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Posted On Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 1:29 PM

By Staff -  / - Predators-Blackhawks series blog

Blackhawks' Kane to return in Game 1 vs. Predators

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said Tuesday he expects to play in Game 1 of Western Conference First Round against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN360, CSN-CH, FS-TN).

"That's the plan," Kane said after practice Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 12:01 PM

By Staff -  / - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Islanders' Hamonic likely out for Game 1: report

New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic likely will miss Game 1 of Stanley Cup Playoffs because of an undisclosed injury, according to Newsday.

The Islanders open the Eastern Conference First Round on Wednesday at the Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC).

"It's undisclosed and there's no timetable," Islanders coach Jack Capuano told Newsday. "When there is I'll let you know."

Posted On Monday, 04.13.2015 / 3:48 PM

By Staff -  / - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks goalie Gibson, forward Thompson day-to-day

Goalie John Gibson and forward Nate Thompson each is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury, according to the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks play Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN).

Posted On Monday, 04.13.2015 / 2:40 PM

By Staff -  / - Predators-Blackhawks series blog

Predators' Fisher, Franson day-to-day; Fiala recalled

Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher and defenseman Cody Franson remain day-to-day, coach Peter Laviolette said Monday according to the team.

Fisher, who missed the final two regular-season games with a lower-body injury, practiced briefly Monday. Franson, who missed the regular-season finale with an upper-body injury, did not skate.

Posted On Monday, 04.13.2015 / 1:00 PM

By Staff -  / - Lightning-Red Wings series blog

Red Wings to start Mrazek in Game 1 vs. Lightning

Petr Mrazek will be the Detroit Red Wings goaltender for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN, FS-F), coach Mike Babcock said.

Mrazek, who went 16-9-2 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 29 games, gets the nod over Jimmy Howard, who, when healthy, has been the Red Wings goalie in the Stanley Cup Playoffs each of the past five seasons. Howard went 23-13-11 with a 2.44 GAA and .910 save percentage in 53 games.

Posted On Monday, 04.13.2015 / 11:42 AM

By Staff -  / - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Islanders recall defenseman Reinhart from AHL

The New York Islanders recalled defenseman Griffin Reinhart from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League on Monday.

Reinhart's call-up comes with the status of defenseman Travis Hamonic in doubt heading into the Eastern Conference First Round Series against the Washington Capitals. Hamonic appeared to sustain a lower-body injury Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and didn't play in the regular-season finale Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano had no update Monday on Hamonic and said he wasn't sure if he'd play in Game 1 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; USA, TVA Sports, SN, CSN-DC), according to Hamonic had five goals, 33 points and 85 penalty minutes along with a plus-15 rating in 71 games this season.

Posted On Saturday, 04.11.2015 / 12:20 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Seguin out for Stars after being late for practice

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin will not play Saturday after being late to practice Friday, coach Lindy Ruff said, according to the team.

The Stars, who have already been eliminated from playoff contention, play their regular-season finale against the Nashville Predators. The Predators have already clinched second place in the Central Division, and await to see which team they'll play in a Western Conference First Round series. Nashville will play either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Minnesota Wild, pending the results Saturday.

Seguin is first on the Stars with 37 goals and second on the team with 77 points in 71 games played this season.

Jamie Benn, who is third in the NHL with 83 points and one behind co-leaders John Tavares and Sidney Crosby, will not have typical linemate Seguin to help him pursue his first Art Ross Trophy.

Posted On Thursday, 04.09.2015 / 3:53 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Barzal heads Canada U-18 World Championship roster

Seattle Thunderbirds center Mathew Barzal, No. 11 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, was one of 17 players named to compete for Canada at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Switzerland, April 16-26.

Barzal, who finished with 12 goals and 57 points in 44 games for the Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League this season, is one of four players on the roster projected as 2015 first-round picks. On defense, No. 16 Thomas Chabot of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and No. 21 Jeremy Roy of the Sherbrooke Phoenix, were selected. Prince George Cougars center Jansen Harkins was No. 15 on Central Scouting's final ranking.

Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 1:56 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Red Wings' Datsyuk to return against Lightning

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will return to the lineup Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (2 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-D), the Red Wings announced.

Datsyuk, who has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury, had Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm on his wings. The same unit practiced together Friday.

Datsyuk has 23 goals and 58 points in 57 games this season for the Red Wings, who have lost their past two games.

Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:05 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Weber out for Predators against Capitals

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber will not play against the Washington Capitals on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET; FS-TN, CSN-DC) and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, according to the Predators.

Weber has played in all 75 of the Predators' games this season, is second among all Nashville skaters in average time on ice (26:22), and is second among Nashville defensemen in points (45).

The Predators can clinch a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win in any fashion.

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