News: Matt Beleskey gave the Ducks a 3-2 series edge over the Blackhawks with his early-overtime winner in Game 5 on Monday. Analysis: Matt Beleskey increased his postseason goal total to seven with his biggest tally of the season so far. After his team squandered a two-goal lead late in regulation, Beleskey finished off a two-on-one started by Ryan Kesler just 45 seconds into the overtime period. Beleskey has thrived in the playoffs despite not spending much time on the top line, which he did in the regular season. Instead, Beleskey has been able to add some punch to a second line with Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler, giving his team even more scoring depth.
News: Cedric Paquette (hand) is questionable for Tuesday's Game 6 against the Rangers, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Cedric Paquette missed part of Sunday's Game 5 after blocking a shot with his right hand, but he eventually returned to the contest. While he participated in Tuesday's morning skate, he left the ice before any of his teammates, fueling speculation that he could miss Game 6. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Coburn is questionable, adding that it's "pointless" to speculate on the defenseman's status at this point. If Coburn can't go, Vladislav Namestnikov or Jonathan Marchessault will likely join the lineup.
News: Braydon Coburn (illness) is participating in Tuesday's morning skate, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Braydon Coburn fell ill during Sunday's Game 5 and missed most of the final two periods, but with 48 hours to recover, he'll likely be ready for Tuesday's Game 6. If not, the leading candidates to replace him in the lineup would be Mark Barberio, Slater Koekkoek and Luke Witkowski. The Lightning have been using seven defensemen and just 11 forwards, so it's also possible they'll replace Coburn with a forward, likely Jonathan Marchessault.
News: Madison Bowey had a goal and two assists in Kelowna's 7-3 win over Rimouski in Memorial Cup action on Monday. Analysis: Madison Bowey also added two minor penalties and a plus-three rating for good measure. The 2013 second-round pick is Washington's top defensive prospect. He will turn pro next season.
News: Sami Vatanen tallied a goal and an assist in Monday's Game 5 win over the Blackhawks. Analysis: Sami Vatanen has had a strong offensive showing in the playoffs, as Monday was his third multi-point performance of the postseason. He figures to remain one of top options for fantasy purposes on the Ducks' blueline as Anaheim looks to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in Wednesday's Game 6.
News: Dylan Larkin scored twice in Grand Rapids' (AHL) 4-2 Game 2 win over Utica on Monday. Analysis: Dylan Larkin decided to leave the University of Michigan after one season and signed his entry-level contract with Detroit last week. He has since joined the Griffins for their Western Conference final against Utica. Larkin had a pair of shots in his professional debut on Sunday and then potted the two markers on Monday. He had a monster year for the Wolverines (15G, 47P in 35GP) and he has quickly turned into one of the better prospects in the league.
News: Jakob Silfverberg assisted on a pair of goals in Monday's Game 5 win over the Blackhawks. Analysis: Jakob Silfverberg has had a strong showing in the playoffs as he's logged four multi-point efforts in the past seven games. He's up to 16 points in the postseason as he continues to reward owners who've rolled with him since the playoffs began.
News: Ryan Kesler potted a goal and was credited with the primary assist on the overtime winner in Monday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks. Analysis: Ryan Kesler was shutout off the scoresheet through the first three games of the Western Conference Finals, but he's found the back of the net in each of the last two. He's up to 11 points through 15 games in the playoffs.
News: Ryan Getzlaf provided a pair of assists in Monday's Game 5 win over the Blackhawks. Analysis: Ryan Getzlaf hasn't been putting the pucks in the back of the net himself much in the playoffs, but he's now racked up seven assists through the five games of the Western Conference Finals. His 17 assists, 19 points, and plus-10 rating are all tops in the league for the entire playoffs.
News: Frederik Andersen stopped 24 of 28 shots in Monday's Game 5 win in OT over the Blackhawks. Analysis: The Ducks raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and held a 4-2 advantage with under two minutes to go, but Frederik Andersen allowed a goal on a Jonathan Toews shot from nearly behind the net to force the game into the extra period. Andersen and the Ducks ended up pulling out the win, but the 25-year-old has now turned in consecutive sub-par performances as he's allowed nine goals on 68 shots in the past two games. Nonetheless, he'll have a chance to end the series and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in Wednesday's Game 6.