Duncan Keith D CHI 6 hours ago
Keith set up three of the Blackhawks' five goals in Wednesday's Game 6 win over the Ducks. He was honored with the game's first star.
Keith has accumulated more minutes than any player in this postseason, but it didn't prevent him from being the most dominant skater on the ice Wednesday night with the Blackhawks' backs against the wall. In addition to making his presence felt offensively with his fourth multi-point match of the playoffs, Keith helped preserve a one-goal advantage early in the third period when he knocked away a shot at the goal line that Corey Crawford couldn't find. Keith's statistical production declined during the past regular season, but the two-time Norris Trophy winner has sparkled throughout the postseason. He now has 16 points in 16 games.
Andrew Shaw C CHI 6 hours ago
Shaw scored on both of his shot attempts and notched seven hits in Wednesday's 5-2 Game 6 win over the Ducks.
Both of Shaw's goals came late in the third period to give the Blackhawks some breathing room and ice the game, with the final tally being an empty-netter with 48.8 seconds remaining. Shaw has four goals and five assists over 16 playoff contests.
Antoine Vermette C CHI 6 hours ago
Vermette tallied an assist and won eight of his 12 faceoffs in Wednesday's Game 6 win over the Ducks.
Three of Vermette's five postseason points have come in the last three games, helping him atone for a miserable start to his Blackhawks career. With linemate and prized rookie Teuvo Teravainen beginning to pick up his performance in the Western Conference Finals, Vermette could start to become a larger focal point of the Blackhawks' offense for the duration of their stay in the playoffs.
Corey Crawford G CHI 6 hours ago
Crawford denied 30 of 32 shot attempts to claim the Game 6 win Wednesday over the Ducks.
Crawford's final line would have looked even better if not for the Ducks' Clayton Stoner tallying a controversial third-period goal, when the Blackhawks goalie appeared to be interfered with by Jakob Silfverberg as he tried to stop Stoner's shot. Nonetheless, Crawford turned in a clutch performance to extend the series, and will certainly be back in the net Saturday with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line.
Frederik Andersen G ANA 12 hours ago
Andersen allowed four goals on 22 shots in Wednesday's Game 6 loss in Chicago.
Although this was Andersen's first regulation loss of the postseason, questions have arisen regarding his play in the past few games. Andersen is sporting a weak .856 save percentage in the past three contests against the Blackhawks, where he's been beaten 13 times. While Andersen is not necessarily in danger of losing the crease, he will certainly need to turn in a better performance if his Ducks are to have any hope of winning Saturday's decisive Game 7.
Lubomir Visnovsky D NYI 18 hours ago
Visnovsky's agent has refuted a report that his client will sign to play in Europe next season, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Perhaps Visnovsky has had a change of heart about leaving the best league in the world or perhaps this is just a negotiating ploy. Either way it would still seem unlikely that the Isles would be interested in his services as they have quite a few young players in their pipeline that deserve the playing time and don't have anywhere near the injury history of Visnovsky.
Anders Lee C NYI 19 hours ago
The Islanders and Lee have yet to begin negotiations on a new contract, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
While signing Lee is important for the Islanders, he is a restricted free agent and thus unlikely to get an offer that would force the Islanders hand. They will sign Lee eventually, but he is not a priority at this point in time.
Michael Grabner RW NYI 19 hours ago
Grabner has had hernia surgery this off-season, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
This is the second hernia surgery Grabner will have undergone since the start of the 2014-15 season. Grabner was a constant scratch this season whether healthy or not as he just seemed to be constantly in coach Jack Capuano's doghouse. The coming season will likely be his last in an Islanders uniform.
David Rundblad D CHI 21 hours ago
Rundblad is expected to play Wednesday in place of Kimmo Timonen for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Rundblad is taking warmups and is likely to be paired with Johnny Oduya for Game 6. He hasn't played in this series since Game 1, where he was on the ice for one goal-against as the Blackhawks dropped the series opener.
Corey Crawford G CHI 21 hours ago
Crawford will get the start Wednesday for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Crawford will remain in net for Game 6 after Monday's rough outing where he allowed five goals on 28 shots. With Chicago facing elimination, Crawford will need to slow down Anaheim's prolific attack to force a Game 7.