- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The NHL Draft Lottery is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night, and there’s unprecedented hype for it. Connor McDavid, the brilliant junior hockey star, is the top prize; Jack Eichel, the brilliant NCAA hockey star, is a heck of a consolation prize.
The NHL is so super concerned about transparency, it's released the number combinations for all teams in order for them to win the lottery. It’s also filming the lottery, lest anyone believe it’s been fixed to benefit a particular team.
But which teams deserve to earn the first overall pick, and which ones should we pray don’t win the right to draft McDavid?
Here’s a quick guide to the teams in tonight’s lottery, and their virtue:
14. Boston Bruins
Odds of Winning Lottery: 1.0%
Connor McDavid’s Nickname If Drafted: Connor McDunkin’
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
The Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 Friday to even their first round playoff series 1-1. There’s happiness in Smashville for the Predators, who blew a three-goal lead Wednesday to lose to Chicago in double overtime. They’re back in the series! Huzzah!
Oh yeah, and Shea Weber was injured midway through the second period with a lower body injury, left the game and didn’t return.
The video of the clean hit by Brandon Saad on Weber that appeared to lead to the injury:
If there was one player on the Predators – not named Pekka Rinne – who could not get hurt, it would be Weber. He’s had better years than this past season where he had 15 goals and 45 points along with meh possession numbers.
But he plays 26:22 per-night. He’s Nashville’s captain. He has a freaking rocket for a shot. And now the Predators will be without him for who knows how long. According to Rinkside Report, there was no postgame update on Weber’s condition.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
For all intents and purposes, Game 2 between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames was a letdown compared to the last 30-second heroics of Game 1.
At least is was for 58:43 of the game.
This should have been a story about Eddie Lack needing only 22 saves to earn his first ever Stanley Cup playoff win, and the Canucks first win on home-ice in the playoffs since 2011. Instead, it's now a story about a massive line brawl at the end of a 4-1 game.
Get cozy, this is going take a while. From our friends at Sportsnet:
Everyone loves a good line brawl, especially in the playoffs.
The penalties that resulted from the brawl ended up being the story of the night. As of publication, the NHL boxscore shows the following:
No one seems to be sure if this is official or even remotely accurate. Although, according to Darren Dreger, the officiating supervisor for this series, Rob Schick, has given it a once over.
Just handed final game sheet. Still shows Engelland with 2 majors, instigator and 3 game misc. Told Shick looked it over. Subject to change.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
Backstrom played abig part in Washington’s come-from-behind 4-3 win over the New York Islanders in Game 2. After assisting on the Capitals’ first tally, he helped set up Alex Ovechkin’s goal late in the second period. Early in the third, Backstrom’s power play goal tied the game at three:
No. 2 Star: Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens
Galchenyuk’s goal 3:40 into overtime gave the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators to take a 2-0 series lead.
No. 3 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Smith scored twice and assisted on another as the Predators evened their series with the Chicago Blackhawks with a 6-2 win. The win was Nashville’s first since March 28. Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg each recorded two points.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
According to a report by CBS Los Angeles andCBS Las Vegas, Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday on suspicion of possession of cocaine and Ecstasy.
Per a web story on CBS Los Angeles, Stoll was arrested at the Wet Republic pool complex at the MGM Grand Hotel, and Las Vegas police confirmed the situation.
Vanessa Murphy of CBS Las Vegas had the initial report via Twitter.
It was also confirmed by Orange County Register Los Angeles Kings beat reporter Rich Hammond via Twitter.
Confirmed through Clark County online police records...Jarret Stoll arrested today in Vegas, charged with drug possession
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly also released a comment to Lisa Dillman and the LA Times via Twitter:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
That circled Chicago Blackhawks player is Patrick Kane coming off the bench for a line change. Seconds later he did this:
But the first goal of these playoffs for the Blackhawks star shouldn’t have counted, as Chicago muffed a line change and should have been called for too many men. Heck, even six guys were involved in the post-goal celebratory circle.
Peter Laviolette was obviously livid following the goal, but the call isn't reviewable and still won't be next season when theleague likely implements a coach's challenge.
Despite the controversial goal, the Predators came out on top 6-2 after scoring three times in a 2:19 span in the third period to send the series to Chicago even at one.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Mark Stone played for Ottawa. Max Pacioretty returned for Montreal. But the story coming out of Senators-Canadiens Game 2 will be Alex Galchenyuk, whose overtime goal sends the series to Ottawa with the Habs up 2-0.
There was no controversy this time around, only two highlights from the Canadiens.
Late in the second period, P.K. Subban fired a laser that had it hit Senators netminder Andrew Hammond, it may have gone straight through him.
That goal gave Montreal a 2-1 lead. It would last until late in the third when Patrick Wiercioch’s power play tally tied the game, which would eventually head to overtime. In the extra period, it was Galchenyuk picking up a rebound, spinning and firing one by Hammond:
Hammond faced 42 shots and didn’t look great on Pacioretty’s opening goal or Galchenyuk’s winner. Down 0-2 and heading home, does Senators head coach Dave Cameron turn to Craig Anderson? That will be the big question over the next 48 hours.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy14 hrs ago
It had to turn eventually for the Washington Capitals, and it did.
Down 3-1 late in the second period, the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to win Game 2 4-3 and even their series with the New York Islanders.
Philipp Grubauer was announced was Washington’s surprise starter minutes before puck drop after Braden Holtby was ruled out due to illness. And like in Game 1 against Holtby, the Islanders didn’t wait long to grab the lead as Cal Clutterbuck scored 5:14 in.
The Capitals kept firing, though, but could only beat Jaroslav Halak once through late in the second period. Despite what the possession stats showed, the Islanders held a 3-1 lead. But it was only a matter of time before things swung Washington’s way.
It began late in the second period when the Capitals took advantage of extra space created by a stickless Kyle Okposo, which resulted in Alex Ovechkin notching his first of the playoffs:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Ducks players know that teammate Corey Perry is a jerk on the ice. When other team’s fans boo Perry and player chirp him, it’s clear Perry is doing something to bother everyone in an the building that has some association with his opponent.
“I think he’s always been a guy who has played on the edge a bit and done a few stupid things,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. “But he has been a guy who plays hard, and he’s earned space out there, and he goes to the dirty areas, and when you go to the dirty areas, you’re usually not making friends out there.”
Perry, who scored 33 goals in 67 games this year, is not a bad jerk type guy. He’s physical, aggressive, chippy and he scores a ton of goals. And he needs this to be a postseason of redemption after two straight so-so-to-poor playoffs.
He got off to a strong start with two goals and four points in Game 1 against Winnipeg. It was the best possible beginning for Perry, who wanted it as much for himself as for his team. Last playoff, Perry had just four points in Anaheim’s second round seven-game series with Los Angeles. He had two points the previous playoffs in seven games against Detroit.Sat, Apr 1810:30 PM EDTWinnipeg at AnaheimPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
On Friday, the Washington Capitals recalled goalie Philipp Grubauer from the AHL, which caused some panic. Starter Braden Holtby was ill, and had been ill since before the end of the regular season.
Don’t worry, they said. Holtby is totally playing in Game 2 against the New York Islanders, they said.
Well, turns out the panic was legit: The only thing keeping the Capitals from going down 0-2 in their series against the Islanders is one Phillip Grubauer, as the team announced Holtby is out tonight an undisclosed illness.
From the Capitals: