Playoff races in West and Central tight

There are just a few playoff races occurring within the NHL with Vegas, Colorado and Minnesota house and cooled out within the West, whereas Carolina, Florida and Tampa Bay simply in within the Central.

Within the East the 4 groups have been all however determined as Washington, the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh and Boston are the very best, whereas up north, Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton have strangleholds on a playoff berth whereas Montreal seems to be in a robust place presently.

Trying on the West and Central playoff races, as the opposite two divisions are nearly locks, we see that Arizona is attempting to carry off St. Louis and San Jose whereas within the Central, Dallas, Nashville and Chicago are battling it out.

It ought to make for an attention-grabbing final 4 weeks of the season.

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WEEK OF APRIL 26-MAY 2

4 Video games Anaheim, Arizona, Carolina, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver

3 Video games – Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vegas, Washington, Winnipeg

2 Video games – Columbus

Florida and Vancouver play 4 video games on the street.

Buffalo, Carolina and Tampa Bay play three video games on the street.

Chicago, Montreal, Nashville, Washington and Winnipeg play three video games at house.

Any crossed off video games have been postponed as a result of coronavirus and are anticipated to be replayed at a later date.

INJURIES

Mikko Rantanen is on the COVID protocol listing after being a detailed contact with somebody who examined optimistic. (Click on right here to see the remainder of the damage listing.)

ANAHEIM

Video games this week

@ Los Angeles, @ Los Angeles, vs. Los Angeles, vs. Los Angeles

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Geese play 4 video games this week, all in opposition to their cross-town rival Los Angeles Kings, together with three video games in 4 nights…Search for John Gibson to play at the very least two video games with Anthony Stolarz enjoying the rest of the video games…Trevor Zegras was returned to the minors to get in enjoying time as a middle after he performed the wing in Anaheim and it has paid off as he has 5 targets and 9 factors in seven video games…He will likely be a star within the NHL and a participant the Geese can construct round…Anaheim despatched Sam Carrick to the minors in a shocking transfer as he had a purpose and 4 factors in 5 video games for the offensively challenged Geese…Max Comtois leads the Geese with 13 targets and 28 factors.

ARIZONA

Video games this week

@ San Jose, @ San Jose, vs. Vegas, vs. Vegas

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Coyotes play three video games in 4 nights as a part of their four-game week…Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta ought to share the online…Conor Garland is week-to-week after struggling a lower-body damage in observe Tuesday and that received’t assist the Coyotes playoff drive as he’s tied for second in factors with 32…Arizona is reeling, having misplaced seven of their final eight video games…Heading into motion on Monday, the Coyotes have solely eight video games remaining however six are in opposition to San Jose and Los Angeles who should not in a playoff spot…Jakob Chychrun has taken a giant leap this season and with 13 targets and 32 factors in 47 video games, is likely one of the high offensive threats from the blueline.

BOSTON

Video games this week

@ Pittsburgh, vs. Buffalo, vs. Buffalo

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has been so impressed with the play of rookie goaltender Jeremy Swayman, that he has determined that he and Tuukka Rask will share the online, sending veteran Jaroslav Halak to the position of third-string goaltender…Swayman is 5-1-0 with a 1.65 GAA and a .943 save share and is deserving of beginning…David Pastrnak is on a five-game factors streak and has 18 targets and 41 factors in 38 video games…There may be nonetheless is not any timetable for the return of the injured Ondrej Kase, who has been out since Recreation 2 on January 16th with an upper-body damage…It should be such a unique expertise for each Taylor Corridor and Curtis Lazar who’ve but to lose in any of the six video games performed since they came to visit from lowly Buffalo on April 12…Corridor has two targets and 4 factors within the six video games whereas Lazar has a purpose and an help.

Editor’s Notice: The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins face off Sunday on NBC beginning at 3:00 pm ET. Livestream all of the motion right here.

BUFFALO

Video games this week

@ New York Rangers, @ Boston, @ Boston

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Sabres should be enthusiastic about rookie Arttu Ruotsalainen who has three targets in his first eight video games…Rookie Jack Quinn, the Sabres first choose and eighth total in 2020, had profitable surgical procedure to restore a hernia and can miss the rest of the season as he’ll want six weeks to get better…Linus Ullmark is week-to-week with a lower-body damage, leaving the goaltending duties to Dustin Tokarski and Finnish netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen…The Sabres have performed a lot better below interim head coach Don Granato than former coach Ralph Krueger as they’re 6-10-3 with Granato after going 6-18-4 with Krueger…Don’t overlook, in addition they had the companies of the injured Jack Eichel when Krueger was behind the bench for 21of his 28 video games.

CALGARY

Video games this week

vs. Montreal, @ Edmonton, @ Edmonton

Drained: None

Rested: @ Edmonton (Thursday)

Notes

The Flames haven’t any actual likelihood on the playoffs as they’re 4-10-0 of their final 14 video games…Matthew Tkachuk has picked an inopportune time to droop as he has solely two assists in his final seven video games…Mikael Backlund has been sizzling of late with factors in 9 of his final 11 video games…Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with 15 targets this season however after a sizzling begin the place he had 11 factors in his first 9 video games, he has solely 22 factors in his final 36 contests…He has been scoring of late with six factors in his final 5 video games…Till the Flames are lastly eradicated, search for Jacob Markstrom to play the remainder of the best way.

CAROLINA

Video games this week

@ Dallas, @ Dallas, vs. Detroit, @ Columbus

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Hurricanes play three video games in 4 nights as a part of their four-game week so count on to see Petr Mrazek share the online with Alex Nedeljkovic as James Reimer appears to be the odd-man out…Nedeljkovic has been excellent since his recall as he has received 4 in a row and is 12-4-2 with a 1.87 GAA and a .933 save share…Mrazek is 5-1-2 with a 1.68 GAA and a .939 because the Hurricanes netminding seems awfully good heading into the playoffs…The Hurricanes ought to get Teuvo Teravainen again quickly as he has solely performed as soon as since February 19 as he has been dealing with a concussion…The excellent news is that he has been skating…Sebastian Aho has 20 targets and 23 assists in 46 video games to guide the Canes…Andrei Svechnikov was anticipated to star this season however has taken a little bit of a step again as he has 13 targets and 32 factors in 46 contests.

CHICAGO

Video games this week

vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Florida, vs. Florida

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blackhawks misplaced Calvin de Haan to a hip damage on Wednesday…Chicago obtained defenseman Adam Boqvist again on Wednesday as he had been out of motion with a concussion for the earlier three video games…Patrick Kane continues to be the Blackhawks high participant (and nonetheless a top-five ahead within the NHL) as he has 15 targets and 58 factors in 47 video games…Alex DeBrincat has had a terrific comeback season with 23 targets and 21 assists in 43 video games after scoring solely 18 targets and choosing up 45 factors in 70 video games final season…Pius Suter has had a pleasant rookie season with 13 targets and 23 factors…It’s unusual that there was no information concerning the well being of Jonathan Toews who has been unable to play this season because of a medical situation…We hope he’s okay.

COLORADO

Video games this week

@ St. Louis, @ Vegas, vs. San Jose, vs. San Jose

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Avalanche play 4 video games this week together with three video games in 4 nights…Philipp Grubauer remains to be in COVID protocol and is questionable at greatest to play this week, leaving the goaltending within the arms of Devan Dubnyk and Jonas Johansson…Count on Dubnyk to play 3 times with Johansson enjoying as soon as because the Avs performed on Thursday for the primary time in eight days…Mikko Rantanen can also be on the COVID protocol listing and missed Thursday’s recreation…He has 26 targets and 52 factors, second greatest in factors on Colorado to Nathan MacKinnon…Andre Burakovsky is having a tremendous season with 14 targets and 29 factors in 41 video games and changed Rantanen on the highest line with MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog Thursday…Cale Makar continues to shine on the blueline with 4 targets and 32 factors in 32 video games.

COLUMBUS

Video games this week

vs. Detroit, vs. Carolina

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blue Jackets need to see the place they may choose within the lottery as they’re at the moment within the Central basement, as Detroit handed them this week…They’ve misplaced eight in a row and are 1-10-1 of their final 12 video games…It should be killing coach John Tortorella who must be trying in all places for another person to bench…His newest participant to really feel his wrath is Max Domi, who was a wholesome scratch two video games in a row this week earlier than returning to motion on Thursday…Tortorella wasn’t too joyful (is he ever?) when Domi had two misconducts in three video games and took some questionable penalties…Oliver Bjorkstrand continues to guide the Blue Jackets in targets and assists with 15 and 21 respectively…Patrik Laine has 10 targets and 18 factors in 39 video games since his commerce from Winnipeg.

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DALLAS

Video games this week

vs. Carolina, vs. Carolina, @ Tampa Bay, @ Nashville

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Stars play 4 video games this week with three video games occurring in 4 nights…Jake Oettinger and Anton Khudobin ought to share the online…What a distinction a yr makes!…Joe Pavelski in his first season with Dallas, had solely 14 targets and 31 factors in 67 video games however has turned issues round with 20 targets and 43 factors in 46 video games. Pavelski has been sizzling of late with scoring targets in 5 of his final six video games…The Stars took a nasty beat on Thursday in shedding 7-3 to Detroit…Roope Hintz has been dealing with a lower-body damage the final two months that has saved him off the ice for practices and a few video games however he has gritted out most video games and is having the very best season of his profession with 38 factors in 33 video games…John Klingberg has a purpose and 7 factors in his final seven video games.

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DETROIT

Video games this week

@ Columbus, @ Carolina, vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Tampa Bay

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Purple Wings play 4 video games this week, together with three video games in 4 nights…Jonathan Bernier and Thomas Greiss ought to share the online…Greiss is 4-0-2 in his final six begins after beginning the season with a 2-15-5 mark…Detroit lastly climbed out of the basement within the Central with a 7-3 win over Dallas Thursday…Jakub Vrana was on hearth in opposition to the Stars as he scored 4 targets within the win, giving him 5 targets and 6 factors in his 4 video games since coming over from Washington…Tyler Bertuzzi (higher physique) will miss the remainder of the season, the Purple Wings introduced. He was injured on January 30 and was unable to play after that. Detroit actually missed him as he began the season with 5 targets and 7 factors in 9 video games. He ought to be okay for the beginning of coaching camp subsequent season.

EDMONTON

Video games this week

@ Winnipeg, @ Winnipeg, vs. Calgary, vs. Calgary

Drained: vs. Calgary (Thursday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Oilers play three video games in 4 nights as a part of their four-game week…Mike Smith ought to get the decision in three video games with Mikko Koskinen enjoying as soon as…Connor McDavid is having a tremendous season with 25 targets and 77 factors in solely 45 video games…It’s a disgrace that the NHL is enjoying solely 56 video games this season as it could have been fairly thrilling to see if McDavid had a shot at 150 factors in a full marketing campaign…He wants 23 factors in his closing 11 video games to hit 100 factors but when anybody can do it, it’s McDavid…Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned from an upper-body damage that saved him off the ice for 4 video games Wednesday and popped his 13th purpose of the season…Jesse Puljujarvi has been enjoying nicely this season and has targets in three straight video games to provide him 11…Zack Kassian left Wednesday’s recreation with a lower-body damage after taking a success from Shea Weber.

FLORIDA

Video games this week

@ Nashville, @ Nashville, @ Chicago, @ Chicago

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Panthers are house for all 4 video games this week together with three video games in 4 nights…Search for Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight to share the online as Chris Driedger is day-to-day with a lower-body damage…Knight made his NHL debut on Wednesday and gave up solely purpose on 34 pictures in opposition to the Blue Jackets…Carter Verhaeghe (higher physique) just isn’t returning anytime quickly so Nikita Gusev has taken his spot on the highest line with Aleksander Barkov and Patric Hornqvist…Sam Bennett has been excellent since his commerce from Calgary and has three targets and 5 factors in 4 video games after being shut down on Thursday by Carolina…Jonathan Huberdeau continues to guide the Panthers with 50 factors, two up on Barkov…Frank Vatrano is having a tremendous season with 17 targets whereas MacKenzie Weegar leads the blueline in factors with 25, two up on Keith Yandle and three forward of the injured Aaron Ekblad who has missed the final 13 video games and is out the remainder of the season with a damaged leg.

LOS ANGELES

Video games this week

vs. Anaheim, vs. Anaheim, @ Anaheim, @ Anaheim

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Kings play three video games this week in 4 nights as a part of their 4 video games in opposition to Anaheim…Cal Petersen and Jonathan Fast ought to share the online…Petersen snapped a four-game shedding streak Tuesday with a 4-1 win over Anaheim…He’s 8-11-4 with a 2.67 GAA and a .920 save share and is the Kings goalie of the longer term…Trevor Moore is offering the Kings with some offense as he has two targets and 4 factors in his final six video games…He’s additionally one of many few Kings who just isn’t a minus participant as he’s even by way of 43 video games, scoring seven instances and including 11 assists…Matt Roy returned to motion on Tuesday for the primary time since April 2 as he was in COVID protocol.

MINNESOTA

Video games this week

vs. St. Louis, vs. St. Louis, @ St. Louis

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Wild play three video games in 4 nights…Cam Talbot has taken over because the starter and may play twice with Kaapo Kahkonen getting one begin…The Wild are sitting comfortably in third place within the West and it seems that is the place they may end as Minnesota trails Colorado by 5 factors with the Avs holding a recreation in hand; and are 16 factors up on St. Louis who’re in fourth…Ryan Hartman has reportedly agreed to a three-year extension…Mats Zuccarello is sizzling once more with 4 targets and 6 factors in his final 5 video games together with three targets on the ability play…Kirill Kaprizov scored his 19th purpose of the season and set a Minnesota Wild rookie document for targets, surpassing Marian Gaborik’s 18 set within the 2000-01 season.

MONTREAL

Video games this week

@ Calgary, vs. Toronto, vs. Winnipeg, vs. Ottawa

Drained: vs. Ottawa (Saturday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Canadiens play 4 video games this week together with three contests in 4 nights…Carey Worth (concussion) is unlikely to return so search for Jake Allen to play three video games with Charlie Lindgren choosing up one begin…Josh Anderson scored twice Wednesday and has 16 targets. He’s enjoying so nicely and making the low season deal for Max Domi seem like a steal for the Canadiens…Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal like he has a lot of the season, in targets with 22…Jon Merrill performed his first recreation on the Habs blueline Wednesday after finishing quarantining and Erik Gustafsson is subsequent as he completed his quarantining Wednesday…Jonathan Drouin has not discovered the again of the online in his final 25 video games and has solely two in 44 video games this season.

NASHVILLE

Video games this week

vs. Florida, vs. Florida, vs. Dallas

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Predators are combating for the fourth and closing playoff spot within the Central and are up two factors on Dallas with the Stars holding two video games in hand…That makes Saturday’s contest at house in opposition to Dallas so essential…Eeli Tolvanen returned to motion Wednesday, forcing Rocco Grimaldi to the press field…Juuse Saros has been terrific in purpose for Nashville this season as he’s 16-9-1 with a 2.32 GAA and a .925 save share this season, regardless of giving up 5 targets on 30 pictures in a 5-4 additional time loss to Chicago Wednesday…The large information of the week may very well be the return of Filip Forsberg (higher physique) as he’s hoping to play after being out since March 25…The Predators may actually use their greatest ahead again within the lineup.

NEW JERSEY

Video games this week

vs. Philadelphia, vs. Philadelphia, @ Philadelphia

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Devils are floundering in seventh place within the robust East Division and are being pursued by the Buffalo Sabres who at the moment are solely three factors in arrears of New Jersey…The Devils have misplaced eight in a row and are 2-12-2 of their final 16 video games…Mackenzie Blackwood has missed a few video games with an upper-body damage however ought to be okay this week…Within the meantime, Aaron Dell and Scott Wedgewood are sharing the online…Pavel Zacha returned to motion Thursday after lacking 5 video games with a lower-body damage…He’s tied for the workforce lead in factors with Jesper Bratt at 25…Yegor Sharangovich has been a pleasing shock this season with 11 targets and 22 factors in 44 video games…Ty Smith, their high rookie on the blueline, has missed the final two video games with an upper-body damage…The Devils hope he’s out there this week.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Video games this week

@ Washington, @ New York Rangers, vs. New York Rangers

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Islanders are in an enormous battle for the highest spot within the East as they’re tied for second with Pittsburgh, only one level behind Washington, who beat them 1-0 Thursday in a shootout…Anthony Beauvillier lastly had a giant recreation Tuesday with a purpose and three assists however has solely 19 factors in 38 video games to this point…New York continues to get excellent goalkeeping from Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin as Varlamov is 17-9-4 with a 2.12 GAA and a .926 GAA whereas Sorokin is 12-4-1/2.02/.922…Mathew Barzal has 38 factors in 47 video games to guide the Islanders as they depend on their excellent netminding and protection to win video games…Leo Komarov has moved to the highest line with Barzal and Jordan Eberle whereas Michael Dal Colle is seeing second line responsibility with Brock Nelson and Kyle Palmieri.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Video games this week

vs. Buffalo, vs. New York Islanders, @ New York Islanders

Drained: None

Rested: None
Notes

New York will possible end fifth within the East as they’re eight factors behind the fourth place Bruins with Boston holding two video games in hand…The Rangers have had Igor Shesterkin set up himself as an NHL goaltender…He’s 13-11-3 with a 2.45 GAA and a .920 save share and has taken maintain of the highest job with the Rangers…Artemi Panarin continues to amaze as he has 53 factors in solely 36 video games, good for a tie for 10th in NHL scoring regardless of enjoying much less video games than anybody else…The Rangers determined to see what rookie Alexis Lafreniere may do on the highest line with Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich Thursday and he was a minus-one in 13:31 of motion…Chris Kreider moved down the lineup at performed with children Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko.

OTTAWA

Video games this week

vs. Vancouver, vs. Vancouver, @ Montreal

Drained: None

Rested: @ Montreal (Saturday)

Notes

The Senators stay the one workforce within the NHL who haven’t been shut out this season and have been greater than aggressive of late, successful their final three and 4 out of 5…Matt Murray made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season Thursday and improved his document to 10-13-1…I’ve appreciated the play of Drake Batherson this season and the 22-year-old middle had a purpose and help Thursday to provide him 16 targets and 30 factors with 5 factors in his final three contests…Josh Norris has been superb this season and deserves consideration for the Calder as not solely does he have 13 targets and 30 factors as he’s on a six-game scoring streak, however he additionally performs in opposition to all the highest strains within the high-scoring North Division, together with going through Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Mark Scheifele…Tim Stultze scored Thursday for his second purpose in 19 video games.

PHILADELPHIA

Video games this week

@ New Jersey, @ New Jersey, vs. New Jersey

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Flyers have been regarded as a Stanley Cup contender this season after a stable 2019-20 season however the wheels fell off earlier this season and they’re at the moment sitting in sixth within the East, 11 factors behind the Bruins in fourth with simply 10 video games left within the schedule…They relied on goaltender Carter Hart to provide them top-10 and even top-five goaltending however Hart turned stone-cold this season, turning into a backside ranked goaltender and the Flyers adopted go well with, falling aside…He has improved of late, giving the Flyers some hope for subsequent season however is at the moment out with a gentle knee sprain…Wade Allison scored his first profession NHL purpose Saturday and it was an influence play effort…James van Riemsdyk leads the Flyers with 16 targets and 37 factors in 46 video games.

PITTSBURGH

Video games this week

vs. Boston, @ Washington, @ Washington

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Penguins have positioned Jeff Carter on the second line with Jared McCann and Jason Zucker and the trio have performed nicely collectively…This bodes nicely for the return of Evgeni Malkin to the lineup because the gifted middle may give the Penguins a top-nine that will likely be greater than troublesome to the remainder of the league…Sidney Crosby is ninth within the NHL in scoring with 54 factors and Jake Guentzel leads the workforce with 20 targets, yet another than linemates Crosby and Bryan Rust…Pittsburgh is getting more healthy as Kasperi Kapanen returned to motion Thursday after lacking 13 video games with a lower-body damage and Malkin is due again shortly…As nicely, Brandon Tanev skated on his personal Wednesday for the primary time since he suffered an upper-body damage April 3.

SAN JOSE

Video games this week

vs. Arizona, vs. Arizona, @ Colorado, @ Colorado

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Sharks play 4 video games this week together with three video games in 4 nights…Martin Jones ought to get three begins with Josef Korenar getting the opposite recreation…Korenar has but to win in two stars as he has additionally taken over in reduction twice for Jones…The Sharks have misplaced seven video games in a row, choosing up just one level in a shootout loss Monday and sit in sixth place within the West, 4 factors out of a playoff spot with solely 10 video games left within the season…Evander Kane leads the Sharks in most offensive classes together with targets (17), factors (36) and pictures on purpose with 150…Timo Meier has been a disappointment once more this season with solely 9 targets to this point, after scoring 30 simply two seasons in the past.

ST. LOUIS

Video games this week

vs. Colorado, @ Minnesota, @ Minnesota, vs. Minnesota

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blues play 3 times in 4 nights as a part of their four-game week…Jordan Binnington ought to get three begins with Ville Husso choosing up one…The Blues are in fifth within the West, only one level behind Arizona with three video games in hand…Torey Krug has been a serious disappointment this season with just one purpose in 44 video games (22 assists) after signing a seven-year deal price $6.5 million per season…Vladimir Tarasenko has not had a simple time of it since getting back from low season shoulder surgical procedure as he stated it was taking longer than anticipated to get his timing again…He has three targets and 12 factors in 20 video games and is enjoying alongside Jaden Schwartz and Tyler Bozak.

TAMPA BAY

Video games this week

@ Chicago, vs. Dallas, @ Detroit, @ Detroit

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Lightning play 4 video games this week together with three video games in 4 nights…Andrei Vasilevskiy ought to begin three video games with Curtis McElhinney enjoying as soon as…The Lightning are sitting third behind Carolina and Florida with 9 video games left on their schedule…Victor Hedman leads the workforce with 42 factors, three higher than Brayden Level and the shocking Ondrej Palat…Hedman has been a stud quarterbacking the Tampa Bay energy play as he has a purpose and 22 assists with the man-advantage…Don’t be shocked of Seattle native Tyler Johnson winds up with the Kraken subsequent season…David Savard made his Tampa Bay debut Thursday and was a plus-one in 21:25 of motion, enjoying with Ryan McDonagh…The damage suffered by Steven Stamkos just isn’t associated to his core muscle damage of final season.

TORONTO

Video games this week

@ Montreal, vs. Vancouver, vs. Montreal

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Maple Leafs play three video games in 4 nights this week…Their goaltending has been mediocre of late as followers at the moment are clamoring for the return of the injured Frederik Andersen…It’s possible that Jack Campbell will get two begins with newcomer David Rittich enjoying as soon as…Auston Matthews leads the NHL with 34 targets in 43 video games and appears to be the primary Maple Leafs ever to win the Rocket Richard Trophy…He’s additionally tied with Mitch Marner and Patrick Kane for third within the NHL factors race with 58, regardless of enjoying 4 video games lower than both participant…The Maple Leafs misplaced Zach Hyman for a few weeks after he suffered a knee-on-knee hit, courtesy of Alexander Edler who picked up a two-game suspension for his misdeed…The Leafs lastly obtained Nick Foligno within the lineup after he was compelled to quarantine after his commerce from Columbus…Toronto will likely be onerous to play in opposition to within the playoffs with grinders like Hyman, Foligno and Wayne Simmonds…All of them can also rating.

VANCOUVER

Video games this week

@ Ottawa, @ Ottawa, @ Toronto, @ Toronto

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Canucks play 4 video games this week together with three contests in 4 nights…Thatcher Demko and Braden Holtby ought to share the online…It was superb to see the Canucks win a pair of video games in opposition to front-running Toronto after their return to motion on April 18…Vancouver had not performed since March 24 as COVID ravaged the workforce…They got here again right down to Earth Thursday as Ottawa shut them out 3-0…Brock Boeser leads the Canucks with 36 factors and his 16 targets are tied with Bo Horvat…The Canucks nonetheless have 16 video games left to play within the closing 26 days of the season…Antoine Roussel is out for a few weeks with a lower-body damage suffered Tuesday in opposition to Toronto…Demko was completely excellent in successful each video games in opposition to the Maple Leafs.

VEGAS

Video games this week

vs. Colorado, @Arizona, @ Arizona

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Golden Knights play three video games in 4 nights…Since they’ve been splitting the online of late, search for Marc-Andre Fleury to get a pair of begins with Robin Lehner enjoying as soon as…Mark Stone is on a six-game factors streak and has 18 targets and 53 factors, tied for 10th greatest within the NHL…He received’t win it however the excellent two-way winger deserves loads of Hart Trophy consideration as he’s the Golden Knights greatest participant up entrance by quite a bit…He ought to get loads of consideration for the Selke in addition to his expertise defensively are top-notch…Reilly Smith has missed the final two video games with an undisclosed damage…Max Pacioretty has 22 targets and 46 factors this season in 44 video games, his greatest point-per-game season of his profession to date.

WASHINGTON

Video games this week

vs. New York Islanders, vs. Pittsburgh, vs. Pittsburgh

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Capitals moved into sole possession of first place Thursday with a 1-0 shootout win over the Islanders…Ilya Samsonov was nice in stopping all 26 pictures in regulation and within the additional time whereas giving up just one purpose within the shootout and is 12-3-1 this season…Michael Raffl made his Capitals’ debut Thursday, alongside Conor Sheary and Lars Eller…Justin Schultz is day-to-day with a lower-body damage…Anthony Mantha lastly noticed his career-best five-game purpose scoring streak come to an finish Thursday however nonetheless has 15 targets and 26 factors in 47 video games cut up between the Caps and Detroit…Alex Ovechkin has not discovered the again of the online in his final two video games after scoring 17 targets in his earlier 22 contests.

WINNIPEG

Video games this week

vs. Edmonton, vs. Edmonton, @ Montreal

Drained: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Jets are six in arrears of Toronto for first place after their 5-3 house ice loss to the Maple Leafs Thursday…Adam Lowry left Thursday’s recreation with an upper-body damage after taking a excessive hit from Alex Galchenyuk and didn’t return…Mark Scheifele had a purpose and an help to provide him 54 factors in 46 contests…Kyle Connor leads the workforce with 22 targets…Blake Wheeler returned to motion on Thursday after lacking six video games with a concussion…Paul Maurice moved Pierre-Luc Dubois again to middle with Paul Stastny and Nikolaj Ehlers on his wing after he had been enjoying on the fitting wing in Wheeler’s spot on the primary line…Neal Pionk has 29 factors to guide all Winnipeg blueliners…The Jets have had solely 9 targets from their blueliners this season.

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