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: While Marc-Edouard Vlasic didn't continue his scoring streak, he was a plus-1 with six blocked shots through 21:35 of ice time in Friday's win over the Islanders. Analysis: Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been a great value for where he was likely drafted in your league. He's blocking shots, scoring more than was expected, his plus-30 rating is third best in the league, and his playing big minutes. There's not much to dislike about his stats this year.
News: Lars Eller was reunited with Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk at Friday's practice and the three will skate together Saturday night against the Senators, Hockey Inside Out reports. "We know each other very well and we're very comfortable playing with each other. I look forward to Saturday," Eller told reporters after practice. "I always like playing with those two. We have fun playing together and have different assets which gel well together. We're always creating scoring chances out there, and when you do that the goals will follow." Analysis: This unit was very successful early in the season and the current reunion is good news for Lars Eller, who is mired in the worst slump of his career with just one assist in the past 24 games.
News: Tyler Kennedy returned to the lineup Friday after being scratched for two straight games. He finished with three shots through 12:35 of ice time. Analysis: With Raffi Torres likely to return to the lineup on Sunday, it's possible we see Tyler Kennedy's name on the scratch list again. Until he finds his offensive game, he may have a tough time cracking the lineup on a consistent basis.
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.