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  • Joel Hanley D | CGY

    Flames' Joel Hanley: Won't play Thursday

    Hanley (undisclosed) isn't available Thursday versus San Jose, per Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

    This is Calgary's season finale, so Hanley will conclude the campaign with a goal and five points in 42 outings between Dallas and the Flames. He missed the final eight contests due to the injury. Hanley is signed through 2024-25, so he'll likely be on Calgary's roster again next year, though it's feasible the 32-year-old will bounce between serving on the third pairing and being a healthy scratch.

  • Evander Kane LW | EDM

    Oilers' Evander Kane: Remains out Thursday

    Kane (undisclosed) won't play Thursday versus the Avalanche, Oilers play-by-by announcer Jack Michaels reports.

    Unlike the other six players out of the lineup Thursday, Kane is still working through an injury. His status for Game 1 of the playoffs has yet to be determined. Kane missed three games to end the regular season, finishing with 44 points, 250 hits, 85 PIM and 220 shots on net in 77 appearances.

  • Oilers' Mattias Ekholm: Healthy scratch Thursday

    Ekholm (rest) won't be in the lineup Thursday versus Colorado, Oilers play-by-by announcer Jack Michaels reports.

    Ekholm will finish the season with 11 goals, 56 points, 136 hits and 93 blocks in 79 contests in 2023-24. After getting a breather, the 33-year-old figures to draw back into the lineup in a top-four capacity for Game 1 of the playoffs.

  • Oilers' Evan Bouchard: Among healthy scratches for finale

    Bouchard will rest for Thursday's game versus the Avalanche, Oilers play-by-by announcer Jack Michaels reports.

    Bouchard will finish above a point-per-game pace for the regular season with 18 goals and 64 assists over 81 appearances. The 24-year-old racked up 35 of those 82 points on the power play. Bouchard should be back in a top-four role and on the first power-play unit for the Oilers' opening game of the playoffs.

  • Zach Hyman C | EDM

    Oilers' Zach Hyman: Resting Thursday

    Hyman (rest) will not play Thursday versus the Avalanche, according to Oilers play-by-by announcer Jack Michaels.

    Edmonton is focused on resting key players for the postseason, including Hyman. The 31-year-old figures to be back in a top-six role for Game 1 of the playoffs. Hyman provided 77 points in 80 regular-season contests, including a career-high 54 goals.

  • Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Taking Thursday off

    Nugent-Hopkins will rest for Thursday's game versus the Avalanche, Oilers play-by-by announcer Jack Michaels reports.

    Nugent-Hopkins will miss just his second game of the year. He ends the regular season with 67 points, including 26 on the power play, over 80 games, well off the pace that saw him produce 104 points last season. The 31-year-old should be back for Game 1 of the playoffs.

  • Oilers' Connor McDavid: Resting Thursday

    McDavid will sit out for rest Thursday versus the Oilers, Oilers play-by-by announcer Jack Michaels reports.

    McDavid ends another excellent regular season with 32 goals and 100 assists over 76 appearances. He should be fine for Game 1 of the playoffs.

  • Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Gets Thursday's game off

    Draisaitl will be a healthy scratch Thursday against Colorado, according to Oilers play-by-by announcer Jack Michaels.

    Draisaitl will finish the 2023-24 campaign with 41 goals and 106 points in 81 contests. He's just resting before the playoffs, so Draisaitl should resume his normal duties in a top-six capacity and as part of Edmonton's first power-play unit in Game 1 of the postseason.

  • Eeli Tolvanen RW | SEA

    Kraken's Eeli Tolvanen: Returns Thursday

    Tolvanen (undisclosed) will draw into the lineup Thursday against Minnesota, per the media site.

    Tolvanen missed Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Winnipeg due to the injury. He has 16 goals and 41 points in 80 outings in 2023-24. Kailer Yamamoto is expected to be a healthy scratch versus the Wild due to Tolvanen's return.

  • Joey Daccord G | SEA

    Kraken's Joey Daccord: Starting season finale

    Daccord will guard the road goal versus the Wild on Thursday, per the NHL media site.

    Daccord will get the last game of the season, having allowed eight goals during his current three-game losing streak. The Wild have scored 19 goals over their last six contests and could be a challenge.

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