On the remaining conference finals schedules …
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals – 2-0 series lead for the Capitals
Tuesday, May 15, 8 p.m.: Lightning @ Capitals
Thursday, May 17, 8 p.m.: Lightning @ Capitals
*Saturday, May 19, 7:15 p.m.: Capitals @ Lightning
*Monday, May 21, 8 p.m.: Lightning @ Capitals
*Wednesday, May 23, 8 p.m.: Capitals @ Lightning
Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights – 1-0 series lead for the Jets
Monday, May 14, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Jets
Wednesday, May 16, 9 p.m.: Jets @ Golden Knights
Friday, May 18, 8 p.m.: Jets @ Golden Knights
*Sunday, May 20, 3 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Jets
*Tuesday, May 22, 9 p.m.: Jets @ Golden Knights
*Thursday, May 24, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Jets
* if necessary
On the Nashville Predators …
Thomas Willis: On Pekka Rinne: “My age is just a number, I still feel great. I still have the passion… but I also think Juuse is deserving of more. And I can’t see into the future, but one of these days I will step aside and the will be his.”
Brooks Bratten of NHL.com: Forward Mike Fisher is retiring again.
“You don’t want be cleaning out your locker in May, there’s no question,” Fisher said. “But I had a great three months, I enjoyed every minute of it. I enjoyed coming to work with these guys and it was a great group of people, from the players to the whole organization and staff. I’m glad I came back. It was awesome and obviously disappointing, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I know this team will learn and grow and be better and there’s a lot to look forward to.”
Fisher didn’t rule out the possibility of taking a front office job for Predators at some point, but that may not be for awhile.
On the Tampa Bay Lightning …
Joe Smith: Not that they should make a switch, but coach Jon Cooper said that there is no thoughts on making a goalie change for Game 3: “(Vasilevskiy) is our guy.”
On the Vancouver Canucks …
Rick Dhaliwal: Canucks prospect Elias Pettersson suffered a thumb injury and his World Championships are now over. The Canucks might sign him to an entry-level contract now.
On the Washington Capitals …
Erik Erlendsson: Saw Nicklas Backstrom walking around the arena with two fingers looking like they were splinted and his hand was still wrapped. He did skate again yesterday.