News: Simon Despres notched two assists in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Flames. Analysis: Simon Despres continues to shine in his first playoffs as a Duck. He now has five points -- all assists -- in his seven postseason games thus far. Despres had failed to tally any points in his meagre six games of playoff experience with the Penguins. While his role on the Ducks may be limited playing behind the likes of Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm, Despres should continue to see regular ice and could become a valuable fantasy producer in the coming seasons.
News: Frederik Andersen went 17-of-21 in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Flames. Analysis: Not a great outing from the Dane as he allowed the tying goal late in the third and was then beaten early in OT to let Game 3 slip away. However, due to his previously unbeaten record in the playoffs, he probably deserves a pass on this one. Look for Frederik Andersen to return to the cage in Calgary on Friday night for Game 4.
News: Devan Dubnyk will be between the pipes for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Blackhawks. Analysis: Devan Dubnyk has hardly looked sharp in the first two games of the series, stopping just 58 of 65 shots (.892 save percentage). With the Wild now down 2-0 as the series shifts to Minnesota, the team will need the Masterson Trophy nominee to come up huge to keep their playoff hopes alive. During 20 regular-season starts at the Xcel Energy Center, Dubnyk went 12-7-1 with a 2.01 GAA and .922 save percentage.
News: Corey Crawford turned away all 30 pucks the Wild fired on him in Tuesday's 1-0 Game 3 victory. Analysis: Ever since retaking the reins from Scott Darling in Game 6 against Nashville, Corey Crawford has been a man on fire, stopping 103 of 107 shots (.962) over the last four games -- all Blackhawks wins. In fact, he's made exactly 30 saves in three straight games. There's no doubt that Crawford will be in there once more for Game 4 in Minnesota on Thursday.
News: Patrick Kane scored the game's only goal Tuesday against the Wild, with his first-period power-play tally holding up for a 1-0 win and 3-0 series lead. Analysis: It was his only shot on goal of the game, but it was the only one he needed. Patrick Kane's now on a six-game playoff point streak, and he's scored goals in four straight contests. He'll look to make it five Thursday in Minnesota as the Blackhawks go for the sweep.
News: Updating a previous report, Micheal Ferland (upper body) was made a late scratch and will not play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Ducks, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: All indications were that Micheal Ferland was trending toward a return to the lineup after partaking in the Flames' warmup seemingly without incident, but coach Bob Hartley ended up calling a late audible. As a result, Markus Granlund will assume a spot in the lineup, while Ferland misses a second straight match due to injury.
News: Kris Versteeg (lower body) will not play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Wild, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: Kris Versteeg demonstrated some progress by traveling with the Blackhawks to Minnesota, but he'll sit out a third straight contest with the injury. Teuvo Teravainen, who has tallied a point in each of the first two games of the series, will continue to skate on Chicago's third line.
News: Justin Fontaine (lower body) will not play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Blackhawks, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Justin Fontaine will sit for a second straight game while he contends with the injury. Kyle Brodziak slots in as the Wild's fourth-line right wing.
News: Bryan Bickell leads the NHL in hits going into Game 3 off the Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday night. Analysis: Bryan Bickell has 58 hits through eight games which is overshadowing his lack of scoring in the playoffs which is only two assists. He had 11 hits and 12 hits in Game 1 and 2 respectively against the Wild. Coming into the series with the Wild, Bickell had Minnesota's number In 23 games against the Wild the past three seasons, Bickell has scored 15 goals, 20 points and is a plus-11, but it appears that Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville wants him to take a more physical approach.
News: Nathan Beaulieu (upper body) took part in practice Tuesday for the Canadiens, Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: The Canadiens have already ruled Nathan Beaulieu out for the next two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Lightning, but his return to practice could allow him to return as soon as Game 5. His progress will be monitored over the next several days.