NHL Player News
Kraken's John Hayden: Lands on waivers
Hayden (lower body) was placed on waivers Monday, per CapFriendly.
Hayden underwent surgery March 20 to address a lower-body issue and was expected to make a full recovery in about 12 weeks. It appears as though he is a bit ahead of that timeline, which could make him an option to play for AHL Coachella Valley in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Hayden notched 17 goals and 33 points in 47 minor-league games with the Firebirds during the 2022-23 regular season.
Stars' Evgenii Dadonov: Won't play Monday
Dadonov (lower body) won't play Monday in Game 6 against Vegas, Brian Rea of Bally Sports Southwest reports.
Dadonov will sit out his third straight contest. He has produced four goals, 10 points, 29 shots on net and 18 hits in 16 games this postseason. Dallas hasn't determined yet who Jamie Benn (suspension) will replace in the lineup for Monday's must-win matchup.
Stars' Jamie Benn: Finishes serving suspension
Benn is eligible to play in Game 6 against the Golden Knights on Monday after completing his two-game suspension for cross-checking Vegas' Mark Stone on Tuesday.
Dallas won two consecutive contests without Benn in the lineup. He has racked up eight assists, 11 points, 36 shots on net, 30 hits and 51 PIM in 16 games this postseason. Benn's return could make Fredrik Olofsson a healthy scratch for Monday's must-win matchup.
Panthers' Eetu Luostarinen: Good to go
Luostarinen (undisclosed) will be available for the next round of the playoffs, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Luostarinen didn't play in the third period of Wednesday's series-clinching win against Carolina in Game 4 following a shot block. He has accounted for five points, 14 shots on goal and 37 hits over 16 contests this postseason.
Golden Knights' Shea Theodore: Logs assist
Theodore notched an assist and blocked five shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Stars in Game 5.
Theodore has four helpers over his last eight games, but he's still searching for his first goal this postseason. The 27-year-old defenseman is up to seven assists, 28 shots on net, 25 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating through 15 contests. He continues to work in a top-four role.
Golden Knights' Jack Eichel: Slides helper Saturday
Eichel managed an assist, three shots on goal and two blocked shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Stars in Game 5.
Eichel set up Ivan Barbashev on the Golden Knights' opening tally. This was Eichel's fourth straight game with an assist, though he's now gone six contests without a goal. The center is still leading by example in a top-line role, and he's up to 18 points, 56 shots, 21 blocked shots, 18 hits and a plus-9 rating through 16 playoff appearances.
Golden Knights' Jonathan Marchessault: Picks up two helpers
Marchessault registered two assists, three shots on goal and two hits in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Stars in Game 5.
Marchessault had the secondary assist on both of Vegas' tallies. The 32-year-old winger has gotten on the scoresheet in seven of the last nine contests, picking up the pace after a quiet start to the postseason. Overall, he has eight goals, seven helpers, 60 shots on net, 43 hits and a plus-12 rating in 16 appearances. He's done his best work on the top line with Jack Eichel and Ivan Barbashev.
Golden Knights' Chandler Stephenson: Pots goal in loss
Stephenson scored a goal on three shots and added two hits in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Stars in Game 5.
Stephenson put the Golden Knights ahead 2-1 early in the second period, but that was the extent of their offense for the game. He's picked up two goals and two helpers over five games versus the Stars in the Western Conference Finals. Stephenson is up to 14 points, 23 shots, 22 hits, 18 PIM and a plus-1 rating through 16 playoff contests overall.
Golden Knights' Ivan Barbashev: Opens scoring Saturday
Barbashev scored a goal in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Stars in Game 5.
Barbashev was strong on a rush to the net, burying the opening tally at 13:36 of the first period. The 27-year-old has two goals and three helpers in this round, running up his total for the postseason to 14 points in 16 appearances. The veteran forward has added 47 hits, 23 shots on net and a plus-11 rating.
Golden Knights' Adin Hill: Big saves not enough
Hill stopped 30 of 34 shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Stars in Game 5.
Hill made some remarkable stops in the contest, but the Stars' energy outpaced that of the Golden Knights. Hill's started to fade a bit, allowing seven goals on 76 shots over the last two contests, both losses. At this point, it seems like the Golden Knights are willing to roll with the 27-year-old, though a poor start in Game 6 on Monday could lead to the possibility Jonathan Quick starting between the pipes before the end of the series.