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: 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.
News: Zach Parise netted a pair of goals, including a shorthanded marker, in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Blues. Analysis: A great outing for Zach Parise, who was dominant in Round 1. The 30-year-old had three goals and seven points in six games, helping the Wild move on to Round 2 to face Chicago. The top-line winger is sporting a solid plus-3 rating in these playoffs and will need to be at this best if the Wild hope to have any chance of getting past the Blackhawks in the second round.
News: Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 of 31 shots in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Blues. Analysis: A fantastic performance from Devan Dubnyk, who has been outstanding in back-to-back games after getting lit up for six goals in Game 4. The 28-year-old finished the first round with a .913 save percentage, 2.32 GAA and one shutout. If Dubnyk, who registered an impressive .929 save percentage in the regular season , can carry his terrific play from Games 5 and 6 of Round 1 into Round 2, the Wild could have a chance to get past the Blackhawks.
News: Dale Weise (maintenance) took part in warmups in advance of Sunday's Game 6 against the Sens, John Lu of TSN reports. Analysis: Dale Weise, who did not take part in Sunday's morning skate, worked on a trio with Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais in warmups, while Brian Flynn and Manny Malhotra are in line to be the Habs' scratches up font on Sunday.
News: Shea Theodore was called up from AHL Norfolk on Sunday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Shea Theodore spent the majority of the 2014-15 season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL, appearing in 43 games and scoring 48 points. He also played nine games for AHL Norfolk where he posted 11 points. With the Ducks not dealing with any notable injuries on the blue line and unlikely to shake up their lineup in the second round, don't expect Theodore to log any minutes during the postseason.