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Golden Knights' Adin Hill: Set to start in Game 4
Hill will guard the road goal in Thursday's Game 4 versus the Stars, Danny Webster of the Las Vegas Sun reports.
Hill is coming off of a 34-save shutout in Game 3, which extended the Golden Knights' series lead to 3-0. He's gone 6-1 with a 1.96 GAA and a .940 save percentage in eight games this postseason. Another strong performance from Hill would go a long way to getting Vegas into the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in franchise history.
Stars' Matej Blumel: Among set of recalls
Blumel (undisclosed), Ryan Shea, Alex Petrovic, Oskar Back, Riley Tufte, Marian Studenic and Matt Murray were recalled from AHL Texas on Thursday.
The moves come after AHL Texas was eliminated by Milwaukee in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Blumel sustained an injury in late March but was able to log one assist in six playoff contests with Texas. None of the seven players recalled are expected to participate in Thursday's Game 4 versus the Golden Knights or any subsequent contests if the Stars are able to avoid getting swept.
Avalanche's Sampo Ranta: Signs with Swedish club
Ranta inked a two-year deal with Modo of the Swedish Elite League, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Ranta had 11 goals and 22 points in 58 AHL contests with the Eagles in 2022-23. The 22-year-old has also appeared in 16 career NHL games, though he's recorded no points in that span. Although he's heading to Sweden, Colorado still has the option to present Ranta with a qualifying offer in order to retain his NHL rights.
Golden Knights' Brett Howden: Likely to play Thursday
Howden (lower body) will probably play against Dallas in Game 4 on Thursday, Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy told Vince Sapienza of FOX5 Las Vegas.
Cassidy is still referring to Howden as a game-time decision, but he does believe the forward will "be ready to go." Howden, who left Tuesday's 4-0 victory over Dallas due to the injury, joined the Golden Knights for Thursday's practice and skated on a line with Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone.
Stars' Evgenii Dadonov: Out Thursday
Dadonov (lower body) won't play against Vegas in Game 4 on Thursday, per Dallas radio analyst Bruce LeVine.
Dadonov exited Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Golden Knights after colliding with Roope Hintz in the first period. Dadonov's been a significant contributor for Dallas in the 2023 playoffs, providing four goals and 10 points in 16 outings. Luke Glendening, who was a healthy scratch Tuesday, might be back in the lineup Thursday.
Stars' Rhett Gardner: Summoned by Dallas
Gardner was called up by Dallas from AHL Texas on Thursday.
Gardner had 10 goals, 40 points and 75 PIM in 71 regular-season games with Texas in 2022-23. The 27-year-old is a veteran of 40 career NHL contests, contributing a goal and an assist in that span. He'll probably be a healthy scratch for Game 4 against Vegas on Thursday, but he does provide the Stars with another option.
Stars' Mavrik Bourque: Called up by Dallas
Bourque was summoned by Dallas from AHL Texas on Thursday.
Bourque had 20 goals and 47 points in 70 regular-season contests with Texas. The 21-year-old hasn't made his NHL debut. Dallas can use the extra depth with Jamie Benn (suspension) out and Evgenii Dadonov (lower body) doubtful for Thursday's contest, but even so, Bourque might not draw into the lineup.
Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Makes 36 saves in victory
Bobrovsky kicked out 36 of 39 shots in a 4-3 victory over Carolina in Game 4 on Wednesday.
For the fourth straight contest, the Hurricanes outshot Florida, but Bobrovsky stopped 168 of 174 shots during the series to help the Panthers sweep Carolina. He's up to 11-2 with a 2.21 GAA and a .935 save percentage in 14 playoff appearances this year. Given how Bobrovsky's done in the postseason, it's safe to assume he'll be in net for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Panthers' Ryan Lomberg: Nets first goal of playoffs
Lomberg found the back of the net in a 4-3 victory over Carolina in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Lomberg, who was playing in his eighth game of the 2023 playoffs, provided his first goal and first point of the postseason. The marker came midway through the second period to put the Panthers up 3-2. Lomberg is serving primarily in a fourth-line role and logged just 9:58 of ice time Wednesday, so he shouldn't be counted on to make regular offensive contributions.
Panthers' Matthew Tkachuk: Leads Florida to Stanley Cup Finals
Tkachuk supplied two power-play goals in Florida's 4-3 victory over Carolina in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Tkachuk found the back of the net midway through the first period to give Florida a 2-0 edge. Carolina was able to rally back, but Tkachuk scored again with just five seconds left in the third frame to win the game and complete the series sweep. The 25-year-old has been a huge part of the Panthers' postseason success, providing nine goals and 21 points in 16 outings. He's also on a four-game scoring streak going into the Stanley Cup Finals.