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  • Samuel Girard COL D
    Avalanche's Samuel Girard: Won't return to Saturday's game
    32m ago

    Girard (upper body) won't return to Saturday's Game 3 versus the Blues. He is undergoing further evaluation at a St. Louis area hospital.

    Girard was crushed on a high hit by Ivan Barbashev on his first shift of Saturday's game. Given that Girard is being evaluated at the hospital instead of under team supervision at the arena, there's reason to be moderately concerned. More information on his status should surface prior to Monday's Game 4, though if it's confirmed he has suffered a concussion, he would likely be considered out indefinitely.

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  • Bryan Rust PIT RW
    Penguins' Bryan Rust: Signs six-year extension
    35m ago

    Rust signed a six-year, $30.75 million extension with the Penguins on Saturday.

    Rust's deal carries a cap hit of $5.125 million, which is solid value for a player with 50-plus points in two of his last three seasons. The 30-year-old winger's deal kicks in next season. He had 24 goals, 34 assists, 43 hits and 180 shots on net while playing in a top-six role for the Penguins in 2021-22. With his new contract signed, Rust will likely continue to play no lower than the second line as a key supporting part of the Penguins' scoring forwards.

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  • Jordan Binnington STL G
    Blues' Jordan Binnington: Hurt in net-front collision
    1h ago

    Binnington (undisclosed) suffered an injury in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Avalanche, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

    Binnington was run into by Avalanche center Nazem Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen as the two players competed for a rebound in front of the net. There was contact with Binnington's head on the play, which is never a good sign. Ville Husso replaced him in goal.

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  • Marco Scandella STL D
    Blues' Marco Scandella: Out again Saturday
    2h ago

    Scandella (lower body) is not in the lineup in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Avalanche, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

    Scandella has been practicing lately, but he remains out of action as he works to get back to fitness. The 32-year-old's absence means Scott Perunovich will likely continue to serve as the seventh defensemen in the lineup.

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  • Darcy Kuemper COL G
    Avalanche's Darcy Kuemper: Between the pipes Saturday
    2h ago

    Kuemper will protect the road goal in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Blues, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

    It's no surprise Kuemper will get a chance to redeem himself after his first playoff loss in Thursday's Game 2. He stopped 28 of 31 shots in that contest, but the Avalanche's offense gave him just one goal of support. Kuemper has a 1.98 GAA and a .923 save percentage through five postseason starts.

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  • Jordan Binnington STL G
    Blues' Jordan Binnington: Guarding cage Saturday
    2h ago

    Binnington will guard the home goal Saturday versus the Avalanche in Game 3, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

    Binnington has won four of his five playoff starts, including both of his games at home. The 28-year-old put in a strong effort Thursday versus the Avalanche, stopping 30 of 31 shots to help the Blues tie the series at one game apiece. He'll need a similarly strong effort Saturday, as the Avs have rarely been kept quiet for extended lengths of time.

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  • Trevor Lewis CGY C
    Flames' Trevor Lewis: Assists in consecutive contests
    19h ago

    Lewis recorded an assist, two shots on goal and four hits in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

    Lewis won a faceoff back to Erik Gudbranson, whose shot generated a rebound for Brett Ritchie to bury at 6:02 of the first period. With two goals and three helpers in nine playoff outings, Lewis has been a pleasant surprise on offense. He's added 16 shots, 24 hits, eight PIM and an even plus-minus rating.

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  • Elias Lindholm CGY C
    Flames' Elias Lindholm: Provides power-play helper
    19h ago

    Lindholm notched a power-play assist, two shots on goal, three hits, two PIM and a minus-2 rating in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

    Johnny Gaudreau was patient with the puck, getting it to Lindholm in front of the net, and he chipped it along to goal-scorer Tyler Toffoli. Through nine playoff contests, Lindholm's offense has been fairly steady with four goals and four helpers. He's added 22 shots on net, 17 hits and a minus-4 rating.

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  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM C
    Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Sets up shortie
    20h ago

    Nugent-Hopkins notched a shorthanded assist, two hits and two PIM in Friday's 5-3 win over the Flames in Game 2.

    Nugent-Hopkins poked a puck free after the Flames bobbled it to start a power play, springing Zach Hyman for a breakaway goal. Production on the penalty kill is nothing new for Nugent-Hopkins, who picked up five of his 50 points in the regular season while shorthanded. The 29-year-old forward has two goals, six assists, 21 shots on net, 17 hits, 10 PIM and an even plus-minus rating in nine playoff outings.

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  • Zach Hyman EDM C
    Oilers' Zach Hyman: Scores game-winner shorthanded
    20h ago

    Hyman scored a shorthanded goal on six shots, blocked three shots, added two hits and notched two PIM in Friday's 5-3 win over the Flames in Game 2.

    The Flames were loose with the puck at the start of a power play, and Hyman got loose for a breakaway, burying the go-ahead goal at 10:14 of the third period. The 29-year-old winger picked up four shorthanded points in the regular season. He's up to five tallies, two helpers, 35 shots on net, 20 hits and a minus-1 rating through nine postseason outings.

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  • Connor McDavid EDM C
    Oilers' Connor McDavid: Goal and assist Friday
    20h ago

    McDavid scored a goal on five shots, dished an assist, logged four hits and went plus-3 in Friday's 5-3 win over the Flames in Game 2.

    McDavid was involved in the Oilers' first two goals, setting up Duncan Keith in the first period before scoring one himself from the veteran defenseman in the second. Through nine playoff outings, McDavid has an astonishing six goals and 14 helpers -- opposing teams have had little answer for the all-world center. He's added 37 shots, 30 hits and a plus-12 rating.

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  • Leon Draisaitl EDM C
    Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Produces three more points
    20h ago

    Draisaitl scored a goal on three shots, dished two assists and went plus-3 in Friday's 5-3 win over the Flames in Game 2.

    Draisaitl had helpers on goals by Duncan Keith and Connor McDavid as part of the Oilers' comeback. In the third, Draisaitl added a goal of his own on a breakaway after an outlet pass from goalie Mike Smith. The talented forward has racked up four goals and seven assists during his current five-game point streak, and he's at 15 points in nine playoff contests overall.

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  • Bryan Rust PIT RW
    Penguins' Bryan Rust: Signs six-year extension
    35m ago

    Rust signed a six-year, $30.75 million extension with the Penguins on Saturday.

    Rust's deal carries a cap hit of $5.125 million, which is solid value for a player with 50-plus points in two of his last three seasons. The 30-year-old winger's deal kicks in next season. He had 24 goals, 34 assists, 43 hits and 180 shots on net while playing in a top-six role for the Penguins in 2021-22. With his new contract signed, Rust will likely continue to play no lower than the second line as a key supporting part of the Penguins' scoring forwards.

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  • Taro Hirose DET LW
    Red Wings' Taro Hirose: Inks extension
    4h ago

    Hirose signed a two-year contract extension with Detroit on Saturday.

    Hirose has appeared in a handful of NHL contests, posting 20 points in 57 games since 2018-19. The 25-year-old was great with AHL Grand Rapids last season, ringing up 53 points in 59 games, and thus should compete for a bottom-six big-club role in 2022-23.

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  • Matthew Tkachuk CGY LW
    Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: Snags assist in loss
    19h ago

    Tkachuk posted an assist, four hits, two shots on goal and two PIM in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

    Tkachuk helped out on a Michael Stone tally in the first period. The helper extended Tkachuk's point streak to four games (four goals, three helpers). He's been involved in both scoring and agitating, though he hasn't been overly physical in the playoffs. The 24-year-old winger is at 10 points, 26 shots, 10 hits, 20 PIM and a minus-2 rating through nine postseason contests.

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  • Johnny Gaudreau CGY LW
    Flames' Johnny Gaudreau: Distributes two helpers in loss
    19h ago

    Gaudreau registered a pair of assists, four shots on goal and two PIM in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

    Gaudreau stretched his point streak to seven games when he set up a Michael Stone tally in the first period. The 28-year-old Gaudreau also helped out on Tyler Toffoli's power-play goal in the second, giving the former three straight multi-point efforts. Through nine playoff outings, Gaudreau has two goals, 10 assists, 36 shots on net and a plus-1 rating.

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  • Brett Ritchie CGY RW
    Flames' Brett Ritchie: Goals in back-to-back games
    19h ago

    Ritchie scored a goal and added six hits in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

    Ritchie cleaned up a rebound in front of the net at 6:02 of the first period for his second goal in as many games. Those two tallies are his only points in six playoff outings this year, and he's added seven shots on net, 18 hits and an even plus-minus rating in a fourth-line role.

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  • Tyler Toffoli CGY RW
    Flames' Tyler Toffoli: Lights lamp on power play
    19h ago

    Toffoli scored a power-play goal on three shots and added two PIM in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

    Toffoli's goal gave the Flames a 3-1 lead early in the second period, but that's where their offense ended. The 30-year-old winger has two goals and an assist during a modest three-game point streak, but he's at just four points in nine playoff contests. He's added 28 shots and a minus-7 rating while seeing most of his even-strength minutes on the third line, though he could move up the lineup if head coach Darryl Sutter makes adjustments.

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  • Samuel Girard COL D
    Avalanche's Samuel Girard: Won't return to Saturday's game
    32m ago

    Girard (upper body) won't return to Saturday's Game 3 versus the Blues. He is undergoing further evaluation at a St. Louis area hospital.

    Girard was crushed on a high hit by Ivan Barbashev on his first shift of Saturday's game. Given that Girard is being evaluated at the hospital instead of under team supervision at the arena, there's reason to be moderately concerned. More information on his status should surface prior to Monday's Game 4, though if it's confirmed he has suffered a concussion, he would likely be considered out indefinitely.

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  • Marco Scandella STL D
    Blues' Marco Scandella: Out again Saturday
    2h ago

    Scandella (lower body) is not in the lineup in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Avalanche, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

    Scandella has been practicing lately, but he remains out of action as he works to get back to fitness. The 32-year-old's absence means Scott Perunovich will likely continue to serve as the seventh defensemen in the lineup.

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  • Darren Raddysh TB D
    Lightning's Darren Raddysh: Among Black Aces call-ups
    3h ago

    Raddysh, along with Simon Ryfors, Cole Koepke, Gage Goncalves, Hugo Alnefelt, Alex Barre-Boulet, Fredrik Claesson, Remi Elie, Gabriel Fortier, Max Lagace and Anthony Richard, were called up from AHL Syracuse on Friday, per CapFriendly.

    Raddysh and the rest of the Lightning's Black Aces will get valuable training experience with the big club during the playoffs, but they're unlikely to draw into any postseason games, barring injuries.

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  • Erik Gudbranson CGY D
    Flames' Erik Gudbranson: Nabs first postseason point
    19h ago

    Gudbranson picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

    Gudbranson had a shot in the first period that led to a rebound goal for Brett Ritchie. It was Gudbranson's first assist in nine postseason outings this year, and just the second playoff point of his career -- his last was a goal with the Penguins in 2018-19. The defenseman has added 22 shots, 14 hits, eight blocked shots and a plus-1 rating in a third-pairing role during these playoffs, but he's not expected to be much of a factor on offense.

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  • Michael Stone CGY D
    Flames' Michael Stone: Buries goal
    19h ago

    Stone scored a goal on two shots and added four PIM in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

    Stone opened the scoring at 3:02 of the first period. His double-minor for high-sticking in the second period led to the Oilers' game-tying tally on the power play. The 31-year-old defenseman has shown quality with four points, 20 shots on net, 11 hits and a plus-6 rating through six playoff appearances. His spot in the lineup is essentially guaranteed until Chris Tanev (undisclosed) can return.

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  • Evan Bouchard EDM D
    Oilers' Evan Bouchard: Strikes on power play
    20h ago

    Bouchard scored a power-play goal on five shots and added two PIM in Friday's 5-3 win over the Flames in Game 2.

    Bouchard received a pass from Duncan Keith, stepped up around the right circle and unleashed a snipe for the game-tying goal. It was his third power-play goal between the regular season and the playoffs, and all three have come against the Flames. Through nine postseason contests, Bouchard is up to seven points, 21 shots on net, 14 hits, 10 blocked shots and a minus-2 rating.

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  • Jordan Binnington STL G
    Blues' Jordan Binnington: Hurt in net-front collision
    1h ago

    Binnington (undisclosed) suffered an injury in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Avalanche, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

    Binnington was run into by Avalanche center Nazem Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen as the two players competed for a rebound in front of the net. There was contact with Binnington's head on the play, which is never a good sign. Ville Husso replaced him in goal.

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  • Darcy Kuemper COL G
    Avalanche's Darcy Kuemper: Between the pipes Saturday
    2h ago

    Kuemper will protect the road goal in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Blues, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

    It's no surprise Kuemper will get a chance to redeem himself after his first playoff loss in Thursday's Game 2. He stopped 28 of 31 shots in that contest, but the Avalanche's offense gave him just one goal of support. Kuemper has a 1.98 GAA and a .923 save percentage through five postseason starts.

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  • Jordan Binnington STL G
    Blues' Jordan Binnington: Guarding cage Saturday
    2h ago

    Binnington will guard the home goal Saturday versus the Avalanche in Game 3, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

    Binnington has won four of his five playoff starts, including both of his games at home. The 28-year-old put in a strong effort Thursday versus the Avalanche, stopping 30 of 31 shots to help the Blues tie the series at one game apiece. He'll need a similarly strong effort Saturday, as the Avs have rarely been kept quiet for extended lengths of time.

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  • Jacob Markstrom CGY G
    Flames' Jacob Markstrom: Leaky again in Game 2
    20h ago

    Markstrom surrendered five goals on 40 shots in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.

    Markstrom was bailed out by his teammates in Game 1 with nine goals, but the Flames were limited to three in Friday's loss. The Swede has struggled against the Oilers this year, with 11 goals allowed in two playoff contests as well as 14 tallies against in four regular-season matchups. He'll have to find his game in hostile territory -- the next meeting is Sunday's Game 3 in Edmonton.

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  • Mike Smith EDM G
    Oilers' Mike Smith: Bounces back big in Game 2
    20h ago

    Smith stopped 37 of 40 shots in Friday's 5-3 win over the Flames in Game 2.

    It was another slow start for the Oilers, but they again battled back. Smith played a big part on the penalty kill and also set up Leon Draisaitl for a breakaway insurance tally at 12:36 of the third period. This was Smith's third win in his last four starts, with the lone exception being Wednesday's disastrous Game 1. The 40-year-old will likely get the nod again in Sunday's Game 3 back in Edmonton.

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  • Igor Shesterkin NYR G
    Rangers' Igor Shesterkin: Drops Game 2
    21h ago

    Shesterkin stopped 20 of 21 shots in Friday's 2-0 loss to Carolina in Game 2.

    Shesterkin allowed just one goal on 21 shots but the Rangers' offense failed to generate anything at the other end as they now face a 2-0 series deficit. The 26-year-old netminder now has a .914 save percentage through nine starts in the playoffs. Shesterkin will likely be back in goal Sunday as the series shifts to New York for Game 3.

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