News: Riley Sheahan (upper body) will travel with the Red Wings to New York for Sunday's game against the Islanders, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Though Riley Sheahan will miss his first game of the season Saturday against the Lightning, it doesn't appear that the center will be unavailable for very long. General manager Ken Holland said before Saturday's game that Sheahan has reported improvement with his condition and is being viewed as day-to-day. It's possible that he might suit up for Sunday's game, though it's probably more likely that the team will give him some additional time off to recover.
News: Anders Lindback has been confirmed as the starter in goal for Saturday's tilt with the Avalanche, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports. Analysis: Anders Lindback has alternated starts with Matt Hackett over the last few games, but he still appears in line to handle the majority of the turns in goal the rest of the way for Sabres. That won't exactly amount to much, as the team has barely been able to remain competitive most nights. Over nine appearances (eight starts) with the Sabres, Lindback is 1-5-2 with a 2.67 GAA and .926 save percentage.
News: Alexander Semin is expected to miss Saturday's game against the Devils due to a hamstring injury, Chantel McCabe of FOX Sports Florida reports. Analysis: Alexander Semin missed the Hurricanes' morning skate Saturday to receive further evaluation on the injury, so it appears safe to count him out for at least one game. Patrick Dwyer is expected to reenter the lineup in Semin's stead.
News: Erik Johnson (knee) participated during the Avs' morning skate and could be back in the lineup Saturday against the Sabres, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The Avalanche are still listing Erik Johnson on injured reserve, but that could change over the afternoon if team doctors determine he's now sufficiently recovered from the knee injury. The blueliner has been skating with the team for a week, and even if his return doesn't come Saturday, it looks like the Avalanche will get him back within the next few days. The All-Star has been sidelined since late January.
News: Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) is participating in pregame warmups and looks to be back in the lineup Saturday against the Lightning, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: The Red Wings didn't appear to be skating any extra forwards in warmups, so it looks safe to count Pavel Datsyuk after the forward missed the past five games. Staying healthy has been a bit of an issue for Datsyuk this season, but he's managed to deliver elite production when healthy. He has compiled 23 goals, 35 assists, and a plus-11 rating over his 57 games.
News: T.J. Oshie missed the Blues' morning skate with an illness, but is expected to play later in the evening Saturday against the Blue Jackets, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: Coach Ken Hitchcock didn't seem to think that T.J. Oshie's illness was particularly severe, so the winger will rest up over the afternoon with the hope that it will allow him to suit up later in the evening. His availability or potential absence should be confirmed based on pregame warmups, which will be conducted about a half hour prior to the 8:00 ET puck drop.
News: Clarke MacArthur will be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Mark Masters of TSN reports. Analysis: As was expected after the team cleared him to play Friday, Clarke MacArthur will skate on the Sens' second line in his first game since leaving a Feb. 16 contest with the head injury. The timing for MacArthur's return is quite fortunate for the Senators, as the team lost another top-six winger in Milan Michalek to a concussion last weekend.
News: Sean Bergenheim will likely be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Kings, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Sean Bergenheim will head to the bench with Ryan Carter back from a shoulder injury. It's not clear if Bergenheim is getting a night off amid back-to-back games or if he'll now regularly be a healthy scratch.
News: Ben Bishop will be in the net for Saturday's game against the Red Wings, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Analysis: Ben Bishop will look to redeem himself after he was pulled early Thursday against the Predators upon allowing three goals on 11 shots. He could surrender the occasional start to Andrei Vasilevskiy before the season draws to a close, but Bishop is still clearly locked in as the Bolts' No. 1 netminder. With a win Saturday against the Red Wings, he'll tie the career-best total of 37 victories he notched a season ago.
News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Kings, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Ryan Carter had sat out the Wild's previous 24 games, though the last two came while he was a healthy scratch. Now far enough removed from the shoulder injury he suffered in early February, Carter will step back into the lineup for Sean Bergenheim on the Wild's fourth line. Carter has three goals and 13 points in 48 games this season.