News: Ryan Getzlaf briefly left the game late in the third after blocking a shot with his left foot on Wednesday. Analysis: He returned shortly thereafter, but keep an eye on Ryan Getzlaf's status in the next few days to see if 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 streak with a second period goal 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 bottom three Wednesday night in ice time for the Ducks, so don't expect their scoring to greatly improve with the limited opportunity that they're currently receiving.
News: Ryan Kesler recorded an assist on Cam Fowler's empty-netter Wednesday night against the Habs. Analysis: Ryan Kesler has points now 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 in his return to the Ducks net on Wednesday night. Analysis: John Gibson's stellar play of late is a nice luxury for the Ducks to have. He's managed to win six of his past seven starts - pretty successful for a backup goalie. If Gibson can continue to stay strong in net, expect him to get a number of starts down the stretch with the Ducks probably wanting to keep number one goalie Frederik Andersen fresh for a hopefully long playoff run.
News: Alex Ovechkin (lower body) is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wild, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports. Analysis: A call on Alex Ovechkin's status will arrive after warmups, with Andre Burakovsky on hand in the event that Ovechkin is unable to go in Thursday night's contest.
News: Coach Gerard Gallant confirmed Thursday that Al Montoya will miss at least two weeks worth of action with a groin injury, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Analysis: Al Montoya thus appears on track to be placed on IR, while fellow goalie Roberto Luongo is hurting as well, but hopes to be back next week. In the meantime, Dan Ellis and Sam Brittain are in line to handle the Panthers' netminding duties.
News: Roberto Luongo (shoulder) has been ruled out for the Panthers' next two games, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports. Analysis: The Panthers haven't revealed the results from the CT scan Roberto Luongo required Wednesday on his shoulder/collarbone area, but it doesn't seem as though the team is sounding the alarm on a long-term absence just yet. However, Luongo will miss at least Thursday's game against the Stars and Saturday's tilt with the Islanders, as the Panthers continue to assess his condition. For what it's worth, the Panthers are hopeful Luongo will be able to return to the net next Thursday versus the Jets, but he'll obviously need to show the requisite improvement for the team to sign off on his return. Dan Ellis is expected to start in goal the next two games with No. 2 netminder Al Montoya (groin) also unavailable.
News: Braden Holtby is slated to start Thursday's game against the Wild. Analysis: Braden Holtby, who has won his last two starts for the Caps, will take aim at a Minnesota squad that has won three straight contests heading into Thursday's tilt.
News: Ben Bishop is slated to start Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports. Analysis: Based on the anticipated assignment, it appears as though Ben Bishop is fine after being a late scratch for Tuesday's game against the Sabres -- the result of absorbing a puck to the midsection in practice -- per NHL.com. We'll let you know if that assessment changes in advance of Thursday's face-off.
News: Michael Latta (upper body) is considered day-to-day as Thursday's game against the Wild approaches, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: With Michael Latta day-to-day, the Caps recalled Andre Burakovsky on Thursday, following his brief demotion, in order to bolster the team's depth up front.