On the Ottawa Senators …
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Defenseman Marc Methot was on the ice yesterday and was lined up beside Erik Karlsson. If he feels good this morning, he’ll return to the lineup after missing 11 games. The way he was speaking yesterday indicates that he’s good to go. If he doesn’t, he’s likely to be ready for Monday’s game.
“There’s a whole bunch of stuff going on,” Methot said. “At the end of the day, I just want to be able to an effective player and help the team when I am coming back in and not hurting anybody by coming back prematurely.
“When I get to that point, I’ll know, whether it’s tomorrow or the next game, we’ll deal with it.”
On the Boston Bruins …
“Krejci is unavailable tomorrow [for Game 2] and he’ll be day-to-day,” said Cassidy. “He wasn’t very good today. We were hoping he’d skate and it didn’t happen, so not playing for four days it would be difficult. He’s still day-to-day. We hope he’ll come around, but it’s not looking good for tomorrow.”
Defenseman Colin Miller suffered a lower-body injury on Wednesday. He tried to practice yesterday but left mid way through practice.
“Colin Miller went out [to skate] and wasn’t feeling great, so he left the ice. He’s day-to-day as well, but we’re preparing to put Joe [Morrow] in there right now. Of course that could change in the morning [prior to Game 2].”
On the Toronto Maple Leafs ..
TSN: Coach Mike Babcock said defenseman Nikita Zaitsev is expected to miss today’s Game 2. Zaitsev was seen riding a bike yesterday, but he wasn’t on the ice. Zaitsev was hurt in their season finale and is nursing an upper-body injury.
On the Anaheim Ducks …
Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Coach Randy Carlyle said that defenseman Cam Fowler could start skating soon, opening the possibility of returning to the lineup if the series goes seven games. Fowler took a knee-on-knee hit back on April 4th and was given a two-to-six weeks timetable.
“Things are moving along rapidly,” Carlyle said. “We think, and we’re crossing our fingers and toes here, that he will be skating within the next week. And that’s being optimistic. That’s the way we always are with injuries to players.”