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Steven Stamkos missed Tampa Bay’s last three games with a lower-body injury. He has returned to practice this week and hopes to be ready for Game 1 against the Devils on Thursday. [Sportsnet]
It looks like Keith Kinkaid will make his first playoff start on Thursday. Kinkaid is 7-0-1 with a 2.25 GAA and .931 save percentage in his past eight starts. Does that success stretch into the postseason? [NHL]
Will Butcher (5 goals, 39 assists) and Alexander Kerfoot (19 goals, 24 assists), who “switched teams” this summer, finished the regular season with 44 and 43 points, respectively. [r/hockey]
The road to Lord Stanley’s Cup begins today. It’s a beautiful time of year. Here are previews for each of the eight first-round series: [ESPN]
At age 39, Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo plans to return for his 19th NHL season in 2018-19. He’s coming off one of the best season of his career. [NHL]
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