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P.A. Parenteau will be a healthy scratch in Game 2 against St. Louis.

Parenteau played in Game 1, but he'll sit for Miikka Salomaki tonight. The veteran forward has no points in three games this postseason. Anthony Bitetto, Brad Hunt and Harry Zolnierczyk will also be scratched tonight.
Apr 28 - 8:17 PM

Craig Smith (lower body) isn't in the lineup for Game 2 against St. Louis.

The injury forced Smith to miss Game 4 of the opening-round series against the Blackhawks and Game 1 against St. Louis. Smith has one assist in three games this postseason. Smith is considered day-to-day at this point.
Apr 28 - 8:06 PM

Calle Jarnkrok will suit up in Friday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

Jarnkrok missed the first game of the series with a lower-body injury, but he's back tonight. He's skating on a line with Colin Wilson and James Neal. Jarnkrok has one assist in four games this postseason.
Apr 28 - 8:04 PM

Anthony Bitetto will be a healthy scratch in Game 2 against St. Louis on Friday night.

Bitetto hasn't suited up in any of Nashville's playoff games at this point. He had seven assists in 29 games this season. Brad Hunt, P.A. Parenteau and Harry Zolnierczyk will also watch the game from the press box. The Predators enter tonight's game with a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:58 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Scott Darling from the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick in 2017.

Darling is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, so the Hurricanes will look to re-sign him to a new deal before that point. Darling has been the backup to Corey Crawford over the last three seasons, but he's done well whenever he's been asked to shoulder the load. "We could count on Scott in any situation as he was always reliable," GM Stan Bowman said in a release. "We appreciate his contributions to the Blackhawks organization -- including a Stanley Cup Championship team -- and we wish him well as he continues his career in Carolina." The 28-year-old had an 18-5-5 record with a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage in 2016-17. Even though Cam Ward and Eddie Lack are still in Carolina, Darling will likely get a chance to be the starter if he re-signs with them.
Apr 28 - 7:52 PM

Zach Sanford is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 2 against Nashville on Friday night.

The Blues are making just one lineup change after losing Game 1, and that's Magnus Paajarvi coming out for Ivan Barbashev. Sanford has suited up in three games this postseason and he's failed to register a point. Dmitrij Jaskin and Jordan Schmaltz will join Paajarvi and Sanford in the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:25 PM

Nail Yakupov has been dealing with a lower-body injury.

Yakupov hasn't played since Mar. 31. The Russian forward finished the regular season with just three goals and nine points in 40 games. He's considered day-to-day at this point.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:23 PM

John Gibson will get the start in Game 2 against Edmonton on Friday night.

Gibson gave up four goals on 31 shots in Wednesday's Game 1 loss. He has a 2.92 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage during the postseason. Tonight's game is huge for the Ducks. Falling behind 2-0 with the series heading to Edmonton would be catastrophic.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:16 PM

Cam Talbot will get the start in Game 2 against the Ducks on Friday night.

The Oilers came up with a big win in Anaheim in Game 1, and they'll look to extend their series lead to 2-0 after tonight. Talbot has a 5-2 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:13 PM

Pekka Rinne will get the start in Friday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

Rinne and Predators came away with a 4-3 win in Game 1. If they're able to win both games on the road, they'll be in an excellent spot. Rinne has a 5-0 record with a 1.14 goals-against-average and a .962 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:10 PM

Jake Allen will be between the pipes for Game 2 against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

Allen allowed four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss in Game 1. He has a 4-2 record with a 1.87 goals-against-average and a .944 save percentage this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 7:05 PM

Derek Stepan isn't happy with his performance so far in the postseason.

"I've stunk since the playoffs started," Stepan said. "I've been not very good with the puck." He certainly has left something to be desired. Through seven contests he's been limited to a goal and an assist. He's also only won 41.8% of his draws, down from 47.0% in the regular season. He'll get a chance to turn things around in Game 2 on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 6:07 PM

There's a good chance that Sami Vatanen (upper body) will play in Game 2 on Friday.

It's still up in the air, but Vatanen was upbeat about his chances of being available. If he does make his return, he'll likely be paired up with Shea Theodore.
Apr 28 - 6:03 PM

Carl Grundstrom has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Grundstrom had 14 goals and 20 points in 45 games with Frolunda HC of the Swedish league in 2016-17. Toronto took him with the 57th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 28 - 5:33 PM

Kevin Bieksa (lower body) won't play in Game 2 on Friday.

Bieksa was already regarded as doubtful after being hurt in the series opener, so this doesn't come as a surprise. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle thinks Bieksa might be able to return before the end of the second round.
Apr 28 - 4:53 PM



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