News: Pekka Rinne was the first goalie off the ice Friday and is expected to start against the Blackhawks, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: Pekka Rinne notched the win Monday against the Senators, marking his first victory since returning from injured reserve Mar. 4. He's been generally effective in goal despite a lack of offensive support from his mates, who will be hard-pressed to match up with the firepower Chicago brings to the table.
News: Justin Faulk (upper body) could possibly be back in the lineup Saturday vs. the Bruins, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Justin Faulk was apparently close to returning to action Thursday vs. the Sabres, but he ultimately didn't take part in pregame warmups after joining the team for their morning session. Faulk has missed the last five games with the upper-body ailment.
News: Tuomo Ruutu (personal) will play Friday vs. the Panthers, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Ruoto's wife, Emilia, gave birth to the couple's second child Thursday morning, with the proud father joining the team later on in the day following the exciting news. With Tuomo Ruutu back in the fold, coach Pete DeBoer will trot out the same lineup he used Tuesday for Friday's game.
News: Brooks Laich (groin) skated on his own prior to the Capitals' morning skate Friday, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Such activity would seemingly indicate that Brooks Laich won't play Friday vs. the Canucks, but coach Adam Oates hasn't relayed official word on his status. It should be apparent closer to game time whether or not Laich will be available.
News: Fedor Tyutin (ankle) was activated from injured reserve Friday. Analysis: While the move seems to suggest that Fedor Tyutin will be in lineup Saturday vs. the Wild, it wouldn't seem entirely clear-cut, as coach Todd Richards said after practice that Tyutin would be a game-time decision. However, if Tyutin makes it through morning skate Saturday without any noted limitations, fantasy owners should activate him with the assumption he'll suit up.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will take the net Saturday vs. the Wild, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: Sergei Bobrovsky took a tough shootout loss Thursday to the Sharks, but coach Todd Richards won't hesitate to stick with his No. 1 goalie for their trip to Minnesota. Bobrovsky's overall numbers remain middle-of-the-pack as far as fantasy goalies go, but he's been playing at a level closer to his Vezina form since returning from the Olympics. He's 5-2-1 with a 2.38 GAA and .921 save percentage since that time.
News: It's possible that Steve Mason could be the starter for both of the Flyers' back-to-back contests against the Penguins this weekend, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly reports. Analysis: Coach Craig Berube wouldn't commit to Steve Mason starting both games, but with the Flyers holding just a two-point lead over the Red Wings and Devils for the final playoff spot, it may make sense to use their No. 1 goalie twice in a row if they hope to stay competitive with an elite Penguins squad. Backup Ray Emery (groin) practiced Friday and should be ready to play if needed over the weekend, but Berube would almost certainly prefer to have him ease his way back into action against a lesser team than the Penguins.
News: Coach Paul Maurice said Mark Scheifele (knee) has recovered as anticipated thus far. Analysis: Maurice was quick to rule out any sort of early return for Mark Scheifele, who is at the one week mark of a six-to-eight week recovery process. Don't expect to see him back until mid-April at the earliest, although it's equally as likely that he misses the rest of the season.
News: Ondrej Pavelec will be between the pipes Friday vs. the Rangers, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec was stellar his last time out Wednesday vs. the Canucks, but took a painful shootout loss to drop his fourth straight game. The Rangers are riding their own two-game losing streak as a team, but they still possess enough offensive talent to make life difficult for Pavelec.
News: Corey Crawford was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the crease Friday vs. the Predators, ESPN Chicago reports. Analysis: Corey Crawford was rested in favor of backup Antti Raanta in the Blackhawks' last game, a loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday. The day off shouldn't disrupt Crawford's rhythm too much. He's won three of his last four starts, allowing exactly one goal in each of those victories.