Hurricanes winger Jordan Martinook left Friday’s loss against Boston after Taylor Hall fell on Martinook’s ankle. Chip Alexander and Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer report that x-rays on the ankle came back negative, however, the 29-year-old has already been ruled out for Sunday’s fourth game of the series. Derek Stepan or Steven Lorentz will likely slide into Martinook’s spot on the fourth line with head coach Rod Brind’Amour indicating they may try to find a way to get both of those players into the lineup which means someone else would be a healthy scratch. Trade deadline pickup Max Domi could the odd one out in that scenario after averaging just 10:10 through the first three games of the series.
Elsewhere in the East:
- The Bruins will decide this summer whether or not to turn prospect Fabian Lysell pro or not, notes Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe. The 19-year-old winger was drafted out of Sweden so he’s able to play in the minors before turning 20 but Boston decided that the major junior route was the best for him this season as he had 62 points in 53 regular season games with WHL Vancouver and has 15 points in seven playoff contests so far. The 2021 first-rounder can go back to junior next season but the Bruins might prefer testing him at a harder level next season, especially if his postseason dominance continues.
- Mark Pysyk was hoping to go back to being a full-time defenseman this season after spending a lot of the previous two years on the wing. He got that opportunity with Buffalo and not surprisingly, as a result, he told reporters including Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald that he “definitely would be open” to re-signing with the Sabres. The 30-year-old played in 68 games this season, collecting a dozen points while averaging just under 18 minutes a game. That’s a pretty good return on a one-year, $900K deal, a price tag that Pysyk should be able to eclipse on the open market in July.