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Marek Zidlicky is expected to stay in the lineup for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

He has had trouble containing the Lightning in Round 2, but Ryan Pulock isn't ready to return to the lineup yet. Zidlicky has four penalty minutes and three shots in the first two games of the series. He has one assist in four playoff matches.
May 3 - 12:50 PM

Josh Bailey will return from an upper-body injury on Tuesday night in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.

Bailey's return will push Ryan Strome to the press box as a healthy scratch. Bailey has picked up just one assist and a minus-4 rating in six playoff appearances, while Strome has four points and a plus-3 rating during his six outings.
May 3 - 12:43 PM

Ryan Strome will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.

"I honestly don't really have much to say," Strome said. "I try to be a good a team guy and I don't want to draw any negative attention to myself. It's a big opportunity for us here tonight and I'm sure the guys that are playing will do the job." Strome was scratched for Games 5 and 6 in the opening round against Florida after he had a goal and assist in the first four contests. He had two assists in Game 1 versus Tampa Bay in Round 2.
May 3 - 12:39 PM

Florida has officially announced that Linus Hultstrom has agreed to terms with the team.

It was initially reported at the end of March that Hulstrom would join the organization. Hulstrom notched 12 goals, 31 points and a plus-17 rating in 52 games this season with the Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League.
May 3 - 12:24 PM

Markus Nutivaara has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He collected six goals and 16 assists along with a plus-10 rating in 50 games with Karpat in Finland's top professional league (Liiga) this past season. Nutivaara was chosen by the Blue Jackets in the seventh round (189th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.
May 3 - 12:14 PM

Marcus Johansson won't skate on Tuesday because of an upper-body injury.

He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Johansson underwent concussion protocol in Game 3 after he was hit high and late by Pittsburgh's Kris Letang on Monday night. He was cleared to return and didn't miss a shift for the rest of the game. It's unclear right now if symptoms surfaced overnight or if the Capitals are just being cautious. Johansson did say his neck was sore after the match.
May 3 - 11:27 AM

Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for Game 3 against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Jaroslav Halak is recovering well from his groin injury, but the net belongs to Greiss right now. He has been great in the postseason with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in eight outings.
May 3 - 11:21 AM

Ryan Pulock (upper body) is not ready to return on Tuesday night.

He will sit for a third straight game because of an upper-body injury. Perhaps he will be able to play in Game 4 on Friday.
May 3 - 11:18 AM

Josh Bailey (upper body) will probably be a game-time decision on Tuesday night for Game 3.

Coach Jack Capuano said the lineup would be determined later and added that Bailey will play if he is able to return. He left the ice early and appears to be ready to play. Ryan Strome is likely to be scratched if Bailey is back.
May 3 - 11:14 AM

Marcus Johansson was OK after temporarily leaving Monday's game against Pittsburgh.

He had to be helped off the ice and underwent concussion protocol after a late and high hit from Penguins blueliner Kris Letang in Game 3. However, he was able to return after the first period and play the rest of the match.
May 3 - 10:59 AM

Bryan Rust exited Game 3 against Washington because of a lower-body injury.

He blocked a shot in the first period and he was not able to return. Rust had two blocks in just 19 seconds of playing time prior to his departure.
May 3 - 10:54 AM

Kris Letang will have a hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety.

He could face supplemental discipline for an interference play on Washington's Marcus Johansson. Letang was given a two-minute penalty for a late and high hit on the play.
May 3 - 10:48 AM

Matt Carle (undisclosed) skated before practice on Monday.

He appears to be closer to returning than Anton Stralman (fractured leg) and J.T. Brown (upper body), but he may not be ready to go on Tuesday in Game 3 versus the Islanders. Carle didn't play on Saturday in Game 2 due to an undisclosed ailment.
May 3 - 10:43 AM

Ryan Callahan hasn't been contributing much offense in the postseason, but he is making the little plays that don't go unnoticed by his teammates.

"In the postseason, little plays just seem to stand out more — blocked shots or taking a hit or giving a hit," Callahan said. "It just seems a lot of guys raise their game, and what they do well goes up another notch in the playoffs. That's what I do well. That's what I try to bring to the team. So, I try to do it as best as I can in the playoffs." Callahan leads the team with 24 hits and ranks second among forwards with 12 blocked shots, while posting one assist in seven matches.
May 3 - 10:15 AM

The Calgary Flames have fired Bob Hartley.

Hartley went from winning the Jack Adams Award in 2015 to being fired just a year later. Of course, he spent four years in Calgary and in that span the Flames had a 134-135-25 record and only made the playoffs once, so in that context his dismissal is not surprising. Hartley has 944 games as a head coach under his belt between his stints with Calgary, Colorado, and Atlanta. Along the way he led the Avalanche to a championship in 2000-01. The Flames have also parted ways with associate coach Jacques Cloutier.
May 3 - 10:14 AM



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