Updates on Ryan Callahan, Mats Zuccarello, Corey Perry, Marian Hossa, Nathan MacKinnon, Michal Neuvirth and much more.
NHL Conference Finals Headlines.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry skipped practice Thursday to rest his injured right knee, but he’s expected to practice today and to suit up for Game One of the Western Conference Final on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks veteran forward Marian Hossa may not be scoring much in this year’s playoffs but he’s been making valuable contributions in other ways.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan is itching to return to action only days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Callahan remains day-to-day but is hopeful of playing in the upcoming Eastern Conference Final against his former team, the New York Rangers.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello (concussion) has started working out, sparking some hope from coach Alain Vigneault that Zuccarello could return to action at some point during the Eastern Conference Final. Defenseman Dan Boyle is reportedly feeling better following a head injury suffered in Game Seven of the Rangers’ series against the Washington Capitals. Boyle will undergo further evaluation today.
Other Notable NHL Headlines.
THE CHRONICLE HERALD: Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon claims he learned lessons from his sophomore slump and the Avs’ struggles this season. MacKinnon is currently playing for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic.
NBC SPORTS: There’s been no contract talks between the New York Islanders and unrestricted free agent goalie Michal Neuvirth, whose agent claims is ready to become a No. 1 netminder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He won’t get that opportunity with the Islanders, as that job belongs to Jaroslav Halak. Looks like the Isles will once again be in the market for a backup goalie.
SPORTSNET: After the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the 2015 NHL Draft order has been updated.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder met along the Windsor riverfront on Thursday to announce the name of the planned new crossing as the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thumbs up to Harper and Snyder for honoring Mr. Hockey.
CBS SPORTS: The Pittsburgh Penguins tried to troll the Discovery Channel (good-naturedly, of course) on Twitter, but Discovery got the last word for the win.