News: Jake Dowell has been assigned to AHL Iowa. Analysis: Jake Dowell, who will return to Iowa with 17 points in 54 AHL games to date, remains a candidate for recall if the Wild require added depth up front as the playoffs progress.
News: Brenden Dillon (lower body) wasn't on the ice for morning skate Wednesday and looks like a game-time decision for Game 1 against the Ducks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Brenden Dillon was considered likely to play in Game 1 as recently as two days ago, but his inability to participate in practice since that time now has him looking questionable at best. The uncertainty of his injury situation probably makes him a defenseman to avoid in playoff pools.
News: Kari Lehtonen will be in the crease for Game 1 of the Stars' first-round series with the Ducks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Frankly, it would be more surprising if Kari Lehtonen didn't make the start for every game throughout the playoffs than if he did. The Stars will lean heavily on their netminder as they return to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
News: Kris Letang had a disappointing playoff start Wednesday, compiling a minus-2 rating while committing a pair of ill-advised minor penalties. Analysis: His giveaway on the power play led to a Columbus short-handed goal. By the end of the game, Pittsburgh replaced Kris Letang on the team's No. 1 power-play unit with Paul Martin and/or Matt Niskanen. Consistency has been Letang's bugaboo and it bit him Wednesday night.
News: Steven Stamkos potted two goals in Wednesday's 5-4 OT loss to the Canadiens. Analysis: The Bolts' captain showed his scoring touch twice Wednesday, but it wasn't quite enough as Tampa Bay dropped Game 1 in overtime. Steven Stamkos racked up 25 goals and 15 assists in 37 regular season games, and should be an offensive force now that he's healthy.
News: Ondrej Palat left Wednesday's 5-4 OT loss to the Canadiens during the third period, and did not return. Analysis: The rookie was great all season for Tampa Bay, racking up 23 goals and 36 assists in 81 games. It will be a huge loss if he can't go Friday in Game 2.
News: Anders Lindback allowed five goals on 44 shots in Wednesday's 5-4 OT loss to the Canadiens. Analysis: Anders Lindback wasn't great Wednesday, but it didn't help that his defense allowed 44 shots on goal. If starter Ben Bishop (elbow) can get healthy for Friday's Game 2, Lindback will reassume the backup role.
News: Lars Eller picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 OT win over the Lightning. Analysis: With just 12 goals and 14 assists in 77 regular season games, fantasy owners probably overlooked Lars Eller heading into the playoffs, but he has broken out lately with five points in his last three contests.
News: Alexei Emelin dished out two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 OT win over the Lightning. Analysis: The blueliner finished the regular season with just three goals and 14 assists in 59 games, so it's unlikely that he'll be able to maintain his Game 1 scoring pace.
News: Brian Gionta posted a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 OT win over the Lightning. Analysis: The Canadiens captain led by example Wednesday, scoring on a shorthanded goal late in the second period. With 96 career playoff games under his belt, Brian Gionta will be a valuable veteran presence for Montreal this postseason.