NHL Player News

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.

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.
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