News: Matt Beleskey
(lower body) will not play in Friday's game against the Stars.
The nature and extent of Matt Beleskey
's setback are uncertain, but whatever ailment he is dealing with will prevent him from taking the ice Friday. Consider him questionable for Monday's Game 3.
Bruins' Kelly (Back) Out For Opener
, C, BOS
News: Chris Kelly
(back) wasn't on the ice for warmups and will miss the team's opener on Friday.
Analysis: Chris Kelly
hasn't played since April 8 due to the back injury and won't take the ice for Game 1 on Friday. He is still considered day-to-day but hasn't made any encouraging steps indicating his return in the near future.
Bruins' Bartkowski (Undisclosed) Out Friday
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News: Matt Bartkowski
(undisclosed) will miss Game 1 on Friday after not appearing in warmups.
Analysis: Matt Bartkowski
hasn't skated all week so his absence in the warmups and Game 1 isn't shocking. He will probably be questionable for Game 2 as well, and will join Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Kevan Miller as injury-related scratches for Game 1.
Bruins' Paille (Undisclosed) Out Friday
, LW, BOS
News: Daniel Paille
(undisclosed) didn't skate in warmups on Friday and will sit for Game 1.
Analysis: Daniel Paille
skated for the first time this week on Friday morning which was an encouraging sign for his status in Game 1, but it appears he won't play. He will likely join Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller, and Chris Kelly out of the lineup for the series opener.
Lightning's Palat (Upper Body) Out Friday
, LW, TB
News: Ondrej Palat
(upper body) will miss Friday's game against the Canadiens, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Ondrej Palat
was dealing with an upper-body injury before the series but was able to go for Wednesday's game. He then suffered an injury in what looked like a knee-on-knee collision in Game 1 and some sort of injury (or combination) will keep him out of Game 2. It appears the Lightning have decided to go with Anrej Sustr in his place.
News: Brenden Dillon
was not a part of Friday's morning skate, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: Brenden Dillon
missed Game 1 with a lower body injury and it appears as though he will miss Game 2 as well.
Avs' Mitchell (Head) Remains Out Saturday
, C, COL
News: John Mitchell
will not play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Wild, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: John Mitchell
continues to recover from a head injury, which kept him out of the final two regular season games, in addition to Thursday's Game 1. The team is listing him as day-to-day, and it's unknown at this time when, exactly, he could make his return.
Bolts' Bishop (Elbow) On Ice Friday, Won't Play
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News: Ben Bishop
(elbow) faced shots during morning skate for the first time in over a week, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop
has not played since April 8, and he took the ice Friday morning to work with goaltenders coach Frantz Jean. "He's progressing every day," Jean said. "The last three days have been extremely positive for him. The recuperation is going very well." While Bishop may be nearing a return, he will not be available Friday, meaning Anders Lindback is expected to man the net again.
Blues' Oshie (Upper Body) Questionable For Game 2
, RW, STL
News: T.J. Oshie
(upper body) is considered questionable for Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: T.J. Oshie
sat out Game 1 but skated Friday morning and the possibility remains that he could return for Game 2. Consider him a game-time call at this point, with a likely announcement regarding his status coming Saturday afternoon.
Blue Jackets' Umberger (Upper Body) To Return
, LW, CLB
News: R.J. Umberger
(upper body) expects to play in Game 2 against Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Blue Jackets' team website reports.
Analysis: R.J. Umberger
's injury forced him out of Columbus' final four regular season games, as well as Game 1 of the playoffs; however, reportedly feeling better, Umberger should be back in action Saturday.