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Date Player
4/27/2017 Mark Letestu, Edm, C
Letestu scored two power-play goals in the Oilers' 5-3 win over the Ducks on Wednesday in the opener of their second-round series.

Analysis: Eleven of Letestu's career-high 16 goals during the regular season came on the power play, so it should be no surprise that all three of his goals in these playoffs have been with the advantage. All of them have come in Edmonton's last three games.
4/27/2017 Kevin Bieksa, Anh, D
Bieksa has been ruled out of Friday's Game 2 of the Ducks' second-round series against the visiting Oilers. He is nursing a lower-body injury sustained after colliding with a teammate in the first period of Wednesday's series-opening 5-3 loss.

Analysis: "He should be available late in the series," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said Friday after the morning skate. Bieksa collected three goals, 11 assists and 63 penalty minutes in 81 games during the regular season. He had four assists and a plus-5 rating in the first five playoff contests.
4/27/2017 Mattias Janmark, Dal, C
Janmark signed a one-year, $700,000 contract extension with Dallas on Thursday.

Analysis: Janmark, who missed the entire 2016-17 season due to a knee injury, collected 15 goals, 14 assists and a plus-12 rating in 73 games in 2015-16. The 24-year-old Swede also registered five points (two goals, three assists) in 12 career postseason contests.
4/27/2017 Joel Edmundson, StL, D
Edmundson had two assists Wednesday.

Analysis: He has four points in the postseason.
4/27/2017 P.K. Subban, Nsh, D
Subban had a goal and two assists, powering Nashville to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday.

Analysis: He has five points in five playoff games this year.
4/27/2017 Vernon Fiddler, Nsh, C
Fiddler scored with 5:05 left in the third period, leading Nashville to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday.

Analysis: This was Fiddler's first game of the postseason.
4/26/2017 Kevin Fiala, Nsh, LW
Fiala has a broken femur and is done for the playoffs after left Wednesday's Game 1 of the Predators' second-round series against St. Louis on a stretcher. Fiala got tangled up with Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and went hard into the boards behind the St. Louis net at 1:46 of the second period.

Analysis: He scored two goals in the Predators' first-round sweep against the Blackhawks, including one in overtime in Game 3.
4/26/2017 Calle Jarnkrok, Nsh, C
Jarnkrok returned Friday after he missed Game 1 against the Blues on Wednesday due to lower-body injury.

Analysis: Jarnkrok had 15 goals and set career highs with 16 assists and 31 points in 81 regular-season games. He had one assist as the Predators swept the Blackhawks in the first round.
4/26/2017 Tyler Seguin, Dal, C
Seguin has had surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder and should be ready for training camp in September. The team said Seguin had the procedure Tuesday and was expected to make a full recovery in four months.

Analysis: The 25-year-old Seguin led the Stars in scoring with 72 points (26 goals, 46 assists) in a disappointing season. Dallas missed the playoffs a year after being the top seed in the Western Conference and winning a first-round series against Minnesota.
4/25/2017 Marian Gaborik, LA, RW
Gaborik is questionable for the start of training camp after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure on a chronic left knee injury.

Analysis: The Kings said Tuesday that the Slovak scorer had the procedure after Los Angeles' season ended earlier this month. The 35-year-old Gaborik has just 43 points in 110 games over the past two seasons while incurring significant injuries in both campaigns. He is a 15-year NHL veteran under contract for four more years.
4/25/2017 Logan Couture, SJ, C
Couture played in the postseason despite two fractures in his face along with the plastic and wiring in his mouth that kept his teeth in place.

Analysis: Couture revealed more details of the injuries sustained when a deflected slap shot from teammate Brent Burns hit him in the mouth on March 25. He said he had one fracture that went from his upper lip to the nose area that is still very sore and will take about six weeks to completely heal. The other fracture is below his bottom row of teeth. He will need implants to get the teeth fixed and hopes to get that work done in the next few weeks so he can return home to Canada.
4/24/2017 Derek Ryan, Car, C
Ryan was named a finalist for the Masterton Trophy on Monday.

Analysis: Ryan enjoyed his first extended taste of NHL action this season at age 29. Before reaching the NHL, he has played for the Spokane of the Western Hockey League; in the United Hockey League; the University of Alberta; Szekesfehervar, Hungary; Villach, Austria; and Orebro, Sweden. Last season, Ryan saw action in six NHL games. In 2016-17, Ryan collected 11 goals and 29 points in 67 games.
4/24/2017 Andrew Cogliano, Anh, LW
Cogliano was named a Masterton Trophy finalist for the fourth time.

Analysis: Cogliano He has played in 786 consecutive regular-season games and 833 including the playoffs. In a 10-year NHL career, Cogliano has never missed a playoff game. His iron-man record to start a career is the second longest in NHL history behind Doug Jarvis' 964-game streak from 1975 to 1988. Cogliano's streak is currently the fourth longest in NHL history.
4/24/2017 Craig Anderson, Ott, G
Anderson was named a finalist for the Masterton Trophy on Monday.

Analysis: Anderson left the Senators for part of the 2016-17 season while wife Nicholle dealt with throat cancer. He returned to the team on Oct. 29 after Ottawa lost goaltender Andrew Hammond with a groin injury, but left again in early December while his wife underwent treatment. After the All-Star break, Anderson came back and helped the Senators to a playoff berth, finishing with 25 victories in 40 starts.
4/24/2017 Frederik Andersen, Tor, G
Andersen's 34 saves weren't quite enough to prevent the Maple Leafs from elimination in their first-round series with Washington following Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss in Game 6.

Analysis: Andersen acquitted himself quite well in a tightly contested series that saw five games decided in overtime. The 27-year-old is locked in as Toronto's starting goaltender for 2017-18, where he'll have a chance to improve upon the pedestrian 2.67 GAA he recorded during the regular season.
4/24/2017 Auston Matthews, Tor, C
Though Matthews' first playoffs turned out to be a short stay, he surely made an impression. The rookie sensation had the Maple Leafs' lone goal in Sunday's Game 6 loss to Washington, the fourth straight outing in which he's scored.

Analysis: Matthews also had an assist and finished the series a plus-2. Expect the likely Calder Trophy winner and his young and promising Toronto team to be playing in several more postseasons in the near future.
4/24/2017 Justin Williams, Was, RW
Williams set up Marcus Johansson's series-clinching goal in overtime as the Capitals defeated Toronto 2-1 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Analysis: Williams entered the series with the reputation as a postseason performer, and further enhanced it by recording three goals and three assists for the series. Dating back to last year, the 35-year-old has six goals and five assists over his last 10 playoff games.
4/24/2017 Braden Holtby, Was, G
Holtby helped the Capitals eliminate Toronto by delivering his best performance of the opening-round series in Game 6. The Vezina Trophy candidate turned aside 37 shots in Washington's 2-1 overtime win.

Analysis: After permitting four goals in Games 2, 3 and 4 - two of which the Caps lost - Holtby righted himself by stopping 61 of 63 chances as Washington won the final two matchups. The valuable netminder yielded two goals or fewer in three of his four regular-season meetings with Pittsburgh, the Capitals' next opponent.
4/24/2017 Marcus Johansson, Was, LW
Johansson scored both Washington goals, the last coming 6:31 into overtime and clinching the Capitals' opening-round series with Toronto in Sunday's Game 6.

Analysis: Johansson set career highs with 24 goals and 58 points during the regular season, though he failed to score in any of the series' first five games. The Swede still finished the round with five points, recording at least one in four of the six matchups.
4/24/2017 Joe Thornton, SJ, C
Thornton, an unrestricted free agent this summer, needs surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee he sustained late in the regular season.

Analysis: Remarkably, the 37-year-old played with the injury in four of the six games of San Jose's opening-round playoff series with Edmonton. It may have been Thornton's final run with the Sharks, and his age and health status figure to weigh heavily on his market value. The six-time All-Star and 1,391-point scorer did show he can still produce when healthy, recording seven goals and 43 assists over 79 games in his 19th NHL season and 12th with San Jose.
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