Cedric Paquette C TB 3 hours ago
Paquette (undisclosed) indicated Wednesday that he's feeling better, but is still sore and is a game-time decision for Game 3, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Paquette was limited to just 4:36 of ice time in Game 2 due to the injury, and he could play even less in Game 3. Given the club's 2-0 lead in the series as it shifts back to Tampa, it wouldn't be surprising if they take things cautious with him to avoid a larger injury. He hasn't been ruled out yet, but if he can't go, the Lightning have a bevy of forwards to turn to in his place.
Michael Latta C WAS 4 hours ago
Latta was not at practice Wednesday due to an illness, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Latta hasn't seen any ice time this series anyway, so the fact that he's ill doesn't really change much for the Capitals. However, he won't be present at practice, and likely wouldn't be available for the club if needed.
Mikael Backlund C CGY 5 hours ago
Backlund scored his first career playoff goal Tuesday, beating the Ducks' Frederik Andersen 4:24 into overtime to deliver a Game 3 victory.
Finally in the NHL playoffs after five fruitless campaigns with Calgary, Backlund hadn't made much of a postseason impact until Tuesday, as he'd tallied just a single assist over the Flames' first eight playoff games. But this was a huge goal, as it cut the Ducks' series lead to 2-1, with Friday's Game 4 in Calgary looming large.
Johnny Gaudreau F CGY 5 hours ago
Gaudreau scored the tying goal on a power play with 20 seconds remaining in the third period of Tuesday's Game 3, sending it to overtime, where the Flames came away with a 4-3 win.
With the net behind him empty and a six-on-four opportunity, Gaudreau brought the puck down into the offensive zone, saw some space open up, stepped into it, and fired the puck past Frederik Andersen. The goal represents his first point of the series, as the Ducks did a tremendous job of shutting down Gaudreau over the first two games, limiting him to just a single shot on goal in each contest. Can't keep Johnny Hockey down for long, though.
Ryan Getzlaf C ANA 5 hours ago
Getzlaf racked up two more helpers Tuesday in a Game 3 loss to Calgary.
He just keeps on racking points during these playoffs -- a cool dozen now, with eight of them having come in the last three games. Getzlaf and Corey Perry have now combined for a simply crazy 26 points in Anaheim's seven playoff games, and fantasy owners can thank the Flames for winning Game 3 to extend the series a little -- thus giving the Ducks' top forwards a chance to build their point totals even more.
Karri Ramo G CGY 5 hours ago
Ramo gave up three goals on 21 shots, but came away with an overtime victory in Game 3 against Anaheim on Tuesday.
He was headed for a loss before Johnny Gaudreau bailed him out with 20 seconds left in the third period, then was tasked with turning away only two shots in overtime -- one of them a very tough chance by Corey Perry -- before Mikael Backlund buried the game-winner. It's unclear at this time whether Ramo or Jonas Hiller will be between the pipes for Friday's Game 4, so check back if you've got a fantasy stake in the Flames' goalie situation.
Simon Despres D ANA 11 hours ago
Despres notched two assists in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Flames.
Despres continues to shine in his first playoffs as a Duck. He now has five points -- all assists -- in his seven postseason games thus far. Despres had failed to tally any points in his meagre six games of playoff experience with the Penguins. While his role on the Ducks may be limited playing behind the likes of Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm, Despres should continue to see regular ice and could become a valuable fantasy producer in the coming seasons.
Frederik Andersen G ANA 11 hours ago
Andersen went 17-of-21 in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Flames.
Not a great outing from the Dane as he allowed the tying goal late in the third and was then beaten early in OT to let Game 3 slip away. However, due to his previously unbeaten record in the playoffs, he probably deserves a pass on this one. Look for Andersen to return to the cage in Calgary on Friday night for Game 4.
Corey Crawford G CHI 16 hours ago
Crawford turned away all 30 pucks the Wild fired on him in Tuesday's 1-0 Game 3 victory.
Ever since retaking the reins from Scott Darling in Game 6 against Nashville, Crawford has been a man on fire, stopping 103 of 107 shots (.962) over the last four games -- all Blackhawks wins. In fact, he's made exactly 30 saves in three straight games. There's no doubt that Crawford will be in there once more for Game 4 in Minnesota on Thursday.
Devan Dubnyk G MIN 16 hours ago
Dubnyk allowed just one goal on 22 shots Tuesday in Game 3 against Chicago, but it was one too many in a 1-0 loss.
Dubs bounced back admirably after allowing seven goals in the first two games of the series, shutting things down completely after Patrick Kane tallied on a first-period power play, but his teammates couldn't get one past Corey Crawford. Now the Wild have their backs to the wall, down 3-0 in the series heading into Thursday's Game 4. Dubnyk will almost certainly be in net for that one as he looks to avoid the end of what's been a breakout season.