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NHL playoffs: What you need to know for Sunday

Get up to speed on today's most important news from the Stanley Cup playoffs, including which Red Wings goalie will get the start in tonight's Game 3.

Red Wings hope goalie swap will spark team in Game 3

Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) will replace Jimmy Howard (35) and start Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in Detroit. (File/The Canadian Press)

The Stanley Cup playoffs are here. 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.​​

Mrazek getting the call

The Detroit Red Wings turned to goaltender Petr Mrazek for Game 3 Sunday and he delivered to cut his team's series deficit to 2-1 by blanking the New York Islanders 2-0. 

 

Jimmy Howard, who stole the starting job back from Mrazek late in the season, gave up seven goals in the first two games of the series. 

Mrazek has a career playoff record of 3-4 with a .925 save percentage in seven games.

Blues will 'fight through' officiating

It's a tough task to unseat the defending Stanley Cup champions, but St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock believes his team isn't just battling the Blackhawks.

Hitchcock made those comments following his team's Game 2 loss, which was tallied in goals (3-2 Chicago), but could have also been a 2-0 win for the 'Hawks in coach's challenges.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville had his challenge erase what would have been a go-ahead goal by Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko:


Hitchcock's own challenge of goaltender interference on Andrew Shaw's goal was rejected:


Preds could make team history

With the Predators already up 1-0 against the Ducks in their best-of-seven series, they could make some team history tonight. A win would give them a 2-0 series lead for the first time ever.

In order to make that a reality, Nashville will need to solve John Gibson in net, who along with backup Frederik Andersen was awarded the William M. Jennings trophy, which goes to the goalie tandem with the best GAA all season. 

Wild recall Reilly

​The Minnesota Wild recalled 22-year-old defenceman Mike Reilly from the AHL on Sunday.

The Wild are trailing 2-0 in their best-of-seven playoff series against the Dallas Stars.

Reilly, appeared in 29 games with the Wild this season, scoring one goal and adding six assists.

3 more games today

It's also Game 3 for Detroit and Tampa Bay (CBC, CBC Sports app, 7 p.m. ET), Florida and the New York Islanders (8 p.m. ET), while Anaheim and Nashville play Game 2 of their series (10:30 p.m. ET).

With files from the Canadian Press

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