News: Darcy Kuemper will start Monday's game against the Avalanche. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper, who took over for Ilya Bryzgalov in Saturday's loss to the Avs, appears past his upper body injury and will be making his first start for the team since March 27, with the Wild down 2-0 in their first round playoff series.
News: Andrew Desjardins and the Sharks' fourth line jumpstarted a seven-goal run on a pair of goals that were both assisted by Desjardins in a Game 2 win over LA. Analysis: Andrew Desjardins came into the series with two goals and no assists through 18 career playoff games. His two helpers is a good start, though don't expect a breakout postseason. His role is to be a grinder and create energy for his team. Most nights that's going to come in the form of being a physical presence rather than creating offense.
News: Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist in a 7-2 win over LA in Game 2. Analysis: Patrick Marleau has goals in back-to-back games and continues to be a clutch player for the Sharks.
News: Jake Muzzin picked up his second goal of the playoffs in a 7-2 loss to San Jose on Sunday. Analysis: Jake Muzzin struggled offensively for much of the season but has been one of the few bright spots in the Kings' opening round series.
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.