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Date Player
5/6/2016 Oscar Lindberg, NYR, C
Lindberg is expected to miss six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

Analysis: He'll likely miss the first month of the 2016-17 season recovering. Lindberg is coming off a solid rookie campaign for New York, recording 13 goals and 15 assists with a plus-12 rating in 68 games.
5/5/2016 Jaromir Jagr, Fla, RW
Jagr is returning to the Florida Panthers after agreeing to a one-year contract. Next season will be Jagr's 23rd in the NHL, and he enters with 1,868 points, putting him 19 away from tying Mark Messier for second in NHL history.

Analysis: The 44-year-old forward had a team-best 66 points this season. The Panthers won the Atlantic Division title and set franchise records for points and wins, before falling in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Islanders. Jagr is a finalist for this year's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
5/5/2016 Shea Weber, Nsh, D
Washington's Alex Ovechkin, the New York Islanders' John Tavares and Weber are the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

Analysis: Messier selected the finalists Wednesday and will pick the winner. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Ovechkin, Tavares and Weber are team captains.
5/5/2016 John Tavares, NYI, C
Washington's Alex Ovechkin, Tavares and Nashville's Shea Weber are the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

Analysis: Messier selected the finalists Wednesday and will pick the winner. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Ovechkin, Tavares and Weber are team captains.
5/5/2016 Alex Ovechkin, Was, LW
Ovechkin, the New York Islanders' John Tavares and Nashville's Shea Weber are the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

Analysis: The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Ovechkin, Tavares and Weber are team captains.
5/4/2016 Eric Fehr, Pit, RW
Fehr is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

Analysis: It's uncertain how long he will be down.
5/4/2016 Bryan Rust, Pit, RW
Rust has a lower-body injury.

Analysis: Rust's status is uncertain.
5/4/2016 Marcus Johansson, Was, C
Johansson has an upper-body injury.

Analysis: Johansson's status is uncertain.
5/3/2016 Artem Anisimov, Chi, C
Anisimov is on the mend after undergoing right wrist surgery.

Analysis: Team physician Dr. Michael Terry says Anisimov should be able to return to "full hockey activities" in six to eight weeks. He had the operation on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Anisimov, who was acquired in a trade with Columbus on June 30, had 20 goals and 22 assists in 77 games in his first season with the Blackhawks.
5/3/2016 Kris Letang, Pit, D
The NHL has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang for one game for an illegal hit on Washington's Marcus Johansson.

Analysis: Letang will miss Wednesday night's Game 4 after the NHL Department of Player Safety ruled Tuesday that Letang made ''significant head contact'' on Johansson well after the Capitals forward had released the puck during a sequence in the first period during Pittsburgh's 3-2 win in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night.
5/3/2016 Matt Murray, Pit, G
Murray made 47 stops Monday.

Analysis: Murray and the Pens have a 2-1 series lead.
5/2/2016 Artemi Panarin, Chi, LW
Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy for the NHL's top rookie.

Analysis: Panarin, 24, led all rookies with 30 goals and 47 assists in 80 games.
5/2/2016 Shayne Gostisbehere, Phi, D
Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy for the NHL's top rookie.

Analysis: Gostisbehere led rookie defensemen with 17 goals and 29 assists in 64 games. The third-round pick from the 2012 draft scored four overtime goals, matching a single-season record for a defenseman.
5/2/2016 Connor McDavid, Edm, C
McDavid, Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy for the NHL's top rookie.

Analysis: The 19-year-old McDavid had 16 goals and 32 assists despite missing much of the season due to a broken collarbone, living up to his hype as the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft.
5/2/2016 Joe Thornton, SJ, C
Thornton delivered during the third period of Sunday's victory over Nashville in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Analysis: Thornton's empty-net goal in the final minute proved to be crucial to the Sharks' 3-2 win, as the Predators scored with four seconds left. The veteran also helped set up Joe Pavelski's score that snapped a 1-all tie with 2:40 left.
5/2/2016 Logan Couture, SJ, C
Couture recorded a goal and an assist in Sunday's win over Nashville in Game 2 of the Western Conference second round.

Analysis: He's been on a tear during these playoffs, racking up eight points over San Jose's last four games and 10 in seven overall contests. Couture had two goals in the Sharks' Game 1 win and three assists in the team's opening-round clincher against Los Angeles.
5/2/2016 Martin Jones, SJ, G
Jones was sharp again in Sunday's Game 2, stopping 37 shots to help the Sharks to a 3-2 win over Nashville and claim a 2-0 lead in this Western Conference semifinal.

Analysis: Jones has been up to the task in his first postseason as a starter, posting a 2.13 goals-against average and .923 save percentage and winning six of seven games.
5/2/2016 Joe Pavelski, SJ, C
Pavelski rose to the occasion Sunday, scoring a go-ahead goal with 2:40 remaining and adding two assists to help the Sharks take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series with Nashville.

Analysis: The San Jose captain is a big reason why the Sharks are two games away from a surprise conference finals appearance, as he's amassed a team-high six goals and four assists this postseason.
5/2/2016 Jamie Benn, Dal, LW
Benn came through with a goal and an assist in Dallas' Game 2 loss to St. Louis in the Western Conference second round.

Analysis: Benn's goal with 2:36 remaining in regulation forced overtime in the eventual 4-3 loss and was a good sign after the prolific scorer was held without a point in Game 1.
5/2/2016 Cody Eakin, Dal, C
Eakin assisted on all three Dallas goals in Sunday's overtime loss to St. Louis in Game 2 of the Western Conference second round.

Analysis: Eakin now has seven assists - though no goals - in eight games this postseason while taking on an increased offensive role due to Tyler Seguin's injury.
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