Mike Smith Headshot

Smith is slated to start Monday's road game against the Predators, the Coyotes' official site reports.

Added 03/20/17 5:45 pm (EST)
Smith, who stopped 38 of 40 shots in a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, is in line to make his 49th start of the season Monday. He's dropped his last two decisions, while the Predators had a three-game roll halted by Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
Erik Karlsson Headshot

Karlsson scored the game-winning goal on one of his five shots in Thursday's Game 1 win over the Rangers.

Added 10:30 pm (EST)
Karlsson's shot from along the boards with 4:11 to play grazed Rangers center Derek Stepan before deflecting off the back of Henrik Lundqvist's mask and in. While it was a fortunate break for Ottawa's captain, he created his luck with a strong overall performance that led all skaters in shots and ice time (28:54).
Nikita Zadorov Headshot

Zadorov (ankle) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

Added 7:59 pm (EST)
While this move could just be a formality, it's worth noting that Zadorov will become a restricted free agent this offseason and, per Adrian Dater of BSN Denver, is toying with the idea of signing with a KHL team in his native Russia. All that aside, the severity of the 22-year-old's injury is still something of a mystery so even if he does return to the NHL, there's no guarantee he'll be healthy by the time training camp opens in the fall.
Chad Ruhwedel Headshot

Ruhwedel (arm) is not in the lineup for Thursday night's series-opening game in Washington.

Added 7:20 pm (EST)
Ruhwedel misses his eighth consecutive game dating back to the penultimate game of the regular season. Considering his status as a game-time decision Thursday, the 26-year-old appears to be on track to return within the next game or two, though it remains to be seen where he'll line up.
Tom Pyatt Headshot

Pyatt (upper body) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he won't be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Rangers, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

Added 6:40 pm (EST)
Pyatt will miss a third consecutive game Thursday due to injuries to both his upper and lower body, but he was considered a game-time decision heading into Game 1, indicating he may be ready to return for Saturday's Game 2. The veteran forward isn't known for his offensive contributions, having only tallied 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 82 games this season, but the Senators will miss his contributions as a key component of their penalty-killing unit. Tommy Wingels will continue to draw into the lineup while Pyatt remains sidelined.
Marc-Andre Fleury Headshot

Fleury will guard the goal for Thursday night's Game 1 in Washington.

Added 6:30 pm (EST)
With Matt Murray (lower body) still ailing, Fleury will continue to be the undisputed starter for the Penguins' playoff run. The 32-year-old played admirably in the first-round series against Columbus, posting a .933 save percentage and 2.52 GAA en route to a 4-1 record. The Flower hasn't faired well at the Verizon Center this season, allowing nine goals total over the course of two regular season starts, so he'll look to turn it around Thursday.
Henrik Lundqvist Headshot

Lundqvist will start Thursday's second-round opening game in Ottawa by virtue of the Rangers using the same lineup from their last game, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

Added 5:28 pm (EST)
No surprises here, as Lundqvist spectacularly closed out the first-round series against Montreal, posting a .955 save percentage and 1.23 GAA on his way to victories in the final three games. King Henrik started just one game at Canadian Tire Centre during the regular season, allowing three goals on 33 shots en route to a loss on April 8, so he'll likely be looking to ride his current form rather than dwell on the past poor performance.
Chris Kunitz Headshot

Kunitz (lower body) will suit up for Thursday's clash with Washington, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

Added 4:28 pm (EST)
Kunitz returns to the lineup after a 10-game absence and figures to slot in on the Pens' fourth line in favor of Carter Rowney or Tom Kuhnhackl. The gritty veteran's job will be to make life difficult for Caps netminder Braden Holtby -- a role he is all too familiar with.
Clayton Stoner Headshot

Stoner (abdomen) has not been activated off injured reserve, per the NHL media site.

Added 4:21 pm (EST)
Despite reports that Stoner was available for Game 1, he remains on injured reserve for the time being. With Sami Vatanen (upper body) still not 100 percent and Kevin Bieksa (lower body) doubtful for Friday's contest, the Ducks could really use some good news on Stoner. In the event none of the injured defenders are able to give it a go, Korbinian Holzer will likely slot back into the lineup against the Oilers.
Sami Vatanen Headshot

Vatanen is still being bothered by an upper-body injury despite being deemed available ahead of Wednesday's Game 1.

Added 4:02 pm (EST)
The Finnish blueliner last suited up for game action on April 13, though he has been skating in practice ever since. With Kevin Bieksa having been deemed doubtful for Friday's Game 2, it would have appeared that Vatanen would be the obvious candidate to replace him in the lineup if necessary. However, all indications are that the Ducks would like to be cautious with Vatanen's return and instead could look at Korbinian Holzer to step in for Bieksa. A further update should be given on Vatanen's condition after Friday's morning skate.
Kevin Bieksa Headshot

Bieksa is considered doubtful for Game 2 against the Oilers due to a lower-body injury and will undergo a full assessment of the injury Friday.

Added 3:54 pm (EST)
It seemed likely that Bieksa's injury was a bit more serious when he wasn't able to finish Wednesday's loss to the Oilers after attempting to return. Hopefully we'll get some more details on the ailment once team doctors give the 35-year-old a proper evaluation, but for now he shouldn't be counted on to play Friday's contest.
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