News: Kris Newbury will dress Thursday for Game 4 against Boston, reports Newsday's Steve Zipay. Analysis: With the Rangers facing elimination on Thursday, head coach John Tortorella is shaking things up. Kris Newbury logged just over five minute of ice time in his only other game this post season, a 3-1 loss to Washington on May 2.
News: Chris Kreider will be a scratch on Thursday's for Game 4 against Boston, reports Newsday's Steve Zipay. Analysis: Whether or not this has anything to do with taking a stick to the face in Game 3 is likely a moot point, as Chris Kreider really has been quiet in his limited action this post season. It appears head coach John Tortorella will go with the seldom used Michael Haley to center the fourth line.
News: Andrew Ference (lower body) remains sidelined as Thursday's Game 4 against the Rangers approaches. Analysis: At this point, both Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg, who have also been sidelined, appear to be closer to being available to the Bruins than Andrew Ference.
News: Wade Redden (undisclosed injury) took line rushes with fellow banged up blueliner Dennis Seidenberg at Thursday's morning skate. Analysis: The pair of veterans are both nearing a return to availability, but with the Bruins up in their series against the Rangers 3-0 -- and fill-ins Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski playing well -- we suspect that the duo won't be deployed in Thursday's Game 4.
News: Dennis Seidenberg (leg) indicated Wednesday that "there's a chance" he could play in Thursday's Game 4 against the Rangers, csnne.com reports. Analysis: That said, with the Bruins up 3-0 in the series and young blueliners Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton playing solid hockey of late, don't be surprised to see the Bruins play it safe and not rush Dennis Seidenberg back on Thursday.
News: Roman Hamrlik will dress for Game 4 on Thursday against Boston, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports. Analysis: A veteran blue-liner of 22 seasons, the injury (upper-body) to Anton Stralman appears to have played a hand in Roman Hamrlik dressing for head coach John Tortorella. Hamrlik has not suited up for the Rangers since April 1, when he logged just under five minutes of ice time.
News: Brad Richards will reportedly be a healthy scratch for Thursday's Game 4 against Boston, reports Newsday's Steve Zipay. Analysis: No official word yet, but it appears head coach John Tortorella will look to shake things up in order to stave off elimination in the playoffs. After closing the regular season on a six-game point streak, Brad Richards has notched just one goal in 10 games this post season.
News: Brenden Morrow (undisclosed) did not participate in the team's morning skate Wednesday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: The veteran winger left Tuesday's practice with an undisclosed injury, so it's possible he just sat out the morning skate to rest whatever is bothering him. We likely won't know until the puck drops whether he'll suit up for Game 4 against the Senators or not.
News: Erik Karlsson notched two assists in the Senators' 7-3 loss to the Penguins on Wednesday. Analysis: With the Pens now up 3-1 and the series heading back to Pittsburgh for Game 5, Erik Karlsson and his teammates will need to play a whole lot better to avoid elimination Friday.
News: Daniel Alfredsson recorded two points in a Game 4 loss to the Penguins on Wednesday. Analysis: The captain's goal and assist weren't nearly enough to stop Pittsburgh from cruising to a 7-3 victory and a 3-1 series lead.