News: Jonas Gustavsson (groin) left the ice early during Thursday's practice, suggesting he won't be available Friday vs. the Oilers, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports. Analysis: The Red Wings were down to just one healthy goalie (Petr Mrazek) during Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jackets with Jimmy Howard feeling under the weather and Jonas Gustavsson nursing the groin injury. While Gustavsson probably won't be back Friday, Howard will likely be healthy at that point, lessening the need for the Wings to rush Gustavsson into action when he's less than 100 percent healthy.
News: Mikhail Grabovski (ankle) was spotted skating on his own prior to the Capitals' Thursday practice, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports. Analysis: It was the first time Mikhail Grabovski has skated since apparently re-injuring his ankle during a Feb. 27 game against Florida. Grabovski has been placed on IR retroactive to that game, and is eligible to come off the injured list at any time. However, given that he is only doing light skating and not practicing or taking any contact, he is unlikely to be reinserted into the lineup anytime soon. This is bad news for a Capitals team that has won only two of its last seven games with Grabovski out of the lineup.
News: Rich Peverley (chest) has been released from the hospital, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Analysis: Though he can now resume resting comfortably back at home, Rich Peverley will still undergo a season-ending heart procedure to correct the irregular heartbeat that caused him to collapse on the bench during Monday's game vs. the Blue Jackets. Peverley will have to await clearance from doctors before he begins working out again, but he's expected to continue his playing career after this season.
News: Artem Anisimov (personal) was not on the ice for morning skate Thursday. Analysis: Artem Anisimov's wife is expecting the couple's first child, putting his status in doubt for Thursday's game vs. the Sharks. The Blue Jackets haven't officially ruled him out for the game, but the team should relay word before warmups as to whether or not the forward will be available.
News: Reto Berra will make his first start with the Avalanche next Wednesday vs. the Jets, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy will use the Avs' back-to-back next week against the Canadiens and Jets to give starting goalie Semyon Varlamov some needed rest, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere getting the nod vs. Montreal. Giguere's presence on the roster hurts Reto Berra's chances of picking up much spare duty behind Varlamov, but it seems apparent Berra is viewed as the No. 2 of the future between the two backups. Giguere has previously suggested that he might retire after the season, when his contract will expire.
News: Jean-Sebastien Giguere will make his next start Tuesday against the Canadiens, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy will have No. 1 goalie Semyon Varlamov start the remaining two games on this week's schedule, before handing the reigns over to backups Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Reto Berra for back-to-back starts Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. With Varlamov playing some of his best hockey of the season at the moment, Giguere may not see the ice again for a long while after Tuesday. The addition of Berra as an additional backup certainly doesn't help Giguere's chances of earning extra playing time, and the acquisition already has the veteran goalie hinting that he will retire after this season.
News: Ladislav Smid scored his first goal as a member of the Flames in Wednesday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: Known more for his work as a stay-at-home defenseman, even Ladislav Smid couldn't help but get into the act in the Flames' seven-goal onslaught against the Ducks. Smid added seven hits for good measure in the victory.
News: T.J. Brodie pocketed two assists in Wednesday's win over the Ducks. Analysis: T.J. Brodie finished the game with a plus-3 rating and added two more blocked shots to his ledger, giving him 109 for the season. He continues to see 20-plus minutes a night for the Flames, but before Wednesday's outburst, his scoring had been rather scarce. He had collected just one point in the seven games since the Olympic break.
News: Lance Bouma assisted on two of the Flames' seven goals in their rout of the Ducks on Wednesday. Analysis: Lance Bouma capped the Flames' four-goal first period by finding Mikael Backlund for his first score of the night, then was credited with a secondary assist on Ladislav Smid's second-period tally. Wednesday's performance aside, Bouma has been rather quiet of late for the Flames, as he had just one point over his previous 12 games.
News: Brandon Prust was activated off injured reserve and played 12:26 in Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to Boston. Analysis: Brandon Prust had two hits and seven minutes in penalties, which is a good night for him. He skated mostly on the fourth line.