Antti Niemi G SAN 15 Hrs
Niemi has been confirmed as the starter in goal for Thursday's game against the Red Wings, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
As expected, Niemi will enter the crease for a third straight game. He'll oppose Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings, who will be playing the fourth match of their five-game Western Conference road trip.
Alec Martinez D LA 15 Hrs
Martinez (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Martinez has been out of action since Feb. 7, but his spot on the active roster wasn't needed until the Kings acquired Andrej Sekera in a trade with the Hurricanes on Wednesday. Since he has yet to resume practicing with the Kings, a return shouldn't be viewed as forthcoming for Martinez.
Corey Crawford G CHI 15 Hrs
Crawford will start Thursday's game against Florida, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Crawford got a rare break Tuesday against the Panthers, so it's no surprise that he'll handle the second game of the home-and-away series. He may also be in net for Friday's game in Tampa Bay, though it's possible Scott Darling will get another star.
Spencer Abbott F TOR 16 Hrs
Abbott was traded to the Blackhawks on Thursday in exchange for defenseman T.J. Brennan, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Already 26 years old, Abbott has just one NHL appearance to his name, though he did score 69 points in 64 games for AHL Toronto last season. Things haven't gone nearly as well in 2014-15, with Abbott sporting just 24 points through 46 AHL games.
Stephane Robidas D TOR 16 Hrs
Robidas (arm) will play Thursday against the Flyers, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports.
Robidas was forced out of the Leafs' most recent game Saturday with the injury, but returned to action later on to finish with 18:12 of ice time. He should be sufficiently healthy for Thursday's game, where he'll join Jake Gardiner on the Leafs' third pairing.
TJ Brennan D CHI 16 Hrs
Brennan was traded to the Maple Leafs on Thursday in exchange for forward Spencer Abbott, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
The teams will swap a couple of AHL veterans with 41 combined games of NHL experience. Brennan is responsible for 40 of those appearances, as he piled up 11 points across the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns. He then had 72 points in 76 AHL appearances last season, but he only has 36 points through 54 AHL appearances this season. The trade helps Brennan's odds of reaching the NHL this year, though it's still possible he'll report to AHL Toronto.
Dion Phaneuf D TOR 16 Hrs
Phaneuf (hand) was activated from injured reserve Thursday.
As expected, Phaneuf will rejoin the lineup Thursday against the Flyers. It will mark his first action since Jan. 21.
Jaromir Jagr RW NJ 16 Hrs
Jagr was traded to the Panthers on Thursday in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and a 2016 third-round pick.
It was no secret that Jagr desired a trade to a contender, and while this probably isn't what he had in mind, the Panthers only trail the Bruins by two points for the Eastern Conference's wild-card spot. Now set to join his eighth NHL team, Jagr may be able to grab a top-six spot, after scoring 29 points (11 goals) in 57 games for the Devils this season.
Nate Thompson C ANA 16 Hrs
Thompson (lower body) could be available for Friday's game against the Kings, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
While the demotion of William Karlsson to AHL Norfolk on Thursday would seem to suggest Thompson will be ready to play Friday, coach Bruce Boudreau didn't rule out the possibility of calling up a different center as insurance. Thompson was able to get back on the ice Thursday, but didn't put in a full workout. The Ducks will see how he looks during Friday's morning skate before making a decision on his status for the game.
Frederik Andersen G ANA 16 Hrs
Andersen (upper body) is expected to join the Ducks on their road trip that begins Sunday in Dallas, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
That would seem to suggest that Andersen won't be ready to go for Friday's home date with the Kings, but in any case, it's clear the goalie is closing in on a return. He's been able to face shots the last couple of days and has noted that he's no longer experiencing much pain. After a couple more days to get back up to game speed, Andersen could be activated from IR and start one or both of the games on the road trip.