The weather is warming up, baseball is just around the corner, and we are headed into our first official weekend of spring and, more importantly, the fantasy hockey playoffs. Hopefully, you all are dominating your match-ups despite the loss of studs like Patrick Kane, but here are some news and notes to help you kick even more ass:
Teuvo Teravainen (Blackhawks): With Kane placed on long-term injured reserve, teenager Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago's 2012 first-round pick, is getting the chance to dazzle us. In just 113 games across three seasons with Jokerit in the SM-liiga (Finland's top professional hockey league), he has a scintillating 93 points while playing against dudes who are far older and more experienced than him. Known as a small, speedy scorer, Teuvo is often compared to Teemu Selanne and the aforementioned Kane. As with any promising rookie, though, keep your expectations in check. Jeremy Morin has also been called up from Rockford for Chicago.
UPDATE (3:05 p.m.): Patrick Kane has now been ruled out for the rest of the regular season.
As for additional injury-related call-ups, Anaheim summoned forwards Emerson Etem and the amazingly named Rickard Rakell to replace lost minutes from the injured Cam Fowler, Nick Bonino, Matt Beleskey, and Kyle Palmieri.
Damien Brunner (Devils): After tallying just one goal and two assists since March 1st, the disappointing sophomore was a healthy scratch last night. I really hoped he would have a breakout season, but he has just 10 goals, 11 assists, and a -14 rating.
In other unfortunate healthy scratch news, please take note that Patrick Wiercioch and Matt Kassian were both benched for Ottawa. Wiercioch hasn't seen action since March 5th, when he scored an assist, even though he has 17 points in 42 games this season.
James Neal (Penguins): After recently returning from a concussion, Neal seemed to be in line for his fourth career suspension from the Department of Player Safety; the winger cross-checked Luke Glendening in the face and earned himself a minor penalty. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, however, no disciplinary hearing is scheduled and Neal is expected to play tomorrow. Check out the hit below (h/t The Pens Blog):
Brandon Prust (Canadiens): The bruiser remained out for Montreal with an upper-body injured that he sustained in Tuesday's win over the Avalanche. Ryan White started in his place as the fourth-line center, notching two PIMs, one shot, and one hit in 9:04 on the ice. UPDATE (3:05 p.m.): Prust has now been ruled out for the rest of the regular season.
Craig Anderson (Senators): Although he returned to practice on Wednesday, Anderson missed his fourth-straight start with an upper-body injury. Consider him day-to-day, but look for his return shortly.
Jonathan Ericsson (Red Wings): The defenseman is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his middle finger. He broke the expressive digit and partially tore a tendon during Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Dustin Brown (Kings): Captain Brown, seemingly the superhero chosen to protect children's potties in greater Los Angeles, returned to the lineup last night after missing the past two games with a lower-body injury. On the season, he has 12 goals, 10 assists, 58 PIMs, 163 shots on goal, and 207 hits.