NHL News: Bruins, Avs, Devils, Flyers, Penguins, Lightning, Capitals and Jets

NHL News: Bruins, Avs, Devils, Flyers, Penguins, Lightning, Capitals and Jets

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Patrice Bergeron misses Game 4 with an upper-body injury. Sean Couturier is hopeful for Game 5.
On the Boston Bruins …

Joe Haggerty: Coach Bruce Cassidy said their decision to hold Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup last night was made right before the start of the game. Cassidy added: “Hopefully he’s better and ready to go on Saturday.”

Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston: Bergeron is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The Bruins had two days off between Game 3 and Game 4. Bergeron had been on the ice Wednesday, but Riley Nash had taken some reps at center on Bergeron’s line.

On the Colorado Avalanche …

Scott Burnside: Goaltender Andrew Hammond will start in net for the Avs in Game 5 tonight.

On the New Jersey Devils

Amanda Stein: Defenseman Sami Vatanen didn’t travel with the team to Tampa yesterday. It is still possible that he join them later.

On the Philadelphia Flyers …

Dan Rosen: Forward Sean Couturier said that he’s day-to-day and is not ruling out playing in Game 5 tonight. He had skated on Tuesday and Wednesday before taking yesterday off.

Dave Isaac: GM Ron Hextall on the likelihood of Couturier playing: “He’s coming to Pittsburgh.”

Dave Issac of the Courier Post: Couturier on if he can play.

“I’m not gonna say how close I am or how far I am,” he said, carefully toeing the line of playoff ambiguity when it comes to injuries. “It’s really on me seeing how I feel every day and hopefully it keeps getting better.”

On the Pittsburgh Penguins …

Pittsburgh Penguins: Coach Mike Sullivan yesterday on Patric Hornqvist:  “He won’t play tomorrow, but he skated this morning.”

On the Tampa Bay Lightning …

Syracuse Crunch: The Lightning signed forward Otto Somppi to a three-year entry-level contract.

On the Washington Capitals …

Tom Gulitti: Forward Jay Beagle said that he’s still not a 100 percent but is getting close. He said his timing is still off but is feeling better than he did before he missed those four games.

On the Winnipeg Jets …

Paul Maurice: Coach Paul Maurice said he’s not ruling defenseman Tyler Myers out for Game 5 and he’ll be a game-time decision.