 2024-25 season.

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  • Nils Hoglander VAN LW
    Canucks' Nils Hoglander: Nets lone goal in loss
    17h ago

    Hoglander scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Hoglander offered a quick response to Dylan Holloway's opening tally in the first period, but the Canucks' offense stalled out after that. The goal was Hoglander's first this postseason, and he's added just one assist with eight shots on net, 13 hits and a minus-2 rating over 10 appearances. The winger has been listed on the second line recently, but he's played a limited role with no power-play time, so there's little reason to think he'll soon turn a corner on offense.

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  • Evander Kane EDM LW
    Oilers' Evander Kane: Point streak at four games
    17h ago

    Kane scored a goal on four shots, added 10 PIM, logged seven hits and went plus-2 in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.

    Kane converted the Oilers' fifth goal after Leon Draisaitl won a faceoff back to him. During his four-game point streak, Kane has two goals, two assists, 15 hits and 16 PIM. The winger is at seven points, 28 shots, 41 hits, 31 PIM and a minus-1 rating through 11 playoff contests. He continues to play in a middle-six role, though he's looked a little sharper since Draisaitl moved back to the second line at even strength.

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  • Ilya Mikheyev VAN RW
    Canucks' Ilya Mikheyev: Out Saturday
    1d ago

    Mikheyev (undisclosed) isn't expected to play Saturday against Edmonton in Game 6, per Thomas Drance of The Athletic.

    Mikheyev also missed Thursday's 3-2 Game 5 victory over the Oilers. He has no points, a minus-4 rating, 11 shots, nine hits and three blocks in 10 playoff contests this year. Mikheyev's continued absence will likely result in Vasily Podkolzin remaining in the lineup for the second straight game.

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  • Matej Blumel DAL RW
    Stars' Matej Blumel: Recalled from AHL
    1d ago

    Blumel was called up from AHL Texas on Saturday.

    Blumel was recalled Feb. 18 but was a healthy scratch before returning to the minors the following day. The 23-year-old winger had a big 2023-24 season in the AHL with 31 goals and 31 assists in 72 contests, finishing fifth overall in goals and tying for 10th in points.

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  • Jonathan Drouin COL LW
    Avalanche's Jonathan Drouin: Adds power-play helper
    2d ago

    Drouin logged a power-play assist in Friday's 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Stars in Game 6.

    Drouin had a helper in all three of his playoff appearances, including two on the power play. The 29-year-old missed the first eight contests of the postseason due to a lower-body injury, but that was his only extended absence of the campaign. Drouin had a career-high 56 points in 79 regular-season outings while playing on a one-year, $825,000 contract. It's safe to assume his next deal will be at a higher cap hit, though it's unclear if the Avalanche will have the space to bring him back in 2024-25. If not, he should have a significant audience in free agency.

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  • Filip Hronek VAN D
    Canucks' Filip Hronek: Offers helper Saturday
    17h ago

    Hronek notched an assist, three hits and a minus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Hronek has been a non-factor on offense this postseason, posting one helper, a minus-4 rating and 11 shots on net through 12 appearances. He's added 23 hits and 15 blocked shots while maintaining a top-pairing role.

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  • Evan Bouchard EDM D
    Oilers' Evan Bouchard: Racks up three points in win
    17h ago

    Bouchard scored a goal on two shots, added two assists, went plus-4 and blocked two shots in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.

    Bouchard had a point in each period en route to earning his third multi-point effort over six second-round contests. The defenseman has been excellent with five goals, 13 helpers, 37 shots on net, 18 blocked shots and a plus-10 rating over 11 playoff outings. Even more impressively, Bouchard has held his own defensively, though he's also clearly benefiting from playing alongside Mattias Ekholm on the top pairing.

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  • Brett Pesce CAR D
    Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Diagnosed with fractured fibula
    1d ago

    Pesce (lower leg) has been dealing with a fractured fibula near his ankle, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.

    Pesce missed the final nine games of Carolina's postseason run, including the entire second-round series against the Rangers, after suffering the injury in Game 2 of the opening round versus the Islanders. Pesce had three goals, 10 points and a plus-10 rating in 70 regular-season games this year. The 29-year-old blueliner is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason -- if healthy, Pesce should be one of the top names available.

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  • Cale Makar COL D
    Avalanche's Cale Makar: Garners power-play helper
    2d ago

    Makar logged a power-play assist, two shots on goal and three blocked shots in Friday's 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Stars in Game 6.

    Makar finished the postseason with five goals, 10 assists, 36 shots on net and 23 blocks over 11 contests. The 25-year-old defenseman also had a career-high 90 points in 77 regular-season outings. Makar's brilliance on the blue line remains elite, and he's a finalist for the Norris Trophy once again after a stellar campaign. Makar should continue to be a top-three fantasy defenseman in 2024-25 with an Avalanche team that will have its core intact despite going into the offseason with nine pending unrestricted free agents among the team's skaters.

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  • Gustav Forsling FLA D
    Panthers' Gustav Forsling: Nets game-winning goal
    2d ago

    Forsling scored a goal and added five shots on net in the 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 6.

    In a thrilling Game 6 showdown against the Bruins, Forsling emerged as the hero, netting the deciding goal in the third period to clinch the series for the Panthers. He added five shots on net and one hit while leading all skaters with an impressive 25:16 of ice time. Over six second-round outings, Forsling consistently contributed, recording three points (two goals and an assist), 16 hits and six blocked shots.

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  • Dmitry Orlov CAR D
    Hurricanes' Dmitry Orlov: Has bad turnover in loss
    2d ago

    Orlov supplied a secondary assist in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers in Game 6.

    Orlov got on the board by helping out on a Martin Necas first-period tally that opened the scoring. It was the fifth time in six games this series that Orlov registered at least one point. The Russian defenseman also had one shot on goal and six blocks with a minus-1 rating in 19:01 of ice time. Unfortunately for the 32-year-old, he had an egregious turnover in which he failed to clear the defensive zone -- it led directly to a New York goal shortly after Carolina garnered a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Orlov finished the postseason with two goals and four assists in 11 contests.

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  • Arturs Silovs VAN G
    Canucks' Arturs Silovs: Falters in Game 6
    17h ago

    Silovs allowed five goals on 27 shots in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Silovs had his worst outing of the playoffs, squandering the Canucks' first chance to book a spot in the Western Conference Finals. The team in front of him was flat as well, registering a meager 15 shots on net, which is low even by its unimpressive shot volume for the postseason (21.1 shots per game). Silovs is 5-4 with a 2.89 GAA and an .898 save percentage through nine playoff outings. He's alternated wins and losses in the second round, but it's unclear if he'll get the nod at home for Game 7 on Monday or if head coach Rick Tocchet will turn to Casey DeSmith.

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  • Thatcher Demko VAN G
    Canucks' Thatcher Demko: Ruled out for Game 7
    17h ago

    Head coach Rick Tocchet said Saturday that Demko (knee) will not play in Monday's Game 7 versus the Oilers, Thomas Drance of The Athletic reports.

    Demko was believed to have a chance to return during the second round, but this will eliminate that possibility. The Canucks will instead entrust either Arturs Silovs or Casey DeSmith in a must-win game with a trip to the Western Conference Finals on the line. Demko will have missed 12 straight contests after Monday, and there's been no indication at what point he might be available if the Canucks are able to extend their playoff run.

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  • Stuart Skinner EDM G
    Oilers' Stuart Skinner: Lightly tested in win
    18h ago

    Skinner stopped 14 of 15 shots in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.

    Skinner was benched for the previous two games, but he was back between the pipes with the Oilers' season on the line. The Canucks came out flat, leaving Skinner with little work to do as he snagged the win and forced Game 7. The 25-year-old is 6-3 in the playoffs, but he's given up three or more goals in six of his appearances. Securing the win Saturday makes it likely he'll start in the win-or-go-home contest Monday in Vancouver.

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  • Arturs Silovs VAN G
    Canucks' Arturs Silovs: First off ahead of Game 6
    1d ago

    Silovs was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate, per Thomas Drance of The Athletic, indicating he will guard the road net Saturday in Game 6 against Edmonton.

    Silovs is coming off a 21-save performance in Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Oilers in Game 5. He has posted a 2.62 GAA and a .907 save percentage through eight appearances this postseason en route to a 5-3 record. Edmonton ranks second in the 2024 playoffs with 3.80 goals per game.

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  • Stuart Skinner EDM G
    Oilers' Stuart Skinner: Back in net
    1d ago

    Skinner will guard the home crease in Game 6 against Vancouver on Saturday, Gene Principe of Sportsnet reports.

    Skinner ceded the crease to Calvin Pickard in Edmonton's last two contests after struggling to a .793 save percentage in the first three games of the series. With the Oilers now down 3-2, they'll turn back to Skinner as they look to force a Game 7. The 25-year-old netminder is 5-3-0 overall in the postseason with an .877 save percentage and 3.22 GAA.

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  • Remi Poirier DAL G
    Stars' Remi Poirier: Recalled from minors
    1d ago

    Poirier was summoned from AHL Texas on Saturday.

    The 22-year-old netminder was 17-16-4 with a 3.19 GAA and a .904 save percentage in 38 games during the regular season. Poirier has yet to play a game at the NHL level.

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