News: Curtis McElhinney signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Blue Jackets, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports. Analysis: Curtis McElhinney spent the 2012-13 season with AHL Springfield, going 29-16-3 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
News: Dennis Seidenberg (leg) practiced Friday but is questionable to play in Saturday's Game 5, the Boston Herald reports. Analysis: He was paired during practice with Wade Redden (undisclosed), who is also questionable to play Game 5. If he's cleared to return, he'll likely send Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton to the press box with Torey Krug already having racked up four points during the series.
News: Wade Redden (undisclosed) practiced Friday but remains questionable for Saturday's Game 5 against the Rangers, the Boston Herald reports. Analysis: For the first time all series, the Bruins' defense looked rather shaky with Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg both sidelined. A potential Redden return would likely send Dougie Hamilton to the press box for Game 5.
News: Jason Demers returned to play in Thursday's Game 5 match-up after being out with an injury since mid-April. Analysis: Jason Demers only say 3:47 of ice time though and had two minutes in the box for a rough boarding call against LA's Robyn Regher. His return was notable because, like teammate Brent Burns, the Sharks have moved Demers to forward. Could be interesting for future games if the Sharks can stay alive.
News: Coach Darryl Sutter said Jarret Stoll (head) skated for 15 minutes Friday but remains "a long ways off," the LA Times' Helene Elliot reports. Analysis: While he may not be close to returning to game action, it is definitely good to see him back on the ice for the first time since suffering a head injury in Game 1 of the second-round series against the Sharks. However, he still has not been cleared for contact, and it is unknown when he will be able to play again.
News: Chris Kreider did not practice with the team Friday, reports Jim Cerny. Analysis: After scoring Thursday's game-winner, Chris Kreider gets another maintenance day. Nothing to worry about, it appears head coach John Tortorella is trying to keep the youngster's legs fresh.
News: Rick Nash was a plus-2 and had an assist on Chris Kreider's game-winning overtime goal in Thursday's 4-3 win over Boston. Analysis: After collecting just one assist through the first six games of the playoffs, Rick Nash is a plus-4 with a goal and three assists in his last five games.
News: Brian Boyle scored a power-play goal during Thursday's 4-3 overtime victory over Boston. Analysis: A season-long member of head coach John Tortorella's dog house, Brian Boyle's goal helped snap an abysmal 0-for-23 streak for the Blueshirts. It also snapped a five game point scoring drought for the veteran center.
News: Andrew Ference (lower body) missed practice Friday. Analysis: Andrew Ference is currently dealing with a lower-body injury and has yet to play in the second-round series against the Rangers. His status for Saturday's Game 5 is unknown.
News: Derick Brassard had two helpers in a 4-3 overtime win over Boston on Thursday. Analysis: Derick Brassard also won 11 of 17 faceoffs in the win. Received in the Marian Gaborik deadline deal with Columbus, Brassard leads the Rangers with 12 points and is ranked sixth in NHL playoff scoring heading into Friday's action.