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Afternoon Hits: Injury Updates and Practice Notes From Today

  • Dan Rosen: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf is expected to be able to go in Game 2. X-rays were negative, suffered only a deep facial laceration that received several stitches.
  • Chris Johnston: Lightning’s Ben Bishop spent over 30 minutes on the ice this morning in full equipment. Missy Zielinski: Lightning coach Cooper on Bishop: “I don’t think we’ll be seeing Bishop anytime soon.” He hasn’t been completely ruled out of the series if it goes the distance.
  • Joe McDonald: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg is practicing today. Ansar Khan: Zetterberg skated for about 20 minutes today.
  • Joe Haggerty: Not practicing for the Bruins today are Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Matt Bartkowski. Kevan Miller returned. Haggerty can’t see Paille playing tomorrow.
  • Katie Strang: Flyers Steve Mason is doing better and will join the team in New York. His status for Game 2 is still uncertain.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Jordan Leopold and Roman Polak were working as the third defensive pair at practice.
  • Lou Korac: Blues T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund will be out. Vladimir Tarasenko is in.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on Matt Belesky’s injury: “Lower – body that’s been nagging him for awhile. Hopefully ready for Friday”
  • Andy Strickland: Blackhawks Patrick Kane is skating today with a notable brace on his left leg.
  • Chris Johnson: Lightning’s Ondrej Palat isn’t practicing. He only had one shift in the third period.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Don’t expect Canadiens Travis Moen to be in the lineup for Game 2. Needs more practice time.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Jurco-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Legwand.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers lines: Hartnell-G-Voracek; Raffl-Schenn-Simmonds; Read-Coots-Akeson; Rinaldo-Lecavalier-Hall.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blues lines: Ott-Backes-Steen, Schwartz-Sobotka-Tarasenko, Morrow-Roy-Reaves, Porter-Lapierre-Cracknell.
  • Arpon Basu: Lightning lines: Killorn-Johnson-Stamkos; Panik-Filppula-Callahan; Purcell-Thompson-Brown; Kucherov-Paquette-Pyatt

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NHL Free Agent Rumors: Kassian, Hainsey, Loktionov, Grabovski and Timonen

  • Ian Mendes:: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Matt Kassian’s not in our plans — and we’re not in his plans.”
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes pending UFA Ron Hainsey likes the fit and will ”see how it goes.”
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Andrei Loktionov wants to remain in the NHL next season and with the Hurricanes.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals pending UFA Mikhail Grabovski wouldn’t mind remaining in Washington, but would want to know which way the organization is going.

    “Nobody knows what’s going to happen here, so it’s made me disappointed too,” Grabovski said Tuesday. “I want to know, first before I sign, who’s going to be coach, who’s going to be general manager, because nobody knows and lots of stuff is being said.”

    “I just don’t want to have same experience I have before in Toronto when [former coach] Ron Wilson is gone just after I sign, and they bring in a coach who don’t really want me,” Grabovski said. “For me it’s important that people believe in you and trust. Adam Oates, he bring me here with McPhee. They trust me as a player, and I do my best in the half-season I played. I can do better. [When] people trust me, I feel this and I play better, good hockey.”

    Grabovski is believed to be looking for a four or five year deal in the $5 million per season range.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on if he wants pending UFA Kimmo Timonen back next season.

    “Absolutely,” he said, though it’s highly probable the defenseman would take a pay cut from his $6 million salary. “We’ve talked a couple times during the year and put it on the shelf, and we’ll talk again in a couple months. I know his family is very big in his life, and his kids are getting older and he wants to be around them more. But he loves to compete, and if he wants to come back, we’ll figure it out.”

    Timonen doesn’t want to start thinking about retirement.

    “Once you start thinking about it, you don’t think about the game as much,” he said. “During the Olympics, I knew it was my last game and it was really emotional. I knew it was the last time I put the Finland jersey on. But I haven’t made up my mind yet here.”

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Quick Hits: Coaches, Analyzing Payrolls, Cap Numbers and Senators

  • John Shannon: Coaches receiving a vote of confidence in Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary, and Long Island.
  • Allan Walsh: “Analyzing NHL payrolls (Cap $64.3M), direct correlation in spending below $60M and NOT making playoffs. (8 teams below, 1 in playoffs). 8 teams have won Stanley Cup in NHL salary cap era, 7 of those teams spent to the Upper Limit.
  • Cap Geek: “Our estimates show 11 teams finished the 2013-14 season within $100K of the salary cap. Our estimates also show 19 teams finished the 2013-14 season within $1M of the salary cap. Of the teams with more than $1M in cap space, ANA, DAL and COL were the only ones to make the playoffs.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Still think you need two goaltenders.”

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Lines and Pairings at Practice Today For 11 Teams

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers lines and Pairings: Poul-Brass-Zucc, Nash-Step-MSL, Hag-Rich-Fast, Boyle-DMoore-Dorsett. McDonagh-G, Staal-Stral, JMoore-Klein.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning lines: Palat Johnson Stamkos, Killorn Filppula Callahan, Brown Paquette Kucherov, Purcell Thompson Panik. Erik Erlendsson: Power play units: Hedman-Stamkos-Filppula-Palat-Callahan; 2nd unit Carle-Kostka-Killorn-Purcell-Johnson.
  • Luc Gelinas: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek Prust-Plekanec-Gallagher Bourque-Eller-Gionta Weise-Brière-Bournival.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Skille; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; MacKenzie – Anisimov – Comeau; Tropp – Letestu – Boll. Frattin extra. Defensive pairings: Tyutin – Johnson; Murray – Wisniewski; Nikitin – Savard. Extra pair: Schultz – Prout. Rob Mixer: Power play units: Calvert-Dubinsky-Atkinson, Tyutin-Savard; Jenner-Johansen-Letestu, Johnson-Wisniewski.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Jurco-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Legwand. Andersson, Bertuzzi rotating in. Defensive pairings: Kronwall-Smith, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Kindl, Ouellet-Sproul. Howard and Gustavsson in goal.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Stempniak Gibbons-Vitale-Adams (Pyatt & Megna rotating in). Defensive pairings: Orpik-Martin Scuderi-Letang Maatta-Niskanen Bortuzzo-Engelland.
  • Michael Russo: Wild lines: Parise-Koivu-Coyle;Moulson-Granlund-Pominville;Cooke-Brodziak-Niederreiter; Veilleux-Haula-McCormick; Fontaine, Heatley extras
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings lines: Gaborik-Kopitar-JWill. Richards w/King &Carter; Stoll centering Toffoli & Brown. 4th line Clifford-Lewis-Pearson/Nolan.
  • Lance Pugmire: Ducks lines: Beleskey-Getzlaf-Perry, Cogs-Koivu-Silfverberg, Winnik-Bonino-Palmieri, Selanne-Perreault-Maroon.
  • David Pollak: Sharks lines: Hertl-Thornton-Burns, Marleau-Couture-Nieto, Wingels-Pavelski-Havlat, Torres-Desjardins-Brown.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs lines: O’Reilly-MacKinnon-Parenteau, Landeskog-Stastny-McGinn, Talbot-Cliché-McLeod, Bordeleau-Malone-Carey. Defensive pairings: Holden-Johnson, Barrie-Guenin, Benoit-Elliott

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Odds of Winning Tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery Drawing

The NHL will hold their draft lottery drawing tonight at 8:00 PM EST. The odds of obtaining the first overall pick are as follows:

1st – 25.0% – Buffalo Sabres
2nd – 18.8% – Florida Panthers
3rd – 14.2% – Edmonton Oilers
4th – 10.7% – Calgary Flames
5th – 8.1% – NY Islanders
6th – 6.2% – Vancouver Canucks
7th – 4.7% – Carolina Hurricanes
8th – 3.6% – Toronto Maple Leafs
9th – 2.7% – Winnipeg Jets
10th – 2.1% – Anaheim Ducks (via Ottawa)
11th – 1.5% – New Jersey Devils (Forfeit pick but are included in the drawing)
12th – 1.1% – Nashville Predators
13th – 0.8% – Phoenix Coyotes
14th – 0.5% – Washington Capitals

If the NJ Devils win the lottery, the NHL will hold a re-draw. The Devils will select 30th overall.

The Islanders have until June 1st to decide if they will keep their 2014 first round pick or send it to the Sabres as part of the Thomas Vanek – Matt Moulson trade. If the Islanders keep the pick, the Sabres will get their 2015 first round pick.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Sign Andrew MacDonald To Six-Year Extension

David Pagnotta: The Flyers have signed defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a six-year, $30 million contract extension.

What are your thoughts on MacDonald’s contract?

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Quick Hits: Credit Facility, Preds, Penguins Man-Games Lost, Attendance, Hartnell and Capitals

  • Chris Botta: The NHL is setting up a credit facility of at least $1 billion. This would allow teams to borrow money from a centralized loan pool. Allan Walsh: “In a below the radar move, there are reports the NHL has arranged a $1B to $1.5B credit facility for its teams secured by new Cdn TV deal. NHL teams can borrow funds from a centralized credit facility at lower interest rates, no longer need to pay 9%+ as high risk borrower.”
  • Sportsnet Ticker: The Predators are the first team in NHL history to allow no short-handed goals in a full 82 game season.
  • Dave Molinari: The Penguins had 529 man-games lost to injuries and illness this season. That averages to 6.45 per game.
  • Frank Seravalli: “Even when you take out the bump from six outdoor games, NHL (21.492M) attendance still exceeded 2008-09 record of 21.475M this season.”
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Scott Hartnell was fined $5,000 for his spear on Brett Bellemore.
  • Eric Macramalla: “NHL Substance Abuse Program: if a player is convicted of drug possession he is suspended without pay while undergoing treatment”
  • Brian McNally: Capitals: George McPhee, Ted Leonsis and Dick Patrick had a meeting yesterday morning and will have another meeting later this week. Will meet with media after.
  • Josh Rimer: Hearing that the Capitals won’t be having player exit interview with the coaches.

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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule: First Round

The first round of the Eastern Conference gets underway on Wednesday April 16th with games in Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.

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The first round of the Western Conference gets underway on Wednesday April 16th with the Ducks hosting the Stars.

Western-Conference-playoffs

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Morning Hits: Ovechkin, Jovanovski, Waivers, Brygalov and the Maple Leafs

  • Katie Carrera: Alex Ovechkin: “It’s not about me or Backy or somebody else. It starts on top and if they want to change, they have to change.” Clarifying quote: He’s saying it’s not up to him if they make changes, but he would provide input if he’s asked. Decisions are above him.
  • ESPN: Panthers Ed Jovanovski is fined $5,000 by the NHL for elbowing Blue Jackets Corey Tropp.
  • Darren Dreger: The Devils put Tim Sestito on waivers. The Panthers put Colby Robak on waivers.
  • Adrian Dater: Ilya Bryzgalov will be the Wild’s starter against the Avalanche.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The Leafs have a lot of $ tied up for a lot of years in Clarkson. Everyone knew the Leafs overpaid for Clarkson” … ”They overpaid because every team in the league that had an opening wanted Clarkson” … ”I don’t think the Leafs style helped Clarkson and I don’t think Clarkson helped himself.” … ”I think Clarkson got a lot more PP time with NJ than he did in Toronto.” … ”I think salvaging Clarkson as a top 6 guy is one of the Leafs’ biggest priorities this off-season”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The new structure in Toronto is that Shanahan is the boss. That includes all the marketing & business side of the hockey club” … ”I think what you’re going to see, & probably not immediately, is that he’s going to want to have a vision of organization & team” … ”Which means, he’s going to want to surround himself with really good people. He did that while working for the NHL” … ”In that position Shanahan brought in Rob Blake, Stephan Quintal and Brian Leetch. Had a whole team that he really relied on” … ”He’s going to look to assemble his own dream team in Toronto. I don’t know if Nonis will be part of that” … ”I know Shanahan won’t make any knee jerk decisions on dismissing Nonis immediately after taking over” … ”No question that Shanahan has a long list of people that he’s had in his sphere of influence that he wants to bring into the fold”

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NHL Rumors: Sabres, Canucks, Penguins, Kings, Panthers, Senators and Maple Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.

    “He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”

    Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.

    Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.

    The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.

    There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.

    The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.

    John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.

    One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.

    “I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.

  • Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Blues, Canadiens, Jets, Bruins, Islanders and Sharks

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Alain Vigneault said that Ryan McDonagh will skate on his own today, and will take the morning skate on Saturday before determining if he’ll play on Saturday.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues David Backes had a boot on his foot yesterday. Ken Hitchcock: ”He is going to be out for potentially three games and then play.”
  • Tony Marinaro: Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk won’t be ready for the start of the playoffs and could miss round one.
  • Ken Wiebe: The Jets have shut down Andrew Ladd down for the season with an elbow injury.
  • Jamie Erdahl: Bruins Chris Kelly is day-to-day with a back injury.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders coach Jack Capuano said that none of their injured players will play again this season, ”No need to rush anyone back. The standings won’t change.”
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Pending medical approval, the Sharks are expecting Tomas Hertl to return to the lineup for the start of the playoffs.

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Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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