A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…
Capitals at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
For the fourth time in five years and fifth time in seven the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are meeting in the playoffs. The last two playoff meetings between the clubs have gone seven games with the Rangers winning both. The Rangers won three of four meetings between the two teams during the regular season. John Forslund and Pierre McGuire have the call of Game 1 from Madison Square Garden.
Flames at Ducks, 10:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
The Anaheim Ducks are looking to avoid another second round loss as they play host to the Calgary Flames in Game 1 tonight. The L.A. Kings bounced the Ducks from last spring’s playoffs in seven games. Meanwhile the Flames are in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004 when they came one win shy of capturing the franchise’s second Stanley Cup. Jonas Hiller, who spent parts of seven seasons with the Ducks, will be Calgary’s Game 1 starter. Dave Strader and Brian Engblom will be on the call from the Honda Center.
Keith Yandle didn’t join the Rangers for their practice on Tuesday and hasn’t taken part in a morning skate with the team since Game 2 of the Rangers’ first round series against Pittsburgh. He absorbed a hard hit from Blake Comeau in that contest.
The reason given for his absences was described as an illness at one point, but on Monday overall body soreness was cited as the cause. And today?
“Sniffles,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told the Bergen Record.
He’s expected to be on the ice Wednesday and even if he doesn’t skate, it’s worth emphasizing that he hasn’t missed a single playoff game. Yandle had two assists and a plus-two rating while averaging 18:24 minutes per contest in the first round.
If he has been playing through something significant, then the Rangers’ quick work of Pittsburgh likely helped matters. This is the Rangers’ fourth straight day off and their breather will continue tomorrow.
Zuccarello was hurt in the first period of Saturday’s Game 5 series-clinching win over Pittsburgh, after taking this Ryan McDonagh shot to the helmet:
Zuccarello left the game and didn’t return.
The loss, if lengthy, will be a significant one for the Blueshirts. The 27-year-old averaged a career-high 17:15 TOI this season and finished third on the team in assists, with 34. The Norwegian winger also inked a four-year, $18 million extension with New York in early March and, last year, was given the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award for being the player who, as chosen by the fans, “goes above and beyond the call of duty.”
In this year’s opening round against Pittsburgh, Zuccarello had two points in five games. The Rangers will take the winner of tonight’s Caps-Isles game in Round 2.
Report: Bruins have reached out to Jeff Gorton for GM role
According to the Boston Herald, the Bruins have contacted the New York Rangers for permission to speak with Jeff Gorton regarding the club’s vacant GM position.
Gorton was the Bruins’ assistant GM when the club drafted Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.
He served as the Bruins’ interim GM for three months in 2006 signing free agents Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard. Gorton was also responsible for the Bruins’ acquisition of goaltender Tuukka Rask from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Andrew Raycroft prior to being replaced by Peter Chiarelli.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Following Sunday night’s 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators the Montreal Canadiens, led by Brandon Prust, decided to give goaltender Carey Price the silent treatment as he entered the team’s dressing room.
A Detroit-based company has found a new use for old hockey sticks. (The Hockey News)
With the Calgary Flames headed to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, rookie Sam Bennett will soon burn the first year of his entry-level contract. Wes Gilbertson writes on why the Flames aren’t worried about Bennett’s contract situation. (Calgary Sun)
Connor McDavid scored a highlight-reel shorthanded goal in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. McDavid faked a shot freezing New York Rangers’ prospect Brandon Halverson before sliding the puck in with one hand. McDavd now has seven goals and two assists through the first three games of the series and his Erie Otters lead the best-of-seven 2-1.
Here’s a look inside the Minnesota Wild room following their 4-1 series-clinching win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday: