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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.