PHT Morning Skate: Avs’ Kuemper could play Game 4; Giroux and the Panthers

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• If the swelling goes down, Darcy Kuemper could be in goal for the Avalanche tonight after taking a stick to the eye in Game 3. [Colorado Hockey Now]  (UPDATE: Kuemper will not play in Game 4.)

Claude Giroux on moving from the lottery-bound Flyers to the Cup-contending Panthers: “It definitely took me a couple of games. It’s a high pace. It’s about supporting each other, knowing where your teammates are. When you get used to it, your job becomes a little easier. But it was definitely an adjustment.” [ESPN]

• A lower-body injury could keep Blues defenseman Torey Krug out for “some time,” according to head coach Craig Berube. [TSN]

• Patience hurt the Wild in Game 4 against the Blues. [Zone Coverage]

• Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour on his failed goalie interference challenge on Jake DeBrusk: “I would have bet my life on that one.” [Sportsnet]

• After a tough regular season, John Marino has stood out for the Penguins through three games. [Pensburgh]

• The Maple Leafs admit they were far from ready heading into their Game 4 drubbing by the Lightning. [Daily Faceoff]

Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns could be on the block if the right offer comes the Sharks’ way. [San Jose Hockey Now]

• “Professional women’s hockey has its first $80,000 US player following the deal Mikyla Grant-Mentis reached with the Premier Hockey Federation’s Buffalo Beauts. ” [CBC]

• Contract talks will be had in the offseason as the Stars look to keep John Klingberg in the fold. [NHL.com]

• Which goalie has the best mask of all the ‘tenders playing in the First Round? [Hockey by Design]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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