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Drake Caggiula (undisclosed) is in the lineup for Sunday's Game 3 against the Ducks.

Impact

While it initially appeared that Caggiula would not be able to suit up after sustaining a bad-looking injury during Game 2, he'll tough it out like a true hockey player Sunday. He's slated to play on Edmonton's third line for the pivotal home contest.

Kevin Bieksa (lower body) is a scratch for Sunday's second-round contest in Edmonton.

Impact

Bieksa will miss his second consecutive game Sunday after posting four points during the first-round series against Calgary. Sami Vatanen (upper body) will draw into lineup to replace Bieksa on Sunday.

Nick Ritchie (illness) skated line rushes during warmups prior to Sunday's Game 3 in Edmonton, clearing the way for him to return after a one-game absence, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Impact

Ritchie took rushes on Anaheim's third line with Antoine Vermette and Corey Perry making up the rest of the line. Ritchie has been relatively quiet this playoffs with just a goal and four shots on goal in four contests thus far, so he'll look to ratchet up his play for a pivotal Game 3.

Colton Sissons recorded two assists, plus-2 rating and three hits in a 3-1 victory over the Blues during Game 3 of the second round Sunday. The Predators lead the series 2-1.

Impact

After scoring just eight goals and 10 points in 58 games, Sissons already has two goals and six points in seven playoff contests. He's been an all-around fantasy asset this postseason, as he's also tallied nine shots, a game-winning goal, 19 hits, four penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. Ride the hot hand while you can.

Sami Vatanen (upper body) took line rushes, indicating that he will play Sunday's road playoff game against the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Impact

Per the line rushes, Vatanen is slated to take top-pairing duties alongside Cam Fowler for Sunday's contest. Vatanen managed just one shot on goal in 22:11 of ice time during Game 1 against Calgary before missing every game since, so he'll probably look to turn up the offensive intensity in a game that the Ducks badly need to win.

Roman Josi scored a goal in a 3-1 victory against the Blues during Game 3 of the second round Sunday. Nashville leads the series 2-1.

Impact

His tally late in the third period all but put the Blues away and kept the Predators undefeated at home during the playoffs. Josi now has three goals and five points in seven postseason games this spring. That's good enough for more goals than he had in his first 30 playoff games, and he's also more than halfway to matching his nine points from last year's postseason.

John Gibson led his team onto the ice for warmups, confirming that he will start Sunday's Game 3 in Edmonton, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports.

Impact

Gibson will look to bounce back after dropping the first two games of this second-round series on home ice. The 23-year-old didn't fair well during the regular season at Rogers Place, suffering losses in the only two contests he played there while allowing three goals in each game.

Ryan Ellis tallied a goal, a plus-1 rating and three shots in 22:04 during a 3-1 victory against the Blues in Game 3 of the second round Sunday. Nashville leads the series 2-1.

Impact

The Predators defense has been visible this entire postseason and that was the case once again Sunday. Ellis has a point in six straight postseason games and during that stretch, he owns three goals and eight points. Ellis is tied with Erik Karlsson for most points by a defensemen this postseason.

Jake Allen allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Predators during Game 3 of the second round Sunday. Nashville leads the series 2-1.

Impact

The Blues goaltender didn't play poorly, but he was definitely tested more than his counterpart in Game 3 and failed to lead St. Louis to victory. The Blues mustered up just 13 shots in the final two periods. Allen turned aside 17 of 18 in the second stanza, but St. Louis still trailed by one. Disappointingly, Allen let in a third goal late in the third. Despite the loss, he still owns a .938 save percentage this postseason and will be counted upon to even up the series Tuesday.

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves on 23 shots in a 3-1 victory against the Blues in Game 3 of the second round Sunday.

Impact

After two so-so outings, Rinne was back to early playoff form Sunday. He is 6-1 and leads the NHL with a .955 save percentage and 1.40 GAA this postseason. Rinne has won all three of his home starts in the playoffs, posting a .956 save percentage. Behind strong goaltending, Nashville continues to be a dark horse in the Western Conference.

Nail Yakupov was scratched for Sunday's Game 3 in Nashville due to his lower-body injury.

Impact

Yakupov remains without a timetable for return, as he still hasn't managed to even suit up for practice. The 2012 first-overall draft selection played in only 40 games during the regular season and has yet to see the ice during the Blues' playoff run.

Cam Talbot will face shots from the Ducks during Sunday's Game 3 in Edmonton.

Impact

It would appear that Talbot saved some of his best play for the postseason, as he has now allowed one goal or fewer in four of his eight playoff starts. During the regular season, the 29-year-old keeper posted better numbers within the friendly confines of Rogers Place than he did on the road, posting a .923 save percentage and 2.32 GAA with three shutouts at home.

Drake Caggiula (undisclosed) isn't expected to dress for Sunday's Game 3 against the Ducks, NHL.com reports.

Impact

Caggiula crashed into the boards during Game 2 on Friday and was limited to just 4:35 of ice time because of it. Coach Todd McLellan indicated afterward that he was "fine," but that doesn't appear to be the case. Unless something drastically changes ahead of the opening face-off, expect the blueliner's next chance to return to arrive Wednesday for Game 4.

Craig Smith (lower body) isn't on the ice for warmups and won't play in Game 3 on Sunday, Robby Stanley of 102.5 The Game reports.

Impact

The winger has missed the last three games of the playoffs, and will unfortunately make it four straight. With 29 points in 78 games, he had a decent season, and has one point in his three playoff appearances this year.

Pekka Rinne will guard the crease for Sunday's Game 3 against the Blues, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

Impact

This shouldn't come as a surprise given the veteran's play thus far in the postseason. He has struggled a bit against the Blues, allowing three goals in each of the two contests. Rinne will look to improve on that to uneven the series in Nashville's favor Sunday.

Early signs indicate that John Gibson will tend the twine for Game 3 against the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Impact

Gibson stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced in Game 2, but wound up dropping the contest anyway as the team fell behind 0-2 in the series. He's expected to give it another go Sunday as the club attempts to steal a game on the road.

Jake Allen will be in the crease for Game 3 against Nashville on Sunday.

Impact

Allen has been stellar in the playoffs, notching a .941 save percentage and 1.89 GAA in seven games so far. However, he's allowed six goals in the first two games against Nashville, who has scored the second most goals per game in the playoffs, with 3.17 per game.

Nick Ritchie (illness) was on the ice for Sunday's morning skate prior to the evening's Game 3 against Edmonton, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Impact

Ritchie was scratched just prior to Game 2 due to the flu, but it appears he's in much better shape ahead of a crucial Game 3 on Sunday. The Ducks trail the series 2-0 after the two tilts in Anaheim, meaning they will need to win at least one of the next two contests in Edmonton to have another game at home in the series. Ritchie should provide some reinforcements up front, collecting 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) over 77 games during the regular season and an additional tally in his four playoff games.

Braden Holtby will tend twine in Monday's game in Pittsburgh, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.

Impact

The Saskatchewan native allowed three goals on just 14 shots Saturday night before being pulled after two periods. After closing out the Leafs series strong, allowing two goals on 63 shots in the final two games, this level of ineptitude to start the second round is a harsh shift.

Kevin Bieksa (lower body) traveled with the team to Edmonton in advance of Sunday's Game 3, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Impact

Bieksa isn't expected to rejoin the lineup until late in the second round at the earliest, leaving him doubtful at best for the tilt. The fact that he joined the team on the road at least provides an encouraging sign, but it doesn't necessarily mean he's an option for Game 3. While an official designation will likely be released ahead of puck drop, it seems pretty safe to avoid him in daily contests with lineups locking before the earlier of Sunday's two games.