04/15/14 - 6:25PM ETDrew Doughty
: Appears Set To Play Wednesday
Doughty (upper body) is practicing fully and has declared himself ready to play Wednesday against the Sharks, LAKingsInsider.com's Jon Rosen reports. "I know I'm good to go," Doughty said. "I don't need [battle drills] to test my strength or anything like that."
With coach Darryl Sutter echoing Doughty's sentiments in declaring his team "a hundred percent" healthy, it's safe to assume the defenseman will be available for his usual minutes in Game 1. He last played Apr. 3 after suffering an upper-body injury in a game against the Sharks, of all teams. Doughty finished the 2013-14 season with 10 goals, 27 assists and a plus-18 rating over 78 games.
04/15/14 - 3:30PM ETOndrej Palat
: (Upper Body) Set To Play Wednesday
Palat (upper body) is expected to play in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Canadiens.
Palat rejoined the Lightning for Tuesday's practice and felt no ill effects while participating. He's expected to reclaim his spot on the Bolts' top line, with Tyler Johnson centering and Steven Stamkos playing on the right side.
04/15/14 - 3:28PM ETBen Bishop
: (Elbow) Out For Game 1
Bishop (elbow) will not be available for Game 1 of the Lightning's series with the Canadiens, beginning Wednesday.
After failing to practice Tuesday, Bishop will cede at least the first start of the series to backup Anders Lindback. His availability for the remainder of the series is up in the air.
All signs point to Andersen getting the start for Game 1 of the Ducks' series with the Kings, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports.
Although coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't address which of his three goalies would get the nod for Game 1, Andersen looks like the top choice due to his strong finish to the season. He won five of his final six starts while going 20-5 on the campaign, leading all rookie netminders in wins. Andersen has been first off the ice for the last two practices and looks to have taken a leap over Jonas Hiller on the depth chart.
04/15/14 - 2:15PM ETDavid Backes
: (Foot) Expected Back For Game 1
Backes (foot) is expected to be back in the lineup for Game 1 of the Blues' series with the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Coach Ken Hitchcock declined to relay definitive word on Backes' status for the game, but he's generally expected to be good to go after resting his injury for the last week. The Blues' offense completely vanished at the tail end of the regular season, and they'll need a rejuvenated Backes to get linemates Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie going again. Backes finished third on the team with 57 points during the regular season.
GM Peter Chiarelli acknowledged a return is not imminent for Seidenberg, the Boston Herald reports.
Seidenberg resumed skating last week after suffering an ACL and MCL injury back in December, and it appears the team is not counting on him to return this season. The Bruins may need to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals before the idea of activating Seidenberg would be seriously entertained.
04/15/14 - 2:00PM ETAdam McQuaid
: (Quad) Return Not Imminent
GM Peter Chiarelli indicated Tuesday that McQuaid's (quad) return to the Boston lineup is not imminent, Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reports.
McQuaid has been painfully slow to recover from a quad injury suffered back on Jan. 19, as he didn't resume skating until last week. The team is proceeding cautiously with him for the time being, and with the acquisitions of Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter since McQuaid exited the lineup, it wouldn't be surprising if he remained on the injured list for the entirety of the postseason.
04/15/14 - 12:51PM ETMatt Duchene
: Out For Beginning Of Playoffs
Duchene (knee) did not skate Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.
The report notes that Duchene is not expected to play in the first two games of the Avs' upcoming series against the Wild (which opens Thursday), at a minimum.
04/15/14 - 12:34PM ETJeff Zatkoff
: Tabbed As No. 2 For Playoffs
Zatkoff will serve as Pittsburgh's backup goalie in the playoffs, the Penguins' website reports.
Pens coach Dan Bylsma said that, while Tomas Vokoun will work with the team, Marc-Andre Fleury and Zatkoff would get the bulk of practice time.
Kuemper (upper body) practiced Tuesday for the first time since March 31, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Since Kuemper's had been off the ice for over two weeks, it's probably more likely than not that John Curry will get the call to back up Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 1. However, even once healthy, Kuemper may be the second goalie on the Wild's depth chart, considering the way Bryzgalov played at the end of the regular season.
04/15/14 - 11:57AM ETRyan McDonagh
: (Arm) Expected To Play Thursday
McDonagh (arm) took part in practice Tuesday and is expected to play in Thursday's playoff opener against the Flyers, Blueshirts United reports.
McDonagh missed the last five games of the regular season with an injured arm, but he'll resume his role on the Rangers' top defensive pairing in the postseason.
At this stage, Zetterberg acknowledged Tuesday that he is targeting a return to action in the second round of the NHL playoffs, though we suppose it's within the realm of possibility that he could present a more optimistic estimate if Thursday's practice goes well.
04/15/14 - 9:51AM ETMike Smith
: (Knee) Won't Need Surgery
Smith will not require surgery to repair his sprained right MCL, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Smith -- who was injured back on March 24 -- indicated that if the Coyotes' season was still in progress, he'd probably be back in the team's netminding mix. In any case, Smith's knee issue figures to be a distant memory the next time the Coyotes take the ice as a team.
04/15/14 - 9:39AM ETChris Kreider
: (Hand) Still Out Indefinitely
Kreider, who is bouncing back from surgery on his left hand, remains out indefinitely, The Record's Andrew Gross reports.
Given his uncertain status at this stage, Kreider -- who last played on March 24 -- makes for a risky roll for those in playoff formats, with the Rangers opening their postseason slate Thursday against the Flyers.
Barring any late setbacks, Granlund (head) is expected to suit up Thursday against the Avalanche, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
The report notes that if all goes well, Granlund -- who last played on March 31 -- would be in line to center a trio Thursday featuring Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville.
04/15/14 - 9:04AM ET
Bishop (elbow) was not at practice Tuesday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
It's unclear when we might see Bishop back in action, so Anders Lindback is in line to continue to handle the Lightning's netminding duties as the team's playoff series against Montreal (which starts Wednesday) approaches.
Malkin, who skated on a line with Jussi Jokinen and James Neal during Tuesday's practice, also saw first-unit power play work. Assuming no setbacks, Malkin's presence at practice Tuesday bodes well for his chances of playing Wednesday against the Blue Jackets.
04/15/14 - 7:51AM ETSteve Mason
: Skates With Flyers Tuesday
Mason (upper body) was on the ice with the Flyers on Tuesday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Coach Craig Berube has indicated that Mason will be ready for Game 1 of the Flyers' upcoming playoff series against the Rangers -- which begins on Thursday -- with the goalie's presence on the ice Tuesday supporting that notion.
Dillon (lower body) is expected to practice Tuesday and play in Game 1 of the team's first-round series against the Ducks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Dillon missed the final game of the regular season while tending to the lower-body injury, but it looks like the Stars will have all hands on deck defensively against the Ducks. The blueliner picked up his game slightly his second NHL season, logging 17 points, 86 PIM, 168 hits and 149 blocks over 80 games.
04/14/14 - 7:13PM ETScott Hannan
: (Upper Body) Cleared For Game 1
After practicing at full speed Monday, Hannan (upper body) said he'd be available for Game 1 of the Sharks' first-round playoff series against the Kings, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Hannan took a hit to the head in Friday's game against the Avalanche and was quickly ruled out of Saturday's regular-season finale against the Coyotes. Though he practiced fully Monday, it wasn't as a part of one of the Sharks' top three defensive pairings, a sign he could be a scratch for Game 1.
Kane (knee) will play in Game 1 against the Blues on Thursday, ESPN Chicago reports.
After sitting out the final 12 games of the season, Kane declared himself ready for the playoffs Monday. He finished the regular season with 29 goals and 40 assists through 69 games, and should slide back into his second line right wing spot for the team's first round matchup with the Blues.
Toews (arm) will play in Game 1 against the Blues on Thursday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Toews sat out the final six games of the regular season to heal up for the playoffs, and confirmed Monday that he's ready to go. Toews finished the regular season with the third-most point on the team with 68 in 76 games, and should be considered fully healthy heading into the Hawks' first round matchup with the Blues.
Sedin, who was hit from behind by Calgary's Paul Byron late in the second period of Sunday's season finale, appears to have escaped serious injury, TSN.ca reports.
Good news, given that Sedin was stretchered off the ice Sunday after hitting the glass with his head. "I was scared," Sedin acknowledged while addressing the media Monday. "I felt something wasn't right. I couldn't lift my head off the ice. It feels okay today."
Zetterberg (back) won't play in the first two games of the Red Wings' upcoming playoff series against the Bruins, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Moreover, while the report indicates that Zetterberg is slated to participate in the first part of the team's practice on Tuesday, he still isn't likely to be available to suit up until the second round of the playoffs (should Detroit advance that far).
Semin is slated to undergo offseason surgery on his wrist, NHL.com reports.
Semin, who had 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games this past season, will undergo the procedure to deal with a wrist issue that he dealt with much of the season, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer. Semin will presumably have plenty of time to recover in advance of the Hurricanes' 2014-15 training camp.
Hedman (undisclosed) returned to the ice for Sunday's finale against the Capitals. He saw 24:17 of ice time.
It looked like the playoff-bound Lightning might shut down Hedman for their final game of the regular season after he left with an undisclosed injury Friday, but it apparent wasn't significant enough to sideline him for further action. Hedman has been banged up repeatedly this season, but it hasn't hindered him during a dazzling campaign. He compiled 55 points, 101 blocked shots and 86 hits over 75 games.
04/14/14 - 7:32AM ETErik Haula
: Tallies Two Points Sunday
Haula had a goal and an assist in Sunday's loss to Nashville.
It was the first two-point game in his NHL career. He'll likely have a high-profile role for the Wild in the playoffs even if Mikael Granlund is able to return from a head injury.
Sedin took a hit from behind by Calgary's Paul Byron late in the second period and left the game on a stretcher with a neck brace.
Byron was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Sedin, who appeared to hit his head against the glass. Sedin was responsive on the ice but lay motionless for an extended period of time. Sedin has a history of concussions and has battled a series of other injuries this season. Sedin had two goals in the first period before leaving in the second period.
04/13/14 - 7:39PM ETJohn Gaudreau
: Scores First Goal In Debut
Former Boston College star Gaudreau scored his first NHL goal in the second period Sunday against Calgary.
One of the most highly-touted prospects in the league, Gaudreau was an offensive star for the Eagles, scoring 36 goals in 40 games this year. "Johnny Hockey" tipped in a point shot to beat Jacob Markstrom. Gaudreau is expected to be a big part of the Flames' future moving forward.
Corrado wired a slap shot from the right point past Karri Ramo on Sunday against Calgary for his first career goal.
It took 18 games for Corrado to score his first, but what a rocket of a shot it was. An unassisted goal scored in the second period, Corrado's howitzer put the Canucks up 3-0 in their season finale. After an uneven start to his NHL career, Corrado looks more comfortable by the game. He will fight for a roster spot next year.
Backlund (hand) won't play Sunday against the Canucks.
Joining Backlund on the team's list of Sunday scratches are Ladislav Smid, Dennis Wideman, T.J. Brodie, Mike Cammalleri, David Jones, Markus Granlund, Tyler Wotherspoon, Kenny Agostino and Bryce Van Brabant.
04/13/14 - 4:27PM ETSidney Crosby
: Sits Out Regular Season Finale
Based on warmups, Crosby is not in Sunday's lineup against the Senators.
Unless we hear otherwise, we'll operate under the assumption that Penguins are simply resting Crosby in advance of the upcoming NHL playoffs.
Lehner will start Sunday's game against the Penguins.
Lehner enters the Sens' season finale with an 11-15-6 mark overall, to go along with a 3.10 GAA and .913 save percentage. That said, he's been sharp of late, with a 4-0-1 record over his last five starts.
Brodziak (Undisclosed) will miss Sunday's season finale with a minor injury, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Brodziak apparently would have played if the game had more meaning, which suggests that he should be available for the Wild's first playoff game.
04/13/14 - 12:40PM ETConnor Knapp
: To Start Sunday
Knapp will start Sunday's game against the Islanders.
Knapp, who took over for the injured Matt Hackett in Saturday's loss to the Bruins, is thus slated to make his first NHL start Sunday, which makes him the sixth goalie to draw a starting nod for the Sabres this season.
Paille (unspecified injury) is day-to-day, according to coach Claude Julien.
Paille won't play in the Bruins' season finale on Sunday and while Julien said that the forward is "doing great," it remains unclear if Paille (who was left wobbly by a check on Saturday) will be available at the start of the upcoming playoffs.
Bergeron (lower body) did not travel with the Bruins to New Jersey, where the team plays Sunday, the Boston Globe reports.
Bergeron is dealing with a minor lower-body issue, so the Bruins will play it safe with him Sunday in advance of the playoffs. He should be available once the postseason commences, but we'll let you know if that assessment changes.
Sobotka (undisclosed) is out of Sunday's regular season finale for the Blues.
Sobotka missed Friday's game with the injury and is out again for Sunday's contest. This could be concerning in regards to his availability for the beginning of the playoffs. Sobotka being out of Sunday's game isn't surprising, especially because the game is rather meaningless for the team.
Backes (foot) will miss Sunday's regular season finale for the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Backes will join seven fellow teammates out of the lineup on Sunday. The game will be Backes' third straight missed, so the question becomes whether he'll be ready to go for the first game of the playoffs after a few more days of rest.
04/13/14 - 9:25AM ETT.J. Oshie
: (Upper Body) Out Sunday
Oshie (upper body) will miss Sunday's season finale for the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Oshie injured his upper body on Thursday and missed Friday as well. The severity of his injury is unknown, but the Blues probably wouldn't chance Oshie's health in a meaningless regular season finale with the playoffs on their way. The question will be whether he is healthy enough to participate when the playoffs begin.
Morrow (foot) will sit in Sunday's regular season finale, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
With his foot injury he suffered on Friday and the fact he was seen in a walking boot, it's no surprise he will sit out the Blues' last regular season game. The question now is whether or not Morrow will be healthy enough to start the Blues' first playoff game.
Vitale (upper body) took the ice for the optional morning skate on Sunday.
Vitale hasn't played in a game for the Pens since March 20, but his participation in the optional skate on Sunday is a positive sign towards his availability for the playoffs. Vitale could find a place on the roster for the playoff run if he is healthy enough to return.
Orpik (undisclosed) took part in Sunday's optional skate.
Orpik's reason for missing Saturday's game is unknown, but a rest day is still a possibility at this point. The Penguins wrap up their regular season on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see if Orpik takes part.
Conner (foot) took part in the Penguins' optional skate on Sunday morning.
Conner broke his foot in practice on March 10 but appears to be nearing a return. He would provide the Penguins with more depth on the wings if he could return for the playoff run. Conner has five points in 19 games this season for the Penguins.
Malkin (foot) was on the ice for Sunday morning's optional skate, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Malkin also skated before the Wednesday and Friday practices but isn't apparently near a return. The fact that he is participating in the skates is encouraging, however, and he could return during the playoffs if the team stays alive long enough.