Dan Boyle is approaching Tuesday night's Game 4 as a must-win contest for the San Jose Sharks.
"It has to be 2-2 when we leave here, has to be," he said. Boyle scored a power-play goal in Game 3's 2-1 overtime win and he has five points in seven playoff games.
The Rangers are expected to use Derick Brassard on the point of their struggling power play in Game 3 Tuesday night.
He practiced there in the team's morning skate after playing there briefly in Game 2 and it's something he has done before. "I played the point my first year. It's different than playing in front," Brassard said. "You have to move on the blueline and make sure you shoot the puck. That's what I'm planning on doing. Our power play needs to be good and we need to score some goals." The Rangers don't have a man-advantage marker on eight opportunities against Boston in the series.
Wade Redden (undisclosed) won't be back in Game 3 Tuesday night.
The Boston Bruins will ice the same lineup they did in Games 1 and 2.
Patrick Roy's brother told L.A. Lariviere of TVA Sports in Montreal that he was misquoted by the Denver Post and he does not know if a deal has been reached for his brother to be head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.
Mathieu Roy first posted on his Facebook page Monday night that his brother Patrick would be named the Avs' next head coach. Roy then reportedly affirmed those comments in a conversation with Adrian Dater of the Denver Post. Multiple media outlets called the report premature Tuesday morning and Mathieu Roy officially backtracked in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the Avs and Patrick Roy have remained quiet the entire time, which makes us think the two parties are in the midst of negotiations. Either way, we should know in the next few days whether Roy will be behind the Colorado bench next season.
Brenden Morrow left practice Tuesday for unspecified reasons and his status for Wednesday's Game 4 is uncertain.
The Penguins were predictably tight-lipped on Morrow. Beat writer Josh Yohe doesn't believe Morrow is seriously hurt, but said he's definitely not 100 percent. This could've been a case of the Penguins giving a veteran some extra time to rest, but we likely won't know anything for sure until tomorrow's morning skate.
Logan Couture will play in Tuesday's Game 4 despite sitting out practice Monday.
Couture was injured during the second period of Game 3 but eventually returned to the game in time to score the gamer winner in overtime. He participated in today's morning skate and coach Todd McLellan confirmed Couture will play in Tuesday's crucial Game 4. The Sharks trail the Kings 2-1 in the series.
The Nashville Predators tabbed Phil Housley to replace fired associate coach Peter Horachek.
Housley, who coached the U.S. in the 2013 world juniors, will be an assistant on Barry Trotz's staff. It'll be interesting to see how Housley affects Nashville's long-dormant offense, particularly on the power play. Trotz very much prefers a defensive, two-way game, which seems to contradict Housley's playing style. Then again, Horachek was fired Monday after the Predators finished with the second-worst record in the Western Conference, which also included one the lowest goals-score totals in the league. At the very least, the former All-Star should have a big impact on the organization's wealth of young defensemen.
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said he hopes Ryan Johansen takes his recent benching in stride but noted "I' don't really care' if Johansen was unhappy playing in the AHL.
Johansen was a healthy scratch for Springfield during Game 4 of the AHL playoffs and coach Brad Larsen said he didn't feel like Johansen's level of play was where it needed to be. "I think this is probably going to be a disappointment [to him], to say the least, maybe even a bit embarrassing," said Kekalainen, who also noted the fourth overall pick in 2010 will have to earn an NHL spot in training camp next fall. Johansen played in 40 NHL games this season, scoring five goals and 12 points.