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NHL Buzz: Saros plays final two games for Predators

Nashville Hunters

hair follicles The final two regular season games for the Predators would not be played due to a lower body injury.

The goalkeeper made 30 saves before losing 5-4 overtime to the Calgary Flames at 13:28 in the third period on Tuesday.

David Ritich The Colorado Avalanche is expected to begin on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, BSSO, ESPN+, NHL LIVE), the first of back-to-back sets that will conclude the season. Goalkeeper Conor Ingram is recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

The Saros lead the NHL with 67 starts. His 38 wins are tied with second Andrei Vasilevsky The Tampa Bay Lightning’s and the second most by a Predators goalkeeper in a season (Pekka Rinne, 43 in 2011-12; 42 in 2017-18; 41 in 2014-15).

Nashville (44-29-7) would be one of two Western Conference wild cards. It secured a Stanley Cup playoff berth for the eighth consecutive season when the Dallas Stars defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday.

New York Rangers

Artemi Panarin And Andrew Kopp Will not play for the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, MSG, RDS, ESPN+, NHL Live).

Panarin (upper body) and Cop (lower body) lost 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round on Tuesday. Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said the forwards did not return due to precautionary reasons, so they are sitting out on Wednesday. He did not say whether he would play the final of the regular season against the Washington Capitals on Friday.

“Nothing major, obviously,” Gallant said. “I’ll know more today, but nothing to worry about. Not going to play with either of them tonight, but if they play next week no worries.”

New York would finish second in the Metropolitan Division and make its Stanley Cup playoff debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins or Capitals.

Coop missed a 3–1 loss to the Boston Bruins on April 23 due to a lower body injury they had won 6–3 over the New York Islanders two days earlier.

“We’re going to give some players a little rest here,” Gallant said. “It’s a great opportunity to do that, so we’ll see where they go and how they get along.

“They can play Friday. We’ll decide on that. If they don’t play on Friday, it’s not because they’re going to get injured. No problem. We’re sure to be on the cautious side.”

capo cakkos Will play against Montreal, Gallant said. The forward has missed four games due to a lower body injury. After returning from an upper body injury, he played the last four, scoring two goals in a 4–0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 13, which kept him out for 31 games from January 22 to April 7.

“It’s good that I still have a few games to play before the playoffs,” Kako said. “I feel good. I want to go full force. I feel like I’m good now and ready to play.” — Dan Roseno

montreal canadians

Carey Price He is undergoing a knee re-evaluation in New York, where the Canadiens will play the New York Rangers.

The goalkeeper had arthroscopic knee surgery on 23 July to repair a torn meniscus. He dropped out of the lineup on Sunday after starting four games out of five, losing 5-3 to the Boston Bruins.

“He will be reevaluated when he is seen in New York,” Montreal coach Martin St. Louis said on Tuesday. “So I don’t know if it’s a sabbatical, but I was happy that he was able to play and we’ll see what the next few days bring.”

Price made 17 saves at the start of his season, a 3–0 loss to the New York Islanders on April 15, his first start since Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. He scored six goals in each of his last two starts and is 0-4-0 with 4.03 goals-against-average and .853 saving percentage.

St. Louis said, “Is this a setback? No, I thought it was a big plus for him to come back from a long year of fighting and dealing with his injury.” “But we knew he was playing, it just wasn’t smooth sailing, you know, the possibilities are there, and I think that’s where we are and that’s why he is being watched.”

sam montembolt The starts against Rangers are expected. — Sean Farrell

Toronto Maple Leafs

Michael Bunting There will be a re-evaluation before the Stanley Cup playoffs starting May 2 for a lower body injury. He will not play the regular-season finale for the Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins on Friday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, TSN4, NESNplus, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

The forward pulled off a 3-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday after being injured in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday. He didn’t play in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout win against the Washington Capitals.

“He’s clearly given a very positive sign today,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said on Tuesday. “He is not going to play this week and then we will reevaluate him from there, but things are looking positive.”

Bunting leads the NHL Rookies with 63 points (23 goals, 40 assists) in 79 games.

Ahead how ondrejWho has not played with Concussion since March 19, took part in a full-team morning skate on Tuesday, but Keefe said there is no timeline for his return.

target petr marazecki, who hasn’t played since March 29 due to a back injury, skated again on Tuesday. Keefe said he is making good progress but there is no deadline for his return.

defense personnel jake muzinwho missed six games with an undisclosed injury, returned against the Red Wings and skated on a pair TJ brody, — Dave McCarthy

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