Pekka Rinne G NAS 7 Hrs
Rinne is slated to start Thursday's game against the Lightning, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Rinne, who will square off against a Tampa Bay squad that has won four straight games, has won his last two starts and heads into Thursday's action four triumphs shy of tying the Preds' franchise record for wins in a season (43) that he set in 2011-12.
Jay Harrison D WPG 7 Hrs
Harrison will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Canadiens, 680 CJOB Sports reports.
Dustin Byfuglien's return from an upper-body injury will bounce Harrison from the lineup for the first time since Feb. 21. With only nine points across 50 games this season and meager hit and PIM totals to boot, Harrison's absence from the lineup should go largely unnoticed in the fantasy realm.
Ondrej Pavelec G WPG 7 Hrs
Pavelec will be in the crease for Thursday's game against the Canadiens, 680 CJOB Sports reports.
Pavelec hasn't turned into a pumpkin yet while guiding the Jets to wins in his last five starts, so he'll continue to function as the team's No. 1 goalie. While Pavelec's career track record shouldn't instill much long-term confidence from his fantasy owners, the goalie's current level of play makes him a reliable activation for the time being. He'll catch a break Thursday in squaring off against Habs backup goalie Dustin Tokarski instead of Vezina Trophy frontrunner Carey Price.
Ben Bishop G TB 7 Hrs
Bishop is slated to start Thursday's game against the Predators, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
In the process, Bishop -- who will look to help the Lightning extend their winning streak to five games on Thursday -- will also have a chance to tie the team's franchise record of 37 wins that he set last season.
Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 7 Hrs
Byfuglien (upper body) will return to the Jets' lineup Thursday against the Canadiens, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
After rejoining the Jets for their morning skate and fully participating in drills, Byfuglien finally received the green light to play. The team had anticipated Byfuglien's return over a week ago, but it appears he didn't quite progress as quickly as the team was banking on. Byfuglien, who has amassed 15 goals and 27 assists over 65 games while splitting time at forward and defense, with slot back in as a blueliner Thursday and skate on a pair with Adam Pardy.
Cedric Paquette C TB 7 Hrs
Paquette (upper body) is slated to play in Thursday's game against the Predators, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Paquette, who missed six games with his upper body injury, checks back into the Tampa Bay lineup with 12 goals and 19 points in 56 games overall, but without having notched a point over his last six contests.
Patrick Kaleta RW BUF 7 Hrs
Kaleta (knee) will suit up Thursday against Arizona, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Kaleta hasn't played since Feb. 10 after undergoing minor surgery to remove bone chips. The physical winger should be raring to go and will certainly be looking to provide some energy for his team and shake off some rust, so expect some hits. Kaleta has just 32 penalty minutes in 33 games this season after promising to dial back on fights and unnecessary penalties, which is good for the team but hurts his fantasy value. He's expected to play on the fourth line.
Zach Bogosian D BUF 7 Hrs
Bogosian has sat out the past six games with a lower-body injury but "will likely return" Thursday night against Arizona, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Bogosian returns for a much-anticipated game between two of the league's worst teams, with the ultimate prize being Connor McDavid in the upcoming NHL draft. Bogosian has been a stalwart for the Sabres since coming over from Winnipeg via trade and is expected to continue where he left off as the team's biggest minutes eater. If Bogosian dresses, the odd man out is likely to be Nikita Zadorov, who didn't have a strong game Saturday against Nashville. Bogosian will offer some peripherals and is the undisputed No. 1 defenseman for Buffalo and is a medium-risk, medium-upside play Thursday.
Frederik Andersen G ANA 7 Hrs
Andersen will be in the net for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Awful performances in back-to-back outings by John Gibson have opened the door for Andersen to assert himself as the team's clear-cut No. 1 goalie, but he'll need to come up huge against the Bruins in order to guarantee himself a larger portion of the starts the rest of the way. With a 2-3-0 record, 2.90 GAA, and .876 save percentage over his five turns in March, Andersen hasn't done much of late to give fantasy owners confidence in rolling him. While his strong team context has largely enabled Andersen to overcome his rather pedestrian ratios this season, the Ducks' recent struggles (5-5-0 over their last 10 games) no longer seem to make him an automatic activation any time he plays.
Lubomir Visnovsky D NYI 7 Hrs
Visnovsky (lower body) was able to get in a skate Thursday, but it's not clear when he might get back into the lineup.
Coach Jack Capuano indicated after Visnovsky's skate that there was "no rush" to get the blueliner any action, so it seems as though he'll be brought along slowly while he recovers from the injury. The former top-tier defenseman looks to be a shell of himself at this point, as health issues have limited him to a combined 105 games over the last three seasons. With the Islanders boosting more depth than ever on the blue line with this year's additions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy, the 38-year-old Visnovsky simply isn't needed to take on a large role.