News: Patrick Maroon scored his ninth goal 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 Maroon 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: Jake McCabe (concussion) may resume playing with AHL Rochester next week, Rob Sanderson of FOX Sports 1280 reports. Analysis: The concussion has kept Jake McCabe out of commission for Rochester since March 4. The blueliner likely would have been in line to join the Sabres as a late-season call-up, but the long-term absence due to the head injury probably dashes those hopes.
News: Nikita Zadorov is expected to serve as a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Avalanche, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. Analysis: In what has become a recurring theme this season, coach Ted Nolan expressed frustration with Nikita Zadorov's play during Thursday's loss to the Coyotes, and it appears it will cost the young defenseman his lineup spot. Despite Thursday's game going to overtime, Zadorov saw his ice time decline for a third straight game, as he finished with 9:46 of action on the evening. Look for Tyson Strachan to swap in for Zadorov on the Sabres' third defensive pairing.
News: Tyler Ennis (upper body) will travel with the Sabres on their two-game road trip, but won't play Saturday against the Avalanche. Analysis: With a goal and a power-play assist, Tyler Ennis was perhaps the Sabres' brightest star in Thursday's loss to the Coyotes in Tankapalooza 2015, but was ultimately forced out of the contest in the third period due to the injury. It doesn't sound like the ailment is too significant for Ennis, but he'll need at least one game off to recover. Though Ennis could be ready to go in time for Monday's rematch with the Coyotes in Arizona, Tim Schaller will fill his spot in Saturday's contest.
News: Anders Lindback is expected to receive the start in goal Friday against the Avalanche. Analysis: With Matt Hackett battling knee soreness over the last couple of days, it makes sense that coach Ted Nolan is leaning toward giving Anders Lindback the nod in goal. Lindback is currently sitting on an excellent .926 save percentage over his nine appearances, but he's fallen below the .900 threshold his last two times and has only managed to pick up one win thus far. The league-worst Sabres aren't going to get much better over the final handful of games, so don't expect Lindback's results to improve either.
News: Rene Bourque (upper body) will not play Friday against the Blackhawks. Analysis: Rene Bourque was limited to skating on his own during Friday's morning skate, so he'll be forced to sit out his second straight game. The injury has come at an unfortunate time for Bourque, as he had potted three goals and put 12 shots on net in the last two games he played. He could be back in action for Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, but a top-line role might not necessarily be waiting for him.
News: Brandon Dubinsky (upper body) was present for the Blue Jackets' morning skate and looks to be back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Blackhawks. Analysis: Brandon Dubinsky returned to practice Thursday without incident, and after missing the team's last four games, he appears set to play again. The forward skated on the second line with Artem Anisimov and Nick Foligno during the Blue Jackets' morning skate session. A variety of injuries have limited Dubinsky to just 38 games this season, but he's been reasonably productive when healthy, tallying nine goals and 25 points.
News: James Reimer will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Senators, Terry Koshan of the Ottawa Sun reports. Analysis: After coming on to stop all 11 of the shots he faced in relief of Jonathan Bernier in Thursday's loss to the Panthers, James Reimer will be rewarded with the starting nod. Reimer has typically thrived against the Senators over his career (10-3-1, 2.33 GAA, .934 save percentage in 16 appearances), but many of those wins came when he was a member of at least semi-competitive Leafs squads. Needless to say, he doesn't find himself in nearly as favorable of a team context right now, and as such, shouldn't be trusted to deliver positive results.
News: Brett Connolly (finger) took part in line rushes during Friday's practice. Analysis: Brett Connolly alternated in and out with David Pastrnak as the right wing on the Bruins' second pairing. The fact that he didn't have a spot to himself suggests that Connolly probably won't be an option over the next couple of games for the Bruins, but the team isn't closing the door on the forward joining the lineup before season's end. Connolly's progress will remain under evaluation over the next couple of days before the Bruins reach a possible target date for his return.