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, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils are not sure whether top defenseman Sami Vatanen is going to be available for Game 5 of their first-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.Vatanen is listed as day to day with an upper-body injury after being hurt on a big hit by Nikita Kucherov in a 3-1 loss Wednesday night that put the Devils within a game of elimination. The 26-year-old Finn did not make the trip to Florida on Thursday, but he might join the team there.Devils coach John Hynes didn’t give out much information about the injury before the Devils left.”The focus right now is really on Game 5 and getting our team prepared to play and getting excited to play, and going through the video and making sure we are a better team and ready to put one of our best performances on the ice in Game 5,” Hynes said at a news conference in New Jersey.Vatanen was hurt late in the first period of the Lightning’s win when he was checked in the shoulder and head area by Kucherov. He did not return.No penalty was called on the play and Hynes screamed at referees Tim Peel and Wes McCauley before play resumed.The NHL reviewed the hit Thursday and no supplemental action was taken against Kucherov, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to an inquiry by The Associated Press.Tampa Bay leads the series 3-1 and can wrap up the series at home Saturday.”The good thing for me as a coach is that I have a lot of competitors in that room, guys with a lot of pride and guys who have had push back all year long,” Hynes said. ”Guys that have been counted out and all year long they have responded.”If Vatanen can’t play, the Devils can replace him with either Mirco Mueller or Steven Santini. Mueller played in the first two games of the series, while Santini started the season with the team but spent the second half in the AHLReplacing Vatanen will not be easy. He plays in all situations.”Sami’s a really important part of our team Los Angeles Kings Hats Womens
,” Hynes said. ”He’s a really good player for us, but if unfortunately he isn’t able to go, it’s next man up. We’ve said it all year long, it’s not about the guys out of your lineup, it’s about the performance of the guys in your lineup.”Vatanen has led the Devils in time on ice since being acquired from Anaheim in late November. He averaged 23:23 in the first three games of the series, but only played 6:46 on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Kings hope their upcoming homestand will start better than the last one ended.The Kings host the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night after going 2-0-1 on a three-game road trip.Los Angeles (7-12-1) lost the final three contests of a seven-game homestand that concluded with a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 13.Article continues below ...That loss came the day after the Kings learned goaltender Jack Campbell would undergo surgery on his knee to repair a torn meniscus. Campbell had taken over as the starter after Jonathan Quick had a similar surgery Oct. 31.Cal Petersen was recalled Nov. 12 and made his first NHL start at the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, earning his first win in the 2-1 shootout victory. Petersen started the following night in a 5-3 loss at the Nashville Predators, and returned to the goal crease for the third time in four days and produced 29 saves in a 2-0 victory at the St. Louis Blues on Monday.“It’s been a fair bit of a whirlwind considering it was three in four,” Petersen told LA Kings Insider after the shutout. “But whenever I get a quiet moment Womens Mark Giordano Jersey
, or whenever I get to talk with my parents or be with my parents, it’s been kind of taking the time to soak everything in and appreciate the opportunity.”Petersen will be up against the third-highest scoring team in the NHL on Wednesday.Colorado (10-6-4) averages 3.55 goals and features the top two point scorers in the NHL entering Tuesday.Mikko Rantanen scored the game-winning goal with 1.3 seconds left in overtime of a 4-3 victory at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past four games, and 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) on the season.Nathan MacKinnon also had three points against Anaheim, giving him 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the past seven games, and 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) on the season.“Highly competitive Youth Matthew Tkachuk Jersey
, that’s what it is. He’s a highly competitive individual player,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said of MacKinnon. “He wants to be on the ice all the time.”The win against Anaheim was also the third time in six games the Avalanche prevailed after trailing entering the third period, the best winning percentage in the NHL in that situation.Colorado forward Carl Soderberg said that speaks to the growing maturity of the Avalanche.“We know we can do it,” Soderberg said of the late comebacks. “We have done it.”Petersen isn’t the only rookie doing good things for the Kings lately. Matt Luff scored his first NHL goal against St. Louis, which came five days after he was recalled from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League for the second time this month.“When I sent (Luff) down last time, I talked to him about working harder, and he came back and he’s worked harder,” Kings coach Willie Desjardins said.