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Saturday, April 19

  • 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.

Thursday, April 17

  • 04/17/14 - 7:26PM ETSteve Mason : Could Play Game 2
    Mason (upper body) could practice Saturday, which would give him a good chance to start Sunday's Game 2 against the Rangers, the CSN Philadelphia's John Boruk reports.
    Mason missed Game 1, but he's apparently making progress, and can now be considered questionable for Game 2. Ray Emery gave up four goals on 36 shots in Thursday's 4-1 series-opening loss.
  • 04/17/14 - 2:49PM ETBrenden Dillon : (Lower Body) Day-To-Day
    Dillon (lower body) remains day-to-day, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
    Dillon missed Wednesday's playoff opener against the Ducks and thus remains iffy for Friday's Game 2, given his continued day-to-day status.
  • 04/17/14 - 2:07PM ETMarkus Granlund : (Shoulder) Reassigned to AHL Abbortsford Thursday
    Granlund (shoulder) was reassigned to AHL Abbotsford on Thursday.
    Although his shoulder injury prevented him from playing for the Flames over the last month of the season, but he's since received medical clearance to play and will attempt to help out Abbotsford during their stretch run. He led Abbotsford with 23 goals and 21 assists in 50 games prior to his call-up to Calgary.
  • 04/17/14 - 1:01PM ETMatt Bartkowski : (Undisclosed) Misses Practice Thursday
    Bartkowski (unspecified reason) did not practice Thursday, the Bruins' official site reports.
    The report points out that a flu bug hit the Bruins earlier this week, though at this stage it's unclear if that's what's ailing Bartkowski, or if he is dealing with an injury of some kind.
  • 04/17/14 - 12:40PM ETMatt Beleskey : Dealing With Lower-Body Injury
    Beleskey is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
    We'll revisit Beleskey's status Friday, but at the moment his status for Game 2 against the Stars is cloudy.
  • 04/17/14 - 12:23PM ETTravis Moen : (Concussion) Will Not Play Friday
    Moen (concussion) will not play Friday against the Lightning, the Canadiens' official site reports.
    According to coach Michel Therrien, Moen -- who was on the ice with his teammates Thursday -- is progressing well, but we won't see the forward before Sunday's Game 3 against the Lightning, in any case.
  • 04/17/14 - 12:19PM ETNicklas Backstrom : Won't Play For Sweden This Summer
    Backstrom will not play for Team Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus, according to a report in Svenska Dagbladet.
    Team Sweden benchboss Par Marts said Backstrom declined the invitation due to family reasons. Backstrom has had an impressive but emotional season of hockey this year. He led the NHL with 44 power-play points, and tied with Alexander Ovechkin for the team lead with 79 points in all 82 games for the Capitals this year. Those accomplishments bookended an Olympic campaign that ended when Backstrom was held out of the Gold Medal game against Canada for failing a drug test due to allergy medication, and would have to wait weeks to ultimately be awarded the Silver Medal. After such an emotional roller coaster ride ended with the Capitals missing the playoffs, one could hardly blame the Gavle native for wanting to spend a little time away from the game. Although the Capitals likely face a turbulent offseason, Backstrom remains one of the safest options at his position in all of fantasy hockey. His minus-20 performance should be viewed as an anomaly, and as long as he is getting consistent playing time with the likes of Alex Ovechkin, there's no reason to believe he won't produce solid totals next season. Look for Backstrom to be one of the first centers taken in all formats during next season's fantasy drafts.
  • 04/17/14 - 12:00PM ETOndrej Palat : Game-Time Decision For Friday
    Palat (upper body) is considered a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Canadiens, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Cristodero adds that Palat missed practice Thursday, with the report classifying the injury that the forward is dealing with as an upper body issue.
  • 04/17/14 - 10:51AM ETRyan Getzlaf : (Face) Looks Ready To Play In Game 2
    Getzlaf (face) is expected to play in Game 2 of the Ducks' series with the Stars, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
    Getzlaf was struck in the face with just 16 seconds remaining in Wednesday's Game 1 victory, suffering a deep facial laceration. Getzlaf was stitched up to repair the cosmetic damage, and after X-rays came back negative, it looks like he'll be in good shape for the rest of the postseason. He had a goal and assist before leaving Wednesday.
  • 04/17/14 - 10:33AM ETNick Foligno : (Knee) Out For Game 2
    Coach Todd Richards said Foligno (knee) would miss Saturday's Game 2 against the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Foligno is still expected to play at some point in the series, but the Blue Jackets may need to steal a win or two in order to buy enough time for his return.
  • 04/17/14 - 10:15AM ETKevan Miller : (Flu) Back At Practice
    Miller, who missed the last couple days of practice with the flu, was back on the ice at Thursday's session, CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty reports.
    Miller paired up with Torey Krug and appeared to be at full strength during the practice. He should be a full go for Friday's Game 1 against the Red Wings.
  • 04/17/14 - 10:11AM ETPatrice Bergeron : (Lower Body) Practices In Full Thursday
    Bergeron (lower body) practiced in full Thursday, CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty reports.
    At this point, it looks like Bergeron will be a safe play for the postseason now that he's practiced for two consecutive days on his usual second line. Bergeron enjoyed another productive regular season for the Bruins, scoring 62 points while showing his typical toughness on defense. He'll have a good chance at claiming the Selke Trophy for the second time in his career.
  • 04/17/14 - 9:52AM ETT.J. Oshie : (Upper Body) Will Sit Out Game 1
    Oshie (upper body) will not play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
    Coach Ken Hitchcock was gracious enough to rule Oshie out following morning skate, rather than waiting until pregame warmups before his unavailability became apparent. Fortunately, the Blues will get right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (broken hand) back into the lineup after he missed the last month, taking away some of the sting of Oshie's absence.
  • 04/17/14 - 9:44AM ETBarret Jackman : (Undisclosed) Will Play Game 1
    Jackman (undisclosed) looks like he'll be back in the lineup for Game 1 of the Blues' first-round series with the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Jackman sat out Sunday's regular season finale with an undisclosed injury, but it appears it was only a minor issue. He'll reclaim his usual spot on the second defensive pairing alongside Kevin Shattenkirk.
  • 04/17/14 - 9:38AM ETVladimir Tarasenko : (Hand) Back In Lineup For Game 1
    Coach Ken Hitchcock acknowledged Tarasenko (hand) will play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Tarasenko hasn't seen any game action since Mar. 15 after breaking his hand, but after a month-long layoff, the Blues will be counting on him to provide the scoring touch he showed prior to the injury. He'll slot in as the second-line right wing, alongside Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka. Tarasenko had three goals and six assists in his last eight games before undergoing surgery to repair the broken hand.
  • 04/17/14 - 9:33AM ETDavid Backes : (Foot) Will Play In Game 1
    Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed after morning skate that Backes (foot) would be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 vs. the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    As expected, Backes will man the top line for the Blues upon completing the morning skate without incident. He missed the final three games of the regular season with the foot injury.
  • 04/17/14 - 9:18AM ET :
    Mason (upper body) will travel with the Flyers in New York on Friday, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
    Mason has already been ruled out for Game 1, but the news that he's traveling could make him a consideration for Game 2. Coach Craig Berube said Mason won't practice Friday, but it's evident that his condition is improving.
  • 04/17/14 - 7:52AM ET :
    Bishop (elbow) was on the ice in full gear for 35 minutes Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
    After watching backup Anders Lindback struggle in his place during Wednesday's playoff opener against the Canadiens, Bishop attempted to ramp up his activity but still appeared to be hurting. He wasn't able to face shots at Thursday's session, and at this point, looks doubtful at best to heal up in time for Game 2 on Friday.
  • 04/17/14 - 7:47AM ETJohn Mitchell : (Head) Out For Game 1
    Mitchell (head) will not play in Game 1 of the Avs' first-round series against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
    Mitchell had reportedly shown signs of improvement in recent days after sustaining a possible concussion last Friday, but he'll be bound for the press box in the Avs' playoff opener. There's still hope he can return to the lineup at some point during the series.
 
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