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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.