Backes (head) is listed as a scratch for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Backes missed both Wednesday morning's skate and pregame warmups, suggesting that it would only be a matter of time before this decision was announced. He'll need to continue to show improvement in order to be cleared for Game 5.
04/23/14 - 6:01PM ETMatt Cooke
: Hit With 7-Game Suspension
Cooke has been suspended seven games for kneeing Avs' defenseman Tyson Barrie, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Following Wednesday's hearing, the NHL's Department of Player Safety has decided that seven games would be the appropriate suspension for Cooke. His suspension history likely came into play here, as well as the fact that Barrie will miss 4-to-6 weeks due to a sprained MCL as a result. Cooke has the option to appeal the suspension with an independent arbitrator, but it's currently unclear whether or not he will go this route.
04/23/14 - 4:39PM ETRyan Getzlaf
: (Upper Body) Out Wednesday Night
Getzlaf (upper body) will not play Wednesday night against the Stars, and is considered "day-to-day."
Getzlaf will take a seat due to an upper body injury that has been giving him problems, potentially clouding his status for the remainder of the series against Dallas. Rickard Rakell will play Wednesday night as a result, and is slated to be on the Ducks' fourth line. Getzlaf didn't participate in the Ducks' morning skate, but the announcement comes as a surprise nonetheless.
04/23/14 - 4:16PM ETRyan Murray
: Will Not Play Wednesday
Murray will not play in Wednesday night's contest against the Penguins, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Murray will sit in favor of Nick Schultz in Wednesday's playoff showdown. The 20-year-old logged 24 minutes during Monday's Game 3, finishing with a minus-2 rating for the Blue Jackets. It's currently unclear whether an injury is in play here, or if coach Todd Richards is looking for a stronger veteran presence in the lineup. However, we'll note that Murray did leave the morning skate early, which leads us to believe it might be the former reason.
04/23/14 - 1:13PM ETJoey Hishon
: Will Make NHL Debut Wednesday
Hishon will make his NHL debut in Wednesday's Game 4 against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
The former first-round pick will skate as the fourth-line center, while also seeing some time on the power play. Hishon has been a little slow to develop for the Avalanche, but his insertion into action during the playoffs speaks to how highly the organization regards him.
04/23/14 - 12:28PM ETDavid Backes
: (Head) Status Unclear For Wednesday
Coach Ken Hitchcock did not elaborate on the status of Backes (head) for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
We do know that Backes wasn't on the ice for the team's Wednesday morning skate, so his status for the Blues' evening tilt against Chicago remains cloudy. When asked if Backes might play Wednesday, all Hitchcock would reveal was, "he wasn't available for the pre-game skate."
Morrow (foot) will miss the rest of the Blues' playoff series against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
If the series goes the distance, Game 7 would be played on April 29, so Morrow is out at least until then, with his status for the second round of the playoffs (should the Blues advance) cloudy as well.
Though Paille (undisclosed injury) is skating, he hasn't been cleared to play yet, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Paille -- who last suited up on April 12 -- thus remains in the day-to-day category as Thursday's Game 4 against the Red Wings approaches.
04/23/14 - 10:42AM ETDavid Backes
: (Head) Not At Morning Skate
Backs (head) did not participate in the team's morning skate Wednesday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
There were rumors that Backes could return for Wednesday's Game 4 in Chicago, but his absence from the morning skate makes that unlikely. It's probably safest not to start him in fantasy leagues unless we hear differently closer to game time.
Selanne will sit out Wednesday's Game 4 against the Stars, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Selanne learned Wednesday morning he will be scratched in a playoff game for only the second time in his career. At age 43, the winger is probably just in need of a day off, so expect him to be back in the lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
Robidas is not expected to need surgery to repair his broken right leg, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Robidas broke his right leg right above the metal rod that was inserted when he broke it earlier this season, but his recovery time should be much shorter this time around. He'll still miss the rest of the playoffs, but it's good to hear that he won't have to go through as much rehab this time around.
Coach Lindy Ruff said on Wednesday that Dillon may return to the lineup on Friday.
Dillon has been practicing and his presence on the blueline would mean a lot to the Stars. Dillon has the ability to activate into the offense, but his presence means less for fantasy than it does for the actual team.
Zetterberg (back) could play in Thursday's Game 4.
Zetterberg hasn't suited up since February 8 due to the back injury, but took part in drills at Wednesday's practice, and could be in the lineup Thursday if his appointment with team doctors goes well. The star center would provide a much needed boost to the Red Wings offense, which has only managed two total goals in the first three games against the Bruins.
Goc (foot) took part in Wednesday's morning skate, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Goc won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4, but head coach Dan Bylsma did say it's possible he could be back before the end of the first round. The center recorded 11 goals and 14 assists in 74 games this season, but hasn't suited up since March 27 due to a foot injury.
04/23/14 - 8:07AM ETFedor Tyutin
: (Undisclosed) Out For Game 4
Tyutin (undisclosed) will not play in Game 4 against the Penguins on Wednesday, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.
There's still no update on what exactly is ailing Tyutin, but he'll watch his second straight game from the press box Wednesday. The team gets a two day break before Game 5 on Saturday, so there's a chance Tyutin could be healthy enough to return by then.
Marleau scored the OT winner in Game 3, adding an assist, a plus-2 rating, four shots, and 23:26 of ice time.
Marleau has scored in all three postseason games thus far, totaling five points, fourth best in the league.
04/23/14 - 7:36AM ETMatt Duchene
: (Knee) Not Ruled Out For 1st Round
Duchene (knee) could return before the end of the first round, the Denver Post reports.
The center skated hard Tuesday, and while he's not expected to be back for Game 4 on Thursday, there's still a chance Duchene could return before the series is over. He racked up 23 goals and 47 assists in 71 games during the regular season, and would provide a much needed boost to the struggling Colorado power play that has gone just 1-11 through the first three games of the playoffs.
Tuesday, April 22
04/22/14 - 8:08PM ETTuukka Rask
: Records Shutout In Game 3
Rask stopped all 23 Detroit shots on net in Tuesday's 3-0 Game 3 victory.
Typical Rask -- in three playoff games, he's allowed two goals. There aren't many goalies who inspire more confidence than the 27-year-old Finn right now.
Girardi scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's Game 3 win over the Flyers.
Both points were pivotal -- the assist on Martin St. Louis's goal that gave the Rangers a 2-0 cushion, and the score that put the Blueshirts up 3-1. They were his first points of these playoffs -- and the first goal he's ever scored against the Flyers.
St. Louis collected a goal and an assist in a Game 3, 4-1 defeat of Philadelphia on Tuesday.
We're not sure what happened when the calendar flipped to April, but St. Louis' production has only increased even more since the beginning of the postseason. The Quebec native has three goals and seven assists through eight games played in the month of April and is leading the team through the first three games of the playoffs with five points.
Lundqvist stopped 31 of 32 shots the Flyers sent his way in Tuesday's 4-1 Game 3 victory.
Henrik and the Rangers showed renewed determination in this one after their disappointing Game 2 collapse, as the skaters spread about the scoring while Lundqvist stood tall in his net. He'll surely be in there again for Friday's Game 4.
04/22/14 - 4:27PM ETDavid Backes
: (Head) Could Return For Game 4
Backes (head) appears to have made enough improvement over the last few days to have a legitimate chance at playing in Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Though coach Ken Hitchcock declined to provide an update on his status, Backes appears to have avoided a concussion during the illegal hit he took from the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook in Game 2. Hitchcock will likely wait and see how Backes looks during Wednesday's morning skate before making a determination on the captain's status for Game 4.
Bartkowski (illness) appears to be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Red Wings, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Bartkowski was on the ice for pregame warmups and was paired up with Johnny Boychuk, a sign he'll be good to go for Game 4. Andrej Meszaros will head to the press box as a result.
04/22/14 - 3:41PM ETSami Salo
: (Upper Body) Will Not Play Tuesday
Salo (upper body) will not be available for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Canadiens, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
In addition to Salo, the Bolts will also be without Radko Gudas on defense, after he evidently suffered a left knee injury Sunday. The absence of both players could leave goalie Anders Lindback in a world of trouble as the Lightning attempt to stave off elimination.
04/22/14 - 3:37PM ETRadko Gudas
: Out With Left Knee Injury Tuesday
Gudas is dealing with a left knee injury and will not play in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Canadiens, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
The news comes as a surprise, as there was no indication that Gudas sustained any sort of injury during Sunday's Game 3 loss, a game in which he contributed an assist. Either Mike Kostka or Keith Aulie will be called upon to take his spot in an important Game 4 for the Bolts.
04/22/14 - 2:43PM ETFedor Tyutin
: (Undisclosed) Likely Out For Game 4
Tyutin (undisclosed) was not on the ice for Tuesday's optional skate, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
It appears safe to conclude that Tyutin won't be available for Wednesday's Game 4, the second straight contest he'll have missed due to the injury. Dalton Prout entered the lineup in his place Monday night.
04/22/14 - 2:35PM ETJohn Klingberg
: Will Have Hip Surgery This Offseason
Klingberg will undergo hip surgery during the offseason, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Klingberg is expected to be ready to go for training camp in the fall and figures to begin the 2014-15 campaign in the minors. The 21-year-old spent most of this past season with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League, where he totaled 28 points in 50 games.
04/22/14 - 2:25PM ETSteve Mason
: (Upper Body) Will Serve As Backup Tuesday
Mason (upper body) will back up Ray Emery in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Rangers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The fact that coach Craig Berube is comfortable enough to use Mason as his backup Tuesday suggests that he could be back in the net as the starter for Friday's Game 4. While that won't be determined for the next few days based on how Mason looks in practices, Berube could just opt to stick with Emery in goal if he turns in another quality performance Tuesday, as he did in Game 2.
Hishon was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Tuesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
The Avs' first-round draft pick back in 2010, Hishon has seen his career stall out due to a litany of injuries, but coach Patrick Roy said he may be a lineup consideration for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Wild. It seems rather unlikely that Roy would entrust a young player like Hishon to make his NHL debut in the midst of an intense playoff series, but if the center looks impressive in Tuesday's practice, Roy could take a chance on him.
04/22/14 - 2:17PM ETMatt Cooke
: To Have Hearing Wednesday
Cooke will have an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Cooke will be allowed to plead his case for taking out Colorado's Tyson Barrie on a knee-to-knee hit during Monday's Game 3, but it seems likely that he could be in store for a lengthy suspension. Barrie has already been ruled out four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL, and it's certainly possible the NHL bans him for the rest of the series, at minimum.
Fayne underwent successful groin surgery on Tuesday, the Star-Ledger reports.
Fayne, who finished this past season with 11 points in 72 games, is looking at an 8-10 week rehab, suggesting that he'll be good to go for the Devils' next training camp, barring any setbacks.
04/22/14 - 12:23PM ETBrenden Dillon
: (Lower Body) Unlikely To Play Wednesday
Coach Lindy Ruff indicated that Dillon (lower body) is a "longshot" to play Wednesday against the Ducks, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Dillon took part in Tuesday's optional practice, which is a step in the right direction, but it appears as though a return to action Friday is a more realistic scenario for the blueliner, who last played on April 11.
04/22/14 - 10:20AM ETSteve Downie
: Remains Out Indefinitely
Downie (upper body) remains out indefinitely, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
The report suggests that Downie is suffering from concussion-like symptoms, but in any case, there's no timetable for the forward's return to action. Downie last suited up for the Flyers on April 10.
The Kings have recalled Fraser, Jon Rosen LA Kings Insider reports.
Fraser recorded just two helpers in 33 games with the Kings this season, but with the team down 2-0 in their series to the Sharks, it appears as though Fraser will be worked into the lineup in Tuesday's Game 3.
Andersson will be back in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 3, taking Daniel Alfredsson's spot.
Andersson was a healthy scratch in Game 2 but Alfredsson's back has forced him back into the Red Wings' plans. He had a terrific playoffs last season and hopes to recapture that on the third or fourth line Tuesday.
Lindback is in line to start Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Ben Bishop was on the ice Tuesday morning, but remains unavailable for Tuesday's Game 4 against Montreal, according to the Tampa Tribune. As a result, Lindback will try to help the Lightning fend off elimination Tuesday, with the Habs holding a 3-0 edge in the first-round playoff series.
04/22/14 - 8:40AM ETDaniel Paille
: (Undisclosed) Does Not Participate In Morning Skate Tuesday
Paille (undisclosed injury) was not present for the Bruins' Tuesday morning skate.
Nor was fellow forward Chris Kelly, meaning that Justin Florek and Jordan Caron are in line to remain in the Bruins' lineup for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Red Wings.
Bishop (elbow) skated on his own for about 20 minutes on Monday, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Bishop took some shots in the process, but the report adds that he is not available for Tuesday's game against Montreal. As a result, Anders Lindback will man the team's net Tuesday, with the Lightning down 3-0 to Montreal in their opening-round playoff series.
04/22/14 - 5:51AM ETLinden Vey
: Optioned To AHL Monday
Vey was sent back to Manchester of the AHL on Monday, LA Kings Insider reports.
Vey hadn't seen any action with the Kings since March 1 despite a pair of recalls; he'll instead report to the AHL for the playoffs.
04/22/14 - 5:18AM ETJamie Benn
: Six-Game Point Streak
Benn scored on one of his three shots and collected two penalty minutes in Monday's Game 3 shutout of the Ducks.
Benn now has points in six straight games, including two goals and an assist in the playoffs so far. He's been hot for much longer than that, and the Ducks have not yet found a way to shut him down.
Robidas left Monday's Game 3 with a leg injury that does not look good, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.
There seems to be a consensus among reporters at the game that Robidas is very likely dealing with a serious injury. This looked like more of a knee issue, but it's probably worth noting that the blueliner suffered a broken tibia in the same right leg earlier this season. If Robidas can't play in Game 4 -- a likely outcome -- Luca Sbisa could join the lineup, after being a healthy scratch in each of the first three games.
04/21/14 - 7:59PM ETTyson Barrie
: Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL
Barrie will be out for four-to-six weeks due to a sprained MCL, Altitude TV's Marc Moser reports.
Minnesota's Matt Cooke, who isn't exactly known for clean play, caught Barrie with a knee-to-knee hit that looked rather intentional. The Avs will likely be without their up-and-coming blueliner for the rest of the playoffs, but Barrie would perhaps stand a chance to return should his team make a deep run.
Barrie left Monday's Game 3 against the Wild after taking a knee-to-knee hit from Minnesota's Matt Cooke, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Barrie appears doubtful to return.
Cooke received a two-minute penalty for the hit, but it wouldn't be a surprised if he received some sort of suspension on what appeared to be a dirty play. Barrie's availability for future games in the series would seem to be in jeopardy as well, but we probably won't know the full extent of his injury until after Game 3. Barrie had two points and a plus-3 rating in the series prior to suffering the injury.
Morrow (foot) will be in the lineup for Monday's Game 3 against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Morrow will be back in the lineup after missing Game 2, and should help provide reinforcements with captain David Backes sidelined with a head injury. Morrow finished the regular season with 13 goals, 12 assists, and 76 PIM in 71 games.
Paille (undisclosed injury) participated in Monday's optional skate, the Bruins' official site reports.
Paille, who remains in the day-to-day category, appears closer to a return to action than fellow forward Chris Kelly, but the speedy winger is still looking iffy for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Red Wings.
Bartkowski (illness) participated in Monday's optional skate, the Bruins' official site reports.
Bartkowski, who has missed the first two games of the Bruins' playoff series against the Red Wings, appears to have a decent shot to return to the team's lineup for Tuesday's Game 3, barring any setbacks.
Mitchell (head) traveled with the Avs to St. Paul for Games 3 and 4 against the Wild but will not play Monday, the Denver Post reports.
He still hasn't skated since suffering what is believed to be a concussion April 11 against the Sharks. Coach Patrick Roy added that Mitchell is feeling better and will resume exercising shortly, which is a step in the right direction when it comes to concussions. With the Avs firing on all cylinders in the first two games of the series without both Mitchell and superstar Matt Duchene, there is no immediate need for him to return. When he does, however, he'll likely be back in a third or fourth line depth role, as the Avs' top-six forward machine -- led by the line of Paul Stastny, Gabe Landeskog and Nate MacKinnon that combined for 10 points in Game 2 -- is looking like a juggernaut in the early going of the postseason.
Heatley will be in the lineup against the Avalanche on Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Heatley was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the Wild's opening-round playoff series, but will get a chance to dress in Game 3 in an attempt to give the team a spark, considering they're down two games to none. Heatley collected 12 goals and 16 assists in 76 games this season, but also ended with a minus-18 rating.
04/21/14 - 12:57PM ETKris Letang
: Removed From Top PP Unit
Letang has been removed from Pittsburgh's top power-play unit, according to the team's official site.
The Pens began the playoffs using Letang and Evgeni Malkin at the points, but after Columbus scored short-handed goals in both Game 1 and Game 2, the team has decided to take a more conservative approach.
Stamkos (head) is expected to play in Game 4 of Tampa Bay's playoff series Tuesday.
In Game 3 of the series, Stamkos took a knee to the back of the head, but did return to the match. The Lightning are currently sitting in a 3-0 hole against Montreal, and need their captain to play to have a chance at making this a series again.
Berglund (upper body) will suit up Monday against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The team will be without David Backes on Monday, so Berglund's return to the Blues' lineup couldn't happen at a better time as they try to open up a 3-0 cushion in their first-round playoff series against the Blackhawks.
Kuemper will start Monday's game against the Avalanche.
Kuemper, who took over for Ilya Bryzgalov in Saturday's loss to the Avs, appears past his upper body injury and will be making his first start for the team since March 27, with the Wild down 2-0 in their first-round playoff series.