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|4/19/2014||Matt Duchene, C||Coach Patrick Roy says he doesn't expect Duchene to play in the first-round playoff series against Minnesota. Duchene has been out since damaging the MCL in his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29.
Analysis: Roy said before Game 2 on Saturday that he would be "very, very surprised" if Duchene returns against the Wild, especially since Duchene hasn't even started skating.
|4/19/2014||Jimmy Howard, G||Howard stopped 25 shots Friday in Game 1 against Boston for his third career playoff shutout.
Analysis: Howard is 21-22 with a 2.51 goals-against average in 43 career playoff games.
|4/19/2014||Matt Beleskey, LW||Beleskey missed Game 3 against Dallas due to a lower-body injury.
Analysis: The top-line forward scored the winner in Game 1 and has been out since. His status going forward is uncertain.
|4/18/2014||Tomas Hertl, LW||Hertl made an impressive playoff debut for the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night with a goal and an assist against the same Los Angeles Kings team that almost ended his season.
Analysis: With 52 seconds left in the first period Thursday night, Hertl scored his first career playoff goal, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead en route to a 6-3 victory in Game 1 of their first-round series. Hertl hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 12 against the Minnesota Wild, one week before he took a knee-on-knee hit from Kings captain Dustin Brown, damaging two ligaments. Hertl underwent surgery on Dec. 31 and missed the next 45 games.
|4/18/2014||Nathan MacKinnon, C||MacKinnon had three assists in his postseason debut, a 5-4 overtime win against Minnesota on Thursday.
Analysis: The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2013 and Calder Trophy contender led all rookies with 63 points. He scored 24 goals.
|4/18/2014||Paul Stastny, C||Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Analysis: Stastny beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a close-in wrist shot in overtime, the same type of play Stastny used to tie the game in regulation. He also had an assist. Stastny had three goals and five assists in his 15 previous postseason games.
|4/18/2014||Alexander Steen, LW||Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.
Analysis: Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history. Steen has five goals and three assists in 20 career playoff games. He scored three times in the Blues' six contests last season.
|4/18/2014||Brad Richards, C||Richards had a goal and two assists as the New York Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-1 in the playoff opener on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over the rival Flyers to nine games.
Analysis: Richards had one goal in 10 postseason games for New York in 2013. He has 29 goals and 52 assists in 94 career playoff contests.
|4/17/2014||John Mitchell, C||Mitchell missed Monday's Game 3 against Minnesota.
Analysis: Mitchell, suffering from a head injury, also missed the first two games of the series and sat out the last two games of the regular season.
|4/17/2014||Cory Sarich, D||Sarich missed Game 3 of Colorado's playoff series against Minnesota on Monday night.
Analysis: Sarich is sidelined with an aching back, but coach Patrick Roy said he's "feeling better." Sarich hasn't played since April 1.
|4/17/2014||Dale Weise, RW||Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night.
Analysis: It was the first postseason goal and point for Weise in seven career games.
|4/16/2014||Brenden Dillon, D||Dillon continues to miss time due to a lower-body injury.
Analysis: The defenseman wasn't able to go in Game 3 of the playoffs on Monday.
|4/15/2014||Mark Fistric, D||Fistric has a lower-body injury for Anaheim and is yet to play in the postseason.
Analysis: Fistric's status is unclear for the playoffs. His Ducks are playing his former team, the Stars, so this matchup is a bit personal.
|4/14/2014||Shane Doan, RW||Doan scored his 23rd goal of the season in Sunday's finale against Dallas.
Analysis: Doan scored three goals over his final four games to finish with his highest single-season total since scoring a career-best 31 in 2008-09.
|4/14/2014||Henrik Sedin, C||Sedin closed his season with two assists Sunday against Calgary.
Analysis: Sedin was barely more productive this season, tallying 50 points after finishing with 45 in 2012-13 despite playing 22 fewer games.
|4/14/2014||Daniel Sedin, LW||Sedin scored his 15th and 16 goals of the season in Sunday's finale against Calgary.
Analysis: Sedin's 16 goals are his fewest in a full season since he scored 14 in 2002-03. He clearly appears to be on the downswing of his career trajectory.
|4/14/2014||Ryan Kesler, C||Kesler scored his 25th goal in Sunday's season finale against the Flames.
Analysis: Kesler's 43 points are his fewest over a non-shortened season since he finished with 37 in 2007-08.
|4/14/2014||Nick Bonino, C||Bonino ended his breakthrough season with his 22nd goal in Sunday's finale against Colorado.
Analysis: Bonino had 12 goals and 12 assists over his final 36 games.
|4/14/2014||Craig Smith, C||Smith ended his season with two goals and two assists Sunday against Minnesota.
Analysis: Smith scored four goals with four assists during a four-game point streak to conclude the season.
|4/14/2014||Shea Weber, D||Weber scored his 23rd goal in Sunday's finale against Minnesota.
Analysis: Weber's 23 goals match his single-season best from 2008-09.
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