News: Jori Lehtera (lower body) was on the ice for warmups in advance of Sunday's Game 6 against the Wild, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Based on warmups, look for Jori Lehtera to work Sunday on a trio with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko. Lehtera -- who was was held out of Friday's Game 5 -- checks back into the Blues' lineup with two helpers in four playoff games to date.
News: Nick Leddy was credited with two assists and five shot attempts in Saturday's Game 6 win over the Capitals. Analysis: The blueliner has been an offensive force in the series for the Islanders, as Saturday marked his fourth straight game with an assist. Coach Jack Capuano rewarded Nick Leddy with 28:59 of ice time Saturday, his highest total of the season.
News: Craig Anderson stopped 18 of 19 shots Sunday but was on the wrong end of the series-ending Game 6 loss. Analysis: Craig Anderson did all he could to keep the Sens' season alive after receiving the starting nod since Game 3 as he allowed just four total goals in those four games, but the offense in front of him couldn't provide any support Sunday. The 33-year-old finished the season at 14-13-8 with a 2.49 GAA and .923, but it remains to be seen how the club will approach their goaltending next season between Anderson and the soon-to-be restricted free agent Andrew Hammond.
News: Ryan Strome gathered an assist in Saturday's Game 6 win over the Capitals. Analysis: After kicking off the postseason with goals in the first two games of the series, Ryan Strome had been held off the score sheet for three contests in a row before breaking through again Saturday. He was skating on the top line Saturday, a role that could prove fruitful again in Game 7 next to a sizzling John Tavares.
News: Cal Clutterbuck supplied an empty-net goal, seven hits, and 10 PIM in Saturday's Game 6 victory over the Capitals. Analysis: The Islanders have gotten an impressive amount of production out of the fourth liner thus far in the series. While his huge PIM (26) and hit totals (37) were to be expected, Cal Clutterbuck's offensive production (two goals, one assist, 12 SOG) has been a welcome development. It shouldn't be counted on to continue, but the forward's physical presence could make a noticeable impact in Monday's Game 7.
News: Johnny Boychuk captured an assist, attempted four shots, and was credited with six blocks and four takeaways in Saturday's Game 6 win over the Capitals. Analysis: The assist gave Johnny Boychuk his first point since Game 1, but it was his work in front of the Isles' net Saturday that kept the team's playoff hopes alive. The Capitals had a golden opportunity to tie the game with around five minutes remaining in the third period, but Jay Beagle's shot ricocheted off the crossbar behind the Isles' Jaroslav Halak before Boychuk came in to whisk the puck to safety under Halak's body. Plays like that are precisely why the Isles were willing to pony up $42 million to keep Boychuk off the free-agent market.
News: Jaroslav Halak denied 38 of 39 shots in Saturday's Game 6 victory over the Capitals. Analysis: Jaroslav Halak was strong in goal from most of the day, but also benefited from a some fortunate luck at the tail end of the game. After teammate Nikolay Kulemin tallied the eventual game-winner about midway through the third period, Halak nearly let in the tying goal four minutes later from the Caps' Jay Beagle, whose shot attempt off a rebound elevated over the goalie and hit the crossbar before Isles defenseman Johnny Boychuk shuffled the puck to safety. Halak's .974 save percentage was his best mark of the series, and should give him some confidence heading into Monday's Game 7 in Washington.
News: Brian Elliott stopped six of seven shots in relief of Jake Allen in Sunday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Wild. Analysis: It was the only appearance of the postseason for Brian Elliott, as the Blues opted to go with 24-year-old Jake Allen instead. While the youngster didn't have the best postseason, Elliott was disappointing in the second-half of the regular season and didn't do anything to win over coach Ken Hitchcock. While his .897 career playoff save percentage is a concern, Elliott had a strong season overall and will be a good fantasy option once again in 2015-16.
News: Jake Allen was pulled from Sunday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Wild after giving up two goals on 13 shots. Analysis: Not a good night for Jake Allen, who had a disappointing postseason, posting a .904 save percentage. The 24-year-old is the goaltender of the future for the Blues, but he lost three of his last four playoff games, leading to the Blues elimination from the postseason. We wouldn't be too concerned, though, as he posted a solid 22-7-4 record in the regular season and was playing in his first NHL postseason. Have him on your radar next year.
News: Justin Fontaine scored the game-winning goal in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Blues. Analysis: It was the first goal of the playoffs for Justin Fontaine, who racked up two points in Round 1. The fourth-liner is a decent depth scorer who is capable of potting 10-15 goals in the regular season. While Fontaine has only registered four points in 14 career NHL playoff games, the Wild will need continual production from their bottom-six if they hope to get past the Blackhawks in Round 2.