Charlie O’Connor: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart‘s recovery is taking longer than they had originally expected. They have had four different doctors look at his MRI results and all have said that it is a minor sprain. They are being cautious with him as he is still feeling some discomfort.
Joe Smith: Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that forward Steven Stamkos is progressing on schedule but won’t be on the ice during their initial seven to 10 day plan. is day nine. The playoffs are three weeks so they have plenty of time to get him ready.
Forward Nikita Kucherov is right on track. He hasn’t been cleared for contact yet.
Joe Smith: Cooper said that with the buffer time between the end of the regular season and start of the playoffs, Stamkos and Kucherov would be ready to go.
“I think with some injuries, you don’t know what’s going to go on, whether somebody’s going to be available or not available and that’s why I think people say day to day, because they’re unsure,” Washington coach Peter Laviolette said Saturday. “Will he be there for the next game? I’m not sure at this point, so we’ll err on the side of caution at this point in the season. We’re not going to risk anything as we head towards the playoffs, but hopefully he continues to improve.”