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Date Player
4/18/2015 Justin Fontaine, RW
Fontaine was scratched for Game 2 due to illness.

Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
4/18/2015 Shea Weber, D
Weber won't travel with the Nashville Predators for Games 3 and 4 in Chicago in their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Blackhawks.

Analysis: A team spokesman announced an update on Weber's status will be made Wednesday, the day after Game 4 in Chicago.
4/18/2015 Scott Darling, G
Darling will start in goal in place of Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks against the Predators in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Analysis: The series is tied 1-1 going into Sunday's game in Chicago. Crawford allowed three goals on 12 shots in the first period of Game 1 on Wednesday in Nashville.
4/18/2015 Braden Holtby, G
Holtby says he's over his illness and ready to return for Game 3 of Washington's first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.

Analysis: Coach Barry Trotz isn't making a commitment to who he'll start Sunday. But he says Holtby looked fine during a brief practice on Long Island on Saturday, a day after the Capitals rallied to a 4-3 win to tie the best-of-seven series.
4/18/2015 Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, RW
Parenteau sat out Friday's Game 2 with an upper-body injury.

Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
4/18/2015 Jarret Stoll, C
Stoll was arrested Friday for suspected cocaine possession at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex. Las Vegas police Lt. Michael Mauntel said Stoll is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

Analysis: Stoll is the boyfriend of Erin Andrews, the "Dancing with the Stars" co-host and Fox Sports reporter. Stoll also was engaged to actress and model Rachel Hunter, singer Rod Stewart's former wife. The 32-year-old Stoll is an unrestricted free agent after struggling this season. He had six goals and 11 assists in 73 games, his seventh with Los Angeles after five with Edmonton. The center helped the Kings win Stanley Cup titles in 2012 and 2014.
4/17/2015 Christian Dvorak, LW
The Arizona Coyotes signed Dvorak to a three-year, entry-level contract Friday.

Analysis: Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The 19-year-old Dvorak had 41 goals and 68 assists in 66 games for London in the Ontario Hockey League this season. He also had five goals and eight assists in 10 playoff games.
4/17/2015 Dan Girardi, D
Girardi practiced Friday and is expected to play in Game 2 of the playoff series with Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

Analysis: Girardi took a puck in the face in the third period of New York's 2-1 win in Game 1 on Thursday night. He immediately went to the dressing room and did not return. He was treated by a dentist after leaving the game. A shot by Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz deflected directly under Girardi's shield into his face. He was dazed, then skated off. But he said Friday he has been cleared to return and there were no injuries.
4/17/2015 John Klingberg, D
The Dallas Stars have signed Klingberg to a seven-year contract extension after he led NHL rookie defensemen in assists and points this season.

Analysis: Klingberg had 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) in 65 games. The goals, assists and points were all single-season Stars records for a rookie defenseman. The Stars drafted the 22-year-old Swede in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL draft. After starting this season in the AHL, Klingberg became the first defenseman in franchise history to record eight points in his first eight NHL games.
4/17/2015 Max Pacioretty, LW
Pacioretty returned to the lineup for the second game of their Eastern Conference playoff series with the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Analysis: Pacioretty suffered a concussion and injured his neck during a game against the Boston Bruins in early March. Pacioretty led the Canadiens with 37 goals and 67 points this season.
4/17/2015 Mark Stone, RW
Stone suffered a microfracture in his right wrist along with some ligament damage and is questionable for the the remainder of Ottawa's first-round series with Montreal, Senators general manager Brian Murray said.

Analysis: Stone was slashed by Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban at 8:23 of the second period of Wednesday's series opener. Asked if Stone was ruled out of playing in Game 2 on Friday night, Murray said: ''I would assume. I think the trainers have worked on him and Mark is willing to take shots or whatever it is, but he has no mobility at this point at all.''
4/17/2015 Mike Fisher, C
Fisher left Wednesday's series opener against Chicago with a lower-body injury and didn't play in Game 2.

Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
4/16/2015 Darcy Kuemper, G
Kuemper wasn't active for Game 1 against the Blues on Thursday due to an illness.

Analysis: He could be back for Game 2 Saturday to back up Devan Dubnyk.
4/16/2015 James Wisniewski, D
Wisniewski was a healthy scratch for the Pacific Division champion Ducks for Thursday's playoff opener.

Analysis: Anaheim reacquired Wisniewski from Columbus at the trade deadline to bolster their blue line, but the veteran is a minus-3 with no goals and four assists in 13 games.
4/16/2015 Mathieu Perreault, C
Perreault sat out Thursday's playoff opener versus Anaheim.

Analysis: Perreault missed the Jets' regular-season finale with a lower-body injury, and he didn't participate in the pregame skate. He scored 41 points this season.
4/16/2015 Corey Crawford, G
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville is going back to Crawford for Game 2 against the Nashville Predators, and he says it was an easy decision. Quenneville announced Thursday that Crawford will start Friday night after being yanked Wednesday night after the first period.

Analysis: Crawford gave up three goals on 12 shots. Scott Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced in his postseason debut over 67 minutes, 44 seconds in a 4-3 double overtime win Wednesday night. Crawford went 32-20-5 during the regular season for Chicago, which split the Jennings Trophy with Montreal and Carey Price, allowing the fewest goals in the NHL with 189. The goalie ranked sixth in the NHL with a .924 save percentage and 11th with a 2.27 goals against average.
4/16/2015 Mark Stone, RW
Senators general manager Brian Murray says forward Mark Stone suffered a microfracture of his right wrist and some ligament damage, and his status is "very questionable" for Ottawa's first-round playoff series with Montreal.

Analysis: Stone was slashed by Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban at 8:23 of the second period of Wednesday's series opener. Asked if Stone was ruled out of playing in Game 2 on Friday night, Murray said: "I would assume. I think the trainers have worked on him and Mark is willing to take shots or whatever it is, but he has no mobility at this point at all."
4/15/2015 Corey Crawford, G
Crawford was pulled after the first period of the Blackhawks' Game 1 against Nashville and replaced by Scott Darling.

Analysis: Crawford gave up three goals on 12 shots in the first period against Nashville. He went 32-20-5 during the regular season for Chicago, which split the Jennings Trophy with Montreal and Carey Price, allowing the fewest goals in the NHL with 189.
4/15/2015 Jon Gillies, G
Gillies has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames.

Analysis: Gillies made 49 saves for Providence in a 4-3 win over Boston University on Saturday to end his college career with an NCAA championship. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound goalie from South Portland, Maine, was the Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four tournament. He had a goals-against average of 2.01 and a save percentage of .930 in 38 games for Providence this past season.
4/15/2015 Ryan Miller, G
Eddie Lack, not Miller, will get the start in goal for the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their first-round series with the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

Analysis: With Miller back from injury, there was a chance the veteran goalie could get the call. Canucks coach Willie Desjardins has played the issue close to the vest this week, before confirming Wednesday morning that Lack will get the nod.
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