Afternoon Hits: Injuries, Scratches, Lines and Some Starting Goalies
- Updated: April 3, 2014
- Tracey Myers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane could start skating “as early as tomorrow.”
- Andy Strickland: Blues Alex Steen (upper-body) and Barrett Jackman (lower-body) are day-to-day. Their injuries are not serious, but they won’t play tonight.
- Mike Harrington: Sabres Chris Stewart skated today.
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson didn’t skate today and looking unlikely that he’ll play tomorrow. Hasn’t been on the ice since Sunday.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers Kimmo Timonen will be back in the lineup tonight. He could have returned on Tuesday but they game him the extra rest.
- Ken Wiebe: Looking like Devin Setoguchi will be a healthy scratch for the fourth time in the last five games.
- Michael Smith: Hurricanes not at practice: Alex Semin (illness), Jiri Tlusty (upper-body) and Ron Hainsey.
- James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs recall Carter Ashton.
- Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Letestu; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; Foligno – Anisimov – Umberger; Comeau – MacKenzie – Boll.
- Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Legwand-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson/Bertuzzi.
- Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Grabovski-Backstrom-Ovi; Johansson-Beagle-Brouwer; Chimera-Fehr-Ward; Penner-Kuznetsov-Wilson. Volpatti extra. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Carlson; Orlov-Green; Erskine-Carrick.
- Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Loktionov-E. Staal-Terry, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Lindholm, ??-Malhotra-Dvorak.
- Pierre LeBrun: Flyers Steve Mason will battle Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky tonight.
- Chip Alexander: Anton Khudobin the likely start tonight.