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: Darcy Kuemper (upper body) was summoned to action in the second period of Saturday's Game 2 against Colorado after starter Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals. Kuemper stopped all 14 shots he faced, but the Wild were unable to dig out of an early hole and fell, 4-2. Analysis: When the series moves to Minnesota for Game 3, he'll likely get the nod as long as he's anywhere near healthy enough to go.
News: Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals before being pulled from the crease midway through the second period of Saturday's 4-2 loss at Colorado. Analysis: He had put together a solid regular season, but a 2-0 deficit in a seven-game series is a four-alarm emergency. There's a fair chance that the Minnesota coaching staff will give the Game 3 nod to Darcy Kuemper, who played well in relief Saturday.
News: Paul Stastny capped another explosive night with a power-play goal into an empty net as the Avalanche beat Minnesota on Saturday, 4-2. He had already registered three assists before putting the game away with the late tally. Analysis: His torrid scoring pace won't last -- his three playoff goals in two games have come on just four shots, an obviously unsustainable pace -- but the lineup decision is easy when he keeps posting crooked numbers.
News: Nathan MacKinnon scored Colorado's first goal and then added three assists in Saturday's 4-2 win over Minnesota, giving the Avalanche a 2-0 series lead. Analysis: The Wild have thus far found no solution for the gifted teenager, who is tied for the playoff scoring lead with seven points already. If you drew him in a playoff pool, run with him.
News: Gabriel Landeskog scored twice, including the game-winner, in a 4-2 Avalanche win in Game 2 of Colorado's first-round series with Minnesota on Saturday. Analysis: He ended the regular season with a seven-game goal-scoring drought, but has found nylon in each of the two playoff games. After closing the regular season on a rush, the Avs look like they can go deep into the playoffs this year, making their key players like Gabriel Landeskog particularly valuable in playoff pools.
News: Ondrej Palat (upper body) is confident he'll return to action Sunday for Game 3, reports the Tampa Tribune. Analysis: "I feel good," Ondrej Palat said after Saturday's practice. He wouldn't go so far as to commit to Sunday, but he was clearly buoyed by his workout.
News: Sidney Crosby delivered two assists in Saturday's 4-3, double-OT loss to Columbus. Analysis: That gives him three helpers this postseason. He's still seeing a lot of Brandon Dubinsky and that means his possible scoring lanes will be narrow. Very narrow.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury made 41 saves in Saturday's double overtime loss to Columbus. He allowed four goals. Analysis: He may often be criticized, but this loss wasn't on him. The winner came on the third shot in a sequence from in tight -- he was great on the first two, but he can't be perfect. Too bad his mates didn't get rid of those rebounds.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in Saturday's double-OT win over the Penguins. Analysis: He goes into the record books as the guy who backstopped the team to its first-ever postseason win.