News: Daniel Paille (undisclosed injury) has been cleared to practice and take light contact, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports. Analysis: That said, coach Claude Julien noted that Daniel Paille won't play Thursday against the Red Wings, while adding that the forward is "inching toward the right side" at this stage. With Chris Kelly still banged up, Justin Florek and Jordan Caron are in line to remain in the team's lineup Thursday night.
News: Tomas Jurco will be a healthy scratch Thursday for Game 4 against the Bruins, the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Tomas Jurco's young line of Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar struggled in Game 3 along with the rest of the Red Wings, and Detroit looks to change their fortunes with Todd Bertuzzi. Jurco has many solid years ahead of him, but will take a seat on the bench for now.
News: Todd Bertuzzi will replace Tomas Jurco in the lineup for Thursday's Game 4 against Boston, the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Jurco was on a line with two other youngsters, and coach Mike Babcock would like to see a little more experience on that line for Game 4. Todd Bertuzzi has a mountain of playoff experience and should add a big body in front of the net.
News: Ben Bishop will undergo offseason surgery to repair his right wrist, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Ben Bishop suffered torn ligaments to the wrist in a January game, which might explain the downturn in his performance in the second half. After posting a 1.98 GAA and .933 save percentage en route to a 28-8-4 record prior to the Olympics, Bishop supplied unimpressive marks of 2.79, .904 and 9-6-3, respectively, after the break. On top of the wrist issue, he sustained a dislocated elbow that forced him out of the last week of the regular season and and the all four of the Bolts' playoff games. The surgery will keep Bishop in a cast for six weeks, with his total rehab process lasting about three or four months. Both Bishop's wrist and elbow should be sound by the time training camp starts in the fall.
News: Coach Craig Berube confirmed Steve Mason would start Friday's Game 4 against the Rangers, Sarah Baicker of CSN Philadelphia reports. Analysis: After Steve Mason was able to back up Ray Emery and ultimately enter the game in the third period Tuesday without any further complications with his upper-body injury, he'll man the net as the Flyers aim to even the series. Assuming Mason doesn't completely flounder in his return to starting duty, expect him to serve as the Flyers' primary goaltender through the remainder of their playoff run.
News: James Neal tallied a goal in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Blue Jackets. Analysis: James Neal's first point of the postseason propelled the Penguins to a 3-0 lead in the first period, but it ultimately wouldn't hold up, as the Blue Jackets rallied for the tying goal in the third period before scoring the winner in overtime. Although his point production hasn't been great so far in the postseason, he's at least been active offensively, with 20 shot attempts over the four games.
News: Coach Todd Richards said he expects Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) to play at some point in the series with the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The Blue Jackets are guaranteed at least two more games following Wednesday's come-from-behind win that tied the series at two games apiece. It remains unclear if Fedor Tyutin, who has missed the last two games, will be able to suit up for Saturday's Game 5, but his status should be determined following that day's morning skate.
News: Ryan Murray was scratched from Wednesday's Game 4 match with the Penguins due to a foot injury he sustained at morning skate, the Associated Press reports. Analysis: Ryan Murray was spotted wearing a walking boot during the game after taking a puck to the foot in morning skate. Although Nick Schultz took Murray's spot in the lineup Wednesday, coach Todd Richards said that he expects Murray to play again in the series, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
News: Daniel Alfredsson (back) will not play in Thursday's Game 4 against the Bruins, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Daniel Alfredsson was quickly ruled out after he was unable to participate at morning skate, but coach Mike Babcock did say after the session that the veteran forward "should be ready by Saturday." It looks like the Red Wings will get Henrik Zetterberg back in the lineup following a two-month absence due to a back issue, lessening the impact of Alfredsson's unavailability.
News: Boone Jenner scored a power play goal in Wednesday's 4-3 OT win over the Penguins. Analysis: The rookie clicked with Ryan Johansen late in the regular season and the two youngsters have continued to produce in the playoffs, as Boone Jenner now has two goals and two assists through four games.