News: Chris Kunitz was given practice off Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: Chris Kunitz hit his leg on the Capitals' goalpost in Tuesday's victory, but managed to stay in the game despite probably playing with some limitations. Although coach Dan Bylsma characterized Kunitz's absence from practice as a maintenance day, there's still a slight chance he could be scratched Saturday vs. the Flyers if any pain continues to linger. Fantasy owners may want to keep an eye on him the next two days just to be safe.
News: Coach Patrick Roy said he'd be "very surprised" if Paul Stastny (back) played Friday vs. the Ducks, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Paul Stastny has already missed the previous two games with back spasms and doesn't appeared to have made much progress in his recovery in spite of the time off. Fantasy owners should stash him on their bench until more optimism surfaces about a potential return.
News: Chad Johnson is expected to receive the start in goal Thursday vs. the Coyotes, Mike Loftus of the Patriot Ledger reports. Analysis: After Tuukka Rask got the start a night earlier for the Bruins, look for Claude Julien to give the net to Chad Johnson on Thursday, as he faces off against his former team. Johnson has gathered wins in seven of his last eight starts, including two victories earlier this month over the Panthers.
News: Peter Holland (illness) was absent from Thursday's morning skate, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Unless Peter Holland is able to rally in the afternoon, it seems likely that he'll be out of the lineup Thursday vs. the Kings. With rosters expanding following the trade deadline, coach Randy Carlyle probably won't hesitate to give Holland the night off if he's at less than 100 percent.
News: Milan Lucic extended a points streak to three games with an assist on Jarome Iginla's game-winning goal Thursday against Phoenix. Analysis: Milan Lucic has a goal and two helpers over that span and remains a top offensive weapon for the Bruins with 49 points in 65 games. He likely won't crack the 60 points we've seen him do before, but he remains a hugely valuable player in leagues which reward penalty minutes and shooting percentage.
News: Iginl scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 2-1 tilt against Phoenix, giving him a point in each of the last three games. Analysis: Jarome Iginla has scored twice over those three games, giving the Bruins the offensive support they need as the team has reeled off eight straight wins. Iggy's goal totals are a bit down, but Iginla should still see plenty of scoring chances.
News: Zdeno Chara scored the opening goal in Thursday's 2-1 win over Phoenix, marking the second-consecutive game in which he's scored and third in which he registered a point. Analysis: Zdeno Chara has 16 tallies on the season with just 14 assists. While his overall point totals are down, he's closing in on 20 goals, nine of which have come on the power play.
News: James Neal received a maintenance day Thursday and will be re-evaluated Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: James Neal isn't known to be dealing with a specific injury, but both he and Chris Kunitz sat out Thursday's practice. While he seems likely to play in Saturday's game against the Flyers, Neal may be in some danger of missing that contest.
News: Tuukka Rask stopped all but one of the 21 shots he faced in Thursday's 2-1 win over Phoenix, giving Boston eight straight wins. Analysis: A few signs pointed to Chad Johnson getting the nod for Boston on Thursday, but the Bruins stayed with the hot hand in Tuukka, who also allowed just one goal in Wednesday's win over Montreal. Tuukka Rask has been one the league's best all season, but expect to see Johnson get a start or two down the stretch for the red-hot B's.
News: Alexander Sulzer left Thursday's game with an upper-body injury and will not return. Analysis: Making his return from a lower-body injury, Alexander Sulzer logged just 1:23 of ice time before being forced back out of action. With the two issues seemingly unrelated, it's unclear exactly where he stands.