News: Alex Pietrangelo had an assist in Sunday's series-ending loss to the Wild. He took five shots and had two blocked shots. Analysis: Alex Pietrangelo was solid throughout the series despite the Blues loss, registering an increasing amount of ice time as the games wore on, culminating in him seeing 31:12 seconds in the final game. The Blues may be in a shake up in the off-season after another early playoff exit, but it's tough to see Pietrangelo going anywhere. The 24-year-old is an all around rock for the Blues on the bullion.
News: Kevin Shattenkirk picked up his eighth assist of the playoffs in Sunday's series-ending loss to the Wild. He was minus-2 with two shots and a hit in the contest. Analysis: Kevin Shattenkirk will exit the playoffs tied for the playoff lead in scoring. While the Blues could be in for a shake up after yet another early playoff exit, Shattenkirk seems unlikely to be headed anywhere after posting a break out season with 44 points and a plus-19 rating in 53 games. Only a mid-season abdominal injury kept him from being among the top handful of scoring leaders among defensemen.
News: T.J. Oshie scored the Blues' lone goal Sunday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Wild. He was minus-1 with three shots, a hit and a blocked shot in the contest. Analysis: A case of "too little, too late" as T.J. Oshie scored for the first time in the series in Game 6. He finished with just two points in six games despite firing 16 shots on net. Oshie's name came up in trade rumors during the season and with the Blues getting knocked out of the playoffs early once again, there may be some shaking up of the roster. While it seems unlikely he would be moved, the 28-year-old is certainly a marketable piece with his combination of offensive ability and defensive responsibility.
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: Max Pacioretty potted his second goal of the playoffs in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Senators. Analysis: The goal was an empty-netter and came with less than a second remaining, but it counts the same nonetheless. Max Pacioretty also finished with a plus-2 rating on the night, making up for the minus-2 he sported through the first five games of the series. The winger finished the series with just the empty-net goal and a power-play tally in Game 1, but figures to be the team's top offensive producers going forward.
News: Brendan Gallagher scored the game-winning goal in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Senators. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher went on a four-game goal streak toward the end of March, but entered Sunday's contest with just one goal in his the 12 games since then. The winger logged a pair of points in the series win, but figures to be a fairly reliable source of offense going forward as the Habs await their second round opponent.
News: Carey Price stopped all 43 shots he faced in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Senators. Analysis: Carey Price was sensational Sunday as he withstood a late Senators attack to help clinch the series and send the Habs into the second round. Aside from Game 5's five-goal outing, Price has continued his regular season excellence into the postseason as he's posted a 1.94 GAA and .939 save percentage through six games. He's as reliable as they come and figures to remain as one of the top, if not the very best, options for the duration of the playoffs.
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.