SUN Injury Update: Alfredsson, Halak, JVR Practices
(4/15/12) There are 4 playoff games on the Sunday schedule and the action gets underway early at 12pm EST/9am PST. Before we get to those injury notes, first a couple updates from Saturday.
First to Daniel Alfredsson: the Ottawa Senators' captain took an elbow to the head from Rangers' rookie Carl Hagelin on Saturday. He left the game and did not return; USAToday.com reports that the veteran is "day-to-day" with a UBI.
Jaroslav Halak left the Blues' match with the Sharks at the midway mark. He suffered a LBI in a collision with teammate Barret Jackman. Brian Elliott finished off the game and the shutout, and is totally capable of shouldering the load should Halak miss any time. Elliott was likely to draw his first start in Game 3 regardless, so Halak will probably have a few days to rest. He is reportedly day-to-day.
In Detroit, Joey MacDonald (back) remains out, so Ty Conklin continues as the back-up goalie for the Red Wings. Hal Gill (foot) is a questionable for the Predators.
In Philadelphia, Matt Niskanen (PIT) has missed 4 games with a UBI, but he has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Game 4. James van Riemsdyk actually participated in the Flyers' last practice, but he will likely not play in Game 3. If the Flyers get by the Penguins he will be a part of any Philly push deep. If you drafted him, the gamble could pay off.
In Los Angeles, Kyle Clifford remains out, so rookie Andrei Loktionov will continue to slot into the Kings' line-up. LA is hoping to get Brad Richardson back from his emergency appendectomy soon, and he would likely take over from Loktionov when that happens. Tough guy Westgarth also waits in the wings if the Kings should need some muscle.
Lastly, there are no new updates to report in the Devils' second game against the Panthers.