News: Coach Bruce Boudreau said that Ryan Getzlaf's (upper body) status for Friday's Game 5 against the Stars is "up in the air" at this stage. Analysis: Ryan Getzlaf -- who suffered multiple facial injuries after being hit with a puck in Game 1 of the series -- was a surprise scratch from Wednesday's Game 4 and regardless of what's currently ailing him, the Ducks' captain remains iffy for Friday's pivotal Game 5 at home.
News: David Backes (head) did not take the ice Thursday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Of more import is what David Backes does (or doesn't do) Friday, as Game 5 of the Blues' playoff series against the Blackhawks -- which is now deadlocked at 2-2 -- continues that evening.
News: Henrik Zetterberg (back) will play in Thursday's Game 4 against the Bruins, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports. Analysis: Henrik Zetterberg will make his long-anticipated return from a two-month absence in hopes of reviving Detroit's offense in Game 4. While the winger is expected to see limited action, he should provide a jolt to the Red Wings and their fan base.
News: Matt Beleskey (lower body) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Stars, Mark Stepneski of stars.nhl.com reports. Analysis: The report suggests that Matt Beleskey could play Sunday in Dallas, but it looks like he is on track to miss his fourth straight game come Friday.
News: Jamie Benn had a goal in Wednesday's win over Anaheim. Analysis: Jamie Benn now has points in nine straight, including all four playoff games where he has tallied three goals and an assist.
News: Brenden Dillon (lower body) is viewed as a game-time decision for Friday's Game 5 against the Ducks, Mark Stepneski of the team's official site reports. Analysis: Though Brenden Dillon -- who skated again Thursday -- says that he is feeling better every day, whether he suits up Friday will be up to the Stars' medical staff and coach Lindy Ruff.
News: Alex Goligoski scored his first goal of the postseason while logging 32:48 in Wednesday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: Alex Goligoski is logging some big minutes for Dallas. He's averaging 29:08 per game, which is seventh highest in the postseason. Four of the players ahead of him are a part of the Chicago and St. Louis series, which has seen five overtime periods through four games.
News: Alex Galchenyuk (knee) isn't expected to be ready to play until the Eastern Conference Finals round, the Montreal Gazette reports. Analysis: Though the Habs advanced to the second round after easily taking care of the Lightning in four games, Alex Galchenyuk still needs a couple more weeks before entertaining the idea of a return. He first suffered his knee injury back on Apr. 9 and was given a projected recovery timetable for four-to-six weeks.
News: Jonathan Quick will be in the net for Thursday's Game 4 against the Sharks, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports. Analysis: Jonathan Quick turned in his best outing of the series in Game 3, stopping 36 of 40 shots, but it wasn't enough to outduel Antti Niemi, as the Sharks fell in overtime. Despite Quick's struggles in the postseason, coach Darryl Sutter will stick with him in the hope the former Conn Smythe winner can turn things around.
News: Daniel Paille (undisclosed injury) has been cleared to practice and take light contact, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports. Analysis: That said, coach Claude Julien noted that Daniel Paille won't play Thursday against the Red Wings, while adding that the forward is "inching toward the right side" at this stage. With Chris Kelly still banged up, Justin Florek and Jordan Caron are in line to remain in the team's lineup Thursday night.