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: Al Montoya came in for the Jets to start the second period and stopped 13 of 15 shots during the Jets' 4-2 loss to the Rangers Friday. Analysis: Al Montoya was needed after Ondrej Pavelec suffered a lower-body injury and as unable to return. The losss was his fourth-straight but he's allowed just eight goals in that span. It is not yet known how serious the injury to Pavelec is, but should he be out for an extended period of time, Montoya will resume primary duties.
News: Chris Thorburn left Friday's game early in the first period with an undisclosed injury. Analysis: While the exact nature of the injury remained unknown, Chris Thorburn had just returned from an upper-body injury just a few days prior, so it could just be a re-aggravation of the same thing. He should be considered day-to-day, but expect the team to update his condition soon.
News: Peter Regin scored his fourth goal of the season during a losing effort as the Blackhawks fell to the Predators 3-2 on Friday. Analysis: Peter Regin scored almost midway through the third period to put the Hawks to within one goal but the team was unable to complete the comeback. It was his first goal, and actually his first point since February 27.
News: Jonathan Toews scored his 26th goal of the season but the Blackhawks fell to the Predators 3-2 on Friday. Analysis: Jonathan Toews has been red-hot here in the month of March as he's tallied seven goals and one assist over a six-game span. He now has 63 points in 67 games this season and remains a must-start in all formats.
News: Nicklas Jensen scored his first career NHL goal in Friday's loss to Washington. Analysis: Nicklas Jensen tallied in the third period, beating Capitals' goalie Jaroslav Halak with a deadly wrist shot from the top of the circle. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough, as the Canucks lost for the sixth time in eight games. Jensen now has 2 points (1G, 1A) in four games since being recalled from Utica. With the Canucks likely to miss the playoffs, there is chance a rebuild will take place in Vancouver, and Jensen is one of a few top prospects who will be counted on moving forward. If the Canucks officially fall out of playoff contention, coach Tortorella could give more ice time to his rookies, including Jensen. With Daniel Sedin (hamstring) out, Jensen has been playing on the top line, logging 20:19 of ice time against Washington on Friday, including 4:17 on the power play.