Monday’s Dump and Chase: April Hockey

The calendar has turned to April. Let’s play hockey in May and June, too.

Happy April, folks!

Milwaukee Admirals News and Notes

Admirals Top Wolves for Fourth Straight | Milwaukee Admirals
Austin Watson and Eeli Tolvanen each scored two as the Ads won their fourth straight in a 4-2 victory over Chicago on Saturday.

Note: the Admirals played Grand Rapids on Sunday and secured their fifth straight win. They’re tied for fourth in the Central and are gunning for a playoff spot. Look for in-depth Admirals coverage in this week’s Milwaukee Musings.

Around the League

Aboriginal pioneer Brady Keeper makes emotional NHL debut for Panthers |
If you missed this out of Florida this week, here's a neat story about a player from the Cree Nation skating in his first NHL contest.

Brind'Amour helps servicewoman surprise dad with return from deployment |
Here's another incredible story for your Monday morning.

Canucks failed to reach playoffs despite impressive rookie Pettersson |
I look forward to Vancouver over the next few years with Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes in the lineup. For now, they'll have to work on their golf game.

Canadiens sign forward Ryan Poehling to three-year, entry-level deal |
Montreal locked down their 2017 draft pick down yesterday.

Jets stumbling into playoffs as Central Division lead disappears |
Winnipeg can feel good because Nashville is also wobbling into the playoffs. A situation in which St. Louis wins the Central is entirely possible.

[Ed.: We’ll have more on that later this morning.]

Lightning will not rest players, or take their foot off the gas, in the last week of the season | TheHockeyNews
The Lightning are going hard into the playoffs. Will their players be too tired? We can only hope.

How much longer will Alex Ovechkin continue to spoil us with 50-goal seasons? | TheHockeyNews
Alex Ovechkin is on top of the "Fun NHLers to Watch Whenever Possible" list. He's still in incredible shape and obviously isn't slowing down after partying with the Cup all summer.

The ultimate assist: How Pittsburgh Penguins fans connected for a life-saving kidney donation thanks to social media | ESPN
Here's a good story out of Pittsburgh.

Should NHL playoff teams pick their opponents? | ESPN
The playoff format sort of sucks. Here's an idea that might make more sense than not.

Three-year, entry-level contract for goaltender Cayden Primeau |
The Canadiens locked up standout Team USA goaltender Cayden Primeau on Sunday.

CWHL announces it will discontinue operations in May |
This is really disappointing. The future of women’s hockey in North America is up in the air. The NWHL announced on Sunday afternoon that they would work to find homes within its organization for the players of the folding CWHL.

Have a great week, folks!