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Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury accepts waiver of no-move clause

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has agreed to accept the team's request for him to waive his no-move clause for the upcoming expansion draft.

What It Means:

If they so wish, the Las Vegas Golden Knights could make Fleury the franchise's first netminder. That means 23-year-old Matt Murray will be the Penguins' starting goaltender for the foreseeable future.

In 15 playoff appearances, Fleury went 9-6 and accumulated a save percentage of .924 for the NHL-champion Penguins.

Frederick Gaudreau's goal in Game 4 makes history as Predators tie series

Nashville Predators center Frederick Gaudreau's game-winning goal Monday night made history.

What It Means:

Gaudreau is now only the second player in NHL history to score his first three career goals in a Stanley Cup Final. The only other is John Harms in 1944 for the Chicago Blackhawks. After not scoring in Game 2, Gaudreau has scored in Games 3 and 4 and both have been game winners.

Gaudreau has hit three of his four shots on goal this Cup Final and Game 4 he scored in just over nine minutes if ice time.

Filip Forsberg scores as Predators tie Stanley Cup Finals 2-2

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg scored his ninth goal of the postseason to help the Preds defeat the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

What It Means:

Forsgerg's goal came on an empty net late in the third period with the Predators already holding a 3-1 lead. He led Nashville in shots on goal with four on Monday night and now he helps set up a pivotal Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

Forsgerg's goal was his first of the Cup Finals and his first point scored over his last four games. Throughout the playoffs, Forsgerg has nine goals and 16 total points over 20 games.

Roman Josi picks up three points as Predators take Game 3

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi picked up a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

What It Means:

The victory cuts Nashville's series deficit to 2-1, with Game 4 set to take place Monday in Nashville.

Josi became the first defenseman to pick up three points in a Stanley Cup final game since Duncan Keith did it for the Blackhawks on June 4th, 2010. He has totaled 14 points through 19 playoff games after putting up 49 points (12 goals and 37 helpers) in 72 regular-season games.

Predators won't announce Game 3 starter

Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette declined to confirm who the starter will be for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.

What It Means:

The goalies have already been informed of the decision, but Laviolette is staying mum for now. Pekka Rinne was nothing short of spectacular through the first three rounds of the playoffs, but he's fallen off in Games 1 and 2 of the Finals, allowing four goals in each game while making just 28 total saves. 22-year-old Juuse Saros, who has played in only 23 regular season games during his NHL career, is Nashville's alternative option in net.

Rinne is 12-6 this postseason while recording a .929 save percentage (SV%) and 1.98 goals-against average (GAA) with a pair of shutouts. Saros went 10-8-3 in the regular season with a .923 SV%, 2.35 GAA and one shutout.

Penguins may get Justin Schultz and Patric Hornqvist back for Game 7

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz (upper body) and winger Patric Hornqvist (upper body) may both be ready for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

What It Means:

Hornqvist has been out since Game 1 and Schultz has been out since Game 2 of this series, and their returns would give the Penguins a boost for the decisive Game 7 that will determine who takes on the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Schultz has two goals and six assists through 14 games while Hornqvist has notched four goals and goals assists in 13 games in the 2017 playoffs.

Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist (upper body) to miss Game 6 on Tuesday

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist (upper body) will not return to the lineup on Tuesday for Game 6 against the Ottawa Senators.

What It Means:

This is the fifth straight game on the shelf for Hornqvist, and he's day-to-day as he remains in Pittsburgh to rehab his upper body injury.

Hornqvist has four goals and three assists in 13 games this postseason for Pittsburgh.

Penguins will be without Justin Schultz (upper body) for Game 6

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz (upper body) won't suit up for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.

What It Means:

This will be the fourth straight game on the bench for Schultz, though he seemed close to suiting for Game 5 on Sunday, and he looks to be nearing a return to the lineup.

Schultz has two goals and six assists through 14 games in the 2017 postseason.

Ducks won't have Rickard Rakell (lower body) in Game 6

Anaheim Ducks winger Rickard Rakell (lower body) will not play in Game 6 on Monday versus the Nashville Predators.

What It Means:

Rakell was unable to make the trip to Nashville following a surprise scratch in Game 5. The 24-year-old winger led the Ducks with 33 goals during the regular season.

Rakell is third on the Anaheim roster this postseason with seven goals. He also has six assists in 15 playoff games.

Patric Hornqvist (upper body) out again for Pittsburgh in Game 3

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist (upper body) won't play in Game 3 against the Ottawa Senators.

What It Means:

An upper-body injury kept Hornqvist out of action on Monday as well. Head coach Mike Sullivan said Bryan Rust (upper body) and Justin Schultz (upper body) will also miss Game 3. All three players are considered day-to-day.

Hornqvist has four goals and three assists in 13 games this postseason for Pittsburgh.

Ben Bishop signs six-year deal with Stars

The Dallas Stars and goalie Ben Bishop have agreed to a six-year, $29.5 million contract.

What It Means:

Bishop is coming off a down year for his standards, but the Stars are clearly banking on him returning to his form from the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons when he was a Vezina Trophy finalist. The next move will likely be to deal either Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi, who carry a combined cap hit of $10.4 million for the 2017-18 campaign.

Bishop posted a 2.54 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 39 appearances last season for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings. He went 18-15-5 between the two squads.

Dallas acquires Ben Bishop from Kings

The Dallas Stars have acquired the rights to goalie Ben Bishop from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick.

What It Means:

Bishop was second in Vezina Trophy voting in 2015-16 and third in 2013-14 while with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but this past season was a down year for the 30-year-old keeper. The Lightning wound up dealing him to the Los Angeles Kings midseason, where he finished the year with an 18-15-5 record between the two squads. Dallas says contract negotiations will take place within the next few days as the Stars look to lock down their new number one goalie. If a deal isn't reached, Bishop will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Bishop posted a 2.54 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 39 appearances last season for the Lightning and Kings.

Senators expect Erik Karlsson (LBI) to play in Game 5

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (lower body) is expected to play in Game 5, per head coach Guy Boucher.

What It Means:

This doesn't come as much of a surprise after Boucher said Karlsson could have returned on Thursday if needed. He was held out after getting shaken up towards the end of the second period.

Karlsson is leading all Senators players with seven assists this postseason. He's tied for first with eight points.

Sidney Crosby (concussion) practices Friday

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (concussion) appeared to be a full participant in Friday's practice.

What It Means:

Crosby's progress has led some to wonder if he could play in Game 5 on Saturday against the Washington Capitals. The 29-year-old superstar acknowledged that "it's not really up to me," but he hasn't ruled it out. The Penguins lead the Capitals 3-1 in the series.

Crosby is fourth on the Penguins this postseason with four goals and 11 points in eight games.

Bobby Ryan (lower body) says he's fine for Senators ahead of Game 4

Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan (lower body) declared himself ready to play in Game 4 Thursday night against the New York Rangers.

What It Means:

Ryan was limited to just 11:45 minutes of ice time on Tuesday after sustaining an injury in the contest. It sounds like he'll be in for a normal workload tonight in Game 4.

Through nine postseason contests, Ryan is tied for first on the Senators with eight points (four goals, four assists).

Sidney Crosby (concussion) skates on Penguins' off-day Thursday

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby skated during the team's off-day on Thursday.

What It Means:

Crosby was on the ice in full gear, so it's an encouraging sign ahead of Saturday's playoff matchup with the Washington Capitals. The Penguins are currently up 3-1 as the series moves back to the nation's capital for Game 5.

Crosby is fourth on the Penguins this postseason with four goals and 11 points in eight games.

Bobby Ryan suffers lower-body injury in Senators' loss, expected to play Thursday

Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan (lower body) is expected to play Thursday night in Game 4 against the New York Rangers, according to head coach Guy Boucher.

What It Means:

Ryan was limited to 11:45 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-1 loss before having to leave with a lower-body injury. Fortunately, this doesn't sound like much of a concern.

Through nine postseason contests, Ryan is tied for first on the Senators with eight points (four goals, four assists).

Ducks say Patrick Eaves (lower body) is doubtful for Game 4

Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves (lower body) is doubtful for Game 4 on Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers, according to head coach Randy Carlyle.

What It Means:

This isn't surprising after Eaves didn't skate on Tuesday. He sustained the injury on Sunday night.

Eaves has two goals and four points in seven playoff games this year.

Sidney Crosby spending Game 4 on Penguins' sidelines with a concussion

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion and he won't play in Game 4 Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals.

What It Means:

"We will evaluate him from there," said head coach Mike Sullivan. "We're very optimistic and hopeful we'll have him back in a timely fashion," he added. It's good to hear a positive outlook, but Crosby's concussion history provides plenty of cause for concern.

Crosby has four goals and 11 points in eight games this postseason, good for third on the Penguins.

Nashville's Kevin Fiala has fractured femur, done for playoffs

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala suffered a fractured left femur in Game 1 on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Fiala was stretched off the ice after losing his edge and getting checked by Blues defenseman Roberto Bortuzzo. He fell awkwardly into the boards with his left leg taking the brunt of the collision. Fiala has already undergone surgery and will miss the remainder of the playoffs.

Fiala had 11 goals and 16 points in 54 regular season games and two goals in five postseason games.

Capitals' Alex Ovechkin is ready to play in Game 6

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will suit up in Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, according to head coach Barry Trotz.

What It Means:

Ovechkin had to leave Game 5 for few minutes after getting checked by Leafs forward Nazem Kadri. However, he returned to the game and has been cleared by team doctors for Game 6.

Our models project Ovechkin for 0.8 points over 3.2 shots on Sunday against the Leafs.

Capitals counting on Braden Holtby in Game 5 on Friday

The Washington Capitals are starting Braden Holtby in goal on Friday as they face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

What It Means:

Holtby wasn't at his best in Game 4, allowing four goals on 34 shots but still came out with the victory. He owns a .907 save percentage and a 3.02 goals against average in the series, which is tied at two games apiece.

Our models project Holtby for 2.2 goals allowed, 23.1 saves, and a 63.0% chance of earning the win.

Frederik Andersen will be in goal for Toronto in Game 5

The Toronto Maple Leafs are starting Frederik Andersen in goal Friday as they face the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

What It Means:

Andersen got lit up in Game 4, allowing five goals on 27 shots as the Capitals evened up the series 2-2. Through four games, the Toronto netminder owns a .905 save percentage and a 3.05 goals against average in the series.

Our models project Andersen for 2.8 goals allowed, 27.2 saves, and a 36.0% chance of leaving Washington with a win.

Martin Jones manning the crease for San Jose in Game 5

The San Jose Sharks are starting Martin Jones in goal as they face the Edmonton Oiler sin Game 5 of their first-round series.

What It Means:

Jones is coming off a 23-save shutout performance of the Oilers in game 4 on Tuesday. He owns a 2-2 record with a .950 save percentage and a 1.25 goals-against average in the four games he has played this postseason.

numberFire's models project Jones for 2.5 goals allowed, 25.6 saves and a 43.0 percent chance of earning the win.

Columbus looking to Sergei Bobrovsky to keep their season alive

The Columbus Blue Jackets are starting Sergei Bobrovsky in goal in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

What It Means:

Despite a brilliant regular season-- where Bobrovsky led the NHL with a 2.06 goals-against average (GAA) and a .931 save percentage (SV%) -- the Columbus netminder has struggled in the series. He has allowed 15 goals on 138 shots for a 3.61 GAA and .891 SV% against the Pens.

numberFire's models project Bobrovsky for 2.6 goals allowed, 29.4 saves and a 45.0 percent chance of extending the Blue Jackets' season.

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