News: Matt Beleskey (lower body) will not play in Friday's game against the Stars. Analysis: The nature and extent of Matt Beleskey's setback are uncertain, but whatever ailment he is dealing with will prevent him from taking the ice Friday. Consider him questionable for Monday's Game 3.
News: As expected, Ryan Getzlaf will play Friday against the Stars. Analysis: Ryan Getzlaf took a puck to the face in the Ducks' playoff opener Wednesday, but that won't prevent him from suiting up for the second game of the series Friday night. While Getzlaf will take the ice Friday, he will be without one of his regular linemates, as Matt Beleskey (lower body) will not play.
News: After gifting the Blackhawks three goals on just seven first-period shots Thursday, Ryan Miller was perfect the rest of the way, turning aside the next 35 in a 4-3 Triple-OT win in Game 1. Analysis: The nightmarish start by Ryan Miller caused panic among the Scottrade Center faithful, but the veteran netminder settled in nicely to prevent a seventh straight Blues loss. He got a little help by Max Lapierre -- who prevented an overtime goal when he covered a gaping net to stone the Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg -- but sometimes you've gotta be good to be lucky. Miller and the Blues should tighten things up even further when Game 2 goes Saturday afternoon.
News: Chris Kelly (back) wasn't on the ice for warmups and will miss the team's opener on Friday. Analysis: Chris Kelly hasn't played since April 8 due to the back injury and won't take the ice for Game 1 on Friday. He is still considered day-to-day but hasn't made any encouraging steps indicating his return in the near future.
News: Matt Bartkowski (undisclosed) will miss Game 1 on Friday after not appearing in warmups. Analysis: Matt Bartkowski hasn't skated all week so his absence in the warmups and Game 1 isn't shocking. He will probably be questionable for Game 2 as well, and will join Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Kevan Miller as injury-related scratches for Game 1.
News: Daniel Paille (undisclosed) didn't skate in warmups on Friday and will sit for Game 1. Analysis: Daniel Paille skated for the first time this week on Friday morning which was an encouraging sign for his status in Game 1, but it appears he won't play. He will likely join Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller, and Chris Kelly out of the lineup for the series opener.
News: Ondrej Palat (upper body) will miss Friday's game against the Canadiens, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Ondrej Palat was dealing with an upper-body injury before the series but was able to go for Wednesday's game. He then suffered an injury in what looked like a knee-on-knee collision in Game 1 and some sort of injury (or combination) will keep him out of Game 2. It appears the Lightning have decided to go with Anrej Sustr in his place.
News: Andrej Sustr is set to make his playoff debut for the Lightning on Friday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports. Analysis: It looks as though Andrej Sustr will start rather than Tom Pyatt or Ondrej Palat. Sustr scored his first career NHL goal on April 5, and now will be thrown into the playoffs. He will serve as the team's seventh defenseman, meaning the Lightning will go with only 11 forwards on Friday.
News: Brenden Dillon was not a part of Friday's morning skate, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. Analysis: Brenden Dillon missed Game 1 with a lower body injury and it appears as though he will miss Game 2 as well.
News: Tyler Kennedy was a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Kings. Analysis: Tyler Kennedy has struggled all season, failing to provide the offensive depth the Sharks were looking for. Through 67 games he scored four goals and had 17 total points. While he has good playoff experience, it seems unlikely that Kennedy will get a lot of playing time in what is likely to be a very physical series.