It would be very beneficial for the Rangers if Marc Staal were able to return for Game 4 Thursday night.
He skated Wednesday and hasn't played since Game 3 versus Washington. The Rangers probably won't have Anton Stralman available when they face elimination from the playoffs after he was injured in Tuesday's contest.
The Chicago Blackhawks are facing some adversity for the first time this season and coach Joel Quenneville sees it as a great opportunity.
"All year long, we've been in a very favorable position," Quenneville said. "I don't think we've been against it in any areas, as far as many stretches in games being down, and definitely in a series we haven't been down. It's a great test for us. It's a good challenge for us. The adversity we're in right now, we have to find a way to overcome it, and that'll be a challenge at the end of the day, to find out about everybody." The Hawks trail the Red Wings 2-1 in their best-of-seven series with Game 4 set for Thursday night.
Matt Gilroy may re-enter New York's lineup in Game 4 Thursday night.
It doesn't look like Anton Stralman will be available to play after getting injured in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Boston. Gilroy hasn't played since April 25 and he suited up in just 15 games during the regular season. Roman Hamrlik could be an option as well.
Valeri Nichushkin told R-Sport Wednesday that he will play in North America if he is selected this June at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
"I've already decided to leave for the NHL," he said. "I was told I could leave if I want. We agreed that they would let me go, but if something across the ocean goes wrong I will immediately go back to them." Nichushkin claims his contract with Dynamo Moscow, who reportedly sent $10 million to Traktor Chelyabinsk to acquire him earlier this month, has been terminated but the club couldn't be reached for comment. Less than three weeks ago, he told reporters in Russia that he would honor the last two years of his KHL contract. Nichushkin is projected to be a top-five level talent for the upcoming draft, but his transfer from Russia is still considered to be a lingering question mark.
Brenden Morrow didn't participate in Pittsburgh's optional game-day skate, so his status for Game 4 is still up in the air.
Several of the team's prominent players, including Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, didn't take part in the session as well. Coach Dan Bylsma also has a policy for these playoffs where he doesn't discuss injuries or his lineup. Morrow left Tuesday's practice early, but it is believed by some that he will still play Wednesday night. He may have just taken the morning off to get some extra rest.
Jakub Voracek is reportedly OK after wrecking his car in an accident this morning in the Czech Republic.
Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren released this statement: "I spoke with Jake this morning. He was involved in a car accident in the Czech Republic. Although his car did suffer damage, there were no injuries. Jake is fine." Voracek totaled his Ferrari in the accident, but it's a relief that he wasn't hurt.
Cory Conacher is likely to be scratched by the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night when they host Pittsburgh in Game 4.
He posted a minus-1 rating and had no shots in 13:22 of ice time in Sunday's double-overtime victory. It is expected that Mark Stone will take his place in the lineup.
Mark Stone is expected to make his 2013 playoff debut in Game 4 Wednesday night.
He had one assist in one game with the Senators last year during the postseason and skated in four matches with the team in the regular season. Stone is slated to play alongside Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek against the Penguins.