Anderson stopped all 28 shots that he faced in the Senators 1-0 shutout win over Montreal in Game 4. Anderson kept Ottawa alive with his third career playoff shutout. Anderson will need to be great again on Friday if the Senators are going to avoid elimination—he has a 0.93 GAA and .974 SV% so far.
Price allowed a single goal on 32 shots in the Canadiens 1-0 loss to the Senators in Game 4. The Habs missed out on the chance to sweep the Sens, but will get another chance tonight in Montreal. Price has a 1.67 GAA and .946 SV% in the first four games.
Baertschi will make his NHL playoffs debut on Thursday.
Baertschi, 22, was traded from Calgary to Vancouver at the trade deadline. The former 1st round pick, had five assists in 15 games with the Flames and has scored two goals in three games with Vancouver. In the AHL he had 15 goals and 25 assists (40 points) in 51 games between Adirondack and Utica. He will replace Linden Vey and is expected to skate on the Canucks third line.
Hiller made 28 saves on 29 shots in the Flames 3-1 win over Vancouver in Game 4. The win gave the Flames a 3-1 lead in the series and a chance to eliminate the Canucks tonight. Hiller has posted a 1.79 GAA and .938 SV% in the series so far, but don’t expect the Canucks to roll over tonight.
Darling stopped 50 of 52 shots that he faced in the Blackhawks 3-2, triple overtime win over Nashville in Game 3. After coming into the playoffs as the backup, Darling has gone 3-0 with a 1.05 GAA and .969 SV%. He has outplayed Pekka Rinne and has a chance to knock off the Predators tonight in Nashville.
Bishop surrendered two goals on 20 shots in the Lightning’s 3-0 loss in Detroit in Game 3. The Lightning are trailing 2-1 in the series after Bishop has posted a 2.03 GAA and .897 SV% in the first three contests. He will need to better tonight for the Lightning to avoid going down 3-1 in the series.
Weber (lower-body) did not skate this morning; doubtful for Game 5.
Weber did not take part in the morning skate, so he is unlikely to play in a pivotal game 5 for the Predators. Head coach Peter Laviolette had “nothing to report” on any of his injured players, so Weber’s status remains up in the air.
Wilson (undisclosed) missed the morning skate; expected to play in Game 5.
Wilson missed the morning skate, but was spotted in the facility and reportedly looked “fine.” Coach Peter Laviolette had “nothing to report” on any of his injured players, so consider Wilson a game-time decision and monitor his status during pre-game warmups.
Fisher (lower-body) skated this morning; questionable for Game 5.
Fisher took part in the morning skate, but Predators head coach Peter Laviolette had “nothing to report” on any of his injured players. Consider Fisher a game-time decision and monitor his status during pre-game warmups.
Nelson is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 5.
Nelson, 23, had two goals in Game 1, but has been held off of the scoresheet, while only recording two shots and a minus-2 rating in the last three games. With Mikhail Grabovski coming back tonight, Nelson will get a chance to watch the game from the press box.
Grabovski (upper-body) will be in the lineup in Game 5.
Grabovski, who has not played since February 19th, will return to the Islanders lineup for Game 5. Grabovski will replace Brock Nelson in the Isles’ lineup. Grabo had 19 points (9G / 10A) in 51 games this season. He will face his former team—he played 58 games with the Capitals last season.
Halak allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Islanders 2-1 OT loss to the Capitals in Game 4. Halak has enjoyed a nice series, having posted a 1.92 GAA and .930 SV% so far, but the series is all tied up at 2-2. It becomes a best of 3 series, starting in Washington tonight. Halak had a .917 SV% in the first two games in Washington.