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CAPITALS (29-13-4) at ISLANDERS (29-13-4)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NBCSWA, NHL.TV

Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

Anthony Mantha -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Conor Sheary -- Lars Eller -- Michael Raffl

Carl Hagelin -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway

Dmitry Orlov -- John Carlson

Brenden Dillon -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Zdeno Chara -- Nick Jensen

Ilya Samsonov

Vitek Vanecek

Scratched: Daniel Sprong

Injured: Justin Schultz (lower body)

Islanders projected lineup

Mathew Barzal -- Travis Zajac -- Jordan Eberle

Michael Dal Colle -- Brock Nelson -- Kyle Palmieri

Anthony Beauvillier -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Josh Bailey

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Nick Leddy -- Scott Mayfield

Andy Greene -- Noah Dobson

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Leo Komarov, Oliver Wahlstrom, Sebastian Aho, Braydon Coburn, Cory Schneider

Injured: None

Status report

Schultz, a defenseman, was injured during a 6-3 loss at the Boston Bruins on Sunday and is day to day. He did not travel with the Capitals. … Raffl is expected to make his Washington debut after being acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on April 12. He has been out with an upper-body injury. … Chara is expected to return after being unable to play Sunday because of an undisclosed injury. … Clutterbuck, who has missed three games with an undisclosed injury, is available to play.

 

FLYERS (20-18-7) at RANGERS (23-17-6)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG, NBCSP, NHL.TV

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Joel Farabee -- Kevin Hayes -- Wade Allison

James van Riemsdyk -- Scott Laughton -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Nolan Patrick -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Ivan Provorov -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Robert Hagg

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Philippe Myers

Brian Elliott

Alex Lyon

Scratched: Samuel Morin

Injured: Morgan Frost (shoulder), Carter Hart (knee), Tanner Laczynski (hip)

Rangers projected lineup

Alexis Lafreniere -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Colin Blackwell

Chris Kreider -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko

Brett Howden -- Kevin Rooney -- Vitali Kravtsov

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

K'Andre Miller -- Brendan Smith

Libor Hajek -- Zac Jones

Igor Shesterkin

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Julien Gauthier, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Anthony Bitetto

Injured: Jacob Trouba (upper body)

Status report

Patrick will play after missing the previous two games. He was hit in the head by a shot during the third period of a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 15. ... Myers will play after being scratched from a 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday. He replaces Morin, a defenseman. ... Jones will make his NHL debut, replacing Trouba, a defenseman injured during the first period of a 6-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday; he's day to day. ... Smith will move up to play on the second defense pair with Miller. … Hajek, a healthy scratch the past two games, will replace Bitetto. … Lafreniere will move to the top line, replacing Kreider, who will drop to the third line.

 

BRUINS (26-12-6) at SABRES (12-27-7)

7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, NESNplus, NHL.TV

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall -- David Krejci -- Craig Smith

Nick Ritchie -- Charlie Coyle -- Jake DeBrusk

Sean Kuraly -- Curtis Lazar -- Chris Wagner

Matt Grzelcyk -- Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly -- Connor Clifton

Jeremy Lauzon -- Steven Kampfer

Jeremy Swayman

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Jakub Zboril, Jarred Tinordi, Anton Blidh, Karson Kuhlman, Jaroslav Halak

Injured: Kevan Miller (undisclosed), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Ondrej Kase (upper body)

Sabres projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Sam Reinhart -- Victor Olofsson

Rasmus Asplund -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Tage Thompson

Anders Bjork -- Dylan Cozens - Arttu Ruotsalainen

Tobias Rieder -- Riley Sheahan -- Drake Caggiula

Mattias Samuelsson -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Henri Jokiharju

Jacob Bryson -- William Borgen

Dustin Tokarski

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen

Scratched: Colin Miller, Cody Eakin, Matt Irwin

Injured: Linus Ullmark (lower body), Carter Hutton (lower body)

Status report

Kampfer will replace Zboril, a defenseman. … Kevan Miller skated Thursday but the defenseman will miss his fifth straight game. He could return at the Sabres on Friday. … Borgen will return after missing 32 games with a fractured forearm.

 

HURRICANES (30-10-5) at PANTHERS (30-12-5)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, BSSUN, BSSO, NHL.TV

Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Jesper Fast

Jordan Martinook -- Vincent Trocheck -- Martin Necas

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Cedric Paquette -- Steven Lorentz -- Morgan Geekie

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joakim Ryan -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Jani Hakanpaa

Alex Nedeljkovic

James Reimer

Scratched: Jake Bean

Injured: Teuvo Teravainen (concussion), Brady Skjei (concussion protocol), Brock McGinn (upper body), Petr Mrazek (lower body)

Panthers projected lineup

Nikita Gusev -- Aleksander Barkov -- Patric Hornqvist

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Sam Bennett -- Anthony Duclair

Frank Vatrano -- Alex Wennberg -- Ryan Lomberg

Juho Lammikko -- Eetu Luostarinen -- Owen Tippett

Gustav Forsling -- MacKenzie Weegar

Markus Nutivaara -- Brandon Montour

Keith Yandle -- Radko Gudas

Sergei Bobrovsky

Spencer Knight

Scratched: Matt Kiersted, Anton Stralman, Lucas Wallmark, Kevin Connauton

Injured: Carter Verhaeghe (upper body), Noel Acciari (upper body), Mason Marchment (upper body), Chris Driedger (lower body)

Status report

Skjei, a defenseman, was injured in a 4-1 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. … Ryan will make his Hurricanes debut. ... Mrazek was expected to start but left practice early. ... Hornqvist will play missing a 5-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. The forward was given a maintenance day. … Driedger, a goalie, is day to day. … Acciari, a forward, could return next week. ... Verhaeghe will miss his sixth straight game and the forward is expected to be out at least another 10 days.

 

DEVILS (14-25-6) at PENGUINS (29-14-3)

7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV

Devils projected lineup

Janne Kuokkanen -- Jack Hughes -- Yegor Sharangovich

Pavel Zacha -- Nico Hischier -- Nathan Bastian

Miles Wood -- Michael McLeod -- Jesper Bratt

Andreas Johnsson -- Jesper Boqvist -- Nicholas Merkley

Ryan Murray -- Matt Tennyson

Jonas Siegenthaler -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Connor Carrick

Scott Wedgewood

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Mikhail Maltsev, Nolan Foote, Marian Studenic 

Injured: Mackenzie Blackwood (upper body), Ty Smith (upper body)

COVID-19 protocol: P.K. Subban

Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust

Jared McCann -- Jeff Carter -- Jason Zucker

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Kasperi Kapanen

Colton Sceviour -- Mark Jankowski -- Evan Rodrigues

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Mike Matheson -- Cody Ceci

Marcus Pettersson -- John Marino

Tristan Jarry

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Mark Friedman, Radim Zohorna, Sam Lafferty

Injured: Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Brandon Tanev (upper body), Frederick Gaudreau (lower body)

Status report

Zacha and Bratt each will return after a lower-body injury; Zacha has missed five games, Bratt four. ... Blackwood, a goalie, will be unavailable for the second straight game. … Kapanen was activiated from injured reserve after missing 13 games with a lower-body injury. The forward will be a game-time decision after participating in an optional morning skate Thursday. … Jarry will start after allowing six goals on 11 shots in the third period of a 7-6 win against the Devils on Tuesday.

 

BLUE JACKETS (15-24-9) at LIGHTNING (30-14-2)

7 p.m. ET; BSSUN, BSOH, NHL.TV

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Oliver Bjorkstrand -- Jack Roslovic -- Cam Atkinson

Stefan Matteau -- Alexandre Texier -- Patrik Laine

Eric Robinson -- Max Domi -- Nathan Gerbe

Ryan MacInnis -- Josh Dunne -- Kole Sherwood

Michael Del Zotto -- Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov -- Mikko Lehtonen

Gavin Bayreuther -- Dean Kukan

Elvis Merzlikins

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Zac Dalpe, Mikhail Grigorenko, Kevin Stenlund, Gabriel Carlsson, Scott Harrington, Andrew Peeke

Injured: Emil Bemstrom (lower body)

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Alex Barre-Boulet

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Tyler Johnson

Barclay Goodrow -- Yanni Gourde -- Blake Coleman

Pat Maroon -- Ross Colton -- Mathieu Joseph

Victor Hedman -- Erik Cernak

Ryan McDonagh -- David Savard

Andreas Borgman -- Luke Schenn

Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Gemel Smith, Mitchell Stephens, Cal Foote

Injured: Steven Stamkos (lower body), Jan Rutta (lower body) 

Status report

Dalpe, a forward, has returned to Columbus to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. ... McElhinney will start after Vasilevskiy started against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday and Tuesday. ... Rutta, a defenseman, is skating but will miss his 12th straight game.

 

MAPLE LEAFS (28-13-5) at JETS (27-15-3)

7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SN, NHL.TV

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Nick Foligno -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Alex Galchenyuk -- John Tavares -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Wayne Simmonds

Joe Thornton -- Adam Brooks -- Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly -- Justin Holl

Jake Muzzin -- TJ Brodie

Rasmus Sandin -- Travis Dermott

Jack Campbell

David Rittich

Scratched: Scott Sabourin, Martin Marincin, Pierre Engvall, Nicholas Robertson

Injured: Zach Hyman (knee), Frederik Andersen (lower body), Riley Nash (lower body), Zach Bogosian (upper body)

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Paul Stastny -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Nikolaj Ehlers

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mason Appleton

Mathieu Perreault -- Nate Thompson -- Trevor Lewis

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Derek Forbort -- Neal Pionk

Jordie Benn -- Dylan DeMelo

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Sami Niku, Kristian Vesalainen, Ville Heinola, Jansen Harkins, Logan Stanley  

Injured: None

Status report

Bogosian, a defenseman, is expected to be out at least a week after leaving during the second period of a 6-3 loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Dermott will replace him. ... Foligno will make his Maple Leafs debut after being acquired in a three-team trade involving the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks on April 11 … Mikheyev will be a game-time decision after missing the game Tuesday with an undisclosed injury. ... Wheeler returns after missing six games with a concussion. ... Benn will make his Jets debut after being acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks on April 12.

 

STARS (19-14-12) at RED WINGS (16-25-7)

7:30 p.m. ET; BSDET, BSSW, NHL.TV

Stars projected lineup

Jason Robertson -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Jason Dickinson -- Jamie Benn -- Denis Gurianov

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Justin Dowling -- Tanner Kero -- Rhett Gardner

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Sami Vatanen

Anton Khudobin

Jake Oettinger

Scratched: Taylor Fedun, Ty Dellandrea, Nick Caamano 

Injured: Joel Hanley (lower body), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches), Joel Kiviranta (lower body), Tyler Seguin (hip), Mark Pysyk (lower body)

Red Wings projected lineup

Evgeny Svechnikov -- Michael Rasmussen -- Filip Zadina

Richard Panik -- Sam Gagner -- Valtteri Filppula

Adam Erne -- Luke Glendening -- Darren Helm

Givani Smith -- Vladislav Namestnikov

Dennis Cholowski -- Filip Hronek

Danny DeKeyser -- Gustav Lindstrom

Marc Staal -- Troy Stecher

Alex Biega

Thomas Greiss

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Christian Djoos

Injured: Robby Fabbri (undisclosed), Jakub Vrana (illness), Dylan Larkin (upper body)

Status report

Heiskanen and Hintz each will be a game-time decision; each missed a 5-2 win against the Red Wings on Tuesday. … Larkin, a center, is scheduled for tests Friday after being injured Tuesday. ... Red Wings forwards Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body) and Frans Nielsen (lower body) each will miss the rest of the season. Bertuzzi has been out since Jan. 30.

 

AVALANCHE (30-9-4) at BLUES (19-18-6)

8 p.m. ET; BSMW, ALT, NHL.TV

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Andre Burakovsky

Carl Soderberg -- Nazem Kadri -- J.T. Compher

Brandon Saad -- Tyson Jost -- Valeri Nichushkin

Liam O'Brien -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Martin Kaut

Devon Toews -- Samuel Girard

Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar

Patrik Nemeth -- Conor Timmins

Devan Dubnyk

Jonas Johansson

Scratched: Miikka Salomaki, Kiefer Sherwood, Jacob MacDonald

Injured: Matt Calvert (upper body), Logan O'Connor (upper body)

COVID 19 protocol: Philipp Grubauer, Joonas Donskoi, Mikko Rantanen

Blues projected lineup

Sammy Blais -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Mike Hoffman -- Brayden Schenn -- Jordan Kyrou

Jaden Schwartz -- Tyler Bozak -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Kyle Clifford -- Ivan Barbashev -- Zach Sanford

Marco Scandella -- Colton Parayko

Torey Krug -- Justin Faulk

Jake Walman -- Vince Dunn

Jordan Binnington

Ville Husso

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Niko Mikkola

Injured: Robert Thomas (shoulder), Mackenzie MacEachern (upper body)

Status report

Burakovsky will move to the top line with Rantanen, a forward, in COVID-19 protocol. ... Kaut was recalled from the taxi squad and will play on the fourth line. ... Thomas, a forward, will miss his fourth straight game but could return against the Avalanche on Saturday. ... Schenn and Bozak will flip spots.

 

SENATORS (16-26-4) at CANUCKS (18-18-3)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, TSN5, RDS2, NHL.TV

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Josh Norris -- Drake Batherson

Tim Stutzle -- Colin White -- Evgenii Dadonov

Nick Paul -- Chris Tierney -- Ryan Dzingel

Alex Formenton -- Shane Pinto -- Connor Brown

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Artem Zub

Victor Mete -- Josh Brown

Matt Murray

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Artem Anisimov, Marcus Hogberg, Michael Amadio, Jacob Bernard-Docker

Injured: Austin Watson (hand)

Canucks projected lineup

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Nils Hoglander

Matthew Highmore -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Marc Michaelis -- Brandon Sutter -- Jayce Hawryluk

Jimmy Vesey -- Travis Boyd -- Jake Virtanen

Quinn Hughes -- Travis Hamonic

Nate Schmidt -- Tyler Myers

Olli Juolevi -- Jalen Chatfield

Thatcher Demko

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Tyler Graovac, Guillaume Brisebois, Madison Bowey

Injured: Antoine Roussel (lower body), Tyler Motte (COVID-19), Zack MacEwen (undisclosed), Elias Pettersson (upper body), Jay Beagle (undisclosed), Justin Bailey (shoulder), Micheal Ferland (head)

Suspended: Alexander Edler

Status report

The Senators held an optional morning skate Thursday. ... Ottawa is expected to dress the same lineup it used in a 4-2 win at the Calgary Flames on Monday. ... Demko will make his first start since March 24, prior to the Canucks' 18-day pause due to a COVID-19 outbreak. ... Michaelis replaces Roussel, a forward expected to miss two weeks after being injured in a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. ... Bowey joined Vancouver on the ice for the first time since the defenseman was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on April 12 and serving a seven-day quarantine, but won't play.

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