News: Devan Dubnyk will be between the pipes for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Blackhawks. Analysis: Devan Dubnyk has hardly looked sharp in the first two games of the series, stopping just 58 of 65 shots (.892 save percentage). With the Wild now down 2-0 as the series shifts to Minnesota, the team will need the Masterson Trophy nominee to come up huge to keep their playoff hopes alive. During 20 regular-season starts at the Xcel Energy Center, Dubnyk went 12-7-1 with a 2.01 GAA and .922 save percentage.
News: Corey Crawford turned away all 30 pucks the Wild fired on him in Tuesday's 1-0 Game 3 victory. Analysis: Ever since retaking the reins from Scott Darling in Game 6 against Nashville, Corey Crawford has been a man on fire, stopping 103 of 107 shots (.962) over the last four games -- all Blackhawks wins. In fact, he's made exactly 30 saves in three straight games. There's no doubt that Crawford will be in there once more for Game 4 in Minnesota on Thursday.
News: Patrick Kane scored the game's only goal Tuesday against the Wild, with his first-period power-play tally holding up for a 1-0 win and 3-0 series lead. Analysis: It was his only shot on goal of the game, but it was the only one he needed. Patrick Kane's now on a six-game playoff point streak, and he's scored goals in four straight contests. He'll look to make it five Thursday in Minnesota as the Blackhawks go for the sweep.
News: Updating a previous report, Micheal Ferland (upper body) was made a late scratch and will not play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Ducks, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: All indications were that Micheal Ferland was trending toward a return to the lineup after partaking in the Flames' warmup seemingly without incident, but coach Bob Hartley ended up calling a late audible. As a result, Markus Granlund will assume a spot in the lineup, while Ferland misses a second straight match due to injury.
News: Kris Versteeg (lower body) will not play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Wild, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: Kris Versteeg demonstrated some progress by traveling with the Blackhawks to Minnesota, but he'll sit out a third straight contest with the injury. Teuvo Teravainen, who has tallied a point in each of the first two games of the series, will continue to skate on Chicago's third line.
News: Justin Fontaine (lower body) will not play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Blackhawks, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Justin Fontaine will sit for a second straight game while he contends with the injury. Kyle Brodziak slots in as the Wild's fourth-line right wing.
News: Bryan Bickell leads the NHL in hits going into Game 3 off the Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday night. Analysis: Bryan Bickell has 58 hits through eight games which is overshadowing his lack of scoring in the playoffs which is only two assists. He had 11 hits and 12 hits in Game 1 and 2 respectively against the Wild. Coming into the series with the Wild, Bickell had Minnesota's number In 23 games against the Wild the past three seasons, Bickell has scored 15 goals, 20 points and is a plus-11, but it appears that Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville wants him to take a more physical approach.
News: Nathan Beaulieu (upper body) took part in practice Tuesday for the Canadiens, Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: The Canadiens have already ruled Nathan Beaulieu out for the next two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Lightning, but his return to practice could allow him to return as soon as Game 5. His progress will be monitored over the next several days.
News: David Desharnais (illness) has joined the team in Tampa and is expected to play in Wednesday's Game 3, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Analysis: David Desharnais was hospitalized Sunday due to the illness, but after receiving some fluids, it looks like he's now approaching full health. Though the center isn't a primary scorer for the Habs, his proficiency in the faceoff circle and as an assist man are skills the team will need to overcome a 2-0 series deficit.
News: Andrew Ladd will undergo surgery Friday to address a sports hernia, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: With several months to go before training camp, Andrew Ladd's availability shouldn't be at risk to begin the season. Despite playing through the sports hernia prior to the Jets' elimination in the first round of the playoffs, Ladd still finished with a career season, netting 24 goals, 62 points, and a plus-9 rating over 81 regular-season contests.