News: Tyler Kennedy was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday against Toronto. Analysis: Tyler Kennedy was expected to have a bounce-back season in San Jose and it's proven to be anything but. In 54 games he has just four goals and 12 assists. Since the break he's played in five of seven games, tallying a single assist and a minus-1 rating. He's also seen his playing time drop off below ten minutes twice in that stretch, with a high-water mark of 11:06. He'll need to prove himself before you should trust him again.
News: Justin Faulk (upper body) returned to practice Wednesday, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports. Analysis: There's no word yet on the blueliner's status for Thursday's game against the Sabres, but we should know more after that day's morning skate. Justin Faulk racked up three goals and 20 assists in 61 games before getting hurt.
News: Marc-Edouard Vlasic had a goal, a plus-5 rating, two blocked shots, and eight shots in a rout of the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Analysis: It was a banner night for Marc-Edouard Vlasic who has had some very strong play lately. In the last three games he's a plus-8 with a goal, an assist, and 12 penalty minutes. Though, he hasn't broken the 20-minute mark in any of those games.
News: Matt Nieto had an assist and a notable 18:27 in ice time Tuesday against Toronto. Analysis: That's a lot of ice time for a rookie who is averaging just 13:47 per night. The team's confidence in Matt Nieto is rising as he leaves a long slump behind him. He has four goals and two assists over the last eight games, which is strong considering he's not that far removed from a seven-game stretch without a point and an early drought of 28 games without a goal.
News: Brent Burns had a goal, a plus-3 rating, and five shots in a win over Toronto on Tuesday. Analysis: Brent Burns has put that slump firmly behind him, scoring four goals in the last four games. In that stretch he's also a plus-6 and averaging 3.75 shots per game.
News: Kevin Westgarth (head) will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Ducks, the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Kevin Westgarth suffered the injury on March 1 during a fight with the Oilers' Luke Gazdic, but will draw back into the lineup Wednesday. The winger has one goal, one assist, and 41 PIM in 32 games to date.
News: Curtis Glencross (ankle) will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Ducks, the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: The winger has only suited up for 21 games this season, and hasn't been in the lineup since December 21 against the Penguins. He recorded six goals and six assists before being sidelined with a high ankle sprain.
News: Chris Thorburn (upper body) is healthy enough to return to the lineup. Analysis: Chris Thorburn has amassed a line of 2/9/11 through 53 games this season, and has also chipped in 65 PIM. He's not the most productive player out there, but he can certainly help team's in leagues where penalty minutes are weighted heavily.
News: The Stars reassigned Chris Mueller to AHL Texas on Wednesday. Analysis: Chris Mueller played one game with the Stars after being recalled Tuesday, but failed to crack the score sheet in the team's overtime win over the Blues. He'll return to Texas where he's currently fourth on the team in points with 24 goals and 29 assists in 57 games to date.
News: Daniel Paille (concussion) skated Wednesday for the first time since being injured. Analysis: Although the winger has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens and likely won't play Thursday either he is expected to return Saturday against the Hurricanes. Daniel Paille recorded nine goals and seven assists in 57 games before getting hurt.