News: Vladimir Sobotka (knee) skated with the team Wednesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka has been sidelined since January 31, but has been skating consistently recently, and appears close to a return. He racked up seven goals and 18 assists in 46 games prior to the injury.
News: Jiri Hudler (upper body) should be back in the lineup this weekend or early next week, the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Jiri Hudler's injury wasn't overly serious but has still kept him out more than a week. The Flames will certainly welcome back his 44 points to the lineup with all the injury problems they've had as of late.
News: Karri Ramo (knee) is targeting next week for a return, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports. Analysis: Karri Ramo hasn't played since getting hurt February 1 against the Wild, but started skating on his own a week ago. He practiced with teammates Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury, and is targeting next week for a return. He might not be ready for Tuesday's game against the Sabres, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll be available for the team's matchup with the Predators on March 21.
News: James Sheppard added two assists in a win over Toronto on Tuesday. Analysis: Since the offense in San Jose got healthy for the first time all season, James Sheppard has been finding his game. Maybe some healthy competition is just what the doctor ordered. He has two goals and 11 assists on the season, with a goal and six assists coming over his last eight games.
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.