News: Matt Duchene (knee) will join the Avalanche for the two-game road swing in Minnesota, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Matt Duchene will resume skating Monday, but it's still looking unlikely that he'll be available for Round 1. However, with the Avalanche already owning a commanding 2-0 lead, the series could end up going as few as four games, affording ample time for Duchene to rest up before Round 2 commences.
News: Rene Bourque scored a goal on eight shots on net in Montreal's Game 3 win over the Lightning on Sunday. Analysis: Rene Bourque only scored nine goals all season, but he now has three in his last two games, and has looked good. It probably won't last, but he has two 27-goal seasons to his name.
News: Carey Price made 27 saves on 29 shots in a Game 3 win over the Lightning on Sunday. Analysis: Carey Price was mediocre in Game 1, but he's been strong in the two games following that, and most importantly the Habs are up three games to none. It is safe to say Price and Montreal are headed to the next round.
News: Steven Stamkos, who had earlier taken a knee to the head, returned to the Sunday's game and finished with two assists. He also had a goal waved off. Analysis: He has been doing his part offensively, but he is struggling to carry this limping squad. The Bolts are down 3-0 to the Habs this series.
News: Ondrej Palat (upper body/knee) returned to action Sunday and scored a power-play goal in a 3-2 loss to Montreal. He also laid five hits. Analysis: Ondrej Palat had an outstanding season and is showing real chemistry with Steven Stamkos. The Bolts may be headed for an early exit, but that doesn't mean you should forget about him. Mark his name down on that little list you keep on the side and be prepared to push him up a couple notches on next season's draft list.
News: Anders Lindback made 28 saves in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Montreal in Game 3 of their opening-round series. Analysis: He was better than he was last game ... after a crumby start, that is. He allowed a goal 11 seconds into the game. He's doing nothing to earn himself a contract renewal. Yikes.
News: Jonathan Quick will start Sunday's game against the Sharks, Elliott Teaford of InsideSocal.com reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick, who will square off against Antti Niemi, will try to help the Kings even their playoff series with the Sharks on Sunday, after the team dropped Thursday's Game 1 by a 6-3 mark.
News: The Blackhawks have recalled Jason LaBarbera from AHL Rockford, ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: Jason LaBarbera, who went 15-15-12 with a 2.94 GAA and a .901 save percentage in 32 games with Rockford this season, gives the Hawks an emergency backup option, now that his team's AHL season is done.
News: With no lineup changes for Game 2, it looks like Martin Havlat will again be a healthy scratch for the Sharks, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News. Analysis: Martin Havlat finished a tough season fairly strong and is likely to be the first forward brought in if a lineup change is necessary. But there's no reason to change anything after a strong Game 1 performance from the Sharks. As long as they keep winning, Havlat may continue to be scratched.
News: With the team reporting no lineup changes for Game 2, it looks like Tyler Kennedy will be a healthy scratch again, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News. Analysis: Tyler Kennedy's season-long struggles are taking precedent over his playoff experience. Kennedy, short of some bad play by a bottom six forward or an injury, may be hard pressed to find playing time in round one.