News: Kyle Palmieri found the net for a power-play goal in Tuesday's win over the Canucks. Analysis: The goal was Kyle Palmieri's 10th overall on the season, and fourth with the man advantage. Despite missing about half the season due to ankle and shoulder injuries, Palmieri has shined for the Ducks when healthy, tallying 15 points in 24 games, including five in his last six.
News: Patrick Maroon notched an empty-net goal in Tuesday's 4-0 thrashing of the Canucks. Analysis: A week off the schedule did little to slow Patrick Maroon from staying productive, as the goal helped him extend his point streak to four games (three goals, three assists). He's seen ice time above his season average in all four of those contests, suggesting coach Bruce Boudreau is content with keeping him on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. He's worth a look while he remains in that favorable arrangement, but can probably be dropped once an inevitable slump hits.
News: Tyler Kennedy (unspecified issue) was not at Wednesday's morning skate, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News. Analysis: Tyler Kennedy -- who has seven points in 18 games to date -- skated Tuesday, so it's unclear if his absence Wednesday is injury or maintenance-related.
News: Sami Vatanen added an assist to his ledger in Tuesday's win over the Canucks. Analysis: Sami Vatanen has been one of the league's most productive blueliners on the power-play with six goals and 10 assists on the man advantage, but it's his lack of even-strength production that has weighed down his plus/minus rating compared to other players on the Ducks. He's at least shown some signs of reversing that trend lately, going a collective plus-8 over the last six games, with two of his four of his points during that stretch coming at 5-on-5 play.
News: Curtis Glencross (lower body) will not return to action Thursday against the Wild, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: Curtis Glencross was able to get in a practice Wednesday, but it won't be enough for the coaching staff to sign off on his return to the lineup. He'll instead turn his focus to getting ready for Saturday's game against the Oilers.
News: Chris Porter (high-ankle sprain) is no longer wearing a cast, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Chris Porter has been able to walk around normally, but it isn't clear when he'll be able to resume skating. The Blues plan to reevaluate his condition next Monday.
News: Jonas Hiller will be back in the crease for Thursday's game against the Wild, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet.ca reports. Analysis: Jonas Hiller will earn his third straight start on the strength of stellar one-goal performances against both the Ducks and Sabres. With young upstart Joni Ortio back in the minors, Hiller should have plenty of leash as the Flames' No. 1 goalie ahead of Karri Ramo.
News: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net against the Canadiens on Thursday, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Analysis: Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals against their New York City rivals in the Islanders, stopping 34 of the 38 shots he faced overall. He will look for his first win of the second half Thursday against a Canadiens squad scoring just 2.63 goals per game on the season.
News: Joffrey Lupul (lower body) remains on injured reserve and will not return to action Wednesday against the Devils, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Joffrey Lupul has resumed on-ice activity over the last couple of days, but wasn't as advanced in his recovery from injury as Peter Holland (upper body) and Leo Komarov (shoulder), both of whom were cleared to return to action Wednesday. The winger would seem to have a feasible chance at playing Thursday against the Coyotes for the second game of a back-to-back set.
News: Scott Laughton (upper body) was able to get in a skate Wednesday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: General manager Ron Hextall suggested that Scott Laughton is starting to make progress after noticing limited healing upon suffering the injury two weeks ago. Even so, Laughton hasn't resumed practicing with the team just yet, putting a return to action on the back burner for now.