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Matt Murray is probable to start Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final after he was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate.

Marc-Andre Fleury looked rusty when he played in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final versus Tampa Bay and Murray was solid in wins for the Penguins in Games 6 and 7. It was expected that Murray would remain the top option against San Jose as a result of that.
May 30 - 12:11 PM

Nick Bonino confirmed that he will be in the lineup for Monday's Stanley Cup Final opener.

"Yeah, I feel good," he said. Bonino did not practice for the last two days, but he was on the ice for the morning skate. He appeared to be hurt after blocking a shot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay, but appears to be fine to play.
May 30 - 12:08 PM

Kris Letang will play on Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He had a scheduled media appearance on Monday, which raised some eyebrows about his availability for the contest, but he said he was fine to play. Letang practiced on Saturday prior to sitting on Sunday for maintenance.
May 30 - 11:31 AM

Marcus Kruger celebrated his 26th birthday last Friday with a selection to Team Sweden for the upcoming World Cup.

He missed half of the season due to injury, but his two-way style has given him a spot on the roster. Kruger will join Chicago teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson on Sweden.
May 30 - 11:11 AM

Carl Soderberg will play for Team Sweden at the World Cup.

He was added to the team on Friday when rosters were finalized. Soderberg turned heads in his first season with Colorado when he generated 51 points in 82 games.
Source: Denver Post
May 30 - 11:04 AM

Erik Johnson is excited to be on Team USA for the World Cup.

"This is a huge deal. This basically is the Olympics. ... It'll be such a fun, fun experience," said Johnson on Friday. "A lot of us that were named to the team know each other from the past. I think the biggest thing is that they didn't medal in 2014 (at Sochi), and I think they looked at the 2010 team and saw that we were one goal away from the gold medal and they tried to build a team that was a physical, 200-foot team that plays hard and plays north-south. I think you see with the final seven selections, it's not going to be an easy team to play against." Johnson wasn't on the team in 2014 for the Olympics and he hasn't represented the U.S. since 2013 at the World Championship. He had 11 goals and 27 points in 73 games with the Avalanche in 2015-16.
Source: Denver Post
May 30 - 10:59 AM

Matt Duchene was added to Canada's World Cup roster after winning a gold medal for a second straight year at the World Championship.

He had five goals and 10 points in 10 games at the tournament. Duchene didn't have a point in four games for Canada at the Sochi Olympics, but he'll be looking to claim another gold medal. "As Canadians, we pride ourselves on being the best hockey nation in the world," Duchene said. "We're there right now, but we have to stay up there. We have so much respect for all the other nations, and we can be knocked off our ranking pretty quick. So this is just another opportunity to defend what we want to defend, and I feel blessed and lucky to be part of it."
Source: Denver Post
May 30 - 10:49 AM

Jyrki Jokipakka had off-season hip surgery that may prevent him from playing at the World Cup.

Brian Burke indicated that could be case when he spoke with Sportsnet 960 The Fan on Friday. Jokipakka was added to Team Finland recently. He contributed six assists in 18 games for the Flames after he was acquired from Dallas at the trade deadline.
May 30 - 10:32 AM

Nick Spaling will play against his former Pittsburgh teammates in the Stanley Cup Final.

Spaling suited up in 82 games with the Penguins in 2014-15 before he was sent to Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade. The Leafs moved him to San Jose, where he has played on the fourth line and worked on the penalty kill.
May 30 - 10:13 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury remains supportive of Matt Murray, who is likely to start Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday versus San Jose.

"To me, it's about the team. It's not about me. It's not about who plays," he said. "I can't be selfish about it. It's important that we win. I've been playing here a long time. I really love the city. I would love for them to have another championship here. It's a lot bigger than me. I'll be the best I can be to help the team and help Matty. And, if called upon, I'll be ready to play." The Penguins will have questions to address in the off-season regarding their goaltending situation, but for now Fleury is the backup.
May 30 - 9:54 AM

Joe Thornton will play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

He skated in 150 postseason games before reaching the finals for the first time. Thornton has 91 assists and 118 points in his NHL playoff career, with 18 points coming in 18 games during the Sharks' current run.

Patrick Marleau played 165 playoff games before reaching his first Stanley Cup Final.

He lost three times in the Conference Finals and needed 16 trips to the playoffs to get to this point. The 36-year-old forward has 64 goals and 115 points in the postseason, including 12 points in 18 games in 2016.

Pavel Zacha sat out the last six games of the AHL playoffs due to an injury.

New Jersey coach John Hynes was asked about Zacha's status last week and he said there was "no update." Albany was eliminated by Toronto in seven games in Round 2 of the AHL postseason. Zacha had three points in five games prior to getting hurt. He also had three points in three AHL appearances during the regular season and two assists in his NHL debut. He spent most of the 2015-16 campaign in the OHL with Sarnia. "It wasn't anything too serious but serious enough where he couldn't play," added Hynes. "So now it's just letting these guys rest and recover and see where they are in a couple of weeks."
May 30 - 9:29 AM

Petr Mrazek's new contract will probably play a key role in sorting out Detroit's goaltending situation this summer.

The Red Wings expect to re-sign Mrazek, who is a restricted free agent, and trade Jimmy Howard. GM Ken Holland acknowledged after the season that moving Howard "might be good for the organization" because the team doesn't want around $10 million committed to goaltending.
May 30 - 8:56 AM

Detroit goalie coach Jeff Salajko believes that Jared Coreau has a future at the NHL level.

The 6-foot-4, 236-pound netminder posted a 29-15-2 record with a 2.43 goals-against average and .922 save percentage with Grand Rapids of the AHL in 2015-16. Coreau is expected to play another year in the minors, as the Wings intend to sign the pending restricted free agent this summer.
May 30 - 8:50 AM



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