News: Brendan Gallagher scored his 18th goal of the season and was plus-1 in Thursday night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher is enjoying life since his move to the top line -- that's the place to be for a Canadien forward. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) in the previous eight games.
News: Devan Dubnyk will start Friday's game against the Hurricanes, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: This will be Devan Dubnyk's 23rd consecutive start since he joined the Wild in mid-January. His numbers are otherworldly, highlighted by a 17-3-1 record, 1.62 GAA and .938 save percentage. Of course, the Wild got off to such a slow start this season that they're still in considerable danger of missing the playoffs, despite playing dominant hockey for the past two months. Expect to see plenty more of Dubnyk down the stretch.
News: Alex Goligoski netted his third goal of the season and picked up two PIM in Thursday's shootout win over the Panthers. Analysis: Alex Goligoski's marker tied the game at three apiece with 12:21 remaining in the third period, before the Stars ultimately prevailed in the third round of the shootout. The Stars will be counting on Goligoski to raise is offensive game with 16-goal blueliner Trevor Daley scheduled to miss the next 2-to-4 weeks, but it's unclear if the 29-year-old has another gear in him. After tallying a career-best 42 points in 2013-14, Goligoski has seen his scoring regress a bit this season, mustering three goals and 24 assists over 65 games.
News: Andrew Hammond will start Friday's game against the Sabres. Analysis: With both Craig Anderson (hand) and Robin Lehner (concussion) still sidelined, Andrew Hammond will try to continue his recent run of excellence. The matchup is certainly conducive to improving his record to 7-0-1.
News: Peter Holland gathered an assist and picked up a five-minute major penalty in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning. Analysis: After rattling off a three-game point streak in December, Peter Holland has been mostly quiet offensively since then, registering only two goals and four assists in 22 games. He hasn't been able to hang his hat on PIM production with much frequency either, as evidenced by the 29 total penalty minutes he's served this season. Holland's usefulness remains limited to deeper leagues.
News: Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on Curtis Glencross' power play goal in Washington's 2-1 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday. Analysis: The assist snaps a nine game skid where the talented Russian failed to get on the scoresheet. With the monkey of his back, hopefully the Evgeny Kuznetsov can start playing at a higher level. Keep an eye on him in the next game or two, as the renewed confidence might give him some late-season sleeper value if he can pick his game up.
News: Alex Ovechkin (lower body) took the ice for Friday's practice, but he did not stick around for long, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Alex Ovechkin missed Thursday's game against the Wild, and he's seemingly in danger of missing Saturday's game against the Sabres. The Capitals may provide an update Friday afternoon, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Ovechkin come down to another game-time decision.
News: Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed) said he is ready to play in Friday's game against the Flames, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Jonathan Ericsson missed Thursday's practice as a precaution, but there's no indication that his undisclosed injury is anything serious. It may just have been general soreness, and he should be fine for Friday's game.
News: Jimmy Howard confirmed that he will start Friday's game against the Flames, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Coming off a fantastic showing against the Rangers on Wednesday, Jimmy Howard draws a Calgary team that played an overtime game Thursday night. Howard hasn't lost a game in regulation since Feb. 16, and he'll be heavily favored Friday night.
News: Nathan MacKinnon has been diagnosed with a fractured foot and will be out for 6-to-8 weeks. Analysis: The injury likely ends what has been a disappointing season for Nathan MacKinnon, who had seen his scoring tail off considerably from his Calder Trophy-winning rookie campaign. It might also represent the final nail in the coffin for the Avs' fleeting playoff hopes, as the team's underwhelming offensive attack doesn't figure to improve with the removal of one of its top playmakers. The 19-year-old is still a prime piece of real estate in dynasty formats, but those in season-long leagues are best served cutting bait following the long-term injury. MacKinnon's absence should create more opportunities for youngsters Dennis Everberg and Joey Hishon to see looks on scoring lines.