News: T.J. Oshie (upper body) is participating in pregame warmups and will play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports. Analysis: T.J. Oshie was considered questionable to play heading into Saturday after missing Game 1 with an upper-body injury. He skated prior to the game and will be in the lineup Saturday afternoon.
News: David Backes left Saturday's Game 2 after taking a vicious blow to the head from Chicago's Brent Seabrook, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: After crushing David Backes with a forearm to the head, Seabrook may have a suspension coming on top of the game misconduct he received. The hit couldn't have looked much worse, as Backes didn't have the puck, and his head smacked against the boards after Seabrook crushed him. Fortunately, Backes was conscious and able to leave the ice under his own power, but he struggled to stand up, according to ESPN Chicago. While this could have been much, much worse, it will still be a major surprise if Backes isn't diagnosed with a concussion.
News: Brenden Morrow (foot) will not play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports. Analysis: Brenden Morrow missed the final three games of the regular season with the foot injury but returned to the lineup for Thursday's Game 1. However, the issue appears to be persisting, as he was a late scratch for Saturday's matinee.
News: Darcy Kuemper (upper body) has been tabbed as Saturday's backup to Ilya Bryzgalov, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Darcy Kuemper practiced Tuesday for the first time in two weeks and, after sitting out Game 1, it appears he's feeling well enough to serve as Bryzgalov's backup Saturday. The move means John Curry will move back to third goalie.
News: Matt Beleskey (lower body) did not participate in Saturday's practice, but he will join the team on Sunday's flight to Dallas. Analysis: Matt Beleskey tallied two points in Wednesday's Game 1 victory but sustained a lower-body injury and sat out Friday's contest. While his absence from Saturday's practice isn't overly encouraging, the Ducks don't play until Monday so it's possible he could make a return for Game 3.
News: According to coach Patrick Roy, it is "very unlikely" that Matt Duchene (knee) will play in Round 1, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The Avs have played just one playoff game thus far, so even if their opening-round series goes a full seven games with the Wild, Roy's comment eludes to Dutchy potentially missing the next six games (or more). Colorado is fairly loaded with young scoring weapons up front -- with Paul Stastny, Nate MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly more than capable of shouldering the load with Matt Duchene out -- but the team obviously wants their leading scorer back in the lineup sooner than later. If they can manage three more wins against Minnesota, advance to the second round and get him back, St. Louis or Chicago is certain to have their hands full with the Central Division champs. Jamie McGinn will continue to get top-six time in Duchene's absence.
News: Milan Lucic was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Saturday for spearing Red Wings' defenseman Danny DeKeyser during Friday's game, The Globe and Mail reports. Analysis: Though the play, which occurred late in the second period, was not penalized, Milan Lucic will cut a check to the league. He will not be suspended, though, so his status for Sunday's Game 2 shouldn't be affected.
News: Ray Emery will likely be in net for Sunday's Game 2 against the Rangers, as Steve Mason (upper body) will not be available, ESPN.com reports. Analysis: With Mason sidelined, Ray Emery is set to make his second straight start after allowing four goals on 36 shots in Thursday's Game 1 loss. He'll likely continue to fill in until Mason returns, which could be as early as Game 3.
News: Jamie Benn had an assist, three hits, and a blocked shot in a Game 2 loss to the Ducks on Friday. Analysis: You can be sure the Ducks' game plan includes a focus on Jamie Benn and linemate Tyler Seguin. Both had solid Game 1 performances, but the Ducks held Benn to a single shot and silenced Seguin in Game 2. Benn still managed to get a point, but they are putting forth a special effort into trying to shut him down.
News: Steve Mason (upper body) has ruled himself out for Sunday's Game 2 against the Rangers, ESPN.com reports. Analysis: Steve Mason continues to recover from a head injury suffered a week ago. He took the ice for Saturday's practice but said he didn't feel right and will, thus, be unavailable for Game 2, meaning Ray Emery will make his second straight start.