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  • Raffi Torres will return for Game 1 vs. Kings
    Raffi Torres (knee) will play Thursday when the Sharks host Los Angeles in their playoff opener.

    Advice: He sat out the last 17 games of the regular season to rest after returning for five games from knee surgery. Torres skated with Andrew Desjardins and Martin Havlat on the fourth line during the morning session.
    Today, 3:04 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Richards, Kings hope for rebound in playoffs
    Coach Darryl Sutter is expecting to see a different Mike Richards in the postseason.

    Advice: "Mike Richards is our most experienced forward in terms of playoffs, and he always plays his best when we expect him to," said Sutter. Richards is hoping to take advantage of the intensity of the postseason after an unproductive regular season.
    Today, 2:58 pm
  • Zetterberg hopes to resume contact soon
    Henrik Zetterberg (back) skated for about 30 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: "You just have to take it step by step," he said. Zetterberg hopes to resume contact drills before the end of the week. He reiterated that he probably won't be ready to return during the first round of the playoffs.
    Today, 2:45 pm
    Injured Reserve
    W, 3-0 @ StL
  • Nick Foligno won't be available for Game 2
    Nick Foligno (knee) won't play in Game 2 Saturday night.

    Advice: Coach Todd Richards said that Foligno could possibly be back on Monday for Game 3 back in Columbus.
    Today, 2:33 pm
  • Matt Beleskey is day-to-day with LBI
    Matt Beleskey (lower body) is day-to-day and it's uncertain if he'll play Friday in Game 2.

    Advice: He didn't practice Thursday and if he doesn't skate in Anaheim's morning session on Friday then he probably won't be available to play that night. Beleskey had a goal and an assist in Game 1's 4-3 victory.
    Today, 12:53 pm
  • Ondrej Palat will be a game-time call Friday
    Ondrej Palat (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest against Montreal.

    Advice: He left Game 1 because an undisclosed injury, which is believed to be to his upper-body region. The outstanding rookie logged 14:05 of ice time before exiting early in the third period.
    Today, 11:39 am
  • Red Wings shuffle lines at practice
    Johan Franzen skated with Daniel Alfredsson and Darren Helm on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Babcock did some line shuffling, so it's unclear what combinations he'll have for Game 1 against Boston on Friday night. Luke Glendening centered Drew Miller and David Legwand, while Riley Sheahan played between Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco and Pavel Datsyuk was flanked by Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.
    Today, 9:26 am
  • Stars' Jamie Benn scores in playoff debut
    Jamie Benn scored in his playoff debut Wednesday night.

    Advice: He got Dallas on the board in the second period, on the power play, after the Ducks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in Game 1. Benn finished the contest with five shots on goal.
    Today, 9:06 am
  • Lightning mum on Ondrej Palat's injury
    Ondrej Palat was forced to leave Tampa Bay's playoff opener in the third period with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: He was seen walking around the locker room after the team's overtime loss and there wasn't an update on his status. Palat had an upper-body injury at the end of the regular season after a hard hit made contact with his head and there may have been a re-injury there. It was also speculated during the game telecast that he might have been hurt when he banged knees with Montreal's P.K. Subban. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Alex Killorn makes impressive playoff debut
    Alex Killorn produced a goal and an assist in Game 1 Wednesday night against Montreal.

    Advice: He looked great alongside Steve Stamkos, but the Lightning lost their postseason opener by a 5-4 score in overtime. Still, it was an impressive NHL playoff debut for Killorn, who recorded 17 goals and 41 points during the regular season.
    Today, 8:08 am
  • Nieto might make playoff debut on 2nd line
    Matthew Nieto might be on the Sharks' second line in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: If that's the case, then Nieto will be playing alongside Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. He had 10 goals and 24 points in 66 games in his rookie campaign.
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Thomas Vanek scores in Game 1 victory
    Thomas Vanek scored in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He also registered a game-high seven shots. Vanek is a streaky player and he played very well in the Canadiens' playoff opener, which could be a good sign for the Habs.
    Today, 7:37 am
  • Justin Florek skates on the third line
    Justin Florek skated on Boston's third line at practice Wednesday.

    Advice: He could play in Game 1 against Detroit on Friday if Chris Kelly isn't ready to return from back spasms. Kelly didn't participate in the session and missed the last three games of the regular season.
    Today, 7:18 am
  • Brian Gibbons moves to Penguins' top line
    Brian Gibbons was moved up to the Penguins' top line during Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Columbus.

    Advice: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma wanted to take advantage of Gibbons' speed, which suits the play of Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby. Gibbons didn't end up getting a point, but that will change if he stays on the first line.
    Today, 7:12 am
  • Beau Bennett fine with in-game demotion
    Beau Bennett shrugged off Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's decision to demote him to the third line during Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: "It's not tough," Bennett said. "Honestly, in the playoffs, you leave your ego at the door. Whatever happens, you're trying to get 16 wins. That's the end goal." Bylsma liked how the switch worked out, so Bennett might end up staying on the third line for now. Bennett ended up with a power-play goal and got the primary assist on the game-winner with his new linemate, Brandon Sutter.
    Today, 7:11 am
    L, 3-2 vs Ott
  • Dubinsky stays positive after blowing lead
    Brandon Dubinsky tried to find the silver lining after Columbus blew a two-goal lead against Pittsburgh in Game 1.

    Advice: "I liked the way our guys fought and played," Dubinsky said. "They made one more play than us. That's the way the playoffs go some times. We can't give them odd-man rushes. We gave them too many and they made us pay. But our guys know what to expect now, and they'll come ready to battle on Saturday." Columbus was a long shot to win this series going into the playoffs and they might have lost their best chance to get under the Penguins' skin by coughing up that lead. For his part, Dubinsky had an assist in the 4-3 loss.
    Today, 6:31 am
  • Matt Beleskey contributes 2 points in Game 1
    Matt Beleskey had a goal and an assist in Anaheim's 4-3 victory over Dallas in Game 1 of their first round series.

    Advice: Beleskey had three goals and four points in his final four regular season contests, so it looks like he was able to successfully take that momentum into the playoffs. Overall, he had nine goals and 24 points in 55 games in 2013-14.
    Today, 6:12 am
  • Beau Bennett shines in win over Jackets
    Beau Bennett scored a goal and added an assist for Pittsburgh in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets to take a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Bennett missed the better part of the season due to injury, but he's gotten healthy at the right time and seems ready to contribute to Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup quest. Brandon Sutter, Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen also tallied for the Penguins in the victory while Evgeni Malkin and Paul Martin each registered a pair of helpers.
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Ott
  • Raffi Torres will probably play Thursday
    Raffi Torres (knee) is probable for Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Torres was on the ice with the Sharks on Wednesday. "Today, he looked even better. You can probably interpret that as him being ready to go," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Torres. "Now, with that being said, I haven't sat with him, I haven't met with him after the skate today yet." If Torres dresses, it will probably be as a bottom-six forward.
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
    Injured Reserve
  • Nick Foligno (knee) might play in Game 2
    Nick Foligno (knee) might be able to play in Game 2 of the first round.

    Advice: Foligno was already ruled out for the Blue Jackets' playoff opener on Wednesday. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 contests in 2013-14.
    Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • TBL should get Ondrej Palat back on Wednesday
    Ondrej Palat (upper body) is ready to play in the Lightning's postseason opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Palat had 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games this season. Look for him to play on Tampa Bay's top line with Steve Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
  • Henrik Zetterberg aims for Round 2 return
    Henrik Zetterberg (back) hopes to return for the second round, if the Red Wings make it that far.

    Advice: It would certainly be challenging for Detroit, given that Boston is its first round opponent. That being said, Zetterberg hasn't been completely ruled out for the first round, so there's always a chance that he'll be able to help out if the series goes deep.
    Tuesday, 10:02 am
    Injured Reserve
    W, 3-0 @ StL
  • Boston promotes Justin Florek
    The Boston Bruins have called up Justin Florek.

    Advice: Florek has 19 goals and 38 points in 69 AHL games this season. He also had a goal and an assist in four contests with Boston.
    Tuesday, 9:16 am
  • Nick Foligno (knee) is out for Game 1
    Nick Foligno's lower-body injury is related to his knee.

    Advice: Foligno won't participate in Game 1 of the Blue Jackets' first round series. However, he should be able to return before the round is over. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 games this season.
    Tuesday, 7:03 am
  • Henrik Zetterberg set to practice Tuesday
    Henrik Zetterberg (back) is expected to skate with his teammates for the first part of practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: GM Ken Holland has already ruled out Zetterberg for the first two games of Detroit's first-round series against Boston. "He appears to be right on track for the original time frame," Holland said Monday. "He's skated a little bit on his own, and now he wants to see how he feels going up and down the ice with the guys, maybe do some light shooting." If he doesn't suffer any setbacks then he probably won't be ready to return unless the Red Wings advance into Round 2 of the postseason.
    Monday, 2:06 pm
    Injured Reserve
    W, 3-0 @ StL
  • Tampa's Ondrej Palat sits Sunday with UBI
    Ondrej Palat (upper body) didn't play Sunday.

    Advice: He appeared to take a blow to the head on a hit by Columbus blueliner Jack Johnson on Friday and it forced him to leave the contest. The rookie forward's status for Game 1 of the postseason is unclear at this time. He is listed as day-to-day.
    Monday, 8:54 am
  • Stars make Jamie Benn a healthy scratch
    With their playoff spot already locked up, the Dallas Stars made various players healthy scratches, including top winger Jamie Benn.

    Advice: The Stars are facing the Phoenix Coyotes in a contest many expected would decide a postseason spot, but instead they get a chance to catch a break. It obviously hurts fantasy owners on what could be their own playoff-deciding days, especially since Benn is on a five-game point streak (four goals and four assists).
    Sunday, 1:46 pm
  • Franzen will rest instead of play Sunday
    Johan Franzen will rest instead of playing on Sunday.

    Advice: The season finale doesn't mean much to Detroit, so it made more sense to Detroit to give a few of its players a breather. Franzen has 16 goals and 41 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
    Sunday, 9:00 am
  • Jamie Benn gets ready for first playoff run
    Jamie Benn will be going to the playoffs for the first time in his career.

    Advice: "It means a lot - every kid dreams of playing in the playoffs and trying to win the Stanley Cup," Jamie Benn said. "I believe we have a great group this year that can do some damage." Benn certainly did his part to push Dallas over the top in 2013-14 by scoring 34 goals and 79 points in 81 games. He might be a healthy scratch on Sunday to give him a breather before the postseason.
    Sunday, 7:23 am
  • Mike Richards ends season in big slump
    Mike Richards ended the season without a point in his last nine games and without an assist in his last 22 contests.

    Advice: That is pretty bad, even if Richards was a defensive defenseman and not a good scorer in the NHL. He ends the season down in every category as he had only 11 goals and 41 points with a minus-six rating and only 28 penalty minutes. It was not a good season for Richards.
    Sunday, 4:26 am
  • Matthew Nieto (personal) gets sent to ECHL
    The Sharks have assigned Matthew Nieto to Ontario of the ECHL to be close to his mother.

    Advice: She is scheduled to have cancer-related surgery next week and Nieto will rejoin the team afterward.
    Saturday, 10:11 am
  • Jamie Benn could sit out Sunday v Phoenix
    As Dallas has clinched a playoff berth, don't be surprised if Jamie Benn sits out Sunday's regular season finale against Phoenix.

    Advice: The Stars are likely to give Benn and Tyler Seguin the game off to rest for the playoffs. Chris Mueller was called up from Texas of the AHL and seems poised to play in place of one of Dallas' star players.
    Saturday, 10:08 am
  • Palat leaves Friday's game after big hit
    Ondrej Palat left Friday's game against the Blue Jackets in the third period after being on the receiving end of a big hit administered by Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson.

    Advice: It was a clean hit but did plenty of damage to Palat who was not able to return to the contest. Consider Palat day-to-day for now.
    Saturday, 9:11 am
  • Nick Foligno may not be ready for Game 1
    Nick Foligno (lower body) may not be ready for the start of the playoffs.

    Advice: He has been sidelined since Apr. 3 with a lower-body injury. In 70 games this season, Foligno has 18 goals and 39 points, along with 96 penalty minutes and 210 hits. His physical style would certainly benefit the team come postseason time.
    Saturday, 7:56 am