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: Tomas Tatar scored the Wings' only goal Saturday in a Game 2 loss to the Lightning. The series is now knotted at a game apiece. Analysis: It was his first NHL playoff point. The series now shifts to Detroit for Game 3.
News: Petr Mrazek and not Jimmy Howard will start Game 3 of Detroit's opening-round series against Tampa Bay, according to the Associated Press. Analysis: He made 11 saves and allowed just a single goal in a period of relief Saturday in Game 2, but coach Mike Babcock doesn't trust the scuffling twine tender enough to start him back at home.
News: Grabovksi (concussion) is close to a return to action, according to SNY.tv. Analysis: Mikhail Grabovski would've probably already joined the team if this was the regular season. Coach Jack Capuano hinted Saturday that his absence from the lineup isn't just because of his health. Should the Islanders lose Game 3 they might insert Grabovski for a spark for Game 4.
News: Travis Hamonic (knee) is unlikely to play Game 3 Sunday versus the Capitals, according to Newsday. Analysis: Travis Hamonic still hasn't practiced since suffering the injury during the last week of the regular season. Like every team in the playoffs the Islanders are playing it very close to the vest as to the exact nature of his injury and when he might return but the fact that he isn't skating more or less practicing pretty much tells you all you need to know about his chances of playing Sunday.
News: Valtteri Filppula scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's Game 2 win over the Red Wings. Analysis: He'd gone without a goal for 12 games prior to Saturday and has just two in his last 29. He has taken on a different role for the Bolts this season, especially in the second half, and hasn't been counted on for scoring. But contributions like this will go far as the Bolts push toward June.
News: Nikita Nesterov delivered two power-play assists in Tampa's Game 2 victory over Detroit on Saturday. He's on a five-game, six point (two goals, four assists) point streak. Analysis: Where did this come from? Nikita Nesterov had just seven points in 27 regular-season games, but he has really picked up the pace given an expanded role with Jason Garrison out with injury.