Thursday March 24th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The Stanley Cup playoffs are fast approaching with just three weeks remaining in the regular season, and the postseason field is starting to take shape. The New York Islanders extended their lead in the Eastern Conference wild-card race with a 3–1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. 

Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.

• Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has returned to practice, but still has “some symptoms” from the neck injury he sustained March 10, reports the Canadian Press’s Bill Beacon.

• Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is questionable to play Thursday against the Panthers with an illness, reports Pro Hockey Talk. Rask was pulled in the second period of his team’s 5–2 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

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• San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson has returned to the ice in practice, but there is no timetable for his return from a concussion that has kept him out since Feb. 22, reports the San Jose Mercury News’s Curtis Pashelka.

• Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin will be a game-time decision for Thursday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils with an undisclosed injury, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Jonathan Bombulie.

• Devils forward Tyler Kennedy will miss the game against the Penguins with a lower-body injury, reports the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

• Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin was scratched by the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch for missing a pre-practice team meeting, reports ESPN.

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• AHL prospect Garret Ross has been suspended indefinitely by the Chicago Blackhawks after receiving a felony charge for distributing revenge porn, reports TSN’s Frank Seravalli.

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