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Morning Hits: Injury updates, Kopitar, MSG, Laviolette and Winter Classic in Minnesota

  • Chad Graff: Wild coach Mike Yeo was told that Ryan Suter’s injury was “nothing serious”. At this time of year though, little is “serious.”
  • Chicago Blackhawks: Niklas Hjalmarsson was cleared to play last night, but not cleared to talk after taking a puck to the throat during Game 2.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wouldn’t commit to anything on Chris Kreider, but it’s sounding like he’s getting close to returning.
  • Let’s Play Hockey: Phil Housley will remain as the Predators assistant coach under Peter Laviolette.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Dennis Seidenberg was the first skater on the first for their non-contact morning skate yesterday.
  • Craig Custance: Johan Franzen and now Anze Kopitar are the only players in the last 15 years to record a point in the first nine playoff games.
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: “They didn’t schedule the games to put the screws to one team or another. The problem for the Rangers is their building” … “MSG is one of the busiest arenas in the world. You’re punching the wind here because it all comes down to arena availability”
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile said that Peter Laviolette had scouted the Predators quite a bit and thinks that some of their forwards just need another chance.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild want to host a Winter Classic, and would like to play the Blackhawks at Target Field. The NHL is pushing for the Stars and not Blackhawks.

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Morning Hits: Habs-B’s, Rangers, Devils, Stars, Flyers, Lightning, Red Wings and Ducks

  • Louis Jean: The Canadiens and Bruins series will start on Thursday, with Game 2 on Saturday.
  • Dejan Kovacevic: The Rangers are now 0-12 in playoff games since 2009 when they’ve had the series lead.
  • Rich Chere: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello: “Realistically and logically you would not make the trade that we did at the draft if we didn’t have every intention of having Cory (Schneider) long-term.”
  • Tim Wharnsby: Stars Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Mueller cleared waivers. The Blues put Adam Cracknell on waivers.
  • David Strehle: Flyers defenseman Nick Grossman will be out for eight to 10 weeks with an ankle injury.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Ben Bishop had successful surgery on his right wrist and will have three to four months of recovery. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
  • Ansar Khan: Pavel Datsyuk said that he’ll have a MRI on his knee before they decide if he’ll require surgery.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Mathieu Perreault (lower-body) did not skate yesterday.

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NHL Injuries: Penguins, Duchene, Backes, Umberger, Bishop, Datsyuk and Weiss

  • Dan Rosen: Avs Matt Duchene said he wasn’t close to 100 percent, but he felt good enough that he would be able to make plays.
  • Brian Wilde: The Blues say that David Backes didn’t have a concussion. The Blues can’t say that it was a concussion now as they didn’t follow protocol.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said that R.J. Umberger has a shoulder injury.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Ben Bishop will have his wrist surgery today. Rehab time won’t be known until after the surgery.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk will meet with doctors this week to determine if he needs surgery on his left knee. He could need a minor surgery that has three months of recovery. Stephen Weiss had sports hernia surgery last week to get rid of some scar tissue.

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Morning Hits: Duchene, Kreider, Islanders, Needing a GM and McPhee

  • Pierre LeBrun: Avs Patrick Roy on Matt Duchene on potentially playing in Game 6: “We’re going to take a serious look at it.”
  • Andrew Gross of the Bergon Record: Rangers Chris Kreider is skating but is still unable to shoot. He didn’t touch a puck yesterday. Ryan McDonagh has no issues with his shoulder after getting caught in the camera hole in the glass.
  • Chris Botta of Sports Bussienss Daily: The Islanders had an operating loss of $4.8 million this past season after receiving $15 million revenue sharing and escrow payment. They released an offering memorandum for majority ownership for interested parties. Wang is offering 75 percent ownership and a five-year option on the remaining 25 percent. They valued the team at $370 million. Andrew Barroway’s group was one interested party, but are not reportedly close. Two other groups were said to have interest, but that may be down to one as Nelson Peltz is not interested in bidding for the Isles.
  • Mike Halford: Teams that have the fourth, sixth and thirteenth overall draft picks don’t have a GM.
  • Corey Masisak: “George McPhee told @TarikCSN + I one day his philosophy on leaking information to the media. He said he hated that others in his job played favorites + leaked info. So he felt it was fair to give everyone nothing + demand that from his staff. Hard not to respect that.”

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NHL Injuries: Crosby, Alfredsson, Tyutin, Howard and Duchene

  • Terry Koshan: Sidney Crosby on his health: “I feel good. Nothing that would affect the way I play.”
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards didn’t confirm that defenseman Fedor Tyutin would play in Game 5 today, but said that it was “all positive” for him yesterday.
  • Hope Smoke: Aaron Ward on Jimmy Howard: “My estimation is that it is a bit of a concussion”

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NHL Injuries: Backes, Getzlaf, Beleskey, Alfredsson, Murray, Tyutin and Bishop

  • Chris Kuc: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock: “We get (David) Backes back in the next two or three games, we’re going to even go higher.” Lou Korac of In The Slot: Backes and his upper-body injury didn’t skate yesterday.

    “I mean, he’s not skating today, so read what you want from that,” Hitchcock said. “He’s not around, he’s not skating, so we’ll see tomorrow. Hopefully he’s able to get back before Seabrook or by Seabrook’s time, so it doesn’t turn into a little bit of an advantage for Chicago.”

  • Anaheim Ducks: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf wouldn’t say much about his injury, but said that the is “hopeful” for Game 5. Lance Pugmire: Getzlaf will be a game time decision.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Matt Beleskey is “not probable” for tonight, but Sunday is a possibility.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson should be ready for Game 5 according to Mike Babcock.
  • Lori Schmidt: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards expects that Ryan Murray and Fedor Tyutin will be able to return before the end of the Pittsburgh series.
  • Miss Zielinski: Lightning’s Ben Bishop will have surgery on his right wrist likely next week. He said that he wore a cast on it during the second half of the season. Damian Cristodero: Bishop said that he’ll wear a cast for six weeks and rehab is expected to be three to four months. Confident he’ll be ready for camp.

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NHL Injuries: Robidas, Morrow, Getzlaf, Kreider, Zetterberg and Gibbons

  • Mike Heika: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Stephane Robidas probably won’t require surgery for his fractured leg. Recovery will likely be quicker.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Brenden Morrow was trying to play through a fractured foot, has now been ruled out for the rest of the series. He suffered the injury on April 10th after blocking a shot in practice.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Chris Kreider is improving, but is not skating with the team. Won’t be in the lineup for Game 4.
  • Craig Custance: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said they’ll talk to doctors about Henrik Zetterberg: “They’ll let us know – if he’s available, he’ll be going.”
  • Pens Insider Scoop: Penguins Brian Gibbons (undisclosed injury) didn’t skate yesterday after skating the previous two days.

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NHL Injuries: Bishop, Stamkos, Backes, Wilson, Downie, Alfredsson and Fayne

  • Darren Dreger: Lightning’s Ben Bishop said he had a dislocated elbow and was hoping to get into Game 5 or 6.
  • Darren Dreger: Lightning Steven Stamkos said his leg was still hindering him. He didn’t have the confidence to take the puck wide or drive the net.
  • Nina Falcone: It’s still not known if Blues David Backes will play in Game 4. Coach Ken Hitchcock said he’ll have an update today.
  • Adrian Dater: Ryan Wilson will replace Tyson Barrie on the Avs blueline.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Steve Downie is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson missed last night’s game with a back injury.
  • Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that defenseman Mark Fayne “underwent successful surgery to the core muscle of his left groin” yesterday. Rehab is expected to be eight to 10 weeks. Fayne is a pending UFA.

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NHL Injuries: Robidas, Barrie, Stamkos, Bishop, Backes and Duchene

  • Lance Pugmire: Ducks Stephane Robidas broke the bone just above his previous leg fracture that kept him out from November to March.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Tyson Barrie will be out for four to six weeks with an MCL injury suffered from a Matt Cooke knee.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos said he felt good yesterday and expects to play today in Game 4.
  • Amanda Stein: Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that Ben Bishop will not be ready for Game 4. Was on the ice for about 20 minutes yesterday.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Matt Duchene has started skating.

    “The trainer thought it was good timing for him to start skating today,” Roy said of Duchene, who skated and stick-handled a puck, but didn’t participate in any team drills. “We’ll go day-to-day with him on the skating, and then hopefully he can start practicing with the team.”

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NHL Video: Stamkos Takes Knee to Head but Returns for Third

Steven Stamkos briefly left last night’s game after being hit in the head. He returned for the third period.

  • Cam Tucker of Pro Hockey Talk: After taking a need to the head, Lightning staff and Stamkos felt he was good enough to return.

    “Our staff said he was good to go and Steven said he was OK…so he played,” said Tampa Bay’s head coach Jon Cooper, as per David Amber of CBC.

    “It was just something I tried to shake off,” said Stamkos, as per “Obviously, games like this you don’t want to miss any time, so I want to be out there as much as I can to help our team win. It was close tonight, but not good enough.”

  • Brian Wilde: Stamkos told the medical staff that he wanted to go back in. He had a headache but wanted to continue playing.

Do you think Stamkos should have been allowed to return to the game? Should it be the coaches responsibility to not allow him to play if he thinks more damage could be done if he goes back out there?


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