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 an especially 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: Alex Stalock will be between the pipes for Wednesday's game against the Avalanche, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Analysis: Regular netminder Antti Niemi still isn't fully recovered from the illness he first suffered over the weekend, so Alex Stalock will be called upon to make a third straight start. He's played fairly well in his first two turns, beating the Flyers and taking an overtime loss to the Penguins while stopping 47 of 51 shots (.921 save percentage).
News: Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday against the Bruins, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk didn't skate Wednesday morning a day after being scratched against the Senators with the lower-body injury, but the Red Wings don't seem to believe he suffered a setback upon his return to the lineup over the previous weekend. The team could just be playing it safe with the center with the playoffs approaching, so if he's able to complete Thursday's morning skate without incident, he'll likely draw back into the lineup.
News: The Red Wings are expecting to have Riley Sheahan (upper body) back in the lineup Thursday against the Bruins, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: After it was initially believed that he would play in Tuesday's loss to the Senators, Riley Sheahan was ruled out for a third straight contest shortly before warmups. Even so, it doesn't sound like it was due to any sort of major setback, as he was able to return to the ice for Wednesday's practice, according to MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. The Red Wings will make an official decision on Sheahan's status for Thursday's game following their team skate that morning.
News: Erik Cole (upper body) is expected to return to the ice for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Analysis: Erik Cole didn't skate during Wednesday's practice, but the Red Wings still seem optimistic that he'll be back after a four-game absence. His status should be verified one way or the other after Thursday's morning skate.
News: Nate Prosser (lower body) resumed practicing with the Wild on Wednesday, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo was pleased with Nate Prosser's performance in his return to team activities, but suggested the blueliner remained without a firm timetable for a return. It appears the Wild will simply monitor Prosser's condition in the practices to come before deciding when he's healthy enough to play in games.
News: Corey Crawford is slated to start Thursday's game against the Canucks, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Corey Crawford, who gave way to Scott Darling in Monday's 4-1 win over the Kings, will return to man the Chicago net in Thursday's home game, against a Vancouver team that has won two straight contests by a combined tally of 9-5.
News: Richard Bachman (personal) has left the Oilers and will be unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Ducks, Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal reports. Analysis: After leading the Oilers to stunning victories his last two times out while stopping 58 of 59 shots, he appeared in line to garner a third straight start Wednesday before personal tragedy set in. He's set to attend to a death in the family through at least Wednesday, but there's a decent chance he could still be unavailable for Thursday's contest against the Kings. Ben Scrivens will man the crease for however long Richard Bachman remains away from the team.
News: Jake Allen is slated to start Thursday's game against the Flames, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Jake Allen will get the team's starting nod Thursday, with Brian Elliott having dropped his last four decisions. Allen was victorious in his last turn for the Blues, stopping 24 of 26 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins on March 24.