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Girard (upper body) won't return to Saturday's Game 3 versus the Blues. He is undergoing further evaluation at a St. Louis area hospital.
Girard was crushed on a high hit by Ivan Barbashev on his first shift of Saturday's game. Given that Girard is being evaluated at the hospital instead of under team supervision at the arena, there's reason to be moderately concerned. More information on his status should surface prior to Monday's Game 4, though if it's confirmed he has suffered a concussion, he would likely be considered out indefinitely.
Rust's deal carries a cap hit of $5.125 million, which is solid value for a player with 50-plus points in two of his last three seasons. The 30-year-old winger's deal kicks in next season. He had 24 goals, 34 assists, 43 hits and 180 shots on net while playing in a top-six role for the Penguins in 2021-22. With his new contract signed, Rust will likely continue to play no lower than the second line as a key supporting part of the Penguins' scoring forwards.
Binnington (undisclosed) suffered an injury in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Avalanche, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Binnington was run into by Avalanche center Nazem Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen as the two players competed for a rebound in front of the net. There was contact with Binnington's head on the play, which is never a good sign. Ville Husso replaced him in goal.
Scandella (lower body) is not in the lineup in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Avalanche, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Scandella has been practicing lately, but he remains out of action as he works to get back to fitness. The 32-year-old's absence means Scott Perunovich will likely continue to serve as the seventh defensemen in the lineup.
Kuemper will protect the road goal in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Blues, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
It's no surprise Kuemper will get a chance to redeem himself after his first playoff loss in Thursday's Game 2. He stopped 28 of 31 shots in that contest, but the Avalanche's offense gave him just one goal of support. Kuemper has a 1.98 GAA and a .923 save percentage through five postseason starts.
Binnington will guard the home goal Saturday versus the Avalanche in Game 3, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Binnington has won four of his five playoff starts, including both of his games at home. The 28-year-old put in a strong effort Thursday versus the Avalanche, stopping 30 of 31 shots to help the Blues tie the series at one game apiece. He'll need a similarly strong effort Saturday, as the Avs have rarely been kept quiet for extended lengths of time.
Raddysh, along with Simon Ryfors, Cole Koepke, Gage Goncalves, Hugo Alnefelt, Alex Barre-Boulet, Fredrik Claesson, Remi Elie, Gabriel Fortier, Max Lagace and Anthony Richard, were called up from AHL Syracuse on Friday, per CapFriendly.
Raddysh and the rest of the Lightning's Black Aces will get valuable training experience with the big club during the playoffs, but they're unlikely to draw into any postseason games, barring injuries.
Hirose signed a two-year contract extension with Detroit on Saturday.
Hirose has appeared in a handful of NHL contests, posting 20 points in 57 games since 2018-19. The 25-year-old was great with AHL Grand Rapids last season, ringing up 53 points in 59 games, and thus should compete for a bottom-six big-club role in 2022-23.
Gudbranson picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.
Gudbranson had a shot in the first period that led to a rebound goal for Brett Ritchie. It was Gudbranson's first assist in nine postseason outings this year, and just the second playoff point of his career -- his last was a goal with the Penguins in 2018-19. The defenseman has added 22 shots, 14 hits, eight blocked shots and a plus-1 rating in a third-pairing role during these playoffs, but he's not expected to be much of a factor on offense.
Lewis recorded an assist, two shots on goal and four hits in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2.
Lewis won a faceoff back to Erik Gudbranson, whose shot generated a rebound for Brett Ritchie to bury at 6:02 of the first period. With two goals and three helpers in nine playoff outings, Lewis has been a pleasant surprise on offense. He's added 16 shots, 24 hits, eight PIM and an even plus-minus rating.