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: Coach Mike Johnston said Friday that Christian Ehrhoff (upper body) won't be able to skate until next week, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: Johnston wouldn't reveal the nature of Christian Ehrhoff's upper-body injury, but there's reason to think he may have suffered a recurrence of a concussion after slamming head-first into the boards in Tuesday's game against the Blues. The Penguins don't appear to have a definitive timetable for Ehrhoff's return, but if he's indeed able to skate next week, the team might shed more light on his condition. Derrick Pouliot is expected to benefit the most from Ehrhoff's absence.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury will be in the crease for Sunday's game against the Sharks, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: With Thomas Greiss kicking off the Penguins' back-to-back set with a start Saturday against the Coyotes, Marc-Andre Fleury will be tasked with the tougher matchup of the two. Fleury has lost four of his last five decisions, and while he wasn't sharp in his last two turns, the disappearance of his offense bears the brunt of the responsibility for his demise. Fortunately, the team looks like it could have Evgeni Malkin (lower body) and potentially Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) back in its lineup by Sunday, which would certainly bolster Fleury's chances of getting back on track. Even with the minor dip in performance, Fleury's ratios for the season (2.27 GAA, .921 save percentage) are above average, making him a playable option on an ongoing basis.
News: Thomas Greiss will be in goal for Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: With the Penguins playing a back-to-back set of games this weekend, Marc-Andre Fleury will be saved for the tougher matchup Sunday versus the Sharks while Thomas Greiss gets the cushy draw against his former team. Though the Coyotes have accumulated eight goals over their last two games, they still rank 29th in the league with 2.04 goals per game and count the since-departed Keith Yandle as their scoring leader with 41 points. Greiss makes for both a great streaming option in season-long leagues and a strong, affordable play in daily formats.
News: Evgeni Malkin (lower body) felt strong after participating in Friday's practice and believes there's a "great chance" he'll be able to play Saturday against the Coyotes. Analysis: The Penguins could surely use Evgeni Malkin back in their lineup, as the team has lost five of the last six games the center has missed while scoring a total of seven goals. While Malkin said he'll likely be cleared to play if he reports no pain or soreness over night, due to the 1:00 ET start time of Saturday's match, his availability may not be clarified until pregame warmups.
News: Daniel Carcillo (upper body) will not play Friday against the Blue Jackets, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: Daniel Carcillo wasn't present for Friday's morning skate after suffering the injury two days ago against the Flyers, so it appears safe to rule him out for the game. Teuvo Teravainen will enter the lineup in Carcillo's place.
News: Clarke MacArthur (concussion) was cleared to return to the lineup Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. The Senators officially activated him from injured reserve Friday, according to the NHL's official media site. Analysis: After practicing with the Senators on Friday and receiving clearance to travel with the team to Toronto, Clarke MacArthur learned that he passed the concussion test he took Thursday, which was the final hurdle he needed to clear in order to play again. Coach Dave Cameron didn't formally announce that MacArthur would return to the lineup Saturday, and with the Senators kicking off a back-to-back set, it's possible the team holds him out until Sunday's home date with the Panthers. However, with the injuries to both Milan Michalek and Matt Puempel compromising the Senators' depth on the wing, it seems more likely than not that MacArthur checks back in Saturday.
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.