The New York Islanders are home for Game 3, and they could have two familiar faces in the lineup as Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock skated ahead of Tuesday’s game. Meanwhile, Jaroslav Halak continues to rehab his groin injury, but there’s no rush for his return thanks to the play of Thomas Greiss.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will officially be without Olli Maatta for Game 3 as the 21-year-old defenseman is out with an upper-body injury following a late hit from Washington Capitals blueliner Brooks Orpik. Justin Schultz or Derrick Pouliot will replace Maatta.
It appears as though role player Radek Faksa is developing a knack for scoring at crucial times during these playoffs.
The Anaheim Ducks have fired coach Bruce Boudreau after yet another heart-breaking Game 7 defeat on home ice. Boudreau went 208-104-40 during his time in Anaheim, and has the highest winning percentage of any coach in franchise history.
David Backes celebrated his 32nd birthday Sunday in spectacular fashion: he lifted his St. Louis Blues to victory by scoring the overtime winner. It was his second OT goal in these playoffs, and those are the first two playoff winners of his career.
Data from the first round of this year's playoffs shows penalty calls declined as the stakes in games increased. This might not be shocking, but is it an issue? Or do we accept it as part of the culture of our game?
The NHL announced the Selke Trophy finalists Thursday, and Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will have a shot at three-peating as the winner. Kings center Anze Kopitar and Ducks center Ryan Kesler are also finalists. Kesler won in 2011. Kopitar has never won the award.
Unlike a year ago when Montreal's Carey Price was the no-doubt-about-it winner of the Vezina Trophy, the 2015-16 season had no sure thing.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev was reportedly arrested Wednesday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence. Medvedev, 33, signed a one-year deal with the Flyers in the off-season, but had a hard time cracking the lineup in 2015-16.
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury says he’s still dealing with concussion symptoms ahead of the second-round series against the Washington Capitals. The 31-year-old has missed the past 10 games, including all five games of the first round against the New York Rangers.