Ducks' Maroon Gets First Postseason Goal Of Career
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News: Patrick Maroon
scored a goal late in the first period of a 4-2 loss in Dallas in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday.
Analysis: Patrick Maroon
scored only 11 times during the regular season, but ended the season on a high note with three goals in the final three games. The Ducks will hope that Wednesday's performance is a sign that he is continuing his end of the season level of play, as the Stars now have the momentum and the series is tied at 2-2.
Bolts' Palat Gets Nomination For Best Rookie
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News: Ondrej Palat
has been named one of three finalists for this year's Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL's top rookie.
He was a sensation this season, finishing second in rookie scoring with 59 points (81 games) and one goal behind the goal-scoring lead among first-year players with 23. He was nominated alongside fellow Bolt Tyler Johnson and the Av's Nathan MacKinnon.
Wild's Cooke Dealt 7-Game Suspension
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News: Matt Cooke
has been suspended seven games for kneeing Avs' defenseman Tyson Barrie, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Following Wednesday's hearing, the NHL's Department of Player Safety has decided that seven games would be the appropriate suspension for Matt Cooke
. His suspension history likely came into play here, as well as the fact that Barrie will miss 4-to-6 weeks due to a sprained MCL as a result. Cooke has the option to appeal the suspension with an independent arbitrator, but it's currently unclear whether or not he will go this route.
Hawks' Kane To Stay With Toews Game 4
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News: Patrick Kane
was joined with Jonathan Toews on the same line in Game 3 and will again be together on the top line for Wednesday night, Game 4, the Chicago Tribune reports.
There is precedence for the postseason changeup. Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville went to the formula during the Western Conference finals against the Kings last season. "(Patrick Kane
and Toews) feed off each other, anticipating offensively, see plays (and) make plays," Quenneville said. "They're a threat off the rush. They're two pretty amazing players."
News: Brenden Morrow
(foot) will miss the rest of the Blues' playoff series against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
If the series goes the distance, Game 7 would be played on April 29, so Brenden Morrow
is out at least until then, with his status for the second round of the playoffs (should the Blues advance) cloudy as well.
News: Daniel Alfredsson
(back) did not practice Wednesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Coach Mike Babcock did not provide an update on Daniel Alfredsson
's status Wednesday, with the forward's status for Thursday's Game 4 against the Bruins thus clouded.
Ducks' Etem Will Play In Game 4
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News: Emerson Etem
will be in the lineup Wednesday against the Stars, Mark Stepneski of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Emerson Etem
will draw into the lineup with the news that Teemu Selanne will be a healthy scratch. Etem recorded seven goals and four assists in 29 games with the Ducks this season.
Though Daniel Paille
(undisclosed injury) is skating, he hasn't been cleared to play yet, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Analysis: Daniel Paille
-- who last suited up on April 12 -- thus remains in the day-to-day category as Thursday's Game 4 against the Red Wings approaches.
Ducks' Selanne Won't Play Wednesday
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News: Teemu Selanne
will sit out Wednesday's Game 4 against the Stars, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Teemu Selanne
learned Wednesday morning he will be scratched in a playoff game for only the second time in his career. At age 43, the winger is probably just in need of a day off, so expect him to be back in the lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
News: Henrik Zetterberg
(back) could play in Thursday's Game 4.
Analysis: Henrik Zetterberg
hasn't suited up since February 8 due to the back injury, but took part in drills at Wednesday's practice, and could be in the lineup Thursday if his appointment with team doctors goes well. The star center would provide a much needed boost to the Red Wings offense, which has only managed two total goals in the first three games against the Bruins.