Mirco Mueller D SAN 6 Hrs
Mueller has been getting inconsistent ice time and hasn't produced well when the time is there. He is without a point in his last 29 games.
Mueller is a rookie and expectations should not have been high going into the season, but he's been underwhelming even considering the low expectations. He has been getting good ice time when he's in the lineup and should continue to with the Sharks outside the playoff picture and focused on the future. Nonetheless, he's without a point in 29 games and has been held without a shot in eight of the last 10 games.
Karri Ramo G CGY 6 Hrs
Ramo will be between the pipes for Friday's game against the Flames, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
It's the fifth straight start for Ramo, who continues to get the call in net despite his rather pedestrian production of late. Though he's been able to unseat Jonas Hiller as the Flames' No. 1 goalie, Ramo has produced only so-so ratios (2.77 GAA, .909 save percentage) over his nine March starts. However, he's still managed to come away with a 5-1-2 record during that time, so fantasy owners who are chasing wins could do worse than keeping Ramo active.
Brett Connolly RW BOS 6 Hrs
Connolly (fractured right finger) practiced with the team at Thursday's morning session, CSN New England's Joe Haggerty reports.
Connolly was only skating as an extra forward during the session, but his presence with the team represents a positive step nonetheless after he was previously limited to skating on his own. The 22-year-old was initially expected to miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering the injury in his second day of practice with the Bruins back in early March, but the forward seems to be progressing quicker than anticipated. With nine games still left on the Bruins' schedule, he just might have enough time to suit up for the team before the season draws to a close.
Ryan Miller G VAN 6 Hrs
Miller (knee) faced shots at Thursday's optional practice, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
It's a positive sign for the goalie, but there still appears to be significant doubt that he'll be back before the regular season draws to a close. For the moment, the Canucks seem to be eyeing a postseason return for Miller, but given that he hasn't played since Feb. 22, it may be difficult for him to immediately win back the No. 1 goalie role.
Brad Richardson C VAN 6 Hrs
Richardson (ankle) participated in Thursday's morning skate, but remains questionable to play later in the evening against the Avalanche.
Richardson was able to practice with the team Wednesday as well, but with the center suggesting he'd likely be day-to-day for the remainder of the season, his availability may remain in question for any given night. That sort of unreliability makes it tough to justify rostering him, even in deeper formats.
Zach Bogosian D BUF 7 Hrs
Bogosian (lower body) is slated to play Thursday against the Coyotes.
Bogosian, who has missed the last six games with a lower-body injury, checks back into the Sabres' lineup with four helpers and 30 PIM in 12 games since joining the team in a trade with the Jets.
Pekka Rinne G NAS 7 Hrs
Rinne will be in the net Thursday against the Lightning, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He'll square off against the Bolts' Ben Bishop, whose 36 wins on the season trail only Rinne (39) and the Habs' Carey Price (40). Rinne will have his work cut out for him in slowing the Bolts' powerful attack, but the goalie's impressive ratios this season (2.08 GAA, .927 save percentage) and over his last several outings probably makes him a safe activation Thursday, though a less attractive play in daily formats.
Eddie Lack G VAN 7 Hrs
Lack is slated to start Thursday's game against the Avs.
Lack, who has won four of his last five starts, will look Thursday to help the Canucks earn four straight wins for the first time since they last accomplished the feat, between October 26 and November 1.
Ryan Murray D CLS 7 Hrs
Murray (lower body) won't play Friday against Chicago.
With Murray not slated to travel with the Blue Jackets on their two-game road trip, it looks like the soonest he might be back is Tuesday at home against New Jersey.
Rene Bourque LW CLS 7 Hrs
Bourque (upper body) is expected to travel with the Blue Jackets on the team's upcoming two-game road trip.
That said, it remains unclear at this stage if Bourque is considered a candidate to play either Friday in Chicago, Saturday in St. Louis, or even in both contests.