Luke Witkowski will make his NHL playoffs debut Friday night against the Islanders in Game 4.
The 20-year-old has just 20 games of NHL experience to his credit thus far, so this one is certainly special. His best offensive season boasted just 14 points over 70 games, so we wouldn't expect much from him unfortunately.
Patrick Kane has been nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award as voted on by his fellow PA members.
Kane had a momentous season on many fronts. he set career highs with 46 goals and 106 points, leading the NHL in the latter as the first player in two season to top the 100-point plateau. He also had a 26-game point streak, by far the longest such streak by a Blackhawk or an American. Kane also became the first American to win the Art Ross trophy, and can become the first Blackhawk and American to win the Ted Lindsay as well.
Braden Holtby has been nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award as voted on by his fellow PA members.
The award is given "to the most outstanding player in the NHL" as voted on by the players, and is the only award voted as such. Holtby's 48 wins tied the NHL's single-season record, and helped lead the Capitals to the Presidents' Trophy. Alex Ovechkin is the only Capitals' player in franchise history to win the award, doing so in from 2008-10.
Jamie Benn has been nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award by his fellow PA members.
The award is given to "the most outstanding player in the NHL" as voted on by the players, and is the only award the players vote on. Benn had a second straight career best season, posting 41 goals and 89 points. This is his second straight season nominated for the award as well, and no Stars player has ever won it.
Marek Zidlicky will lead the Islanders' scratches in Game 4 against the Lightning on Friday night.
Zidlicky will be joined by Alan Quine, Eric Boulton, James Wright, Brian Strait, and Christopher Gibson as they watch their mates try to knot the series at two.
Matt Carle will pair with Slater Koekkoek in Friday's Game 4 against the Islanders.
Unfortunately, neither defender boasts much fantasy value. Combined they've achieved just 12 points in 84 regular season and playoff games this season.
Ryan Pulock will indeed return for Friday's Game 4 match with Tampa Bay.
Pulock has been out with an upper body injury since Game 4 with Florida, so Islanders fans should be excited to see his bomb from the point back in the lineup. He has a goal and three points in four postseason games.
Matt Taormina, Joel Vermin, and Nikita Nesterov will be scratched in Game 4 on Friday against the Islanders.
Unfortunately there isn't much fantasy value to be found here as neither player has managed to impact the stat sheet this season.