News: Anders Lee is likely to be a scratch for Game 6 on Saturday, Zac Boyer of the Washington Times reports. Analysis: Anders Lee will likely be replaced by Eric Boulton in the lineup. The 24-year-old had been ineffective through the first five games of the Islanders' series and all signs point to Lee sitting out for Game 6.
News: James Neal scored a pair of goals, dished out six hits and collected four PIM in Saturday's series-ending Game 6 loss to Chicago. Analysis: While the Predators may be eliminated from the playoffs, James Neal finished the postseason red-hot, recording back-to-back multi-point outings and scoring in three straight games. The 27-year-old was productive throughout the postseason, firing a whopping 25 shots on goal and notching eight PIM. He'll look to build on this strong finish when he enters his second season with Nashville in 2015-16.
News: Corey Crawford stopped all 13 shots he faced in relief of Scott Darling in Saturday's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Predators. Analysis: With Scott Darling having given up seven goals in his last two appearance, it look as if Corey Crawford is back to being the man for Chicago. He's struggled in these playoffs, but the 30-year-old is a proven playoff performer and will get a fresh start in Round 2. Crawford owns a .917 career playoff save percentage, so expect Joel Quenneville to give him another shot when the Blackhawks take on the winner of the Blues and Wild series in the second round. He'll be on a short leash one again, though, so don't be surprised if you see Darling again in these playoffs.
News: Scott Darling was pulled in Saturday's Game 6 against the Predators after giving up three goals on 12 shots. Analysis: A miserable night for Scott Darling, who appears to have returned to his role as team backup. After the 26-year-old was yanked, former starter Corey Crawford entered the game in relief, stopping all 13 shots he faced to help the Blackhawks defeat the Predators 4-3 and move on to Round 2. While it's likely the more experience Crawford starts Game 1 of the second round, don't be surprised if Darling sees more playoff action in the event Crawford struggles once again.
News: Pekka Rinne gave up four goals on 32 shots in Saturday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks. Analysis: Not the best postseason for Pekka Rinne, who finished with a .909 save percentage and 2.68 GAA. While the Blackhawks switched between Scott Darling and Corey Crawford in Round 1, they still managed to be good enough to get past Rinne and the Preds. The 32-year-old netminder, who notched a whopping 41 wins in the regular season, gave up four goals on three separate occasions in the playoffs and couldn't shut down the Blackhawks' potent offensive attack. While it wasn't the best playoff run for Rinne, his remarkable regular season indicates he'll be in for another great year in 2015-16.
News: Ben Bishop made 26 saves in Tampa Bay's 4-0 loss to Detroit on Saturday. He allowed three goals. Analysis: Two of the goals he allowed came on the power play. But then again, his teammates have been held without a goal in eight of the last nine regulation periods. Big Ben can't do everything for them. Game 6 is Monday night in Detroit and elimination looms unless something gives.
News: Steven Stamkos' postseason struggles continued Saturday. He had just two shots in a 4-0 loss and has just one assist in five games. Analysis: He's been largely tied in knots by the Wings' Pavel Datsyuk and that will become even more prominent when the series returns to Detroit for Game 6. The league's second-highest regular-season goal scorer (43) is clearly frustrated and the rest of his team will need to carry the load if they are to advance.
News: Jonathan Ericsson delivered two more assists in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Lightning. He now has four assists in six postseason games; those four points have come in the last three games. Analysis: It's sweet production for a guy who had 15 points all season had two points in his previous 22 games. There was always plenty of potential in him, but he has settled into the role of sturdy, low-maintenance crease clearer. Nice output, though.
News: Riley Sheahan scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 4-0 win over Tampa Bay. He is riding a three-game, three-point scoring streak. Analysis: He's delivering clutch points and is seeing time on the power play where two of those three points -- both goals -- have come. Great postseason debut.
News: Petr Mrazek blanked the Lightning on Saturday for the second time this postseason. He delivered a 28-save, 4-0 victory and staked the Red Wings to a 3-2 series lead. Analysis: Geez, you think this guy's confidence is soaring right now? Wow. The shutout is his second in three games who came into this series with no previous NHL playoff experience. And by the way, the Bolts were only the NHL's highest-scoring team during the regular season. Jimmy Howard who?