News: Mark Streit will sit out Saturday's game against the Sharks due to an illness, Randy Miller of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: Both Mark Streit and Carlo Colaiacovo are dealing with the flu, prompting the Flyers to recall Mark Alt and Oliver Lauridsen from AHL Lehigh Valley to fill their spots in Saturday's lineup. Streit, who leads all Philadelphia defensemen with 45 points this season, will miss his first game of the season. The Flyers won't play again until Wednesday, which may provide adequate recovery time for Streit.
News: Kevin Fiala was reassigned to AHL Milwaukee on Saturday, Adam Vignan of The Tennessean reports. Analysis: Kevin Fiala's return to the minors signals that the Predators are counting on either James Neal (upper body) or Matt Cullen (lower body) to play Saturday afternoon against the Capitals. The 2014 first-rounder has appeared in one game with the Predators this season.
News: Lubomir Visnovsky (lower body) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Ducks, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Analysis: Lubomir Visnovsky will draw into the lineup for Calvin de Haan after skating the last two days without any complications. The 38-year-old missed the Isles' previous five games with the injury.
News: Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Henrik Lundqvist would return to the net Saturday afternoon against the Bruins, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports. Analysis: After he was activated from long-term injured reserve Wednesday, Henrik Lundqvist served as the backup goalie in his first game back Thursday against the Senators, but that was more of a measure to ease the netminder back into action after just under a two-month absence after taking a puck to the neck. With Vigneault quickly dismissing any goalie controversy by stating earlier this week that Lundqvist was still the team's No. 1 goaltender, expect the King to receive the lion's share of the starts in net the rest of the way as the Rangers look to chase down the Presidents' Trophy. Lundqvist owns a lofty 25-11-3 record to go along with a 2.20 GAA, .922 save percentage, and five shutouts over his 39 appearances this season.
News: Evgeni Malkin (lower body) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Coyotes, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: After experiencing no further soreness with his lower-body injury overnight, Evgeni Malkin will be cleared to play for the first time in six games. The Pens struggled mightily to generate offense in his absence, and with Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) also returning to the lineup Saturday, the team should be able to get back on track against the Coyotes and goalie Mike Smith, who currently sits on a 3.16 GAA and .902 save percentage for the season. Fantasy owners can feel comfortable activating Malkin in his first game back from the injury.
News: Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Coyotes, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: There was some thought that Patric Hornqvist might not be able to return Saturday after he saw only limited involvement in line rushes during Friday's skate, but it looks like the Pens' training staff gave him the go-ahead to play. Making his first appearance since March 15, the winger will slot in on the top line next to Sidney Crosby, bolstering a Penguins attack that has struggled mightily in Hornqvist's and Evgeni Malkin's (lower body) absence.
News: Braden Holtby will be in the crease for Saturday's matinee tilt with the Predators, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Coach Barry Trotz hinted Friday that Braden Holtby would continue to man the net for the Capitals on an every-game basis until the Capitals clinched a playoff berth. Despite leading all goalies in starts this season, Holtby hasn't folded yet, compiling a 36-19-9 record, 2.18 GAA, .925 save percentage, and eight shutouts on the year. He should be kept active against just about any team right now, including Western Conference powers like the Predators.
News: X-rays on the foot injury Daniel Briere suffered earlier this week came back negative, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: After taking a shot off his foot in Monday's game against the Flames, Daniel Briere missed the final two contests of the Avs' road trip, instead opting to return to Denver early. It's not yet clear if he'll be available for Saturday's home game versus the Sabres.
News: Carey Price will be between the pipes Saturday against the Panthers, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports. Analysis: Carey Price was given the night off Thursday against the Jets and should enter the crease feeling fresh Saturday after having not played the previous three days. While his sterling 1.88 GAA, .937 save percentage, and nine shutouts on the season often make Price the best goalie option on the board whenever he takes the net, that might be especially true Saturday. He'll face off against a low-scoring Panthers squad that received the unfortunate news Friday that top playmaker Nick Bjugstad (back) would miss the remainder of the season.
News: Semyon Varlamov will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Sabres, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Semyon Varlamov was given a rare rest Thursday against the Canucks, and though backup Reto Berra was able to lead the Avs back to the win column in impressive fashion, coach Patrick Roy will turn the net back to his No. 1 goalie. While Varlamov has scuffled of late with no wins and exactly three goals allowed in each of his last three games, a matchup with by far the league's worst scoring attack in the Sabres should help the goalie get back on track.