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FLYERS (19-17-6) at PENGUINS (27-13-2)

7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, NBCSP, NHL.TV

Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Sean Couturier -- Joel Farabee

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Tanner Laczynski

Travis Konecny -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Oskar Lindblom -- Nolan Patrick -- Wade Allison

Ivan Provorov -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Robert Hagg

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Samuel Morin, Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Injured: Morgan Frost (shoulder)

Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust

Jared McCann -- Jeff Carter -- Jason Zucker

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Evan Rodrigues

Radim Zohorna -- Mark Jankowski -- Colton Sceviour

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Mike Matheson -- Cody Ceci

Marcus Pettersson -- John Marino

Tristan Jarry

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Sam Lafferty

Injured: Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Kasperi Kapanen (lower body), Mark Friedman (upper body), Brandon Tanev (upper body), Frederick Gaudreau (lower body)

Status report

Carter will debut for the Penguins after being acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. He is expected to play second-line center, moving McCann from that spot to left wing on the second line. … Jankowski will likely return after being a healthy scratch in a 5-2 win at the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. ... Allison, a forward, was recalled from the Flyers taxi squad and will make his NHL debut. ... Myers is in for Morin and Aube-Kubel, a forward, will be a healthy scratch. "With the amount of penalties 'Ku' has taken, I've decided to make that change," Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said.

 

SABRES (10-25-7) at CAPITALS (28-11-4)

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

Sabres projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Sam Reinhart -- Victor Olofsson

Rasmus Asplund -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Tage Thompson

Anders Bjork -- Dylan Cozens -- Arttu Ruotsalainen

Tobias Rieder -- Cody Eakin -- Kyle Okposo

Jacob Bryson -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Henri Jokiharju

Matt Irwin -- Colin Miller

Dustin Tokarski

Michael Houser

Scratched: Drake Caggiula

Injured: Linus Ullmark (lower body), Riley Sheahan (upper body) Carter Hutton (lower body), Jack Eichel (upper body), William Borgen (forearm)
 
Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

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

Conor Sheary -- Lars Eller -- Daniel Sprong

Carl Hagelin -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway

Dmitry Orlov -- John Carlson

Brenden Dillon -- Justin Schultz

Zdeno Chara -- Nick Jensen

Vitek Vanecek

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

Injured: Michael Raffl (upper body), Ilya Samsonov (upper body)

Status report 

The Sabres had no update on Ullmark, a goalie who left a 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins in the first period Tuesday. … Sheahan, a forward who sat out the third period against the Bruins after a hit by Nick Ritchie in the second period, is day to day. … The Sabres announced Wednesday that Eichel, a center, is out for the remainder of the season. … Samsonov, a goalie, is day to day. … Raffl, a forward acquired in a trade with the Philadellphia Flyers on Monday, remains day to day and has not yet skated with the Capitals.

 

PREDATORS (24-19-1) at HURRICANES (27-10-4)

7 p.m. ET; BSSO, NHL.TV

Predators projected lineup

Viktor Arvidsson -- Ryan Johansen -- Rocco Grimaldi

Calle Jarnkrok -- Mikael Granlund -- Luke Kunin

Rem Pitlick -- Erik Haula -- Nick Cousins

Yakov Trenin -- Colton Sissons -- Tanner Jeannot

Roman Josi -- Matt Benning

Mattias Ekholm -- Ryan Ellis

Jeremy Davies -- Ben Harpur

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: None

Injured: Luca Sbisa (lower body), Matt Duchene (lower body), Mark Borowiecki (upper body), Brad Richardson (lower body), Filip Forsberg (upper body), Alexandre Carrier (lower body), Dante Fabbro (upper body), Eeli Tolvanen (lower body), Mathieu Olivier (lower body)

Suspended: Michael McCarron

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

Brady Skjei -- Brett Pesce

Jake Bean -- Jani Hakanpaa

Petr Mrazek

Alex Nedeljkovic

Scratched: Jake Gardiner, James Reimer

Injured: Teuvo Teravainen (concussion), Brock McGinn (upper body)

Status report

The Predators will use the same lineup from a 7-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. ... Defenseman Jani Hakanpaa will make his Hurricanes debut. He was traded to Carolina by the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. 

 

PANTHERS (27-12-4) at LIGHTNING (28-12-2)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, BSFL, NHL.TV

Panthers projected lineup

Anthony Duclair -- Aleksander Barkov -- Nikita Gusev

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Alex Wennberg -- Mason Marchment

Frank Vatrano -- Eetu Luostarinen -- Owen Tippett

Noel Acciari -- Lucas Wallmark -- Patric Hornqvist

Gustav Forsling -- MacKenzie Weegar

Radko Gudas -- Brandon Montour

Keith Yandle -- Anton Stralman

Chris Driedger

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Ryan Lomberg, Juho Lammikko, Markus Nutivaara

Injured: Noah Juulsen (upper body), Aaron Ekblad (lower body), Carter Verhaeghe (upper body)

Lightning projected lineup

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

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Ross Colton

Barclay Goodrow -- Yanni Gourde -- Blake Coleman

Pat Maroon - Tyler Johnson - Mathieu Joseph

Victor Hedman -- Erik Cernak

Ryan McDonagh -- David Savard

Mikhail Sergachev -- Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Cal Foote, Mitchell Stephens, Gemel Smith

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

Status report

Montour and Gusev will each make his Panthers debut. Montour was traded to Florida by the Buffalo Sabres on April 10. Gusev agreed to a one-year contract April 11 after being placed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils. ... Driedger will make consecutive starts for the first time since February 13-17. ... Stamkos, a center, will miss the next two games. 

 

ISLANDERS (27-11-4) at BRUINS (22-12-6)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NESN, SN360, NHL.TV

Islanders projected lineup

Travis Zajac -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Josh Bailey

Kyle Palmieri -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Oliver Wahlstrom

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Nick Leddy -- Scott Mayfield

Andy Greene -- Noah Dobson

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Leo Komarov, Sebastian Aho, Cory Schneider, Braydon Coburn, Michael Dal Colle, Ross Johnston

Injured: None

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

Jeremy Lauzon -- Charlie McAvoy

Jakub Zboril -- Connor Clifton

Mike Reilly -- Steven Kampfer

Tuukka Rask

Jeremy Swayman

Scratched: Trent Frederic, Karson Kuhlman, Jarred Tinordi

COVID-19 protocol: Jaroslav Halak

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

Status Report

The Islanders did not hold a morning skate. … Rask makes his first start since March 25 after missing the past 11 games with an upper-body injury. … Zboril replaces Miller.

 

DEVILS (14-21-6) at RANGERS (20-16-6)

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

Devils projected lineup

Janne Kuokkanen -- Jack Hughes -- Yegor Sharangovich

Miles Wood -- Nico Hischier -- Nicholas Merkley

Andreas Johnsson -- Michael McLeod -- Marian Studenic

Mikhail Maltsev -- Jesper Boqvist -- Tyce Thompson

Ty Smith -- P.K. Subban

Ryan Murray -- Damon Severson

Jonas Siegenthaler -- Will Butcher

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Aaron Dell

Injured: Pavel Zacha (lower body), Jesper Bratt (undisclosed), Nathan Bastian (lower body)

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Colin Blackwell

Alexis Lafreniere -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko

Brett Howden -- Kevin Rooney -- Vitali Kravtsov

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

K'Andre Miller -- Jacob Trouba

Libor Hajek -- Brendan Smith

Igor Shesterkin

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Julien Gauthier, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Anthony Bitetto, Zac Jones

Injured: None

Status report

Panarin (maintenance) sat out the Rangers morning skate, but he is expected to be in the lineup. … Forwards Zacha and Bratt are each day to day. … Jones, a defenseman, skated with the Rangers' full group for the first time Thursday after agreeing to terms on an entry-level contract Tuesday. 

 

JETS (26-14-3) AT MAPLE LEAFS (28-11-4)

7 p.m. ET; TSN4, TSN3, NHL.TV

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Andrew Copp

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

Mathieu Perreault -- Adam Lowry -- Mason Appleton

Jansen Harkins -- Nate Thompson -- Trevor Lewis

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Derek Forbort -- Neal Pionk

Ville Heinola -- Dylan DeMelo

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Sami Niku, Kristian Vesalainen, Jordie Benn, Logan Stanley

Injured: Blake Wheeler (concussion), Nathan Beaulieu (torn labrum)

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner

Zach Hyman -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Ilya Mikheyev

Joe Thornton -- Pierre Engvall -- Wayne Simmonds

Nicholas Robertson -- Adam Brooks -- Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly -- TJ Brodie

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Travis Dermott -- Zach Bogosian

Jack Campbell

David Rittich

Scratched: Veini Vehvilainen, Michael Hutchinson, Martin Marincin 

Injured: Frederik Andersen (lower body), Riley Nash (lower body), Auston Matthews (upper body)

COVID-19 protocol: William Nylander, Nick Foligno, Ben Hutton

Status report

Heinola and Vesalainen, a forward, were recalled from the Jets taxi squad, with Heinola replacing Stanley. ... Jets coach Paul Maurice said there's one more question up front but will wait until warmups to make a decision. ... Matthews is day to day with an injury "similar to but not the same" as the wrist injury that kept the center out of games Feb. 27 and Mar. 1, coach Sheldon Keefe said. Matthews is not expected to be out for long. ... Nylander is awaiting one more negative test before the forward can be eligible to rejoin the Maple Leafs on Friday. ... Andersen skated with goaltending coach Steve Briere prior to the morning skate. Keefe said Andersen is making progress and expected to accompany the Maple Leafs on their six-game road trip beginning Saturday in Vancouver, but he's not close to a return at this point. Andersen has missed 12 games since March 19.

 

BLACKHAWKS (20-18-5) at RED WINGS (15-23-6)

7:30 pm ET; BSDET, NBCSCH, NHL.TV

Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Hagel -- Pius Suter -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- Dylan Strome

Dominik Kubalik -- Philipp Kurashev -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Brett Connolly -- David Kampf -- Ryan Carpenter

Riley Stillman -- Connor Murphy

Duncan Keith -- Ian Mitchell

Nikita Zadorov -- Wyatt Kalynuk

Kevin Lankinen

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Collin Delia

Injured: Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol), Jonathan Toews (illness), Calvin de Haan (hip), Adam Boqvist (concussion protocol)

COVID-19 protocol: Adam Gaudette

Red Wings projected lineup

Evgeny Svechnikov -- Dylan Larkin -- Filip Zadina

Jakub Vrana -- Michael Rasmussen -- Valtteri Filppula

Richard Panik -- Vladislav Namestnikov - Sam Gagner

Adam Erne -- Luke Glendening -- Darren Helm

Dennis Cholowski -- Filip Hronek

Danny DeKeyser - Gustav Lindstrom

Marc Staal -- Troy Stecher

Jonathan Bernier

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Frans Nielsen, Christian Djoos, Alex Biega

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body), Robby Fabbri (undisclosed)

Status report

Mitchell and Zadorov replace de Haan and Boqvist. .. Vrana and Panik will make their Detroit debuts after being acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitols for forward Anthony Mantha on Monday.  

 

BLUE JACKETS (15-20-9) at STARS (15-14-12)

8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, BSSW+, BSOH, NHL.TV

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Mikhail Grigorenko -- Jack Roslovic -- Cam Atkinson

Oliver Bjorkstrand -- Max Domi -- Patrik Laine

Eric Robinson -- Alexandre Texier -- Zac Dalpe

Stefan Matteau -- Joshua Dunne -- Kole Sherwood

Michael Del Zotto -- Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov -- Scott Harrington

Dean Kukan -- Andrew Peeke

Elvis Merzlikins

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Gabriel Carlsson, Mikko Lehtonen, Kevin Stenlund

Injured: Emil Bemstrom (lower body), Boone Jenner (finger)

Stars projected lineup

Jason Robertson -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Tanner Kero -- Jamie Benn -- Denis Gurianov

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Justin Dowling -- Jason Dickinson -- Ty Dellandrea

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Sami Vatanen

Jake Oettinger

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Mark Pysyk, Joel L'Esperance, Rhett Gardner

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

Status report

Dunne will make his NHL debut. The 22-year-old signed a two-year, entry level contract March 14. ... Stars coach Rick Bowness said there will be several game-time decisions. ... Seguin practiced for the first time Thursday. The forward has not played this season following surgery to repair a torn labrum Nov. 2.

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