Corey Crawford G CHI 5 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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.
Frederik Andersen G ANA 6 days ago
Andersen will be between the pipes for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Blackhawks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Andersen was dreadful in Monday's Game 5, allowing 24 goals on only 28 shots, but with the Ducks managing to secure the win, coach Bruce Boudreau won't consider a change in goal. Though his performance has cratered a bit in the Western Conference Finals, Andersen owns a respectable 2.06 GAA and .925 save percentage overall on the postseason.
Anton Slepyshev F EDM 6 days ago
Slepyshev signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Oilers on Wednesday, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reports.
Slepyshev, the Oilers' third-round pick in 2013, tallied 15 goals and 25 points over 58 games for Ufa Salavat Yulayev of the KHL. He'll face an uphill battle in making the Oilers' roster out of training camp, but at 21 years old, he gives the team yet another talented forward with some upside.
Kimmo Timonen D CHI 6 days ago
Timonen appears to be headed to the press box for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Ducks, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Blackhawks acquired Timonen at the trade deadline with the hope that he'd provide the team with some added scoring punch from the blue line, but he's been a total bust. While it didn't help matters that he missed the first five months of the season while recovering from blood clots, Timonen just hasn't rounded into shape the way the Blackhawks imagined. In his 31 games with Chicago spanning the regular season and playoffs, Timonen has yet to record a single point and has become a defensive liability on the back end. With the Blackhawks facing elimination, it looks like Quenneville will make the tough choice to bench the accomplished veteran and turn to David Rundblad on the defensive pairing next to Brent Seabrook.