News: Brendan Gallagher scored his 18th goal of the season and was plus-1 in Thursday night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings. Analysis: Brendan Gallagher is enjoying life since his move to the top line -- that's the place to be for a Canadien forward. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) in the previous eight games.
News: Anton Khudobin was in the starter's crease for morning skate, ahead of Friday's game against the Wild, NHL.com's Michael Smith reports. Analysis: With Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward both receiving significant playing time of late, it wouldn't be surprising to see Khudobin get the nod, after Ward handled the last two games. Khudobin draws a tricky matchup against the red-hot Wild, though the Canes have also played pretty well recently.
News: Jordan Schroeder had four shots on goal and was on the ice for 13:57 in Thursday's win over Washington. Analysis: Jordan Schroeder was the odd man out when the Wild acquired Sean Bergenheim and Chris Stewart and was a healthy scratch Tuesday. However, Schroeder was back in the lineup with Nino Niederreiter sidelined with a lower body injury.
News: Brad Marchand notched a goal in 18:27 worth of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Flames. Analysis: Brad Marchand, whose high-energy game has resulted in 19 goals and 35 points in 58 games to date, now has three points over his last two outings and almost made it four on Thursday, when he hit the post late in the contest, with the score at 3-3.
News: Ryan Murphy (leg) was activated from injured reserve Friday, the Hurricanes' official website reports. Analysis: Ryan Murphy, who last played in a game Feb. 4, should be back in the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Wild. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, given that Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said Thursday that Murphy's return date was uncertain. The 21-year-old defenseman has seven points (one goal) and a minus-six rating through 21 appearances this season.
News: Jared Cowen (illness) is unlikely to play in Friday's game against the Sabres, TSN's Steve Lloyd reports. Analysis: Jared Cowen's illness is apparently somewhat serious, as he's set to miss a third consecutive game, after recently serving a three-game suspension. He can be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Flames.
News: Tye McGinn picked up an assist Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over Vancouver. It was his first point as a Coyote after they claimed off of waivers from San Jose. He was plus-1 and registered one shot and a hit in the contest. Analysis: Tye McGinn played 33 games with the Sharks this year, collecting one goal and four assists. With the Coyotes' roster depleted by the trades they made at the deadline, McGinn could be a regular on their fourth line, but he won't add a lot to your fantasy squad.
News: B.J. Crombeen scored his second goal of the season Thursday in a 3-2 win over Vancouver. He was plus-1 with three shots on net in the contest. Analysis: B.J. Crombeen has been a regular scratch for Arizona, but with the trades the Coyotes made at the deadline he could be a more regular part of their lineup down the stretch on the fourth line. He won't add much to your fantasy team, except for some PIM and hits.
News: Loui Eriksson scored his 15th goal of the season in Thursday's shootout loss to the Flames. Analysis: Loui Eriksson -- who has recorded four points over his last five games -- registered a team-high seven shots Thursday and came close to scoring a couple more goals in addition to his third-period tally. The 29-year-old winger now has 36 points in 62 games this season, which places him second in scoring on the Bruins, behind Patrice Bergeron (45 points).
News: Oliver Ekman-Larsson picked up an assist Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks. He took three shots and added three hits and a block on the night. Analysis: With the departure of Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette, OEL is tied with Sam Gagner for the team lead with 32 points. It has been a tough year in some ways for Oliver Ekman-Larsson (he's got an ugly minus-21), but he has set new career-highs in goals and shots, which suggest some growth. The Coyotes rebuild may hold him back a bit, but he remains among the better young defensemen in the NHL. If you can get him at a good price for next year, consider it.