News: Dan Hamhuis collected two assists and went plus-3 in Tuesday's shootout win against Nashville. Analysis: Dan Hamhuis has now played 55 games this season, and he still has no goals, with his 21 assists not going a heck of a long way toward making up for that. At least the fine evening pushed his season rating back to the positive end of things (plus-2).
News: Alex Burrows racked up a shorthanded goal, a power-play assist and 15 PIM in Tuesday's shootout win over Nashville. Analysis: The veteran's five-minute major for interference (and game misconduct) at the end of the third period set the Predators up with a great chance to win it, but fortunately for Alex Burrows, Nashville whiffed on the extended man-advantage opportunity. The gritty winger certainly isn't the offensive force he once was, but he's got a decent skill-and-grit combo, with 31 points and 64 PIM in 65 games. He's also scored goals in consecutive games.
News: The Blues ruled Vladimir Tarasenko out indefinitely Wednesday with a lower-body injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Vladimir Tarasenko appeared to suffer an injury to his leg when he was tripped up midway through the third period of Monday's game against the Canucks. He initially came back out for another shift, but his mobility appeared to be noticeably compromised before he retreated to the locker room soon after. A firmer timetable for Tarasenko's return could be provided after Wednesday's practice, when coach Ken Hitchcock is expected to provide an update on the winger's condition. The Blues' Stanley Cup aspirations would take a major hit if Tarasenko -- who ranks fifth in the NHL with 36 goals -- is forced to miss any time with the playoffs with the injury.
News: Per the AHL's transaction log, Ty Rattie was recalled by the Blues on Wednesday. Analysis: Ty Rattie, who has one point in five games with the Blues to date, re-joins the big club with the team dealing with some injuries up front, to the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko and d Alexander Steen. The 22-year-old winger is second in scoring for AHL Chicago, with 42 points in 59 games.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goalie off the ice at the Pens' morning skate and is expected to receive the start in goal Wednesday against the Flyers, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Marc-Andre Fleury ended a two-game slide Sunday against the Sharks, stopping 30 of 32 shots in the victory. He's been prone to some inconsistency in the second half, but with the Penguins' attack beginning to break out of its slump following the returns of Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin from injury, Fleury should have a strong chance of securing another win Wednesday. He's slated to face off against a Flyers squad that ranks in the bottom third of the league in scoring and without one of its top forwards in Wayne Simmonds.
News: Rasmus Ristolainen (illness) is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Maple Leafs. Analysis: Rasmus Ristolainen's overall numbers (17 points and a minus-29 rating in 73 games) aren't fantasy-friendly, but the 20-year-old has been on a bit of a roll of late, with goals in each of his last three games, to go along with an assist and a plus-6 rating in that span. We'll let you know if Ristolainen takes warmups later Wednesday, but for now it appears though his next chance to play will arrive Friday against Chicago.
News: Petr Mrazek will receive the start in goal Thursday against the Bruins, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports. Analysis: Petr Mrazek hasn't permanently unseated Jimmy Howard as the Red Wings' No. 1 goalie, but he certainly seems to be building momentum in that regard after another stellar outing Tuesday against the Senators. He was ultimately handed a 2-1 loss in overtime despite his 33-save effort, but it won't prevent him from earning his fourth start in a row. Expect Mike Babcock to stick with Mrazek so long as he continues to play well, but Howard is still expected to solidify himself as the Wings' top netminder before the playoffs begin.
News: The Maple Leafs assigned Sam Carrick to the AHL's Toronto Marlies on Wednesday. Analysis: Sam Carrick, who has notched two points in 16 games with the big club to date, heads back to the AHL for the time being, a day after he picked up a fighting major for his scrap Tuesday with Tampa Bay's J.T. Brown. Carrick checks back into the Marlies' lineup with 25 points and 76 PIM in 50 games.
News: Matt Hackett (knee) will not be available for Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Analysis: Matt Hackett was absent from Wednesday's skate while he continues to experience swelling in his knee. The Sabres hope to have him back in goal before the season draws to a close, but he'll need to show improved condition over the next few days in order for that to materialize. Andrey Makarov will stick around with the Sabres as the understudy to starting goalie Anders Lindback until Hackett is able to return.
News: Tom Wilson recorded an assist in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday. Analysis: The assist broke a six-game scoring drought for the pugnacious power forward, who is back on the fourth line after a brief, albeit recurring, stint on the top line with Alex Ovechkin. Alongside Michael Latta and Curtis Glencross, his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues that count hits and penalty minutes unless his role grows over the next few games.