News: Tom Gilbert scored his first career NHL playoff goal in Friday's Game 5 loss to Ottawa. Analysis: While it was a nice milestone for Tom Gilbert, the Habs are in trouble, having lost two straight games. The 32-year-old isn't a big offensive producer, having registered just one point in these playoffs, but he's logging decent minutes and has posted a 45-point season in his past. Don't expect many more goals, but he does play on the second power-play unit, so he could rack up a few more points if the Habs make it out of the first round.
News: Mika Zibanejad contributed a pair of helpers in Friday's Game 5 win over Montreal. Analysis: It was the second multi-point outing of the playoffs for Mika Zibanejad, who has collected four points in five games. Trailing the Canadiens 3-2 in their first-round series, the Senators will be looking to Zibanejad's line of Bobby Ryan and Milan Michalek to have another strong showing in Sunday's Game 6 in Ottawa. With Ryan snapping a 16-game goalless drought Friday, Zibanejad's production could increase by association if Ryan is able to parlay the effort into something more.
News: Mike Hoffman collected a pair of assists in Friday's Game 5 win over Montreal. Analysis: After scoring the game-winner in Game 4, Mike Hoffman stepped up his offensive involvement again Friday. Over the last two games, the 25-year-old has fired off seven shots on goal and recorded three points to help the Sens fend off elimination. Hoffman will try to keep the wave of production going Sunday, when the Senators will take on the Canadiens in Game 6 at the Canadian Tire Center.
News: Joe Colborne was missing in action at Saturday morning's skate, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: There hasn't been any injury information disclosed about Joe Colborne, but a couple players from Calgary were missing from Saturday morning's skate. It remains to be seen whether this affects Colborne's status for Saturday night's Game 6.
News: Jiri Hudler was not at practice Saturday morning, Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Jiri Hudler hasn't played particularly well this playoff series, with two points and a minus-5 in five games. He could be struggling with an injury, as John Ramage was unexpectedly skating with the team Saturday morning. Hudler may be a game-time decision, so best look elsewhere for Saturday's games.
News: Gabriel Bourque was on the ice for the Predators' morning skate on Saturday, Brooks Bratten of NHL.com reports. Analysis: It remains to be seen if Gabriel Bourque will be able to suit up for Saturday's Game 6 against Chicago, but his presence at the Predators' morning skate bodes well for his availability. Nashville will confirm his status prior to puck drop on Saturday.
News: Matt Cooke replaced Sean Bergenheim in Friday's Game 5 win over St. Louis and had two shots on goal and four hits in 10:30 of ice time. Analysis: Matt Cooke and Bergenheim may continue to swap places between the bench and the fourth line the rest of the series.
News: Vladimir Tarasenko scored the first goal of Friday's Game 5 against the Wild, but it would represent the entirety of the Blues' output in the 4-1 defeat. Analysis: Vladimir Tarasenko has absolutely feasted on the Wild during the past six games, with the first of those contests coming in the regular-season finale April 11. During that span, the Russian sniper has netted an absurd seven goals and two assists, including the winning tallies in Games 2 and 4. Even if the Blues -- who trail 3-2 in the series -- end up exiting the postseason after one round, those who selected Tarasenko in pool play have probably received sufficient return on their investment.
News: Jamie McGinn (back) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp in the fall, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Jamie McGinn, who underwent season-ending back surgery in December, said he recently endured a setback in his recovery, but it's not something significant enough to challenge his availability for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. The back injury limited McGinn to just 19 games this season, during which he produced four goals, two assists, and a minus-9 rating.
News: Gabriel Landeskog recently underwent offseason wrist surgery, the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Gabriel Landeskog, who was still wearing a cast as of Friday, will not be able to play for Sweden during May's World Championships as a result of the procedure. The winger is expected to be healthy for training camp and ready to reprise his top-six role for the Avalanche. He finished the recently completed season with 23 goals, 59 points, and a minus-2 rating over 82 games.