News: Corey Crawford will start Game 1 of the Blackhawks' second-round series against the Wild, ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: Corey Crawford was benched for Games 3-6 during Chicago's first-round series win over the Predators, but relieved rookie teammate Scott Darling nicely in Game 6, stopping all 13 shots he faced after coming in during the first period. As a result, the more experienced Crawford will get an opportunity to reclaim his starting goaltender position in the Blackhawks' upcoming series against the Wild, who Crawford has helped Chicago eliminate from the playoffs in two straight seasons.
News: Kevin Klein (arm) said that he is ready to go in advance of the second round of the NHL playoffs. Analysis: The Rangers still list Kevin Klein on IR, but in the absence of any setbacks, he'll be activated before Game 1 of the team's second-round playoff series, against an opponent that has yet to be determined.
News: Mats Zuccarello is out indefinitely due to an upper-body injury, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen. Analysis: Mats Zuccarello was among the Rangers not on the ice for Monday's optional practice, with the forward's playing status for the second round of the playoffs looking murky at this stage.
News: Ben Bishop is slated to start Monday's Game 6 against the Red Wings, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports. Analysis: No real surprise here, as Ben Bishop has been the only Tampa Bay goalie to see postseason action through the first five games of the team's opening-round seres. In that span, Bishop has allowed 11 goals on 111 shots, en route to recording a 2.21 GAA and .901 save percentage.
News: Petr Mrazek is slated to start Monday's Game 6 against the Lightning. Analysis: Petr Mrazek, who has manned the Detroit net for all but one period through the first five games of the series, heads into Monday's home tilt having limited the high-powered Lightning to nine goals on 143 shot attempts in that span.
News: De Haan (shoulder) was not on the ice for Monday's morning skate, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports. Analysis: While the Isles' Game 7 lineup has yet to be confirmed, at this stage it looks as though the team will continue to be without Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic and Lubomir Visnovsky for the contest.
News: Curtis Glencross is slated to suit up for Monday's Game 7 against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: With Curtis Glencross, who has yet to record a point in three postseason contests, poised to re-join the Caps' lineup Monday, Michael Latta is candidate to be scratched for the contest.
News: Braden Holtby is slated to square off against Jaroslav Halak in Monday's Game 7 against the Islanders, NESN.com reports. Analysis: Through the first six games of the series, five of which he has started, Braden Holtby has turned in a nifty .945 save percentage, to go along with a 1.75 GAA. Per Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post, Philipp Grubauer is slated to continue to serve as Holtby's backup on Monday, with Justin Peters on track to be among the Caps' Game 7 scratches.
News: Jaroslav Halak will start in net for Monday's Game 7 matchup against the Capitals. Analysis: Jaroslav Halak has started every game in the series, so it's no surprise he'll be in net once again Monday with the series on the line. It's win or go home for Halak and the Isles, and he'll look to follow up a strong performance in Game 6 with another one in Game 7.
News: Alex Pietrangelo had an assist in Sunday's series-ending loss to the Wild. He took five shots and had two blocked shots. Analysis: Alex Pietrangelo was solid throughout the series despite the Blues loss, registering an increasing amount of ice time as the games wore on, culminating in him seeing 31:12 seconds in the final game. The Blues may be in a shake up in the off-season after another early playoff exit, but it's tough to see Pietrangelo going anywhere. The 24-year-old is an all around rock for the Blues on the bullion.