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Adam Erne (lower body) did not take part in Tuesday's practice.

Tampa Bay is prepping for Round 2 of the playoffs, but Erne's status remains unclear. He hasn't played since Mar. 26 because of a lower-body injury.
Apr 24 - 5:00 PM

Max Domi is eligible for restricted free agency on July 1.

Domi just played the final season of his entry-level contract. He only had nine goals and finished with 45 points in 82 games, but he got better late in the year. Domi generated four goals and 14 assists over the final 20 contests. "Unfortunately, it was one of those seasons where I wasn't the player I would liked to have been," he said. "You have to find ways to figure out where you went wrong, understand that, and not sulk about it. You have to accept it and make sure it doesn't happen again next year. With that being said, I'm excited with how we finished at the end of year. Everyone was playing their best hockey of the year, so you take that momentum and bring it back for next year."
Source: Dave Vest
Apr 24 - 4:36 PM

Buffalo has signed Victor Olofsson to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Olofsson has spent his career playing in Sweden, but it looks like he will finally be coming to North America. He posted 27 goals and 43 points in 50 games for Frolund HC of the Swedish Hockey League in 2017-18. Olofsson was taken in the seventh round (181st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft by Buffalo.
Apr 24 - 4:18 PM

Blake Wheeler has been chosen as a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

The award is presented "to the NHL player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team on and off the ice during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey." Wheeler had a great season on the ice with a personal best 91 points in 81 contests. Off the ice, he serves as an ambassador for the True North Youth Foundation in a variety of programs. Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights and Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds are the other finalists.
Apr 24 - 3:39 PM

Wayne Simmonds has been chosen as a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

The award goes annually "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey." Simmonds hosted a different military unit in a private suite during every other home game and he has served on the board of directors for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation since 2014. He has also hosted Wayne's Road Hockey Warriors each summer since 2012 in his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario.
Apr 24 - 3:31 PM

Deryk Engelland has been named as a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

The award goes to the player "who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey." Engelland is a longtime Las Vegas resident and he delivered an emotional speech in a ceremony to honor first responders and victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. He also helped formed the Vegas Strong Hero of the Game program, where he invites victims or first responders to home games. Engelland also worked with the Ronald McDonald House and partnered with Three Square to help the less fortunate.
Apr 24 - 3:19 PM

Alex Ovechkin is looking forward to another crack at Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I can't wait," said Ovechkin, who scored two goals Monday to help Washington eliminate Columbus. "It's a huge opportunity for us to take a step forward. Obviously, it's the Stanley Cup champion back-to-back. They know how to play. They know how to handle the pressure. It's going to be a huge series for us." Pittsburgh has knocked out the Capitals in the second round of the postseason in each of the last two years. However, they aren't lacking confidence going into this series.
Apr 24 - 1:48 PM

Leo Komarov (lower body) is healthy enough to play Game 7 against Boston.

Komarov has missed the last four games, while dealing with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Babcock has to decide if it's worth changing a lineup that has played very well since Komarov went out. The Leafs bench boss is also hesitant to put Komoraov back in for what should be a high-speed environment following a four-game layoff.
Apr 24 - 12:49 PM

Will Butcher will play for the United States at the IIHF World Championship in May.

Butcher led all rookie defenders with 44 points in 2017-18. He averaged 16:04 of ice time per contest for the Devils during the regular season. Butcher also contributed four points in five playoff games in New Jersey's first-round loss to Tampa Bay.
Apr 24 - 12:43 PM

Danton Heinen skated on Boston's second line at Tuesday's practice alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.

Heinen was a healthy scratch for Game 6 on Monday night, but it looks like he could be back in the lineup Wednesday for Game 7. Tommy Wingels would appear to be the odd man out if Heinen returns.
Apr 24 - 12:37 PM

Toby Enstrom (ankle) was paired with Dustin Byfuglien during line rushes at Tuesday's practice.

That could indicate that a return for Game 1 against Nashville is a possibility. Enstrom missed the first round of the postseason and hasn't played since Mar. 23 because of an ankle injury.
Apr 24 - 12:33 PM

Coach Mike Sullivan said that Carl Hagelin is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Hagelin exited Sunday's Game 6 contest against Philadelphia after he was hit hard by Claude Giroux. He did not participate in Tuesday's practice.
Apr 24 - 12:29 PM

Evgeni Malkin is listed as day-to-day due to a lower-body injury, according to coach Mike Sullivan.

That shouldn't come as a surprise. Malkin did not take part in Tuesday's practice after he sat out Game 6 against Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 24 - 12:26 PM

Mathieu Perreault (upper body) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.

Perrealt has not been on the ice since he sustained an upper-body injury on Apr. 11 against Minnesota in Winnipeg's playoff opener.
Apr 24 - 12:23 PM

Steve Mason (undisclosed) did not take part in Tuesday's practice.

However, he was on the ice earlier. Mason did not dress Friday night in Game 5 against Minnesota after he was injured during the team's morning skate.
Apr 24 - 12:19 PM



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