Dubnyk back on track; Strader to call playoff games (Puck Headlines)

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• It says “Se-Laine” on a Winnipeg Jets Stadium Series jersey. [Jersey Fouls]

• Dominant for most of the season but shaky for a month, Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk believes he’s back on track for the playoffs. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader will call Games 1 and 2 of the first-round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs for NBC Sports Network. Strader missed a majority of the Stars 2016-17 season because of treatment for bile duct cancer. [Dallas Morning News]

• Minnesota forward Nino Niederreiter will be a key component for his team during the upcoming postseason. [Sports Illustrated]

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• Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden and general manager Jim Benning are still in charge of the team … for now. On Monday Vancouver fired coach Willie Desjardins, which also put pressure on Benning and Linden. [The Province]

• Here are the referees and linesmen for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. [Scouting the Refs]

• Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving defended captain Mark Giordano after Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray called out the Flames blue liner last week. Murray’s comments had to do with Giordano’s knee-on-knee hit to Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler. [Calgary Sun]

• Is it fashionable for NHL coaches to be superstitious? [USA Today]

•  Bringing rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy to the Boston Bruins for their playoff run was the right call. McAvoy played 38 games for Boston University this season and then four with the Bruins’ AHL affiliate. He was Boston’s first-round pick in the 2016 draft. [WEEI]

• Given to how quickly McAvoy handled the learning curve from college to the AHL, the Bruins have a reason to be confident about his potential. [Bruins Daily]

• Comparing the 2016 Cleveland Indians to the 2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets. [Jackets Cannon]

• A guide for Washington Capitals fans on how to not be stressed out during the playoffs. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

• Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill was named head coach for Team USA at the upcoming World Championships. [USA Hockey]

• The city name at Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport has adopted the bleu-blanc-rouge. Since Saturday, the nameplate at the top of the terminal has seen its letters colored red, white and blue, and the Canadiens logo put inside the O. [Montreal Gazette]

• Once known for being an elite goal-scorer, Steven Stamkos is now known for missing games. Lots of games. Important games. [Tampa Bay Times]

• Why the Nashville Predators are fully capable of beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round of the playoffs. [On The Forecheck]

• San Jose Sharks centers Joe Thornton and Logan Couture both took significant steps at practice on Monday, suggesting that both players could be in the lineup for Game 1 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Thornton injured his knee in the last week of the season and Couture took a puck to the mouth in mid-March. [San Jose Mercury News]

• Breaking down the reasons why the Los Angeles Kings fired Dean Lombardi and Darryl Sutter. [LA Kings Insider]

• The most recent memorandum filed in former Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley’s lawsuit against Quinnipiac and David Bills revealed that players at the school reported abusive behavior by Seeley as early as the 2009 season. Yet, the school extended Seeley’s contract three times after 2009 and former athletic director Jack McDonald denied knowledge of abuse allegations despite multiple examples cited in athlete surveys. [Q30 Television]

• The North Korean women’s hockey team reportedly rejected gifts from their South counterparts after a women’s ice hockey tournament where the two sides met. [Excelle Sports]

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• Two Russian hockey players, including a Chicago Blackhawks draft pick, quit talks with NHL teams after the league announced it would not restructure its season around the 2018 Winter Olympics, their agent said Tuesday. [AFP via Yahoo]

• Defenseman James Wisniewski is hoping to get another shot at the NHL at some point in the near future. After a stint in the KHL, Wisniewski is currently playing with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. [The Trentonian]

• Finally, here are the top-10 saves of the 2016-17 NHL season.


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