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Ryan Callahan (hip) is projected to be available for the start of 2017-18, per Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

Callahan only played in 18 games this season. He's run into injuries in the past, but typically he'll be able to play the vast majority of a campaign. It wouldn't be surprising for 2017-18 to be a comeback campaign for him.
Apr 27 - 3:21 PM

Steven Stamkos should be fine for the 2017-18 campaign, per Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

Stamkos played in just 17 games in 2016-17 due to a knee injury. There was speculation towards the end of the 2016-17 that he might return before its conclusion, but in the end Stamkos said that they "got ahead of ourselves" when it came to their hopes. He'll continue to rehab over the summer.
Apr 27 - 3:18 PM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) will be a game-time decision on Thursday, per Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.

Kunitz was previously referred to as a game-time decision, but Sullivan reiterated that position today. Kunitz skated on the fourth line during Thursday's practice and left the ice with the rest of those projected to play, so that's a good sign. If he does play it will probably be with Matt Cullen and Tom Kuhnhackl.
Apr 27 - 2:39 PM

David Pastrnak will play for the Czech Republic in the 2017 World Championships.

Pastrnak is extending a breakout season where he scored 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games. He contributed another two goals and four points in six contests during the Bruins' first round loss to the Ottawa Senators. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer after completing his entry-level contract.
Apr 27 - 2:11 PM

Carl Hagelin (lower body) joined the Penguins for Thursday's practice.

Hagelin was wearing a regular jersey as opposed to the no-contact one he had on Wednesday. That being said, he only endured limited contact Thursday morning. Additionally, he remained on the ice with the projected extras, so it would be a surprise if Hagelin plays in Game 1. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he's still day-to-day, but is close to returning.
Apr 27 - 1:34 PM

Mattias Janmark has signed a one-year, $700,000 contract extension.

Janmark was set to become an RFA this season. He's taking a small cut from his previous $800,000 cap hit after missing the 2016-17 campaign due to a bone fracture suffered in September. His recovery has been slowed by a congenital condition called osteochondritis dissecans. "Mattias is a player that we missed as much as anyone last season with the unfortunate injury he suffered," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "We look forward to him returning to our group and getting him back for training camp."
Source: NHL.com
Apr 27 - 1:22 PM

Tom Pyatt (upper body) appears to be a game-time decision for Game 1 on Thursday.

Senators coach Guy Boucher said that a decision on Pyatt will be made later today and it might come as late as the warmups, so it is possible, albeit unlikely, that we'll know either way before game-time. For what it's worth, Pyatt wasn't on any of the Senators top four lines during Thursday's practice.
Apr 27 - 12:47 PM

Nate Schmidt will remain in the Capitals' lineup for Game 1 on Thursday.

Schmidt was inserted into the lineup because Karl Alzner has been out with an upper-body injury. Alzner isn't ready to return in Game 1, but Schmidt has been doing well enough that he might stay in the lineup even after Alzner returns.
Apr 27 - 12:16 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) won't be available for Game 1 on Thursday.

Alzner continues to make progress, but he's still day-to-day. The Capitals will not make any lineup changes compared to Game 6 of their first round series against Toronto.
Apr 27 - 12:14 PM

Kevin Fiala suffered a fractured left femur in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Fiala was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he lost his edge while being hit by St. Louis' Robert Bortuzzo. The Predators forward has undergone successful surgery and won't be able to return during the 2017 playoffs.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 27 - 11:36 AM

Mikkel Boedker's first season with San Jose proved to be a disappointment.

The Sharks signed Boedker to a four-year, $16 million contract and that deal is looking very bad at the moment. Boedker went from recording 51 points between Arizona and Colorado in 2015-16 to just 10 goals and 26 points in 81 contests with San Jose this season. To make matters worse, Boedker was a healthy scratch three times in the first round. "He has the things we’re looking for: his career scoring average, his speed, [penalty killing] ability," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "Did he meet the expectations that he had for himself [or] that we had for him? No. Can we get that out of him? Pete [DeBoer] believes we can." We'll see if he can bounce back next season. Given his contract, San Jose has little choice but to hope that he does.
Apr 27 - 11:10 AM

Although the first round went superbly for the Penguins, they were outscored 5-3 in the first period of those games.

The Penguins cleanly won the first two games of its first round series against Columbus, but the Penguins were down by two goals after 20 minutes in each of Games 3 and 4. That didn't end up derailing the series for the Penguins, but it could prove to be a bigger problem against Washington in the second round if they endure more slow starts. That's something for the Penguins to keep in mind going into Game 1 on Thursday.
Apr 27 - 11:06 AM

Connor McDavid is on a three-game point streak.

McDavid registered an assist in Edmonton's 5-3 win against Anaheim in Game 1 on Wednesday. He has two goals and five assists in seven playoff games, which is good, but not quite at the level we'd expect from him. At the same time, the Oilers have shown throughout the early portion of the playoffs that they are capable of winning games even on nights where McDavid doesn't put up big numbers.
Apr 27 - 10:57 AM

Patrick Maroon registered two assists in Edmonton's 5-3 win against Anaheim in Game 1 Wednesday night.

Maroon was relatively quiet in the first round with a goal and no assists in six games. He was a significant secondary scorer for Edmonton during the regular season, so it's important to Edmonton that he starts chipping in offensively on a more often.
Apr 27 - 10:55 AM

Mark Letestu scored twice in Edmonton's 5-3 win over Anaheim in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Letestu is up to three goals and five points in seven playoff games. That's in stark contrast to his postseason contributions prior to 2017 as he entered this playoff run with four points in 17 career postseason games.
Apr 27 - 10:52 AM


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