News: Tommy Wingels had an assist and nine hits in the Sharks' Game 3 win over LA. Analysis: Tommy Wingels is the full package. He can put points on the board (three assists in three games) and never misses a chance to finish his checks. His ceiling may be low, but he has consistently raised that ceiling throughout the season.
News: Matt Duchene (knee) could return before the end of the first round, the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The center skated hard Tuesday, and while he's not expected to be back for Game 4 on Thursday, there's still a chance Matt Duchene could return before the series is over. He racked up 23 goals and 47 assists in 71 games during the regular season, and would provide a much needed boost to the struggling Colorado power play that has gone just 1-11 through the first three games of the playoffs.
News: Tomas Hertl had a goal and six shots in a Game 3 win over LA. Analysis: Questions about whether Tomas Hertl can bounce back after his injury? Those have been squashed. The rookie has two goals and an assist through three playoff games.
News: Matt Nieto scored on one of two shots in a Game 3 OT win over Los Angeles. Analysis: Matt Nieto has a goal and three assists through three games. He is quickly proving that San Jose has more than one exciting rookie forward on the team.
News: Brent Burns had a goal, two penalty minutes, eight hits, and a team-leading seven shots in Game 3. Analysis: Brent Burns' 16 postseason shots ranks third in the league. He's creating opportunities and is likely to continue to produce. He has two goals and an assist through the first three games.
News: Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 31 shots in a Game 3 win over the Kings. Analysis: Game 3 wasn't Antti Niemi's best outing, but his .902 save percentage got the job done. He has 2.58 GAA and his save percentage is .912. Both of those rank tenth among playoff goaltenders, which isn't ideal. But he is getting the wins.
News: Dan Boyle had an assist, four shots, a minus-1 rating, and 23:35 of ice time in a Game 3 OT win over the Kings. Analysis: Dan Boyle has three assists in the series now and has been logging some big minutes in round one.
News: Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) was not on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: It looks like the Blue Jackets will be without the blueliner for second straight game as they try to even their first round series with Penguins in Game 4. Fedor Tyutin posted four goals and 22 assists in 69 games this season.
News: Anze Kopitar registered his third assist of the playoffs in Tuesday's overtime loss to San Jose. Analysis: Anze Kopitar and the Kings find themselves facing elimination at the hands of the Sharks after just three games. They'll look to send the series back to San Jose with a Game 4 win with their season on the line.
News: Jeff Carter picked up his first goal of the playoffs in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to San Jose. Analysis: Jeff Carter's picked up a point in each of the three games so far in the series but may not have many more chances with the Kings staring at an 0-3 deficit.