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Alexander Steen didn't skate Wednesday morning, but he will play in Game 1 versus Nashville.

Steen had two goals and two assists in five games against Minnesota in Round 1 of the postseason. He had one goal in four meetings with the Predators during the regular season.
Apr 26 - 2:05 PM

Petteri Lindbohm has been summoned from the minors.

He isn't expected to play in Game 1 against Nashville Wednesday night. Lindbohm skated in seven games with the Blues during the regular season.
Apr 26 - 2:02 PM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) is listed as a game-time decision for Game 1 of Pittsburgh's second-round series against Washington.

He skated on the fourth line again during Wednesday's practice. Kunitz appears to be on track to play in his first game on Thursday night since Mar. 31.
Apr 26 - 1:15 PM

Carl Hagelin (lower body) took part in Wednesday's practice, wearing a no-contact jersey.

Coach Mike Sullivan said, "Big step today, getting involved in team practice. He's getting eager. Take it day-to-day. He's a lot closer." Still, it doesn't look like Hagelin will be ready for Game 1 against Washington on Thursday night.
Apr 26 - 1:12 PM

Craig Smith (undisclosed) could be ready to play Wednesday night.

He missed Game 4 against Chicago and didn't skate before Nashville's second-round series versus St. Louis until Wednesday morning. It's unclear what his status is going into Game 1 against the Blues.
Apr 26 - 1:00 PM

Calle Jarnkrok took part in Wednesday's morning skate.

It was his first time on the ice since Nashville swept Chicago in Round 1. Jarnkrok was dealing with a lower-body injury prior to the playoffs, so he could still be banged up even though he played in all four games versus the Blackhawks. He should be good to go for Game 1 versus St. Louis.
Apr 26 - 12:49 PM

Tom Pyatt (upper body) may be available to play on Thursday.

He wasn't involved in the team's line rushes during Wednesday's practice, so a better idea of his status could come after Thursday's morning skate. Pyatt hasn't played since Apr. 19 because of an upper-body injury.
Apr 26 - 12:37 PM

Mark Borowiecki (lower body) has been ruled out for Game 1 against New York on Thursday night.

He was injured in Game 2 of the first round against Boston and he hasn't played since. Borowiecki is considered to be day-to-day.
Apr 26 - 12:25 PM

Tyler Seguin is projected to need about four months of recovery time after having shoulder surgery.

"He'll be in a sling for two to four weeks and then he'll be able to start his workouts," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "There should be plenty of time to recover." Seguin has battle some injury concerns lately, but he still managed to skate in all 82 games in 2016-17. He is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.
Apr 26 - 11:48 AM

Erik Karlsson said that his foot is virtually back to normal, which is why he didn't have a problem talking about his injury on Sunday.

He revealed that he played the entire first round with two hairline fractures to his foot. "It's probably something that's not going to affect me anymore moving forward," said Karlsson. "It's something that's done with. I just felt like getting it out of the way instead of having it keep lingering on. I'm not much for secrets."
Apr 26 - 11:41 AM

Artturi Lehkonen had a solid rookie season, but he understands that improvements will have to be made.

"It was a good year, but I know that I have to get better," he said. "There were some times during the season when I was tired and I want to get stronger and faster. My goal is to be a top forward on this team." Lehkonen tied for third on the Canadiens with 18 goals and he generated 28 points in 73 games.
Apr 26 - 11:03 AM

Nathan Beaulieu would like to stay with the Canadiens and believes that will be the case, but at this point it wouldn't be surprising if he wasn't back with the team next year.

"I still believe in myself and know I can be a big part of this team. It's tough to put a fingerprint on it right now, but I know I feel like I'm still a big part of this team on the back end," he said. "I feel like the organization still thinks that from talking to them. This is another big summer for me and get ready to come back to work again." Beaulieu's roster spot may be in jeopardy because of prospect Mikhail Sergachev, so a trade or a position in the expansion draft are possibilities.
Apr 26 - 10:53 AM

Tyler Seguin underwent shoulder surgery earlier this week to repair a torn labrum.

He is expected to recover before the start of training camp. Seguin 26 goals and 72 points in 82 games in 2016-17.
Apr 26 - 10:43 AM

Alex Ovechkin missed the second half of the Capitals' practice on Tuesday, but Capitals coach Barry Trotz said it wasn't for any health reason.

"I don't know what happened," Trotz said. "It was a skate. He came over and there was something hanging off his skate there. I think when he went in the corner, [it] got sliced. He's fine, as you see. You saw him walking around. He's fine." Ovechkin said largely the same thing, noting that his skate broke. With that in mind, this is primarily an FYI in case you heard that Ovechkin didn't complete the team's practice and were wondering why.
Apr 26 - 10:38 AM

If Karl Alzner is ready to return for Game 1 on Thursday, Nate Schmidt might be a healthy scratch.

Schmidt has done well though, leading to speculation that the Capitals might scratch a different defenseman or even dress seven blueliners. Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that Schmidt has put him in a tough position. "He’s come in and he’s done a really good job," Trotz added. "He’s such a good skater. We played a quick team and he fit in just perfectly with us. I thought he was making a statement, ‘Hey I'm gonna make it tough to take me out of the lineup."
Apr 26 - 10:35 AM



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