Ondrej Palat F TB 8 Hrs
Ondrej Palat has turned down an invite to play for the Czech Republic at the World Hockey Championships.
He cited an injury as the reason for not going. Palat missed a game in the playoffs because of an upper-body injury and will use his off-season to heal.
Valtteri Filppula C TB 8 Hrs
Valtteri Filppula said he wasn't 100 percent in the playoffs, but he isn't using that as an excuse for his lack of production.
"It doesn't really matter, I was fine to play," said Filppula, who had one assist and was a minus-4 in four games. "I played, and I didn't play as well as I wanted to, but I felt fine." He missed the last two games of the regular season with a lower-body injury, but wouldn't say what his ailment was. Filppula declined an invitation to play for Finland at the World Championships.
Ryan Callahan RW TB 8 Hrs
Ryan Callahan is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
He enjoyed his experience with the Lightning and likes the direction they are heading, but he isn't sure if he'll be back with the team next year. Coach Jon Cooper said he'd like to have Callahan return.
Scott Laughton C PHI 9 Hrs
Philadelphia has announced that they will bring up prospect Scott Laughton.
He had 40 goals and 87 points in 54 regular season games with OHL Oshawa. Laughton also added 11 points in nine playoff matches. It isn't clear yet if he'll join the Black Aces or if he'll get a chance to play.
Matt Beleskey LW ANA 9 Hrs
Matt Beleskey (lower body) could be ready for Game 6.
"He's getting better," coach Bruce Boudreau. "I'd venture to guess he's not probable tomorrow, but we're looking at Sunday for him being able to play." He hasn't played since Game 1 because of a lower-body injury.
Connor Crisp F MON 9 Hrs
Connor Crisp has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
In 67 games with Sudbury of the OHL, he recorded 28 goals, 55 points and 120 penalty minutes. Crisp also skated in seven matches with Hamilton in the AHL, where he netted two goals. He was a third round pick (71st overall) in the 2013 draft by Montreal.
Jonas Hiller G ANA 10 Hrs
Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't declare his starter for Friday's game, but he said that it was good that Jonas Hiller got to see some playoff action on Wednesday night.
"It was important he played," Boudreau said Thursday. "Whether he's going to start tomorrow, it was important that he's already seen playoff ice, and not coming in blind." He stopped the only shot he faced in 10:34 of playing time.
Teemu Selanne RW ANA 10 Hrs
Teemu Selanne is eager to get back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Game 4.
"I told Bruce [Boudreau] it's a new day, and the series starts now," Selanne told the Ducks' Twitter account. "There are no hard feelings. We move on." It isn't clear if he'll be back in the lineup for Game 5 yet, but we assume that he will be.
Filip Forsberg C NAS 10 Hrs
Filip Forsberg said he feels more comfortable with the North American style of play now.
"Growing up playing 18-19 years on big ice surface and now playing better players than you're used to playing and on a smaller ice surface, it takes more time," Forsberg said. "But I feel way more comfortable. The game is really fast right now. That's something I really can improve. ... If I become faster I think that will help out a lot for me." He played in just 13 games with the Predators this past season, where he generated five points, and he appeared in 47 contests with their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. Forsberg will try to stick with Nashville out of training camp next year.
Justin Williams RW LA 10 Hrs
Justin Williams has been bumped down to the third for the start of Game 4 on Thursday night.
He'll play with Dwight King and Jarret Stoll. Williams doesn't have a point and he has only four shots in three games versus San Jose in Round 1.