News: Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in the third game of their opening-round playoff series. He finished at plus-2 in 12:40. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher finished off a pretty play by defenseman P.K. Subban to give Montreal what proved to be the winning goal in the game. He has points in all three games in the series.
News: P.K. Subban had two assists, including one on Brendan Gallagher's game-winning goal, in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Lightning in the third game of their playoff series. Analysis: P.K. Subban finished with a game-high 28:03 of ice time and was plus-2. His assist on the Gallagher goal was the prettiest play of the game, perhaps the series, and is a reminder of Subban's sometimes-sublime play for the Canadiens.
News: Raffi Torres scored, kickstarting a seven-goal rally, in a Game 2 win over LA. Analysis: Raffi Torres, who all told has played seven games this season, has been incredible, netting five goals and two assists in very limited time. It'd be tough to find someone who won't say that Torres should regress to the mean after all his shooting percentage in this series is 100% but analysts have been saying that he'll regress since his first game back from injury this season. He should regress, but on the other hand, he's hot right now.
News: James Sheppard had an assist, three shots, and a plus-2 rating in just 11:07 of playing time in a Game 2 win over Los Angeles. Analysis: James Sheppard, who had been playing third line center throughout his late season surge, was moved back to wing mid-game when coach Todd McLellan returned Joe Pavelski to his previous third line center role. Sheppard is strongest on wing and he has the potential for a lot more production with the 40-goal scorer centering his line. He's playing well already and, if the move sticks, it could be an upgrade for Shep.
News: Mike Brown had a goal, a plus-2 rating, eight hits, and 12 penalty minutes in a Game 2 win over LA. Analysis: Mike Brown's offensive production shouldn't be counted on, but in a series that has recorded 214 hits through the first two games, you can count on seeing the hits and probably the penalty minutes there with some consistency.
News: Joe Thornton had a goal and three shots in a Game 2 win over the Kings. Analysis: Joe Thornton has goals in back-to-back games for the Sharks. This from the guy who scored only 11 in the regular season. He also has zero assists in the postseason and tallied 65 during the season. Also, he's averaging 3.5 shots per postseason game, up from 1.5 during the regular season. Everything has flipped around for Thornton, but owners shouldn't mind.
News: Dan Boyle had two assists, a hit, and three blocked shots in a Game 2 win over LA. Analysis: Dan Boyle finished the regular season creating offense like you expect him to, so it's good to see him putting points on the board after not registering any in the opening game.
News: Logan Couture had a goal and an assist through 19:06 of ice time in a Game 2 win over the Kings. Analysis: Logan Couture is putting up points exactly how you hoped he would this postseason. He has three points (1G, 2A) through the opening two games. The only thing lagging are his shots. The Sharks have taken 73 shots in the first two games and only three were from Couture. That's uncharacteristic for a player whose 233 regular season shots was good for 33rd in the NHL, despite missing 17 games this season. You should expect to see that change as the series moves to LA and the Sharks have to lean on their big guns a little more.
News: Tomas Hertl had one shot and one hit through 15 minutes of ice time in a Game 2 win over LA. Analysis: Tomas Hertl didn't have much of an impact on the scoresheet in Game 2. In fact, he was of only five players on the team who didn't record a point in the 7-2 win. However, it's worth noting that coach Todd McLellan rejiggered the lines in the second period, placing Hertl on Joe Thornton's top line where he had thrived early in the season before his injury. With Joe Pavelski back on the third line, the Kings won't be able to focus on shutting down the top line and things may open up for Hertl.
News: Tommy Wingels had an assist, six hits, a blocked shot, two shots, and two takeaways in a Game 2 win over the Kings. Analysis: Tommy Wingels breakout season runs through the stat sheet. It wasn't just goals and assists where he proved his value in fantasy. He's one of those rare wings who is going to score and rack up the hits. He can also pull in stats in niche categories like blocked shots and takeaways, upping his value in some formats.