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Date Player News
4/24/2014 Ryan Murray, D Rookie defender Ryan Murray missed Game Four of Columbus' first-round playoff series against Pittsburgh because of an undisclosed injury.

Analysis: Murray, who averaged 25:18 of ice time in the first three games, had 21 points during the regular season.
4/24/2014 Matt Cooke, LW Minnesota Wild left winger Matt Cooke was suspended for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Analysis: Cooke will miss the remainder of Minnesota's series versus Colorado. If the Wild are eliminated, he will serve the rest of the suspension at the start of the 2014-15 regular season.
4/23/2014 Ryan Getzlaf, C Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury.

Analysis: Getzlaf took a puck in the face in the series opener and played the last two games with a half-cage to protect the stitches just below his mouth.
4/23/2014 Nathan MacKinnon, C MacKinnon joins Tampa Bay lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

Analysis: MacKinnon, selected first overall in the draft by Colorado, led all NHL rookies in scoring with 63 points.
4/23/2014 Ondrej Palat, LW Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award. They're joined by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in the running for the Calder Trophy.

Analysis: Palat finished second among rookie scorers with 59 points and 23 goals.
4/23/2014 Tyler Johnson, C Johnson and Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award. They're joined by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in the running for the Calder Trophy.

Analysis: Johnson had a team-record 24 goals and finished tied with MacKinnon for the NHL lead among rookies.
4/23/2014 Tuukka Rask, G Rask recorded his fourth career playoff shutout in Game 3 on Tuesday against Detroit.

Analysis: Rask, who stopped all 23 shots, owns a 1.35 goals-against average over his last 13 postseason starts.
4/22/2014 Martin St. Louis, RW New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly are finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy.

Analysis: St. Louis was selected a finalist for the eighth time in 10 years on Tuesday. He won it last year and in both 2011 and 2010 while playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lady Byng honors a person in the league who plays at a high level with good sportsmanship. The NHL will announce the winners of all of its awards on June 24 in Las Vegas.
4/22/2014 Daniel Alfredsson, RW Alfredsson has a back injury.

Analysis: Alfredsson's status for the next game is not known.
4/22/2014 Kari Lehtonen, G Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 on Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years.

Analysis: Lehtonen had been 0-4 in the playoffs, including two losses with Atlanta in 2007, with a 4.58 goals-against average and .858 save percentage.
4/22/2014 Corey Crawford, G Crawford made 34 saves, and the Chicago Blackhawks got back into their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.

Analysis: It was the third career postseason shutout for last year's Stanley Cup-winning goaltender. He had one in 23 games in 2013.
4/22/2014 Darcy Kuemper, G Kuemper helped lead the Wild to a 1-0 overtime win over Colorado on Monday night, which cut their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Analysis: Kuemper made 22 saves in his first career playoff start.
4/22/2014 Mikael Granlund, C Granlund's diving goal 5:08 into overtime gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 Monday night to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Analysis: It was the first postseason goal for the Minnesota center.
4/21/2014 Tyson Barrie, D Barrie will miss the rest of the first-round playoff series against Minnesota and more. Barrie had 13 goals and 25 assists in the regular season.

Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy said after the Wild's 1-0 overtime win Monday that Barrie has a medial collateral ligament injury in his left knee and will need four to six weeks to recover. Barrie was hurt in the second period when Wild left wing Matt Cooke delivered a knee-on-knee hit on the open ice. Roy said the play warranted more punishment than Cooke's two-minute minor penalty.
4/21/2014 Stephane Robidas, D Robidas broke his right leg Monday in an eerie replay of his last game in Dallas when he still played for the Stars.

Analysis: Robidas had to be helped off the ice after his right leg bent awkwardly when a sliding Ryan Garbutt of Dallas undercut him and knocked him to the ice early in the second period in Game 3. The team said the latest fracture was just above the one he sustained Nov. 29 when Dallas was playing Chicago. He was traded to the Ducks in March.
4/21/2014 Sheldon Brookbank, D Brookbank will replace suspended Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the lineup for Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues.

Analysis: Brookbank had two goals and five assists in 48 games this season. He hasn't played since Chicago's 7-5 loss at Nashville in the season finale April 12.
4/21/2014 David Backes, C Backes is out because of an upper-body injury.

Analysis: Backes was wiped out by a big hit from Blackhawks defenseman Bren Seabrook in the third period of St. Louis' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday. The captain was helped off the ice and did not return. Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty. He then was suspended for three games by the NHL.
4/21/2014 Ilya Bryzgalov, G The Minnesota Wild have switched goalies for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, giving Darcy Kuemper the start instead of Ilya Bryzgalov.

Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo confirmed the change after the pre-game morning skate on Monday. Yeo pulled Bryzgalov for Kuemper midway through the second period on Saturday when the Wild fell behind 3-1. The Avalanche won the first two games of the series.
4/21/2014 Darcy Kuemper, G The Minnesota Wild have switched goalies for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, giving Darcy Kuemper the start instead of Ilya Bryzgalov.

Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo confirmed the change after the pre-game morning skate on Monday. Yeo pulled Bryzgalov for Kuemper midway through the second period on Saturday when the Wild fell behind 3-1. The Avalanche won the first two games of the series.
4/21/2014 Joe Pavelski, C Pavelski matched his career postseason high with three points in a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings.

Analysis: Pavelski had a goal and two assists while helping the San Jose Sharks rally for a 2-0 lead in the opening-round series. He's had three points in five of his 76 playoff games.
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