San Jose 17.5.13
Raffi Torres banned for series
Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the rest of San Jose's second-round playoff series against Los Angeles, a ban of up to six games, for an illegal check to the head of Kings forward Jarret Stoll during the opener. Stoll probably sustained a concussion from the hit, which occurred near the end of the second period of the Kings' 2-0 victory on Tuesday.
Sabres hire Rolston as head coach
The Buffalo Sabres hired Ron Rolston as head coach after he served the interim position following the firing of Lindy Ruff in February. Rolston led the Sabres to a 15-11-5 record after Ruff was fired February 20 following a 6-10-1 performance. The Sabres finished 21-21-6 and missed the playoffs for a second straight year and fourth time in six seasons. Before being selected interim coach, Rolston had coached the Rochester Americans, Buffalo's AHL affiliate, since 2011.
Abdelkader suspended 2 games
Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader has been suspended two games for Saturday's hit on Anaheim's Toni Lydman. The suspension means Abdelkader will miss Games 4 and 5 of the first-round playoff series between the Red Wings and Ducks. The 26-year-old played all 48 games during the regular season for Detroit, scoring 10 goals with three assists.
Gryba suspended 2 games
The NHL issued a two-game suspension to Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba on Friday. Gryba was punished for an illegal hit on Canadiens forward Lars Eller in Thursday's Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Eller was reaching back for a pass by teammate Raphael Diaz at his own blue line when Gryba leveled him with a high and blind-side hit to the head. According to a report, the 23-year-old suffered a broken nose and lost several teeth. The Montreal Gazette revealed that Eller has additional facial fractures and lost consciousness. He remained in a local hospital overnight for evaluation.
Eller taken off ice after injury
Montreal center Lars Eller suffered a concussion and facial fractures after taking a big hit from Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba in the second period of the Senators' 4-2 victory in Game 1 of their playoff series Thursday. Eller, who was taken off on a stretcher with a pool of blood on the ice, was spending the night in a hospital. He had eight goals and 22 assists for the Canadiens in the regular season.
Backstrom, Stoner day to day for Wild
Goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Clayton Stoner likely won't play in Game 2 of the Minnesota Wild's opening-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks after neither skated at Thursday's practice. Wild forward Jason Pominville sat out Thursday's practice, too, and will miss his fourth consecutive game since taking an elbow to the face in a game last week. Coach Mike Yeo called Backstrom and Stoner "day to day".
Backstrom scratched from lineup
Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was a late scratch from the lineup for Tuesday's playoff opener against the Chicago Blackhawks because of a leg injury.Backstrom appeared to injure his left leg reaching for a puck during pregame warmups and headed to the locker room. He was replaced in the lineup by Josh Harding. The Wild were also without right wing Jason Pominville, who missed the last two games of the regular season after he was elbowed in the chin by Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings.
Crosby back at practice
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby participated in his first team practice in nearly a month Friday, but there is no timetable for his return. Crosby has missed last 11 games with a broken jaw. Crosby has 15 goals and 41 assists in 36 games this season.
Cory Schneider day to day
Cory Schneider will miss their final regular-season home game, Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks, because of an unspecified injury. The goaltender, Vancouver's expected starter in the playoffs, is listed as day-to-day. Schneider is 17-9-4 this season with a 2.11 goals against average.
Semin to miss final two games
Alexander Semin will miss the remainder of the regular season due to a concussion. The Carolina forward ends his season with 13 goals and 31 assists while establishing himself as a valuable component of the Hurricanes' top line. Carolina has two games remaining and did not qualify for the playoffs.
Nugent-Hopkins to miss final week
Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will miss the final five games of the season with a shoulder injury. After an impressive rookie season, Nugent-Hopkins' numbers were slightly down this year with just four goals and 20 assists in 40 games. He had 18 goals and 34 assists in 64 games in his first NHL season after being drafted first overall by Edmonton in 2011.
Dennis Wideman has broken finger
The Calgary Flames announced Friday that defenseman Dennis Wideman is day-to-day with a broken finger. Wideman has registered six goals and 16 assists in 43 games this season, his first with the Flames after signing a five-year deal last June. The team also said defenseman Chris Butler is battling the flu and that rearguard Mark Cundari has been recalled from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League.
NY Ran. 19.4.13
Boyle out with leg injury
Rangers center Brian Boyle missed New York's game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday because of a right leg injury and is expected to sit out at least a game at Buffalo on Friday and at home against New Jersey on Sunday. The 28-year-old was injured in the first period of the Rangers' 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday. Boyle has two goals and three assists in 38 games this season.
Emery, Sharp out vs. Predators
Ray Emery has a lower body injury and will not play against Nashville on Friday. Coach Joel Quenneville told reporters he hopes to get the goalie back on the ice on Friday but added he will not be available when the Blackhawks host the Predators. It's not clear whether Corey Crawford or Emery will be the No.1 goalie once the playoffs start. Meanwhile, forward Patrick Sharp remains sidelined by an upper-body injury.
St Louis 17.4.13
T.J. Oshie undergoes ankle surgery
St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie underwent surgery on his left ankle, and he was listed as week to week. The 26-year-old, who missed the previous eight games, has seven goals and 13 assists in 30 games this season. Oshie also missed 31 games during the 2010/11 season because of a fractured left ankle.