NHL Player News

Wednesday, April 16

  • 04/16/14 - 2:09PM ETBrenden Dillon : (Lower Body) Will Not Play In Game 1
    Dillon (lower body) will not play in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Ducks.
    Coach Lindy Ruff noted that Dillon is not at the point where he's comfortable enough to skate yet, muddying his status for the remainder of the series. Aaron Rome will join the Dallas lineup in his place.
  • 04/16/14 - 11:44AM ETJan Hejda : (Upper Body) Will Play In Game 1
    Hejda (upper body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
    The Avalanche confirmed his availability following his participation in Wednesday's practice. Expect him to rejoin Erik Johnson on Colorado's top defensive pairing.
  • 04/16/14 - 9:47AM ETVladimir Tarasenko : (Hand) Practiced Wednesday
    Tarasenko (hand) practiced with the team Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Tarasenko was a full participant in line rushes, as well as in the power play drills, so it's looking like he could be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks. Keep an eye out for confirmation on his status after Thursday's morning skate.
  • 04/16/14 - 9:24AM ETBrandon Prust : Will Return For Game 1
    Prust (upper body) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Lightning, John Lu of TSN reports.
    Prust hasn't played since March 18, but will draw back into the lineup Wednesday for the start of the playoffs. The winger recorded six goals, seven assists, and 121 PIM in 52 games during the regular season.
  • 04/16/14 - 9:06AM ETSteve Mason : (Upper Body) Out For Game 1
    Mason (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Rangers, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia reports.
    Mason won't make the trip to New York with the team, so there's a good chance Ray Emery will start each of the first two games of the team's first round series. Mason will likely take over the starting role upon his return, but we'll have to wait a couple days to find out when that will be.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:45AM ETJonas Gustavsson : (Shoulder) Ready For Backup Duties
    Gustavsson (shoulder) will be available for Thursday's Game 1 against the Bruins, the Detroit News reports.
    Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start Thursday, but it's good news that Gustavsson will be there to back him up. Gustavsson finished the regular season with a 16-5-4 record, a .907 save percentage, and a 2.63 GAA in 27 appearances.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:34AM ETEvgeni Malkin : (Foot) Practices Wednesday
    Malkin (foot) took part in line rushes during Wednesday's morning skate, Pens Inside Scoop reports.
    Malkin was back on the ice for Tuesday's practice as well, so all signs point toward him being in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:19AM ETDaniel Paille : No Practice Wednesday
    Paille (unspecified injury) did not practice Wednesday.
    The Bruins are calling Paille (who was helped off the ice this past Saturday after absorbing a check) day-to-day, which clouds his status for Friday's playoff opener against the Red Wings. Meanwhile, Jordan Caron is skating on the B's fourth line in practice in place Paille.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:13AM ETPatrice Bergeron : (Lower Body) Practices Wednesday
    Bergeron (lower body) skated on a line with Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith at Wednesday's practice.
    Bergeron sat out the Bruins' regular-season finale with a minor lower body injury, but his presence at practice Wednesday -- while skating with his usual linemates, is a strong indication that he'll be good to go for Friday's playoff opener against the Red Wings.
  • 04/16/14 - 8:05AM ETSteve Downie : No Practice Wednesday
    Downie (upper body) did not practice Wednesday, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
    There's still no update on Downie's condition, but it's a little troubling that he returned from a head injury just last week. Keep an eye on the team's morning skate Thursday prior to Game 1, but it sounds like he'll probably be watching from the press box.

Tuesday, April 15

  • 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.
  • 04/15/14 - 3:19PM ETFrederik Andersen : Expected To Get Call For Game 1
    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.
  • 04/15/14 - 2:03PM ETDennis Seidenberg : Return Isn't Imminent
    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.
  • 04/15/14 - 12:19PM ETJohn Mitchell : (Head) Doing Better
    Coach Patrick Roy said Mitchell is doing better and could still play at some point in the upcoming series against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
    The Avs certainly hope to get Mitchell back at some point, as Matt Duchene is expected to miss the entire series. Keep an eye on his status in the coming days.
  • 04/15/14 - 12:11PM ETDarcy Kuemper : (Upper Body) Practices Tuesday
    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.
  • 04/15/14 - 10:59AM ETSteve Mason : (Upper Body) Iffy For Thursday
    Mason (upper body) practiced for about 40 minutes Tuesday before leaving the ice, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
    Carchidi adds that coach Craig Berube noted Tuesday that he is not sure if Mason will play Thursday against the Rangers, with Ray Emery on hand in the event that Mason can't start for the Flyers.
  • 04/15/14 - 10:23AM ETHenrik Zetterberg : Aiming For Round 2 Return
    Zetterberg (back) plans to practice Thursday.
    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.
  • 04/15/14 - 9:15AM ETMikael Granlund : (Head) Expected To Play Thursday
    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.
  • 04/15/14 - 8:53AM ETEvgeni Malkin : (Foot) Practices Tuesday
    Malkin (foot) was present for Tuesday's practice.
    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.

Monday, April 14

  • 04/14/14 - 7:22PM ETBrenden Dillon : Expected To Play In Game 1
    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.
  • 04/14/14 - 1:30PM ETPatrick Kane : (Knee) Ready 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.
  • 04/14/14 - 1:21PM ETJonathan Toews : (Arm) Ready For Playoffs
    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.
  • 04/14/14 - 10:50AM ETDaniel Sedin : Likely Avoided Serious Injury
    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."
  • 04/14/14 - 10:20AM ETNick Foligno : Out For Game 1 Vs. Pens
    Foligno (lower body) will not play Wednesday against the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    On an encouraging note, coach Todd Richards said that he expects Foligno to play at some point in the Blue Jackets' opening-round series against Pittsburgh.
  • 04/14/14 - 10:10AM ETHenrik Zetterberg : Out For First 2 Playoff Games
    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).
  • 04/14/14 - 9:22AM ETAlexander Semin : Wrist Surgery On Tap
    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.
  • 04/14/14 - 8:04AM ETVictor Hedman : Played Sunday
    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.
 
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