It marks the first time this season that the two top North American prospects eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft will be in the lineup for the same game.
Yakupov had been sidelined the final four regular-season games after suffering an upper-body injury against the Owen Sound Attack. Yakupov required stitches to his mouth after an open-ice hit by Attack captain Michael Halmo 11:20 into the second period of a 4-0 victory on March 10. The OHL suspended Halmo 10 games for his hit. Halmo will have to sit out his team's first eight playoff games, if applicable. The Attack open the playoffs on Friday against the Kitchener Rangers.