News: Tuukka Rask left Saturday's start against the Rangers shortly after the start of the first period, likely due to an undisclosed injury, Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston reports. Analysis: Tuukka Rask was on his game prior to his departure, stopping all 14 shots he faced while his mates staked him to a 3-0 lead. Assuming that replacement Niklas Svedberg can limit the Rangers to two or fewer goals, Rask will still escape with the win, but that's probably the least of the Bruins' concerns right now. The team has yet to provide an update on the star netminder, and may not reveal further information regarding a possible injury until after the game concludes. The Bruins will play again Sunday in Carolina.
News: Patrik Nemeth was tied for a team-worst minus-2 rating when the Stars were shutout by the Oilers on Friday. Analysis: Patrik Nemeth has been back for just 12 games from an injury that kept him out most of the season. However, we're seeing signs that he's finding his rhythm. That's good news, because he's one of the more promising defensive prospects in Dallas. Over the last three games he has a pair of assists, three shots, and an even plus/minus rating. He struggled initially on his return, posting a minus-4 rating with no points and three shots in five games. He won't be fantasy relevant this season, but could make an impact next year.
News: Marc-Edouard Vlasic left Saturday's game against the Flyers with an undisclosed injury, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: It's not clear what resulted in Marc-Edouard Vlasic's removal from the game, but he's been unable to take a shift since the 15:53 mark of the first period. The Sharks are viewing him as questionable to return, but the team seems more likely to exercise precaution. Consider him day-to-day until more information is revealed.
News: Jason Garrison left Saturday's game against the Red Wings in the first period after crashing into the boards, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Jason Garrison was able to skate off the ice under his own power, but was sent to the locker room immediately. He hasn't been ruled out of Saturday's game just yet, and should be viewed as day-to-day until the team issues an update on his condition.
News: Tom Gilbert (face) will not play Saturday against the Panthers, Jessica Rusnak of TSN Radio 690 reports. Analysis: Tom Gilbert was able to skate on his own Saturday morning, but his lack of involvement in team work suggests he'll sit for a third straight game. Nathan Beaulieu will be able to remain in the lineup with Gilbert still unavailable.
News: Ondrej Pavelec will be between the pipes for Sunday's tilt with the Blackhawks, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 reports. Analysis: Despite Ondrej Pavelec's horrid career numbers against the Blackhawks (0-3-2, 4.61 GAA, .867 save percentage in five outings), the Jets will stick with the goalie while he enjoys his most productive run of play this season. He's won six straight starts while yielding only seven goals during that stretch.
News: Riley Sheahan (upper body) will travel with the Red Wings to New York for Sunday's game against the Islanders, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Though Riley Sheahan will miss his first game of the season Saturday against the Lightning, it doesn't appear that the center will be unavailable for very long. General manager Ken Holland said before Saturday's game that Sheahan has reported improvement with his condition and is being viewed as day-to-day. It's possible that he might suit up for Sunday's game, though it's probably more likely that the team will give him some additional time off to recover.
News: Anders Lindback has been confirmed as the starter in goal for Saturday's tilt with the Avalanche, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Anders Lindback has alternated starts with Matt Hackett over the last few games, but he still appears in line to handle the majority of the turns in goal the rest of the way for Sabres. That won't exactly amount to much, as the team has barely been able to remain competitive most nights. Over nine appearances (eight starts) with the Sabres, Lindback is 1-5-2 with a 2.67 GAA and .926 save percentage.
News: Alexander Semin is expected to miss Saturday's game against the Devils due to a hamstring injury, Chantel McCabe of FOX Sports Florida reports. Analysis: Alexander Semin missed the Hurricanes' morning skate Saturday to receive further evaluation on the injury, so it appears safe to count him out for at least one game. Patrick Dwyer is expected to reenter the lineup in Semin's stead.
News: Erik Johnson (knee) participated during the Avs' morning skate and could be back in the lineup Saturday against the Sabres, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The Avalanche are still listing Erik Johnson on injured reserve, but that could change over the afternoon if team doctors determine he's now sufficiently recovered from the knee injury. The blueliner has been skating with the team for a week, and even if his return doesn't come Saturday, it looks like the Avalanche will get him back within the next few days. The All-Star has been sidelined since late January.