Quick stopped 17 of 18 shots Thursday in a 3-1 win over Winnipeg -- his fifth straight victory.
It's his second straight game with that exact line, and he's given up a grand total of four goals over the course of this winning streak. Quick's rounding into form at the right time for the Kings and his fantasy owners.
Eriksson scored his seventh goal of the year in Thursday's win over the Capitals.
Eriksson hadn't found twine since back on Jan. 27, going nine games without a goal between then and Thursday. However, he did collect six assists in that span, so with eight points in his last 11 games, he's actually been relatively productive of late -- at least, compared to the rest of this season.
Nikitin (upper body) will travel to Nashville for Saturday's game against the Predators, and the veteran defenseman will be evaluated Friday, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports.
Nikitin left Thursday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return, but he apparently has a chance to be ready by Saturday. With 15 points (two goals) and 18 PIM through 56 games, he hasn't exactly been a fantasy stud this season.
Holtby stopped 40 of 42 shots Thursday in Boston, but was stuck with a 3-0 loss.
Though he's been up and down this year, it's hard to blame Holtby for this loss, considering that the Caps mustered just 16 shots on Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, and Rask stopped them all. Despite the loss, this fine effort should help Holtby in his quest to hold off Jaro Halak for the starting role in Washington.
Rask needed to stop just 16 shots Thursday against Washington for his career-high sixth shutout of the season.
The play in this one pretty much ran in one direction, as the Bruins launched 42 shots on opposing minder Braden Holtby. Rask now leads the NHL in shutouts and continues to post some of the best rate stats around.
03/06/14 - 8:18PM ETJamie Benn
: Three-Point Night
Jamie Benn tallied a goal, two assists, a plus-3 rating, two penalty minutes, four shots, two hits, and four takeaways in a 6-1 blowout over the Canucks on Thursday.
Benn was making it happen in every category Thursday. He's on a three-game point streak and has two goals and seven assists through his last six games.
03/06/14 - 8:15PM ETTyler Seguin
: Registers Third Hat Trick Of Season
Seguin had a career night on Thursday, totaling three goals, two assists, six shots, a plus-3 rating, and a hit in a 6-1 thrashing of the Canucks.
Seguin is on pace to break his all time highs in goals and assists, which would mean the first 30-goal season of his career. He's good. He's very good.
Giguere made 35 saves -- his most since October 10 -- en route to Thursday`s 3-2 overtime upending of the Red Wings.
Jiggy weathered a steady barrage of shots during a tough road game at Joe Louis Arena, keeping the Avs in it just long enough for Andre Benoit to deposit the OT-winner. He had been a dismal 2-5 in his last seven starts but showed vintage flashes of what brought him the Conn Smythe Trophy over a decade ago. The Avs acquired netminder Reto Berra as insurance in case Giguere`s back spasms flare up, so if you`re running a 1-2 Avs platoon in net, make sure you have the right backup behind starter Semyon Varlamov.
Eller will return to Montreal's starting lineup Thursday, LNH.com reports.
Eller will be back in the Canadiens' lineup after being a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game. While it's good to see Eller back starting, he's been very cold of late and has yet to score a goal in 2014.
Laich will sit out Thursday after aggravating his nagging groin injury in Wednesday's loss to the Flyers, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
The Capitals didn't specify Laich was dealing with an injury in their initial report this morning, but it's not surprising given his problems with the ailment the last two seasons. The fact that he's already left the team to return to Washington wouldn't seem to bode well for his status for the games to come.
Zuccarello (hand) will be a game-time decision Friday vs. the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
The general sentiment seems to be that Zuccarello will be back in the fold Friday, and if he participates in morning skate without any setbacks, fantasy owners can probably feel comfortable rolling with him in their lineups. The addition of Zuccarello would only give further firepower to a Rangers lineup that acquired reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Martin St. Louis a day earlier.
Neuvirth is expected to make his Sabres debut Friday against the Panthers.
With the Sabres beginning a back-to-back, it looks like they'll go with Jhonas Enroth on Thursday and Neuvirth on Friday as they look to settle on a full-time goalie the rest of the way. Given the team's greater familiarity with Enroth, it seems like he's a safer bet to see the bulk of the starts the rest of the way, but a strong showing early on from Neuvirth could allow him to finish the season as the team's No. 1.
03/06/14 - 9:46AM ETCameron Schilling
: Recalled from Hershey
Schilling was recalled from AHL Hershey on Thursday.
With John Erksine nursing an undisclosed injury, Schilling will enter the lineup Thursday to make his season debut for the Capitals. He's compiled 12 points and a plus-13 rating over 51 games with Hershey.
03/06/14 - 9:24AM ETBrooks Laich
: (Maintenance) Will Sit Thursday
Laich will not play Thursday against the Bruins.
It doesn't sound like Laich sustained any sort of injury Wednesday against the Flyers, but the team is managing him extremely carefully in light of his repeated groin issues the last two seasons. He was given a maintenance day during Tuesday's practice, and keeping him out of the second game of a back-to-back would seem to be a similar preventative measure. Laich has been producing when he's active -- he potted a goal in Wednesday's game and has four points in four games since the Olympic break.
Alfredsson should play Thursday despite losing a handful of teeth in Tuesday's game, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Alfredsson had what must have been a painful dentist appointment Wednesday, but he should be good to go for Thursday. Tuesday was the first time in five games Alfredsson didn't score, and he's been a reliable fantasy forward all season.
03/06/14 - 8:45AM ETKris Letang
: (Illness): Placed on IR
Letang (illness) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Letang isn't expected to return anytime soon after suffering a stroke in early February, but they haven't needed to make any roster moves until now that would have required his placement on IR. The team is prepared to proceed as though Letang will not play again this season, but they'll await the results of further tests in a couple weeks before reaching a decision on his status.
Brodeur was not traded at Wednesday's trade deadline and will remain with the Devils until his contract expires at the end of the season.
Brodeur's name was thrown about much in the week leading up to Wednesday's deadline, but the future Hall of Famer will remain in New Jersey despite his request to be traded. He is the team's backup at this point, behind Cory Schneider, and should see a handful of starts in the season's final 18 games. The market for goaltenders was rather soft on Wednesday, as the netminders who were dealt were younger and can have more of an impact. Brodeur is just 16 wins away from 700 in his career and very likely could play next season, be it in New Jersey or somewhere else.
Wednesday, March 5
03/05/14 - 7:47PM ETTyler Bozak
: Scores Two, Including GWG
Bozak opened the scoring Wednesday against the Rangers with a penalty shot goal and finished it with the winner in overtime. The Leafs won 3-2.
This guy gets knocked left, right and center for being something less than a top-line center, but all he does is stir the drink for the Leafs' number one unit. He has 12 points, including five goals, in his last 10 games and should be ridden hard by fantasy owners.
Selanne will not play in Wednesday's game against the Canadiens due to the flu, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Selanne was a late scratch with a bout of the flu. The Ducks used the emergency recall to bring up Joseph Cramarossa. Consider Selanne day-to-day with the illness.
03/05/14 - 3:40PM ETBrad Richards
: To Play Alongside Martin St. Louis
Richards and linemate Carl Hagelin will line up with Martin St. Louis in Wednesday's game against Toronto, reports Steve Zipay of Newsday.
It's not a huge surprise since the duo won a Stanley Cup together for Tampa Bay in the 2003-04 season. While Richards is a minus-4 in three games since the Olympic break, he's registered a goal and an assist in his last two contests. Though there's no guarantee the combination sticks, with speedy wingers on either side of the veteran center, the sky is the limit in the final six weeks of the season.
Datsyuk (knee) will be out for the next three weeks, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.
GM Ken Holland said Datsyuk would not require surgery, but will instead be reevaluated after three weeks with the hope that he's put his knee issues behind him by that point. Datsyuk's long-term absence certainly explains Wednesday's acquisition of David Legwand, who figures to assume most of Datsyuk's duties at center. That being said, Legwand will have a tough time replicating the near point-per-game production Datsyuk has provided over the last few seasons for the Red Wings.
The Capitals have acquired Halak and a third-round draft pick in 2015 from the Sabres in exchange for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla, the team's official site reports.
Halak's stay with the Sabres following his trade from the Blues was predictably short-lived, with his move to the Caps now presumably putting him in line to work in tandem with Braden Holtby down the stretch. Meanwhile, Halak is in the final year of his deal and on track to hit free agency this summer, the Washington Post reports.
Legwand was traded to the Red Wings on Wednesday in exchange for Patrick Eaves, a future third-round pick and a prospect, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
The 33-year-old Legwand will return to his home state of Michigan as the Red Wings will rely on him to help restock their depth at center. Injuries to Henrik Zetterberg (back), Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) and Darren Helm (upper body) have left the team to get by with several young forwards at critical spots in the lineup, which could open the door for Legwand to assume a top-line spot upon his arrival. Legwand was tied for Nashville's team lead with 40 points on the season. He's in the final year of his contract, making him strictly a rental for the Red Wings unless the two sides agree to a long-term deal before the season concludes.
The Islanders have traded Vanek to the Canadiens in exchange for Sebastian Collberg and a second-round draft pick, TSN.ca reports.
In 60 games combined between the Islanders and Sabres to date this season, Vanek has notched 53 points. He's in the last year of his contract, but for now he'll provide the Habs with a nice boost up front for the team's stretch run.
Moulson was acquired from the Sabres along with Cody McCormick on Wednesday in exchange for Torrey Mitchell, a 2014 second-round draft pick and a 2016 second-round draft pick, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Sabres took up until shortly after deadline to confirm the trade, but as expected all along, Moulson will join a playoff contender in need of additional offensive punch. The 30-year-old totaled 17 goals and 21 assists over 55 games with the Islanders and Sabres this season and will hit free agency over the summer. He should immediately assume a top-six role for his new club while also seeing ample time on the power-play. With higher-quality forwards surrounding him in Minnesota, it wouldn't be a surprise if Moulson noticed improved point-per-game production following the trade.
The Stars have acquired Thomas from the Panthers, cbslocal.com reports.
Meanwhile, George Richards of the Miami Herald indicates that fellow goalie Dan Ellis is headed to the Panthers in return. In any case, in the wake of Tuesday's deal sending Roberto Luongo back to Florida, it's not a big surprise to see Thomas on the move. With the Stars, Thomas will provide the team with an experienced and reliable goaltending option to go along with Kari Lehtonen.
Hanzal (lower body) did not take part in the Coyotes' practice Wednesday, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Reublic.
Hanzal will have a new winger in Martin Erat, who the Coyotes' acquired at the trade deadline, when he is able to return to the ice.
03/05/14 - 10:56AM ETMarcel Goc
: Traded To Penguins
Goc was traded to the Penguins on Wednesday in exchange for future third- and fifth-round draft picks, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports.
There's speculation that the Goc acquisition could merely be setting up another move by the Penguins, but for now, he's the consolation prize at forward after the team missing out on acquiring Ales Hemsky earlier on deadline day. Goc has primarily played center over his career but could be forced to transition to wing with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin entrenched as the top two centers on the depth chart. Playing alongside either Crosby or Malkin would significantly bolster his fantasy value even with a position change, but it's possible that he could be ticketed for bottom-six duty instead.
Datsyuk (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Avalanche, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.
Datsyuk apparently hasn't shown enough improvement in his recovery from the knee injury despite not practicing the last several days. The Red Wings will be patient with him so as not to rush him back into the lineup before he's ready, but his absence really hurts the team with injuries at the center spot starting to pile up again.
Gaborik was traded to the Kings on Wednesday in exchange for forward Matt Frattin and two draft picks, TSN.ca reports.
Gaborik will join his third team in less than a calendar year as the Kings look to beef up their offense. The 32-year-old is an offense-first player who wouldn't seem to fit the two-way ethic coach Darryl Sutter demands from his players, but he'll give a needed jolt to an attack that has mostly struggled to find the net the past two months. Gaborik has proven himself healthy after returning from a collarbone injury Feb. 27, logging a goal and assist in his four games out of the Olympic break.
The Senators acquired Hemsky from the Oilers on Wednesday in exchange for a third-round pick in 2015 and a fifth-round pick in 2014, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Hemsky scored two goals against the Senators Tuesday night, which apparently was enough to entice Ottawa into trading for him. The winger has nine goals and 17 assists in 55 games on the year, and will replace Cory Conacher on the active roster after Conacher was claimed off waivers by the Sabres on Wednesday.
Callahan was traded by the Rangers to the Lightning on Wednesday along with a first-round draft pick and a second-round choice in exchange for Martin St. Louis, NHL.com reports.
It's still not clear where Callahan will fit on the Lightning's depth chart, but he is expected to get power play time, and he should be in the lineup Thursday when the Bolts take on the Sabres. Callahan was injured earlier in the season, but recorded 11 goals and 14 assists in 45 games when healthy.
St. Louis was traded by the Lightning to the Rangers on Wednesday for Ryan Callahan and two draft picks, NHL.com reports.
St. Louis has 29 goals and 32 assists in 62 games so far this season, but has played most of the year without his best scoring teammate in Steven Stamkos. St. Louis is expected to play on the Rangers' top line alongside Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, as well as on their top power-play unit.
There are fears that Scheifele suffered an MCL injury Tuesday that could keep him out 6-8 weeks, TSN.ca reports.
We'll await confirmation of the report -- one way or the other -- from the Jets, but losing the 20-year-old forward for any length of time would be a big blow to the team up front. To date, Scheifele has recorded 13 goals and 21 assists in 63 games in his first full season with the Jets.
Stamkos (leg) will return to action Thursday against the Sabres, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The star winger broke his leg November 11 against the Bruins, and sat out the team's next 45 games. He racked up 14 goals and nine assists in 17 games before the injury, and is returning just in time to help the Lightning lock up a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Scrivens stopped 34 of 36 in Tuesday's victory over the Senators.
Things may be getting a little more complicated for Scrivens with the importation of Viktor Fasth to compete with him for starts, but the bottom line right now is that Scrivens has posted a sparkling .941 save mark in his first eight games with the Oilers, and that's going to make him tough to displace.
Lindholm scored his first goal and collected his first multi-point effort since Jan. 9 on Tuesday, notching a goal and an assist in an overtime win against the Sharks.
The young Swede had been stone cold since that three-point effort back in early January, totaling all of two assists in his last 16 games. Lindholm had been particularly rough over his last four contests, going minus-1 without a point in each one -- all Carolina losses. Lindholm scoring tends to coincide with the Hurricanes winning -- in the nine games this season that have seen him record a point, the 'Canes are 7-1-1. Unfortunately, that means that he's gone scoreless in 30 of 39 games here in his rookie year.
Sekera tallied two assists and went plus-3 in Tuesday's overtime victory in San Jose.
He assisted on the game-tying and game-winning tallies, pushing his point streak to five games, dating back to before the Olympics. With 11 goals and 38 points for the season, Sekera continues to prove his doubters wrong.
Nilsson put a stop to 36 of 38 shots in Tuesday's victory over Winnipeg.
A fine bounce back for Nilsson and the Isles after he allowed five goals Sunday in a loss to Florida. Nonetheless, he remains a highly unreliable fantasy netminder, not to be trusted except against poor opposition.
Fleury allowed just one goal on 19 shots in Tuesday's win over the Predators.
The return of Pekka Rinne was the biggest storyline of this game, but Fleury outplayed him to bounce back impressively after posting weak outings in his first two post-Olympic starts. It's worth noting that the Penguins have a tough slate coming up over the next week, with road games in San Jose and Anaheim followed by a home-and-home with the Capitals. Still, it's hard to bench Fleury, considering how often the Penguins win.
Kunitz scored his first goal -- and point -- since Jan. 30 in Tuesday's win over Nashville, ending a six-game slump during which he'd gone minus-3.
It's strange to see Kunitz fail to hit the scoresheet for any extended period of time as long as he's skating on Sidney Crosby's wing; he's only gone without a point in three or more consecutive games twice all season. Expect Kunitz to resume his productive ways now that his slump is busted.
Niskanen scored one goal at even strength and another on the power play in Tuesday's win over the Predators.
Niskanen's fantasy owners have to be thrilled with what he's been doing since Kris Letang and Paul Martin went down. He's got five points in his last five games and is skating major minutes -- he led the Pens in ice time Tuesday.
03/05/14 - 1:03AM ETDavid Backes
: Busts Slump With Two Assists
Backes notched two assists and went plus-2 in Tuesday's win over the Lightning, snapping a five-game scoreless slump dating back to before the Olympics.
This game also represented his first positive rating since going plus-1 back on Jan. 28; he'd been even or minus-1 in each game since. After an inspired performance at the Olympics for Team USA, Backes has not looked quite so inspired back in mundane NHL action, but perhaps this night will get him going.
Crawford allowed three goals on 20 shots in Tuesday's loss to Colorado -- his third loss in three tries against the Avs this year.
The Avalanche also defeated Crawford on Nov. 19 and Jan. 14; all in all, in three games against them, he's allowed nine goals on just 53 shots, an .830 save mark. Though Crawford's dropped three of his last four starts, he's generally been playing quite well, as this was his first sub-.900 save percentage since back on Jan. 22.
Anisimov scored two goals in Tuesday's win over Columbus, one of them coming on the power play. He's got goals in four consecutive games.
Anisimov's been on fire since the end of the Olympic break, as he's scored five goals in four games since the resumption of NHL play. He's done that on just seven shots on goal, which is impressive, but not exactly a promising harbinger of continued success. Anisimov hasn't taken more than two shots on goal in a game since Jan. 25.
Bobrovsky stopped 31 of 33 shots in Tuesday's victory over Dallas.
That's three straight wins for Bob, and he's now posted save marks of .900 or better in eight of his last 10 starts. He's still not quite looking like the Vezina-winning Bobrovsky, but he's certainly a well-above-average fantasy option right now.
Krejci collected a hat trick Tuesday against Florida, scoring a goal in each period of a 4-1 victory.
The last one came into an empty net with 14 seconds remaining, but it's a hat trick no matter how you slice it. After going scoreless in his first two games out of the break, Krejci's ripped off five points in his last two, and he tied his season high Tuesday with seven shots on goal.
Scheifele did not return to the bench for the third period Tuesday against the Islanders after suffering an apparent knee injury, the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Scheifele took a hit from the Islanders' Calvin de Haan in the second period, and has yet to return to the game. He'll be evaluated after the game, and if he's forced to miss time, Olli Jokinen and Jim Slater would be potential candidates to take his place on the second line.
Brodeur stopped 20 of 23 shots on his way to a 4-3 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Brodeur has been the subject of trade rumors lately, but stuck around long enough to earn the victory on Tuesday Night. After losing four of five contests in the month of January, Brodeur has since bounced back, earning victories in his last two starts. Cory Schneider remains the Devils' No. 1 option however, and it will remain this way for the foreseeable future, even if Brodeur isn't dealt before Wednesday's deadline.
Erat and prospect John Mitchell were traded to the Coyotes on Tuesday in exchange for Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
The Capitals had been planning on trading the Czech winger for some time and finally pulled the trigger when the right package became available. Erat is expected to slot in on the second line next to Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata, giving the Coyotes an adequate top six as look to make a run at a Wild Card spot out West.
Vanek will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Jets, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Vanek's absence from the lineup almost certainly indicates that the Islanders are working on trading the forward in advance of Thursday's deadline. Vanek's name doesn't necessarily have the sex appeal of players like Ryan Kesler that are being bandied about in trade rumors, but with the forward set to become a free agent this offseason, the Islanders asking price for him could be low.
Khudobin received a two-year, $4.5 million contract extension from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Although the Hurricanes still have Cam Ward on the books for two more seasons, Khudobin has been magnificent in his 22 outings this season and will be given every opportunity to wrestle the starting job away from the higher-paid goalie. With the extension ensuring that Khudobin stays in Carolina before the trade deadline, look for the Hurricanes to work feverishly to find a suitor for third-stringer Justin Peters in the next 24 hours.
03/04/14 - 2:27PM ETEddie Lack
: New No. 1 In Vancouver?
Following Tuesday's trade of Roberto Luongo to the Panthers, Lack is expected to assume the No. 1 goalie post for the Canucks the rest of the season, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports. He'll make his first turn as the full-time starter Tuesday vs. the Coyotes.
Lack earned a contract extension earlier this season and has certainly been one of the more impressive No. 2s in the league this season with a 9-9-4 record, 2.09 GAA and .924 save percentage, but few thought the Canucks would choose to keep him as their primary goalie over Luongo. The Canucks did acquire one of hockey's better goalie prospects in Jacob Markstrom in the trade, but he proved ill-prepared in his NHL stint with the Panthers earlier this season and probably isn't ready to challenge Lack for the No. 1 gig. Lack is a must-add in just about any format that starts multiple goalies, but he'll be hard-pressed to maintain the production he's shown in limited duty thus far.
Price (lower body) skated during Tuesday's practice but will not play Wednesday vs. Anaheim, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Instead of joining his teammates at Wednesday's morning skate, Price will work out on his own, likely leaving Peter Budaj to make another start in goal. Though Price is traveling with the Canadiens on their road trip, there's been no commitment at this time as to whether they expect the goalie to be available at some point. He'll continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
GM Chuck Fletcher said Backstrom (abdominal soreness) will require surgery and is likely out for the season, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Backstrom was expected to play through the rest of the season at less than 100 percent health, but Tuesday's acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov lessened the team's need to have the goalie play through injury. The 36-year-old has seen his season foiled by both injury and the emergence of Josh Harding and Darcy Kuemper, and the team appears content to move on with either of those options as their starting goalie in the seasons to come.
Markstrom was dealt to the Canucks on Tuesday in the blockbuster Roberto Luongo trade, Dan Tencer of 630 CHED reports.
The Canucks will exchange their goalie of the present in Luongo for a viable goalie of the future in Markstrom. The 24-year-old will probably have to settle for a backup role behind Eddie Lack for the rest of this season, but he could have a legitimate chance at settling into a starting role down the line. Markstrom disappointed in limited action with the Panthers earlier this season, going 1-6-3 with a 3.52 GAA and .874 save percentage.
The Canucks traded Luongo to the Panthers on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Expect this deal to go down as the stunner of the trade deadline, as Luongo returns to the team that initially dealt him to Vancouver back in 2006. Something seemed to be amiss when Luongo was bypassed for the start in Sunday's Heritage Classic against the Senators, and it appears management is poised to go with Eddie Lack as its new No. 1 goalie, beginning with Tuesday's game vs. the Coyotes. The 34-year-old is now set to join Tim Thomas to form the league's oldest goalie tandem, but Luongo has more left in the tank of the two and shouldn't have much difficulty taking over the top job for his new team. Still, the move to a non-playoff contending Panthers squad probably hurts his chances of picking up wins or maintaining his tidy rate stats.
MacDonald was traded to the Flyers on Tuesday for a 2014 third-round draft pick and a 2015 second-round draft pick, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
MacDonald has rumored to be on the move for quite some time, so this move doesn't exactly qualify as a shocker. As soon as MacDonald arrives in Philadelphia, he should immediately become a fixture in the lineup, though he may have difficulty reaching the 25:25 TOI he was averaging in Long Island. At the very least, the move to the Flyers should allow him to improve upon the minus-19 rating he posted with the bottom-dwelling Islanders.
Coach Alain Vigneault said Zuccarello (hand) has been upgraded to day-to-day and could return later this week, NHL.com's Jim Cerny reports. "Don't expect him, obviously, [Wednesday], but it's just a pain thing now," Vigneault said. "As soon as he can handle the pain, then he'll be good to go. It shouldn't be too much longer."
Zuccarello was told he'd miss three-to-four weeks after suffering his hand injury Feb. 16, but it looks like he'll reach the short end of the timetable, at the very least. The 26-year-old is enjoying a breakout season in which he's provided 43 points over 58 games, and he was especially hot over the 11 games before the break, potting four goals and adding six assists. If the forward isn't experiencing too much soreness over the next couple of practices, he could be an option for Friday's game against the Hurricanes.
Robidas (leg) was traded to the Ducks in exchange for a conditional fourth-round draft pick, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
In order to facilitate the deal, the Ducks sent Dallas the draft pick they acquired from the Capitals for Dustin Penner, effectively making it a Penner-for-Robidas swap. Robidas hasn't played since November after suffering a broken fibia, but he's expected to be ready to play within the next two weeks. He shouldn't have much difficulty finding a regular role in the Anaheim lineup.
Edmonton traded Bryzgalov to the Wild on Tuesday for a fourth-round draft pick.
Josh Harding could miss the rest of the season due to complications with multiple sclerosis and Niklas Backstrom has been suffering repeated bouts with abdominal soreness, so Bryzgalov provides some needed goalie insurance for the Wild. He's unlikely to see many starts with Darcy Kuemper holding down the No. 1 job for now, but with a far better defense now in front of him, Bryzgalov should at least be able to improve his ratios when he does get a chance to play for the Wild.
Fasth (lower body) was traded to the Oilers on Tuesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. The Ducks will reportedly receive a 2014 fifth-round pick and a 2015 third-round pick in exchange for Fasth, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
With rookie Frederik Andersen playing impressively in spot duty behind Jonas Hiller, the Ducks didn't have much of need any longer for Fasth, who was due to return from injured reserve Wednesday. Instead, the goalie-starved Edmonton will likely allow Fasth to compete for starts with Ben Scrivens, who was inked to a two-year extension a day earlier. A persistent lower-body injury has limited Fasth to just five appearances on the season, but he was highly impressive in a timeshare with Hiller in 2012-13, posting a 15-6-2 record, 2.18 GAA and .921 save percentage.
Penner was traded to the Capitals on Tuesday for a fourth-round draft pick, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Penner had seen time on just about every line for the Ducks this season, but has managed to stay reasonably productive overall, totaling 13 goals and 19 assists over 49 games. With the move to Washington, he could ultimately earn a spot on the top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin, which would make him an attractive waiver-wire pickup. Expect coach Adam Oates to see how Penner fits in after a few practices before he decides where to slot him in the lineup.
03/04/14 - 10:50AM ETZach Parise
: Points In Each Game Since Break
Parise tallied another goal in Monday's win over the Flames.
Parise has scored a point in each of his three games out of the break, and the Wild have picked up wins on each occasion. With Mikko Koivu now back in the lineup, scoring opportunities should continue to remain abundant for Parise.
The Canadiens have acquired Weaver from the Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL entry draft, CBC.ca reports.
The 35-year-old Weaver recorded just six points in 55 games for the Panthers, so his fantasy impact has been minimal, but he'll add some depth and experience to the Habs' blue line for the stretch run.
Amidst rumors that Brodeur could be traded to the Wild, the veteran goalie is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Red Wings, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
At this stage though, the Wild have denied that there is a deal in place, as suggested by the New York Daily News. Either way, it remains a plausible notion that the Devils could decide to move Brodeur in advance of Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.