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Ryan Murray (undisclosed) is officially listed as a scratch on Wednesday.

That was expected after Murray didn't take part in the pregame warmups. Murray also wasn't able to participate in the team's full Wednesday morning skate. He has an assist in three playoff games and was averaging 25:17 minutes per contest.
Apr 23 - 7:05 PM

It looks like Ryan Murray will be scratched on Wednesday.

Murray left the Blue Jackets' Wednesday morning practice early and isn't on for the pregame warmups. That's a big change given that he was averaging 25:17 minutes per contest in the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 6:43 PM

Eddie Lack will not join Team Sweden for the 2014 World Championship.

Lack got a lot of work after the Canucks traded Roberto Luongo. Lack's also expected to start the 2014-15 campaign as the Canucks' starting goaltender and he plans to stay in Vancouver over the summer to train.
Apr 23 - 6:10 PM

It seems safe to say that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock wants to see his team shoot the puck more in their first round series against Boston.

When assessing Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask's performance thus far, Babcock remarked that he looked good in warmups "where he's getting his most shots." Rask only had to face 24 shots in Game 1 and 23 in Game 3, but Detroit manage to get 35 shots on goal in Game 2.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 23 - 5:18 PM

Kings coach Darryl Sutter vowed that his team won't go away quietly against the Sharks.

Given that San Jose has a 3-0 series lead, putting up a good fight is about all Los Angeles can hope for. The Kings did do significantly better in Game 3 after being blown out in the first two contests of this series, but only three teams in the history of the NHL have outcome a deficit this big.
Apr 23 - 5:13 PM

Paul Carey will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.

Carey hasn't logged more than 4:48 minutes in a single contest in the 2014 playoffs. He had no points in 12 regular season games.
Apr 23 - 4:28 PM

Joey Hishon will play in Game 4 on Thursday.

Hishon had 10 goals and 24 points in 50 AHL games in 2013-14. This will be his first career NHL contest after being taken with the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 23 - 4:26 PM

Duncan Keith didn't participate in Chicago's morning skate on Wednesday.

Keith has been averaging 32:10 minutes per game in the postseason, so this was just an opportunity to give him a breather. Chicago is likely to lean heavily on Keith in the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 3:37 PM

John Gaudreau will play for Team USA in the 2014 World Championship.

Gaudreau had 80 points in 40 NCAA games in 2013-14. He signed an entry-level contract with Calgary and found the back of the net in his only NHL game. This is a great chance for him to gain more experience playing at a high level before he competes for a spot on the Flames' opening game roster.
Apr 23 - 3:30 PM

Nino Niederreiter is projected to take Matt Cooke's spot on a line with Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine.

Cooke is expected to be suspended for his knee-on-knee hit to Tyson Barrie. Niederreiter has an assist in three playoff games.
Apr 23 - 3:04 PM

The injury that kept Ben Bishop out of the playoffs was a dislocated elbow.

Bishop helped Tampa Bay get to the postseason by recording a 2.23 GAA and .924 save percentage in 63 contests. With Bishop sidelined, the Lightning were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.
Apr 23 - 3:02 PM

Brenden Morrow (foot) will not be available for the remainder of the first round.

Morrow has been dealing with a foot injury throughout the series, but he was able to play on Thursday and Monday. He had 13 goals and 25 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Apr 23 - 2:33 PM

David Backes (upper body) didn't skate with the Blues on Wednesday.

Backes hasn't been ruled out for Game 3 yet, but we would be surprised if he ended up playing. He was sidelined because of a high hit from Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game.
Apr 23 - 2:05 PM

Steve Mason isn't sure if he will start in Game 4, but he's available if needed.

Mason served as the backup goaltender on Tuesday. Ray Emery allowed four goals on 16 shots before being pulled, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Mason get the nod on Friday.
Apr 23 - 2:02 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the returns on the playoffs thus far have been "terrific."

The NHL realigned to a four-division format that primarily seeds the teams based on their position in their respective divisions rather than conference. "We wanted to emphasize geographic rivalries, both in the regular-season schedule and the playoffs," Bettman said. "And if you look at the matchups, whether it’s Rangers-Flyers or Bruins-Detroit, this is pretty good stuff." Unless the NHL realigns again, it shouldn't be too uncommon for the same teams to routinely face each other in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 1:37 PM



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