News: Matt Duchene (knee) will join the Avalanche for the two-game road swing in Minnesota, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Matt Duchene will resume skating Monday, but it's still looking unlikely that he'll be available for Round 1. However, with the Avalanche already owning a commanding 2-0 lead, the series could end up going as few as four games, affording ample time for Duchene to rest up before Round 2 commences.
News: Mark Fistric (lower body) was recalled from his long-term conditioning assignment with AHL Norfolk. Analysis: Mark Fistric has joined the Ducks in Dallas and will be available for Game 3, if coach Bruce Boudreau chooses to use him. Fistric has compiled five points, 145 hits and 46 blocked shots in 36 games with the Ducks this season.
News: Emerson Etem was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Sunday. Analysis: He'll give the Ducks some added depth at forward while Matt Beleskey remains sidelined with a lower-body injury. Emerson Etem had 11 points in 29 games with the Ducks during the regular season and was averaging over a point-per-contest with Norfolk.
News: John Gibson was reassigned to AHL Norfolk on Sunday. Analysis: The Ducks have made rookie Frederik Andersen their top goalie for the postseason, with the experienced Jonas Hiller on hand as his backup. It would be risky for coach Bruce Boudreau to go with two rookie goalies in the postseason, so John Gibson will remain in Norfolk for further seasoning.
News: Chris Kelly (back) will not play Sunday against the Red Wings, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: With Daniel Paille also unavailable Sunday, Justin Florek and Jordan Caron are slated to remain in the Bruins' forward mix Sunday against Detroit.
News: Daniel Paille (undisclosed injury) will not play Sunday against the Red Wings, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: Neither will fellow forward Chris Kelly, which paves the way for Justin Florek and Jordan Caron to remain in the Bruins' mix up front for Sunday's Game 2 against Detroit.
News: Brent Seabrook was handed a three-game suspension Sunday for his illegal hit on the Blues' David Backes during Saturday's Game 2, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: Brent Seabrook was immediately ejected following the hit, and with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock sounding pessimistic about Backes' chances of being available for Game 3, the league office moved quickly to keep Seabrook off the ice as well. It's a big loss for the Blackhawks, as Seabrook had provided two points in each of the first two games of the series. They'll now be without his services until Game 6 while they try to overcome a 2-0 series deficit.
News: Matt Bartkowski (illness) will not be in the lineup for Sunday's Game 2 against the Red Wings, CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty reports. Analysis: Matt Bartkowski will now miss the first two games of the series with the illness, as Kevan Miller draws in on defense in his stead.
News: Nick Foligno (knee) was able to skate on his own after Saturday's morning session, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Coach Todd Richards said afterwards that he hopes to have Nick Foligno available for Monday's Game 3. He's missed the Blue Jackets' last seven games with the injury.
News: Brenden Dillon (lower body) will not rejoin the Stars' lineup for Monday's Game 3 against the Ducks, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Analysis: Brenden Dillon was able to skate before Sunday's practice, but it still looks like he's going to need some more time to recover from the lower-body injury. With the Stars already in a 2-0 hole in the series, it's possible we may not see Dillon again this season if the Ducks are able to clinch over the final two games.