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.
News: Coach Todd Richards relayed Thursday that Brandon Dubinsky will play Friday against New Jersey. Analysis: Brandon Dubinsky, who last suited up on Feb. 26, is thus slated to check back into the Columbus lineup with 22 points and 37 PIM in 34 games to date.
News: Ryan Ellis (lower body) will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Islanders. Analysis: Ryan Ellis skated on the Preds' third defensive pairing with Mattias Ekholm at the team's morning skate, while Victor Bartley remained on the ice after the session for extra work. That's usually a positive indicator that Ellis might play, but because the Preds are proceeding cautiously with getting the blueliner back in the lineup following a long-term absence, he remains questionable to play. Expect Ellis' status to be clarified during pregame warmups.
News: Mike Smith is slated to start Thursday's game against Vancouver, Sportsnet's Dan Murphy reports. Analysis: Mike Smith is a risky fantasy roll these days, with the low-scoring Coyotes in the midst of franchise record-tying, 10-game losing streak and Smith's last win having occurred back on Feb. 9.
News: Eddie Lack is slated to start Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports. Analysis: The matchup certainly looks good for Eddie Lack, with the low-scoring Coyotes in the midst of franchise record-tying, 10-game losing streak.
News: Coach Peter Laviolette indicated that Eric Nystrom (lower body) remains under evaluation, John Glennon of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: Laviolette's words would seem to suggest that Eric Nystrom's injury is being viewed as more than a day-to-day situation, so it probably wouldn't be wise to bet on a return to action over the next handful of games. As a fourth-line player with only seven goals and 12 points in 60 games, Nystrom's absence probably won't make many ripples in the fantasy realm.