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Second-round preview
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The Stanley Cup Playoffs have eight survivors now. Evan Berofsky breaks down the four series and picks conference finalists and Conn Smythe race. Full Story
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Most Added Players
Player% ±
1Jeff Skinner, CAR, LW1
Most Dropped Players
Player% ±
1Gabriel Landeskog, COL, LW-1
2Matt Duchene, COL, C-1
3Jordan Eberle, EDM, RW-1
4Dougie Hamilton, BOS, D-1
5Martin St. Louis, NYR, RW-1
6Brandon Saad, CHI, LW-1
7Taylor Hall, EDM, LW-1
8Scott Hartnell, CLB, LW-1
9Jake Muzzin, LA, D-1
10Mats Zuccarello, NYR, RW-1
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Emerson Etem
Ducks Send Etem To Press Box For Game 5
Emerson Etem, RW, ANA
5/25/2015
News: Emerson Etem isn't on the ice for pregame warmups and looks to be a healthy scratch for Monday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks, Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reports.
Analysis: Despite scoring a goal in Saturday's Game 4, Emerson Etem will surprisingly find himself in the press box, as coach Bruce Boudreau decides to go with the veteran Tomas Fleischmann. The fourth-line arrangement looks to be a very fluid situation for the Ducks, so it's quite possible that Fleischmann and Etem could have their roles flip-flopped for Game 6.

Andrei Kostitsyn
KHLer Kostitsyn Entertaining NHL Return
Andrei Kostitsyn, LW, FLA
5/25/2015
News: Andrei Kostitsyn will pursue a return to the NHL this summer, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: The former Canadiens winger and 10th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft has spent the last four seasons in the KHL and tallied 31 points in 37 games for Sochi HC in 2014-15. A number of organizations are reportedly kicking the tires on a one-year deal for the 30-year-old, who posted three 20-goal campaigns during his stint with the Canadiens. He likely profiles as a third-line option for most NHL squads.

Vladimir Sobotka
Blues Hopeful For Sobotka Return
Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL
5/25/2015
News: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that the team should know by the end of May whether or not Vladimir Sobotka will rejoin the Blues next season or remain in the KHL, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: After failing to find common ground on a contract with the Blues last summer, Vladimir Sobotka bolted for Russia, where he received a lucrative three-year deal with the KHL's Avangard Omsk worth around $12 million. Playing a feature role for the squad, Sobotka tallied 38 points in 53 games, but could be hungry for a return to the brighter lights of the NHL. Though his contract with Avangard Omsk contains an out clause, Sobotka would likely have to be willing to accept a downgrade in pay, as he would owe the Blues one season at a $2.7 million salary due to a previous arbitration ruling.

Corey Crawford
Blackhawks' Crawford Draws Game 5 Start
Corey Crawford, G, CHI
5/25/2015
News: Corey Crawford will be in the net for Monday's Game 5 in Anaheim, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: If not for Corey Crawford's stellar play in the two games in the series that went to overtime, the Blackhawks' postseason likely would have come to a conclusion. In the four-game series, Crawford has notched a .934 save percentage to prop up the Blackhawks' top four defenders, who have been forced to log heavy minutes.

Frederik Andersen
Ducks' Andersen Getting Nod For Game 5
Frederik Andersen, G, ANA
5/25/2015
News: Frederik Andersen will be in the crease for Monday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Though the .875 save percentage Frederik Andersen posted in Saturday's Game 4 double-overtime loss was his lowest mark of the postseason, coach Bruce Boudreau only appears to be pondering changes to his forward and defensive ranks for Game 5. Andersen has been dynamite on his home ice during these playoffs, going 6-1 while allowing no more than three goals in any match.

Mats Zuccarello
Zuccarello Traveling With Rangers
Mats Zuccarello, RW, NYR
5/25/2015
News: Mats Zuccarello (upper body) made the trip to Tampa Bay on Monday, but won't play in Tuesday's Game 6, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Mats Zuccarello is still considered day-to-day and has yet to join the team for a full contact practice. As such, he'll be forced to remain out Tuesday, but he could return later in the playoffs if the Rangers are able to stave off elimination.

Sam Carrick
Toronto's Carrick Signs One-Year Deal
Sam Carrick, C, TOR
5/25/2015
News: Sam Carrick signed a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs on Monday, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Sam Carrick spent the bulk of the year in the AHL, where he registered 27 points and 112 penalty minutes in 59 games. He also made 16 appearances for the Leafs, recording one goal and one assist.

Brad Richards
Blackhawks' Richards Sets Up Kane In Game 4 Win
Brad Richards, C, CHI
5/25/2015
News: Brad Richards assisted on Patrick Kane's game-tying power-play goal in Saturday's double-overtime victory over the Ducks in Game 4.
Analysis: Brad Richards has recorded a point in each game of the series thus far, giving the Blackhawks the offensive presence at the second-line center spot that was sorely missing during the past postseason. The 35-year-old submitted a mediocre regular season, but if he can remain productive for just a few more games, he'll be well worth the investment the Blackhawks made.

Brent Seabrook
Blackhawks' Seabrook Nets Game 4 Goal
Brent Seabrook, D, CHI
5/25/2015
News: Brent Seabrook tallied a goal in Saturday's Game 4 triumph over the Ducks.
Analysis: It was an effective all-around game for Brent Seabrook, who finished with four shot attempts, four hits, and six blocks across 32:03 of ice time. With coach Joel Quenneville showing little trust in fifth and sixth defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Kyle Cumiskey, Seabrook should be poised to log big minutes for the remainder of the postseason.

Valtteri Filppula
Bolts' Filppula Pots Game-Winner In Game 5 Sunday
Valtteri Filppula, C, TB
5/24/2015
News: Valtteri Filppula scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 Sunday against the Rangers.
Analysis: It was the third goal of the postseason for Valtteri Filppula, who has racked up four points in his last three games. Skating with Steve Stamkos, Filppula is having a decent postseason, notching 10 points in 18 games. He doesn't shoot much, but when he does, it can be lethal. Filppula's struck twice on the power play this postseason and is averaging 20:30 of ice time, making him a reliable scoring option who has helped Tampa Bay grab a 3-2 stranglehold on their series against the Rangers.

 
 
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