News: Jiri Hudler (undisclosed) was able to take part in morning skate Sunday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. Analysis: He was also able to skate Saturday, which indicates that Jiri Hudler will likely be available for the Flames Game 2 contest Sunday night. It's possible that the large deficit the Flames faced when Hudler was initially injured played a part in his not returning to that contest.
News: Micheal Ferland (upper body) indicated that he will play Game 2 Sunday against the Ducks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports Analysis: Micheal Ferland was forced out of the Ducks' Game 1 win with an upper body injury, and was not able to practice Saturday either. While he will go Sunday, the wing may still be hampered by this injury, putting his fantasy value into question a bit.
News: Cedric Paquette suffered an undisclosed injury during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Canadiens, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports. Analysis: Cedric Paquette will not return to the contest, but with Tampa Bay nursing a three-goal lead in the third period, his absence shouldn't make much of a difference. If Paquette can't play in Wednesday's game 3, Jonathan Drouin will likely join the lineup.
News: Kris Versteeg (lower body) is inactive for Sunday's Game 2 against the Wild, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports. Analysis: Even if he were healthy, Kris Versteeg wouldn't necessarily be in the lineup. Tuevo Teravainen, who recently took over as the third-line right wing, scored the game-winning goal in Game 1.
News: Brian Flynn will play Sunday against the Lightnight, the TSN Montreal Bureau reports. Analysis: Brian Flynn has recently been a healthy scratch, but he will fill in for teammate David Desharnais, who has come down with the flu. Expect Flynn to return to his bench role when Desharnais becomes healthy.
News: David Desharnais will not play in Game 2 Sunday against the Lightning because of flu symptoms, the TSN Montreal Bureau reports. Analysis: Without David Desharnais, the Canadiens will rely on Brian Flynn to step into his spot. Desharnais got the flu a couple months ago and only missed a few days, so expect him to be questionable going into Game 3 of this series against Tampa Bay.
News: Andrew Hammond has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the 2014-15 season, the Ottawa Citzen reports. The Masterton trophy is awarded to the player who represents sportsmanship, perseverance, and a dedication to hockey. Hammond is now the third Ottawa Senator nominated for an NHL player trophy this year joining teammates Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson. Analysis: Andrew Hammond's miracle worker performance this year made the obscure goaltender into a household name. The Hamburglar's 14-1-1 regular season run vaulted the Senators into the playoffs, bumping out the perennial favorite Bruins. Hammond's disappearance from the playoffs in Game 3 versus Montreal does not diminish the young goaltender's growth and accomplishments as reinforced by the Masterton nomination. All signs point toward the free agent becoming a number one goalie for either the Senators or a team eager to have a proven workhorse goalie on their roster.
News: Raphael Diaz participated in morning skate Sunday, the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: Raphael Diaz has not played since April 2nd, but with three consecutive practices under his belt, it looks like his return is near. While he won't necessarily be ready to go for Sunday night's game, it would be a surprise if he did not participate in this series.
News: Jason LaBarbera will be the backup goalie Sunday against the Flames for Game 2, the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Teammate John Gibson will miss the game with the flu, and Frederick Andersen will get the start. Andersen seems firmly established as the starter at this time, which really limits any fantasy value for Jason LaBarbera.
News: Frederik Andersen will start between the pipes Sunday against the Flames, the Orange County Register reports Analysis: Frederik Andersen started off the series on a high note, allowing just one goal in 24 shots during Game 1. He will look to have another solid performance Sunday, and figures to one of the top fantasy options for daily players as well.