NHL playoffs: What you need to know for Tuesday

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 Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders continue their matchup with Game 3 tonight (7 p.m. ET, CBC, CBC Sports app) while the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues will battle for the 2-1 series advantage (9:30 p.m. ET).

The San Jose Sharks will attempt to put a 3-0 stranglehold on the Predators when they meet in Nashville (9 p.m. ET). 

Letang suspension looming?

The Pittsburgh Penguins could be without their best defenceman for Game 4 of their second-round series with the Washington Capitals.

Kris Letang is scheduled to have a hearing today at 1 p.m. ET with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his hit on Capitals forward Marcus Johansson Monday night.


Letang's absence would be a huge blow to the Penguins defence, which is already without Olli Maatta. Pittsburgh's 21-year-old defenceman was on the receiving end of an illegal hit in Game 2 which earned the Capitals' Brooks Orpik a three-game suspension.

Letang is averaging more than 29 minutes of ice time per game in the playoffs, with seven points in eight games.

The Penguins lead the best of seven series 2-1.

Johansson not skating

Johansson will not practice today because of an injury suffered on Letang's hit. 

The Capitals' forward said his neck was sore after the game. Washington will re-evaluate him tomorrow. 

At this point, it's unknown if the injury will force Johansson to miss any time or if the Capitals are just being careful. 

Bailey returning tonight

New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey will return to the ice tonight after missing the last two playoff games with an upper-body injury. 

His return will push Ryan Strome to the press box

Islanders defenceman Ryan Pulock will not play tonight, missing his third straight game due to an upper-body injury.

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