Jannik Hansen RW VAN 23 hours ago
Hansen acknowledged Monday that he played through the Canucks' first-round playoff series against the Flames with a groin injury, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports.
Hansen labeled it as a minor injury, but it will still prevent him from participating with Denmark in the World Championships in May. The winger tallied two points in the season-ending Game 6 loss Saturday, giving him four points during the postseason. The 29-year-old is still under contract with the Canucks for three more seasons.
Mikael Granlund C MIN 23 hours ago
Granlund posted a secondary assist in Sunday's win over the Blues.
Granlund is a proven playmaker, as evidenced by his 80 assists from the past two seasons combined. He'll look to carry the positive momentum over to the next series, against the Blackhawks.
David Pastrnak F BOS 23 hours ago
Pastrnak was forced out of AHL Providence's playoff game Sunday with a lower-body injury, csnne.com reports.
Pastrnak, who is currently seeing some AHL playoff action, with Boston having failed to qualify for the postseason, absorbed a check Sunday during overtime that sent him to the locker room. Fortunately, his injury doesn't appear to be serious and he is day-to-day in advance of Tuesday's Game 4 against Hartford. The 18-year-old is coming off a season in which he recorded 10 goals and 27 points in 46 games for the big club, displaying a nice blend of speed, creativity and offensive instincts that bode well for his future production at the NHL level, as he continues to fill out physically.
Niklas Lundstrom G STL 23 hours ago
Lundstrom was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Monday.
Lundstrom was with the Blues for their first-round series loss to the Wild, serving strictly as an emergency depth goalie. After spending most of the 2014-15 campaign at the ECHL level, where he went 17-16-2 with a 3.05 GAA and .895 save percentage, Lundstrom probably won't see much involvement for Chicago during their postseason run.
Ty Rattie F STL 23 hours ago
Rattie was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Monday.
With the NHL squad officially eliminated from the playoffs with a loss Sunday to the Wild, Rattie will join Chicago, which remains in the midst of its first-round series with Utica. Rattie, who didn't see any action with the Blues in their six postseason games, finished third on Chicago in scoring during the regular season, netting 21 goals and 42 points in 59 games.
Marco Scandella D MIN 23 hours ago
Scandella was plus-3 with an assist Sunday, helping the Wild to a series-clinching win against the Blues in Game 6.
The helper was a nifty one, as Scandella had to fight through heavy traffic along the boards in order to drop the puck off to Justin Fontaine for the score. Scandella posted a plus-5 rating in the opening round of the playoffs, which currently has him tied with five other skaters for the league lead in the plus/minus category.
Beau Bennett RW PIT 23 hours ago
Bennett (upper body) said Sunday that he's fully healthy heading into the offseason, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The upper-body injury resulted in Bennett being scratched for the final three games of the Penguins' first-round series with the Rangers, but it looks like he would have been a candidate to play had his team extended the series to six games. With just 10 goals and 33 points in 96 games over his three seasons with the Penguins, Bennett has yet to emerge as the top-six winger the team thought it had on hand when they selected him 20th overall in 2010. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer, but it remains to be seen if the Penguins will tender him a contract.
Zack Kassian RW VAN 23 hours ago
Kassian will not require offseason surgery to deal with the back issue that kept him out of the Vancouver lineup down the stretch.
Kassian, who last suited up on March 14, now has the offseason for his back issue to settle down. In 42 games this past season, he notched 10 goals, 16 points and 81 PIM. He remains under contract with Vancouver next season at a cap hit of of $1.75 million.
Nino Niederreiter RW MIN 23 hours ago
Niederreiter scored with the net empty in Sunday's series-clinching win over the Blues.
Niederreiter wreaked havoc on the Blues with three goals and an assist in the opening round. Four different Wild players were involved on the scoring players that led to Niederreiter points in the series, showing that he can effectively adjust to different line combinations. Niederreiter is coming up huge when it matters most, making him a fine choice in fantasy playoff formats.
Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 23 hours ago
Dupuis said Sunday that he's "looking ahead" in his recovery from the blood clot in his lung that ended his season in November, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "It's been five months. It's behind me right now," Dupuis said. "Obviously I still have some more testing to do. I'm still on some blood thinners right now but I'm looking ahead right now."
The blood clot clouds the future of the 36-year-old Dupuis, but it's at least encouraging to see him express a positive attitude about playing in 2015-16. The Penguins will wait and see how he progresses over the summer with his condition before determining if he'll be ready to go for training camp. Dupuis is under contract with the squad for two more seasons at a cap hit of $3.75 million.