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Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL4/18/2015 6:00:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko recorded a hat trick in Saturday's Game 2 victory over the Wild.
Insight: He did so on five shots on goal and also had a plus-one rating. Tarasenko was the first player to post a hat trick this postseason.
Petr Mrazek, G, DET4/18/2015 5:39:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek was pulled during Saturday's loss against the Lightning.
Insight: He allowed four goals on 18 shots and was lifted after two periods. Jimmy Howard took over and allowed on goal one 12 shots. It will be interesting to see who Detroit rolls with for Game 3.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM4/18/2015 5:38:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop rebounded from a poor Game 1, to defeat the Red Wings in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: He made 23 save on 24 shots for his first career playoff win.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM4/18/2015 5:37:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson scored twice during a victory in Game 2 over Detroit.
Insight: Johnson also had six shots on goal and a plus-one rating in the game. He will be a solid daily option for the postseason.
Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN4/18/2015 12:54:00 AM
Description: Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin scored his first goal of the playoffs on Friday versus the Flames.
Insight: Sedin got going early, scoring about three minutes into the game. Chris Higgins added a power-play goal in the first and the rout was one. Vancouver won, 4-1, and the series is tied, 1-1.
Kris Russell, D, CAL4/18/2015 12:53:00 AM
Description: Flames defenseman Kris Russell scored his second goal of the playoffs on Friday.
Insight: It came on the power play, but unfortunately for Calgary, it didn't mean much as the Flames were behind, 3-1. Vancouver added an empty-netter to win, 4-1. The series is tied, 1-1.
Eddie Lack, G, VAN4/18/2015 12:51:00 AM
Description: Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack made 22 saves in the, 4-1, victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Friday.
Insight: Vancouver dominated this game, outshooting Calgary, 32-23. Lack nearly had the shutout, but he allowed a goal with under four minutes to go. Lack has stopped 50-of-53 save chances in the series, which is now tied 1-1.
Filip Forsberg, C, NAS4/18/2015 12:35:00 AM
Description: Predators center Filip Forsberg broke the Blackhawks with his third period goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Friday.
Insight: Forsberg stole the puck from Duncan Keith right in front of Corey Crawford and hit the puck into the back of the net. At the time, Nashville was clinging to a one-goal lead, so the score put the Predators up by two. From there, Chicago got very sloppy on defense and allowed to more goals and lost, 6-2. The series is tied 1-1.
Patrick Sharp, LW, CHI4/18/2015 12:33:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp was on a mission in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Predators.
Insight: Sharp was all over the ice in the early going, and he seemed to get better as his confidence grew. Sharp had five shots on goal and scored Chicago's first goal, but the game got out of hand late as Nashville won, 6-2.
Shea Weber, D, NAS4/17/2015 11:23:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber left Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals with a lower body injury and will not return versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: It's a big loss for Nashville. Weber had 15 goals and 30 assists with a plus-15 rating in 78 regular season games.
Max Pacioretty, LW, MON4/17/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored in his return to the ice in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Senators on Friday.
Insight: Pacioretty hadn't played in two weeks, but he didn't appear too rusty as he scored in the second period on the power play. Montreal beat Ottawa, 3-2, in overtime to take a, 2-0, series lead.
Andrew Hammond, G, OTT4/17/2015 10:10:00 PM
Description: Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond made 39 saves in the Game 2 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals loss to the Canadiens on Friday.
Insight: Hammond allowed three very makable saves, which was disappointing as the Senators were very close to stealing a game in Montreal. Hammond allowed the game-winner in overtime on a shot that went through his arm. It's not like Hammond has been bad, but he will have to be better if Ottawa is going to comeback from the 2-0 deficit versus Montreal.
Alex Galchenyuk, LW, MON4/17/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored the game-winner in overtime in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Senators.
Insight: Galchenyuk grabbed the puck near the circle to the left of Andrew Hammond, spun around and took a wrister that went through Hammond. Galchenyuk was also plus-one with four shots.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS4/17/2015 9:53:00 PM
Description: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal in eight playoff games as Washington cameback to beat the New York Islanders, 4-3.
Insight: Ovechkin skated to the front of the net and scored on a rebound from close range to bring Washington to within a goal. The Capitals then scored twice in the third period to win. It was a huge victory as Washington was already down, 1-0, in the series and started rookie goaltender Philipp Grubauer. Game 3 is on Sunday.
Kyle Okposo, RW, NYI4/17/2015 9:49:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo scored his first goal of the 2015 NHL playoffs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Capitals on Friday.
Insight: Okposo scored to give the Islanders back their two-goal lead after Karl Alzner scored for Washington, but the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to end the game. Okposo was minus-one with three shots on goal.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WASHot4/17/2015 9:46:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a big night for Washington in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Islanders.
Insight: Coach Barry Trotz started playing Backstrom with Alex Ovechkin in the second period, and it lite a fire in the Capitals. Washington outshot New York, 30-14, after the first period. Backstrom had a goal and two assists with four shots on net. On his goal, Backstrom skated right through New York's defense, which backed off out of respect, and he just snapped a wrist shot to the corner of the goal. The series is tied, 1-1.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS4/17/2015 6:40:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby is not starting Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Islanders according to NBC Sports.
Insight: It's a tough break for the Capitals, who already trail in the series, 1-0. Holtby is sick, so Philipp Grubauer will get his first career NHL playoff start. Grubauer has played well this season, but it was in the AHL at Hershey.
Mark Stone, RW, OTT4/17/2015 6:23:00 PM
Description: Senators winger Mark Stone will be a game-time decision on Friday for Game 2 versus the Canadiens according to NHL.com.
Insight: Stone suffered a microfracture when P.K. Subban slashed his wrist in Game 1 on Wednesday. Stone skated for about 10 minutes in the team's morning skate. He will be a big loss for the Senators if he can't play. Stone had 26 goals and 64 points in 80 regular season games.
Craig Smith, C, NAS4/17/2015 12:31:00 AM
Description: Predators forward Craig Smith had a pair of goals and an assist in the, 6-2, victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Smith scored to give Nashville the lead for good, 3-2, towards the end of the second period. It appear as if the game would be a nailbiter until the end, but Nashville unleashed three goals in the final eight minutes to win, 6-2.
Petr Mrazek, G, DET4/16/2015 10:23:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 44 saves in the Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Lightning on Thursday.
Insight: Mrazek stopped 44-of-46 shots in the, 3-2, victory. After a rough finish to the season for both Mrazek and fellow Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard, it was unclear who would start in net. It is now clear that Mrazek is the man after his performance in Game 1.
Brian Boyle, C, TAM4/16/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Brian Boyle had a beautiful shorthanded goal in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Red Wings on Thursday.
Insight: Boyle picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and had a breakaway on Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek. He deked to the right and then beat Mrazek to the left. Despite the pretty goal, Tampa Bay lost Game 1, 3-2.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET4/16/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk scored a pair of goals in the, 3-2, victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Lightning.
Insight: Datsyuk opened up the scoring in the first period and then scored on the power play eight seconds into the second period. On first goal, Datsyuk deflected the first shot of the game passed Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, and then on the second score, Datsyuk displayed his tremendous skill that was overlooked when the experts picked Tampa Bay to win this series easily. Game 2 will be on Friday.
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR4/16/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonaugh scored the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Penguins.
Insight: McDonaugh took a shot from the point on the power play, and it just beat Fleury on his stick side. The shot didn't appear to deflect off anything, so it was probably a save Fleury should have made. The goal put the Rangers ahead, 2-0, at the end of the first period. Fleury and Pittsburgh responded, but the comeback fell short. The Rangers took Game 1, 2-1.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT4/16/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury yielded two suspect goals in the first period in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Rangers, but he bounced back to have a very nice game overall.
Insight: On the first shot of the game, Fleury made a save but coughed up a very juicy rebound and Derick Brassard took advantage to score the first goal of the game. The second goal came from Ryan McDonaugh on the point of the power play, but it didn't appear to deflect off of anyone. Another save Fleury probably should have made. To his credit, he made some fantastic saves and controlled his rebounds the rest of the game and prevented Game 1 from getting out of hand. Pittsburgh lost, 2-1, but the Penguins should feel good about the way they played in the second and third periods.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR4/16/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had 24 saves in the Game 1 victory in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Penguins on Thursday.
Insight: Lundqvist didn't get much consistent work, but he made some quality saves when the Penguins turned up the heat in the second and third periods. The Rangers defense in front of Lundqvist is so good that Pittsburgh really didn't get a ton of great scoring chances.
Jonas Hiller, G, CAL4/16/2015 12:40:00 AM
Description: Flames goalie Jonas Hiller stopped 29-of-30 shots in the, 2-1, thrilling victory over the Canucks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: Canucks center Bo Horvat in the second period, but the Flames played the role of comeback kids again as they scored twice in the third period with the final goal coming with under 30 seconds left in regulation. Hiller made 13 saves in that third period.
Eddie Lack, G, VAN4/16/2015 12:37:00 AM
Description: Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack allowed just two goals in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, but it wasn't enough as Vancouver dropped a heartbreaker, 2-1.
Insight: Lack allowed the game-winner with under 30 seconds to go in the third period. Lack made 28 saves in the loss. Calgary leads the series, 1-0.
Kris Russell, D, CAL4/16/2015 12:36:00 AM
Description: Flames defenseman Kris Russell scored the game-winner with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation to beat the Canucks, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Insight: Russell took a shot from the point with about 29 seconds left, and it somehow beat Vancouver goaltender Eddie Lack. It was the only shot Russell had on net in the entire game.
Scott Darling, G, CHI4/16/2015 12:33:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling made 42 saves in relief of Corey Crawford versus the Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Insight: Crawford allowed three goals in the first period as Chicago fell behind, 3-0. Blackhawks coach Joe Quenneville replaced Crawford with the rookie Darling, who was excellent and allowed Chicago to comeback and win. Darling was particularly good in overtime, stopping all 23 shots he faced. It will be interesting to see if the Blackhawks stick with Darling in Game to or go back to Crawford.
Colin Wilson, C, NAS4/16/2015 12:30:00 AM
Description: Nashville center Colin Wilson scored a pair of goal in the, 4-3, double overtime loss in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Wilson opened up the scoring with an unassisted goal and then scored on the power-play as Nashville led, 3-0, after the first period. Chicago, however, scored the final four goals of the game, including the winner in double overtime.
Duncan Keith, D, CHI4/16/2015 12:28:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to beat the Predators, 4-3, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: Keith scored on a shot from the point. It looked like Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne was screened and didn't see the shot. Keith also had an assist on the game-tying power-play goal from Jonathan Toews. Chicago fell behind, 3-0, in this game, but scored three times in the second and then scored the game-winner in double overtime.
P.K. Subban, D, MON4/15/2015 10:39:00 PM
Description: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban had two assists and finished plus-one before receiving a game misconduct in Game 1 against the Senators.
Insight: Subban assisted both of Montreal's first two goals as the Canadiens took a, 2-1, lead early in the second, but Subban then took a baseball-like swing and slashed Marc Stone right above his gloves on his wrists. Stone looked badly hurt, and Subban received a game misconduct. Stone, though, returned shortly after, so some have speculated that he embellished the call a little. Even without Subban and already without Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens won, 4-3.
Mika Zibanejad, C, OTT4/15/2015 10:36:00 PM
Description: Senators center Mike Zibanejad scored a power-play goal in the Game 1 loss to the Canadiens on Wednesday.
Insight: Zibanejad's score on the same power play where Ottawa allowed a shorthanded goal. His goal tied the game again at three, but Brian Flynn's goal towards the end of the period was the game-winner for Montreal.
Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI4/15/2015 10:31:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves in the, 4-1, victory over the Capitals in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Insight: Halak wasn't tested much and only game up a goal towards the end of the first period. He helped the Islanders kill two penalties as well. Halak was 28-17-4 this season.
Brian Flynn, C, MON4/15/2015 10:31:00 PM
Description: Canadiens winger Brian Flynn had a goal and two assists in the, 4-3, victory over the Senators in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Insight: Flynn helped Montreal get going in what was a wild second period. Flynn assisted Torrey Mitchell's goal and then Lars Eller's shorthanded goal. Then, in Ottawa tied it at three, Flynn scored the sixth and final goal of the second period, which also proved to be the game-winner.
Marcus Johansson, C, WAS4/15/2015 10:29:00 PM
Description: Capitals forward Marcus Johansson scored the only Washington goal of Game 1 as the Islanders won, 4-1.
Insight: Johansson's goal tied the game at one before the first intermission, but Washington never really got into its game. The Capitals were also 0-for-2 on the power play.
Brock Nelson, C, NYI4/15/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Brock Nelson had his first multi-goal game for the first time since Opening night.
Insight: What a time for Nelson to have one of his best games of the season. He scored the first goal of the game, which really set the tone for Game 1. Washington wasn't the same team after Nelson's score. Inside of two minutes left in regulation, Nelson sprinted down ice to help his team avoid icing and then scored on the empty net. The Islanders beat the Capitals in Game 1, 4-1.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN4/12/2015 11:01:00 AM
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller allowed five goals in his return to the net on Saturday against the Oilers.
Insight: This does not bode well for Miller starting in the playoffs. This was Miller's first start since Feb. 22, and the fact he allowed five goals to lowly Edmonton should not give Vancouver much confidence. It will be interesting to see who the Canucks start in net.
Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN4/12/2015 10:59:00 AM
Description: Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin scored his 20th goal of the season on the final day of the regular season.
Insight: Sedin finished the year with 20 goals, 56 assists and a plus-five rating. He will head into the playoffs with a four-game goal streak.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA4/12/2015 10:57:00 AM
Description: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist in the regular season finale against the Coyotes.
Insight: Getzlaf finished the season with 25 goals, 45 assists, 62 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating, but fantasy owners were hoping for more scoring. He had 70 points in 77 games. Last season, Getzlaf had 87 points in 77 games.
Frederik Andersen, G, ANA4/12/2015 10:55:00 AM
Description: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen allowed just one goal in the, 2-1, victory over the Coyotes in the season finale.
Insight: Andersen made 23 saves in the victory. He hit a road bump, allowing four goals to the Stars on Wednesday, but Andersen has been solid lately. He has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his last five starts. Andersen will probably be the starting goaltender for the top-seeded Ducks in the playoffs.
Brandon Saad, LW, CHI4/12/2015 10:52:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad scored a goal in the season finale against the Avalanche on Saturday.
Insight: Saad had a great season with 23 goals and 29 assists. That's some nice scoring numbers for a middle-to-late round pick.
Jarome Iginla, RW, COL4/12/2015 10:51:00 AM
Description: Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla capped off the 2014-15 season with two power-play goals in the season finale.
Insight: Iginla had a great season in Colorado with 29 goals and 30 assists, but the Avalanche fell short of the playoffs. Iginla is 37 years old, but it seems likely he will play again as his chase for the Cup continues.
Scott Hartnell, RW, CLB4/11/2015 10:51:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist in the season finale against the Islanders.
Insight: Columbus ended the season, winning 15 of their last 17 games, and one of those losses was in a shootout. The Blue Jackets beating the Islanders in a shootout on Saturday prevented New York from capturing home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Hartnell finished the season with 28 goals and 32 assists.
John Tavares, C, NYI4/11/2015 10:49:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had two points on Saturday in the season finale, but that wasn't enough to win the Art Ross Trophy.
Insight: Tavares had a goal and an assist, but Stars' Jamie Benn recorded a hat trick and added an assist to pass Tavares by one point. Still, Tavares had a great season with 38 goals and 48 assists, playing in all 82 games.
Filip Forsberg, C, NAS4/11/2015 10:44:00 PM
Description: Predators center Filip Forsberg had a goal in the season finale on Saturday.
Insight: Forsberg finished the season with 26 goals and 37 assist. He should be taken much earlier in fantasy drafts than he was last fall.
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL4/11/2015 10:42:00 PM
Description: Stars winger Jamie Benn scored a hat trick and added an assist to win the Art Ross Trophy.
Insight: Benn scored a pair of goals in the first period and then added an empty net goal to tie John Tavares for the league lead in points, but Benn wasn't done. Even though Nashville put their goaltender back in the net, Cody Eakin scored on a pass from Benn. The four point night gave Benn 87 points on the season, one more than the Islanders' Tavares.
Brad Marchand, LW, BOS4/11/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Bruins left wing Brad Marchand scored in the final two minutes of regulation, but he only prolonged the inevitable as Boston was eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday.
Insight: Pittsburgh's victory over Buffalo actually eliminated Boston, but the Bruins also lost in a shootout. To their credit, it was admirable Marchand scored and forced overtime even though the team knew it meant nothing. Marchand finished the season with 24 goals and 18 assists.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM4/11/2015 10:23:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop won his 40th game of the season with a shootout victory over the Bruins on Saturday.
Insight: The victory eliminated the Bruins from playoff contention. Bishop made 36 saves in the win. He finished 40-13-5 in 2014-15.
Tomas Plekanec, C, MON4/11/2015 10:19:00 PM
Description: Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec had a goal in the season finale to finish with 26 goals on the year.
Insight: Plekanec reached the 60-point plateau and led the Canadiens with six shots on Saturday. He was a quality fantasy option this season.
Phil Kessel, RW, TOR4/11/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel finished the 2014-15 season with a goal and an assist against the Canadiens.
Insight: Kessel may be the biggest disappointment in fantasy hockey this season. He had 25 goals and 36 assists to finish with the lowest point total since he was 22 years old, excluding the lockout season. He was also minus-34.
Carey Price, G, MON4/11/2015 10:14:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price didn't look great, but he did win his 44th game of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Price allowed three goals against the Maple Leafs to record a .864 save percentage, but he stopped both Toronto shots in the shootout. Price finishes the regular season 44-16-6 and is the favor to win the Vezina Trophy.
Jonathan Huberdeau, C, FLA4/11/2015 10:00:00 PM
Description: Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau finished the 2014-15 season on a high note.
Insight: Huberdeau scored a goal in the season finale against the Devils, which means he had a goal in the last three games of the season. He averaged a ppg in the final 20 games of the season. Huberdeau finished with 15 goals and 39 assists in 79 games.
Jaromir Jagr, RW, FLA4/11/2015 9:58:00 PM
Description: Panthers right winger Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist as Florida won the season finale, 3-2, over New Jersey.
Insight: Jagr scored on the power play. He finished 2014-15 with 17 goals and 30 assists. It doesn't appear Jagr has any plans of retiring.
Cam Ward, G, CAR4/11/2015 9:56:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward played well in the final game this season, stopped 27-of-28 shots.
Insight: But as usual, Ward did not get the win because the offense in front of him is awful. Ward didn't have a great season statistically, but on a better team, he could have won more games. He finished 22-24-5.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT4/11/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: In the biggest game of the season, Marc-Andre Fleury captured his 10th shutout of the season as the Penguins clinched the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Insight: Fleury made some nice saves in the first period on Saturday versus the Sabres, but Buffalo didn't get many chances after that. Fleury made 28 saves in the crucial game. He finished the year 34-20-9.
Brandon Sutter, C, PIT4/11/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Brandon Sutter saved Pittsburgh's season, scoring a pair of goals against the Sabres on Saturday.
Insight: Sutter scored on a backhand shot in the second period and then added another goal when Daniel Winnik set him up with a wide open net. Sutter finished the season with 21 goals and 12 assists.
Brent Burns, RW, SJS4/11/2015 6:40:00 PM
Description: Sharks defensemen Brent Burns scored a power-play goal in the loss to the Kings on Saturday.
Insight: Burns finishes the season with 17 goals and 43 assists as he played in every game during the 2014-15 season. He also had a minus-nine rating with 65 penalty minutes.
Jonathan Quick, G, LOS4/11/2015 6:39:00 PM
Description: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 20 saves in the season finale to beat the Sharks, 4-1, on Saturday.
Insight: Quick was a bit disappointing this season with a 36-22-13 record, but his team just didn't play as well around him as they did a season ago. Quick and the Kings should be a contender again in the Western Conference next season.
Zach Parise, LW, MIN4/11/2015 6:36:00 PM
Description: Wild left winger Zach Parise scored in the season finale against the Blues.
Insight: Parise finished the season with 33 goals and 29 assists. He also had a plus-21 rating and 41 penalty minutes to round out a very solid season.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL4/11/2015 6:35:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist in the, 4-2, victory over the Wild on Saturday.
Insight: Tarasenko capped off a fantastic season with two more points. He finished with 37 goals and 36 assists in 77 games. He was also plus-27.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR4/11/2015 6:32:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist won his 30th game of the season on Saturday as New York beat Washington, 4-2.
Insight: Lundqvist made 22 saves in the victory to improve his record to 30-13-3. Fantasy owners were a bit disappointed with Lundqvist's numbers this season, but it wasn't his fault he missed so much time with his neck injury. Lundqvist and the Rangers appears poised for another deep playoff run.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS4/11/2015 6:30:00 PM
Description: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal in the finale to finish with 53 goals on the season.
Insight: Ovechkin had just an incredible season with 53 goals and 81 points with a plus-10 rating and 56 penalty minutes in 81 games. He also had 25 power-play goals. Ovechkin has to be the top pick in next season's draft.
Andrew Hammond, G, OTT4/11/2015 6:27:00 PM
Description: Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond won his 20th goal of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Hammond and the Senators clinched a playoff spot with the victory over the Flyers. Hammond finished the season an incredible 20-1-2.
Mark Stone, RW, OTT4/11/2015 6:23:00 PM
Description: Senators winger Mark Stone ended the regular season on fire as he scored two more goals in the season finale.
Insight: Stone scored on the power play to get the Senators on the board in the first period and then scored again off a turnover in the Flyers end. He finished the season with 26 goals and 38 assists with a plus-20 rating. Stone scored seven goals in the final six games and should get plenty of votes for the Calder Trophy.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT4/10/2015 9:36:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals during Friday loss to the Islanders.
Insight: He made 23 saves on 26 shots. Fleury is now 33-20-9 on the season. He will be in there for the finale against Buffalo, as Pittsburgh needs a win to get into the postseason.
Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI4/10/2015 9:35:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak defeated the Penguins on Friday night.
Insight: Halak made 37 saves on 38 shots. He is now a solid 38-17-3 on the season. He will likely get the final game off, as New York heads into postseason play.
John Tavares, C, NYI4/10/2015 9:34:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored a goal during Friday's win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: He keeps trucking along and now has 37 goals and 84 points through 81 games this season.
Nick Foligno, LW, CLB4/10/2015 9:31:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno scored a goal during Friday's victory against the Sabres.
Insight: Foligno has been fantastic this season, and now has 31 goals and 73 points through 78 games.
Brian Gionta, RW, BUF4/10/2015 9:30:00 PM
Description: Canadiens winger Brian Gionta recorded two points during Friday's loss to the Blue Jackets.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist,a long with four shots and a plus-one rating. Gionta now has 13 goals and 35 points through 68 games this season.
Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA4/9/2015 10:25:00 PM
Description: Panthers center Alexsander Barkov scored a goal Thursday versus Boston.
Insight: Barkov has not done enough to warrant being picked up off the wire. He has 16 goals and 35 points through 70 games this season.
Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS4/9/2015 10:22:00 PM
Description: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron scored a goal Thursday against the Panthers.
Insight: Bergeron has had a solid campaign, and now has 23 goals and 55 points through 8- games this season.
Andrei Markov, D, MON4/9/2015 10:19:00 PM
Description: Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov recorded two points Thursday against Detroit.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and now has 10 goals and 40 points through 80 games. Solid camaign for Markov.
Tomas Tatar, LW, DET4/9/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar scored a goal Thursday against the Canadiens.
Insight: Tatar has been impressive this season. He now has 29 goals and 55 points through 81 games overall.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM4/9/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson had a huge game Thursday against the Devils.
Insight: He had two goals and an assist, including the game-winning tally in overtime. Johnson ow has 29 goals, 72 points, and a plus-34 rating this season.
Steve Bernier, RW, NJD4/9/2015 10:04:00 PM
Description: Devils right wing Steve Bernier scored two goals during Thursday's overtime loss versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: He now has three goals in his past two games, and has 16 goals and 32 points through 66 games overall.
Cam Ward, G, CAR4/9/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward picked up a win Thursday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: He made 26 saves on 27 shots, and is now 22-23-5 on the season.
Andrew Hammond, G, OTT4/9/2015 9:38:00 PM
Description: Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond posted a shutout Thursday against the Rangers.
Insight: Hammond made 26 saves and has been a savior for Ottawa and fantasy owners as well. He is now 19-1-2 overall.
Kyle Turris, C, OTT4/9/2015 9:36:00 PM
Description: Senators center Kyle Turris recorded two points during Thursday's win over the Rangers.
Insight: It was a huge win for Ottawa who kept their playoff hopes alive. Turris recorded a goal and an assist, along with two shots and a plus-two rating. Clarke MacArthur also had a goal and an assist, while Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an empty-netter.
Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CLB4/8/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky earned a shutout on Wednesday night.
Insight: He defeated the Maple Leafs by stopping all 35 shots on goal. He is now 29-17-3 on the season.
Scott Hartnell, RW, CLB4/8/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell scored a goal during Wednesday's victory over Toronto.
Insight: Hartnell also had an assist, and now has 58 points and 98 penalty minutes through 75 games this season.
Benoit Pouliot, LW, EDM4/8/2015 10:09:00 AM
Description: Oilers left wing Benoit Pouliot scored a goal in the, 4-2, victory over the Kings on Tuesday.
Insight: Edmonton was playing spoiler to Los Angeles, who badly needed the points. The Kings are now two points behind the Flames for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs, but Los Angeles and Calgary will play each other on Thursday. Pouliot has 18 goals and 13 assists in 56 games this season.
Drew Doughty, D, LOS4/8/2015 10:07:00 AM
Description: Kings defensman Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist in the, 4-2, loss to the Oilers on Tuesday.
Insight: This is a costly loss, coming to one of the worst teams in the league. Doughty had two points but was also minus-two. He has been disappointing this season with seven goals and 38 assists in 80 games this season.
Matt Fraser, LW, BOS4/8/2015 10:05:00 AM
Description: Bruins left wing Matt Fraser scored twice in the, 4-2, victory over the Kings on Tuesday.
Insight: Fraser scored the first goal of the game and then added an empty-netter with two seconds left in regulation. He has eight goals and four assists in 58 games this season.
Sean Monahan, C, CAL4/8/2015 10:03:00 AM
Description: Flames winger Sean Monahan scored his 31st goal of the season in the, 3-2, victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Insight: It proved to be the game-winner in the third period. With the Kings loss, the Flames have moved two points back ahead of Los Angeles with two games to go, but the two clubs play each other on Thursday. Monahan has 30 assists to go with his 31 goals.
Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CAL4/8/2015 9:59:00 AM
Description: Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau countined his push for the Calder Trophy as he scored a power-play goal in Calgary's, 3-2, victory over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Insight: Flames skaters Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell assisted the power-play score. Johnny Hockey has 23 goals and 39 assists with a plus-nine rating in 79 games this season.
Craig Cunningham, RW, ARI4/8/2015 9:59:00 AM
Description: Coyotes left winger Craig Cunningham had a goal and an assist in the, 3-2, loss to the Flames on Tuesday.
Insight: Cunningham nearly played spoiler to the Flames playoff hopes, tying the game in the third period, but Sean Monahan scored the game-winner less than two minutes later. Cunningham only has three goals and four assists in 49 games this season, so he isn't fantasy relevant.
Joey Hishon, C, COL4/8/2015 9:53:00 AM
Description: Avalanche center Joey Hishon scored the first goal of his NHL career on Tuesday against the Predators.
Insight: The goal proved to be the game-winner, coming at the 7:06 mark of the third period. That was also Hishon's first point in 11 games in his career.
Pekka Rinne, G, NAS4/8/2015 9:52:00 AM
Description: Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne continues his slump, losing on Tuesday, 3-2, to the Avalanche.
Insight: Rinne has lost his last three starts and allowed at least three goals in each of his last four games. He did lose two of those last three starts in overtime and the shootout, though, so for fantasy owners, they didn't count as losses. Despite the struggles, Rinne is still 41-16-6 with a 2.17 GAA and .923 save percentage this season.
Semyon Varlamov, G, COL4/8/2015 9:49:00 AM
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves in the, 3-2, victory over the Predators on Tuesday.
Insight: Varlamov seems to be better when he faces more shots. In the last three games where Varlamov faces at least 40 shots, he has posted a .921 save percentage or better. He is 27-20-8 this season.
Corey Crawford, G, CHI4/7/2015 11:02:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford allowed two goals during Tuesday's loss to the Wild.
Insight: He made 28 saves on 30 total shots, and is now 32-19-5 on the season.
Jason Zucker, LW, MIN4/7/2015 11:02:00 PM
Description: Wild left wing Jason Zucker had the game-winning goal in the, 2-1, victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Insight: Zucker scored his 19th goal of the season with just under seven minutes to go. He had five shots in the game. Zucker has five assists in 49 games this season as well.
Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN4/7/2015 11:01:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk nearly recorded a shutout, allowing just one goal in the final two minutes as Minnesota beat Chicago, 2-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: This was a huge two points for Minnesota, beating Chicago on the road. This clinches a playoff spot for the Wild. Dubnyk made 32 saves in what was his 36th victory of the season.
Bryan Bickell, LW, CHI4/7/2015 11:00:00 PM
Description: Chicago left wing Bryan Bickell scored the team's lone goal Tuesday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Chicago lost the contest 2-1, and Bickel also had four shots and a plus-one rating on the night. He now has 14 goals and 27 points through 78 games this season.
Jake Allen, G, STL4/7/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen took a tough loss Tuesday versus Winnipeg.
Insight: Allen allowed just one goal on 31 shots, but the Blues fell 1-0. He is now 21-7-4 overall.
Ondrej Pavelec, G, WINHot4/7/2015 10:38:00 PM
Description: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec picked up his second consecutive shutout Tuesday against the Blues.
Insight: He blanked the Wild on Monday and was back at it on Tuesday versus St. Louis. Pavelec stopped all 30 shots, and is now 22-16-7 on the season.
Mike Hoffman, LW, OTT4/7/2015 10:23:00 PM
Description: Senators left winger Mike Hoffman scored the game-tying goal in the, 4-3, comeback victory over the Penguins on Tuesday.
Insight: Hoffman amassed six shots on net, leading the team. The Senators trailed this game, 3-0, after the first period, but completely turning the table after that as they registered 37 shots on net in the second, third and overtime periods.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT4/7/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal and added an assist in the heartbreaking, 4-3, defeat to the Senators on Tuesday.
Insight: Needing a regulation victory to clinch a playoff spot, Crosby tried to will the Penguins to a victory on Tuesday, but it just wasn't in the cards. Crosby scored 10 seconds into the game on a nasty slap shot, and then had a very hard backhand shot that hit off Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond, and Patric Hornqvist knocked it in. Crosby leads the league with 83 points.
Mark Stone, RW, OTT4/7/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Senators winger Mark Stone scored a pair of goals in the ridiculous, 4-3, overtime victory versus the Penguins on Tuesday.
Insight: The Penguins jumped out on top, 3-0, but Ottawa controlled this game after the first period. Stone scored early in the third period to bring the Senators within a goal, and then Stone scored the game-winner in overtime. Stone has five goals in the last four games. He also has 24 goals and 37 assists in 78 games this season.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET4/7/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk recorded two points during Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with two shots and a plus-one rating. Datsyuk now has 25 goals and 63 points through 62 games this season.

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