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: 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.
News: Thomas Vanek gathered an assist and put three shots on goal in Friday's Game 5 win over the Blues. Analysis: It's the second assist of the first round for Thomas Vanek, who seems to have lost some momentum since cobbling together an eight-game point streak from March 8 through March 23 during the regular season. He's managed only two goals and three assists over his last 13 games, putting up just 24 shots during that span. Since he doesn't provide much usefulness in the hits or PIM categories, Vanek's value is largely nullified if he's not producing with much consistency.
News: Jake Allen stopped only 15 of 19 shots in Friday's Game 5 loss to the Wild. Analysis: Though the Blues were nearly able to double the Wild up in shot attempts, the goalie play was the difference in this one, as Devan Dubnyk was dominant in the opposite net while Jake Allen turned in a substandard performance on his home ice. It was the first time Allen had given up more than two goals since March 1, so he'll still probably have plenty of leeway before ceding the net back to Brian Elliott. The pressure will be on Allen to help the Blues stave off elimination on the road in Game 6 on Sunday.
News: Devan Dubnyk turned away 36 of 37 shots to lift the Wild to a 4-1 victory in Friday's Game 5. Analysis: Devan Dubnyk recovered well from one of his poorest performances of the season in Game 4 by capturing the game's first star Friday to give the Wild a 3-2 series advantage. Though Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko gave his squad an early lead, the Wild answered three minutes later in the first period and then watched as Dubnyk bricked up the net the rest of the way. The Vezina Trophy finalist has now compiled a 2.61 GAA and .898save percentage during the first-round series.
News: Mark Stone had an assist - his fourth of the series - in Ottawa's Game 5 drubbing of Montreal on Friday. Analysis: Mark Stone often had the puck on his stick for scoring chances created by his breakaway speed. It's no mystery why he is a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year.
News: Craig Anderson will be between the pipes for Friday's Game 5 against the Canadiens, TSN 1200's Gord Wilson reports. Analysis: It's hardly a surprise, as Craig Anderson was phenomenal in Game 4, turning away all of the 28 shots he faced en route to a shutout. He'll likely need to turn in a similar performance on Friday in order to give the Senators a chance to gain some ground in their series with the Habs, in which they currently trail three games to one.