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Date Player
5/6/2015 Chris Stewart, Min, RW
Stewart has an upper-body injury.

Analysis: He's considered day-to-day.
5/4/2015 David Desharnais, Mon, C
Desharnais is out with the flu.

Analysis: He's considered day-to-day.
5/4/2015 Micheal Ferland, Cgy, LW
Ferland is out with an upper-body injury.

Analysis: He's considered day-to-day.
5/3/2015 Brandon Prust, Mon, LW
Prust has apologized to referee Brad Watson for his comments following Game 2.

Analysis: Prust said after Montreal's 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night that Watson insulted and cursed him. Prust said after practice Tuesday he wants to ''apologize to Brad Watson and the rest of the officials in the NHL. It was uncalled for.''
5/3/2015 Erik Haula, Min, C
Haula replaced injured right wing Justin Fontaine for the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo says Haula's speed and some of his past performances against the Blackhawks were the main factors. Haula had three goals and two assists in last year's playoff series against Chicago. Sunday night's game was Haula's first appearance of this postseason. He had seven goals and seven assists in 72 games in the regular season this year.
5/2/2015 Justin Fontaine, Min, RW
Fontaine is out with a lower-body injury.

Analysis: It's unclear when Fontaine will return.
5/2/2015 Kris Versteeg, Chi, LW
Versteeg is out with a lower-body injury.

Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville has said the injury was not serious.
4/29/2015 John Tavares, NYI, C
Tavares, Montreal's Carey Price and Washington's Alex Ovechkin are the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's player most valuable player. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists and announced Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 24 during the league's awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Analysis: Tavares had career highs in goals (38) and points (86).
4/29/2015 Carey Price, Mon, G
Price, New York Islanders forward John Tavares and Washington's Alex Ovechkin are the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's player most valuable player. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists and announced Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 24 during the league's awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Analysis: Price led the NHL in wins (44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), becoming the first to top all three categories since Ed Belfour in 1990-91.
4/29/2015 Alex Ovechkin, Was, LW
Ovechkin, Montreal goalie Carey Price and New York Islanders forward John Tavares are the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's player most valuable player. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists and announced Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 24 during the league's awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Analysis: Ovechkin won the award in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2012-13. The Russian star scored 53 goals to top the NHL for the third straight season and fifth time overall. He finished with 81 points - his most since 2010-11 - to lead the Capitals to their seventh playoff berth in the past eight seasons.
4/29/2015 Marek Zidlicky, Det, D
Zidlicky will sit out Game 7 on Thursday with what appears to be a concussion.

Analysis: This is a big blow for a team that won't have star defenseman Niklas Kronwall available Tuesday.
4/28/2015 Philipp Grubauer, Was, G
After helping the Washington Capitals win their first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders, Grubauer has been re-assigned to Hershey of the American Hockey League. The move was announced Tuesday, a day after the Capitals eliminated the Islanders with a 2-1 victory in Game 7.

Analysis: On April 17, Grubauer was called up from the minors and became the first German-born goalie to start in the NHL playoffs, replacing an ill Braden Holtby in the Capitals' 4-3 victory in Game 2.
4/28/2015 Niklas Kronwall, Det, D
Kronwall was suspended by the NHL on Tuesday for Game 7 of the Red Wings' playoff series against Tampa Bay for charging Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov.

Analysis: Kronwall knocked off Kucherov's helmet with the high hit late in the second period Monday night in Detroit in the Lightning's 5-2 victory in Game 6. Kucherov was able to play on. Game 7 is Wednesday night at Tampa Bay.
4/28/2015 Travis Hamonic, NYI, D
Hamonic says he sustained a torn left knee ligament that forced him to miss the team's first-round playoff series against Washington.

Analysis: Hamonic revealed the nature of the injury while cleaning out his locker on Tuesday, a day after the Islanders were eliminated in a 2-1 loss in Game 7. The injury did not require surgery.
4/27/2015 Shea Weber, Nsh, D
Weber is recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right kneecap, an injury that will take up to six weeks for a full recovery.

Analysis: Weber spoke to reporters Monday while using crutches, and says he hasn't seen what he called a harmless hit against the end boards that ended his season early. The two-time Olympic gold medalist with Team Canada won the NHL's hardest shot competition at this season's All-Star Game weekend with a blast of 108.5 mph. His 26 minutes, 22 seconds of ice time per game ranked fifth in the NHL, a spot behind his defensive partner Roman Josi.
4/27/2015 Corey Crawford, Chi, G
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford will start Game 1 of the team's second-round series against the Minnesota Wild.

Analysis: Crawford was shaky early in the Blackhawks' six-game win over Nashville in the opening round and lost the starting job to backup Scott Darling. The Wild and Blackhawks will meet in the postseason for the third straight year, and in the second round for the second straight time.
4/26/2015 Jake Allen, StL, G
The St. Louis Blues pulled Allen from Game 6 after the Minnesota Wild scored their second goal.

Analysis: The Wild took a 2-0 lead with 8:41 remaining in the second period Sunday when Justin Fontaine's shot glided between the rookie's pads, and coach Ken Hitchcock summoned veteran Brian Elliott.
4/26/2015 Christoph Bertschy, Min, C
The Minnesota Wild have signed Swiss center Christoph Bertschy to a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2015-16 season.

Analysis: A 21-year-old native of Fribourg, Switzerland, Bertschy had 14 goals, 16 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 44 games with SC Bern in the Swiss League in 2014-15. He added a goal and two assists in seven playoff games. He had three goals and two assists for Switzerland in six games at the 2013 World Junior Championship. The 5-foot-10, 189-pounder was selected by Minnesota in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.
4/25/2015 Calvin de Haan, NYI, D
De Haan has been ruled out of Game 6 against the Washington Capitals.

Analysis: De Haan did not return after being hit by Troy Brouwer in the third period of New York's 5-1 loss Thursday. The Islanders trail the first-round series 3-2 and are already without two other defensemen. Travis Hamonic has not played since the next-to-last game of the regular season. Lubomir Visnovsky sustained a head injury in Game 4 on Tuesday.
4/25/2015 Mats Zuccarello, NYR, RW
Zuccarello is out indefinitely with what the team calls an upper body injury.

Analysis: Zuccarello is a versatile wing who sees time on power plays and as a penalty killer. He was hit in the head with a shot by teammate Ryan McDonagh in the first period of the clinching first-round victory over Pittsburgh on April 24. He immediately skated to the bench, then went to the locker room and did not return. He has played on the team's top line for much of the season and is one of the most popular Rangers.
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