News: Pekka Rinne stopped 31 of 33 shots as the Predators beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday. Analysis: Pekka Rinne lost his first three starts since coming off injured reserve March 4, but has now won his last two and given up a total of 11 goals in the five games he's played since returning. He is currently 5-7-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .918 save percentage.
News: Nick Bonino logged two assists during the second period of a 6-4 win over the Avalanche on Friday. Analysis: Nick Bonino seems to be finding somewhat of a rhythm, as he now has three points in his last two games.
News: Ryan Getzlaf grabbed two assists during the second period of a 6-4 defeat of the Avalanche on Friday. Analysis: In addition to now being tied for the second most points in the NHL this season, Ryan Getzlaf now has five assists over the course of his last four games.
News: Mathieu Perreault scored a goal late in the second period of a 6-4 defeat of the Avalanche on Friday. Analysis: The Ducks have to be happy to see their center find the net in only his second game back since returning from a forearm injury.
News: Ben Lovejoy scored a goal during the second period of a 6-4 defeat of the Avalanche on Friday. Analysis: Scoring a goal during his first game back is a good sign that he's recovering well from his recent illness.
News: With no points in six games since his arrival in DC and phenom Evgeny Kuznetsov fresh off a three assist outing on Friday, Dustin Penner spent Saturday's practice with Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson on the team's fourth line, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports. Analysis: Dustin Penner has been slow to acclimate to his new surroundings in DC. The demotion to the fourth line does not bode well for his chances to turn things around in the short-term. Unless or until he gets to play with the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, star players that he might better compliment like he did with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in Anaheim, Penner is only a viable option in the deepest of leagues.
News: Casey Wellman centered phenom Evgeny Kuznetsov and Troy Brouwer on the team's second line during Saturday's practice, Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports. Analysis: With Brooks Laich potentially out for Sunday's action, head coach Adam Oates moved slumping Marcus Johansson to the team's top line, opening the door for Casey Wellman to resume his NHL career centering the team's second unit. Wellman's availability hinges on Laich's ability to play on Sunday, but it's hard to recommend adding Wellman, even with the promotion, due to the inconsistent nature of Laich's injury. If Laich is out long-term and Wellman is still centering Kuznetsov and Brouwer, he has some appeal in deeper leagues, but keep an eye on the situation in DC.
News: Marcus Johansson skated with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin on the team's top line during Saturday's practice, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports. Analysis: Marcus Johansson has been centering the team's second line with newcomer Dustin Penner and Troy Brouwer in recent games. However, with Brooks Laich potentially out for Sunday's game against Toronto, head coach Adam Oates has shuffled the deck and reunited Johansson with the team's top guns. Johansson has put up decent numbers this season, but has gone cold of late with no points since March 2nd's game against the Flyers. If past performance is any indication, Johansson's game should pick up if he can stick on the top line for a while. The Swedish Olympian's 30 assists are second only to countryman Nicklas Backstrom on the team lead, and he is third overall among point leaders for the Capitals.
News: Martin Erat (upper body) will not play Saturday against Calgary, according to the Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan. Analysis: Martin Erat was unlikely for the match up with the Flames and his return will more likely come in the next week.
News: Marian Hossa (upper body) will likely play in Sunday's game against the Red Wings, CSN's Tracey Myers reports. Analysis: Marian Hossa has not appeared in a game since March 1, but he has skated the last couple days, and should be able to return Sunday. Expect an update on Hossa's status once the Blackhawks confirm whether or not he will be in Sunday's lineup.