News: Brendan Gallagher scored his 18th goal of the season and was plus-1 in Thursday night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher is enjoying life since his move to the top line -- that's the place to be for a Canadien forward. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) in the previous eight games.
News: Brad Marchand notched a goal in 18:27 worth of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Flames. Analysis: Brad Marchand, whose high-energy game has resulted in 19 goals and 35 points in 58 games to date, now has three points over his last two outings and almost made it four on Thursday, when he hit the post late in the contest, with the score at 3-3.
News: Ryan Murphy (leg) was activated from injured reserve Friday, the Hurricanes' official website reports. Analysis: Ryan Murphy, who last played in a game Feb. 4, should be back in the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Wild. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, given that Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said Thursday that Murphy's return date was uncertain. The 21-year-old defenseman has seven points (one goal) and a minus-six rating through 21 appearances this season.
News: Jared Cowen (illness) is unlikely to play in Friday's game against the Sabres, TSN's Steve Lloyd reports. Analysis: Jared Cowen's illness is apparently somewhat serious, as he's set to miss a third consecutive game, after recently serving a three-game suspension. He can be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Flames.
News: Tye McGinn picked up an assist Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over Vancouver. It was his first point as a Coyote after they claimed off of waivers from San Jose. He was plus-1 and registered one shot and a hit in the contest. Analysis: Tye McGinn played 33 games with the Sharks this year, collecting one goal and four assists. With the Coyotes' roster depleted by the trades they made at the deadline, McGinn could be a regular on their fourth line, but he won't add a lot to your fantasy squad.
News: B.J. Crombeen scored his second goal of the season Thursday in a 3-2 win over Vancouver. He was plus-1 with three shots on net in the contest. Analysis: B.J. Crombeen has been a regular scratch for Arizona, but with the trades the Coyotes made at the deadline he could be a more regular part of their lineup down the stretch on the fourth line. He won't add much to your fantasy team, except for some PIM and hits.
News: Loui Eriksson scored his 15th goal of the season in Thursday's shootout loss to the Flames. Analysis: Loui Eriksson -- who has recorded four points over his last five games -- registered a team-high seven shots Thursday and came close to scoring a couple more goals in addition to his third-period tally. The 29-year-old winger now has 36 points in 62 games this season, which places him second in scoring on the Bruins, behind Patrice Bergeron (45 points).
News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up an assist Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks. He took three shots and added three hits and a block on the night. Analysis: With the departure of Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette, OEL is tied with Sam Gagner for the team lead with 32 points. It has been a tough year in some ways for Oliver Ekman-Larsson (he's got an ugly minus-21), but he has set new career-highs in goals and shots, which suggest some growth. The Coyotes rebuild may hold him back a bit, but he remains among the better young defensemen in the NHL. If you can get him at a good price for next year, consider it.
News: In his debut with the Bruins, Maxime Talbot saw 10:56 worth of ice time in the team's shootout loss to the Flames on Thursday. Analysis: Maxime Talbot, acquired from the Avs on Monday in advance of the NHL trade deadline, brings grit and experience to the B's, but his fantasy impact figures to be modest in his role as a bottom-six forward for the team. In 64 games this season, Talbot has recorded five goals and 15 points.
News: Sam Gagner set up one of the Coyotes two regulation time goals Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks. He had four PIM and three shots in the contest. Analysis: Sam Gagner has four points in his last four games and seems to be responding to the challenge of providing leadership for the Coyotes after they traded a number of veterans. He is under contact for next year, but with the Coyotes rebuilding it's possible he could be elsewhere.