News: Tim Erixon (illness) is questionable to play Thursday against the Lightning, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports. Analysis: Tim Erixon, who was claimed on waivers from Chicago on Sunday, suited up for his first game in a Toronto uniform on Tuesday, seeing 15:52 worth of ice time in the process.
News: Alex Burrows (groin) was a full participant at the Canucks' morning skate and looks in line to play Thursday against the Coyotes, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 reports. Analysis: Alex Burrows resumed skating with the team Monday after first suffering the groin injury about two weeks ago. He skated as a member of the Canucks' second line and saw duty on the top power-play unit during Thursday's morning skate, a likely indicator that the team considers him fit to play. The winger has been about a half-point-per-game contributor when he's been healthy enough to suit up this season, notching 12 goals and 13 assists in 52 games.
News: Tyler Seguin (knee) is making progress toward a return to action, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: While a specific timetable for his return to action has yet to be outlined, the center appears to be ahead of schedule on that front. "Tyler is really closing in on day to day' for us," coach Lindy Ruff said of Tyler Seguin, who was on the ice with his teammates Thursday. "So I would say probably within a week or sooner. It depends on how he responds to some heavy workouts here today and tomorrow."
News: Zack Kassian (illness) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 reports. Analysis: Zack Kassian was forced to skip Tuesday's game against the Sharks after coming down with a stomach flu. He received an IV to treat the illness, which apparently was enough to aid his recovery. The winger assumed his usual spot on the top line with the Sedin twins, an arrangement that should make him an attractive, cost-effective play in daily formats, particularly against an Arizona squad that ranks 30th in goals allowed.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will start Friday's game against New Jersey, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Sergei Bobrovsky, who allowed four goals on 32 shots in his return to action in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Caps, will look to help the Blue Jackets change their luck on Friday, as the team is in the midst of an 0-6-1 slide.
News: Ryan Getzlaf briefly left Wednesday's game against Montreal late in the third period after blocking a shot with his left foot. Analysis: He returned shortly thereafter, but keep an eye on Ryan Getzlaf's status in the next few days in case 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 skid with a second-period tally 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 the bottom three Ducks in terms of ice time Wednesday night, so don't expect their scoring to greatly improve while their opportunities remain so limited.
News: Ryan Kesler recorded an assist on Cam Fowler's empty-netter Wednesday night against the Habs. Analysis: Ryan Kesler now has points 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 shots Wednesday night in a 3-1 win over Montreal. Analysis: John Gibson's stellar play of late is a nice luxury for the Ducks. He's managed to win six of his past seven starts -- pretty successful for a backup goalie. If Gibson can continue delivering strong performances in net, expect him to see a number of starts down the stretch, as the Ducks are likely inclined to keep No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen fresh for their playoff run.
News: Alexander Edler (upper body) is no longer listed on the Canucks' injured reserve list and is on track to play Thursday against the Coyotes, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 reports. Analysis: Alexander Edler resumed practicing fully earlier this week and was a full participant in morning skate without any issues. He'll slot in on a defensive pair with Yannick Weber, while also assuming on spot on the Canucks' top power-play unit. Frank Corrado will exit the lineup to make room for Edler, who will make his first appearance since Feb. 14.