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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 4:25 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets forward Perreault game-time decision at Ducks

ANAHEIM -- Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault (lower body) is a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round Series against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA, SN, PRIME).

Perreault skated Thursday morning but did not take part in line rushes and was not made available to the media.

"We'll see how he comes back tonight and make a decision then," Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

Perreault provided scoring and skill when he was with Anaheim, and that's something the Jets could use if and when Perreault plays in the best-of-7 series.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 4:22 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Canadiens' Pacioretty still questionable for Game 2

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty practiced on a line Thursday, though his availability remains uncertain for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators on Friday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports).

Pacioretty is recovering from an upper-body injury and missed Montreal's 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 on Wednesday.

On Thursday he took Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau's place at practice on a line with center David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly, who moved from left wing to right wing.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 4:20 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Canadiens' Subban says he paid price for Stone slash

BROSSARD, Quebec -- P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens believe the penalties he received Wednesday for his controversial slash on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone were punishment enough, if not too much.

Subban was assessed a game misconduct in addition to a five-minute major penalty for slashing Stone on the right wrist at 8:23 of the second period of Montreal's 4-3 win against Ottawa in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series at Bell Centre.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 4:04 PM

By Chris Stevenson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Sloppy play, poor execution hurt Senators in opener

MONTREAL -- The Ottawa Senators are hoping to play a lot more like the team they were the final two months of the regular season in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Friday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Senators coach Dave Cameron called their play sloppy in a 4-3 loss in Game 1 of the best-of-7 series on Wednesday.

Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond said the game was hardly indicative of the team the Senators think they can be.

"We feel like the way we played the last two months wasn't necessarily the way we played [Wednesday] night," he said. "It's just important for us to get back to that brand of hockey of straight lines and making sure we have the whole team included in every zone. I think we'll give ourselves a much better chance of success."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 3:40 PM

By Robby Stanley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Predators-Blackhawks series blog

Wilson finds scoring touch for Predators in Game 1

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators forward Colin Wilson hadn't scored in the final 15 games of the regular season heading into Game 1 of the Predators' Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

He scored twice against the Blackhawks in the first period of Game 1 of the best-of-7 series and led the Predators to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Wilson's first goal was exactly what Predators coach Peter Laviolette has been expecting from him. Wilson took the puck in the neutral zone, skated around Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival and took a wrist shot that beat goaltender Corey Crawford high on the stick side.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 3:02 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Blues-Wild series blog

Wild's Bergenheim gets fourth-line spot vs. Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Forward Sean Bergenheim will be in the lineup for the Minnesota Wild when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin Thursday.

When the Wild play at the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-MW), Bergenheim will get the first crack to play at left wing on the fourth line. He takes the place of Matt Cooke, who will sit out because of an undisclosed injury.

Bergenheim, who has 12 goals and 17 points in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games (including nine goals and 11 points in 16 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011) has rotated in and out with Erik Haula and Ryan Carter.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 3:01 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Ducks' Wisniewski a healthy scratch against Jets

ANAHEIM -- The major piece that the Anaheim Ducks acquired before the NHL Trade Deadline will be a scratch for Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round Series against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at Honda Center (CNBC, TVA, SN, PRIME, 10:30 p.m. ET).

Defenseman James Wisniewski said it is disappointing, particularly after he rejoined Anaheim prior to the trade deadline from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"You're never really expecting this when you kind of get traded to a playoff-contending team, but it is what it is," Wisniewski said. "You've got to be ready to play when called upon and be a professional, and help in any way possible. [You have to have a] work ethic in practices and try and be a leader, and help out anybody else with whatever you can."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 2:42 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Blues-Wild series blog

Blues hope defensive depth helps in playoffs

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues defensemen Zbynek Michalek and Carl Gunnarsson will be in the lineup against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round [9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-MW].

Michalek and Gunnarsson, acquired in separate trades with the Arizona Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively, have close to 1,100 games of NHL regular-season experience.

Their Stanley Cup Playoff resumes have them playing a combined 27 games. That will change playing for a much more experienced and polished Blues team, and they were acquired to give them the added defensive depth they had been was missing in the past.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 2:20 PM

By Katie Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Capitals forward Wilson close to returning from injury

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The status of Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson remains unknown for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Islanders on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC).

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Thursday that Wilson is very close to being cleared to play in Game 2 and that his recovery is progressing as expected.

Wilson was injured blocking a shot April 5 against the Detroit Red Wings and skated in his first full practice Tuesday. He participated in Washington's optional skate Thursday.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 1:42 PM

By Corey Long -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Lightning-Red Wings series blog

Red Wings' Abdelkader out for Game 1 vs. Lightning

TAMPA -- Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, FS-F).

Abdelkader injured his hand April 4 against the Minnesota Wild and missed the final four regular-season games. He has practiced this week in preparation for the best-of-7 series but was not cleared to play.

He has five goals and five assists in 54 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said in Abdelkader's absence Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk will play on the same line.

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I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday