–Sportsnet provides us with an updates list of the top 17 pending unrestricted free agents of 2017. It’s a little surprising to see Kevin Shattenkirk still so high, but there’s definitely a lack of puck moving defensemen available. (Sportsnet)
–The New York Times takes a deeper look at the artists that paint masks for NHL goalies. It’s a pretty important job that not many people are capable of doing well. “Whether people admit it or not, my job is really to give the goalie an identity. Go back to the Felix Potvins and the Ed Belfours. You knew them by the paint jobs.” (New York Times)
–Not many people knew who Ducks forward Ondrej Kase was coming into this season, but he’s sure making a name for himself in the playoffs. “He’s been doing a great job. I try to talk to him to stay confident and do his thing out there because that’s when he plays his best game. For him, I don’t think he needs to change that much. Use his speed, use his hands and he’ll create opportunities.” (OC Register)
–The Pittsburgh Penguins were able to even up their third-round series against Ottawa thanks to a 1-0 win on home ice. Check out the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.
–Nashville’s Pekka Rinne has been terrific this postseason, but the Ducks certainly exposed him in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. Have they figured out that his blocker is his weakness or was Game 2 just a blip on the radar? Jeremy Roenick weighs in. (NBC Sports)
–Speaking of the Preds, they’re playing in their first Western Conference Final because some of their young veterans have really stepped up this postseason. Guys like Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson may not have been household names coming into the season, but they’ve left quite an impression of the hockey world. (Canadian Press)
–Former Flyers owner Ed Snider, who passed away on April 11, 2016, will have a street named after him in Philadelphia. That’s an awesome honor. (CSN Philly)