News: Matt Bartkowski (illness) returned to action in Tuesday's Game 3 win over the Red Wings, seeing 18:34 worth of ice time. Analysis: Matt Bartkowski, who saw 2:01 worth of shorthanded ice time in the process, now appears past the illness that sidelined him for the first two games of the Bruins' series against the Red Wings. The blueliner finished the 2013-14 campaign with 18 assists in 64 games.
News: Teemu Selanne will sit out Wednesday's Game 4 against the Stars, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Teemu Selanne learned Wednesday morning he will be scratched in a playoff game for only the second time in his career. At age 43, the winger is probably just in need of a day off, so expect him to be back in the lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
News: Stephane Robidas is not expected to need surgery to repair his broken right leg, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Stephane Robidas broke his right leg right above the metal rod that was inserted when he broke it earlier this season, but his recovery time should be much shorter this time around. He'll still miss the rest of the playoffs, but it's good to hear that he won't have to go through as much rehab this time around.
News: Coach Lindy Ruff said on Wednesday that Brenden Dillon may return to the lineup on Friday. Analysis: Brenden Dillon has been practicing and his presence on the blueline would mean a lot to the Stars. Dillon has the ability to activate into the offense, but his presence means less for fantasy than it does for the actual team.
News: Frederik Andersen will start between the pipes Wednesday in Game 4 against the Stars, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Frederik Andersen wasn't as strong in Game 3 as he was in the first two games of the series, but it looks like coach Bruce Boudreau will give the rookie another shot in Game 4. If his play starts to slip, though, Jonas Hiller could retake the starting position.
News: Henrik Zetterberg (back) could play in Thursday's Game 4. Analysis: Henrik Zetterberg hasn't suited up since February 8 due to the back injury, but took part in drills at Wednesday's practice, and could be in the lineup Thursday if his appointment with team doctors goes well. The star center would provide a much needed boost to the Red Wings offense, which has only managed two total goals in the first three games against the Bruins.
News: Brian Gibbons (undisclosed) was not present at the team's morning skate, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Brian Gibbons missed Monday's game, and seems to have taken a step back in his recovery after skating over the weekend. It seems like a safe bet to rule him out of Wednesday's Game 4 at this point.
News: Marcel Goc (foot) took part in Wednesday's morning skate, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Marcel Goc won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4, but head coach Dan Bylsma did say it's possible he could be back before the end of the first round. The center recorded 11 goals and 14 assists in 74 games this season, but hasn't suited up since March 27 due to a foot injury.
News: Having played for four teams in each of the past two years, Mikhail Grigorenko will stay with AHL Rochester for the forseeable future, reports the Olean Times Herald. Analysis: The embattled junior hockey star had many ups-and-downs this season. His questionable work ethic had some observers already doubting his ability to play in the NHL, despite being drafted just two years ago. Mikhail Grigorenko was assigned to the AHL earlier this year, but the move was blocked by the NHL because plaeyrs drafted from the CHL are not allowed to play in the AHL until they're 20 years old. With the Amerks, Grigorenko has been a steady contributor and drawn rave reviews from head coach Chadd Cassidy. The slick Russian center is considered to be one of the world's most talented young forwards, but has gone through a lot of growing pains. It's unlikely that Grigorenko will be a full-time Sabre next year, but staying in one place for an entire season should certainly help his development. The Amerks play their first playoff game Friday against the Chicago Wolves in a best-of-five series.
News: After finishing the season on an absolute tear, Gustav Nyquist has yet to tally a point in three playoff games. Analysis: Gustav Nyquist has found much less room to get around the ice against Boston, as he has been a focal point for the Bruins. For Detroit to have a chance at coming back from a 2-1 series deficit, it has to get Nyquist rolling again somehow.