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: Ryan Pulock's best chance to make the Islanders out of training camp could be as the point man on the power play, according to SNY.tv. Analysis: The Islanders took a doughnut on the power play versus the Capitals in the playoffs and the PP also wasn't up to par during the final weeks of the regular season. One of Ryan Pulock's best attributes is his cannon of a shot from the point, something the Islanders could desperately use, especially if Lubomir Visnovsky decides to retire.
News: Jay Beagle scored the lone goal in Monday's Game 3 win over the Rangers. Analysis: The shot came from behind the net and deflected off the skate of a Ranger defender, but Jay Beagle's tally ended up being the deciding tally in another tightly contested game. The four points are already a career-high in a single postseason for Beagle, but it may not necessarily be production that's sustainable.
News: Darnell Nurse has been summoned to play in the second round of the AHL playoffs for Oklahoma City, according to the Edmonton Journal. Analysis: Darnell Nurse just finished playing against what will more than likely be his future teammate, Connor McDavid, in the junior hockey playoffs and now will play for the Barons. Nurse should be in training camp for the Oilers this September but should begin next season in Oklahoma City.
News: Braden Holtby denied all 30 shots in Monday's Game 3 win over the Rangers. Analysis: Braden Holtby has been stellar this postseason as he's posted a .948 save percentage in nine games and he's kept getting better as he's now at .958 in the second round. The offense in front of him was only able to muster one goal, so the shutout was crucial to preserve the win and grab the series lead. The Caps will likely need another big performance out of Holtby to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in Wednesday's Game 4.
News: Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 21 of 22 shots but was on the losing end of Monday's Game 3 against the Capitals. Analysis: Henrik Lundqvist had another strong outing, but his mates couldn't find the back of the net as they were dealt the loss despite the King's fifth one-goal game of the playoffs. The one goal that did find it's way in came off a deflection from behind the net, but the Rangers will lean on Lundqvist to be just as solid again if they want to tie up the series in Wednesday's Game 4.
News: Kerby Rychel (concussion) has been cleared to resume working out, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Kerby Rychel has been out since February with the head injury, but finally seems to be making progress in his recovery. If all goes well in his subsequent workout sessions, he should be good to go for the start of training camp in the fall, when he'll have a legitimate chance of cracking the Blue Jackets' roster.
News: Karri Ramo will remain in goal for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Ducks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: Karri Ramo replaced Jonas Hiller as the Flames' starter in Game 2, stopping 31 of 33 shots in the loss. Although the Flames find themselves down 2-0 in the series, Ramo's strong performance in defeat Sunday will allow him to pick up another turn in net. Coach Bob Hartley has shown an inclination to ride the hot goalie this season, and it doesn't look like he'll plan on changing those tendencies anytime soon.
News: Coach Barry Trotz said Tim Gleason (undisclosed) will not be in danger of missing Monday's Game 3 against the Rangers, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Analysis: The Capitals recalled Nate Schmidt from AHL Hershey on Sunday as insurance in the event Tim Gleason was unavailable, but it appears the move was strictly precautionary. Look for Gleason to see around 15 minutes of ice time on the Capitals' third defensive pairing.
News: Coach Michel Therrien said David Desharnais (illness) could possibly play in one of the Habs' two upcoming games in Tampa Bay, ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports. Analysis: David Desharnais didn't travel with the team to Tampa Bay on Monday, but if he notices some more improvement with his condition, he'll likely join the Canadiens later on during their stay in Florida. He likely has a more realistic shot at playing in Thursday's Game 4 rather than Game 3 on Wednesday, which would give him an additional day to show the coaching staff that he's healthy.