NHL playoff notes: Backstrom injured in pre-game

Apr 30, 2013 |
The Stanley Cup playoffs start Tuesday, and here's a look at some notes for the three games on the ice to help with your capping:

Backstrom injured in warm-ups

Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was injured during the warm-up and Josh Harding is taking shots, according to Jeff Marek of Sportsnet. 

He is expected to miss the game. 

Oshie to return for Blues

St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie will return to the lineup for Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

Head coach Ken Hitchcock also said that rookie Vladimir Tarasenko will be scratched for Tuesday's game.

Oshie last played on March 28 and missed the final 15 games of the season. St. Louis went 12-3 without him in the month of April. He had seven goals and 13 assists in 30 games before the injury.

Tarasenko had eight goals and 11 assists in 38 games in his first NHL season. He had only three assists in his last 15 games.

St. Louis is -116 at home in Game 1. The total is set at five.

Pominville to miss Game 1

Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville will not dress tonight in the series opener with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Pominville woke up not feeling well, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Pominville was elbowed in the head toward the end of the season by Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings. He missed the final two games of the regular season due to the injury.

There is no date for his return to the lineup and head coach Mike Yeo told Russo that he is "just not quite ready".

Pominville tallied four goals and five assists in 10 games with Minnesota before suffereing the injury versus Los Angeles.

Cal Clutterbuck will take the spot on the third line playing with Kyle Brodziak and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Clutterbuck led the Wild with 155 hits on the season, good enough for ninth in the league.

The Wild are heavy +213 underdogs for Tuesday's opener. The total is five.

Bolland, Emery out for Chicago

Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland and goaltender Ray Emery will not suit up against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Tuesday.

Both players are suffering from lower-body injuries and are considered day-to-day, according to Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville.

Bolland, who is a key two-way forward for the Hawks, has missed three consecutive games since sustaining the injury against the Vancouver Canucks on April 22. He has seven goals and seven helpers in 35 contests.

Emery has missed two straight games and Quenneville has announced that Henrik Karlsson will serve as backup to first-string goaltender Corey Crawford for Game 1. Emery has a 17-1-0 record with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage this campaign.

The Blackhawks are -233 favorites in Game 1 and the total is five.

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