News: Teuvo Teravainen
, who was a healthy scratch for Game 3 in the Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals, will be in the lineup for Game 4 against the Duck, ESPN Chicago reports.
Both Teuvo Teravainen
and Antoine Vermette were healthy scratches for Game 3. The lack of offense in the 2-1 loss in Game 3 gave Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville a change of mind for Game 4. Teravainen and Vermette rejoined Patrick Sharp on the Blackhawks' third line during the team's morning skate at the United Center on Saturday.
Rangers' Hagelin Gathers Assist In Game 4
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News: Carl Hagelin
was credited with an assist on Rick Nash's first-period goal in Friday's 5-1 triumph over the Lightning.
Analysis: Carl Hagelin
had been held off the score sheet in the Rangers' previous nine games before collecting the helper Friday. The elusive winger can occasionally present matchup problems for the opposition, but that likely won't be the case often against the Lightning, who don't count team speed as one of their weaknesses.
Karanen agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Wild on Friday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Michael Keranen
appeared in 70 games for AHL Iowa this season, registering 10 goals and 27 assists to go with a minus-12 rating. He'll look to crack the Wild's roster at some point in 2015-16.
Rangers' Hayes Providing Steady Offense
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News: Kevin Hayes
assisted on both of Rick Nash's goals -- one on the power play -- Friday as the Rangers took Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final from the Lightning by a 5-1 tally.
Analysis: Kevin Hayes
has been providing consistent offense since Game 7 against Washington -- he scored a goal in that one, keying a run of five points in five games. The young forward has looked lost at times in these playoffs, but he generates takeaways and offense brilliantly, and the fact that he was able to help Nash wake up Friday is quite promising.
Rangers' Nash Snaps Slump With Two Goals, Assist
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News: Rick Nash
ended his four-game scoring drought with two goals -- one on the power play -- and an assist in Friday's Game 4 victory over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Rick Nash
's late-first-period goal, scored on a breakaway backhander past Ben Bishop, energized the Rangers and led to a big day for several guys who have been struggling of late -- in addition to Nash's bust-out, Martin St. Louis and Keith Yandle both scored their first goals of the playoffs, and Kevin Klein had his first multi-point game of the postseason. We've been waiting for Nash to get it going, and if he remains an offensive factor moving forward, he'll give the Rangers a great chance to win this series and move on to play for the Stanley Cup.
News: Martin St. Louis
finally scored his first goal of the playoffs Friday in Game 4 against the Lightning, tallying on a third-period power play.
The game was still very much in the balance with the Rangers leading 3-1 at the time, but Martin St. Louis
gave New York a little extra cushion and really deflated the Lightning, who appeared to be in disarray for the rest of the game after his goal. These playoffs have certainly been a struggle for St. Louis, who's looking like he's coming to the end of his illustrious career, but he's at least starting to show a little more over the last few games. The Rangers will need him to provide more offense as they try to win two of the next three to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Ducks' Maroon Tallies First Point Of Series
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News: Patrick Maroon
scored his first goal of the Western Conference Final on Thursday, helping along a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Game 3.
Analysis: Patrick Maroon
had been silent in both games at the Honda Center to start the series, but wasted no time in Game 3, as he opened the scoring on a power play in the first. The goal is his fifth of the postseason, tying him with Matt Beleskey for second on the team behind Corey Perry (eight).
Hawks' Versteeg Back In For Game 3
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News: Kris Versteeg
was reinserted into the Chicago lineup for the first time in nearly a month Thursday. He skated 13:31 and didn't record a point in a Game 3 loss to Anaheim.
It was his first appearance since Game 6 of the first round against Nashville, way back on April 25. Kris Versteeg
and Joakim Nordstrom were surprise additions to the Hawks' lineup, with Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen sitting out. We'll see whether Chicago redeploys Versteeg in Game 4, but he's not much of a fantasy option at this point.
News: Mats Zuccarello
(upper body) was on the ice Thursday, but has yet to join the team for practice, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
The winger hasn't practiced in nearly a month, and he'll have to do so before he has any chance to return during the Rangers' playoff run.
Rangers' Kreider Stays Hot With Assist
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News: Chris Kreider
recorded an assist in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Lightning, giving him a point in each of the first three games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Analysis: Chris Kreider
was quiet during the first round and for the first half of the second round matchup with the Capitals, but he's been on fire ever since. He's produced four goals and a pair of assists across his last six contests.