Fantasy Hockey Pickups: Last call for Martin Necas off the waiver wire
Beyond his sizable ice time, Necas is set up to maintain his hot run and continue to succeed within the top six and as a new member of the Canes' top power play. Injuries have recently hindered Smith, though he's not having any problems racking up the fantasy points with a goal, four assists and 27 shots. Seattle's scoring average and power play have both significantly improved from last season, leaving Dunn and others with increased fantasy opportunities. We'll see what happens when Jiricek debuts tonight, but don't be surprised if he logs time on the power play and gets on the scoresheet. Valimaki was immediately inserted on the second power play and has continued there at 3:18 per outing, registering a pair of assists.wftv.com
Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay top Carolina 2-1 for 2-0 series lead
Lightning Hurricanes Hockey Carolina Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin (74) checks Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn (17) off the puck during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) (Karl B DeBlaker)RALEIGH, N.C. — (AP) — Alex Killorn and Anthony Cirelli scored while Andrei Vasilevskiy was strong in net once again, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series. Killorn got the Lightning on the board 7:09 into the second period when he whipped a straightaway shot past Alex Nedeljkovic. The Lightning didn't generate much offense otherwise. Tampa Bay was without defenseman David Savard for a second straight game due to an upper-body injury.wftv.com
Staal, Niederreiter lift Hurricanes past Predators 5-2
Jordan Staal scored twice and Nino Niederreiter beat Juuse Saros for the go-ahead goal early in the third period, helping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators in the first game of the teams' first-round playoff series.
Necas lifts returning Hurricanes past Lightning 1-0 in OT
Carolina Hurricanes' Martin Necas (88) shoots the puck past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) for an overtime goal in an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)RALEIGH, N.C. – Rod Brind’Amour got the tough and determined performance he wanted from his Carolina Hurricanes as they returned from a pause due to COVID-19 concerns. Martin Necas beat Andrei Vasilevskiy at 1:12 of overtime and Petr Mrazek had 32 saves to help the Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 on Thursday night after having four straight games postponed. “That was a goaltending duel tonight,” Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point said. Tampa Bay goaltender Curtis McElhinney remained the only Lightning player on Thursday's list.