DeBoer on Adam Henrique: “This kid is just right place, right time, all the time”

For the second straight postseason, a player in his first playoff run scored two series-clinching goals. Last year, Nathan Horton did it for the Boston Bruins while Adam Henrique managed that feat for the New Jersey Devils. Henrique even upped the stakes by making both overtime tallies, although one of Henrique’s came in a Game 6.

After the game, underrated Devils head coach Peter DeBoer provided rave reviews of the talented rookie.

“This kid is just right place, right time, all the time,” DeBoer said.

Henrique pounced on a rebound to beat Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers by 3-2 in OT and knocked the Florida Panthers in overtime after getting past their defense. He’s shown an enviable combination of hands, speed and savvy to find a prominent role despite going through his first NHL campaign.

If the Los Angeles Kings are smart, they might want to keep an eye on that “kid.”

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.