News: Corey Crawford will be back in the crease for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Wild, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: After delivering victories for the Blackhawks in the first two games of the series, Corey Crawford will unsurprisingly remain in the crease as his team looks to extend its playoff winning streak against the Wild to nine games. Should he struggle as the series shifts to Minnesota, Crawford probably would still have to worry about getting replaced by Scott Darling as the Blackhawks' primary netminder, but for now, coach Joel Quenneville will ride Crawford while he's playing well.
News: Braden Holtby will man the crease for Monday's Game 3 against the Rangers. Analysis: Braden Holtby played well in Game 2, stopping 32 of 35 shots, but the Capitals weren't able to muster up enough offense against opposing netminder Henrik Lundqvist. With the series returning to Washington on Monday, Holtby will probably have a better chance at getting back on the winning track, but if the one-goal victory margins in Games 1 and 2 are any indication, it certainly won't come easy.
News: Kris Versteeg (lower body) will travel to Minnesota for Tuesday's Game 3, ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: He's expected to skate with the Blackhawks on Tuesday morning, after which the club will make a determination on his status for the game later that evening. The winger has been held out of the first two games of the series due to the injury, with Teuvo Teravainen filling in for him.
News: Niklas Hjalmarsson was credited with a secondary assist on Patrick Kane's third-period goal in Sunday's win over the Wild. Analysis: After tallying a point in each of the Blackhawks' first two games of the postseason, Niklas Hjalmarsson was held off the score sheet for five consecutive games before getting the helper in Sunday's match. The 27-year-old provided only 19 points in 82 games during the regular season, so neither the Blackhawks nor fantasy owners should view as a viable source of offense.
News: Marian Hossa assisted on Jonathan Toews' shorthanded first-period goal in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Wild. Analysis: Marian Hossa has failed to record a point during this postseason, but with seven assists and 28 shot attempts in eight games, he hasn't exactly been invisible. Assuming he benefits from a little more puck luck in the contests to come, his scoring should start to become a little more diversified.
News: J.T. Brown tallied his first goal of the postseason in Sunday's Game 2 triumph over the Canadiens. Analysis: Coach Jon Cooper seems more inclined to use J.T. Brown ahead of Jonathan Drouin on the team's fourth line, but that hasn't equated to much production for the speedy winger, as was the case during the regular season. Over his seven postseason games, Brown has one goal, no assists, and seven shot attempts.
News: Eric Fehr (shoulder) conducted an on-ice workout with strength coach Mark Nemish after the Caps' optional skate Monday morning, the Washington Post reports. Analysis: It appears safe to rule Eric Fehr out for Monday's Game 3 against the Rangers, though coach Barry Trotz does indicate that he thinks the forward could play before the end of the Caps' current second-round playoff series.
News: Though Tim Gleason missed a portion of practice on Sunday with an unspecified issue, he is expected to play against the Rangers on Monday, NHL.com reports. Analysis: "We have a little bit of a situation [with Tim Gleason], but it's minor," coach Barry Trotz noted. "We're just going to be cautious on it." While it sounds as though Gleason will be a go in Monday's Game 3, the Caps recalled fellow defenseman Nate Schmidt in the event that there is a change in Gleason's status.
News: David Desharnais (illness) did not travel with the team to Tampa on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: David Desharnais missed Sunday's Game 2 matchup with flu-like symptoms, so it's not surprising that he'll skip the team ride to Tampa on Monday. The Canadiens don't play again until Wednesday, so it's still possible that he joins the club before the contest. His status should be updated at some point prior to the game indicating whether or not he can dress.
News: Henrik Lundqvist is slated to start Monday's Game 3 in Washington. Analysis: Monday's assignment will mark Henrik Lundqvist's 99th consecutive postseason start for the Rangers. It's a streak that is not likely to to end anytime soon, assuming the health of Lundqvist, who stopped 30 shots in Saturday's 3-2 Game 2 win over the Caps.