News: Patrick Maroon scored his ninth of the season Thursday night against the Bruins. Analysis: A nifty little move allowed Patrick Maroon to get open and fire a shot past Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask. He's only managed 33 points on the season, but he remains part of a whole host of Ducks who are hanging around the outer region of fantasy relevance.
News: Corey Perry scored in the last minute of the third to send Thursday's game against the Bruins to overtime. Analysis: He struggled throughout the early part of March with just four points in the first nine games, but has bounced back nicely with four goals and an assist in his last five. Corey Perry is heating up at just the right time for the Ducks.
News: James Reimer will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Senators, Terry Koshan of the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: After coming on to stop all 11 of the shots he faced in relief of Jonathan Bernier in Thursday's loss to the Panthers, James Reimer will be rewarded with the starting nod. Reimer has typically thrived against the Senators over his career (10-3-1, 2.33 GAA, .934 save percentage in 16 appearances), but many of those wins came when he was a member of at least semi-competitive Leafs squads. Needless to say, he doesn't find himself in nearly as favorable of a team context right now, and as such, shouldn't be trusted to deliver positive results.
News: Brett Connolly (finger) took part in line rushes during Friday's practice. Analysis: Brett Connolly alternated in and out with David Pastrnak as the right wing on the Bruins' second pairing. The fact that he didn't have a spot to himself suggests that Connolly probably won't be an option over the next couple of games for the Bruins, but the team isn't closing the door on the forward joining the lineup before season's end. Connolly's progress will remain under evaluation over the next couple of days before the Bruins reach a possible target date for his return.
News: Chad Johnson (lower body) was on the ice for a brief workout Friday. Analysis: The Sabres initially feared Chad Johnson would be lost for the season after he suffered the lower-body injury during practice March 6, just four days after he was acquired from the Islanders. While the on-ice workout represented a positive step for the goalie, with only two weeks remaining in the season it's still up in the air if he'll be able to see competitive action in 2014-15. In a best-case scenario, Johnson probably shouldn't be expected to receive much more than one or two starts for the Sabres the rest of the way.
News: Zach Sill (undisclosed) took part in Friday's practice, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Zach Sill missed Thursday's game against the Panthers due to the injury, but his presence to practice suggests a long-term absence was off the table. With Greg McKegg heading back to AHL Toronto and Sam Carrick missing Friday's practice due to family reasons, there could be room in the lineup Saturday against the Senators to accommodate the returns of Sill and Trevor Smith (undisclosed).
News: Trevor Smith (undisclosed) returned to practice Friday, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Trevor Smith missed Thursday's game against the Panthers due to the injury, but his return to practice suggests a long-term absence was off the table. The Leafs reassigned Greg McKegg back to AHL Toronto earlier Friday, which suggests the Leafs likely expect to have Smith back for Saturday's match with the Senators.
News: Drew Shore (undisclosed) will reenter the lineup Friday against the Wild, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: Drew Shore's last appearance came on March 14 before he suffered the setback, but it's unclear if the injury has kept him out for each of the last five games or if he was a healthy scratch for some of those contests. Regardless, he'll slot back in on the third line for Friday's contest, but don't expect him to enjoy much security in the Calgary lineup.
News: Richard Bachman will be in the crease for Friday's game against the Stars. Analysis: Though Ben Scrivens probably isn't the Oilers' long-term solution in the net, it appears Richard Bachman has already been dismissed as such, as the 27-year-old owns a 14-14-0 career record to go along with a 3.12 GAA and .898 save percentage over 39 career appearances. Incidentally, all 14 of those victories came when he was a member of the Stars, as he's taken the loss in each of his four starts since joining the Oilers' organization. Though he'll have plenty incentive to turn in a solid outing against his former team, there's little to suggest that Bachman is capable of putting the clamps on the one of the NHL's better attacks.
News: Kevin Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) practiced fully Friday and said he's "ready to go" for Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Kevin Shattenkirk skated on the Blues' third defensive pairing next to Barret Jackman and slotted in on the power play, both of which would seemingly suggest he'll return to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 1. The All-Star blueliner, who accumulated eight goals and 40 points in 49 games prior to requiring surgery, still remains listed on the team's injured reserve list, but figures to be formally activated following Saturday's morning skate.