News: Reto Berra saved 26 of 27 shots in a relief effort against Edmonton on Wednesday. The Avalanche lost, 4-3. Analysis: Reto Berra replaced Semyon Varlamov with 10:24 remaining in the first period. It was Berra's first appearance since March 10 and could potentially be his last of the season, depending on how coach Patrick Roy and his staff approach the final nine games of the season.
News: Lauri Korpikoski (mouth) will not play Thursday against the Sabres, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Lauri Korpikoski is still dealing with a bit of sensitivity in his mouth after he took a high stick to the area in Tuesday's win over the Red Wings. The Coyotes are labeling the forward as day-to-day, with his next chance to play coming Saturday against the Penguins.
News: Jay Beagle remains sidelined with what the Washington Post describes an an apparent left shoulder injury. Analysis: "He's getting closer," coach Barry Trotz said of Jay Beagle on Thursday. "I don't anticipate him playing this weekend, if he did it'd probably be Sunday, but I don't really anticipate that. I expect him early next week sometime." Based on that assessment, Beagle, who last suited up on March 11, doesn't seem likely to return to the Caps' lineup before Tuesday's game against Carolina.
News: Cam Fowler will return to the Anaheim lineup Thursday against Boston, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Coach Bruce Boudreau made Cam Fowler a surprise healthy scratch in the team's last game Tuesday versus Columbus, after the blueliner had posted a minus-3 rating over his 19:31 of ice time in his previous outing against the Rangers. The Ducks are hoping a day out of the lineup was all Fowler needed to get recharged for the final batch of regular-season games. He'll pair up with Simon Despres in Thursday's match.
News: David Krejci (knee) was activated from injured reserve and is thus in line to play Thursday against the Ducks. Analysis: After coach Claude Julien called David Krejci probable to play after the team's morning skate, the activation from IR makes it fairly safe for fantasy owners to pencil in the forward for a return. The steady play down the middle from Ryan Spooner over the last several weeks will result in Krejci moving over to right wing for his return, likely on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Krejci, who has been limited to 38 games during an injury-plagued season, has collected seven goals and 19 assists to date.
News: James Wisniewski will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: After making Cam Fowler a surprise scratch in the Ducks' last game against the Blue Jackets, coach Bruce Boudreau will bump James Wisniewski from the lineup to make room for Fowler's return Thursday. As one of the more high-profile acquisitions at the March 2 trade deadline, it's a bit surprising that Wisniewski will be forced to head to the press box, but the Ducks' growing depth on the blue line likely influenced the decision. Wisniewski hasn't helped matters by performing quietly since arriving in Anaheim, as he's posted zero goals, three assists, and a minus-4 rating over eight games.
News: Tomas Fleischmann will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports. Analysis: Tomas Fleischmann has produced one goal and two assists over his 10 games with the Ducks, while occasionally finding himself out of the lineup due to the team's depth on the wings. He'll be scratched Thursday in favor of Chris Wagner, who will get the chance to play in front of family in friends in his native Massachusetts.
News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Red Wings, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Analysis: The Sharks' two-game losing streak has dropped them 10 points off the pace for the final wild-card spot out West, so until the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention, expect Antti Niemi to be used with a heavy hand. Though he remains the Sharks' unquestioned No. 1 starter, Niemi's up-and-down tendencies this season have rankled fantasy owners. After back-to-back solid turns against the Maple Leafs and Habs, Niemi regressed his last time out, surrendering four goals on 36 shots in a loss to the Senators on Monday.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury will be in the net for Thursday's game against the Hurricanes, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Marc-Andre Fleury has split both his games against the Hurricanes this season, taking a 4-2 loss back on Nov. 28 and earning a win on Dec. 31. He's been on the winning side of the ledger more often than not against them over his career, going 13-8-3 with a 2.63 GAA and .908 save percentage over 25 career appearances. This season's edition of the Hurricanes don't possess a particularly fearsome attack, so it's probably worthwhile for fantasy owners to keep Fleury active in pursuit of the victory.
News: Alex Petrovic posted a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Lightning. Analysis: Since getting called up from AHL San Antonio on Jan. 29, Alex Petrovic hasn't seen much of the scoresheet, picking up only two points in 24 games. Petrovic has an even plus-minus on the season and has watched his ice time continue to point in the right direction, logging a season-high 20:48 on Tuesday. Petrovic has limited fantasy value due to his meager point totals, but the former second round pick could provide help down the line.