News: Ryan Getzlaf briefly left the game late in the third after blocking a shot with his left foot on Wednesday. Analysis: He returned shortly thereafter, but keep an eye on Ryan Getzlaf's status in the next few days to see if he'll be forced to miss any time. Getzlaf leads all NHL forwards with 81 blocked shots this season.
News: Rickard Rakell ended a 15 game goalless streak with a second period goal in Wednesday's win over the Habs. Analysis: He's currently playing on the Ducks' third line with Emerson Etem and new acquisition Jiri Sekac. The trio were bottom three Wednesday night in ice time for the Ducks, so don't expect their scoring to greatly improve with the limited opportunity that they're currently receiving.
News: Ryan Kesler recorded an assist on Cam Fowler's empty-netter Wednesday night against the Habs. Analysis: Ryan Kesler has points now in three of his last four games, so it looks like he's worked himself out of the slump that plagued him for much of February. It's probably time to start rolling him back into your lineup.
News: John Gibson stopped 37-of-38 in his return to the Ducks net on Wednesday night. Analysis: John Gibson's stellar play of late is a nice luxury for the Ducks to have. He's managed to win six of his past seven starts - pretty successful for a backup goalie. If Gibson can continue to stay strong in net, expect him to get a number of starts down the stretch with the Ducks probably wanting to keep number one goalie Frederik Andersen fresh for a hopefully long playoff run.
News: Braden Holtby is slated to start Thursday's game against the Wild. Analysis: Braden Holtby, who has won his last two starts for the Caps, will take aim at a Minnesota squad that has won three straight contests heading into Thursday's tilt.
News: Ben Bishop is slated to start Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Based on the anticipated assignment, it appears as though Ben Bishop is fine after being a late scratch for Tuesday's game against the Sabres -- the result of absorbing a puck to the midsection in practice -- per NHL.com. We'll let you know if that assessment changes in advance of Thursday's face-off.
News: Michael Latta (upper body) is considered day-to-day as Thursday's game against the Wild approaches, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: With Michael Latta day-to-day, the Caps recalled Andre Burakovsky on Thursday, following his brief demotion, in order to bolster the team's depth up front.
News: The Capitals recalled Andre Burakovsky from AHL Hershey on Thursday, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Andre Burakovsky, who has played in 48 games with Washington this season, recording 21 points in the process, rejoins the big club to provide depth up front after a brief demotion to the AHL in the wake of Monday's NHL trade deadline.
News: Jimmy Howard allowed one goal on 40 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 OT win over the Rangers. Analysis: Jimmy Howard kept his team in the game all night, and was able to squeak out a win in overtime. He's now 19-8-9 on the season, and his 2.20 GAA ranks seventh in the entire league.
News: Henrik Zetterberg tallied two assists in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Rangers. Analysis: The star center set up Justin Abdelkader with a beautiful backhand pass to open the scoring in the first period, and found the score sheet again on Marek Zidlicky's overtime winner. Henrik Zetterberg now has 15 goals and 36 assists through 58 games on the year.