NHL playoffs: What you need to know for Monday

The Stanley Cup playoffs are on. Each day, we'll keep you updated on the important news involving players, starting lineups, injuries and more. Check back throughout the day to stay in the know.

Tied at a game apiece, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals continue their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with Game 3 tonight (8 p.m. ET, CBC, CBC Sports app).

Maatta will not play

Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta, who was on the receiving end of a Brooks Orpik hit that resulted in a suspension during Game 2, will not play tonight, coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Monday morning. 

Sullivan said his lineup would be a game-time decision, but judging by the morning skate, it seems as though Derrick Pouliot will play in his first playoff game this year, taking Maatta's place.

Pouliot's last game was on April 9 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the regular season. 

Orpik out after suspension

The Capitals will be without Orpik for Games 3, 4 and 5 after he was handed a three-game suspension for his hit on Maatta.


Orpik was given a minor penalty for interference on the play, and with the series tied at 1-1, Orpik's season could be over if the Penguins win the next three games.

Dmitry Orlov, who was a healthy scratch during Game 2, could draw back into the lineup to take Orpik's place.​ 

Fleury takes part in optional skate

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury took part in the team's optional skate Monday morning but there is still no timetable for his return. 

Sullivan said Fleury's status is day-to-day and "he is making significant progress."

Fleury has missed the entire playoffs with a concussion and youngster Matt Murray has been starting in his place.

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