News: Ondrej Pavelec surrendered five goals on 31 shots -- including the overtime game-winner -- in Monday's Game 3 defeat to the Ducks. Analysis: After closing the regular season with three consecutive shutouts, Ondrej Pavelec entered the postseason hotter than just about any goalie out there. Unfortunately, he's failed to replicate that performance thus far in the playoffs, stopping only 92 of the 103 shots (.893 save percentage) he's faced through three games while taking the loss on each occasion. Even with the Jets on the cusp of elimination, it doesn't seem likely that coach Paul Maurice will turn away from Pavelec for Game 4, especially after backup goalie Michael Hutchinson regressed badly in the second half.
News: The Canucks announced that Alex Burrows, who sustained an upper-body injury at practice Tuesday, was subsequently taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Analysis: While the nature of Alex Burrows' injury has yet to be clarified, the team's statement indicating that he was taken to the hospital as a precaution offers hope that the forward avoided a serious injury. The report confirms that Burrows will not play Tuesday night against the Flames.
News: John Gibson (upper body) is participating in Tuesday's practice, and he may be available in about one week, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: With the Ducks sitting on a 3-0 lead in their first-round series against the Jets, John Gibson probably won't be available until the second round of the playoffs. Once healthy, he'll likely serve as the backup to Frederik Andersen, assuming the Danish netminder holds it together.
News: Sven Baertschi, who was recalled from AHL Utica on Tuesday, will likely be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Flames, TSN 1040 AM's Matthew Sekeres reports. Analysis: It seems Sven Baertschi was recalled as insurance for Alex Burrows, who is expected to play through an undisclosed injury suffered during Tuesday's morning skate. If Burrows takes a turn for the worse and can't suit up, Baertschi could join the lineup.
News: Braden Holtby is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Braden Holtby, who missed this past Friday's 4-3 win due to an illness, returned to stop 40 of 42 shots in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders. He'll now look to help the Caps even their series against the Isles at two games apiece on the road Tuesday night.
News: Jonas Hiller is in line to start Tuesday's game against the Canucks, Derek Willis of Sportsnet 960 the FAN reports. Analysis: Jonas Hiller, who made 23 saves on 25 shots in Sunday's 4-2 win over Vancouver, will thus look to help the Flames extend their 2-1 series lead on home ice in Tuesday's Game 4.
News: Mike Fisher (lower body) was present for Tuesday's morning skate, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: Given that Mike Fisher was rotating on a line with Colin Wilson, James Neal and Matt Cullen, his status for Tuesday's Game 4 against Chicago looks uncertain at this stage.
News: Head coach Barry Trotz said Marcus Johansson (lower body) is "good to go" and should be in the lineup for Game 4 on Tuesday, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports. Analysis: Marcus Johansson exited Monday's practice after he exacerbated a skate-related injury suffered during Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss in Game 3, but is expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday.
News: The Sens have yet to confirm a starter in goal (between Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond) for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Canadiens, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: We suspect that Craig Anderson's strong effort in Game 3 will earn him another start, but Scanlan relays that coach Dave Cameron wants to make sure that Anderson is 100 percent physically (following his first appearance since March 29) before announcing the team's Game 4 starter in goal.
News: Zack Smith will re-enter the Sens' lineup Wednesday against Montreal. Analysis: With Zack Smith, who recorded three points in 37 games this past season, set to suit up for Wednesday's Game 4, veteran David Legwand is headed for the press box.