Preds hang on for 3-2 win, take 2-0 series lead

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For the first time in franchise history the Nashville Predators have a 2-0 series lead.

The Preds hung on for a 3-2 win on Sunday night in Anaheim.

According to Elias Sports, teams that take a 2-0 lead on the road in a best of seven hold an all-time series record of 65-18.

Captain Shea Weber scored the winner in the final minute of the second period and Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for the win.

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Rumor Roundup: Expect changes in Boston as Bruins seek quick turnaround

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After missing the playoffs last season for the first since since 2006-07, the Boston Bruins shook up their management and roster. Having missed the postseason in consecutive years (also for the first time since ’07), more changes are expected.

It was assumed coach Claude Julien could lose his job, but GM Don Sweeney stated otherwise during his season-ending press conference. That comes as a big disappointment for teams (such as the Ottawa Senators) in need of a new bench boss next season.

Boston pundits, meanwhile, are speculating over this summer’s possible roster moves. Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald wonders if Sweeney will try to convince aging captain Zdeno Chara to waive his no-movement clause. He also suggests blueliner Dennis Seidenberg could be shopped, though that could mean picking up part of his annual $4-million cap hit through 2017-18. Conroy also thinks UFA rearguard Kevan Miller might not be back and underachieving winger Jimmy Hayes might benefit from a change of scenery. Read more

Prospect Need to Know: Auston Matthews is ready for the worlds

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The playoffs have certainly not disappointed at the prospect level so far. The Frozen Four had numerous overtimes and now the field is set for the final weekend, with North Dakota battling Denver and Boston College taking on Quinnipiac. In major junior, it’s been just as crazy, with big upsets and a couple other underdogs taking the favorites down to the wire – Kelowna finally iced Kamloops, while Barrie and Mississauga needed seven games to determine a winner. We’re also nearing the world under-18s in North Dakota, so look for more info on that in the near future. Here’s what’s going on in the world of prospects:

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Bad day for Ducks as Anaheim announces injuries to Perron, Andersen, Rakell and Lindholm

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It may be April Fools’ Day, but the Ducks’ injury situation heading into the weekend is no joke.

Anaheim announced Friday that the team will be without David Perron, Frederik Andersen, Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm for their contest against the Vancouver Canucks, and all but Lindholm should be expected to miss at least a few games’ worth of action.

In order of seriousness — or at least announced timeline — the injuries to Perron and Rakell are the worst, with uncertainty surrounding returns for Lindholm and Andersen. That said, Andersen may have the foggiest timeline for return, as the Ducks announced the 26-year-old netminder is sidelined with a concussion that was suffered Wednesday against the Calgary Flames. Read more

The Hockey News Podcast: Episode 10 — Patrick Sharp on his first year in Dallas; are the St. Louis Blues for real?

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Welcome to Episode 10 of The Hockey News Podcast.

This week, we chat with Dallas Stars right winger Patrick Sharp to talk about his first season in Dallas, their playoff expectations, and how Tyler Seguin is stealing some of his thunder.

We also discuss whether the red-hot St. Louis Blues are for real; how teams should handle their goaltenders in the playoffs; if Phil Kessel really is the most overrate player in the NHL; and we take reader questions in the mailbag.

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Ducks’ Khudobin heading to KHL after season stuck in the AHL

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Anton Khudobin (Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)

The Ducks’ acquisition of Anton Khudobin in the off-season was a head-scratcher considering Anaheim boasted a reliable goaltending platoon in Frederik Andersen and John Gibson heading into the campaign.

Unsurprisingly, Khudobin, 29, has spent most of his campaign in the AHL and has only played eight games this season in the NHL. And considering his lack of playing time in the NHL — which comes after three full seasons as a backup netminder — it’s no surprise that Khudobin is looking at leaving North America after being mired in the AHL for the 2015-16 season.

Khudobin is in the final season of a two-year, $4.5-million deal that he signed back in 2014 while a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, but it appears all but a done deal that he’ll be suiting up in the KHL next season. Read more