News: Patrick Maroon scored his ninth of the season Thursday night against the Bruins. Analysis: A nifty little move allowed Patrick Maroon to get open and fire a shot past Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask. He's only managed 33 points on the season, but he remains part of a whole host of Ducks who are hanging around the outer region of fantasy relevance.
News: Corey Perry scored in the last minute of the third to send Thursday's game against the Bruins to overtime. Analysis: He struggled throughout the early part of March with just four points in the first nine games, but has bounced back nicely with four goals and an assist in his last five. Corey Perry is heating up at just the right time for the Ducks.
News: Kevin Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) practiced fully Friday and said he's "ready to go" for Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Kevin Shattenkirk skated on the Blues' third defensive pairing next to Barret Jackman and slotted in on the power play, both of which would seemingly suggest he'll return to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 1. The All-Star blueliner, who accumulated eight goals and 40 points in 49 games prior to requiring surgery, still remains listed on the team's injured reserve list, but figures to be formally activated following Saturday's morning skate.
News: Marcus Johansson had an assist on Karl Alzner's goal during Washington's 3-2 OT win over New Jersey on Thursday. Analysis: Marcus Johansson has just a goal and two assists in his last eight games despite getting prominent ice time at even strength and on the power play. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old forward gets enough playing time with skilled teammates like Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom where he still has some sleeper value in the final weeks of the season.
News: Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) skated on the top defensive pairing with Alex Pietrangelo during Friday's practice, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports. Analysis: This would seem to add further validation to the reports earlier in the week that Carl Gunnarsson is on track to return to the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jackets following a two-game absence. Expect coach Ken Hitchcock to confirm the blueliner's return to the lineup after Saturday's morning skate.
News: Eric Fehr tallied a goal in Washington's 3-2 OT win against New Jersey. Analysis: Eric Fehr was demoted to the fourth line, but still managed to score his first goal since Mar. 3, and ended an eight-game skid where he failed to record a single point. Although he has had a fine season for a depth player, his lack of offensive opportunities and inconsistency in scoring render him a reach in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues.
News: Andrew Hammond (undisclosed) limped out of the rink at Friday's practice, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: Andrew Hammond looked ginger during Thursday's loss to the Rangers, and he was eventually pulled in the second period, after allowing five goals on 22 shots. If Hammond can't play in Saturday's game against Toronto, the Senators hope Craig Anderson (hand) will be ready. If neither Hammond nor Anderson can play, Chris Driedger will get the start.
News: Erik Cole (upper body) is not practicing Friday and will likely miss the next two games, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports. Analysis: Erik Cole suffered the injury Tuesday night, and then missed Thursday's game against the Sharks. With the Red Wings not practicing again ahead of their weekend back-to-back set, Cole won't have an opportunity to demonstrate he's healthy until Monday. His next opportunity to play could come against Ottawa on Tuesday.
News: Clarke MacArthur (concussion) is traveling to Toronto for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, TSN 1200's Dean Brown reports. Analysis: Clarke MacArthur took a concussion test Thursday but does not yet know the results. His status for Saturday's game will likely depend upon the outcome of the test, which should be available at some point Friday.
News: Craig Anderson (hand) will travel to Toronto for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: With Andrew Hammond (undisclosed) suddenly banged up, Craig Anderson's potential return becomes a hot issue. If neither Hammond nor Anderson is ready for Saturday, Chris Driedger will likely get the start. It sounds as if Anderson should be available, but he hasn't been officially cleared. Ottawa also has a game against the Panthers on Sunday.