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  • Cam Talbot G | LA

    Kings' Cam Talbot: Starting Game 1 in Edmonton

    Talbot will guard the road goal Monday in Game 1 versus the Oilers, according to Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period.

    Talbot posted a 27-20-6 record with three shutouts, a 2.50 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 54 appearances during the regular season. He stopped 40 of 45 shots en route to a mark of 0-1-1 against Edmonton in 2023-24. The Oilers ranked fourth in the league during the regular season with 3.56 goals per contest.

  • Kings' Carl Grundstrom: Suiting up for Game 1

    Grundstrom (lower body) will be activated from long-term injured reserve ahead of his return to the lineup Monday in Game 1 against Edmonton, per Zach Dooley of the Kings' official site.

    Following a 32-game absence, Grundstrom is slated to play alongside Quinton Byfield and Pierre-Luc Dubois in Monday's playoff opener. The 26-year-old Grundstrom registered eight goals, 12 points, 95 shots on net and 115 hits in 50 outings during the 2023-24 regular season.

  • Golden Knights' William Carrier: Ready for Game 1

    Carrier (upper body) will be activated off long-term injured reserve and return to the lineup for Monday's Game 1, Lia Assimakopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Carrier is expected to return to his usual fourth-line role after missing the last 11 games of the regular season due to an upper-body injury. He picked up six goals, eight points and 89 hits in 39 contests during the regular season.

  • Golden Knights' Alex Pietrangelo: Good to go for Game 1

    Pietrangelo (illness) will play Monday in Game 1 against the Stars, according to Lia Assimakopoulos of The Dallas Morning News.

    Pietrangelo underwent an appendectomy during his seven-game absence at the end of the regular season. He finished the 2023-24 campaign with four goals, 33 points, 141 shots on net and 160 blocked shots in 64 appearances. Pietrangelo is projected to play on the top pairing alongside Noah Hanifin in Monday's contest.

  • Bobby McMann C | TOR

    Maple Leafs' Bobby McMann: Still not skating

    McMann (lower body) was not on the ice ahead of Monday's Game 2 versus Boston, David Alter of The Hockey News reports.

    McMann is poised to miss his fourth consecutive contest due to his lower-body injury. Prior to his absence, the 27-year-old center was struggling to produce with just one point in his last eight appearances. Whenever McMann is cleared to play, he figures to take on a middle-six role, though he has occasionally linked up with Auston Matthews on the first line. Until the team provides an update, McMann should probably be considered out indefinitely.

  • Mark Stone RW | LV

    Golden Knights' Mark Stone: Returning for Game 1

    Stone (abdomen) will be in action against Dallas for Game 1 on Monday, Gary Lawless of the Golden Knights' official site reports.

    Stone will return to action following a 26-game stint on injured reserve due to a lacerated spleen. Prior to getting hurt, the 31-year-old was rolling offensively with 53 points in 56 games and could have been headed for the 70-point threshold for the second time in his NHL career. Stone is expected to join both the second line and the No. 1 power-play unit.

  • Capitals' Aliaksei Protas: Notches assist in Game 1

    Protas garnered an assist in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers in Sunday's Game 1.

    Protas was able to end a five-game point drought, during which he had 14 shots on net, five hits and two blocked shots. The 23-year-old has been slotting into a top-six role with Dylan Strome and Tom Wilson but could be in danger of dropping further down the lineup if he continues to struggle offensively.

  • Golden Knights' Logan Thompson: Leave ice first Monday

    Thompson was the first goalie off the ice Monday, Danny Webster of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, indicating he'll be in goal on the road for Game 1 against the Stars.

    Thompson is coming off a solid regular season in which he set new personal bests in games played (46) and wins (25). The 27-year-old netminder's hold on the starting gig is tenuous at best considering he had been splitting time with Adin Hill to end the regular season, though Hill has struggled in recent games.

  • Oilers' Mattias Janmark: Good to go

    Janmark (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Game 1 against the Kings on Monday, per Jason Gregor of Sports 1440 Edmonton.

    Janmark will be good to go after receiving treatment Saturday for an undisclosed issue. He picked up four goals, 12 points and 67 shots on net in 71 contests during the 2023-24 regular season.

  • Evander Kane LW | EDM

    Oilers' Evander Kane: Playing against Kings

    Kane (abdomen) will be in the lineup versus Los Angeles for Monday's Game 1, Jason Gregor of Sports 1440 Edmonton reports.

    Kane will return to action following a three-game stint on the shelf due to a sports hernia. Despite slotting into a fourth-line role, Kane should still get opportunities with the man advantage. During the regular season, the veteran winger got back over the 20-goal threshold for the fifth time in the last six years with 24 goals and 44 points in 77 contests. He should offer decent offensive upside even in a limited role.

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