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Patrick Marleau, C, SJSHot4/23/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: San Jose center Patrick Marleau scored again Tuesday in a victory over Los Angeles.
Insight: He poked home the game-winner six minutes into the first overtime period. San Jose has outscored L.A. 17-8 for the series. Marleau and the Sharks can close out the Kings Thursday in Game 4.
Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM4/23/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in Tuesday's season-ending loss to Montreal.
Insight: Tampa Bay was eliminated after just four games. Palat had a tremendous rookie season, generating 23 goals and 36 assists in 81 regular season contests. He'll be a top pick in next year's fantasy draft.
Martin St. Louis, RW, NYRHot4/23/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: New York right wing Martin St. Louis is starting to find his groove in the postseason.
Insight: St. Louis has scored in each of his last two games and now has four points in the series. Prior to the playoffs, St. Louis had just one goal in his previous 19 appearances.
Dan Girardi, D, NYR4/23/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Dan Girardi played a key role in Tuesday's victory over Philadelphia.
Insight: Girardi contributed one goal and one assist as the Blue Shirts won 4-1 to claim a 2-1 series advantage. The 29-year-old has now delivered 21 points in 67 career postseason appearances.
Rick Nash, LW, NYR4/23/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: New York left wing Rick Nash had two helpers in Tuesday's win over the Flyers.
Insight: Nash (26 goals, 13 assists) hasn't scored in this series but he does have four assists. Game 4 will be Friday at the Wells Fargo in South Philly.
Tuukka Rask, G, BOSHot4/22/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was automatic Tuesday in a win over Detroit (23 saves).
Insight: Tuesday was Rask's fourth career postseason shutout. The 27-year-old from Finland has saved 82-of-84 shots to start the series (.976 save percentage).
Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS4/22/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron contributed a goal and an assist Tuesday in a win against the Red Wings.
Insight: Bergeron's empty net goal came with 1:59 remaining in the third period. The Bruins lead the best of seven series 2-1 heading into Thursday night's Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena.
Steve Mason, G, PHI4/22/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Flyers goalie Steve Mason (upper body) will serve as Ray Emery's backup in Game 3 against the Rangers Tuesday night, according to csnphilly.com.
Insight: Mason, who is believed to have a concussion, said Monday that he wouldn't be dressing for the game but participated in the morning skate.
Radko Gudas, D, TAM4/22/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas (lower body) will not play in Game 4 against Montreal on Tuesday, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune
Insight: Gudas had one point and nine penalty minutes in the first three games. Tampa Bay will try to avoid a sweep Tuesday.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW, DET4/22/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson won't compete Tuesday in Game 3 versus Boston. SOURCE: Ansar Khan, MLive
Insight: He's out with a back injury. Alfredsson (18 goals, 31 assists) hasn't had much of an impact in this series (zero shots on goal) but he did have an assist against the Bruins during the regular season.
Tyson Barrie, D, COL4/22/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie will miss four-to-six weeks with an MCL injury, according to the Denver Post.
Insight: The supposedly reformed Matt Cooke of Minnesota took out Barrie with a knee-to-knee hit during Monday's playoff game. Barrie registered 38 points during the regular season, 13th-most among Western Conference defensemen.
Steve Mason, G, PHI4/22/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Flyers goalie Steve Mason (upper body) will not be able to play in Game 3 Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Ray Emery (9-12-2, 2.96 GAA, .903 SV% in the regular season) will get the call again with the series tied at a game a piece.
Jonathan Ericsson, D, DET4/22/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is expected to miss the remainder of the first-round series with Boston. Ericsson is recovering from a fractured finger.
Insight: Ericsson (1 G, 10 A) was expected to miss 4-6 weeks and we are just in week five.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW, DET4/22/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) is expected to miss the Red Wings first-round series against the Bruins, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Zetterberg continues to skate with his teammates in practice. He underwent back surgery for a herniated disc in late February.
Chris Kelly, C, BOS4/22/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Bruins center Chris Kelly (back spasms) is doubtful for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Detroit.
Insight: Kelly (9 G, 9 A) will hopefully be ready later in the series, but holds little fantasy value.
Matt Bartkowski, D, BOS4/22/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski is questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Detroit.
Insight: He's recovering from flu-like symptoms, but did skate on Monday at practice. Though he has yet to put the puck in the net this season, he totaled 18 assists, 91 SOG, and a +22 rating.
Travis Moen, LW, MON4/22/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Montreal winger Travis Moen has been cleared for contact, but is still a few practices away from returning to the lineup.
Insight: Moen isn't much of a scorer with 12 points in 65 games, and doesn't add much elsewhere so fantasy owners should ignore him.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM4/22/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Center Steven Stamkos is probable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Montreal after taking an accidental knee to the head in Game 3.
Insight: Stamkos came back into the game in the third period after the incident. He's a point-a-game superstar with four points in three games in this series and 40 points in 37 games during the regular season.
Sami Salo, D, TAM4/22/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (upper body) is questionable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Montreal.
Insight: The 39-year-old defenseman missed Sunday's game even after skating in the morning, so he must be close to returning. He posted 17 points in 71 games during the regular season, but was scoreless in the first two games of the series with the Canadiens.
Darcy Kuemper, G, MIN4/21/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper recorded his first career postseason shutout Monday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Kuemper made 22 saves in the Game 3 victory. Prior to Monday, Kuemper had been winless in his last six appearances.
Brandon Dubinsky, C, CLB4/21/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Brandon Dubinsky led the Blue Jackets with two assists Monday in a loss to Pittsburgh.
Insight: He's had at least one helper in each of his last four games. Dubinsky was second on the team in assists during the regular season (34 in 76 games). Columbus will look to even the series Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena.
Beau Bennett, RW, PIT4/21/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Penguins right wing Beau Bennett had two helpers Monday in a 4-3 win against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: That gives Bennett four points for the series. Before the playoffs started, Bennett had just two points in his previous seven games.
Paul Martin, D, PIT4/21/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin distributed two assists Monday in a Game 3 victory over the Blue Jackets.
Insight: The win gives Pittsburgh a 2-1 series advantage. Martin now has 31 assists in 70 career postseason appearances.
Tyson Barrie, D, COL4/21/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie exited Monday's game with a lower body injury. SOURCE: Mike Chambers, Denver Post
Insight: He's been ruled out for the rest of tonight's game. Barrie registered 38 points during the regular season, 13th-most among Western Conference defensemen.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM4/21/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop has already been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 4 in Montreal. SOURCE: Montreal Gazette
Insight: The Lightning are facing elimination and will have to do it without Bishop (37-14-7, 2.23 GAA), who injured his elbow on April 8th and hasn't appeared in a game since. Anders Lindback will start in his place.
Matt Duchene, C, COL4/21/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Avs center Matt Duchene skated on Monday. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: It's the first time he's been able to do that since spraining his MCL last month. Duchene (23 goals, 47 assists) seems to be making progress but he's still a long shot to play against Minnesota in the first round.
Brenden Morrow, LW, STL4/21/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Brenden Morrow will return to action Monday against Chicago. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Morrow sat out Game 2 with a bruised foot. He's only scored three goals since the Olympic Break.
Patrik Berglund, C, STL4/21/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center Patrik Berglund is active for Monday night's Game 3 against the Blackhawks. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: He's missed the last few games with an upper body injury. In five regular season meetings with Chicago, Berglund registered one goal and two assists to go with a -1 rating.
David Backes, C, STL4/21/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: The Blues will be without center David Backes Monday against Chicago. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: Backes suffered a head injury after taking a brutal hit from Brent Seabrook in Game 2. We haven't heard the official diagnosis yet but he probably suffered a concussion.
Dany Heatley, RW, MIN4/21/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Minnesota right wing Dany Heatley is ready to play Monday versus Colorado. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Insight: Heatley was a healthy scratch for Games 1 and 2. Four of his 28 points this season have come against the Avalanche (one goal, three assists in five games).
Ray Emery, G, PHI4/21/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: The Flyers will not change goalies for Game 3, opting to stay with backup Ray Emery.
Insight: Steve Mason (upper body) has been declared out for Tuesday's game with the Rangers. Emery is 1-1 with a 3.00 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Matt Beleskey, LW, ANA4/21/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Anaheim Ducks forward Matt Beleskey is questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Dallas.
Insight: Beleskey scored 24 points (9 G, 15 A) in 55 games this season, his best career totals. he had a goal and an assist in the series opener.
Brenden Dillon, D, DAL4/21/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Anaheim,
Insight: He's still recovering from a lower body injury. Dillon totaled 17 points in 80 contests this season (six goals, 11 assists) along with 86 PIM.
Brenden Morrow, LW, STL4/21/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left wing Brenden Morrow (bruised foot) is questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Chicago.
Insight: Morrow had just 13 goals and 12 assists in 71 games this season. He went scoreless in Game 1 and missed Game 2.
Patrik Berglund, C, STL4/21/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Blues center Patrik Berglund (shoulder) is doubtful for Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Chicago.
Insight: Berglund missed the last game of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs. He had 14 goals, 18 assists and 144 SOG in 78 games this season.
David Backes, C, STL4/21/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center David Backes (upper body) left Game 2 of the Blues' series against the Blackhawks in the third period Saturday and is doubtful for Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Chicago.
Insight: Backes (27 G, 30 A) was battling for the puck in the left corner behind Chicago's net and turned into a shoulder-first hit to the face from Brent Seabrook. The hit knocked Backes' head into the boards and led to an ejection and three-game suspension for Seabrook.
Marcel Goc, C, PIT4/21/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Marcel Goc continues to skating but is unlikely to play in Game 3 of the series.
Insight: The 30-year-old had 25 points (11 G) in 74 games with the Penguins and Panthers this season.
Brian Gibbons, C, PIT4/21/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Brian Gibbons is questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Columbus with an upper body injury.
Insight: Gibbons posted five goals and 12 assists in 41 games, but isn't on fantasy radars.
Fedor Tyutin, D, CLB4/21/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin (upper body) left Saturday's game in the first period and is expected to miss Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Tyutin had four goals, 22 assists and 87 SOG in 69 games this season and is scoreless in two playoff games this season.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM4/20/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Steven Stamkos assisted on both Tampa Bay goals Sunday in a Game 3 loss to Montreal.
Insight: Stamkos now has four points in the series. Despite Stamkos' efforts, the Lightning now trail three games to none and will need a miracle to get back in the series.
P.K. Subban, D, MON4/20/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban provided two assists in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
Insight: Subban was held scoreless during the first two games of the series. He now has 20 points in 29 career postseason appearances.
Brendan Gallagher, RW, MON4/20/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher netted his second goal of the series Sunday in a win over Tampa Bay.
Insight: He also had an assist to bring his point total to four for the series. The Canadiens can complete the sweep Tuesday night in Montreal.
Torey Krug, D, BOS4/20/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Boston defenseman Torey Krug handed out two assists Sunday in a win over Detroit.
Insight: Krug, who turned 23 last week, led all rookie defensemen in points during the regular season (40 points in 79 appearances). The Michigan native certainly has a bright future ahead of him.
Jarome Iginla, RW, BOS4/20/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla led the way with two assists Sunday in a Game 2 victory over the Red Wings.
Insight: Iginla now has 63 points in 71 career postseason appearances. The series is tied at one heading into Tuesday's Game 3 in Detroit.
Nick Foligno, LW, CLB4/20/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno expects to compete Monday in Game 3 against the Penguins. SOURCE: Aaron Portzline, Columbus Dispatch
Insight: Foligno has been medically cleared to return after sitting out the last two and a half weeks with a knee injury. He had one assist and -3 rating versus Pittsburgh during the regular season (five games).
Brent Seabrook, D, CHI4/20/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks will be without defenseman Brent Seabrook for three games after the NHL suspended him for his charging hit on David Backes of the Blues in Game 2. SOURCE: Tracey Myers, csnchicago.com
Insight: Seabrook was ejected from Game 2 and Chicago lost in overtime, putting the defending Stanley Cup Champions down 2-0. Seabrook had a goal and an assist in each of the first two games of the series after producing 41 points (seven goals, 34 assists), 149 SOG and a +23 rating during the regular season.
Fedor Tyutin, D, CLB4/19/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) left Saturday's game in the first period and hasn't returned, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: Tyutin had four goals, 22 assists and 87 SOG in 69 games this season. Columbus has played most of Saturday's game with just five defensemen.
David Backes, C, STL4/19/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center David Backes (upper body) left Game 2 of the Blues' series against the Blackhawks in the third period Saturday after getting his head taken off by Brent Seabrook.
Insight: Backes was battling for the puck in the left corner behind Chicago's net and turned into a shoulder-first hit to the face from Seabrook. The hit knocked Backes' head into the boards and led to an ejection for Seabrook.
Steve Mason, G, PHI4/19/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Flyers goalie Steve Mason (upper body) will not be able to play in Game 2 Sunday against the Rangers, according to Katie Strang of ESPN.
Insight: Ray Emery (9-12-2, 2.96 GAA, .903 SV%) will get the call again with Philadelphia down 1-0 to New York.
Matt Duchene, C, COL4/19/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Colorado center Matt Duchene (knee) isn't expected to play in the first round of the postseason, according to the Denver Post.
Insight: Duchene 23 G, 47 A) missed all of April due to a knee injury. The Avalanche will attempt to go up 2-0 on the Wild Saturday without their young center.
T.J. Oshie, RW, STL4/19/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie wasn't expected to play Saturday versus the Blackhawks, but participated in pregame warmup and should be upgraded to probable.
Insight: Oshie sat out the final two games of the regular season and Thursday's Game 1 with a lower body injury. The 27-year-old has become a star, putting up 21 goals, 39 assist, 152 SOG, 42 PIM and a +19 rating this season.
John Mitchell, C, COL4/19/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Avalanche center John Mitchell (concussion) is doubtful for Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Minnesota.
Insight: Mitchell sat out the last two games of the regular season and ended up with 11 goals, 21 assists and 107 SOG. It's a concussion, so there is no clear timetable for his return.
R.J. Umberger, C, CLB4/19/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Blue Jackets left wing R.J. Umberger is probable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Umberger (18 goals, 16 assists, 26 PIM and 136 SOG in 74 games) skated in practice Friday. He'll likely be on the third line with center Artem Anisimov and right wing Blake Comeau.
Nick Foligno, LW, CLB4/19/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Columbus LW Nick Foligno (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Foligno (18 goals, 21 assists, 96 PIM and 111 SOG) skated in Friday's practice and the team is leaning toward his playing in Game 2.
Patrik Berglund, C, STL4/19/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Blues center Patrik Berglund (shoulder) is doubtful for Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Chicago despite skating Friday morning.
Insight: Berglund missed the last game of the regular season and the first game of the playoffs. He had 14 goals, 18 assists and 144 SOG in 78 games this season.
Jimmy Howard, G, DET4/18/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was sensational Friday in a Game 1 victory over Boston.
Insight: Howard needed 25 saves to secure his third career postseason shutout. He's 2-1 against the Bruins this season.
Rene Bourque, LW, MON4/18/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Montreal left wing Rene Bourque sniped two goals in Friday's Game 2 win over the Lightning.
Insight: He led the team with four shots on goal. The Canadiens can take a 3-0 series lead with a victory on Sunday.
T.J. Oshie, RW, STL4/18/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie isn't expected to play Saturday versus the Blackhawks. SOURCE: Dan Rosen, NHL.com
Insight: Oshie sat out Thursday's Game 1 with a lower body injury. The 27-year-old had two points against Chicago during the regular season (five games).
Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM4/18/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat has been downgraded to out for Friday's game against Montreal. SOURCE: Chris Johnston, Sportsnet
Insight: He left Game 1 with an upper body injury. He was very productive this season with 23 goals and 36 assists. Add in 165 SOG and a +32 rating and you have a fantasy star.
Alex Galchenyuk, C, MON4/18/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk suffered a right knee injury and is expected to miss the first round of the playoffs, according to a Montreal Gazette report.
Insight: Galchenyuk has had a disappointing sopohmore season, producing 13 goals and 18 assists in 65 games. He had nine goals and 18 assists in 48 games as a rookie.
Matt Bartkowski, D, BOS4/18/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski is questionable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Detroit.
Insight: He's dealing with flu-like symptoms. Though he has yet to put the puck in the net this season, he totaled 18 assists, 91 SOG, and a +22 rating.
Daniel Paille, LW, BOS4/18/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Bruins left wing Daniel Paille has yet to practice this week, so shouldn't be expected to play in the first-round series opener.
Insight: He has limited fantasy value after an 18-point season with just 6 PIM and 71 SOG.
Chris Kelly, C, BOS4/18/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Bruins center Chris Kelly (back spasms) is doubtful for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Detroit.
Insight: Kelly (9 G, 9 A) didn't practice Thursday, but hopefully will be ready later in the series.
Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS4/18/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Boston center Patrice Bergeron is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Detroit.
Insight: Bergeron didn't play in the season finale Sunday, but was back on the ice Wednesday. He finished the regular season with 30 goals, 32 assists, 243 SOG, 43 PIM and a +38 rating.
Brenden Dillon, D, DAL4/18/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Anaheim,
Insight: He's still recovering from a lower body injury and has yet to begin to skate. Dillon totaled 17 points in 80 contests this season (six goals, 11 assists) along with 86 PIM.
Matt Beleskey, LW, ANA4/18/2014 2:26:00 PM
Description: Anaheim Ducks forward Matt Beleskey is expected to miss a few more days with a broken thumb.
Insight: Beleskey scored 24 points (9 G, 15 A) in 55 games this season, his best career totals, but has little to no fantasy value.
Brad Richards, C, NYR4/17/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Brad Richards played a big role in Thursday's Game 1 victory over the Flyers.
Insight: Richards finished the night with one goal and two assists. All three of his points came in the third period. New York leads 1-0 heading into Sunday's Game 2 at MSG.
Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM4/17/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat is questionable for Friday's game against Montreal. SOURCE: Chris Johnston, Sportsnet
Insight: He left Game 1 with an upper body injury. Tampa Bay is looking to even the series at one game a piece.
Steve Mason, G, PHI4/17/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Flyers goalie Steve Mason still isn't sure if he'll be able to play Sunday in Game 2 against the Rangers. SOURCE: Katie Strang, ESPN
Insight: He missed Game 1 with an upper body injury. Ray Emery (9-12,-2, 2.96 GAA) would get the call if Mason can't suit up.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA4/17/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf took a shot to the face Wednesday in Game 1 but should be ready for Friday's Game 2. SOURCE: Eric Stephens, Orange County Register
Insight: If you have a weak stomach you're not going to want to see the replay. Getzlaf's a hockey player though so he'll brush it off. He had two points in Anaheim's win on Wednesday night (one goal, one assist).
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL4/17/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing Vladimir Tarasenko is good to go for Thursday's playoff opener against Chicago. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: Tarasenko hasn't played since undergoing hand surgery about a month ago. He had four points against the Blackhawks during the regular season (two goals, two assists in three games).
T.J. Oshie, RW, STL4/17/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Blues right wing T.J. Oshie won't participate in Thursday night's playoff opener versus the Blackhawks. SOURCE: Andy Strickland, CBS Sports
Insight: He needs more time to recover from an upper body injury. It's unknown what Oshie's status is for Game 2 on Saturday.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM4/16/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos lit the lamp twice in Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Montreal.
Insight: His second goal tied the game at four with a little over six minutes remaining in the third period. Stamkos now has eight goals in 19 career postseason games.
Brenden Dillon, D, DAL4/16/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon won't compete in Wednesday's playoff opener against Anaheim. SOURCE: Stars.nhl.com
Insight: He's still recovering from a lower body injury. Dillon racked up 17 points in 80 contests this season (six goals, 11 assists).
Ray Whitney, RW, DAL4/16/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Stars right wing Ray Whitney is active for Game 1 against Anaheim. SOURCE: Stars.nhl.com
Insight: Whitney sat out the last six regular season games because of a lower body injury. His experience (1,330 NHL games) should help Dallas in the playoffs.
Frederik Andersen, G, ANA4/16/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: The Ducks will go with Frederik Andersen in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Stars Wednesday night, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.
Insight: The 24-year-old rookie went 20-5-0 with a 2.29 GAA and a .923 SV% as a backup to Jonas Hiller this season. Hiller had a 3.34 GAA and an .881 SV% over his final 10 starts.
Brandon Prust, LW, MON4/16/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Montreal winger Brandon Prust (upper body) will play Wednesday in Game 1 of the postseason against the Lightning, according to Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press.
Insight: Prust played 52 games and had 13 points, 121 penalty minutes and 49 SOG this season. He hasn't played since March 18 due to an upper-body injury.
Derick Brassard, C, NYR4/16/2014 1:51:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard (back) will play in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Flyers on Thursday, according to Katie Strang of ESPN.
Insight: Brassard left Tuesday's practice with a lower-back injury but said it was precautionary. He had 18 goals, 27 points, 159 SOG and 46 PIM in 81 games this season.
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR4/16/2014 12:56:00 PM
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said he has a full range of motion and no restrictions with his shoulder, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
Insight: McDonagh (14 G, 29 A) suffered a shoulder injury on April 1 against the Canucks and missed the last five games of the regular season. He'll play in Game 1 against the Flyers on Thursday.
T.J. Oshie, C, STL4/16/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center T.J. Oshie (upper body) hasn't been cleared for contact yet, according to Andy Strickland of Big 550 KTRS.
Insight: Oshie took a high hit last Thursday and is questionable for Game 1 of the postseason on Thursday against the Blackhawks. The 27-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games this season.
Steve Mason, G, PHI4/16/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: An upper-body injury will sideline Steve Mason for Game 1 against the Rangers on Thursday, according to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Ray Emery will start in Mason's place. Mason went 33-18-7 with a 2.50 GAA and a .917 SV% this season. He was shelled in his only career postseason appearance as a rookie in 2008-09, giving up 17 goals in four games against the Red Wings.
Drew Doughty, D, LOS4/16/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (shoulder) has been given a clean bill of health going into the postseason, according to lakingsinsider.com.
Insight: Doughty last played on April 3 and finished the season with 10 goals, 27 assists, 177 SOG, 64 PIM and a +18 rating. He participated fully in practice and will play in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Sharks. "I've known I'm good to go," Doughty said.
Brenden Dillon, D, DAL4/15/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon (lower body) didn't skate Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday's playoff game, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: The 23-year-old Dillon had six goals, 11 assists, 86 PIM and 97 SOG in 80 games this season. He missed the final game of the regular season on Sunday and will be a game-time decision.
Mikael Granlund, C, MIN4/15/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Wild center Mikael Granlund (head) is expected to return to the lineup in Game 1 of the postseson Thursday against the Avalanche, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Granlund missed all of April and finished with eight goals, 33 assists and 104 SOG in 63 contests.
Brandon Prust, LW, MON4/15/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Montreal winger Brandon Prust (upper body) will be a game-time decision Wednesday for Game 1 against the Lightning.
Insight: Prust played 52 games and had 13 points, 121 penalty minutes and 49 SOG this season. He hasn't played since March 18.
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT4/15/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (hairline fracture in his foot) practiced Tuesday for the first time since his injury, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Malkin hasn't played in a game since March 23rd and is questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs against the Blue Jackets. The superstar center totaled 72 points (23 goals) in 60 games this season.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM4/15/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: The Lightning won't have starting goalie Ben Bishop Wednesday for Game 1 against the Canadiens. SOURCE: Chris Stevenson, Sun Media
Insight: He suffered an elbow injury about a week ago. Anders Lindback (8-12-2, 2.90 GAA) will be in net for Wednesday's playoff opener.
Valtteri Filppula, C, TAM4/15/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Valtteri Filppula expects to play Wednesday when the Lightning open postseason play against Montreal. SOURCE: Lightning.nhl.com
Insight: Filppula missed Tampa Bay's final two regular season games with a lower body injury. He was third on the team in scoring this season with 58 points in 75 games (25 goals, 33 assists).
Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM4/15/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left wing Ondrej Palat will return from his upper body injury Wednesday against Montreal. SOURCE: Lightning.nhl.com
Insight: Palat's absence Sunday in the regular season finale was probably just a precaution. He was second among rookies in scoring this year with 59 points in 81 appearances (23 goals, 36 helpers).
John Mitchell, C, COL4/14/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Avalanche center John Mitchell has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to the Denver Post.
Insight: Mitchell sat out the last two games of the regular season and ended up with 11 goals, 21 assists and 107 SOG. He's not expected to play in Game 1 of the postseason.
Cody McLeod, LW, COL4/14/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Colorado winger Cody McLeod (ankle) is probable for Game 1 of the playoffs against Minnesota, according to the Denver Post.
Insight: McLeod sat out the last six games of the season and finished with five goals, eight assists, 122 PIM and 76 SOG in 71 games.
Tyson Barrie, D, COL4/14/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie (upper body) is expected to play Thursday against Minnesota in the postseason opener.
Insight: Barrie (13 G, 25 A) didn't play in the regular season finale as a precaution.
Lars Eller, C, MON4/14/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Canadiens center Lars Eller (illness) will play in Game 1 of the playoffs, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Insight: Eller missed the last three games of the regular season and finished with just 26 points (12 goals) and a -15 rating in 77 games. The 24-year-old is hoping to have a better postseason than he did last year, when he suffered a concussion and a broken nose on a devastating hit in the playoff opener against Ottawa.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW, DET4/14/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) has been ruled out for the first two games of the Red Wings' postseason series against the Bruins, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Zetterberg will skate with his teammates early in Tuesday's practice. He underwent back surgery for a herniated disc in late February and is very iffy for the entirety of Round 1.
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT4/14/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (hairline fracture in his foot) is questionable for Game 1 of the postseason against Columbus, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Malkin hasn't played in a game since March 23rd. The superstar center totaled 72 points (23 goals) in 60 games this season.
Valtteri Filppula, C, TAM4/14/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (lower body) is uncertain to play in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Canadiens, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Filppula (25 G, 33 A) suffered a lower-body injury last Thursday against the Flyers and sat out the regular season finale. He finished with a career-high 25 goals to go with 33 assists (58 points) and 131 SOG in 75 games.
Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM4/14/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Lightning rookie winger Ondrej Palat (upper body) missed the regular season finale on Sunday and is questionable for the start of the postseason, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Palat didn't miss a game all season until Sunday. The 23-year-old had 23 goals, 36 assists (59 points) and a +32 rating. In a typical season that production would have won him the Calder Trophy, but Nathan MacKinnon was slightly better.
Alexander Semin, RW, CAR4/14/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin will undergo wrist surgery, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Semin (22 G, 20 A) missed the final two games due to the injury. The 30-year-old had two fewer points in 65 games this season than he had in 44 games in 2012-13.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI4/14/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (arm) will practice with the team Tuesday for the first time since he suffered his injury on March 30, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Toews took a big hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik on March 30 and missed the rest of the regular season. He's expected to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs.
Patrick Kane, RW, CHI4/14/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Chicago right wing Patrick Kane (lower body) is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the postseason against the Blues, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Kane missed the last three weeks of the regular season due to a lower-body injury.


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