News: Lubomir Visnovsky
's agent has refuted a report that his client will sign to play in Europe next season, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Perhaps Lubomir Visnovsky
has had a change of heart about leaving the best league in the world or perhaps this is just a negotiating ploy. Either way it would still seem unlikely that the Isles would be interested in his services as they have quite a few young players in their pipeline that deserve the playing time and don't have anywhere near the injury history of Visnovsky.
Hawks' Rundblad Expected To Draw In For Game 6
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News: David Rundblad
is expected to play Wednesday in place of Kimmo Timonen for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: David Rundblad
is taking warmups and is likely to be paired with Johnny Oduya for Game 6. He hasn't played in this series since Game 1, where he was on the ice for one goal-against as the Blackhawks dropped the series opener.
Blackhawks Expected To Pull Timonen From Lineup
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News: Kimmo Timonen
appears to be headed to the press box for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Ducks, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Blackhawks acquired Kimmo Timonen
at the trade deadline with the hope that he'd provide the team with some added scoring punch from the blue line, but he's been a total bust. While it didn't help matters that he missed the first five months of the season while recovering from blood clots, Timonen just hasn't rounded into shape the way the Blackhawks imagined. In his 31 games with Chicago spanning the regular season and playoffs, Timonen has yet to record a single point and has become a defensive liability on the back end. With the Blackhawks facing elimination, it looks like Quenneville will make the tough choice to bench the accomplished veteran and turn to David Rundblad on the defensive pairing next to Brent Seabrook.
Van Riemsdyk (wrist) will not enter the lineup for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Ducks, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.
While it appears coach Joel Quenneville will adjust his defensive ranks with the Blackhawks facing elimination, it's David Rundblad -- not Trevor van Riemsdyk
-- that is in line to replace the struggling Kimmo Timonen. Though van Riemsdyk is probably the more talented of the two players, it's still risky to the throw him back in the lineup after he's barely seen any competitive action over the last six months. He'll continue to work out with the team over the next few days, but don't count on van Riemsdyk warranting consideration for playing until perhaps the Stanley Cup Finals.
Bolts' Stralman Nabs Power-Play Assist In Game 6
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News: Anton Stralman
assisted on Ryan Callahan's first-period power-play goal in Tuesday's Game 6 loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Anton Stralman
delivered a beautiful outlet pass to Callahan to trim the Bolts' deficit to 2-1, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep pace with the Rangers, who rode the sensational play of Derick Brassard to a 7-3 victory. Both of Stralman's points in the series against his former team have come in the last two games.
Rangers' Boyle Stays Productive In Game 6
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News: Dan Boyle
assisted on one of seven Rangers goals in a decisive Game 6 win over the Lightning on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Dan Boyle
is finding his stride in the postseason, totaling three goals and seven assists across 10 games. That's exactly half of the scoring production he provided during the regular season, during which it took him 65 games to accrue 20 points.
Yandle Helps Rangers Force Game 7 Against Tampa
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News: Keith Yandle
scored his second goal of the playoffs and added a power-play assist Tuesday in a Game 6 victory against Tampa Bay.
He's played his best hockey since joining the Rangers -- by far -- in the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning. Over the first six games, Keith Yandle
's racked up seven points and a plus-6 rating, as this series' fast-paced play has been right up his alley. The Rangers will be counting on Yandle to help drive their offense from the blue line in Game 7 on Friday.
News: Braydon Coburn
(illness) is on the ice for pregame warmups and looks poised to play in Tuesday's Game 6 against the Rangers, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Lightning are skating seven defensemen in their warmups, but it's likely the case where coach Jon Cooper is leaning toward going with only 11 forwards rather than 12, a lineup choice he's made previously in the playoffs. Braydon Coburn
seems to be fine after participating in both morning skate and warmups, and should be in the lineup for minutes in the mid- to upper-teens.
Caps' Bowey Excelling In Memorial Cup
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News: Madison Bowey
had a goal and two assists in Kelowna's 7-3 win over Rimouski in Memorial Cup action on Monday.
Analysis: Madison Bowey
also added two minor penalties and a plus-three rating for good measure. The 2013 second-round pick is Washington's top defensive prospect. He will turn pro next season.
Ducks' Vatanen Notches Two Points In Game 5
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News: Sami Vatanen
tallied a goal and an assist in Monday's Game 5 win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Sami Vatanen
has had a strong offensive showing in the playoffs, as Monday was his third multi-point performance of the postseason. He figures to remain one of top options for fantasy purposes on the Ducks' blueline as Anaheim looks to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in Wednesday's Game 6.