Sami Vatanen Headshot

Vatanen (upper body) will be a game-time decision against Edmonton in Wednesday's Game 1 matchup, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Added Yesterday 4:03 pm (EST)
Prior to getting hurt, Vatanen garnered just four helpers during a 17-game goal drought. As such, fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect an offensive explosion from the blueliner once he is cleared for action. Defensively, however, the Finn could make life difficult for Connor McDavid; especially on the penalty kill where he averaged 2:12 of ice time during the regular season.
Karl Alzner Headshot

Alzner (upper body) could miss the Capitals' second-round series against the Penguins, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

Added Yesterday 12:55 pm (EST)
Alzner didn't sound too confident about returning to the lineup even when healthy which, given the performance of Nate Schmidt, is certainly a question worth asking. Prior to getting hurt, the 28-year-old Alzner was stuck in a rut with a 19-game pointless streak and while offensive production has never been his strength, the Caps will need as much scoring as they can muster against the Pens' top-ranked offense.
Joe Thornton Headshot

Thornton will have surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL and MCL suffered during the playoffs, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

Added 04/24/17 3:06 pm (EST)
The fact that Thornton was able to skate at all considering the extent of the damage to his knee is remarkable, but garnering a pair of helpers is all the more impressive. The veteran will now shift his focus to the 2017-18 campaign, although it is unclear if he will be ready in time for training camp. Another concern of course is whether the 37-year-old will want to continue playing -- assuming the Sharks offer him a new contract.
Carl Hagelin Headshot

Coach Mike Sullivan is "hopeful" that Hagelin (lower body) will be available during the Pens' second-round matchup with Washington.

Added 04/24/17 1:21 pm (EST)
Hagelin has been sidelined since mid March with a lower-body injury that has caused him to miss Pittsburgh's previous 21 contests. The Pens have been boosted by an impressive group of youngsters during the winger's absence, so it is unclear who might get bounced from the game-day lineup once Hagelin is cleared, but Tom Kuhnhackl would seem to be the leading candidate. While there appears to be some optimism, the team has not provided a timeline for the 28-year-old Swede to suit back up.
Chris Kunitz Headshot

Kunitz (lower body) told reporters he expects to be ready to go for Game 1 against the Capitals on Thursday, Wes Crosby of reports.

Added 04/24/17 12:40 pm (EST)
Kunitz has been practicing without limitations, including taking line rushes on the Pens' fourth line according to Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop. Given coach Mike Sullivan's trends when dealing with returning players, the winger will almost certainly be labeled a game-time decision heading into Thursday's matchup, but all signs seem to indicate he will be ready to go.
Viktor Stalberg Headshot

Stalberg (undisclosed) will slot into the lineup after not warming up with the team.

Added 04/23/17 3:34 pm (EST)
The winger bounced in and out of the lineup prior to puck drop but ultimately found his way onto the ice. He only had four points in 18 regular season games, but two in the playoffs so far, so his presence could give the Sens enough juice to close out the series.
Viktor Stalberg Headshot

Stalberg (undisclosed) will miss Sunday's tilt against Ottawa, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.

Added 04/23/17 3:02 pm (EST)
The winger only had four points in 18 NHL games this regular season, but he's heated up in the playoffs and tallied an assist in two of the last three games. With the Senators looking to avoid a Game 7, Stalberg's absence will make beating a hot Tuukka Rask even more difficult.
Torey Krug Headshot

Krug (lower body) won't play in Sunday's game against Ottawa.

Added 04/23/17 2:02 pm (EST)
Krug missed the season finale and hasn't slotted into any playoff games yet, but according to head coach Bruce Cassidy said he's "getting closer" to returning. Krug's 51 points in 81 games prove he's a talented offensive defenseman, so his continued absence has been a major detriment for the Bruins.
Chris Kunitz Headshot

Kunitz (lower body) took to the ice for the Penguins' practice Sunday sporting a non-contact uniform. He indicated after practice that he "felt alright. No issues." but he remains without a clear timeline for a return, Wes Crosby of reports.

Added 04/23/17 12:36 pm (EST)
Kunitz's injury has cost him all of April thus far, but he appears to be making some progress toward rejoining the lineup. He and the Penguins have some additional rest on tap leading into a second-round series against either the Capitals or Maple Leafs, but there's still no guarantee he will be ready for Game 1. The winger will need to graduate to full contact before talks of his return start heating up, so expect another update when Kunitz reaches that point in his recovery.
Eric Staal Headshot

Staal was taken to the hospital after crashing headfirst into the boards during Saturday's Game 5 against the Blues. He will not return.

Added 04/22/17 5:19 pm (EST)
According to the NBC broadcast, Staal was alert and stable, which is a good thing. However, even if the Wild avoid elimination Saturday, Staal may not be able to return for Game 6.
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