News: Dan Hamhuis collected two assists and went plus-3 in Tuesday's shootout win against Nashville. Analysis: Dan Hamhuis has now played 55 games this season, and he still has no goals, with his 21 assists not going a heck of a long way toward making up for that. At least the fine evening pushed his season rating back to the positive end of things (plus-2).
News: Alex Burrows racked up a shorthanded goal, a power-play assist and 15 PIM in Tuesday's shootout win over Nashville. Analysis: The veteran's five-minute major for interference (and game misconduct) at the end of the third period set the Predators up with a great chance to win it, but fortunately for Alex Burrows, Nashville whiffed on the extended man-advantage opportunity. The gritty winger certainly isn't the offensive force he once was, but he's got a decent skill-and-grit combo, with 31 points and 64 PIM in 65 games. He's also scored goals in consecutive games.
News: Drew Miller (facial lacerations) was practicing normally Wednesday after getting cut by a skate in Tuesday's game, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Analysis: It's amazing Drew Miller wasn't hurt worse Tuesday and even crazier that he is back at practice already. It doesn't appear the tough-as-nails winger will miss any time with the injury, and his 13 points will stay in the lineup.
News: David Krejci centered a line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson at practice Wednesday, weei.com reports. Analysis: It remains to be seen if that trio remains intact Thursday against the Red Wings, but a return to the middle could be indicative of David Krejci feeling more comfortable on the ice after missing 15 games with an MCL injury. After notching two helpers in his return to action on March 26, Krejci has not scored a point in his last three games, though he did hit the post in Tuesday's win over the Panthers, while seeing 20:39 worth of ice time.
News: Matt Niskanen had an assist and 21:27 of ice time in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday. Analysis: The helper gives Matt Niskanen five points (all assists) in his last four games. Signed to a lucrative long-term contract this Summer, the 27-year-old Minnesotan has struggled to produce the offensive numbers expected of him this season, but had his best month as a Capital during March, finishing with nine assists in 14 games. Niskanen is heating up at the right time, so if by chance he's still available in your league, grab him immediately.
News: Curtis Glencross netted an assist in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday. Analysis: Acquired from the Calgary at the trade deadline to provide more secondary scoring, Curtis Glencross has struggled in his first few weeks as a Capital, and now finds himself on the fourth line with Michael Latta and Tom Wilson. The assist gives him 35 points on the season, but is his only point in the last six games. With reduced ice time, the pending unrestricted free agent will need to shift into a higher gear if he is to provide the Capitals the meaningful support they need, and the long-term contract he desires at the season's end.
News: Jason Chimera recorded an assist in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday. Analysis: The assist comes on the heels of a two goal outing against the Rangers on Sunday. Jason Chimera is playing on the Capitals' third line with Eric Fehr and Brooks Laich, and the trio have been on fire since put together. With only seven goals and 12 assists in 72 games this season, the 35-year-old Chimera is falling short of expectations set by last year's 42 point campaign, but if the trio can continue to perform well in the final two weeks, he may have some fantasy value in deeper leagues.
News: Brett Connolly (finger) took part in contact drills at end of Wednesday's practice, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports. Analysis: Absorbing contact represents further progress for Brett Connolly, who suffered a broken right index finger back on March 4. The Bruins have five more regular season games on tap and it now looks like there's a solid chance we'll see Connolly in the lineup before the team's slate concludes.
News: Patrick Kane (upper body) made a surprise return to Wednesday's practice, participating in a no-contact capacity, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: Patrick Kane had been skating on his own for the last couple of weeks for what was believed to be conditioning purposes, but his return to practice suggests he's progressing much more rapidly than the Blackhawks even expected. The star winger was expected to be out of the lineup until deep in the postseason after he was given a 12-week recovery timetable upon suffering a broken clavicle Feb. 24; however, it now seems somewhat conceivable might not even miss any playoff games at all. As of yet, the Blackhawks haven't upgraded Kane's timetable, but given that the 25-year-old was already firing off wrist shots during Wednesday's practice, optimism certainly seems to be building.
News: The Blues ruled Vladimir Tarasenko out indefinitely Wednesday with a lower-body injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Vladimir Tarasenko appeared to suffer an injury to his leg when he was tripped up midway through the third period of Monday's game against the Canucks. He initially came back out for another shift, but his mobility appeared to be noticeably compromised before he retreated to the locker room soon after. A firmer timetable for Tarasenko's return could be provided after Wednesday's practice, when coach Ken Hitchcock is expected to provide an update on the winger's condition. The Blues' Stanley Cup aspirations would take a major hit if Tarasenko -- who ranks fifth in the NHL with 36 goals -- is forced to miss any time with the playoffs with the injury.