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Devan Dubnyk gets Vezina nomination 04-24-2015
Devan Dubnyk G MIN
Devan Dubnyk is one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy. Dubnyk probably won't win, but the fact that he's even on the list is a huge accomplishment. It was just one season ago that his career appeared to be in jeopardy after collapsing with the Edmonton Oilers. Dubnyk was solid with Arizona at the start of the 2014-15 campaign, but he truly took off after Minnesota acquired him on January 14. He ended up with 2.07 GAA and .929 save percentage in 58 contests this season.
Price, Rinne, Dubnyk are Vezina nominees 04-24-2015
Carey Price G MON
Carey Price is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Price is the heavy favorite to win the award after leading the league with 44 wins, a 1.96 GAA, and .933 save percentage in 66 contests. The bigger question is whether or not he'll take the Hart Trophy as well. His fellow nominees, Devan Dubnyk, and Pekka Rinne, certainly had great seasons in their own right, but Dubnyk didn't really take off until he was acquired by Minnesota on January 14th while Rinne slowed down considerably in the second half of the campaign. By contrast, Price was dominate throughout 2014-15.
Bergenheim out; Cooke in for Game Five vs StL 04-24-2015
Sean Bergenheim LW MIN
Sean Bergenheim will take a seat and Matt Cooke tags in for Friday's Game Five versus St. Louis.

Mike Doyle
Including his three playoff games, Bergenheim has scored just one point, a goal, over 20 games with Minnesota. The veteran Finn may not have been brought him for scoring, but he has to do better than that to stay in the lineup.
Matt Cooke to skate on fourth line in Game 5 04-24-2015
Matt Cooke LW MIN
Matt Cooke will skate to the left of Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine on the fourth line of Friday's Game Five against St. Louis.

Mike Doyle
Cooke didn't factor into his one game of action in the series, and owns just 35 poitns in 104 career playoff games. In fact, Cooke hasn't scored a goal in 33 playoff games, a span that dates back to 2010 with Pittsburgh.
Cowen, Greening, Legwand out in Game Five 04-24-2015
Jared Cowen D OTT
Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, and David Legwand will be scratched for Game Five on Friday night against on Friday night.

Arpon Basu
Unfortunately, there isn't much talent here to recommend should Ottawa live to fight another day. Legwand, the 34 year old veteran, had easily his worst career offensive season despite playing 80 regular season games and three playoff games. Greening played just 26 games. And Cowen saw just 54 games during his worst of three NHL seasons.
No lineup change for Montreal in Game Five 04-24-2015
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau RW MON
There will not be any line up changes for the Canadiens as they look to eliminate the Senators on Friday night in Game Five.

Stu Cowan on Twitter
PA Parenteau will be joined by fellow forward Manny Malhotra, as defenders Mike Weaver and Sergei Gonchar watch from the press box. Unfortunately, there isn't a player in the bunch worth recommending should they crack the line up later on in the playoffs. Parenteau has had his worst career season, primarily derailed by injury. And Gonchar's age seems to have finally caught up with the veteran defender who debuted with Washington in 1995.
Chiasson tags back in for Neil in Game Five 04-24-2015
Alex Chiasson RW OTT
Down 3-1 in their series with Montreal, Alex Chiasson will tag back in for Chris Neil in Game Five on Friday night. Chiasson will skate to the right of Milan Michalek and Zack Smith on the fourth line.

Stu Cowan on Twitter
Unfortunately, neither tough forward has been much of a factor in Ottawa's ability to win a game. Chiasson averaged 14 shits worth 7:09 with two shots and no points in his first two games, which is not materially different than Neil's contributions.
Craig Adams scratched for Game Five vs. NYR 04-24-2015
Craig Adams RW PIT
There will be no line up changes for Pittsburgh as they try to stave off elimination from the New York Rangers in Game Five on Friday.

Steve Zipay on Twitter
Should the Penguins fail to win tonight's game, he will have been sat for all five games despite appearing in 70 games for the Penguins during the regular season.
Sheppard, Summers scratched for Game Five 04-24-2015
James Sheppard C NYR
There will not be any line up changes for the Rangers as they look to eliminate the Penguins on Friday night in Game Five.

Steve Zipay on Twitter
James Sheppard and Chris Summers will remain scratched while Kevin Klein is not yet ready to return from his broken arm. Of the three, only Klein is worth a flyer if/when he returns. He may have just 13 points in 53 career playoff games, but he set career highs in goals (nine) and points (26) in 65 games this season.
Devan Dubnyk starts Game Five vs. Blues 04-24-2015
Devan Dubnyk G MIN
With the series tied at two, Devan Dubnyk will get the start in Friday's Game Five against the St. Louis Blues.

Mike Doyle
Dubnyk has turned aside 70 of 81 shots sent his way through the first four games, but he surrendered six goals on 17 shots in Game Four on Wednesday night. However Dubnynk has allowed two or fewer goals in 29 of 39 games with Minnesota, and the Wild are 18-0-1 when Minnesota has scored at least three goals.
Jake Allen starts Game Five vs. Wild 04-24-2015
Jake Allen G STL
With the series tied at two, Jake Allen will get the call for Friday's Game Five against Minnesota.

Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
It's been an up and down series for the Blues, but Allen has been consistently strong by turning aside 87 of 93 shots through the first four games. The Blues have scored 10 goals in their two wins, and just two in their losses which includes a shutout in Game Three. Suffice it to say, that if St. Louis can provide Allen with some support they stand to likely win the game.
Chris Wagner (UBI) skates on Friday 04-24-2015
Chris Wagner C ANA
Chris Wagner (upper body) skated on his own Friday.

Eric Stephens on Twitter
It's not clear how close he is to returning, but this is obviously an encouraging step in the right direction. The Ducks eliminated Winnipeg in four games, so he still has a decent amount of time to recover before he's in danger of missing another contest.
Marc-Andre Fleury starts Game Five vs Rangers 04-24-2015
Marc-Andre Fleury G PIT
Marc-Andre Fleury will start Friday's Game Five, a potential elimination game, against the New York Rangers.

Steve Zipay on Twitter
The Penguins come in trailing in the series 3-1, but don't point a finger at Fleury. He's turned away 105 of 114 shots with three Quality Starts through the first four games, and many Pens fans would argue the Rangers caught a few fortunate bounces in the mix.
Henrik Lundqvist starts Game Five vs Penguins 04-24-2015
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Henrik Lundqvist will start Friday's Game Five against Pittsburgh with a chance to move on to the second round.

Steve Zipay on Twitter
The Rangers needed seven games to dispose of the Penguins in the second round last season, but they came back from from Pittsburgh's current 3-1 deficit. Obviously, Lundqvist and his teammates have no intentions of trading heartbreak. Lundqvist has turned away 87 of 94 shots through the first four games, helping to produce three Quality Starts and one Really Bad Start thus far.
Jaromir Jagr will play for the Czech Republic 04-24-2015
Jaromir Jagr RW FLA
Jaromir Jagr has agreed to represent the Czech Republic in the 2015 World Championships.
Jagr had previously planned to retire from international hockey. He's a veteran of 70 World Championship games and has 29 goals and 66 points over that span. The 43-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers for the 2015-16 campaign.
Carey Price starts Game Five vs. Ottawa 04-24-2015
Carey Price G MON
Carey Price will get the start on Friday night in Game Five against Ottawa.

Stu Cowan on Twitter
As if anyone expected otherwise. Price has turned away 123 of 130 shots through the first four games, and has posted three Quality Starts en route to a 3-1 series lead. The one loss? A 31 save 1-0 defeat on Wednesday night. Consider Price about as safe a play as it gets.
Craig Anderson starts Game Five vs. Montreal 04-24-2015
Craig Anderson G OTT
In a not too surprising turn of events, Craig Anderson will be in net for Ottawa as they try to stave off elimination in Game Five versus Montreal on Friday night.

Stu Cowan on Twitter
The Senators are 1-1 with Anderson in net, but trail in the series 3-1. Anderson for his part has turned away 75 of 77 shots thus far, including a 28 save 1-0 shutout on Wednesday night. It seems likely Ottawa's season will end with a loss, but don't expect Anderson's play to be the reason why.
Jori Lehtera is '50-50' for Friday's game 04-24-2015
Jori Lehtera C STL
Jori Lehtera (undisclosed) didn't participate in Friday's morning skate.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Lehtera was hurt when he absorbed a shot by teammate Jay Bouwmeester during Wednesday's contest. His chances of playing on Friday are "50-50," according to Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. If Lehtera can't play, then Paul Stastny will likely skate alongside Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Luke Glendening (hand) is fine for Game 5 04-24-2015
Luke Glendening C DET
Luke Glendening (hand) is good to play in Game 5 on Saturday.

Ansar Khan on Twitter
Glendening exited Thursday's game because of a cut on his hand that required stitches. He has two goals in four contests in the 2015 playoffs.
Scott Darling will start again on Saturday 04-24-2015
Scott Darling G CHI
Scott Darling will be Chicago's starter in Game 6 on Saturday.

Tracey Myers on Twitter
Darling had a bit of a rough outing in Game 5, but he still has a 1.67 GAA and .950 save percentage in the first round against Nashville. With that in mind, it's not shocking to see Chicago stick with him.
Shea Weber out for rest of the first round 04-24-2015
Shea Weber D NAS
Shea Weber has been ruled out for the remainder of the first round due to a lower-body injury.
Nashville wouldn't specify what Weber's injury is, which is typical during the playoffs, but the team did specify that he doesn't have an ACL issue. Either way, Weber is obviously a huge part of the Predators and his absence has been felt. Also keep in mind that him being ruled out for the remainder of the first round doesn't necessarily imply that he will be back at some point during the Predators' playoff run should they advanced far enough. He might be able to return, but given the secrecy surrounding this and most other injuries at this time of year, there's no way to know for certain.
Andrew Ladd played through a sports hernia 04-24-2015
Andrew Ladd LW WPG
Andrew Ladd was playing through a sports hernia for more than two months.

Ken Wiebe on Twitter
Now that the Winnipeg Jets are eliminated, he will get a chance to recovery. With that in mind, he will not participate in the 2015 World Championships. He still has one season left on his contract with the Jets, but he would be willing to ink an extension this summer.
Teemu Pulkkinen heads back to Grand Rapids 04-24-2015
Teemu Pulkkinen LW DET
Teemu Pulkkinen has been reassigned by the Detroit Red Wings. on Twitter
Pulkkinen hadn't been used in the Red Wings' first round series, so he'll help the Grand Rapids Griffins instead. He has five goals and eight points in 31 NHL contests in 2014-15, but he also recorded 61 points in 46 AHL games.
Kevin Klein (arm) won't be back Friday 04-24-2015
Kevin Klein D NYR
Kevin Klein (broken arm) will not return on Friday.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
Klein last played on March 11. The odds of him returning on Friday were pegged as 50-50. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault fought against the notion that Klein has suffered a setback in his recovery, but he did say that the bone is taking longer to heal than initially anticipated.
Daniel Sedin scores eventual Game 5 winner 04-24-2015
Daniel Sedin LW VAN
Daniel Sedin scored the eventual game-winning goal just 1:47 into the third period in Thursday's Game Five victory over Calgary. It was Daniel Sedin's second of the playoffs. He now leads the team in goals, but shares the team lead in points with several others including his brother, Henrik.
Nick Bonino ties Game Five with big goal 04-24-2015
Nick Bonino C VAN
Nick Bonino scored first goal of the playoffs during Vancouver's 2-1 win over Calgary on Thursday night. It was a sweet goal off a fantastic Radim Vrbata feed to tie the game at two midway through the game. Bonino now has seven goals and 14 points in 29 career playoff games with Anaheim, and now Vancouver.
Ryan Miller wins first playoff game as Canuck 04-24-2015
Ryan Miller G VAN
Ryan Miller won his first playoff game as a Vancouver Canuck on Thursday night, making 20 saves in the 2-1 victory. Miller wasn't sensational by any means, but he didn't need to be. He never saw more than eight shots in a period, just five in the third, and just one puck on special teams. Plus, Vancouver out-shot Calgary 43-21. Whatever the means, Vancouver now trails the series 3-2.
David Jones scores Flames' only tally in loss 04-24-2015
David Jones RW CAL
David Jones scored the Flames' only tally in Thursday's 2-1 Game Five loss. It was a sweet goal too, as Jones ripped it past Ryan Miller under the crossbar off a Matt Stajan feed. It was his second goal of the series, and he now has three points in 15 career playoff games.
Jonas Hiller unsupported in 2-1 Game 5 loss 04-24-2015
Jonas Hiller G CAL
Jonas Hiller went under supported in Thursday's Game Five 2-1 loss to Vancouver, making just 41 saves in the effort. Don't look towards Hiller for why the Flames lost. He turned away 33 of 34 shots through the first 40 minutes of play, and stopped all six shots on special teams. Hiller now has four Quality Starts during the series, and looks to be a good bet to stay strong as it progresses.
James Neal scores goal, assist in big 5-2 win 04-24-2015
James Neal LW NAS
James Neal scored a goal and collected an assist in Thursday's big Game Five 5-2 over Chicago. Neal scored a snazzy wrap-around goal to help kick start a three goal train by Nashville over a 2:37 span to begin the third period. He now has two goals and three points through five games this series.
Paul Gaustad collects 12 PIMs in Game Five 04-24-2015
Paul Gaustad C NAS
Paul Gaustad collected 12 PIMs in Thursday's 5-2 Game Five win over Chicago. Gaustad went above and beyond his series total of penalty minutes all in one fell swoop, picking up a roughing minor and a 10 minute misconduct after a skirmish with Andrew Shaw. However, Gaustad still has no points this series and has 22 PIMs.
Filip Forsberg pops a trick on the Blackhawks 04-24-2015
Filip Forsberg C NAS
Filip Forsberg scored his first career hat trick during Thursday's 5-2 Game Five win over Chicago. The hat trick was also Nashville's first ever in the playoffs as well. Forsberg started by intercepting Marcus Kruger's defensive zone faceoff win and putting one under the bar just two ticks into the clock. The weirdest part was that Forsberg wasn't even looking at the net. Add in a weak-side one-timer feed from Mike Fisher, and a power play empty-netter, and Forsberg has night to remember with his teammates and Predators fans everywhere.
Colin Wilson sets Nashville playoff record 04-24-2015
Colin Wilson C NAS
Colin Wilson set Nashville's playoff franchise record for most goals in a series when he put home his fifth of the series. The tally came during Thursday's 5-2 Game Five win over Chicago. The power play goal was also the second in a line of three goals Nashville scored in a 2:47 span to begin the third period. Wilson is also tied with Filip Forsberg and Craig Smith for the team lead in points with five.
Pekka Rinne strong in clutch Game Five win 04-24-2015
Pekka Rinne G NAS
Pekka Rinne was strong in a clutch 5-2 Game Five win over Chicago by making 28 saves. Nashville now trails in the series 3-2. Rinne will probably want the opening tally to Brad Richards back but other than that, Nashville's all-world netminder was every bit as great as he needed to be. Including stopping nine of 10 in the third period.
Shaw picked up 16 more PIMs in Game 5 loss 04-24-2015
Andrew Shaw C CHI
Andrew Shaw matched his series total of 16 PIMs all in one period during Thursday's 5-2 loss to Nashville. Shaw didn't contribute much to the loss with two hits, but did lead all shooters with six shots despite his 13:37 of ice time. Shaw also picked up all of his minutes after the game was put out of reach, including a pair of roughing penalties and a 10 minute misconduct penalty. Shaw is now three penalty minutes shy of his career playoff high of 35 set in 2013.
Brad Richards opens scoring in Game Five 04-24-2015
Brad Richards C CHI
Brad Richards opened the scoring in Game Five late in the first period on Thursday night. It was definitely one goalie Pekke Rinne would want back, but it counts just the same as Richards beat Rinne through the five-hole on a soft angle. However Nashville would storm back to win 5-2. It was Richards' first point of the postseason, and the 34th goal and 91st point of his playoff career over 123 games.
Versteeg scores off Kane spin-o-rama pass 04-24-2015
Kris Versteeg LW CHI
Kris Versteeg was the beneficiary of Patrick Kane's spin-o-rama pass to make it 4-2 Nashville late in the third period on Thursday night. However it wasn't enough as the Predators would take Game Five 5-2. Regardless, it was a gorgeous individual effort by Kane and you really should find a highlight. The goal was Versteeg's first point of the postseason, and the 16th goal and 41st point of his playoff career over 77 games.
Darling allows three in 3:27 to sink Chicago 04-24-2015
Scott Darling G CHI
Scott Darling made just 24 saves in Thursday's Game Five 5-2 loss to Nashville. Chicago still leads the series 3-2, though. Darling was humming along nicely through the first two periods, having stopped 19 of 20 shots before allowing three goals on three shots across a 2:37 span to open the third period. To be fair, Darling wasn't sufficiently helped defensively but that's a sure-fire way to lose any playoff game regardless. His status as Game Six's starter is tenuous at best.