News: Alex Stalock has been confirmed as Thursday's starter vs. the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: It will be his first career start against the Blue Jackets. Alex Stalock is 4-1-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .918 save percentage against Eastern Conference opponents this season.
News: Sergei Bobrovsky will draw the start in goal Thursday vs. the Sharks. Analysis: A winner of five of his last six starts, there's few goalies riding as high as Sergei Bobrovsky right now. He's been especially excellent his last two starts, shutting out the Predators on Saturday and limiting the Red Wings to one goal on 40 shots Tuesday night.
News: Ben Scrivens will be in goal Thursday vs. the Blues. Analysis: Though he yielded Tuesday's start vs. the Wild to Viktor Fasth, Ben Scrivens still seems to be in firm command of the No. 1 goalie job for the time being. Wins haven't been easy to gather for Scrivens, but he's been a saves machine in front of a leaky defense. Scrivens has posted a save percentage above .900 in all but two of his 10 starts with Edmonton.
News: Coach Dallas Eakins is hopeful Sam Gagner (ankle) will play Thursday vs. the Blues. Analysis: Sam Gagner apparently made it through morning skate without incident, and if he passes evaluation from the team's medical staff during the afternoon, he'd likely be cleared to suit up Thursday. The 24-year-old is in the midst of one of his most productive stretches of play on the season, as he's totaled seven points over five games in March.
News: Coach Lindy Ruff said that Kari Lehtonen (concussion) is close to a return and is awaiting clearance from doctors to practice, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Once Kari Lehtonen joins the Stars for full practice, Ruff said the goalie would be viewed as ready to resume playing in games. It still seems most likely that Tim Thomas will receive the start Friday vs. Calgary, but Lehtonen could be ready to go for Sunday's tilt with the Jets.
News: Cody Eakin (lower body) is doubtful to play Friday vs. the Flames, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Cody Eakin was unable to skate at Thursday's practice and looks like he'll at least get an extra day or two to recover from the injury, which was likely sustained in Tuesday's win over the Blues. The Stars will likely call up an extra forward to take Eakin's place in the lineup Friday.
News: Alexander Sulzer (lower body) will return to the lineup Thursday vs. the Hurricanes. Analysis: Alexander Sulzer was given a one-to-two week recovery timetable after suffering the lower-body injury last Friday, but it appears he'll hit the low end of that frame after skating the last few days without incident. He's expected to replace Chad Ruhwedel in the Sabres' lineup.
News: Martin Brodeur will be in the crease Saturday vs. the Lightning, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: Martin Brodeur has put together a four-game win streak thanks to some respectable play of his own, but mostly, an offensive surge by his mates. With Cory Schneider tabbed to start Friday vs. the Panthers, Brodeur will get the nod for the second half of the Devils' back-to-back in Florida.
News: Raffi Torres (general soreness) is not likely to play Thursday vs. the Blue Jackets, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Analysis: Raffi Torres didn't take part in line rushes during morning skate as he continues to deal with some soreness after his first few games coming back from knee surgery. Coach Todd McLellan said the soreness wasn't unexpected, and added that Torres could receive rest on occasion to aid his recovery. There's a good chance he'll still be available for Friday's game vs. the Islanders.
News: Cam Ward is expected to receive his second straight start Thursday vs. the Sabres. Analysis: While coach Kirk Muller hasn't officially announced his starting goalie, fellow netminders Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters were the only goalies on the ice at Thursday's optional skate, as was the case at Tuesday's session, when Cam Ward ended up starting. Khudobin did a marvelous job filling in for Ward when he was on IR for the better part of two months, but his recent hiccups have opened the door for Ward to reclaim the No. 1 gig. With a productive outing against the Sabres, Ward could enjoy the bulk of the starts moving forward for the Hurricanes.