Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues, 9 p.m.
New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m.
All times Eastern
PLAYER TO WATCH
Chris Kreider. The New York Rangers forward is having an April to remember. Early in the month, he helped Boston College win the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship. Since then, he’s launched his NHL career by scoring two playoff goals, both of which were game winners. “I’m kind of at a loss for words,” said Kreider, who got into the lineup during the first playoff round as a replacement for rookie Carl Hagelin, who was suspended three games for elbowing Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson in the head. “I’m just trying to keep my head down and work hard.” Kreider ends the month Monday by celebrating his 21st birthday and playing in Game 2 of New York’s series against the Washington Capitals.
The St. Louis Blues have serious injury concerns heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-finals against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, The Associated Press reports. Top defenceman Alex Pietrangelo was not at practice on Sunday, the morning after getting checked face-first into the boards by Kings winger Dwight King in St. Louis’ 3-1 loss in Game 1. Pietrangelo had 51 points during the regular season and has added four in the playoffs. Though coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule out the defenceman for Monday night, he’s decided on Ian Cole as a potential replacement. Cole, a first-round pick in 2007, played 26 games during the regular season and would make his playoff debut.
HE SAID IT
It’s a tough game, that’s a fact. You guys want to take hitting right out and see how exciting it is?
The Los Angeles Kings coach doesn’t think the NHL should review the hit by forward Dwight King on St. Louis Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo last Saturday night. King, who was assessed a minor penalty, took Pietrangelo into the boards from behind.
Injury report (2)
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella offered “no updates” on the status of injured forwards Brian Boyle (concussion) and Brandon Dubinsky (lower-body) after the team’s optional practice Sunday, nhl.com reports. Boyle appeared much closer to returning than Dubinsky, who was seen walking with crutches toward the training room once the media was allowed to enter the dressing room. Dubinsky hurt himself in Game 7 of the first round against the Ottawa Senators and did not play the second-round opener against the Washington Capitals last Saturday. Boyle, who has three playoff points, went out of the lineup with a concussion prior to Game 6 against Ottawa, but said he is “feeling better each day.”