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Ottawa Senators head coach Dave Cameron hasn't chosen a Game 3 starter yet and is also apparently mulling over various lineup changes.

In other words, keep an eye out for Rotoworld updates on Sunday as some choices may come down to the wire. Andrew Hammond is in danger of giving way to Craig Anderson, even if "The Hamburglar" is probably not to blame for Ottawa's 2-0 deficit.
Apr 18 - 4:31 PM

From the sound of things, Braden Holtby will be able to play for the Washington Capitals in Game 3 against the New York Islanders.

Holtby was too sick to play in Game 2, which Washington won, even if Philipp Grubauer had an up-and-down game. Even with a rocky first postseason contest for Holtby, the Capitals would certainly prefer to have their workhorse in net.
Apr 18 - 3:34 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks will start Scott Darling instead of Corey Crawford for Game 3 against the Nashville Predators.

Many believe that it was a mistake for Joel Quenneville to go with Crawford over Darling in Game 2's 6-2 loss, especially after Darling's perfect relief appearance. Every playoff game probably qualifies for the biggest of the young goalie's career at this point.
Apr 18 - 3:05 PM

The Minnesota Wild will be without Justin Fontaine in Game 2 against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

He's missing action because of some sort of illness. Fontaine had an assist in Game 1 and has had some nice moments lately, including a two-game assist streak that stretches back to his final appearance of the regular season.
Apr 18 - 2:45 PM

Both the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins will boast the same lineups in Game 2 as they did in Game 1.

Probably most noteworthy for Game 1's losing team the Penguins, but a good JFYI if anyone's worried about starting a fringe player.
Apr 18 - 2:39 PM

The Calgary Flames are hoping that defenseman Deryk Engelland gets his Game 2 instigator nullified so he can play against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 on Sunday.

The 33-year-old was credited with 42 PIM (as of the latest updates) on Saturday, likely justifying his spot in just about any fantasy-related lineup. It's difficult to imagine anyone in Game 3 approaching that havoc, especially since the league will have its eyes fixed to any shenanigans.
Apr 18 - 2:38 PM

Grim news for the Nashville Predators: Shea Weber (leg) isn't traveling with the team to face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 (and likely beyond).

With an update coming on Wednesday, it certainly doesn't sound like he'll be back anytime soon. The Predators are probably one of the teams most equipped to handle Weber's injury, but it's obviously a huge blow to Nashville anyway.
Apr 18 - 2:30 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins won't get Derrick Pouliot back in their defensive mix against the New York Rangers in Game 2.

Pouliot has the kind of offensive ability that could come up big with Kris Letang sidelined, but it's just not meant to be for the Penguins' defense, at least not on Saturday.
Apr 18 - 2:06 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will remain without Christian Ehrhoff as they try to tie their playoff series with the New York Rangers in Game 2.

Ehrhoff, 32, has been sidelined since March 24 with an upper-body injury. Really, his season hasn't really ever taken off with the Penguins thanks in large part to various ailments. Pittsburgh would gladly welcome him back if he can get into this series, though.
Apr 18 - 2:04 PM

The Anaheim Ducks are rolling with the same crew in Game 2 that topped the Winnipeg Jets in Game 1.

It was a tightly contested game at times, so it makes sense that the Ducks aren't making any significant tweaks to that winning formula. We'll see if Anaheim can take a 2-0 series lead into Winnipeg, then. The most interesting omission is big trade deadline find James Wisniewski.
Apr 18 - 1:26 PM

The Detroit Red Wings won't alter their lineup heading into Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

That means that Justin Abdelkader will indeed be out once again. The Red Wings managed a 1-0 series lead despite a huge SOG disparity in Tampa Bay's favor, but coaches often decide not to rock the boat after a win.
Apr 18 - 1:18 PM

It is not known if Mathieu Perreault (lower-body injury) will be able to suit up for Game 2 against Anaheim on Saturday.

He skated in Friday's optional skate but that really doesn't tell us anything. Check back with us later Saturday.
Apr 18 - 1:06 PM

Look for Ondrej Pavelec to get the start in Game 2 against the Ducks Saturday night.

Not a big surprise as Pavelec was one of the major reasons the Jets made it into the playoffs in the first place. He is coming off a 29-save 4-2 loss in Game 1, though, and will have to be better against a very strong Anaheim squad especially in the third period when he allowed three goals on just 10 shots.
Apr 18 - 1:02 PM

Updating an earlier item, Jake Allen will indeed start in goal for the Blues Saturday afternoon in Game 2 against the Wild.

Allen was so-so in the Blues' 4-2 loss to Minnesota Thursday night. Two of the goals were into an empty net and he turned aside 25 shots. If St. Louis plays a little better in front of Allen, that kind of performance should be enough to register a win.
Apr 18 - 12:53 PM

The Blues will dress the same players they did for Game 1 but will shuffle their forward lines.

T.J. Oshie, who skated alongside Paul Stastny and Jaden Schwartz in Game 1, will move to a line with David Backes and Dmitrij Jaskin. Patrik Berglund, will move off of Backes' line to skate with Schwartz and Stastny. "The way we finished is the way we started [Friday]," coach Ken Hitchcock said after practice. "[Oshie] had moved up and played the last few shifts with David. We're familiar with that group. We'll keep trying to help the guys and see if we can get a little bit better chemistry for everybody here." The Jori Lehtera, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen line will stay intact. Adjust your roster accordingly.
Source: Blues.com
Apr 18 - 12:50 PM


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