News: Ryan Getzlaf briefly left the game late in the third after blocking a shot with his left foot on Wednesday. Analysis: He returned shortly thereafter, but keep an eye on Ryan Getzlaf's status in the next few days to see if 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 streak with a second period goal 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 bottom three Wednesday night in ice time for the Ducks, so don't expect their scoring to greatly improve with the limited opportunity that they're currently receiving.
News: Ryan Kesler recorded an assist on Cam Fowler's empty-netter Wednesday night against the Habs. Analysis: Ryan Kesler has points now 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: J.T. Brown (upper body) won't play Thursday against the Maple Leafs. Analysis: Coach Jon Cooper relayed in advance of Thursday's contest that J.T. Brown is "banged up. Nothing long-term, serious, but he's a no go tonight." As a result, look for Vladislav Namestnikov to fill in up front for Brown on Thursday.
News: Mika Zibanejad collected an assist in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Jets. Analysis: Mika Zibanejad has now recorded a point in a season-best five consecutive games. He's rebounded from a rough first two months of the season to provide 13 goals and 19 assists since the beginning of December, amounting to a splendid 0.82 points per game.
News: Jiri Sekac set up Rickard Rakell's game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-1 defeat of the Canadiens. Analysis: The Czech winger seems to have taken well to his new team, recording an assist in three of his five games with the Ducks. He should be a solid source of secondary scoring while he remains on the third line, but at this stage, he's only on the radar in deeper fantasy formats.
News: Nathan MacKinnon notched the game-winning goal Wednesday in a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh. Analysis: Nathan MacKinnon returned to his usual spot on the second line to tally his 14th goal of the season, deflecting the puck into the net off of a Jan Hejda pass in the second period. The second year forward now has five goals in five games despite a turbulent week that has included a benching, a broken nose, and a demotion to the third line. With the Av's only eight points back of a playoff spot with 18 games to go, you can expect MacKinnon to get plenty of ice time in a last-ditch effort to make the playoffs.
News: The Sabres recalled Mikhail Grigorenko from AHL Rochester on Thursday. Analysis: With Mikhail Grigorenko back up with the big club in advance of Friday's game against the Sens, the 20-year-old forward skated on a line with Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta at Thursday's practice.
News: Christian Ehrhoff missed Wednesday's game against the Avalanche out of concern that he might have suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion, the Associated Press reports. Analysis: Coach Mike Johnston said that Christian Ehrhoff still had "some issues the doctors wanted to be cautious with," so he'll be considered day-to-day for the time being. It seems like his absence from Wednesday's game might have been precautionary, as Ehrhoff was permitted to skate the last couple of days. He hasn't been ruled out for a return to the lineup Friday against the Ducks.