News: Frederik Andersen, who has been confirmed to start Friday's game against the Penguins, is set to split the goaltending duties with John Gibson through the remainder of the season, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: Coach Bruce Boudreau suggested after Friday's morning skate that the Ducks would adopt the timeshare in goal, with both netminders likely alternating starts. Should Boudreau stick with that plan, Frederik Andersen's rest-of-season value would take an obvious hit, as he's been a bountiful source of wins prior to missing time with an upper-body injury, going 30-8-5. With fewer opportunities for Andersen to build his counting statistics, fantasy owners may want to consider dangling him for a goalie option that stands to see more use over the final few weeks of the season.
News: Andrey Makarov was recalled from AHL Rochester on Friday. Analysis: According to John Vogl of the Buffalo News, Chad Johnson suffered a lower body injury during the morning skate for Friday's game against Ottawa. Johnson was previously scheduled to start the first game of a back-to-back, so it's possible Andrey Makarov could make his NHL debut this weekend. The Russian netminder has struggled for AHL Rochester this season, posting a 14-14-3 record, 3.04 GAA and .899 save percentage.
News: Tyler Kennedy (upper body) has joined the team on their current road trip, according to Newsday. Analysis: Tyler Kennedy had been sent back to new your to get examined but apparently all signs point to the injury not being serious. There still is no word on whether or not he will play Saturday but a return to the team should signify that he will make his Islanders debut sooner rather than later.
News: Thomas Greiss has been confirmed as the starter in goal for Friday's game against the Ducks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: The Penguins will kick off a back-to-back set with the little-used Thomas Greiss, leaving regular netminder Marc-Andre Fleury to man the net for Saturday's tilt with the Kings. Despite pedestrian ratios (2.82 GAA, .906 save percentage), Greiss has been the beneficiary of some strong offensive support in his starts, staking him to a 7-3-3 record on the campaign. For that reason, he normally makes for a decent streaming option on most occasions he's slated to enter the crease, but it's probably best to avoid using him against Anaheim, which leads the NHL with 91 points.
News: Kyle Okposo (eye) has joined the team on their current road trip, according to Newsday. Analysis: Kyle Okposo started skating on his own Monday but is now ready to participate in team practices. He is still likely to miss the game Saturday versus the Panthers but perhaps he could return mid to late next week.
News: Christian Ehrhoff (concussion) didn't take part in the Pens' morning skate Friday, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: It appears safe to rule Christian Ehrhoff out for Friday's game against the Ducks, and he's not out of the woods yet for a longer absence after suffering a setback with his recovery from a concussion. Consider him unlikely to play in Saturday's game against the Kings, too.
News: Cody McLeod will skate on the Avs' second line for the game in Columbus on Saturday, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: Cody McLeod will fill the void created by the injury to Nathan MacKinnon, and skate alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly in Saturday's matchup against the Blue Jackets. It was not stated as to whether this will be a lineup used for the remainder of the season or just a temporary fix for the game against Columbus.
News: Korbinian Holzer (concussion) skated with the Ducks at Friday's morning session, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports. Analysis: The concussion has prevented Korbinian Holzer from suiting up with the Ducks since his Mar. 2 acquisition from the Maple Leafs, but it looks like he's almost fully recovered from the head injury. It doesn't sound as though he'll join the lineup for Friday's game against the Penguins, but he could be ready to go in advance of Monday's tilt with the Canucks.
News: Matt Irwin left Friday's practice due to an upper body injury, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports. Analysis: The injury leaves Matt Irwin uncertain for Saturday's game against the Canucks. The blueliner has been surprisingly productive of late, with a point in each of his last four games, after managing just 11 points through the first 36 games of the season.
News: Brett Connolly (broken finger) underwent successful surgery Thursday morning, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: As was suggested earlier in the week, Brett Connolly will be forced to miss the next six weeks while he heals up, taking a return before the end of the regular season off the table. The Bruins failed to get a single game from Connolly following his acquisition prior to Monday's trade deadline.