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: Thomas Vanek moved up to the top line for Friday's practice, the Montreal Gazette reports. He's replacing Brendan Gallagher on a line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty for Saturday night's game against Ottawa. Analysis: The Desharnais line is considered the team's best at this point, so this is good news for Thomas Vanek even though he'll be skating on is off (right) wing. This trio produced Montreal's lone goal in Wednesday's loss to the Bruins, Vanek's best game since joining the team.
News: Brendan Gallagher practiced Friday on a line with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk, the Montreal Gazette reports. Thomas Vanek is replacing Gallagher on the top line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. Analysis: This isn't the first time we're seeing Brendan Gallagher, Eller and Galchenyuk on a line. The trio were a productive unit to start the season before coach Michel Therrien broke them up in an effort to create more balanced production. We'll get to see how the reunited line fares Saturday night against Ottawa.
News: Detroit coach Mike Babcock said after Friday's win he hopes to have Darren Helm back for Tuesday's home game against Toronto. Analysis: Darren Helm hasn't played in the month of March, and the Red Wings could really use his speed back in the lineup. Concussions are tricky, however, so wait to make any moves until Helm is solidly back in the lineup.
News: Tomas Tatar drew an assist in Friday's shootout win over Edmonton, his first point in five games. Analysis: Tomas Tatar also scored the only goal in the shootout as the Wings picked up a vital extra point in the playoff race. Tatar is an utterly skilled player but is still finding his legs in the league. He has just one goal in the last 11 games.
News: Riley Sheahan scored Detroit's only goal in Friday's 2-1 shootout win over Edmonton. Analysis: Riley Sheahan was recalled from the AHL prior to the Olympic break ending as the Wings are desperately in need of centers. Sheahan won't score terribly often, but he is seeing added ice time considering the dearth of centers the Wings currently boast.