Joakim Andersson C DET 18 hours ago
Andersson was credited for a second period goal in Thursday's game 4 loss to the Lightning.
Lightning netminder Ben Bishop deserves an assist on the goal, as Andersson's shot attempt deflected off the goalie and up in the air, before Bishop accidentally hit the crossbar and into the net when he tried to clear the puck. After scoring just eight points in 68 regular-season games, Andersson will surely take the goal in any fashion he can get it.
Gustav Nyquist RW DET 18 hours ago
Nyquist picked up his first goal of the postseason in Thursday's Game 4 loss to the Lightning.
Nyquist kicked off the night's scoring when he took a slick feed from Henrik Zetterberg near the net and gently deposited the puck past Bolts goalie Ben Bishop. It was the Swedish winger's first marker since April 7, ending a five-game drought. Nyquist's three shot attempts on the evening also tied his highest total in that category since that same April 7 game.
Ryan Pulock D NYI 20 hours ago
Pulock could play in Game 6 versus the Capitals, according to Newsday.
Islanders defensemen are dropping like flies as they may have lost Calvin de Haan (undisclosed) to an injury in Game 5. Pulock would seem to be next in line for the Islanders and could play his playoff debut in what is an elimination game Saturday, no pressure there.
Nathan MacKinnon C COL 1 day ago
MacKinnon has resumed skating Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
MacKinnon has been skating for the past two weeks and appears to be on track with the 6-to-8 week recovery timetable that was established back in early March. MacKinnon will be participating in the World Championships next month for Team Canada which will serve as a suitable rehab assignment before entering the offseason. Assuming no further injury during the international tournament, the forward will be at full strength for the start of next season.
Daniel Sedin LW VAN 1 day ago
Sedin potted the game-winning goal early in the third period of Thursday's Game 5 against the Flames.
It's been a slow series for Daniel and Henrik alike, as both twins have just three points in the five games so far. Still, Daniel was very active in this one, firing seven pucks on net and showing the kind of determination that the Canucks have been looking for while falling behind against Calgary. They're still in a 3-2 hole, but that's nothing the Sedin twins can't dig their way out of if they can find their game.
Jonas Hiller G CGY 1 day ago
Hiller made 41 saves on 43 shots, but was stuck with a 2-1 loss in Game 5 on Thursday in Vancouver.
The Canucks came in determined to force a Game 6, and they did so successfully by firing more than twice as many shots on Hiller as the Flames managed on Ryan Miller (21). Despite this loss, Hiller has had an excellent series, and it would be a shocker if the Flames don't roll with him again in Game 6 at home on Saturday.
Ryan Miller G VAN 1 day ago
Miller stopped 20 of 21 shots and got just enough help from his teammates Thursday to escape with a 2-1 Game 5 victory against the Flames and stay alive in the series.
After a strong relief appearance in Game 4, Miller didn't miss a step in Game 5, and his teammates were all over Jonas Hiller on the other end, firing 43 shots -- more than twice as many as Miller had to face. It seems almost certain that he'll be back in there Saturday in Calgary for Games 6.
Erik Johnson D COL 1 day ago
Johnson is approaching 100 percent after missing the final 34 games of the regular with a knee injury and will be ready for the start of next season Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Johnson underwent a knee scope on January 26th and was expected to only miss 3-8 weeks, but an extended recovery and the Avs' inability to obtain a playoff spot forced Johnson to miss the remainder of the season. The defenseman had embraced the added responsibility that was given to him by the coaching staff and was on pace for a stellar season with 12 goals and 11 assists through 47 games and even earned a selection to the NHL All-Star Game before going down with the injury. Despite the disappointing end to the season, Johnson is right around the corner from a full recovery and will be ready for the start of next season with hopes of leading the Avs to a Stanley Cup Championship.
Kris Versteeg RW CHI 1 day ago
Versteeg picked up his first goal (and point) of the 2015 playoffs with a late tally Thursday in Game 5 against Nashville.
The marker snapped a seven-game streak without a point, but Versteeg's struggles go back way farther than that -- dating all the way back to Feb. 26, he has only four points in his last 25 games.
Brad Richards C CHI 1 day ago
Richards factored into both Chicago goals in Game 5 against Nashville on Thursday, opening the scoring in the first period and then assisting on Kris Versteeg's third-period marker in a 5-2 loss.
The points were Richards' first of the playoffs, snapping a five-game drought that dated back to the last game of the regular season. He's playing enough minutes that it's not out of line to ask more of him in terms of offensive contributions. Unfortunately, after posting just 37 points in the regular season, Richards doesn't look like he's ever going to make a return to the glory days. He's just a depth contributor now.