News: Martin Havlat (groin) told the San Jose coaching staff "he's a go" for Saturday's Game 3 against Los Angeles, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports. Analysis: We'll make a followup note if/when Martin Havlat is officially allowed to play, but it seems that at the very least he's lobbying his coaches to let him on the ice Saturday. It appears as if he'll play.
News: Drew Miller (hand) will play in Game 2 against Chicago on Saturday, Detroit News writer John Niyo reports. Analysis: Drew Miller will displace Todd Bertuzzi from the rotation, giving Detroit a bit more burst on the fourth line.
News: Todd Bertuzzi will not play in Game 2 against Chicago on Saturday, Detroit News writer John Niyo reports. Analysis: Todd Bertuzzi lands on the bench due to the return of Drew Miller, who had been sitting due to a hand injury.
News: Daniel Carcillo has played in the last three Blackhawks' playoff games heading into Saturday's Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Red Wings, ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: Daniel Carcillo had been in and out of the lineup during the 2013 regular season either because of injuries or as a healthy scratch. He helped his cause to stay in the lineup by collecting an assist on Wednesday in the Game 1 victory over the Red Wings. The more physical team that Chicago faces the more likely that Carcillo will find a spot on the ice.
News: Eric Staal (third-degree MCL sprain) faces a three-month recovery time but will not need surgery, Tampa Tribune writer Erik Erlendsson reports Analysis: It's a significant injury, but the offseason should be enough time for Eric Staal to be ready for the 2013-2014 season, which would have been in jeopardy had he suffered a tear. The news is good, in other words.
News: Viktor Stalberg will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's Game 2 against Detroit, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports. Analysis: Viktor Stalberg has no known injury issues, so his benching appears to be due to slumping performance and perhaps tensions with the Chicago coaching staff over his playing time.
News: Robin Lehner came on in relief during the second period of Friday's Game 2 loss to the Penguins. Analysis: Starter Craig Anderson allowed three goals on 21 shots before being yanked in favor of Robin Lehner, who allowed one goal on 21 shots. There's no word yet on who will start Game 3 on Sunday, as the Sens may be looking for a spark with their backs against the wall in the series.
News: Craig Anderson was pulled in the second period of Friday's Game 2 loss to the Penguin. Analysis: Craig Anderson allowed three goals on 21 shots before being yanked in favor of backup Robin Lehner. Lehner allowed one goal on 21 shots, but was saddled with the loss as the fourth goal turned out to be the game winner for Pittsburgh.
News: Kyle Clifford (undisclosed) practiced Friday but has not been cleared for contact, the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysis: Kyle Clifford's working towards a return but he'll need to be cleared for contact first.
News: Alexander Edler has been suspended for the remainder of the IIHF World Championships for his knee-to-knee hit on Eric Staal, the Vancouver Province reports. Analysis: Sweden will have to play without Alexander Edler in Saturday's semifinal match against Finland and the following medal game.