Hagelin a game-time decision
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Carl Hagelin will be a game-time decision to return for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night after being out since March 10 with a lower-body injury. The lightning-quick wing took part in a full-contact practice Friday and has progressed far enough in his recovery to be an option to play.
Fiala leaves on stretcher with leg injury
Nashville forward Kevin Fiala was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he hurt his left leg during Game 1 of the Predators' second-round series against St. Louis on Wednesday night. Fiala was hit by Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and went hard into the boards behind the St. Louis net at 1:46 of the second period. The injury led to a 17-minute delay while Fiala received medical attention. Fiala was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. The team says he is "alert and in stable condition."
Werenski out for playoffs with face fracture
Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski will miss the rest of the postseason because of a broken cheekbone. The Blue Jackets announced the decision Monday, one day after the 19-year-old rookie took a puck to the face on a shot by Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel that opened a gash on his right cheek in the second period. He played a couple shifts in the third period with a full facemask, but his eye swelled shut and he had to sit out the rest of the game.
San Jose 17.4.17
Thornton returns to lineup
Joe Thornton is back in the lineup after missing the first two games of the playoffs with a left knee injury. The San Jose Sharks center had missed the past two weeks after injuring his knee in a regular-season game at Vancouver. The Sharks split the first two games of the series in Edmonton without Thornton.
Vatanen is late scratch for Game 2
Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen was a late scratch from Game 2 of Anaheim's first-round playoff series with the Calgary Flames. Korbinian Holzer made his NHL playoff debut Saturday night in place of Vatanen, who has an upper-body injury. The Ducks already are without All-Star defenseman Cam Fowler, who was injured last week on a knee-on-knee hit by Calgary captain Mark Giordano.
Fleury to stay in goal for Game 2
Marc-Andre Fleury will remain in net for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their playoff series against Columbus while Matt Murray deals with a lower-body injury. Murray was scheduled to start Game 1 but left after suffering a lower-body injury in warm-ups. Fleury came on and made 31 saves as the Penguins cruised to a 3-1 victory. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan offered no public update of Murray's status on Thursday, saying only there's no timetable goalie's return.
San Jose 11.4.17
Thornton, Couture day to day
With their top two centers nursing injuries that have placed their status in doubt and a late-season stumble having cost them home-ice advantage in the first round, the Sharks head into their series against Edmonton trying to find the form that helped them win the Western Conference last year.
Joe Thornton missed the final three games of the regular season with an injured left knee and Logan Couture sat the final seven after taking a deflected puck to the face. Both took part in practice Monday with Couture skating the entire time on a line with Joe Pavelski and Melker Karlsson and Thornton participating only for the beginning of practice, mostly with the extra forwards. Whether they can be ready for the opener Wednesday night remains unknown.
Ritchie suspended for 2 games
Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie was suspended for two games without pay Friday for roughing Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival. Ritchie was given a match penalty in the third period of Anaheim's 4-0 victory over Chicago on Thursday night for a one-punch knockdown of Roszival. The suspension includes the Ducks' final regular-season game and first playoff game.
Fowler to miss start of playoffs
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler will miss at least the start of the postseason after a knee-on-knee hit from Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano on Tuesday. The All-Star defenseman could be sidelined between two and six weeks. The Ducks expect to know more after further tests, but Fowler definitely will miss the start of the Ducks' playoff run.
Letang to have neck surgery
Kris Letang will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and is out 4 to 6 months, rendering him a spectator as Pittsburgh tries to become the first team in nearly 20 years to win back-to-back Cups. Letang last played on Feb. 21, but was working his way toward a return before the postseason begins before symptoms returned last week. He underwent a second MRI, with team doctors recommending he have surgery to repair the problem.
N. Jersey 4.4.17
Prout suspended 2 games
The NHL has suspended New Jersey Devils defenseman Dalton Prout two games for interference against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas during a game on Saturday. The league announced the punishment Monday, noting that Prout is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the CBA.
San Jose 3.4.17
Thornton suffers leg injury
San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton left Sunday's game against the Vancouver Canucks with an apparent injury to his left leg. The 37-year-old ran into Canucks forward Michael Chaput from behind along the boards with just over three minutes to go in the first period before crumpling to the ice. Thornton has seven goals and 43 assists in 78 games this season for San Jose, which is in a battle for playoff positioning in the Pacific Division.
Parise could return next week
Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise will likely miss the next three games with bruising and swelling around his eye from a high stick to the face that led to blows to the head as he fell. Parise was struck Tuesday by Washington's Tom Wilson before he crashed into the knee of another opponent, Jay Beagle, and then slammed onto the ice. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Parise came away from the scary collision with his vision intact and perhaps on track to return next week.
Leafs without Andersen against Panthers
The Toronto Maple Leafs No. 1 goaltender, Frederik Andersen is listed as day-to-day with what is being termed an upper-body injury. Curtis McElhinney, who took over from Andersen on Saturday and allowed three goals on 22 shots, will start Tuesday night when the Maple Leafs play the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre.
"It doesn't appear to be long (term) and obviously that's great," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "The way I look at injuries is that it's an opportunity for (McElhinney) and he gets (two days) to prepare. Curtis is a good pro and has done a good job for us."
Ristolainen suspended three games
The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for three games following his blindside hit that led to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel sustaining a concussion. The hit occurred about nine minutes into Pittsburgh's 3-1 win at Buffalo on Tuesday. Guentzel will miss the next few games as he goes through the concussion protocol.