Ducks' Beleskey To Remain Out Wednesday
, LW, ANA
News: Matt Beleskey
(lower body) will not play Wednesday against the Oilers, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Matt Beleskey
wasn't able to return to the ice during the Ducks' morning skate, which will prevent him for suiting up for a second straight game. Jiri Sekac is slated to skate on the top line in Beleskey's absence.
News: Martin St. Louis
(knee) is slated to play Thursday against the Wild.
Analysis: Martin St. Louis
, who is bouncing back from a sprained right MCL, last suited up for the Rangers on March 15. Based on Wednesday's practice, look for St. Louis to work on a line with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin upon his return to the Rangers' lineup on Thursday. Prior to his injury, St. Louis had recorded 20 goals and 47 points in 68 games.
Kings' Pearson Not Healing As Quickly As Hoped
, LW, LA
News: Tanner Pearson
(leg) underwent an X-ray Tuesday, which didn't show as much healing as he had hoped, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Tanner Pearson
appeared to be making a bid for returning to the lineup before the end of the regular season, but those plans may have hit some friction with the news he received following his X-ray. While it doesn't sound like the winger is dealing with a major setback, the Kings haven't wavered from the three-month timetable Pearson was issued after suffering the injury Jan. 10. If his subsequent skates with the team continue to go well, Pearson could put himself on track to return for the first round of the playoffs.
Panthers' Boyes Scores In Loss Tuesday
, RW, FLA
News: Brad Boyes
scored an unassisted goal in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Analysis: Brad Boyes
reached the 36-point mark for the second straight season with his 13th goal of the season on Tuesday. Boyes isn't the same scorer he was a few years ago, when he scored 55 or more points three times in four seasons between 2007 and 2011, but Boyes can still provide a veteran presence. He has limited fantasy value as the Panthers come down the home stretch.
Ducks' Jackman Back Skating
, RW, ANA
News: Tim Jackman
(lower body) has resumed skating over the last few days, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
He won't play in Wednesday's game against the Oilers, but seems to be trending toward a return to the lineup before the final week of the regular season. Tim Jackman
will give the Ducks' fourth line some added toughness once he gets back in action.
Bruins' Pastrnak Credited With Two Assists Tuesday
, RW, BOS
A goal initially credited to David Pastrnak
in Tuesday's win over Florida, has been awarded to Ryan Spooner, with Milan Lucic and Pastrnak drawing helpers on the tally.
The game log now shows that David Pastrnak
recorded two assists in the contest, with the rookie having notched five points over his last three games overall. Though fellow foward Brett Connolly is nearing a return and David Krejci looks poised to return to center, the Lucic/Pastrnak/Spooner line has been clicking, so it looks as though the trio should remain intact for the time being.
Sharks' Brown Could Be Close To Playing
, RW, SJ
News: Mike Brown
(leg) skated as an extra on the fourth line during Wednesday's practice, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Coach Todd McLellan said that Mike Brown
wouldn't be ready to play Wednesday against the Avalanche, but with another practice, the winger might be cleared to return over the weekend. Brown has been sidelined since Dec. 9 with a broken fibula.
Leafs' Kessel Gets Two More Assists
, RW, TOR
News: Phil Kessel
picked up two assists in Wednesday's loss to Buffalo.
Yes, a loss to the Sabres. But at least he finished plus-2, something that hasn't happened much in 2015. He does have five assists in his last three games, so maybe he will finish the year with a flourish. Roll the dice.
News: Patrick Sharp
just had a rest day on Wednesday as the reason for not skating in Blackhawks' morning practice, but will be in the lineup on Thursday against the Canucks, CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Patrick Sharp
's numbers are down this year -- 14 goals and 26 assists -- part of that is due to missing time with a leg injury, but his play has contributed to the Blackhawks sputtering at times on offense this season. In his career against the Canucks, Sharp has 10 goals and six assists in 30 games.
The Sharks assigned Nikolay Goldobin
to AHL Worcester on Wednesday, csnbayarea.com reports.
Analysis: Nikolay Goldobin
, the 27th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is coming off a season in which he notched 11 goals and 21 points in 38 games with HIFK of the Finnish league. With his team in Finland now eliminated from the playoffs, Goldobin is in line to bolster Worcester's roster for the team's upcoming postseason push.