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Niklas Kronwall has great day despite loss | 04/24/2014 11:31 PM
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Detroit blueliner Niklas Kronwall scored a goal for the Red Wings in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins.
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Impact
Kronwall won't be happy about the fact he and his teammates have fallen behind the Bruins 3-1 in the series, but it will be a day he never forgets as he became a father prior to scoring a goal in the losing effort. Pavel Datsyuk scored the other Detroit goal in the loss.
J.Gustavsson plays well in loss to Bruins | 04/24/2014 11:23 PM
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Playing in place of the ailing Jimmy Howard, Detroit backup Jonas Gustavsson was excellent in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins on Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Howard was a late scratch due to the flu so The Monster didn't have a whole lot of time to get prepared, but he acquitted himself well by stopping 37 of 40 shots in the losing effort. Look for Howard to return to the crease for Game 5 Saturday.
Tuukka Rask beats Wings to widen series lead | 04/24/2014 11:19 PM
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Tuukka Rask was a large part of the Bruins' 3-2 overtime win over Detroit on Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Rask turned aside 35 of 37 Red Wings shots in just over 73 minutes of action in the outing, which represents his third straight postseason win. Boston will attempt to close out the series on home ice Saturday when Game 5 is played on Boston ice.
Jarome Iginla gives Bs commanding series lead | 04/24/2014 11:16 PM
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Jarome Iginla's goal at 13:32 of overtime lifted the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over Detroit in Game 4 of their first round playoff series Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Iginla deflected a Dougie Hamilton point shot that also hit a Detroit defender's shin guard before beating Jonas Gustavsson to give Boston a 3-1 series advantage as the series heads back to Beantown. Torey Krug and Milan Lucic were the other goal scorers in the game for the Bruins.
Henrik Zetterberg is back for the Red Wings | 04/24/2014 8:12 PM
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Henrik Zetterberg (back) will play Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He has been out of action since he pulled out of the Olympics with a back injury. Zetterberg required surgery for a herniated disc and he's returning ahead of schedule.
Jonas Gustavsson starts, Howard has the flu | 04/24/2014 8:06 PM
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Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal for the Red Wings in Game 4 against Boston.
Dan Rosen on Twitter

Impact
The Red Wings are saying Jimmy Howard has the flu, so Gustavsson gets the surprise start.
Richard Panik will represent Slovakia at WHC | 04/24/2014 6:40 PM
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Richard Panik will play for Slovakia at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He represented the Slovaks at the Winter Olympics and skated in 50 games with the Lightning this past season. Panik had 13 points and 70 hits over that span.
Ondrej Palat won't play in WHC due to injury | 04/24/2014 6:38 PM
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Ondrej Palat has turned down an invite to play for the Czech Republic at the World Hockey Championships.
Tampa Tribune

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He cited an injury as the reason for not going. Palat missed a game in the playoffs because of an upper-body injury and will use his off-season to heal.
Valtteri Filppula was hurt during playoffs | 04/24/2014 6:34 PM
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Valtteri Filppula said he wasn't 100 percent in the playoffs, but he isn't using that as an excuse for his lack of production.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"It doesn't really matter, I was fine to play," said Filppula, who had one assist and was a minus-4 in four games. "I played, and I didn't play as well as I wanted to, but I felt fine." He missed the last two games of the regular season with a lower-body injury, but wouldn't say what his ailment was. Filppula declined an invitation to play for Finland at the World Championships.
Cooper would like Ryan Callahan to re-sign | 04/24/2014 6:27 PM
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Ryan Callahan is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
Tampa Tribune

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He enjoyed his experience with the Lightning and likes the direction they are heading, but he isn't sure if he'll be back with the team next year. Coach Jon Cooper said he'd like to have Callahan return.
Flyers plan to bring up Scott Laughton | 04/24/2014 6:01 PM
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Philadelphia has announced that they will bring up prospect Scott Laughton.
Flyers.nhl.com

Impact
He had 40 goals and 87 points in 54 regular season games with OHL Oshawa. Laughton also added 11 points in nine playoff matches. It isn't clear yet if he'll join the Black Aces or if he'll get a chance to play.
Matt Beleskey might be ready for Game 6 | 04/24/2014 5:42 PM
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Matt Beleskey (lower body) could be ready for Game 6.
Ducks.nhl.com

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"He's getting better," coach Bruce Boudreau. "I'd venture to guess he's not probable tomorrow, but we're looking at Sunday for him being able to play." He hasn't played since Game 1 because of a lower-body injury.
Montral signs college free agent Daniel Carr | 04/24/2014 5:38 PM
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Daniel Carr has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with Montreal.
Canadiens.nhl.com

Impact
In his fourth season with Union College, he tallied 22 goals and 50 points in 39 games during the 2013-14 campaign. Look for the undrafted free agent to play in the AHL next year.
Canadiens sign prospect Connor Crisp | 04/24/2014 5:28 PM
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Connor Crisp has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
Canadiens.nhl.com

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In 67 games with Sudbury of the OHL, he recorded 28 goals, 55 points and 120 penalty minutes. Crisp also skated in seven matches with Hamilton in the AHL, where he netted two goals. He was a third round pick (71st overall) in the 2013 draft by Montreal.
Jonas Hiller won't go in 'blind' if he starts | 04/24/2014 5:20 PM
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Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't declare his starter for Friday's game, but he said that it was good that Jonas Hiller got to see some playoff action on Wednesday night.
Ducks.nhl.com

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"It was important he played," Boudreau said Thursday. "Whether he's going to start tomorrow, it was important that he's already seen playoff ice, and not coming in blind." He stopped the only shot he faced in 10:34 of playing time.
Selanne says there are 'no hard feelings' | 04/24/2014 5:13 PM
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Teemu Selanne is eager to get back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 4.
Anaheim Ducks on Twitter

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"I told Bruce [Boudreau] it's a new day, and the series starts now," Selanne told the Ducks' Twitter account. "There are no hard feelings. We move on." It isn't clear if he'll be back in the lineup for Game 5 yet, but we assume that he will be.
Filip Forsberg ready to improve next year | 04/24/2014 5:03 PM
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Filip Forsberg said he feels more comfortable with the North American style of play now.
The Nashville Tennessean

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"Growing up playing 18-19 years on big ice surface and now playing better players than you're used to playing and on a smaller ice surface, it takes more time," Forsberg said. "But I feel way more comfortable. The game is really fast right now. That's something I really can improve. ... If I become faster I think that will help out a lot for me." He played in just 13 games with the Predators this past season, where he generated five points, and he appeared in 47 contests with their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. Forsberg will try to stick with Nashville out of training camp next year.
Justin Williams moves down to the third line | 04/24/2014 4:41 PM
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Justin Williams has been bumped down to the third for the start of Game 4 on Thursday night.
LAKingsInsider.com

Impact
He'll play with Dwight King and Jarret Stoll. Williams doesn't have a point and he has only four shots in three games versus San Jose in Round 1.
Kings reunite Dustin Brown with Kopitar | 04/24/2014 4:26 PM
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Dustin Brown will skate with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik for the start of Game 4.
LAKingsInsider.com

Impact
"Hopefully he gives us a little size and power," coach Darryl Sutter said. "That line, I think, when we play against Thornton, we've had trouble with the size of Burns and Thornton, quite honest, and I guess to answer it best, is when we talk to the players and coaches about very much staying in seven defensemen and 11 forwards, so we need guys moving around." Brown doesn't have a point in the series yet, so perhaps the move will help spark some offense from him.
Steve Ott still looking for 1st goal with STL | 04/24/2014 4:06 PM
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Steve Ott doesn't have a goal since becoming a member of the St. Louis Blues.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
He has appeared in 24 regular season games and four playoff contests with his new squad after joining the Blues. Ott has two assists in the postseason and one of them came Wednesday night. He also picked four penalty minutes and seven hits.
Todd Bertuzzi in, Jurco out for Thursday | 04/24/2014 3:55 PM
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Todd Bertuzzi will suit up in Game 4 Thursday night.
Detroit Free Press

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He is slated to start on a line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar. Bertuzzi was a healthy scratch for the first three games of the series. He will replace Tomas Jurco.
Henrik Zetterberg penciled into lineup | 04/24/2014 3:48 PM
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Henrik Zetterberg is on the lineup sheet for the Red Wings for Thursday's contest.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
His status for Game 4 won't be confirmed until after the warmup, but it's looking probable that he'll play. Zetterberg skated with Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader during the team's morning session.
Ryan Getzlaf questionable to play in Game 5 | 04/24/2014 3:37 PM
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Ryan Getzlaf status for Game 5 is "up in the air right now," according to coach Bruce Boudreau.
Greg Beacham on Twitter

Impact
He didn't play on Wednesday because of an upper-body injury and it's unclear if he'll be able to play on Friday. Boudreau added that Getzlaf is hoping to play, which could mean that he'll try to play through whatever is ailing him.
Cooke says he didn't intend to knee Barrie | 04/24/2014 3:21 PM
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Matt Cooke spoke to the media Thursday about his seven-game ban for kneeing Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He said he was "disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can't play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight" and that is was "not my intent to collide with him knee-on-knee." Cooke also mentioned that he's been a changed player since March 20, 2011. He didn't say if he'll appeal the suspension, but he has until Friday night to decide.
Fedor Tyutin skates, shoots on Thursday | 04/24/2014 3:14 PM
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Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) skated on Thursday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Coach Todd Richards is hoping that Tyutin will be able to return at some point during Columbus' first round series against Pittsburgh. He hasn't played since the first period of Game 2 and Game 5 is slated for Saturday night.
Dan Bylsma is troubled by Pens' battle level | 04/24/2014 2:52 PM
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Coach Dan Bylsma was unhappy with his team's battle level after Game 4's overtime loss to Columbus.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
"It has to be raised," he said. "It has to be back up to a level that is necessary this time of year and (with) this type of hockey - playoff hockey." He wants all of his players to improve in this regard.
Brandon Prust, Habs using time off to rest | 04/24/2014 2:41 PM
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Brandon Prust is using Montreal's time off to rest.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He was able to return in the playoffs after missing the last 12 games of the regular season with a suspected should injury. "The next couple of days are about recovering," he said Wednesday. "I haven't gotten out of bed too much, except to grab some food and watch some TV. I've slept the day away. No plans. I doubt we'll move far from the bed today." He also stated that he's been keeping an eye on the Boston-Detroit series to see which team the Canadiens will face in Round 2.
Brenden Dillon could be available for Game 5 | 04/24/2014 1:52 PM
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Brenden Dillon (lower body) will be a game-time call on Friday for Game 5.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter

Impact
He's been sidelined since Dallas' last game of the regular season. Dillon had 17 points and 86 penalty minutes in 80 games this year.
Patrik Nemeth to be a game-time decision Fri. | 04/24/2014 1:49 PM
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Patrik Nemeth exited Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter

Impact
The 22-year-old blueliner appeared in eight games during the regular season and he's played in four matches during the playoffs. Nemeth is being listed as a game-time decision for Game 5 on Friday.
Bergeron, Toews, Kopitar up for Selke Trophy | 04/24/2014 1:36 PM
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Patrice Bergeron has been nominated for another Frank J. Selke Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
He was tabbed as a finalist for the award on Thursday along with Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar. Bergeron led the NHL with 1,015 faceoff wins and finished third overall with a 58.6 winning percentage. He finished second in the league with a plus-38 rating. It marks a third consecutive season that he's up for the Selke Trophy and he won it in 2012.
Anze Kopitar earns first Selke nomination | 04/24/2014 1:28 PM
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Anze Kopitar is a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
He logged the most shorthanded time (164:53) among the NHL's top 30 scorers and posted a plus-34 rating to finish fourth in the league. Kopitar also won 53.3% of his 1,451 faceoffs. This is his first Selke nomination.
Jonathan Toews is a finalist for Selke Trophy | 04/24/2014 1:05 PM
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Jonathan Toews has been named a finalist for the 2013-14 Frank J. Selke Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
He ranked second on the Blackhawks in takeaways (51) and plus-minus (+26), while excelling on faceoffs (57.2 winning percentage). Toews finished the regular season with 28 goals and 68 points in 76 games. He won the award last year and has been a finalist three times in the last four seasons.
Maxim Lapierre scores in OT loss to Hawks | 04/24/2014 1:00 PM
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Maxim Lapierre scored his first goal of the postseason in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He tied the game at 2-2 with just four seconds left in the second period. Lapierre has two points, eight hits and eight blocks in four contests during the Blues' opening round series.
Hitchcock expects more from T.J. Oshie | 04/24/2014 12:54 PM
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Coach Ken Hitchcock is looking for more from T.J. Oshie.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
"He's been like the rest of our players," Hitchcock said. "He's been fine, but fine won't beat Chicago. Gonna have to be better. We're very much sum of parts. Our sum of parts just have to be better in certain elements. The strength of our game has to be more consistent." Oshie has no points and a minus-3 rating in three contests since returning to the lineup from an upper-body injury. He finally picked up his first shots of the series, with three, in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 4.
Derek Roy got back into the fold in Game 4 | 04/24/2014 12:49 PM
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Derek Roy got back into St. Louis' lineup on Wednesday in Game 4.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
It was thought that he was a healthy scratch in Game 3, but coach Ken Hitchcock indicated that Roy was banged up. "He got whacked around a little bit in Game 2 and wasn't able to play his game," said the Blues bench boss. Roy has one assist in three playoff games against Chicago in the series.
Brenden Morrow's foot couldn't hold up | 04/24/2014 12:43 PM
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Brenden Morrow sustained his foot injury when he was hit by a shot at practice on April 10.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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He tried to play through it because it was thought that he couldn't worsen it. Morrow wore a walking boot away from the rink and he saw just 8:34 of ice time in Game 3 before sitting out Wednesday's game. He's been ruled out for the rest of the Round 1 of the postseason.
Tampa Bay G Ben Bishop requires wrist surgery | 04/24/2014 12:32 PM
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Ben Bishop will spend his off-season recovering from ligament surgery on his right wrist.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter

Impact
It was reported that he didn't play in the playoffs because of a dislocated elbow, but apparently his wrist was an issue as well. Bishop said he will wear a cast for six weeks after the procedure and his total rehab time is set for three-to-four months. He believes he'll be 100 percent when training camp begins in the fall.
Flyers will start Steve Mason on Friday night | 04/24/2014 12:20 PM
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Steve Mason will get the nod for Philadelphia on Friday night in Game 4.
Sarah Baicker on Twitter

Impact
He missed the first two games of the Flyers' first round series versus the New York Rangers because of an upper-body injury and returned to serve as Ray Emery's backup in Game 3.
Shawn Horcoff contributes 2 helpers Wednesday | 04/24/2014 12:15 PM
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Shawn Horcoff collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Anaheim.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He's still looking for his first goal since Feb. 4, but he does have four helpers in four playoff contests versus the Ducks.
Cody Eakin nets GWG for 1st playoff tally | 04/24/2014 12:07 PM
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Cody Eakin's first career goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was the game winner on Wednesday night.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
He scored at the 6:22 mark of the third period after the Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Eakin has three points in four playoff games against Anaheim.
N. Kronwall's wife almost ready to give birth | 04/24/2014 11:57 AM
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Niklas Kronwall is expecting the arrival of a new baby any day now.
Detroit News

Impact
He's projected to play Thursday night in Game 4 against Boston. We'll let you if Kronwall will miss any time as a result of his wife's pregnancy. He has no points and a minus-1 rating in three games against Boston during these playoffs.
Pavel Datsyuk welcomes new baby girl | 04/24/2014 11:53 AM
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Pavel Datsyuk didn't practice Wednesday because of the birth of his daughter.
Detroit News

Impact
He's expected to play Thursday night in Game 4. Datsyuk has a goal and four shots in the series.
Vernon Fiddler has big fantasy night in Gm 4 | 04/24/2014 11:49 AM
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Vernon Fiddler scored his first goal of the postseason in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Anaheim.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
He had a solid fantasy outing with an assist, three shots and a 10-minute misconduct late in the third period. That's an eventful game for a player who played just 13:30 of ice time.
Daniel Alfredsson won't return Thursday | 04/24/2014 11:42 AM
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Daniel Alfredsson (back) won't play Thursday.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Coach Mike Babcock said Alfredsson was "feeling better [Thursday]" and he could be available for Saturday in Game 5. The veteran forward wasn't able to play on Tuesday because of a lingering back issue.
Coach considers Zetterberg a game-time call | 04/24/2014 11:28 AM
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Updating a recent post, it sounds like Henrik Zetterberg will be a game-time decision for Thursday night.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Coach Mike Babcock said he was "hopeful" that Zetterberg would return for Game 4, but he won't know the status of his captain until after the pregame warmup. Zetterberg is slated to have a doctor's appointment after the morning skate.
Kyle Brodziak set to return in Game 4 | 04/24/2014 11:12 AM
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Kyle Brodziak is projected to return to Minnesota's lineup on Thursday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He was a healthy scratch in Game 3 but with Matt Cooke suspended, Brodziak will return to the Wild's fourth line. It's expected that he'll center a unit between Dany Heatley and Cody McCormick.
Coach Q shuffles top two lines again | 04/24/2014 10:51 AM
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Patrick Kane was given new linemates during Game 4's overtime win over St. Louis.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
He started Wednesday's match alongside Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell, but was moved to a line with Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith during the third period. The adjustments paid off, as Hossa helped set up Bickell's game-tying goal and Smith had the lone assist on Kane's game winner in overtime.
Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension for kneeing | 04/24/2014 10:43 AM
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Matt Cooke was assessed a seven-game suspension for his knee-on-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie on Monday night in Game 3.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He has the right to appeal the suspension to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman within 48 hours and if that ruling is upheld then he can appeal to a neutral arbitrator within seven days. Depending on what happens during that process, it could take too long for him to be able to return before the end of the first round. If Minnesota doesn't advance into Round 2 then Cooke's suspension will carry over into the 2014-15 regular season.
Jonathan Toews earns 2 assists in Game 4 | 04/24/2014 10:31 AM
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Jonathan Toews recorded two assists in Chicago's Game 4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He assisted on the Blackhawks' first two goals of the contest, which gave them a 2-0 lead in an eventual 4-3 victory. Toews played 25 minutes in the win and he won 12 of his 23 faceoffs. He has a goal and five points in four matches in the series.
Bryan Bickell scores in Game 4 victory | 04/24/2014 10:23 AM
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Bryan Bickell scored his first goal of the playoffs in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
His tip-in late in the third period sent the game into an extra session, where Patrick Kane won it to tie the series at 2-2. Bickell started the contest alongside Jonathan Toews and Kane, but Marian Hossa took Kane's spot later in the match. Bickell also added four shots and a team-leading seven hits during his 18:07 of ice time.
Alex Galchenyuk may have to wait until ECF | 04/24/2014 10:09 AM
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Alex Galchenyuk (knee) may have to wait for the Canadiens to win another round in the playoffs before he can return to the lineup.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He sustained a knee injury on April 9, which was expected to sideline him for four to six weeks. Montreal won its first round series against Tampa Bay in four straight games and will play the winner of Boston and Detroit in Round 2.
J. Braun should be fine after blocking shot | 04/24/2014 9:56 AM
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Justin Braun blocked a hard shot during Tuesday's game, but he should be fine for Game 4 on Thursday.
CSN Bay Area

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Braun has a goal and a team-leading plus-six rating in three playoff games. He's been playing alongside Brad Stuart.
Penguins need more from Malkin, Crosby | 04/24/2014 9:51 AM
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Evgeni Malkin registered an assist in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Malkin has no goals and four assists in four playoff games. Sidney Crosby has matched those totals and the Penguins need more from both of them going forward. Well, really, they need to find a way to allow less than three goals in a playoff contest. However, it seems far more likely that Malkin and Crosby will bounce back compared to the odds of Pittsburgh playing sound defensively while simultaneously getting consistent goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury.
Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf is day-to-day with UBI | 04/24/2014 9:51 AM
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Ryan Getzlaf didn't play Wednesday night because of an upper-body injury.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Ducks list him as day-to-day and it's unclear if he'll be ready to play in Game 5 on Friday night when the series shifts back to Anaheim. Neither team has been able to win on the road yet and having Getzlaf back would certainly help the Ducks' chances of keeping that trend going against the pesky Dallas Stars.
James Neal scores first marker of playoffs | 04/24/2014 9:47 AM
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James Neal scored his first goal of the 2014 playoffs in Game 4 of the first round on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Neal found the back of the net just 33 seconds after Chris Kunitz in the first period. Neal had 27 goals and 61 points in 59 regular season contests, but he was held off the scoresheet in the first three games of the playoffs.
Daniel Paille's (UBI) status remains unclear | 04/24/2014 9:47 AM
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Daniel Paille (upper body) skated on Wednesday.
Boston Herald

Impact
He took Tuesday's session off after he returned to the ice on Monday for an optional skate. Coach Claude Julien didn't provide an update on Paille's availability, so consider him day-to-day and doubtful to play Thursday in Game 4.
Paul Martin has eight points in four games | 04/24/2014 9:45 AM
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Paul Martin recorded two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Martin is on a four game point streak. He has a league-leading eight assists in four playoff contests. He won't maintain that pace, but if the Penguins enjoy a lengthy playoff run, then there's a good chance that Martin will end up as one of the NHL's top scoring defensemen.
Craig Adams nets shorthanded goal Wednesday | 04/24/2014 9:43 AM
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Craig Adams scored a shorthanded goal in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Adams' goal gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh would quickly follow that up with two more markers to establish a 3-0 edge, but they obviously coughed that lead up. Adams has seven goals and 11 points in 97 career playoff games.
Mikkel Boedker playing towards big contract | 04/24/2014 9:40 AM
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Mikkel Boedker is in line for a big contract if he can replicate his recent success.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette

Impact
Boedker took a step forward in the 2013 campaign, recording 26 points in 48 games, but the Coyotes didn't want to ink him to a long-term contract in the summer of 2013. Instead, the restricted free agent ended up with a two-year, $5.1 million contract. However, Boedker moved himself closer to a big contract by scoring 19 goals and 51 points in 82 games in 2013-14. "He took real positive steps," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "There's still steps for him to grow - his board work, his 200-foot game - there's areas of growth there. But he's gone from being a young player, a player who wasn't sure if he could do it, to a player who knows he can do it now, and he (has) good skill, committed, good teammate, all the things you like in a player."
Berube sure Mason will be ready if needed | 04/24/2014 9:36 AM
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Flyers coach Craig Berube is sure Steve Mason is ready to start in a postseason game if called upon.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Mason, who had been dealing with an upper-body injury, replaced Ray Emery late in the third period of Game 3 on Tuesday. "I think the practice time he's had he's looked fine," Berube said on Wednesday. "He hasn't really been with us as a team so much, we haven't practiced a lot as a team. There's been three goalies out there. We'll see tomorrow. He's going to be on the ice with us tomorrow, and we'll go from there." Philadelphia isn't likely to reveal its starting goaltender for Game 4 until just before the contest starts.
Martin St. Louis leads Rangers with 5 points | 04/24/2014 9:29 AM
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Martin St. Louis has a team-leading five points in three playoff games.
The Bergen Record

Impact
St. Louis got off to a slow start after the Rangers acquired him from Tampa Bay and he ended up with just eight points in the Rangers' final 19 contests. "Maybe he sees it (as) having a clean slate, but I do think prior to the playoffs, even though Marty wasn't on the score sheet as much as everybody anticipated, he was still contributing, like I mentioned many, many times, in different ways and that's why our record as a team was so good," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said about St. Louis. "He's a big part of our group. Obviously, his leadership is helping us here as we try to move forward and we expect him to continue to play the way he is right now."
Rangers prep for possible Flyers goalie swap | 04/24/2014 9:26 AM
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The New York Rangers are preparing for the possibility that the Philadelphia Flyers will make a goaltending change.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Ray Emery started in the first three games of the Flyers first round series against the Rangers. However, Steve Mason is healthy now and Emery was yanked in Game 3. Philadelphia is down 2-1 in the series.
Gaborik: We got to be stronger around our net | 04/24/2014 9:22 AM
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Marian Gaborik thinks the Kings need to play better around their own net in Game 4.
LAKingsInsider.com

Impact
"It wasn't enough," Gaborik said of the Kings' performance in Game 3. "We played our best game of the series, that's for sure. I think we created a lot of chances. Especially in overtime, we didn't give them much, but they scored and they won the game." The Kings are down 3-0 in their series against San Jose. They'll try to avoid the sweep Thursday night.
Brandon Dubinsky forces Game 4 to overtime | 04/24/2014 9:15 AM
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Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist in Columbus' 4-3 overtime victory on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Dubinsky scored with 24 seconds left in regulation time to force this contest to overtime. He now has six points in four playoff games.
Fedor Tyutin misses second straight game | 04/24/2014 9:13 AM
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Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) missed Game 4 on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It was Tyutin's second straight contest on the sidelines. Columbus was also without defenseman Ryan Murray on Wednesday, but they still managed to earn a 4-3 overtime win.
Blue Jackets get their first home victory | 04/24/2014 9:10 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit to earn their franchise's first playoff victory at home on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

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"I'm not sure you'd ever want to script being down 3-0 to Pittsburgh," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "But I'm pretty sure you couldn't script a better ending." The series is now tied and in each contest, the team to take a 2-goal lead first has lost. Game 5 will be held on Saturday.
Nick Foligno calls his overtime goal | 04/24/2014 9:07 AM
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Nick Foligno predicted his overtime winner on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

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"Nick's exact words were: 'I'm going to go out and score the OT goal. I haven't done a whole lot until now. But I'm going to find a way to score. I hope you don't mind,'" teammate Brandon Dubinsky said. Foligno lived up to that pledge, scoring just 2:49 minutes into overtime. It was his first playoff point in two games.
Bryan Allen nets first career playoff goal | 04/24/2014 9:03 AM
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Bryan Allen scored a goal in Anaheim's 4-2 loss on Wednesday.
Orange County Register

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It was Allen's first playoff goal in 18 career games. He had 10 assists in 68 contests during the regular season.
Jonas Hiller makes postseason debut | 04/24/2014 9:00 AM
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Jonas Hiller made his 2014 playoff debut on Wednesday.
Orange County Register

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Hiller came in for Frederik Andersen, who had stopped 21 of 25 shots before being yanked. Hiller played between the pipes for 10:34 minutes, but only faced one shot on goal. Anaheim lost that game 4-2 and after dropping two contests in a row, it will be interesting to see if they start Andersen again or give Hiller a chance.
Miller and the Blues lose in OT | 04/24/2014 3:27 AM
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Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 34 shots in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Miller couldn't do much for Chicago's goals so you can't really blame him for the loss. Miller now has a 2.24 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in the postseason. Look for him to start also in Game 5 on Friday night.
Tarasenko scores twice in loss | 04/24/2014 3:21 AM
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Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in St. Louis 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago Wednesday night at United Center and the playoff series is now tied at 2-2.
Rotoworld.com

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Tarasenko scored his third and fourth goal of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it wasn't enough for the Blues. Maxim Lapierre also scored for the Blues in the loss.
Crawford and the Blackhawks win | 04/24/2014 3:16 AM
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Corey Crawford stopped 30 of 33 shots in Chicago's 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Crawford made some good saves in the game, especially in the first period. He now has a 2.21 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in the playoffs.
Blackhawks even series on Kane's OT winner | 04/24/2014 3:10 AM
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Patrick Kane scored two goals and registered an assist to give Chicago a 4-3 overtime victory over St. Louis and even the Western Conference First Round series at 2-2.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Kane now has four points in four games in this year playoffs. Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Blackhawks, while Jonathan Toews added two helpers in the victory.
Pat Maroon scores in losing effort vs. Dallas | 04/23/2014 11:31 PM
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Patrick Maroon scored his first goal of the postseason in a 4-2 loss to Dallas on Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The Ducks also received a goal from blueliner Bryan Allen in the first period, staking them to a 2-0 lead, but they weren't able to hang on as they eventually lost by a 4-2 mark. Playing on the top line in place of the injured Ryan Getzlaf, Mathieu Perreault picked up an assist in the loss.
Frederik Andersen chased by Stars in loss | 04/23/2014 11:29 PM
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Anaheim goaltender was chased by the Stars on Wednesday after he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-2 loss.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Andersen was lifted midway through the third period and replaced by Jonas Hiller, who faced only one shot in his relief appearance. It's anybody's guess who will be between the pipes for Anaheim in Game 5, as Andersen, Hiller and John Gibson are all in the running for the opportunity.
Jamie Benn scores in win over Ducks | 04/23/2014 11:25 PM
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Jamie Benn potted his third goal of the postseason Wednesday as the Stars defeated Anaheim by a score of 4-2.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Benn has carried his excellent regular season directly into the playoffs as he and line mate Tyler Seguin continue to make beautiful music together. Vernon Fiddler, Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski all scored goals for Dallas in the victory.
Kari Lehtonen backstops Stars to Game 4 win | 04/23/2014 11:22 PM
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Kari Lehtonen was solid in goal for the Stars Wednesday as they outlasted Anaheim to earn a 4-2 victory in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

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Lehtonen turned aside 21 of 23 shots in the victory, during which Dallas trailed by a score of 2-0 before mounting their comeback. The series shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5 on Friday.
Chris Kunitz scores in Game 4 loss to CBJ | 04/23/2014 10:22 PM
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Chris Kunitz scored a goal for the Penguins in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.
Rotoworld.com

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Kunitz clearly played his best game of the postseason, racking up five shots on goal in addition to his power play marker. James Neal and Craig Adams also found the back of the net for the Pens in the loss while Paul Martin added a pair of assists.
Marc-Andre Fleury wears horns in OT loss | 04/23/2014 10:18 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury won't soon forget the difficulties he encountered in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss in Columbus in Game 4 of their first round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Fleury turned away 42 of 46 shots in the game, which is respectable on its own, but his misplay of a puck behind his net with under 30 seconds to play in the contest led to Brandon Dubinsky's tying goal before Nick Foligno completed the nightmare with the overtime winner. He'll get a chance to redeem himself when the series shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 5.
Sergei Bobrovsky finds himself in 4-3 OT win | 04/23/2014 10:10 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky shook off a slow start to Wednesday's game before earning a 4-3 overtime decision against the Penguins in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Bobrovsky stumbled through the first 20 minutes of the contest, but he eventually settled down and held the fort as his teammates mounted a triumphant comeback. He allowed three goals on 25 shots in the outing, which brings his playoff GAA to 3.21 and his save percentage to an even .900.
Nick Foligno caps comeback with OT winner | 04/23/2014 10:05 PM
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Nick Foligno played hero for the Blue Jackets Wednesday as his overtime winner sealed a 4-3 victory over the Penguins.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
In one of the best games of the young postseason, Columbus fell behind 3-0 in the first period of this contest only to tie it in the final minute before Foligno capped things off. Ryan Johansen, Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner all scored goals for the Jackets, who have now drawn even with Pittsburgh in the series through four games.
Blue Jackets don't have Ryan Murray Wednesday | 04/23/2014 7:05 PM
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Ryan Murray (undisclosed) is officially listed as a scratch on Wednesday.
Rob Mixer on Twitter

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That was expected after Murray didn't take part in the pregame warmups. Murray also wasn't able to participate in the team's full Wednesday morning skate. He has an assist in three playoff games and was averaging 25:17 minutes per contest.
Ryan Murray might be scratched Wednesday | 04/23/2014 6:43 PM
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It looks like Ryan Murray will be scratched on Wednesday.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter

Impact
Murray left the Blue Jackets' Wednesday morning practice early and isn't on for the pregame warmups. That's a big change given that he was averaging 25:17 minutes per contest in the playoffs.
Eddie Lack passes on World Championship | 04/23/2014 6:10 PM
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Eddie Lack will not join Team Sweden for the 2014 World Championship.
Canucks.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Lack got a lot of work after the Canucks traded Roberto Luongo. Lack's also expected to start the 2014-15 campaign as the Canucks' starting goaltender and he plans to stay in Vancouver over the summer to train.
Mike Babcock wants to see his team shoot more | 04/23/2014 5:18 PM
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It seems safe to say that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock wants to see his team shoot the puck more in their first round series against Boston.
NHL.com

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When assessing Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask's performance thus far, Babcock remarked that he looked good in warmups "where he's getting his most shots." Rask only had to face 24 shots in Game 1 and 23 in Game 3, but Detroit manage to get 35 shots on goal in Game 2.
Sutter: Kings won't go away quietly | 04/23/2014 5:13 PM
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Kings coach Darryl Sutter vowed that his team won't go away quietly against the Sharks.
CSN Bay Area

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Given that San Jose has a 3-0 series lead, putting up a good fight is about all Los Angeles can hope for. The Kings did do significantly better in Game 3 after being blown out in the first two contests of this series, but only three teams in the history of the NHL have outcome a deficit this big.
Paul Carey won't play in Thursday's game | 04/23/2014 4:28 PM
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Paul Carey will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

Impact
Carey hasn't logged more than 4:48 minutes in a single contest in the 2014 playoffs. He had no points in 12 regular season games.
Joey Hishon will make his NHL debut Thursday | 04/23/2014 4:26 PM
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Joey Hishon will play in Game 4 on Thursday.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

Impact
Hishon had 10 goals and 24 points in 50 AHL games in 2013-14. This will be his first career NHL contest after being taken with the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Duncan Keith rests instead of skating | 04/23/2014 3:37 PM
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Duncan Keith didn't participate in Chicago's morning skate on Wednesday.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
Keith has been averaging 32:10 minutes per game in the postseason, so this was just an opportunity to give him a breather. Chicago is likely to lean heavily on Keith in the playoffs.
John Gaudreau joins Team USA | 04/23/2014 3:30 PM
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John Gaudreau will play for Team USA in the 2014 World Championship.
Flames.nhl.com

Impact
Gaudreau had 80 points in 40 NCAA games in 2013-14. He signed an entry-level contract with Calgary and found the back of the net in his only NHL game. This is a great chance for him to gain more experience playing at a high level before he competes for a spot on the Flames' opening game roster.
Niederreiter likely to fill in for Cooke | 04/23/2014 3:04 PM
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Nino Niederreiter is projected to take Matt Cooke's spot on a line with Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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Cooke is expected to be suspended for his knee-on-knee hit to Tyson Barrie. Niederreiter has an assist in three playoff games.
Ben Bishop had a dislocated elbow | 04/23/2014 3:02 PM
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The injury that kept Ben Bishop out of the playoffs was a dislocated elbow.
Erik Erlendsson on Twitter

Impact
Bishop helped Tampa Bay get to the postseason by recording a 2.23 GAA and .924 save percentage in 63 contests. With Bishop sidelined, the Lightning were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.
Brenden Morrow is done for the first round | 04/23/2014 2:33 PM
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Brenden Morrow (foot) will not be available for the remainder of the first round.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter

Impact
Morrow has been dealing with a foot injury throughout the series, but he was able to play on Thursday and Monday. He had 13 goals and 25 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
David Backes misses Blues' morning skate | 04/23/2014 2:05 PM
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David Backes (upper body) didn't skate with the Blues on Wednesday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Backes hasn't been ruled out for Game 3 yet, but we would be surprised if he ended up playing. He was sidelined because of a high hit from Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game.
Steve Mason ready to start if needed | 04/23/2014 2:02 PM
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Steve Mason isn't sure if he will start in Game 4, but he's available if needed.
Adam Kimelman on Twitter

Impact
Mason served as the backup goaltender on Tuesday. Ray Emery allowed four goals on 16 shots before being pulled, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Mason get the nod on Friday.
Bettman is upbeat about new playoff format | 04/23/2014 1:37 PM
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the returns on the playoffs thus far have been "terrific."
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
The NHL realigned to a four-division format that primarily seeds the teams based on their position in their respective divisions rather than conference. "We wanted to emphasize geographic rivalries, both in the regular-season schedule and the playoffs," Bettman said. "And if you look at the matchups, whether it's Rangers-Flyers or Bruins-Detroit, this is pretty good stuff." Unless the NHL realigns again, it shouldn't be too uncommon for the same teams to routinely face each other in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Emerson Etem will play for Anaheim Wednesday | 04/23/2014 1:33 PM
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Emerson Etem will be inserted in Anaheim's lineup for Game 4.
Eric Stephens on Twitter

Impact
Etem will be making his 2014 playoff debut. He was successful in the postseason last year, scoring three goals and five points in seven games.
Ducks will scratch Teemu Selanne on Wednesday | 04/23/2014 1:30 PM
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Teemu Selanne will be a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Eric Stephens on Twitter

Impact
Selanne was given just two shifts in the third period of Game 3. The 43-year-old is a future Hall of Famer, but he's seen his role significantly reduced this season. He has already stated that this will be his last season.
Henrik Zetterberg's status unclear for Game 4 | 04/23/2014 1:05 PM
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Henrik Zetterberg (back) took part in Wednesday's practice.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Zetterberg wouldn't offer a prediction on whether or not he would play on Thursday. Detroit could certainly use him after falling behind 2-1 in its series against the Boston Bruins. That being said, if Zetterberg returns for Game 4, it would be a bit earlier than expected.
Olli Maatta falls short of Calder nomination | 04/23/2014 12:53 PM
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Olli Maatta isn't one of the finalists for the Calder Trophy.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Maatta had nine goals and 29 points in 78 games while averaging 18:29 minutes in 2013-14. It's rare for a defenseman to win the Calder Trophy and even if that wasn't the case, Nathan MacKinnon would still be the frontrunner this season. That being said, Maatta had a strong rookie season and has a bright future ahead of him.
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