News: Tom Gilbert scored his first career NHL playoff goal in Friday's Game 5 loss to Ottawa. Analysis: While it was a nice milestone for Tom Gilbert, the Habs are in trouble, having lost two straight games. The 32-year-old isn't a big offensive producer, having registered just one point in these playoffs, but he's logging decent minutes and has posted a 45-point season in his past. Don't expect many more goals, but he does play on the second power-play unit, so he could rack up a few more points if the Habs make it out of the first round.
News: Mika Zibanejad contributed a pair of helpers in Friday's Game 5 win over Montreal. Analysis: It was the second multi-point outing of the playoffs for Mika Zibanejad, who has collected four points in five games. Trailing the Canadiens 3-2 in their first-round series, the Senators will be looking to Zibanejad's line with Bobby Ryan to have another strong showing in Game 6 Sunday in Ottawa. With linemate Bobby Ryan snapping a 16-game goalless drought Friday, Zibanejad's production could increase as a result.
News: Mike Hoffman collected a pair of assists in Friday's Game 5 win over Montreal. Analysis: After scoring the game-winner in Game 4, Mike Hoffman got right back to the offense Friday. The 25-year-old has turned it up in these last two games, firing seven shots on goal and recording three points to help the Sens fend off elimination. With Ottawa now trailing Montreal 3-2 in the first round, look for Hoffman to have another strong outing in Game 6 Sunday at the Canadian Tire Center.
News: Braden Holtby will be between the pipes in Saturday's Game 6 against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Braden Holtby was excellent in Game 5 on Thursday, turning away 22 of the 23 shots he faced. He'll look to build on that excellent performance in Game 6 on Saturday.
News: Sidney Crosby registered an assist in Friday's series-ending Game 5 loss to the Rangers. Analysis: Sidney Crosby finished the postseason with two goals and two assists in five games; a fine total, but not nearly enough for a Penguins' attack that struggled all series to generate high-quality scoring opportunities against world-class netminder Henrik Lundqvist. The center will turn 28 in August, and while it might be premature to say that he's on the decline, there's a fair argument to make that he may no longer be the consensus No. 1 fantasy pick heading into the 2015-16 campaign. Though he's seemed to assuage some concern about his ability to stay healthy by missing only seven games over the last two years, he saw his goal total decline to 28 in 2014-15, the lowest output for his career during a season in which he suited up for 60-plus games.
News: Evgeni Malkin put a team-high six shots on goal in Friday's Game 5 loss to the Rangers, but failed to come away with a single point. Analysis: Evgeni Malkin was held off the score sheet in all five games of the series, which effectively thwarted any shot the Penguins had of upsetting the Presidents' Trophy winners. The star center had actually gone without a point in the final five games of the regular season as well, so he'll finish off the 2014-15 campaign in a 10-game scoring drought, an extremely rare occurrence for one of the NHL's premier offensive talents. Prior to Game 5, reports came out that Malkin had been playing through an unspecified injury of late, so that would certainly seem to explain the steep drop in his production. Don't be surprised if news surfaces in the coming days that Malkin will require some sort of offseason procedure to address the injury.
News: Nick Spaling tallied the Penguins' lone goal of the evening in Friday's Game 5 loss to the Rangers. Analysis: Nick Spaling's offensive output Friday (one goal, three shots on net) essentially exceeded the whole of his production from the prior four games of the series (no goals, one assist, two shots). Of course, the Penguins probably weren't expecting Spaling to post any crooked scoring numbers in his third-line role, and few poolies likely rolled the dice with the winger either, after he generated only eight goals and 27 points over 82 regular-season contests.
News: Mikko Koivu netted a power-play goal in Friday's Game 5 triumph over the Blues. Analysis: Mikko Koivu earned credit for his first career postseason goal with the man advantage when his shot attempt in the second period ricocheted off the foot of the Blues' Jay Bouwmeester's skate and into the net, vaulting the Wild to a 3-1 lead in the game and ultimately, a 3-2 edge in the series. The tally also ended an eight-game goal drought for the Finnish center.
News: Jared Spurgeon collected an assist in Friday's Game 5 victory over the Blues. Analysis: With three points (one goal, two assists) in the five games, Jared Spurgeon ranks as the Wild's most productive defenseman in the early stages of the postseason. In addition, Spurgeon has put 10 shots on net while supplying nine hits and eight blocks during the series, providing the sort of all-around production that should give him a decent floor in daily formats even if he fails to record a point on a given night.
News: Ryan Suter captured a power-play assist in Friday's Game 5 victory over the Blues. Analysis: Ryan Suter's first point of the postseason came when he set up Mikko Koivu, whose shot attempt deflected off the skate of the Blues' Jay Bouwmeester and into the net. The blueliner logged 27:19 of action Friday and is still viewed as the team's top defenseman, but his offensive production has slid this season. In the 82 games he's played (including the postseason), Suter has generated just two goals on 154 shots, resulting in a 1.2 percent shooting rate.