News: Jonas Hiller will be between the pipes for Game 3 of the Flames' playoff series against the Canucks, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports. Analysis: Despite being pulled in Game 2 after allowing three goals on 29 shots, the Flames will once again turn to Jonas Hiller for Game 3 of the series. If he continues to struggle, Calgary may have to consider giving Karri Ramo a shot in net in Game 4.
News: Scott Darling will be between the pipes for Game 3 on Sunday against the Predators, Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times reports. Analysis: It isn't a huge surprise, as Corey Crawford has struggled in back-to-back starts, allowing nine goals on 47 shots over that span. Scott Darling, on the other hand, was phenomenal in relief of Crawford in Game 1 of the series, turning away every one of Nashville's 42 shots en route to a 4-3 double-overtime victory. He'll look to build on that outstanding performance on Sunday.
News: Mathieu Perreault (lower body) skated Saturday morning and is considered a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Ducks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Mathieu Perreault is still recovering from a lower body injury he sustained on Apr. 9. Although he's reportedly close to returning to the Jets' lineup, he may have to wait until Game 3 on Monday to do so, as he remains a true game-time decision for Saturday's Game 2. The Jets will provide an update on his status prior to puck drop on Saturday.
News: Matt Cooke will suit up on Saturday for Game 2 of the Wild's first-round playoff matchup with St. Louis, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Matt Cooke hasn't played since Feb. 1, and has been plagued by injury for much of the season. He leads the Wild in career playoff games (103), and will add a veteran presence to Minnesota's lineup.
News: P.K. Subban blasted home his first goal of the playoffs in Friday's Game 2 win over Ottawa. Analysis: A monster outing from P.K. Subban, who also finished with five shots on goal. After getting kicked out of Game 1 for a slash on Mark Stone, Subban ditched the rough stuff in Game 2 and led with his offense. When he's on top of his game, the 25-year-old is one of the best offensive defenseman around.
News: Alex Galchenyuk scored the overtime-winning goal in Game 2 against Ottawa on Friday. Analysis: Alex Galchenyuk's off to a great start in these playoffs recording two points and seven shots on goal in his first two games. Skating on the top line, the 21-year-old is likely to be a key difference maker for the Habs during their postseason run.
News: Max Pacioretty returned to the lineup in Game 2, scoring a goal and firing three shots on goal in Friday's win over Ottawa. Analysis: A great return for Max Pacioretty, who had been out of the lineup since April. 5 with an upper-body injury. While Pacioretty hasn't been a huge playoff performer in his career, the 26-year-old appears to be in full health and will play a large role in determining how far the Habs make it this postseason.
News: David Desharnais collected two assists in Friday's Game 2 win over Ottawa. Analysis: A dominant effort from David Desharnais, who saw 18:40 of ice time in the victory. With the return of Max Pacioretty, Desharnais saw his ice time from Game 1 increase by a whopping six minutes in Game 2. While he's only scored twice in 29 career playoff games, Desharnais, skating on the second line with Pacioretty, can be a difference maker in a playoff series.
News: Mark Stone picked up two helpers in Friday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Canadiens. Analysis: While Mark Stone is currently dealing with a wrist injury, he still managed to be very effective for the Sens in the loss. It's worth noting, however, that the 22-year-old sniper didn't record a shot on goal for just the first time in nine games. While the wrist fracture is likely to hurt his overall production, Stone should still be able to pile up points in a top-six role for the Sens.
News: Andrew Hammond made 39 saves on 42 shots in Friday's Game 2 overtime loss to Montreal. Analysis: While it was a good performance from Andrew Hammond, the overtime winner is one he will likely want back. After going on a crazy 20-1-2 run in the regular season, the 27-year-old has come back down to earth in his first two career NHL playoff games. Considering he got the Sens into the playoffs, Ottawa is likely to keep Hammond rolling despite the fact they're now trailing Montreal 2-0 in their best-of-seven round one series. Don't be shocked, however, if the team decides to turn to veteran Craig Anderson for Sunday's Game 3 in Ottawa.