NHL Player News

Sunday, April 20

  • 04/20/14 - 11:36AM ETBrent Seabrook : Suspended Three Games
    Seabrook was handed a three-game suspension Sunday for his illegal hit on the Blues' David Backes during Saturday's Game 2, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
    Seabrook was immediately ejected following the hit, and with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock sounding pessimistic about Backes' chances of being available for Game 3, the league office moved quickly to keep Seabrook off the ice as well. It's a big loss for the Blackhawks, as Seabrook had provided two points in each of the first two games of the series. They'll now be without his services until Game 6 while they try to overcome a 2-0 series deficit.
  • 04/20/14 - 10:10AM ETBrian Gibbons : Day-To-Day
    Coach Dan Bylsma said Gibbons (undisclosed) is being considered day-to-day.
    Bylsma didn't provide much illumination on the status of Gibbons, who was removed from Saturday's Game 2 in the second period with the undisclosed ailment. His two first-period goals but the Penguins in control of the game early, but the team ultimately surrendered the lead in the third period before losing in double overtime.
  • 04/20/14 - 9:18AM ETDaniel Paille : (Undisclosed) Skates On Saturday
    Paille (undisclosed injury) skated for the second straight day Saturday, the Boston Herald reports.
    Given that Paille skated with Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid -- who both are still in injury rehab mode -- it doesn't seem likely that the winger will suit up for Sunday's playoff game against the Red Wings.
  • 04/20/14 - 8:26AM ETBrent Seabrook : Will Having Hearing Sunday
    Seabrook will have a hearing over the phone with the NHL for his hit on Blues' David Backes on Sunday that resulted in a game misconduct and knocking Backes out of the game, the NHL told the USA Today.
    The turnaround on the decision should be pretty quick since both teams play Monday night. Also since it is a phone hearing, the suspension should be less than five games. Seabrook will probably face some form of discipline especially a suspension, but several factors will probably come into play especially how long Backes is out and also that Seabrook does not have a history of dirty hits. In addition, the league might also look at the fact Chicago has already suffered, since the five-minute major that Seabrook was also hit with resulted in the game being sent into overtime. Seabrook did provide a goal and an assist in the game prior to his ejection.
  • 04/20/14 - 7:35AM ETOndrej Palat : (Upper Body/Knee) Skates Sunday
    Palat (upper body/knee) participated in the morning skate on Sunday, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
    Palat missed Game 2 after suffering a knee-to-knee collision in Game 1 and has been dealing with an upper body injury as well. The fact that he is skating on Sunday morning bodes well for his availability in Game 3, but there is still no guarantee he will play.

Saturday, April 19

  • 04/19/14 - 8:16PM ETMarc-Andre Fleury : 41 Saves In 2OT Loss
    Fleury made 41 saves in Saturday's double overtime loss to Columbus. He allowed four goals.
    He may often be criticized, but this loss wasn't on him. The winner came on the third shot in a sequence from in tight -- he was great on the first two, but he can't be perfect. Too bad his mates didn't get rid of those rebounds.
  • 04/19/14 - 7:56PM ETMatt Calvert : Scores Twice, Nets Game Winner
    Calvert was on fire Saturday, scoring while shorthanded and then netting the winner in double-OT in a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh.
    Deservedly, he was named the game's first star. His upside is limited, but he's proving to be clutch.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:35PM ETVladimir Sobotka : Tallies Two Assists
    Sobotka (lower body) picked up two assists in Saturday's Game 2 win over Chicago.
    He's coming off the best offensive season of his career and could be a solid secondary source of points for your playoff pool.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:26PM ETBarret Jackman : Scores Winner In OT
    Jackman scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 on Saturday to give the Blues a 2-0 series lead over the Blackhawks.
    He's not known for his scoring prowess, but he was Johnny on the Spot with a seeing-eye shot through a sea of legs. He only had three goals and 15 points during the regular season.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:21PM ETBrian Gibbons : Likely Injured After Scoring Twice
    Gibbons did not play in the second period of Saturday's Game 2 and did not return for the start of the third period, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Gibbons is presumably dealing with some sort of injury, as he scored two goals in the first five minutes of Saturday's game. If he doesn't return, he'll finish with a pair of marks and one hit in just 2:26 of ice time.
  • 04/19/14 - 4:09PM ETDavid Backes : (Head) Not Doing Well
    Speaking after Saturday's Game 2, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Backes (head) is "not good," Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
    Backes took a hard hit to the head from Chicago's Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game, and it was immediately clear that the star center would not be able to return. He had trouble standing up on the ice, displaying obvious symptoms of a head injury or concussion. The early signs for his Game 3 availability are not good, to say the least.
  • 04/19/14 - 3:15PM ETBrenden Dillon : (Lower Body) Unlikely To Play Sunday
    Dillon (lower body) may skate Sunday but is still unlikely to play in Monday's Game 3 against the Ducks, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
    Dillon missed the first two games and is seemingly headed for a third absence, but his potential return to the ice is at least a sign of progress. If he does get back on the ice Sunday, he'll presumably have a decent chance to play in Game 4 or 5 (if necessary).
  • 04/19/14 - 3:03PM ETBrent Seabrook : Ejected For Hit On Backes
    Seabrook received a game misconduct penalty for a vicious hit on the Blues' David Backes during Saturday's Game 2, CSN's Tracy Myers reports.
    Seabrook caught Backes with a forearm to the head, after the Blues' center had given up the puck. Backes' head smacked back against the boards, and he exited the game with what will likely be diagnosed as a concussion. There's no question that the hit was dirty, and injuring a star player certainly won't help Seabrook's chances of avoiding a suspension. The NHL would probably prefer not to suspend key players during the playoffs, but this hit was indefensible.
  • 04/19/14 - 2:57PM ETDavid Backes : Exits With Likely Head Injury
    Backes left Saturday's Game 2 after taking a vicious blow to the head from Chicago's Brent Seabrook, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    After crushing Backes with a forearm to the head, Seabrook may have a suspension coming on top of the game misconduct he received. The hit couldn't have looked much worse, as Backes didn't have the puck, and his head smacked against the boards after Seabrook crushed him. Fortunately, Backes was conscious and able to leave the ice under his own power, but he struggled to stand up, according to ESPN Chicago. While this could have been much, much worse, it will still be a major surprise if Backes isn't diagnosed with a concussion.
  • 04/19/14 - 12:03PM ETT.J. Oshie : (Upper Body) Will Play In Game 2
    Oshie (upper body) is participating in pregame warmups and will play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
    Oshie was considered questionable to play heading into Saturday after missing Game 1 with an upper-body injury. He skated prior to the game and will be in the lineup Saturday afternoon.
  • 04/19/14 - 11:51AM ETBrenden Morrow : (Foot) Will Not Play Saturday
    Morrow (foot) will not play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
    Morrow missed the final three games of the regular season with the foot injury but returned to the lineup for Thursday's Game 1. However, the issue appears to be persisting, as he was a late scratch for Saturday's matinee.
  • 04/19/14 - 11:45AM ETDarcy Kuemper : Will Serve As Backup Saturday
    Kuemper (upper body) has been tabbed as Saturday's backup to Ilya Bryzgalov, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Kuemper practiced Tuesday for the first time in two weeks and, after sitting out Game 1, it appears he's feeling well enough to serve as Bryzgalov's backup Saturday. The move means John Curry will move back to third goalie.
  • 04/19/14 - 11:17AM ETMatt Duchene : Unlikely to Play in First Round
    According to coach Patrick Roy, it is "very unlikely" that Duchene (knee) will play in Round 1, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    The Avs have played just one playoff game thus far, so even if their opening-round series goes a full seven games with the Wild, Roy's comment eludes to Dutchy potentially missing the next six games (or more). Colorado is fairly loaded with young scoring weapons up front -- with Paul Stastny, Nate MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly more than capable of shouldering the load with Duchene out -- but the team obviously wants their leading scorer back in the lineup sooner than later. If they can manage three more wins against Minnesota, advance to the second round and get him back, St. Louis or Chicago is certain to have their hands full with the Central Division champs. Jamie McGinn will continue to get top-six time in Duchene's absence.
  • 04/19/14 - 11:04AM ETMilan Lucic : Fined for Spearing, No Suspension
    Lucic was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Saturday for spearing Red Wings' defenseman Danny DeKeyser during Friday's game, The Globe and Mail reports.
    Though the play, which occurred late in the second period, was not penalized, Lucic will cut a check to the league. He will not be suspended, though, so his status for Sunday's Game 2 shouldn't be affected.
  • 04/19/14 - 10:42AM ETSteve Mason : (Upper Body) Won't Play In Game 2
    Mason (upper body) has ruled himself out for Sunday's Game 2 against the Rangers, ESPN.com reports.
    Mason continues to recover from a head injury suffered a week ago. He took the ice for Saturday's practice but said he didn't feel right and will, thus, be unavailable for Game 2, meaning Ray Emery will make his second straight start.
  • 04/19/14 - 10:22AM ETMarcel Goc : (Foot) Yet To Return To Practice
    Goc (foot) has not yet been deemed ready to practice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Coach Dan Bylsma said after Saturday's practice that team trainers are yet to clear Goc, as he continues to nurse a foot injury that's held him out since March 27. Of course, he won't play in Saturday's Game 2, but the possibility remains that he could make his return later in the series.
  • 04/19/14 - 9:53AM ETPatrik Berglund : (Under Body) Out Saturday
    Berglund (upper body) will not play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
    Berglund missed Game 1 with the upper-body injury, and it appears he'll now miss Game 2 as well. The team has not provided a target return date, but it remains possible that he could return to the ice later in the series.
  • 04/19/14 - 9:22AM ETMatt Bartkowski : (Illness) Practices Saturday
    Bartkowski (illness) took part in Saturday's practice after missing Friday's Game 1.
    It was the first practice all week for Bartkowski, who was dealing with an illness. His status is still up in the air for Game 2, though his presence on the ice Saturday seems to indicate there's a good chance he'll play. Coach Claude Julien said a determination will be made depending on how Bartkowski feels Sunday.

Friday, April 18

  • 04/18/14 - 8:21PM ETPatrik Berglund : (Upper Body) Doubtful For Game 2
    Berglund (upper body) is doubtful to play in Saturday's Game 2 matinee against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    The versatile Swede -- who has played both at center and wing this season -- was also reported as "skating well and taking good shots" in the Blues' brief practice Friday. Fortunately for St. Louis, the absences of Berglund and T.J. Oshie, who also sat out Game 1 with an upper-body injury, were offset by the return of their 21-goal scorer Vladimir Tarasenko, playing in his first game since suffering a broken hand 15 games prior. It appears as though Oshie is closer to returning than Berglund, so while the Blues brass would no doubt like to see him back in action, their forward depth affords them the luxury to take their time with his ailment.
  • 04/18/14 - 7:46PM ETTuukka Rask : Allows One Goal In Game 1 Loss
    Rask allowed one goal on 24 shots in Friday's 1-0 loss to Detroit in Game 1 of the teams' Atlantic Division semifinal series.
    Rask was beaten late in the third period on a tremendous individual effort from Pavel Datsyuk he may not have seen completely. Rask played well in the game, but so did his counterpart, Jimmy Howard. Rask is the frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy and the Bruins will ride their star goalie every night of the playoffs.
  • 04/18/14 - 7:39PM ETJohan Franzen : Assisted On Goal In Game 1
    Franzen assisted on the game's only goal Friday as Detroit beat Boston 1-0 in Game 1 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series.
    Franzen is one of several experienced playoff performers on Detroit's roster and can be expected to fill a vital role until captain Henrik Zetterberg returns to action. Franzen's regular season was plagued with injury but he still managed 41 points in 54 games.
  • 04/18/14 - 7:32PM ETPavel Datsyuk : Scores Game Winner Friday
    Datsyuk scored the only goal in Friday's 1-0 win over Boston in Game 1 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series, his 37th career playoff goal.
    The goal was a Datsyukian effort in every sense of the word as the Russian wizard collected the puck near his own zone by casually reaching behind him with one hand and pulling the puck up to his stick. After that it was simply a matter of skating through the Bruins defense and beating Tuukka Rask. Datsyuk will need to be at his best to continue Detroit's momentum against a strong Boston squad.
  • 04/18/14 - 7:18PM ETDavid Desharnais : Scored Goal Friday
    Desharnais scored the opening goal in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of the teams' Atlantic Division semifinal.
    Desharnais deflected a P.K. Subban shot past Anders Lindback and grabbed a point for the second-consecutive game in the series. Considering the chemistry Desharnais has shown with Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty, one can assume he'll be productive if the Habs are to continue playin well.
  • 04/18/14 - 7:05PM ETRene Bourque : Scores Twice In Game 2
    Bourque scored twice in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series, his first points of the playoffs.
    Bourque's first goal saw him dart through the Tampa Bay defense and deftly finish past Anders Lindback. Bourque had been rather inconsistent this season, as his nine goals didn't exactly mesh well with his high cap hit. The odds of him scoring consistently in the postseason are limited if his regular season bears any meaning.
  • 04/18/14 - 6:55PM ETCarey Price : Wins Game 2
    Price allowed one goal on 27 shots in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series.
    The game was a marked improvement from Game 1 where Price surrendered four goals on 25 shots. The Habs take a 2-0 series lead back to Montreal where Price has been rather solid this season. Montreal is in complete control of this series and Price can make it a quick one if he gets into lockdown mode.
  • 04/18/14 - 4:32PM ETKevan Miller : (Flu) DNP Friday
    Miller (flu) didn't take the ice for Friday's warmups and appears to be a scratch for Game 1.
    Miller was back on the ice for Thursday's practice so his absence on Friday is a bit of a surprise. His illness shouldn't keep him out too long, and he could be in the lineup as early as Game 2.
  • 04/18/14 - 4:28PM ETChris Kelly : (Back) DNP Friday
    Kelly (back) wasn't on the ice for warmups and will miss the team's opener against the Red Wings on Friday.
    Kelly hasn't played since April 8 due to the back injury and won't take the ice for Game 1 on Friday. He is still considered day-to-day but hasn't made any encouraging steps to indicate his return in the near future.
  • 04/18/14 - 4:21PM ETMatt Bartkowski : DNP Friday
    Bartkowski (undisclosed) will miss Game 1 on Friday after not appearing in warmups.
    Bartkowski hasn't skated all week so his absence in the warmups and Game 1 isn't shocking. He will probably be questionable for Game 2 as well, and will join Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Kevan Miller as injury-related scratches for Game 1.
  • 04/18/14 - 4:15PM ETDaniel Paille : DNP Friday
    Paille (undisclosed) didn't skate in warmups on Friday and will sit for Game 1.
    Paille skated for the first time this week on Friday morning which was an encouraging sign for his status in Game 1, but it appears he won't play. He will likely join Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller, and Chris Kelly in being out of the lineup for the series opener.
  • 04/18/14 - 3:49PM ETOndrej Palat : (Upper Body) DNP Friday
    Palat (upper body) will miss Friday's game against the Canadiens, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Palat was dealing with an upper-body injury before the series but was able to go for Wednesday's game. He then suffered an injury in what looked like a knee-on-knee collision in Game 1 and some sort of injury (or combination) will keep him out of Game 2. It appears the Lightning have decided to go with Anrej Sustr in his place.
  • 04/18/14 - 3:33PM ETBrenden Dillon : (Lower Body) Did Not Practice Friday
    Dillon (lower body) was not a part of Friday's morning skate, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
    Dillon missed Game 1 with a lower-body injury and it appears as though he will miss Game 2 as well.
  • 04/18/14 - 1:42PM ETBen Bishop : (Elbow) On Ice Friday, Won't Play
    Bishop (elbow) faced shots during morning skate Friday for the first time in over a week, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Bishop has not played since April 8, and he took the ice Friday morning to work with goaltenders coach Frantz Jean. "He's progressing every day," Jean said. "The last three days have been extremely positive for him. The recuperation is going very well." While Bishop may be nearing a return, he will not be available Friday, meaning Anders Lindback is expected to man the net again.
  • 04/18/14 - 1:29PM ETT.J. Oshie : Questionable For Game 2
    Oshie (upper body) is considered questionable for Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
    Oshie sat out Game 1 but skated Friday morning and the possibility remains that he could return for Game 2. Consider him a game-time call at this point, with a likely announcement regarding his status coming Saturday afternoon.
  • 04/18/14 - 12:22PM ETMatt Beleskey : Out Friday
    Beleskey (lower body) will not play in Friday's game against the Stars.
    The nature and extent of Beleskey's setback are uncertain, but whatever ailment he is dealing with will prevent him from taking the ice Friday. Consider him questionable for Monday's Game 3.
  • 04/18/14 - 12:19PM ETRyan Getzlaf : Good To Go
    As expected, Getzlaf will play Friday against the Stars.
    Getzlaf took a puck to the face in the Ducks' playoff opener Wednesday, but that won't prevent him from suiting up for the second game of the series Friday night. While Getzlaf will take the ice Friday, he will be without one of his regular linemates, as Matt Beleskey (lower body) will not play.
  • 04/18/14 - 10:37AM ETMatt Bartkowski : Iffy For Friday Vs. Wings
    Bartkowski (unspecified reason) did not participate in the Bruins' optional morning skate Friday, csnne.com reports.
    The report notes that Bartkowski hasn't been seen on the ice since Sunday's season finale against the Devils, so he's iffy heading into Friday's playoff opener against the Red Wings. It Bartkowski is unable to suit up Friday, look for Andrej Meszaros to fill in on the Bruins' blue line.
  • 04/18/14 - 10:32AM ETChris Kelly : Dealing With Back Issue
    Kelly (back) did not participate in the Bruins' optional morning skate Friday, csnne.com reports.
    Kelly, who has been out since injuring his back on April 8, thus heads into the opening round of the playoffs (which starts for the Bruins on Friday) in the day-to-day category, along with fellow forward Daniel Paille.
  • 04/18/14 - 10:28AM ETDaniel Paille : Skates Friday Morning
    Paille (unspecified injury) skated Friday morning.
    The report notes that it was Paille's first time on the ice this week, so consider the speedy winger day-to-day as the Bruins' opening-round playoff series against the Red Wings opens on Friday.
  • 04/18/14 - 9:52AM ETNick Foligno : (Knee) May Play Saturday
    Foligno (knee) could still play in Saturday's game against the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Head coach Todd Richards said Thursday that Foligno would not be available Saturday, but he now has a chance to play after taking part in Friday's practice. A final decision on Foligno's status will be made just before the first puck is dropped Saturday.
  • 04/18/14 - 8:46AM ETSteve Mason : (Upper Body) Practices Friday
    Mason (upper body) participated in Friday's practice, the Flyers' official Twitter account reports.
    Mason's injury forced him to miss Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Rangers, but considering his involvement in Friday's practice, Mason stands a decent chance at returning for Game 2 on Sunday. While Mason's playing status will have to be monitored as Sunday's game draws nearer, it's encouraging to hear he's back on the ice.
  • 04/18/14 - 8:22AM ETR.J. Umberger : (Upper Body) Could Return For Game 2
    Umberger (upper body) says he's "close" to returning to action, and could be back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Blue Jackets' opening round series against the Penguins on Saturday, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    He was in and out of Jackets coach Todd Richards' doghouse down the stretch, but the club will welcome the veteran winger back into the lineup as soon as Umberger is ready.
  • 04/18/14 - 8:21AM ETRaffi Torres : Scores Game-Winner In Return
    Torres (knee soreness) scored the game-winning goal in his return to the ice for Thursday's Game 1 against the Kings.
    It was hardly a climactic game-winner, as it gave the Sharks a 4-0 lead in a game they would ultimately win 6-3. Torres was also quite active defensively, logging a team-high seven hits in his 8:42 of ice time.
  • 04/18/14 - 8:12AM ETJ.T. Miller : Healthy Scratch Thursday
    Miller served as a healthy scratch in the team's 4-1, Game 1 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.
    Although he was recalled from AHL Hartford prior to the start of the series, there's no guarantee the gritty winger with offensive upside will actually dress in the first round. For now, it appears the organization's other highly touted young winger, Jesper Fast, has the inside track on the team's 12th forward spot and with Fast getting an assist in his playoff debut, Miller will be on the outside looking in for now.
  • 04/18/14 - 8:11AM ETOndrej Palat : (Upper Body) Unlikely To play Friday
    Palat (upper body) is unlikely to play in Friday's game against the Canadiens, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Palat is officially listed as a game-time decision, but he did not take part in Friday's morning skate, and head coach Jon Cooper is not expecting him to play. While Palat will likely sit out Friday, he could return for the third game of the series Sunday.
 
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