Description: Lightning rookie winger Ondrej Palat (upper body) missed the regular season finale on Sunday and is questionable for the start of the postseason, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Palat didn't miss a game all season until Sunday. The 23-year-old had 23 goals, 36 assists (59 points) and a +32 rating. In a typical season that production would have won him the Calder Trophy, but Nathan MacKinnon was slightly better.
Description: The Stars did not have Jamie Benn (rest) for their regular season finale.
Insight: Benn didn't miss a game all season so the Stars gave him Sunday off to rest for the playoffs. The 24-year-old benefited from Dallas' addition of Tyler Seguin in 2013-14 and had a career-high 79 points (34 goals, 45 assists) and 279 SOG.
Description: The Bruins made Milan Lucic a healthy scratch for the regular season finale Sunday
Insight: The Bruins rested Lucic, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara to get them ready for the playoffs. Lucic will end up with 24 goals, 35 assists, 91 penalty minutes, 153 shots on goal and a +30 differential.
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen won't be on the ice for Sunday's regular season finale against St. Louis. SOURCE: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Insight: Detroit is resting many of its starters ahead of the team's first round series next week. If seeding doesn't change, the Wings will open against Boston, a team they won three out of four against during the regular season.
Description: San Jose left wing Raffi Torres (sore right knee) isn't expected to play Friday.
Insight: After undergoing offseason knee surgery to repair a torn right ACL, Torres didn't make his season debut until Feb. 27 and he played just five games before experiencing soreness. He last played on March 8.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash scored the game-winning goal Thursday against Buffalo 18:18 into the third period.
Insight: It has been a highly disappointing season for Nash, as he missed nearly six weeks due to a concussion and has generated just 39 points (26 G, 13 A) in 64 games. The winger has provided fantasy owners with a measly 12 points in his last 27 games.
Description: Winnipeg left wing Andrew Ladd (elbow) will miss the final two games of the season, according to Patrick Williams of nhl.com.
Insight: Ladd will finish the season with 23 goals, 31 assists (54 points), 57 PIM and 189 SOG in 78 games. He had 18 goals and 28 assists (46 points) in 48 games last season, but that ppg average was an outlier.
Description: Devils winger Patrik Elias (head) is doubtful for Monday's game against Calgary.
Insight: Elias suffered a head injury Friday against the Capitals and he missed his 16th game of the season Saturday. The veteran has had another solid season with 17 goals and 34 assists (51 points) on 109 SOG in 62 games.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz won't be on the ice Sunday against Colorado. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: He's sitting out with a lower-body issue. The Penguins are already locked into the No. 2 seed and will probably look to rest some of their starters between now and the end of the regular season.
Description: Boston left wing Milan Lucic had two goals and one assist Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: The 25-year-old Lucic (24 G, 34 A) is two points shy of his third season with at least 60 points. With 87 PIM, a +30 differential and 148 SOG, Lucic has been a top-50 fantasy option this season.
Description: Devils winger Patrik Elias (head) will not play Saturday at Carolina, according to nj.com.
Insight: Elias suffered an apparent head injury Friday against the Capitals and he will miss his 16th game of the season Saturday. The veteran has had another solid season, generating 17 goals and 34 assists (51 points) in 62 games.
Description: Winnipeg left wing Evander Kane could be a healthy scratch Saturday, according to Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.
Insight: Kane stayed on the ice after the Jets morning skate ended, which is a typical action for a player that will be scratched. Kane has played just 60 games this season and produced 17 goals and 39 points, a disappointing total for a player with his talent.
Description: Colorado winger Cody McLeod is doubtful for Saturday's game against St. Louis while dealing with a sprained left ankle/knee.
Insight: McLeod's value to fantasy owners is exclusively due to his ability to rack up penalty minutes. While he's averaged just 13 points per season over the last five campaigns, he's put up an average of 154 minutes in penalties. He has 13 points and 122 PIM this season.
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