News: Alexander Wennberg (hand) will not play Friday against Chicago. Analysis: Per the report, Alexander Wennberg will remain unavailable for the Blue Jackets on Friday, as he continues to recover from an infection on his right hand.
News: Brandon Dubinsky (upper body) practiced Thursday. Analysis: Meanwhile, coach Todd Richards indicated Thursday that Brandon Dubinsky -- who last played on March 15 -- is expected to suit up for Columbus on Friday against Chicago.
News: Martin St. Louis (knee) was encouraged by the results of his on-ice session Thursday morning, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Analysis: Back on the ice for the first time since spraining his right MCL on March 15, Martin St. Louis was able to skate and shoot the puck during his hour-long session. The winger will wait and see how his knee feels a day later before determining his next course of action, but it doesn't sound like he'll be ready to play in either of the Rangers' two games over the weekend. Next week might represent a more realistic target for his return.
News: Brian Elliott is slated to start Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Moreover, Korac relays via coach Ken Hitchcock that Brian Elliott is in line to see the majority of the Blues' starts heading into playoffs, noting that Hitchcock rewarded Jake Allen for his strong game in Detroit last Sunday with another start in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
News: Reto Berra saved 26 of 27 shots in a relief effort against Edmonton on Wednesday. The Avalanche lost, 4-3. Analysis: Reto Berra replaced Semyon Varlamov with 10:24 remaining in the first period. It was Berra's first appearance since March 10 and could potentially be his last of the season, depending on how coach Patrick Roy and his staff approach the final nine games of the season.
News: Lauri Korpikoski (mouth) will not play Thursday against the Sabres, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Analysis: Lauri Korpikoski is still dealing with a bit of sensitivity in his mouth after he took a high stick to the area in Tuesday's win over the Red Wings. The Coyotes are labeling the forward as day-to-day, with his next chance to play coming Saturday against the Penguins.
News: Jay Beagle remains sidelined with what the Washington Post describes an an apparent left shoulder injury. Analysis: "He's getting closer," coach Barry Trotz said of Jay Beagle on Thursday. "I don't anticipate him playing this weekend, if he did it'd probably be Sunday, but I don't really anticipate that. I expect him early next week sometime." Based on that assessment, Beagle, who last suited up on March 11, doesn't seem likely to return to the Caps' lineup before Tuesday's game against Carolina.
News: Cam Fowler will return to the Anaheim lineup Thursday against Boston, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Coach Bruce Boudreau made Cam Fowler a surprise healthy scratch in the team's last game Tuesday versus Columbus, after the blueliner had posted a minus-3 rating over his 19:31 of ice time in his previous outing against the Rangers. The Ducks are hoping a day out of the lineup was all Fowler needed to get recharged for the final batch of regular-season games. He'll pair up with Simon Despres in Thursday's match.
News: David Krejci (knee) was activated from injured reserve and appears in line to play Thursday against the Ducks. Analysis: After coach Claude Julien called David Krejci probable to play after the team's morning skate, the activation from IR adds further evidence that the forward will suit up. While Julien said that Krejci's status would be officially decided after the Bruins complete their warmup, it seems fairly safe for fantasy owners to pencil him in the lineup for the first time since Feb. 20. The steady play the Bruins have received down the middle from Ryan Spooner over the last several weeks will result in Krejci moving over from his usual center spot to right wing Thursday, likely on a line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Krejci, who has been limited to 38 games during an injury-plagued season, has collected seven goals and 19 assists to date.
News: James Wisniewski will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: After making Cam Fowler a surprise scratch in the Ducks' last game against the Blue Jackets, coach Bruce Boudreau will bump James Wisniewski from the lineup to make room for Fowler's return Thursday. As one of the more high-profile acquisitions at the March 2 trade deadline, it's a bit surprising that Wisniewski will be forced to head to the press box, but the Ducks' growing depth on the blue line likely influenced the decision. Wisniewski hasn't helped matters by performing quietly since arriving in Anaheim, as he's posted zero goals, three assists, and a minus-4 rating over eight games.