News: John-Michael Liles has been diagnosed with a concussion, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: The blueliner will be sidelined indefinitely, but the Canes could be in luck, since Justin Faulk could be returning Thursday. John-Michael Liles has one goal and three assists in 28 games this season, so his absence shouldn't devastate any fantasy rosters.
News: Niklas Backstrom (abdominal soreness) was on the ice in pads Tuesday. "I know that he's still not feeling great, so he's going out there and keeping sharp just in case he can come back," head coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: It was thought Niklas Backstrom would have season-ending surgery, but it looks like that's been held off for now. Still, it's unlikely he'll return in any meaningful role this season.
News: Dany Heatley had an assist in Tuesday's shootout loss to Edmonton. Analysis: Dany Heatley has been moved to the fourth line with the trades for Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick. Despite the assist, he's getting less playing times with less than ten minutes of ice time the past two games.
News: Justin Fontaine was a healthy scratch in Tuesday's shootout loss to Edmonton. Analysis: The Wild's trades for Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick have moved Justin Fontaine to the bench as he's been a healthy scratch for three consecutive games.
News: Ondrej Pavelec will be in net against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, according to TSN's Rick Ralph. Analysis: Ondrej Pavelec has played a lot of games for the Jets this year and Wednesday would be a great night to start him against the woeful Canucks. Fantasy owners might want to peg this as a nice turnaround game for the Jets, which makes it likely Pavelec will pick up a victory.
News: Vladimir Sobotka (knee) skated with the team Wednesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka has been sidelined since January 31, but has been skating consistently recently, and appears close to a return. He racked up seven goals and 18 assists in 46 games prior to the injury.
News: Jiri Hudler (upper body) should be back in the lineup this weekend or early next week, the Calgary Herald reports. Analysis: Jiri Hudler's injury wasn't overly serious but has still kept him out more than a week. The Flames will certainly welcome back his 44 points to the lineup with all the injury problems they've had as of late.
News: Karri Ramo (knee) is targeting next week for a return, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports. Analysis: Karri Ramo hasn't played since getting hurt February 1 against the Wild, but started skating on his own a week ago. He practiced with teammates Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury, and is targeting next week for a return. He might not be ready for Tuesday's game against the Sabres, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll be available for the team's matchup with the Predators on March 21.
News: James Sheppard added two assists in a win over Toronto on Tuesday. Analysis: Since the offense in San Jose got healthy for the first time all season, James Sheppard has been finding his game. Maybe some healthy competition is just what the doctor ordered. He has two goals and 11 assists on the season, with a goal and six assists coming over his last eight games.
News: Tyler Kennedy was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday against Toronto. Analysis: Tyler Kennedy was expected to have a bounce-back season in San Jose and it's proven to be anything but. In 54 games he has just four goals and 12 assists. Since the break he's played in five of seven games, tallying a single assist and a minus-1 rating. He's also seen his playing time drop off below ten minutes twice in that stretch, with a high-water mark of 11:06. He'll need to prove himself before you should trust him again.