News: Dan Hamhuis collected two assists and went plus-3 in Tuesday's shootout win against Nashville. Analysis: Dan Hamhuis has now played 55 games this season, and he still has no goals, with his 21 assists not going an especially long way toward making up for that. At least the fine evening pushed his season rating back to the positive end of things (plus-2).
News: Alex Burrows racked up a shorthanded goal, a power-play assist and 15 PIM in Tuesday's shootout win over Nashville. Analysis: The veteran's five-minute major for interference (and game misconduct) at the end of the third period set the Predators up with a great chance to win it, but fortunately for Alex Burrows, Nashville whiffed on the extended man-advantage opportunity. The gritty winger certainly isn't the offensive force he once was, but he's got a decent skill-and-grit combo, with 31 points and 64 PIM in 65 games. He's also scored goals in consecutive games.
News: Kris Letang hasn't resumed skating or exercising since sustaining a concussion in last Saturday's win over the Coyotes, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Kris Letang, who has a history of head injuries, remains under evaluation and should probably be considered out indefinitely until he's cleared to start skating again. The oft-injured blueliner has been relatively healthy this season, missing only seven games, but it looks like his availability could be in jeopardy with the playoffs rapidly approaching.
News: Christian Ehrhoff (upper body) resumed skating on his own prior to Wednesday's optional team session, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Coach Mike Johnston said that the team would check back in on Christian Ehrhoff's status Thursday morning before deciding if he'll be able to participate in practice with the rest of the team. It's still up in the air if he'll be able to get back in the lineup before the regular season ends, but given that Ehrhoff is already skating, a return during the first round of the playoffs seems plausible.
News: Antti Niemi (illness) isn't likely to receive the start in goal Wednesday against the Avalanche. Analysis: Antti Niemi is still feeling the effects of the illness he acquired over the weekend, and with the Sharks seemingly out of contention for a playoff spot, the team won't benefit by running him out there in the net at less than 100 percent. Look for Alex Stalock to pick up a third consecutive start.
News: Dustin Byfuglien will have a phone hearing Thursday morning with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his illegal cross-check on the Rangers' J.T. Miller during Tuesday's game, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. Analysis: The fact that the hearing will be conducted over the phone instead of in-person suggests Dustin Byfuglien won't be at risk of a lengthy suspension, but he could still be docked a game or two for the transgression. Miller didn't appear to be injured as a result of the incident, which could work in Byfuglien's favor when he pleads his case.
News: Drew Miller (facial lacerations) was practicing Wednesday after getting cut by a skate in Tuesday's game, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Analysis: It's amazing Drew Miller wasn't hurt worse Tuesday and even more surprising that he is back at practice already. It doesn't appear the tough-as-nails winger will miss any time with the injury, and his 13 points (over 76 contests) will stay in the lineup.
News: David Krejci centered a line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson at practice Wednesday, weei.com reports. Analysis: It remains to be seen if that trio remains intact Thursday against the Red Wings, but a return to the middle could be indicative of David Krejci feeling more comfortable on the ice after missing 15 games with an MCL injury. After notching two helpers in his return to action on March 26, Krejci has not scored a point in his last three games, though he did hit the post in Tuesday's win over the Panthers, while seeing 20:39 worth of ice time.
News: Matt Niskanen had an assist and 21:27 of ice time in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday. Analysis: The helper gives Matt Niskanen five points (all assists) in his last four games. Signed to a lucrative long-term contract this summer, the 27-year-old Minnesotan has struggled to produce the offensive numbers expected of him this season, but had his best month as a Capital during March, finishing with nine assists in 14 games. Niskanen is heating up at the right time, so if by chance he's still available in your league, grab him immediately.
News: Curtis Glencross netted an assist in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday. Analysis: Acquired from the Calgary at the trade deadline to provide more secondary scoring, Curtis Glencross has struggled in his first few weeks as a Capital, and now finds himself on the fourth line with Michael Latta and Tom Wilson. The assist gives him 35 points on the season, but is his only point in the last six games. With reduced ice time, the pending unrestricted free agent will need to shift into a higher gear if he is to provide the Capitals the meaningful support they need, and the long-term contract he desires at the season's end.