Even with so many Game 7s on the calendar this weekend, we’re starting to receive some clarity on the upcoming Second Round schedule. NHL.com writer Lou Korac reports that it “sounds like” the Second Round matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues will start Tuesday, May 17.
With that said, there’s a strong potential we could see an off day with no games on Monday. The only series that could begin on Monday without a team playing back-to-back is the matchups between the Florida Panthers and the winner of tonight’s Game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning. With the league strictly using an alternating schedule of games during the First Round, it’s not outlandish to say that it’s either two games or no games on Monday night.
- Blues head coach Craig Berube said today that both defensemen Torey Krug and Marco Scandella are “maybe possibilities” to play in their upcoming series against Colorado. The Blues will already be in tough against the Western Conference-leading Avs, but aiming to win without their best defenseman seems like an impossible task. Krug had three points in three games against the Minnesota Wild in the First Round prior to his injury, while Scandella was limited to two games with a lower-body injury.
- Dallas Stars forward Luke Glendening will be a game-time decision for Game 7 after being knocked out of the game by a hit from Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov, which earned him a hearing with the Department of Player Safety. Stars writer Mike Heika notes that while Glendening did clear concussion protocol after the hit, he suffered a lower-body injury on the play which is currently limiting him. Glendening has no points in the series with a -2 rating.